The Livingston Library’s adult coloring program has had a successful couple of sessions, and, has just announced new dates for July.
Adult coloring has grown tremendously in popularity across the country, coloring books are huge bestsellers, and coloring clubs have mushroomed around communities.
Studies show that coloring has a calming effect on mood, improving energy levels and even on how well we sleep. 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.
A 2012 study published in Psychological Science showed that a mindless activity may indeed spark creativity: Researchers showed that a non-demanding activity like showering, gardening, and perhaps coloring, could lead to productive mind-wandering and creative problem-solving.
Says Archana Chiplunkar, the librarian who coordinates the sessions, “besides offering a short escape from screens and devices, and a chance to unplug, coloring offers an appeal to adults who may want to be creative but don’t think of themselves as artistic.”
Ruth Kane, one of the regulars in the program says she finds “the coloring very addictive and calming and also loves that it offers her an hour to socialize!”
Attached is her picture with some of her portfolio of coloring sheets on the table
Some participants put up the colored sheets on their refrigerator, others decorate their walls with it; one of the more creative has turned them into laminated place mats!
Archana adds, “we hope you come by for one or more of these sessions, for an hour of calm, creativity, and camaraderie; the three Cs of coloring.”
Coloring books/sheets and supplies will be provided, along with some relaxing music.
No experience necessary.
Sessions are drop in, no registration required and will be held on the following dates: Monday evening, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., July 25; Thurs, July 28, 11 a.m. to noon.