If you thought coloring was just for kids…you’d be wrong.
Adults have realized that the activity is not simply child’s play.
Adult coloring books tend to fly off the shelves, especially around the holidays.
“This last Christmas we were selling adult coloring books right and left. But the other critical thing with that was the pencils or the crayons to use for that. Some of the suppliers that we had for those, they ran out,” says Chuck Wilder, owner of Books on Broadway.
Fear not. They’re back in stock, along with a variety of adult coloring books.
Fan of Harry Potter? There’s a coloring book for you.
Art lover? There’s one for you too.
You can even color the North Dakota state bird.
Looking to capitalize on the adult coloring craze, the Williston Community Library held its first coloring group for young adults.
“We were looking for a way to get young adults into the library. That age group is a little hard. They don’t think the library is as cool as other things are,” says Andrea Mitchell, the children’s librarian.
But Andrea believes coloring is a great way to draw young adults in and help them de-stress. And Zoe agrees.
“I love that it’s peaceful and it’s fun,” says 11-year-old Zoe Fergison.
Caleb thinks so too.
“Like she said, I get to relax and do it until my teacher yells at the students and we have to start doing class,” says 10-year-old Caleb Davis.
But for others it’s been a little while since they’ve tried their hand at coloring.
“I haven’t colored anything in a long time. I’m always playing video games,” says 12-year-old James Webb.
His brother Ryan plays them too and so do more than 90% of American kids.
But the hope is that young adults will put down the video games, get into the library, and start hitting the books.
The coloring books, that is.
The Williston Community Library will hold the young adult coloring sessions once a month.