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by Deidre Beltran del Rio, Chelan Public Library

Why do we crave creativity? As it turns out, creativity is pretty important for our brains, health, and wellbeing. Creativity reduces anxiety, depression, and isolation — who hasn’t been dealing with that this year?! When we get into a “state of flow,” becoming totally absorbed in an activity (such as coloring), all kinds of good things are happening. Our heart rate slows, our immune system is boosted, and our mood is uplifted. Another bonus – engaging in creativity makes us smarter!

Spark your creativity with these NCW Libraries resources — available free with your library card!

Online Resources


Explore over 1,000 free arts and crafts instructional videos taught by top designers and artists. From art/design, sewing, quilting, paper crafts, knitting, jewelry, and crochet to a whole series for kids, Creativebug has something for artists and makers of all ages and levels. Check out this instructional video or click here to get started!

eBooks with Hoopla

Access these eBooks with your library card through, hoopla. Click on each cover to learn more.


Request these print books from your local library or online at Click on each cover to learn more.

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