Fun at li­brary events

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Clare Damodaran

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 en­quiries@cul­turepk.org.uk 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

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