BERWICK – 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 itself 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 celebrate 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.