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Back when they were slow dancing in the school gym to Color My World, it’s doubtful today’s grown up baby boomers gave any thought to how actual coloring could help them cope in the adult world.

But coloring they are, amid an explosion over the past several years of high end coloring books, crayons, pencils and gel pens.

They are coloring in organized groups, in library sponsored gatherings, alone or with friends. And they are doing so in massive numbers.

No one is keeping a count of the number of Americans coloring, but according to an article in the Washington Post, more than 15 million coloring books were sold in this country in 2015. Up from 1 million the previous year.

“It’s a way to relax, to get your mind out of whatever the doldrums of the day are,” said Terry Dorr, a self-published coloring book author and organizer of a coloring club in Millinocket. “What it really boils down to, is just taking a break.”

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