There isn't any wine but there is still plenty of fun.

Karen Alexander, branch manger for the Delaware County Library, said the idea for bring adult painting classes to the library came from national trend of classes where adults can drink wine and paint their versions of the same picture.

"We couldn't do the wine, but we still make it fun," Alexander said. "I have artistic people on my staff, one is a retired art teacher and another has an interest in art. We started with a buffalo painting and the response was very good."

The difference between these classes - outside of the wine - is that it is free for any adult who wants to paint in these classes.

"The [Friends of the Library] group puts aside quite a bit of money so that they could sponsor by buying the easels and the paint and any expenses we had," Alexander said. "They thought it would be a popular program and it has been true. We can get maybe 14 to 15 to sign up."

Alexander said they like to keep the classes small so those who participate can enjoy the class as well as the instruction from the teacher.

Another part of the popularity, according to Alexander, is the natural talents of the Native American population in Delaware County.

"It stands to reason that with a lot of tribal people, they are very creative and we are finding that true," Alexander said. "There is a lot of art people out there. They usually do it in their homes so we don't always know that but we are finding out that out.

"It's not just tribal people either. This area is very creative."

Popularity for the programs is reserved for Delaware County, though. Myriad of branch managers in the Eastern Oklahoma District Library System - which the Delaware County Library is a part of - have expressed to Alexander the popularity of similar programs at their branches.

Kelly Daugherty, a Delaware County resident, who participated in the previous painting class, said it was the first time she had participated in something like the adult painting class.

"I love [the class]," Daugherty said. "I've always been interested in doing something like this."

The next painting class at the library will be from 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15. For persons interested, call the library at 918-253-8521.

Library Programs

A number of other programs for adults and children a like are also available at the Delaware County Library.

A story time for children who are not old enough to go to school will take place at 2:30 p.m. every Tuesday in January at the library. Alexander said parents or grandparents are required to stay with their children during the story time.

For adults, the library also hosts adult coloring and adult crafting classes. Adult coloring, according to Alexander, is similar to the adult painting classes but those who attend can color what they would like. The class will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26.

An adult crafting class is also available. Alexander said the class uses household items to make crafts found on Pinterest. The crafting class will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19.

All three programs are free and open to the public.