Behind the secret, stress-free world of adult coloring books

It’s Tuesday night at Crystal Lake Public Library – and there’s not a worry in the world to be found.
No one is on their phones. No one is talking about work. No one is stressed.
And that’s because, like millions of adults around the country, these folks have gathered together for one thing: to color.
Pat Tetzlaff is a librarian at the Crystal Lake Public Library, where she heads up a program called “Coloring for Adults.”
The craze is one that’s slowly building – last year, more than 12 million adult coloring books were sold.
Colored pencil sales have increased 27 percent, and even major chains like target, Barnes & Noble and Walmart have dedicated entire sections to the books.
And it’s all for that momentary sense of relaxation when, if only for a moment, the rest of the world disappears.
Both the American Council on Science and Health and the American Art Therapy Association have published papers supporting the positive impacts the books are having on people.
Because we all deserve a moment to ourselves, when our worries fade away and the whole world goes quiet.
And if that moment is in color, well – all the better.
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