As we approach the darkest time of the year, the idea of comfort comes to mind. This is a season that brings comfort to many with its cozy clothes, woodstoves, outdoor recreation and holiday traditions. Yet moving into Winter can also create the need for comfort as many face loss, hardship and doing without in cold weather. At the library we have a variety of upcoming programs and titles to help bring some comfort and enjoyment as the nights grow longer.
In keeping with the comfort of traditions, our last Open Mic night for the season is coming up on Friday, December 8th at 7pm. This Fall’s shows have been a great collection of music, poetry, and plays, and new acts are always encouraged. Mrs. Claus will also be returning to the library for a special evening Storytime on Thursday, December 14th at 6pm. Wear your PJ’s, bring your letters for Santa and join her for Christmas stories, songs and snacks. Bringing the comfort of organization and planning to a New Year, we will be hosting a Bullet Journaling workshop on January 14th.
As a reader, If you like to snuggle in then check out “The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living” by Meik Wiking. Added to our collection last winter and checked out many times since, this is a short beginner’s guide to the “happiest on earth” culture’s philosophy of well-being, togetherness and comfort. Isabel Allende’s latest novel “In the Midst of Winter” begins with a car accident during a snowstorm in Brooklyn that brings together three different characters, including an undocumented immigrant and two people in the ‘winter’ of their lives. Moving from there to Guatemala and 1970’s Chile and Brazil, this would be a good choice for readers who like to escape the cold through a book. And for those who take comfort from being outdoors with their little ones at this time of year, the recent donation of “Celebrating the Great Mother: A Handbook of Earth-Honoring Activities for Parents and Children” by Cait Johnson and Maura D. Shaw shares several ideas for the upcoming season including gathering and using your own smudge sticks and handmade ornaments for a Yule Tree.
One last yet important way of enjoying comfort is sharing it with others. Giving Tuesday may have just passed, however there are still many opportunities to help others this season. In doing so, perhaps we can bring a little more comfort to our community and beyond.