NEW HAVEN — An ever-growing popular adult activity will soon be the source of a social group at two locations of the Mason County Public Library system.
“The Coloring Crowd” will begin Tuesday at both the New Haven branch library and the main library in Point Pleasant. The gatherings will be based on the popularity of adult coloring, which has become the rage nationwide as a means not only for the art factor, but more for its benefits of stress relief and relaxation.
The Coloring Crowd will meet at each library on the last Tuesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. Participants are invited to relax, have a cup of tea or hot chocolate, socialize and color, according to library workers.
Those attending can bring their own books and art supplies, according to Pam Thompson, library director. For those who do not have supplies, or those just wishing to try adult coloring, the library will have items for use. They will also be providing an array of different art media for use in the books, such as colored pencils, markers, water colors and gel pens.
Adult coloring books differ from children’s books in that they have more intricate and complex designs. Paisley patterns and mandalas, as well as theme books from cats to flower gardens to Bible themes, fill hobby and other stores.
Adult coloring books were a top-selling item on Amazon during the Christmas holiday. In addition, three to four of the top 10 selling books have remained adult coloring books on Amazon each week since the holidays.
Crayola, the company most known for children’s art supplies, has recently launched “Color Escapes,” premium coloring kits designed for adults. Their website also offers tips and techniques for adults, including blending, texturing, light play and shadowing.
Thompson said the activity has become so popular among library patrons in Mason County that it will be included in the booth presentation she has at the West Virginia Library Association’s Library Day at the Legislature. Set for Feb. 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the state Capitol, it is a day when libraries across the state display and highlight the services offered by their particular system.
The Coloring Group is free to join and registration is not necessary. Those wishing to attend can show up at their nearest participating library on Tuesday.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.