Coloring is CALM-ing for adults
Cedar Mill library jumps on coloring bandwagon with monthly program
Laura Dickinson may be 69 years old, but shes not afraid to break out a coloring book in public the same way she might have done at 6, or 9.
Dickinson was one of two people to take part last month in the Cedar Mill Community Librarys inaugural coloring for adults program.
Its relaxing, fun and creative, said Dickinson, a retired teacher and health-care manager who worked out of a book called Wildflowers to Color. You can be a kid again.
This, believe it or not, is trending across the nation, said Lynne Erlandson, who is head of adult services at Cedar Mill Community Library and launched the new program in April.
The library dubbed the monthly sessions Coloring and Listening Moments, or CALM. Each month, a librarian or another staff member reads a short literary selection while grownups work on provided coloring sheets or use a page from their own books, which are now widely available for adults.
The next session of CALM begins at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the library. The program is free.
Erlandson was undaunted that just two patrons showed for the inaugural session of CALM, which happened to fall on an uncommonly warm April evening.
I do think this is going to catch on, she said. Its so relaxing. In all the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, this gives us a chance to sit down and be doing something, to use that creative side of our brain.
She noted that the librarys monthly zentangling program another mellow and trending pastime has developed a modest but devoted following over time.
Anne Christensen, the other coloring enthusiast attending the first night, was working with a large set of high-quality Copic pens to tackle a complicated geometric pattern.
Its something Ive always enjoyed doing, Christensen said. It helps me deal with my anxiety.
Dickinson, her fellow coloring enthusiast, also has devoted plenty of time to painting with watercolors, but sometimes its more relaxing to simply color someone elses designs with a crayon.
It can be mindless, to be honest, she said. I actually like to color while Im listening to books on CD or on my phone.
The other thing I think is nice about coloring is pretty much everybody is going to be successful at it, said Dickinson, who uses her finished works to decorate storage boxes. Think about what cheap entertainment it is. It doesnt have to cost a lot of money.