5 Cozy Ways to Spend Winter at Your Library

Winter Solstice has long been celebrated by bringing natural elements, warmth, and light indoors. Make the most of the longest night of the year and the winter season. Enjoy books, workshops, movies, and music to help you refresh in time for the new year.

Cook something simple and satisfying or warm up with a steaming hot or spiced beverage.

Whatever your comfort food is, you can find fresh ideas and recipes to try at your library. Add a new cookie to your holiday spread with these books for cookie season. Find cooking and baking ideas for chilly days. Dish up some ramen or crispy karaage chicken and other favorites of Japanese soul cooking. Whip up a meal that tastes slow-cooked in no time using pressure cooker cookbooks. Celebrate the season with festive specialty beverages that you can make at home. 

Attend a workshop at your library.

Explore your creative side and connect with new perspectives at workshops ranging from art to activism, Listen to talks on topics like zoning and segregation in Seattle and women's suffrage in Washington. Browse the schedule of events.

Tune out on gray days with streaming films and music.

Do the colder days make you crave the escape of comedy? Or do you embrace the season with moody dramas? Whatever your mood, turn to Kanopy for your movie night needs. Log in with your library card and PIN to choose from thousands of films from independent filmmakers. Download the Kanopy app for your mobile device or Roku.

You can also find a soundtrack to set the right mood for any winter gathering or moment of alone time. Borrow and stream up to 10 titles from hoopla each month. Log in with your library card and PIN to start streaming. 

Spruce up your space with home and garden books and magazines.

Refresh your space and keep your garden growing all winter long with these new home and garden books. Embrace the cold with hygge books full of simple decorating ideas and crafts to fill long winter nights. Bring the outdoors in with ideas from Bettina's picks for crafting with nature. Or, get caught up in your favorite home and garden magazines without leaving your couch. Download as many as you like from RBdigital. All you need is a library card and PIN to get started.

Get a head start on next year's goals with staff recommendations.

Learn how the library can support your New Year's resolutions. Tune in to our podcast, The Desk Set, where you can find out about our favorite books of the year and our 2020 reading challenge.

Find even more inspiration to meet your goals in booklists on topics like personal finance, travel, and health and wellness. Look to books about saving, managing, and understanding money. Browse travel memoirs by authors of color and literature set in cities around the world. Check out self-help eBooks by women of color, and books that celebrate health and happiness at every size.

Is a warmer weather beach trip part of your winter vacation plans? Bring along one of these body-positive beach reads