LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston Library’s successful adult coloring program has announced dates for the last session of the year in November and December.

Adult coloring has grown tremendously in popularity across the country. Coloring books are huge bestsellers, with Nielsen BookScan reporting that 12 million copies of coloring books were sold in the U.S. in 2015.

Studies show that coloring has a calming effect on mood, improving energy levels and even how well we sleep. The American Library Association praises these programs as a way to create community, encourage creativity, and allow for a safe and relaxing way for adults to socialize.

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"Coloring definitely has therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety, create focus or bring [about] more mindfulness," said Marygrace  Berberian, a certified art therapist and the Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for the Graduate Art Therapy Program at NYU.

Just like meditation, coloring also allows us to switch off our brains from other thoughts and focus only on the moment, helping to alleviate free-floating anxiety. It can be particularly effective for people who aren't comfortable with more creatively expressive forms of art, adds Berberian.

“Everyone is welcome to drop in for these sessions, for an hour of calm, creativity and socializing, and perhaps in the process, find their inner artist," said Archana Chiplunkar, Librarian, who runs these sessions.

Coloring books/sheets and supplies will be provided (along with some relaxing music)

Sessions are drop in (no registration required) and will be held on the following dates:

Monday evenings (7-8 pm): November 7, November 21; December 5, December 12

Thursday mornings (11 am to 12 pm): November 3, November 10, November 17; December 1, December 8, December 15