Coloring books for adults a relaxing hobby for many


About five years ago, adult coloring books became a trend. This activity was no longer the exclusive domain of children and intellectually challenged individuals.

Coloring books, color pencils, patterned templates, gift bags, coloring groups and parties — all things related to the activity of coloring — burgeoned.

Adult coloring books are not the same as children’s, although the basic concept is similar. In general, adult coloring books are printed on higher quality paper, have intricate designs and a wider selection of adult-related themes are available.

Advertisers presented coloring as a new hobby that is fun and easy so anyone can do it. The completed projects can be used as bookmarks or displayed on a wall to make ideal gifts.

Since 2014, the Catherine Schweinsberg Rood Central Library in Cocoa has provided space for coloring from 10 a.m. to noon every Monday.

“It’s a creative outlet for the public; it offers socialization,” according to a representative from the library’s refrence desk.

Materials are provided by the library at no cost and it is open to everyone.

The Space Coast Women Fifty Plus group also colors. Their primary goal is “to socialize, meet people and make friends by participating in various activities,” said Lynn Longenecker, a Palm Bay resident and the leader of the group.

Longenecker’s group meets at the West Melbourne Library at 2755 Wingate Blvd. from noon to 2 p.m. on the second and third Wednesdays. They color or play mahjong, with lunch afterward more often than not.

Each person brings his or her own coloring materials. This group is not library sponsored and is open to everyone.

Melanie Farinella said that coloring is “relaxing, using our brain, and an opportunity to get out of the house and do something different.”