Coloring for Grown-ups

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The Pryor Library invites you to share in the calming activity that’s sweeping the world – coloring isn’t just for kids anymore. 

The intricate designs aren’t ones you’ll find in children’s coloring books. They are often dense geometric or floral patterns, but are equally likely to be detailed fantasy scenes – even moments from popular TV shows like Sherlock or Outlander.

Coloring can be a great relaxation technique. It can lower the activity of the amygdala, a part of the brain that controls emotion and is particularly affected by stress. It promotes imagination and creativity, and allows us time to quiet our busy minds and focus on the moment.

It’s also just plain fun to see a black and white page slowly turn into a riot of color.

If you’d like to try it for yourself, the Pryor Library is hosting monthly coloring nights every first Monday at 7 pm.

The Library will provide coloring pages, colored pencils, tea and snacks, and a relaxing atmosphere. All you need to do is be ready to let your worries go for an hour or two … and just color.

[a version of this post was originally published in the Pryor Times.]


Your library can help … flavor your dinner


Marie clears leaves out of the garden.

Quick – what’s an easy way to jazz up almost any meal?

Fresh herbs, of course! And you can help yourself from the library’s herb garden any time, whether the library is open or not. If we’re here, we’ll be happy to help you identify and pick what you need.

Currently we are growing rosemary, thyme, chives, stevia, oregano, peppermint, and lemon balm, but check back often as our herb bed changes with the seasons.

For inspiration in using all these flavors, we recommend The Flavor Bible, by Karen Page.flavor bible

With thousands of flavor combinations from classic to inventive, your meals will never be the same!

At the Library, play is work

Play is work for small children.

That’s why our children’s area is full of opportunities for imaginative play. It can be as simple as blocks or as elaborate as our play kitchen – it all helps children develop their minds, refine their motor skills, and learn to work together.


You can find Early Learning Stations like our science center (don’t forget to say hello to Toby, our library turtle!), dramatic play area, reading nooks, and touchscreen computers loaded with educational games.