Cover image (May 29, 1970) from “Black News” via Brooklyn Public Library (L); Arabesques via NYPL (R)
Combining two trends–adult coloring books and open-access digital policies—#ColorOurCollections is a social media event during which 44 libraries, museums, archives, and cultural institutions from around the world are sharing free coloring pages based on materials in their collections. From the Brooklyn Public Library’s 1970 “Black News” cover to the South Street Seaport Museum‘s ship diagrams to the New York Botanical Garden’s floral illustrations, there’s something for everyone.
#ColorOurCollections was organized for the second year in a row by The New York Academy of Medicine Library to offer participants around the world “an opportunity to explore the vast and varied offerings of the library world, without geographical constraints.” The idea is to get people to share their creations on social media using the hashtag. In addition to the
In addition to the New York-based institutions mentioned above, some of the other heavy hitters include the Smithsonian Libraries, Cambridge University Library, and the National Library of Medicine. Last year’s pages are also still available for download and include 210 institutions with pages including botanicals, anatomical atlases, patents, and children’s classics. Download all the pages here>>
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