Fun at library events
There was a real buzz in both Blairgowrie and Coupar Angus libraries on Saturday morning as east Perthshire residents took advantage of the chance to visit their local library and find out more about what it has to offer.
The two libraries offered a range of free activities for people of all ages.
In Blairgowrie there were performances from Perthshire Brass, a Lego zone and a messy painting session on the theme of fireworks.
Volunteers from Blairgowrie Genealogy Centre were in the library to help people get started on researching their family history and offer advice if people have become stuck with their own research.
There were also demonstrations from young members of the Code Club at Blairgowrie Library.
And there was a range of activities in Coupar Angus Library as well, including a pirate trail, a Lego Zone, face painting, Bookbug Rhymetime and stories for children, a pop-up art workshop with local artist Shirley McGregor, bell ringing, and a display of photos from the Coupar Angus Heritage Association.
Craig Dennis from Blairgowrie Library was pleased with the success of the morning. He said: “Jump into Libraries is all about trying to engage with people who maybe haven’t been in the library for a while, which it has certainly done, and is also part of the Big Listen consultation exercise.
“We have had around 40 to 50 people in this morning taking part in the different activities and I’m really pleased with how it has all gone.
“Code Club has been one of the big successes for us this year. Lots of youngsters are involved in that and have been keen to show off what they have been doing.”
Wilma Philip from Blairgowrie Genealogy Centre said: “The library has been busy which is great to see and we have had a few people in looking at the old photographs in particular.”
Senior library assistant at Coupar Angus Library, Shona Smith, was also pleased with the event.
She said: “It has been a really busy morning. The kids have had a ball doing the pirate activities and have all enjoyed the face painting, bell ringing and arts and crafts. It has been great.”
The ‘Jump into Libraries’ events are part of a drive to gather feedback from people who use the area’s libraries, museums and archives. The consultation exercise, ‘Big Listen 4’, runs until Saturday, November 25.
Alyth Library will be holding its Jump into Libraries event this Saturday, November 11.
From 9.30am to 12.30pm there will be a range of free activities at the Airlie Street library, including the always popular Lego table, crochet a digital microscope, crafts and music. Everyone is welcome to drop-in.
To complete the online questionnaire as part of the Big Listen 4, go to www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/thebiglisten4. Alternatively, email email@example.com to find out about focus groups and other events where you can have your say.
Musical entertainment Bell ringers (from left) Jean MacInnes, Margaret Davidson, Irene Duncan, Mary McGregor and Reta Mitchelson performed in Coupar Angus Library on Saturday
Getting creative Beth Duncan (9), Hannah Sloan (9), Katie Robertson (12), Myles Clapham (10) and Lana Roy (5) with artist Shirley McGregor at Coupar Angus Library
Having fun Ciaran (2) and Niamh (5) Lundy from Blairgowrie enjoyed the painting with Jade Lowery from Blairgowrie Library
Family history Mark Hilditch with Blairgowrie Genealogy Centre volunteers Annette Stewart, Gillian Lappin, Wylie Smith and Wilma Philip
Model citizens At the Lego table are Leo Walker (4) from Blairgowrie and Harris Robertson (5) from Craigmill