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Color Your World with the Library

Break out your crayons, markers, colored pens and pencils! The Library has new images, adapted from our collections, for you to color as you wish. Staying within the lines is totally optional.

The coloring pages are part of the Library’s growing package of school activities and learn-from-home material — and just fun stuff to do — that we’ve adapted from our collections since COVID-19. They can be found on the Library’s Families page, along with how-to-draw sessions from Dav Pilkey (of “Dog Man” fame); writing tips from Jason Reynolds, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature; and tutorials on how to make a mini book, among others. There’s more on the Engage page, too.

Ready to color? Check out this lovely photo of the Jefferson Building:

The Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building. Photo: Shawn Miller.

Presto, you can color it on this page. Click on the link, print out the image and you’re set!

If you have my (lack of) fine motor skills, you might want to take on something simpler, such as this Works Progress Administration poster advertising a pet show. The coloring book page is all yours. (There are two images on the link; the pooch is the second one.)

“Pet Show,” WPA poster, between 1936-39. Drawing: Arlington Gregg. Prints and Photographs Division.

There are plenty of other pictures to choose from, but perhaps none more challenging than the Library’s mosaic of Minerva. The coloring book page has plenty of room for all the detail you can muster, so don’t rush.

Mosaic of Minerva by Elihu Vedder in the Thomas Jefferson Building. Photo: Carol Highsmith.

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