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Color Our Collections

Color Our Collections 2020 title page

For several years, the NYS Library has joined other libraries and cultural institutions around the country and the world for #ColorOurCollections.

What is #ColorOurCollections?

Originated by the library of the New York Academy of Medicine, #ColorOurCollections takes place during the first week in February. The week-long "coloring fest" on social media invites both children and adults to "explore, color and connect" with libraries and their collections.

  • Download the Library's previous coloring books:
    • NYSL 2020 coloring book (pdf, 5.4 MB) -- Ten images from our historical collections, including bookplates and illustrations from early twentieth-century magazines and a children's book.
    • NYSL 2019 coloring book (pdf, 5.25MB) --Ten images from our historical collections including bookplates, a map detail, illustrations and decorative letters.
    • NYSL 2018 coloring book (pdf, 4.5 MB) -- Ten images ranging from decorative arts to heraldry/genealogy to political cartoons from the struggle for women's suffrage, drawn from books, periodicals, newspapers and artwork in the Library's collections.
    • NYSL 2017 coloring book (pdf, 2.1 MB) -- Thirteen images from early twentieth-century women's magazines in our periodicals collection, including a mix of advertising images, cartoons and article illustrations published between 1909 and 1921.

You can visit The New York Academy of Medicine Library's Color Our Collections pageexternal link for links to many additional coloring books/pages from other libraries and cultural organizations participating in #ColorOurCollections.

Last Updated: July 14, 2021