Library answers winter despair with hygge, the Danish art of comfort, at a Friday event
Residents despairing over the 22 inches of snow dumped this week and the knowledge another storm is on the way are welcome to cocoon Friday at the Cambridge Main Library, which is finding ways to make its space even cozier with a “hygge event.”
The faddish Danish art of comfort (pronounced HOO-gah) has been adopted already at Somerville’s public libraries, which have gone so far as to provide adults-only crafts alongside cocoa at a few winter events. Cambridge’s event is intended to be one-time only, though program and events assistant Emily Lunardi said the library wouldn’t close any doors.
For the 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday event, come to the 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge, library expecting tea, hot chocolate and some soft fabrics and lighting. “We’re turning our community room into a cozy space that fits the hygge tradition,” Lunardi said. “The idea was that in this wintry time we were going to reserve a room in the library for part of the day and set up the hygge space and really follow the tradition to allow people to come by and read, chat or drink coffee or whatever it is, and just enjoy the space.”
The hygge idea was proposed by staff who “had an interest in it for their own personal reasons, and they wanted to bring it to the library,” Lunardi said.
For people unfamiliar with the concept, there will be information about hygge on hand, though the library might want to move faster on these trends: Since hygge got big, the Danish concept of lykke (pronounced loo-kah, it means “happiness”) and Swedish notion of lagom (pronounced lar-gum, meaning “moderation”) are giving their own slow, friendly waves for recognition.