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For immediate release Tuesday, July 12, 2016
CONTACT:  Roy L. Williams                                         
Director of Public Relations                        
Birmingham Public Library                                          
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                                          
E-mail: rlwilliams@bham.lib.al.us                             
 
North Avondale Library Love to Color @ My Library newest BPL program exploring the benefits of coloring for adults
 
BIRMINGHAM, AL-At 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 13, the North Avondale Branch Library will debut its newest adult coloring program on Wednesday, “Love to Color @ My Library.”

On July 15 and July 29, the Springville Road Regional Library will host “Color Me Calm,” its version of coloring for adults. On Monday, July 18 at 2 p.m., Woodlawn Library will host its own Coloring for Adults program, allowing older patrons to discover the relaxing benefits of coloring. In June, the Central Library and North Birmingham Regional Library hosted their own Coloring for Adults program. 

 The BPL’s 2016 Summer Reading programs added several coloring for adults activities across city libraries in response to demand. Several BPL locations, including Central, North Avondale, Smithfield and North Birmingham, have seen growing interest among adults desiring to color to relax. Love to Color @ My Library was among six new activities funded by the BPL Board of Trustees as part of its new "Innovative Cool Awards" program adopted and funded by the board in April to encourage staffers to develop engaging new programs to help generate enthusiasm and value for their library patrons.

Love to Color @ My Library will allow participants to engage in their creative side, socialize with others, and relax, said Saundra Ross, North Avondale Library branch manager.  Adults participating will engage in their creative side, socialize with others, and relax. Program participants in past adult coloring programs at North Avondale Library range from the early 20s to 95. The group meets monthly.

Here is a link to a video AL.com photographer Joe Songer took of a Central Library patron drawing a portrait during a Coloring For Adults program in January 2016: http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2016/02/adult_coloring_workshops_at_bi.html#incart_river_home

Leslie Deason, a librarian at the Central Library, came up with the idea to begin a BPL Coloring for Adults program last fall after noticing adult coloring gaining popularity among patrons, with coloring books for adults becoming best-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.

“It fits the mission of our library to serve the public,” Deason said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for our patrons to come in, relax and do something creative. It’s been very successful so far.”    

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For additional information about the programs and services of the Birmingham Public Library, visit our website at www.bplonline.org and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BPL. The mission of 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. 
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