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Libraries, meetup groups get into adult coloring craze

Adults caught up in the coloring book craze now have new and more social ways to participate: through libraries and meetup groups.

Libraries across the country are holding adult coloring programs more and more in response to the spike in interest, according to the American Library Association, including New York City, Denver and Milwaukee. There are also groups popping up through Meetup.com.

“People just love this. I think they feel successful, like they’ve finished something,” said Jane Henze, the adult-programming director at DeForest Public Library near Madison. “The neat thing about it, as far as stress goes, you’re concentrating on something, you’re not thinking about what’s going on at home or at work.”

She started the library’s free program this summer with colored pencils, snacks and photocopied images after seeing the success at another nearby library. They now do it twice a month, with between 11 and 16 people. So far, it’s been mostly middle-aged women, although two men attended.

The popularity of coloring is evident when you walk into any bookstore, many of which have coloring books prominently displayed. This month coloring books took up the top 10 spots on the New York Times best-selling list of games and activities, up from nine in December.

Carrie Danhieux-Poole, art therapist at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, said art therapists use coloring as an easy way to get people into other forms of art.

“They feel more focused, they feel more relaxed, maybe they report any anxiety they might have been experiencing having decreased with the adult coloring,” she said.

In Raleigh, North Carolina, a healthy living group that organizes through Meetup.com tried coloring for the first time at a local restaurant this month. Eight people showed up, their best attended gathering yet. They also have a waiting list for the next one.

One of the participants, Sophie Dangtran, 60, started coloring a few years ago when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She’s now in remission and recently picked it up again — with different results.

“I find the healthier I get, the more colorful my designs are,” she said. 

New, now, hot in travel: Coloring books with a sense of place

COLORING BOOKS WITH A SENSE OF PLACE: Coloring books for grown-ups are all the rage as a way to reduce stress and rediscover the simple joy of carefully filling in the spaces between the lines. 

Now Little, Brown and Co. is launching a new series of coloring books with a sense of place. “Splendid Cities” and “Secret Paris” will be published June 9, with “Secret Tokyo” and “Secret New York” coming out in October. Each book is 96 pages and costs $16. 

The books offer intricately designed black-and-white drawings filled with patterns and depictions just begging to be colored in. “Color your way to calm” is the series’ tagline.

In “Splendid Cities,” some of the cityscapes, architecture and details are real, inspired by San Francisco, Tokyo, Stockholm and other places, while some are imagined. The books due out in the fall evoke their destinations with representations of things you might find there, whether it’s ordinary items from a grocery store, flora and fauna, or items of clothing that are associated with the place — kimonos or lanterns for Tokyo, for example. 

The books will be available in stores and online.

CONDE NAST TRAVELER HOT HOTELS LIST: The May issue of Conde Nast Traveler features the 2015 “hot list” of the world’s best new hotels. The magazine says the 60 properties that made the list “combine old-school extravagance and service with just the right measure of modernity.” 

The list ranges from 21 Broad in Nantucket, Massachusetts, a restored 27-room Victorian mansion, to Raffles Istanbul, Turkey, a 185-room hotel in Zorlu Center, an upscale shopping and cultural complex. Others on the list include The Dean Hotel, Dublin; Delano Las Vegas:, Casas del XVI, Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic; Vina Vik overlooking vineyards in Chile’s Millahue Valley; Soho House Chicago; La Reserve Paris, and the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

NATIONAL PARKS PASS: Planning a road trip to hit national parks this summer? Consider buying an annual pass.

The passes can be used at national parks, national wildlife refuges and other federal recreation sites. A pass covers entrance fees and certain other standard fees for a driver and everyone in a personal vehicle, or up to four adults at sites that charge per person (children age 15 and under are admitted free). 

The pass is $80 and can be bought in person at a federal recreation site, by calling 888-275-8747, extension 3, or online. Details at http://www.nps.gov/findapark/passes.htm.