CLARK, NJ - At the end of each stressful week, the Clark Public Library offers a chance to relax with the Grown Up Coloring Club. Every Friday afternoon, library patrons gather in a conference room with music playing and pencils at the ready.

Coloring books, colored pencils, and gel pens are provided by the library. Workers are happy to make photo copies of a favorite page for the club to share. Some regulars even bring their own supplies.

Some of the coloring gets quite impressive. The more detailed pages can take hours to fill in.

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“I couldn’t do that,” one woman joked. “I don’t have the patience!”

But the Coloring Club isn’t about the end results. According to the American Art Therapy Association, creating art can enhance a person's "physical, mental, and emotional well-being." 

Clark Library club members say that coloring in the pages is relaxing and nostalgic, and the conversation at the club makes the afternoon light and enjoyable. The club used to meet monthly, but patrons enjoyed so much it was made a weekly event.

People swap pages and pens, asking what color would look best and catching up on the past week.

Any Clark Library patron looking to unwind at the end of the week can find creativity and new friendships every Friday from 1:30 to 3:00 in the second floor boardroom.

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