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GUEST POST BY MEG HARDER, Senior Library Assistant

Colour our collection

Learn about local history while you kick back and relax with a pile of pencil crayons!

The “Colour our Collections” movement started sweeping across the world earlier this year. Building off the popularity of adult colouring, libraries searched through their archives to make their own colouring pages, and even full colouring books, that the public can download for free!

You can find many of these pages by searching  #colourourcollections (or #colorourcollections for libraries in the US) on social media. Some notable ones have been highlighted here. 

Colouring pages have included  illustrations and woodcuts from the Folger Shakespeare Library, botanicals, dragons, and animals from the New York Academy of Medicine, and historic illustrations from the Bodleian Library at Oxford University.

JOIN US FOR THE COLOURING + CRAFT CLUB FOR ADULTS ON MARCH 7. COLOURING, CRAFTING AND SOCIALIZING FOR THE 20S/30s CROWD.
No registration required, just drop in to Central Library, 7 – 8:30 pm.

Inspired by this, Kitchener Public Library staff collaborated to make two colouring pages derived from maps of the Waterloo region in 1805 and 1861. Feel free to download and print them yourself, or find printed copies with the rest of our adult colouring materials in the Reading Lounge at Central Library.

See if you can find your current neighbourhood on these old maps – do you live in the former German Company, Hornings Tract, or Bechtel Tract? Are you living on the former property of Jacob Shantz or Samuel Bauman?

Download: #colourourcollections – Waterloo Region 1805

Download: #colourourcollections – Waterloo Region 1861

#colourourcollections - Waterloo Region 1805#colourourcollections - Waterloo Region 1861

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Author: Charlotte Prong

I'm the Social Media Editor at Kitchener Public Library. Follow us on Twitter @KitchLibrary, on Instagram @kitchenerlibrary, or like our page on Facebook.

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