Sprout Quick-Grow Packs
Sprout Quick-Grow Packs are full of fun information to grow your mind. Each pack provides a brief introduction to a different topic as well as a list of library and online resources where you can find more information. Answer the included question, and you could win a $75.00 Amazon gift card.
This month, we’re featuring the Danish art of hygge.
What is Hygge?
Most Danish sources insist that hygge (pronounced hue-guh) can’t easily be translated into English. However, the Cambridge Dictionary defines hygge as “a Danish word for a quality of coziness (feeling warm, comfortable, and safe) that comes from doing simple things such as lighting candles, baking, or spending time at home with your family.”
On her website HyggeHouse.com, blogger Alex Beauchamp says that “hygge literally only requires a conscious appreciation, a certain slowness, and the ability to not just be present—but recognize and enjoy the present. That’s why so many people distill ‘hygge’ down to being a ‘feeling’—because if you don’t feel hygge, you probably aren’t using the word right.”
Although most people associate hygge with fireplaces, candles, and something warm to drink, it isn’t just a seasonal quality. According to a video on VisitDenmark.com, with the right characteristics, even bicycles and beer can be hygge.
We can’t think of anything more hygge than curling up with a good book. Grab one of the books shown below and find a cozy spot—in front of the library fireplace or in the Quiet Room, perhaps—and discover the joy of hygge.
Enter to Win
To learn more about hygge, download the Sprout Quick-Grow Pack Getting Through February the Hygge Way. To be entered to win the $75 gift card, submit your answer in the entry box located in the main library by February 28, 2018. JCPL employees and their families are ineligible to win prizes.
Find Sprout Quick-Grow Packs on additional topics in the main library.