Do you miss summer? If so, my sympathies, because despite the occasional splashes of sun, it’s clear from the quickly descending twilights and the brisk temperatures that the season is long gone. On the bright side, however, if you don’t like autumn (sacrilege!), rest assured that it won’t last very long, either. After all, we already had snow on Schweitzer, so we’re actually closer to winter now than any other season! But I digress.
If the necessity of turning up the heat in your home has got you down, never fear; the Library is here! While I highly recommend making the most of this beautiful season and enjoying fresh apples and grapes and the brilliant colors tipping our trees, if you just can’t put on closed-toe shoes quite yet, or precipitation drives you inside, make the most of it by creating a cozy environment for yourself. And since nothing says cozy quite like candles, cooking, and crafting, without further ado, I bring you: Hygge!
But what is hygge, exactly? Roughly pronounced “hue-geh,” it’s the Danish art of creating an atmosphere of intimacy and contentment. It’s less an act than a feeling, so technically hygge can be experienced no matter what you’re doing or where you are, but there are lots of simple ways to increase hygge in your life (candles!). It’s a charming concept, and to read more about it, check out The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking, How to Hygge by Signe Johansen, or The Cozy Life by Pia Edberg, all conveniently located in your Library’s recently expanded and eminently browsable non-fiction collection.
If concepts aren’t really your thing, or you’d rather be *doing* something, then you’re also in luck, because the Library’s crafting section has you covered. From quilting, crocheting, knitting, and macrame, to rock painting, zen-doodling, and candle making, we have all the handicraft topics under the sun. If we don’t have a book on something, please request it! We have a lot of room in the craft areas right now, so if you have a hankering after some birch bark art or shriveled crabapple doll heads, let us know and we’ll try our best to get a book for you.
Or, maybe what floats your boat is less cozy and more creepy? We’ve got you covered there too! Search “Halloween handicraft” in our catalog, and start scaring the neighbors with your ferocious creations - then head inside to whatever comforting haven you’ve crafted, secure in the knowledge that your guardian pumpkin ghouls are repelling all strife and discomfort and allowing you to sit back, relax, and get your hygge on.
Vanessa Velez, Collection Development Librarian