Public Libraries throughout Scotland are taking part in this year’s Get Creative Festival, encouraging everyone to have fun and get involved.

The annual festival, which started on Saturday, celebrates cultural activity in local communities and aims to give everyone the chance to take part.

Over 50 Get Creative events have been organised within Scottish Public libraries, ranging from Colouring for Everyone sessions in Shetland Library and ‘Crafternoons’ in Motherwell Library to 3D Printer Design Demonstrations in Dundee Central Library

Culture & Creativitiy in Libraries

Over the course of this week people of all ages will be able to pop into public libraries throughout Scotland and have a go at being creative.

Lindsey Henderson, Head of Programme with SLIC, said: “We are delighted to have joined the stakeholder group of the Get Creative Festival for the first time. Public libraries are so often at the heart of local communities and the festival provides a great opportunity for showcasing the great cultural and creative activities already taking place as well as encouraging libraries to reach out to community partners to provide new arts and culture experiences.”

The Get Creative Festival map has details of all the different events taking place over the next few days and links to all the libraries involved – making it even easier to try something creative and new this week.

A Get Creative Spokesperson added: “This year's Get Creative Festival is bigger than ever before with more than 1,600 creative events. A huge proportion of these events are taking place in our local libraries, demonstrating what vital hubs they are for local communities to engage with culture and creativity. This amazing annual celebration gives us a significant platform to encourage everyone to try their hand at something creative.

“Our research has demonstrated the incredible wellbeing benefits to be gained from participating in creative activities and how important this is at all stages of our lives. The Get Creative Festival is working in partnership with other national festivals like Luminate in Scotland to celebrate creativity in later life and across all generations."

You can find out more about the annual festival by visiting the Get Creative website.