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 with books, workshops, and streaming 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. Find cooking and baking ideas for chilly days. Dish up some steaming 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. Find new ways to enjoy your favorite toasty beverages in these warming drinks cookbooks.

Attend arts and culture workshops and author talks.

Explore your creative side and connect with new perspectives at workshops ranging from kicking off a creative side job to music for wellness. Listen to talks on topics like navigating conflict and traveling Europe by foot. Browse the schedule of arts and culture events, part of the Everyone's Talking About It adult program series.

Tune out on gray days with streaming films and music.

Whether the colder days make you crave the escape of comedy or embrace the season with moody dramas, 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 instantly 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 our favorite new home and garden books. Embrace the cold with hygge books full of simple decorating ideas, crafts, and ideas to fill long winter nights. Bring the outdoors in with rustic and whimsical ideas in Bettina's picks for crafting with nature. Or, just get caught up in your favorite home and garden magazines without leaving your couch. Download as many as you like, including current and back issues, instantly from RBdigital. No due dates, no waiting, no fines. 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, hear about books we're looking forward to, and learn about our 2019 reading challenge on our podcast, The Desk Set. 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 new health eBooksself-help eBooks by women of color, and books that celebrate health and happiness at every size. And, if a warmer weather beach trip is part of your winter vacation plans, bring along one of these body-positive beach reads

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