Nicole Fowles: Color in peace at the library


In January, I teased in this column that you would be seeing more of the adult coloring book phenomenon come to the Delaware County District Library in the coming weeks. I am happy to announce that now you can walk into any of the DCDL branches and find a new section highlighting adult coloring books.

These books are available for you to check out with your library card, take home, and color in for two weeks. Don’t worry about photocopying the pages to not disturb the book. We want to see the books returned full of original masterpieces colored by our very own Delaware County community members.

Coloring while you’re in the library is also encouraged. We’ve got colored pencils available at our reference and information desks for you to borrow and take to a place in the branch where you can color in peace.

If you’d like your own set of colored pencils to have at home with you, you might consider entering the #DCDLcolors contest. Take a picture of any of your coloring masterpieces and share the picture on Twitter or Instagram using the tag #DCDLcolors and @delawarelibrary in the comments. Make sure you follow us so we can see your creations. Each week for a month we’ll pick one lucky winner to claim a 50-pack of colored pencils.

Log on to and search the catalog for any of the titles below to request a coloring book that suits your interests. There are 75 unique titles in the system, so you’ll have plenty to choose from. They include:

• “Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Coloring Book” by Johanna Basford. Beginning at the entrance to a fairy-tale forest, the journey progresses through highly embellished woods and through intricate flora. Castles, treasure chests and other magical elements add a fairy tale narrative to the designs.

• “The Official A Game of Thrones Coloring Book” by George R. R. Martin. In a world where weddings are red, fire is green and debts are paid in gold, countless images leap off the page (or the screen) thanks to the eye-popping intricacy of the vivid settings and details.

• “Nature’s Glory: An Uplifting Coloring Book” by Christina Rose. Find serenity in coloring the minute details of birds and beasts, and satisfaction in making your unique artistic choices.

• “Stress Less Coloring: Fantasy” by Adams Media. From magical mermaids and ethereal fairies to unicorns and other fantastic creatures, each stress-reducing page invites you to express yourself using your own unique palette to decorate the designs.

• “Beautiful Vintage: Creative Coloring for Grown-Ups” by Richard Merritt. From clockwork birds to art deco jewelry, to beautiful butterflies and beyond, these intricate patterns will make you eager to pull out your favorite colored pen and dive right in.

• “The Official Outlander Coloring Book” by Diana Gabaldon. From the lush green of the Scottish Highlands to the military red of a British soldier’s coat or the vibrant hues of a tartan kilt, the colorful world of Claire Beauchamp Randall and Jamie Fraser is now yours to explore.

• “Color Your Own Van Gogh” by Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam. “Paint” 30 of the artist’s most captivating works from the exclusive collection at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, using paints, pencils or even crayons.

Nicole Fowles

Glad You Asked

If you have a question that you would like to see answered in this column, mail it to Nicole Fowles, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware OH 43015, or call us at 740-362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting the library’s website at or directly to Nicole at [email protected]. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked.

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