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Library Happenings – Adults releasing stress through coloring books (March 2, 2016 issue)

By Angie Georgeff

My most recent birthday brought me a present that took decades off my age—mental age, at least! It was not magic beans or a secret elixir, but a coloring book and box of colored pencils.  My niece knows me pretty well, so the subject of the coloring book is 1920’s fashions and the colored pencils are lovely metallic colors. So I can pretend that I’m Coco Chanel and dress my flappers in the rich shades that suited Lady Mary Crawley or the softer tints that favored Edith.

As Mary or Edith would say, coloring books for adults are all the rage.  (If you are a fan of “Downton Abbey,” you know they were far too posh to have said anything about bee’s knees.)  They provide adults an opportunity to express their creativity without demanding a huge expenditure of time and effort. Coloring books are fun and relaxing. I believe that is their appeal.  It is hard to remain stressed when coloring.

For years, libraries have provided coloring sheets and crayons for children’s programs, but now some have started giving grownups the same opportunity. Coloring sheets for adults use more complex designs, and they are better suited to colored pencils than crayons.  Adults who would like to indulge in a little coloring “therapy” may come to the library at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 10.  We will have a coloring hour for the entire family at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 12.

Genealogy Workshop

Our “Climbing Your Family Tree” genealogy workshop for beginners will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 3.  You will learn how to start your search and how your library can help. Our public access computers will be available and we have a number of free resources you can try.  The program is scheduled to last for about two hours. For further information or to register, please call 743-6533.

Children’s Programs

St. Patrick’s Day fun begins next Wednesday, March 9 when the kids will set “traps” for the leprechaun who visits the library each year.  It will culminate with the St. Paddy’s Day party on March 16.  Our weekly Wednesday story times begin at 2 p.m. and last one hour.  Please call the library at 743-6533, for reservations so that we don’t exceed capacity. Looking ahead, Miss Cindy has asked for donations of plastic Easter eggs and individually wrapped candies for our Easter egg hunt later this month.

New Books!

We recently received a shipment of 50 new books including “The Swans of Fifth Avenue” by Melanie Benjamin and “Brotherhood in Death” by J. D. Robb.