By Mina Corpuz

@mcorpuz@nashobavalleyvoice.com

The Groton Public Library staff wants the community to focus on one thing this year: Happiness.

For the 13th year of the Groton Reads program, the committee chose "The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living" by Meik Wiking. Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) is a concept of coziness, family, and appreciation for the little things in life.

Library Director Vanessa Abraham said these ideas resonate with the community.

"It felt like the right tone for this year," she said.

Examples of hygge include sitting by a fire place, going out for a walk outside, or making a meal.

Comfort is a key aspect of hygge -- a cozy blanket, a cuddly beagle
Comfort is a key aspect of hygge -- a cozy blanket, a cuddly beagle

The book, which was announced at the beginning of the month, has already gotten positive feedback from the community, Abraham said.

Library patrons can find out how many acts of hygge they already incorporate into their lives and try new ones through a bingo challenge, Abraham said. Those who get five in a row can get a small prize.

Other program events in the upcoming months will include:

* Melted Cheese for Comfort in the Cold, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. Beth Falk, owner of Mill City Cheesemongers in Lowell, will teach participants how to prepare fondue, raclette, and other melted cheese dishes. Tastings are included.

* Be Happy! The Science of Happiness & How To Be Happier, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m.


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Lizzie Casanave, professor of philosophy at Northern Essex Community College, will talk about the concept of being happy through changing the way we think

* A live panel discussion of "Little Book of Hygge" on March 6 at 7:30 p.m.

* Chocolate: The Secret Indulgence, March 7 at 7 p.m. Mike Cross, a chemistry and forensic science professor at Northern Essex Community College, will talk about which chemicals can cause biochemical reactions in the brain, how to taste chocolate for quality, and how to eat it.

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