Coloring, it would seem, isn't just for children.

Visitors to the Leavenworth Public Library may have noticed something strange upon entering the facility – a refrigerator.
What's on the refrigerator does not seem strange – creations of colorful art.
What is different are the creators.
The work has been produced by members of a newfound coloring club at the library who are adult residents of Leavenworth.
Coloring, it would seem, isn't just for children.
"People have such stressful lives," said Cindy McGuire, director of programming and marketing at the library. "Coloring is a chance to de-stress during the day."
The coloring program is informal and meets just once a month during the lunch hour in the Jahn Room at the library.
The coloring sessions, which began in August, are held from noon to 1 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month. There is no cost and participants do not have to sign up in advance.
McGuire said she has received requests to add additional coloring days each month.
The first month attracted 13 people. The September session attracted 20 people.
McGuire has a collection of coloring sheets and coloring books she makes available to participants.
She also gets input from participants about what kind of coloring sheets they are interested in.
Colored pencils, crayons and markers are made available for each session. McGuire recently acquired gel markers that will now be available.
Calming music and a relaxing slide show are played during the coloring hour.
"It's a relaxing way to spend your lunch break," said coloring club participant Megan Sharples. "I don't know that I would call mine artwork. It's just coloring a page. I don't want to put pressure on myself to make it look fantastic, just nice through my eyes."
McGuire said the library's new club follows a recent trend of adults who are coloring as a way to relieve stress and to stimulate their senses.
"In the simplest terms, coloring has a de-stressing effect because when we focus on a particular activity, we focus on it and not our worries," wrote Elena Santos in The Huffington Post. "It also brings out our imagination and takes us back to our childhood, a period in which we most certainly had a lot less stress."
McGuire compares the program to music therapy or art therapy.
"Coloring helps you focus and helps you be creative," McGuire said. "You don't have to make the drawing. You just have to decide what color you want it to be."
McGuire said the coloring club has support from Matt Nojonen, director of the library.
It was Nojonen, in fact, who came up with the idea to place a full-size refrigerator in the lobby of the library and have it decorated with coloring sheets from the coloring club, a twist on the common practice of posting children's artwork on the refrigerator at home.
"We might have jobs that are demanding and time-based," said club participant Jessie Polk. "But here I've got these flowers on a sign and it takes time to fill in all the circles and gaps, so you're compelled to take time and disengage."
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