Recently popular, the Danish concept of Hygge gives the sense of cosiness that is found when gathered together with others, especially in winter. Sometimes, people also think that Hygge involves books. However, that refers to another concept spreading throughout the world: the Icelandic tradition of Jólabókaflóðið (pronounced yo-la-bok-a-flot), which roughly translates as ‘Yule Book Flood.’ This a tradition dating back to World War II and still continues to this day. On 24th December, many Icelanders give books as gifts and spend the evening reading in each other’s company. Even better, there is often hot chocolate and blankets. Sharing a good book doesn’t have to be restricted to cold winter climates: if you are heading to sunnier climes, remember to pack a book.
To support your child’s reading during the holidays, we are increasing the number of books they can borrow to six. Please remember that parents are also able to borrow books (three per parent) for either personal reading or for you to share with your child. If you would like support picking a book to share with your children as a read-aloud, or if you would like a book for yourself, please pop into the library and our wonderful team will be happy to help. While some books may be too difficult for younger children to read independently, they can make for memorable shared experiences. Parents can visit the library after 3pm each day, and we are open until 4:30pm.