An Evening of Hygge: Winter Comfort and Cheer

Have you ever heard of “hygge” (pronouced HEW-ga)? Hygge is a Danish concept that has been rising in popularity in the U.S. over the past few years. It refers to an atmosphere and experience of comfort and cheer, of coziness and contentment, whether you are with loved ones or alone. Because these feelings are often lost in the busy holiday season, we’re creating an atmosphere of hygge for adults on Wednesday, December 12 from 6-8 p.m. and would love for you to join us! You’ll find a cocoa and tea bar in the library’s Jones Meeting Room, along with a selection of books and a quiet space in which to read. There will also be a place to work on your holiday craft projects. Please dress for comfort and bring your coziest blanket!

Adult Services Librarian Lisa Krekelberg says an event based on hygge is especially important this time of year because “the holiday season can be so stressful. We think people will enjoy this opportunity to relax, socialize or read in a friendly atmosphere, and perhaps find a good winter book.” While the library has done holiday-related programs like this in the past, this is the first time we’re offering an event specifically modeled on hygge. Lisa says, “we plan to also offer hygge events on Wednesday, January 16, and Wednesday, February 13, as cozy retreats during the cold winter months.”

For more information on this or upcoming hygge events, call the Adult Services Department at 423-434-4454 and follow us on Facebook and Instagram. And if you’d like to learn more about the concept and practice of hygge, search “hygge” in the catalog on our website.

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