DIXFIELD — The Ludden Memorial Library is jumping on the adult coloring book bandwagon.

Librarian Peggy Malley said the library has set up an adult coloring book station for residents.

Adult coloring books, which feature complex patterns, designs and images, have risen in popularity over the past two years, Malley said.

“A lot of the libraries are doing it right now, so it seemed like a good thing to set up,” she said. “It helps people come into the library, and helps put your mind at ease. It’s a very relaxing activity.”

Malley set up the station Tuesday. It features an array of books and a tray of colored pencils. A dark-blue poster with the words “Color Me Calm” hangs above the bookshelves behind the station.

“People get so stressed out these days, and I think the adult coloring books help people forget about things that are bothering them,” Malley said. “Coloring is not just for kids. The adult coloring books have some complex designs, not the little cartoon figures in children coloring books. It’s a win-win situation.”

The station is open to anyone free of charge.

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