Houston, Texas is rich with culture, and the Houston Area Digital Archives division of the Houston Public Library works hard to capture the city’s history and make it accessible to all. In that spirit, HPL Cataloging and Metadata Services Librarian Jeanette Sewell recently submitted the digital archival coloring books designs she created.

Jeanette describes her process in creating the covers and pages for the online books:

For volumes 2-7, the covers were created with Canva, the coloring page images with Pixlr, and finally assembled in PowerPoint. Volume 1 was created with Pixlr and Microsoft Word.

I decided to make the first volume to coordinate with #ColorOurCollections, an online event that took place ion February bringing together the collections of archival institutions and repositories with free downloadable coloring pages. The volumes after that were created for a presentation that I recently gave for the Amigos Library Services annual member conference.

I have plans for two more volumes (maybe 3 to make it an even 10!) that I hope to present at some other upcoming conferences.


All of the coloring books can be found here on the digital archives.  If you are inspired to color some of the pages (and, seriously, prepare yourself to be sent down a creative rabbit hole when you start clicking through these!), send them along to Jeanette, as she hopes to feature some completed examples in her future presentations!