For immediate release Monday, Feb. 22, 2016
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams, Director of Public Relations
Birmingham Public Library
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067
BPL’s popular Coloring for Adults returns Tuesday to Central Library
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama—The Birmingham Public Library (BPL)’s popular Coloring for Adults workshop returns to the Central Library, 2100 Park Place downtown, on Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free colored pencils, coloring sheets, crayons, and light refreshments will be provided at both workshops.
Coloring For Adults offers a relaxing activity that has proven popular at the Central Library and the Springville Road Regional Branch Library since its debut in early November, said Leslie Deason, a librarian at Central Library. The Five Points West Regional Branch Library, 4812 Ave. W, is hosting another Coloring For Adults program on March 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
“Coloring is very beneficial with people. It helps with stress, relaxation and cognitive function as well,” Deason said. “People can return to their childhood and see something wonderful in the things they color. It’s a wonderful opportunity for our patrons to come in, relax and do something creative. We will continue having additional programs as long as the interest lasts.”
Joe Songer, a photographer for al.com, did a video of a Central Library patron coloring at the Jan. 23 Coloring for Adults event. See the link here: http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2016/02/adult_coloring_workshops_at_bi.html#incart_river_home
Deason said she came up with the idea a year ago after noticing adult coloring gaining popularity among patrons, as coloring books for adults became big sellers on sites like Amazon.com. Last fall, industry leader Crayola launched Crayola Color Escapes, a line of adult coloring kits featuring 11 by 17-inch black and white illustrations by artist Claudia Nice, plus a collection of colored pencils and colored markers.
For more details on the Coloring for Adults program and other activities planned throughout BPL, go to www.bplonline.org
and click on the calendar. Follow the Birmingham Public Library on Facebook and Twitter @BPL. The mission of the Birmingham Public Library is to provide the highest quality library service to our citizens for life-long learning, cultural enrichment, and enjoyment. This system – with 19 locations and serving the community for 129 years – is one of the largest library systems in the southeast.