Each year on March 31, children and adults alike pick up their favourite colours for National Crayon Day. Opening up a box of crayons opens up a world of imagination and hours of fun.

Crayons not only add colour to our lives, but they’ve also been held as an analogy for the colourfulness of the human race and our ability to live together in a diverse world. Robert Fulghum, the American author, once said, “We could learn a lot from crayons; some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, while others bright, some have weird names, but they all have learned to live together in the same box.”

The Champlain Library is taking part in this celebration by encouraging patrons to get out their crayons and colour away. There are many websites available to obtain free printable colouring sheets, such as crayola.com and supercoloring.com. Some benefits of colouring include improving motor skills, improving focus and hand to eye coordination, helping self-expression and reducing stress, and boosting mental clarity.

The library’s take and make craft for children this week is Melted Crayon Butterflies. You can register for this kit on the library’s website in the kids’ programs.

The library is currently open to the public Monday to Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about the Champlain Library visit bc-cl.ca or call 613-678-2216 and Colour Away.