The Baltimore County Public Library system will mark "National Coloring Book Day" Tuesday with a countywide coloring celebration at its 19 branches.
As part of the event, library officials will provide a variety of coloring pages — along with crayons and colored pencils — for children, and more complex coloring pages for adults. At each branch, excluding those in Loch Raven and Owings Mills, there will be a 48-inch wide circular page with an intricate design for the community to color together.
National Coloring Book Day is sponsored by Dover Publications, which publishes adult coloring books. The company registered the day last year with www.nationaldaycalendar.com and this year's will be the second National Coloring Book Day, a company spokeswoman said.
Coloring books with intricate designs for adults have become popular in the past year, said Julie Brophy, the county library system's adult services director. Last September the library offered its first program dedicated to adult coloring, and the event was so popular that programs for adults interested in coloring are now available at branches around the county.
"I think it's something to do to step back and focus on something nice and quiet," Brophy said. "At the end of the day, hopefully, we'll have some beautifully-colored giant pieces of artwork in our libraries."
The library system will host other coloring events in August and September. For more information go to www.bcpl.info.