Carybokaflod, December 14, 6:30-8:30 PM
Friday, December 02, 2022
Dear Cary Library Community,
The Icelandic tradition of Jolabokafloð [YO-la-BO-kah-flawed], or “Yule book flood,” dates back to World War II when imported gifts were scarce and costly. Paper was one of the few items that was not subject to rationing and the citizens of Iceland already had a strong literary tradition. Icelandic book publishers sent a catalog of titles to every household and encouraged people to give books for the holidays. The tradition remains even today - with gifts of books and chocolates exchanged in anticipation of cozy evenings spent reading by the fire.
This year, we are “borrowing” this tradition from our neighbors to the northeast and hosting our first ever Carybokafloð [Cary-bo-kah-flawed]!  As the days grow shorter and the weather grows colder, we’re inviting you to join us for a lovely, calm evening of reading.
Stop by the Cary Library between 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14. 
  • Grab a comfy chair and read for a while
  • Talk with library staff for book recommendations or browse one of our displays
  • Enjoy hot chocolate, tea, and other goodies
  • Participate in some easy craft projects (for all ages)
  • Attend a story time in your pajamas (sorry, just for the little ones!)
  • Take a photo of yourself at our selfie station #CozyAtCary
  • Shop the Friends Book Store
  • Cary Library giveaways - while supplies last!
Please stop by and see us on the 14th - or any other day when you have a moment to reconnect with books.
Warmest wishes for a book-filled winter,
Koren Stembridge
Library Director
Note: While Jolabokaflod is an Icelandic Christmas tradition, our celebration is a secular one. All are welcome.