Happy Sunday! <3 I may gotten a little carried away with iMovie -- but it was so much fun! As promised, here is a review + sneak peak of Lacey Losh's Libraries Around the World Adult Coloring Book. If you are curious after watching this youtube clip, check out the text of her full interview below in this post! You can also join her Coloring with Lacey -- Community Facebook page to connect with other folks coloring, sharing, playing, and being inspired.
Want one or want to carry them in your store? Lacey's Libraries Around the World Coloring Book is available from online distributers like:Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, BooksaMillion.com, AbeBooks.com, BookDepository.com – (FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE), Indigo.ca, IndieBound.org <3
Questions for Lacey! How and when did you first come up with the idea for this book?
The online articles about the mental health benefits of coloring for adults caught my attention last spring. I’m a community organizer with a Lincoln, NE-based nonprofit, Common Root, and one of our members suggested we hold a free, all-ages coloring event at our space. The event was a huge success, and I think this was the moment the gears started turning in my head about publishing my own coloring book.
It was an inspiration seeing members of the community, from all walks of like, sitting together in one room, talking, creating and interacting as they colored.
I have been the steward of a little library in my front yard for about 2 ½ years, and I realized that I have connections online to stewards of other libraries throughout the world. Wouldn’t THIS be a cool way to combine two of my passions - art/design and a love of reading - with two of my favorite trends - adult coloring and little libraries?!
How did you find and collect stories/photos of the different libraries?
I began by contacting my friends who are also little library stewards via Facebook, as well as librarians I know at public libraries. As stewards got excited about the project, they helped me get the word out to other stewards they know across the globe, and before I knew it, my inbox was flooded with photos and stories from libraries in different corners of the world!
What was the process of creating this book like?
Earlier today I had someone ask me whether I used automatic photo conversion software to create the line art images of the libraries included in the book. While I did use a combination of Photoshop filters and the tracing capabilities of Illustrator software, I did a lot of the digital line art from scratch. There are 50 libraries represented in the book, and I would guess that I spent a minimum of 2 hours creating the line art for each library, while some of the more complex coloring pages took upwards of 5 hours to create.
In the time I was creating the line art images, I was emailing and chatting with stewards, asking them their favorite things about their library. I asked for special stories, interesting tidbits or any other details they’d like to share in the book. For example, several stewards built their library as a memorial for a loved one, and that’s a great way to pay tribute to their memory. Little libraries bring so much joy to the communities they serve, so stewards were excited to share details with me to include alongside the line art drawing of their library.
Do you have a favorite little library (besides your own, of course!)?
You know, I’m not one to pick favorites, but I feel intimately familiar with the libraries I created line art for. I feel like I know every nook and cranny of the libraries represented in the book, and would recognize them as old friends if I were to visit them in person.
I love your Coloring with Lacey community page! What inspired it’s creation and what do you hope comes about because of it?
Thank you, I love it too! My dad actually gave me the idea. My parents have been incredibly supportive of the whole process, and since they’re little library stewards themselves, they had a lot of insight to share. Dad thought having a community group, where everyone's posts take center stage, would be a great way to engage with fans of the Libraries Around the World Coloring Book, and to generate interest in adult coloring among folks who haven’t picked up a crayon since elementary school!
I belong to several Facebook “adult coloring” groups, and I love the community aspect of sharing what you’re working on coloring, your progress, your pitfalls, your favorite coloring books and favorite art mediums.
The Coloring with Lacey - Community Facebook group was created as digital meeting ground for folks to share their artwork, completed coloring pages and/or their works-in-progress. I’d also love for members to share tips, tools and techniques, ideas or articles related to art, design and coloring. I hope we can encourage one another to create by sharing our artwork.
As you know, I’m building a tiny house. I plan on having a little free library with it. Any thoughts on tiny houses or how tiny houses and little libraries relate?
I feel there are significant overlaps to the culture of tiny home building and little library stewardship. First of all, both encourage doing more with less. If you can make efficient use of your space in a tiny home, libraries become one of the best, free resources you can find if you’re a reader. There’s no need to store shelves full of books if you have an ever-evolving collection of great books in your little library or borrowed from a local public library. There is an aspect of alternative living styles, free culture and community building in tiny home building (especially if you’re considering having a tiny home in an intentional community) and in little libraries as well.
How do you spend your typical weekday and what is your favorite part of it?
I have a full time job as a Digital Prepress Specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. So, a typical day is a 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM shift of preparing other graphic designers’ work for printing on press. I go home for a lunch break to check up on the contents of my little library, heat up some leftovers and visit my pet birds, Scout and Kiwi. My evenings often consist of seeing family, friends and hosting or planning community building events with Common Root. Then, when I get home at night, I love to spend a few minutes coloring or reading before I go to sleep, to clear my head and feed my passions.
My favorite part of the day changes often, but the evenings spent with loved ones and doing work I care about, is typically the most enjoyable for me.
Would you like to share anything else? <3
A special thanks to my partner, Andira, for all her love and support as this project took over our lives. It went from concept to published reality in just five months!