{a r c h i v e + a r t} #ColorOurCollections, February 1-5

Library lovers and artists of all stripes will adore the abundance of creative, archives-related goodness happening on the Internet this week. Libraries across the world have opened their collections for coloring with free coloring book pages available online.

The New York Academy of Medicine is sponsoring the event and inviting people to share their creations with the #ColorOurCollections hashtag.

FullSizeRenderI digitally colored this image from Walter de la Mare, Down-adown-derry: A Book of Fairy Poems with illustrations by Dorothy P. Lathrop, New York: H. Holt, provided by MU Ellis Special Collections Rare PZ8.D37 Do 1922.

This participatory digital humanities event is appropriate for kids of all ages.

P. F. Anderson picked up my video and added it to her Storify article about #ColorOurCollections. Check it out to view a stream of libraries’ coloring books and see how other people have colored the classics.


Click here for the list of 127 participating libraries (and counting) on Twitter.


Just a few of the libraries inviting us to color their collections.

New York Academy of Medicine (event sponsor)

New York Public Library

Oregon Health and Science Library

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Open Library

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