The long and ‘short’ of it

Ber­wick li­brary marks short­est day of year

Annapolis Valley Register - - NEWS - KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA BER­WICK, N.S. Sara.Eric­s­[email protected]

Most peo­ple who walked through li­brary doors and into a sol­stice event in Ber­wick were pleas­antly re­minded that Dec. 21 was in­deed the short­est day of the year.

“Peo­ple are kind of like, ‘oh right, to­day’s the sol­stice!’ when they’ve walked in to­day,” laughed Bar­bara Lipp, branch man­ager at the Ber­wick and Dis­trict Li­brary, where an event mark­ing the sea­sonal cel­e­bra­tion was hosted Dec. 21.

Lipp and li­brary clerk Ju­lia Rose worked with their col­leagues to set up an in­for­ma­tive dis­play with facts about the sun and why peo­ple cel­e­brate the sol­stice – all things they said can some­times be for­got­ten dur­ing the sea­son’s hy­per­fo­cal Christ­mas prepa­ra­tions.

Rose said she her­self en­joys cel­e­brat­ing the sol­stice be­cause it’s a nat­u­ral event peo­ple can phys­i­cally ob­serve.

“The amount of time dur­ing the day is no­table, and I like to cele- brate the fact that days are go­ing to get longer from here on out. Ev­ery­thing will be brighter, and there’s lots to look for­ward to,” she said.

Rose says the event is also a nice re­minder to slow down and ap­pre­ci­ate what na­ture is up to around us.

“It’s about clos­ing out the year that’s passed, and I like shar­ing it es­pe­cially with youth be­cause ev­ery­thing is al­ways so busy – ev­ery­thing is al­ways hap­pen­ing – and you get to stop for a minute, and be like, ‘oh wait, this is re­ally hap­pen­ing around us,’” she said.

Lipp said groups of crafters were en­ter­tained by the card and book­mark-mak­ing sup­plies, and sam­pled treats and hot ap­ple cider as they re­con­nected with what the sol­stice means – win­ter is re­ally set­tling in.

She said oth­ers also came in in­spired to read more on the sol­stice, and left with books and pieces of in­for­ma­tion on the sub­ject to share with loved ones.

“Peo­ple look for those sim­ple words to dis­cuss and cel­e­brate it with their fam­i­lies,” said Lipp.

SARA ERIC­S­SON

Ber­wick and Dis­trict Li­brary branch man­ager Bar­bara Lipp says, “peo­ple are kind of like, ‘oh right, to­day’s the sol­stice!’” when they walked into the li­brary Dec. 21 as a sol­stice event was tak­ing place.

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