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MILTON — The smell of wax and the sound of colored pencils scratching over paper filled the air at the Milton Public Library on Tuesday, as National Coloring Day was celebrated appropriately with young patrons.

Librarians read color-themed books and hosted a crayon station at the facility in honor of the special day, observed annually on Sept. 14.

Coloring, while great for young peoples’ creativity and motor skill development, also has gained a following among grown-ups recently. Studies show the pastime can help reduce stress and anxiety by relaxing the mind.

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