As you do your holiday shopping this year, you may notice retail shelves filled with unique coloring books — the pages of which are filled with intricate, detailed and creative designs.
While some adults have enjoyed coloring as a hobby for years, many are joining in on the adult coloring craze for the first time.
In a recent article featured in American Libraries, the magazine of the American Library Association, editorial intern Alison Marcotte notes that this new coloring trend was aided by Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford’s 2013 Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure and Coloring Book, an Amazon bestseller that has sold more than 6 million copies.
Libraries are taking part in the adult coloring book trend as many are offering this activity for its social, mental health and creative benefits. Librarian Kellie Porter, coordinator of an adult coloring club in Massachusetts, added that adult coloring is an analog activity in an increasingly digital world. As Porter noted, with the age of constant information and everyone always being plugged in, people really like the lo-fi aspect of coloring.
Bossard Library is pleased to announce the upcoming “Color Me Happy” adult coloring event scheduled for 9 a.m. Jan. 9. At this event, participants will have the opportunity to relax as they color an intricate design while listening to the sounds of light music over a cup of soothing tea and a plate of comforting danishes. This unique event is free and open to the public, with all materials to be provided by the library.
Relax and color your world a little brighter and happier this winter as your experience the wonder of adult coloring — coming soon to your local library.
Debbie Saunders is library director for the Dr. Samuel L. Bossard Memorial Library in Gallipolis.