Free Coloring Books from 101 World-Class Libraries & Museums: Download and Color Hundreds of Free Images (Open Culture)

Open Culture: Free Coloring Books from 101 World-Class Libraries & Museums: Download and Color Hundreds of Free Images. “The free, downloadable adult coloring books that the New York Academy of Medicine solicits from museums and university and state libraries for its #ColorOurCollections celebration each February enliven our month far more than any Valentine or Presidents Day sale. They’re not just a great way to while away winter’s last gasp. They’re also a wonderful portal for discovering cultural institutions that have thus far flown beneath our radar, owing to size, geography, and/or field of study.”

Smithsonian Magazine: Here’s Your Chance to Color in Smithsonian Libraries and Archives Collections

Smithsonian Magazine: Here’s Your Chance to Color in Smithsonian Libraries and Archives Collections. “Pulling from digitized collections, Smithsonian Libraries and Archives has just released ten free, downloadable coloring pages as part of the Color Our Collections campaign. Whether you want to bring polychromatic glory to old black-and-white photos or scribble in vintage fashion plates, you’ll find a little something for everyone in this new packet.”

Slate: The Dark, Forgotten History of Coloring Books

Slate: The Dark, Forgotten History of Coloring Books. “What if the recent popularity of coloring books comes not from the creativity they purportedly inspire, but from the submission they induce? This, after all, has been their mission from the start. It may be lost to the fans of coloring books that their success peaked in the 19th century, when such publications taught children how to behave. And obedience seems to be what many of us crave in these pandemic days.”

Pull out those colored pencils: Museums worldwide are offering free adult coloring books for download (Philly .com)

Philly .com: Pull out those colored pencils: Museums worldwide are offering free adult coloring books for download. “Whether you consider yourself a natural born artist or a stick-figure-drawer for life, creating a colorful masterpiece has never been easier, thanks to the Color Our Collections campaign. The week-long initiative (through Feb. 8) invites you to choose from hundreds of adult coloring books, featuring images from the collections of quirky museums, libraries, and archives around the world.”

This Week is #ColorOurCollections Week

Did you know it’s Color Our Collections week at libraries everywhere? “The inaugural event grew out of a Twitter exchange between the New York Academy of Medicine and the Biodiversity Heritage Library. As it turns out, prints of woodcuts and engravings are just waiting to be colored in.” There’s not a lot of information in this article, but you can also search Twitter for #ColorOurCollections and you’ll find plenty.