New addition to ANGUSalive app brings sing-alongs and crafty antics to homes!

20 Jul 2021 | News Story

The magic of Angus libraries and museums is being brought directly to homes via a new app. 

The new addition to the ANGUSalive app provides a selection of fun activities and features for all ages, including Bookbug sessions, bedtime stories, craft sessions, lego builds, audio stories, and access to e-books and e-magazines.

People are able to join Angus Libraries via the app as well as browse the library catalogue online with its rich range of adult fiction and non-fiction, audiobooks, biographies, junior fiction, large print to name but a few.

Learning about Angus’ past is also a doddle with Let’s Explore an Object, when the history of some fascinating and quirky museum objects are shared.

The new culture addition follows the successful launch in January of the ANGUSalive app which brought a host of sport and leisure features, including live stream and on demand workouts. Over 5,400 people have downloaded the app and it was of immense support in helping keep people active during the nation’s second lockdown.

Sarah King, Creative Learning Advisor at ANGUSalive in Forfar and Kirriemuir, is excited about the new app feature. She said: “I have worked at ANGUSalive since 2019 and really enjoyed doing the face-to-face sessions on site at our libraries and museums as well as visiting schools and nurseries.

“Obviously when the pandemic hit we’ve not been able to do these sessions on-site or in educational settings and personally I’ve really missed the interaction with the public.  I also feel it’s been a huge loss for children as some of these activities are a key support in their learning and development. As well as an important outlet for people to meet socially and battle aspects such as loneliness and isolation.  I think it’s great we are now able to offer up some of these fun sessions through the app and can’t wait to bring some fun sing-alongs or craft activities to families. It will be a great feature for rainy days in the holidays too!”

Sylvia Main, ANGUSalive Children and Families Lead, added: “I’m super excited to bring this app to the local community. Although there are fun activities for children, the app is designed to appeal to adults too. We have great features such as audio books, access to our Libby App where you can access hundreds of e-books and e-magazines. Or if people enjoy reading but struggle with the print they can let us read to them.  

“We know that people love social interaction and I know many can’t wait to return to enjoy the magic of our libraries and museum workshops in person. We’re looking at how we reintroduce these type of sessions safely back in our sites. However, I hope this new feature on the app will allow people of all ages to enjoy what we have to offer from home. Particularly if some of our members are still nervous about visiting venues.” 

The app will continually be developed with new features being added. Look out for reminiscence sessions, adult shared reading, Let’s Explore stories and ‘How to’ video sessions.

People can download the ANGUSalive app from their device’s app store with the culture feature under the ‘clubs section’ by searching ANGUSalive Culture.  You can also visit www.angusalive.scot for further information.