Stressbusters: Color Me! 2018

Wednesday, Jun 6, 2018 - 5:30am to Sunday, Jun 10, 2018 - 11:00pm
9-1-1 Coloring Book

Color Me! Stressbusters banner

During the week before Final Exams, the UCLA Library hosts “Stressbuster” activities for students who use the libraries: fruit and coffee breaks; chair massages by professional massage therapists; and cuddle time with therapy dogs and miniature horses.

Two years ago, we learned that the hot thing nationwide is to provide printed images from a library’s collections and a table-load of crayons or color pencils.

So, at the Biomedical Library, we’re again offering-up printed and ready-to-color images from our collections. Following in the footsteps of Bess Bruce Cleaveland’s 1926 “Health Poster Patterns” and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company’s 1935 “ABC” health rhymes and illustrations (2016), and a 16th century Urine Wheel (2017), this year we offer timely Safety Tips!

911 Coloring book cover 911 Coloring book inside page

The first call placed on our national emergency telephone number, 9-1-1, was made in Hayleyville, Alabama, on 16 February 1968. GTE’s 9-1-1 Coloring Book apparently was distributed for free to its customers (perhaps with its White Pages or Yellow Pages directory), as the new emergency service was introduced. This booklet is undated—probably so that it could be issued as “new” at any time. We know it appeared no earlier than 1971, when GTE introduced its logo; and no later than 2000, when GTE was absorbed into Verizon. The 12-button Trimline telephone handset was introduced earlier, in 1968, adding “*” and “#” to the previous 10-button keypad.

Enid Blyton's Road Safety Colouring Book cover

This ABC booklet was issued in London by the Ministry of Transport, which existed by that name for several eras, including 1946-1953.

Pages from Blyton's Road Safety Colouring Book

Today, children’s book author Enid Blyton would advise riders of motorized and self-propelled kick scooters alike:  “… Never scoot in the tram lines [light rail tracks] – It’s foolish, not clever!”

The coloring activity materials will be available at the Public Services/Circulation Desk  of the UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library from 6 – 10 June 2018.