By Abby Burbary
The Mason Times
As spring approaches, the Capital Area District Library in Mason prepares for its first annual ‘Coloring for Adults’ event.
Mari Garza, youth services librarian at the CADL in Mason, said the event will take place on March 18 from 2:00-3:00 p.m., and will provide coffee, tea and cocoa, colored pencils, markers and a selection of coloring pages designed specifically for adults.
“It’s not quite the same as coloring a kids page,” Garza said.
Garza said the library wanted the event to be a way for the community to meet and come together, while providing a relaxing and stress-relieving experience for adults.
Regarding the amount of people registered to attend this event, Garza said that there will most-likely be a decent turnout.
“I think if we get 5 or 6 people, that would be great,” Garza said.
As this event will be the first ever ‘Coloring for Adults’ hosted by the library, Garza said the idea came from the head librarian, Cheryl Lyons, and their administration office downtown purchased the coloring books.
“It has been a program that other libraries have tried before as a way to bring the community closer to de-stress, relax and enjoy coffee,” Garza said.
Jamie Ruthenberg, an author and illustrator, said this event is a wonderful idea, because it allows adults to focus on the details of creating something.
“Even if they don’t see themselves as a creatively inclined, it’s a chance for people to release creativity in a low-pressure and lighthearted setting,” Ruthenberg said.
Ruthenberg said she rates her stress level very high, and she believes attending this event would help relieve stress, speaking from her own experiences as an artist.
“My mind clears of everything as I focus on the fine details of creating a particular piece,” Ruthenberg said. “If I am upset or worried, as soon as I sit down to draw or paint, those feelings immediately leave me.”
Ruthenberg said she believes creativity taps into a different part of the brain, in order to shift away from the other life stresses one might have.
“It’s quite magical actually,” Ruthenberg said.
Ruthenberg said if she attended this event, her favorite part would be the actual coloring and artistry, although the hot cocoa is a nice addition.
“If I had the time, I would totally enjoy this kind of event,” Ruthenberg said.
Deborah Cwiertniewicz, the City Clerk of Mason, said she thinks this event is a good idea that could be very popular.
“When you can bring people together for the common good and for fun, it is always a good idea,” Cwiertniewicz said.
Cwiertniewicz said she predicts residents of Mason would love to attend this event because March is a great month to get out of the house and try something new.
“In March everyone has cabin fever, and this is something fun to do, so I expect that the library will have a great turnout,” Cwiertniewicz said.
Cwiertniewicz said her overall thoughts on the first ‘Coloring for Adults’ event are very positive, and it will be a great event for Mason as a community.
“Anytime people with a common interest can come together for something fun and bind new relationships, it is a good thing,” Cwiertniewicz said.