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As employees of Bookmans, many of us are artists and were coloring ourselves.

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In the silent moments between songs — all with the names of colors in the title — laughter, quiet chatter and the repetitive swishing and scratching of color pencils moving across paper is heard as a group of adults sit together to color.Time is set aside on the third Friday of every month at Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N.First Ave., for “Adult Coloring Group,” allowing grown-ups a much needed time-out from daily life, as well as socialization with other adults. The library provides coloring sheets, crayons, coloring pencils and music, for the free activity, says Kelly Urman, adult services librarian at Woods Memorial Library.“Yellow Submarine,” a few people say in unison, when the famous Beatles song comes on.That gets them each a couple of yellow Starburst candies.In August of last year, the shop started its Adult Coloring Hour, which takes place at 7 p.m. Participants can bring a book to color or purchase one from the store.“It starts out looking like nothing and you look down and suddenly it looks like something,” Arnett says of the design she is working on.on the third Wednesday of the month and from 1 to 4 p.m. “I had a lady say she colors during scary parts of movies.

I though ‘oh my goodness, that’s just funny.”The “Adult Color Club” meets from 6 to 8 p.m. The free group has been meeting for about three months now, says Danielle Byers, the events liaison for Bookmans Speedway, 6230 E. It was started as a response to customer interest, Byers says.

“Bookmans was receiving regular requests for adult coloring books, so we wanted to fill that interest.

Urman plays a game with participants — first one to say the title of the song gets a candy that corresponds with the color in the title.

The popularity of adult coloring books has increased so much that the number of coloring books offered at Mostly Books, 6208 E.

Speedway, has tripled since last summer, says Bobbe Arnett, the store’s owner.

It now has three racks on a myriad of topics — Steampunk, The Walking Dead and Harry Potter, to name a few.