Adult Coloring Opens Creative Minds

The Livingston Library’s successful adult coloring program has announced new dates for September and October.

Adult coloring has grown tremendously in popularity across the country. Coloring books are huge bestsellers, with Nielsen BookScan reporting that 12 million copies of coloring books were sold in the U.S. in 2015!

Studies show that coloring has a calming effect on mood, improving energy levels and even how well one sleeps. The American Library Association praises these programs as a way to create community, encourage creativity and allow for a safe and relaxing way for adults to socialize.

“Coloring offers a quick, mindless and easy escape from screens and devices, and a chance to unplug,” says Librarian Archana Chiplunkar, who runs these sessions. “Also, coloring something premade is an easy form of artistic expression. It offers an appeal to adults who may not necessarily be artistic, but want to create something beautiful!”

Everyone is welcome to drop in for these sessions, for an hour of calm, creativity and socializing, and perhaps in the process, find their inner artist!

Coloring books/sheets and supplies will be provided, along with some relaxing music.

Sessions are drop in, no registration required, and will be held on the following Mondays, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 3, Oct. 24; Thursdays, 11 a.m. to noon, Sept. 22, Oct. 6, Oct. 13, Oct. 20 and Oct. 27.

Call 973-992-4600 ext. 237 for more information or visit

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