Take a deep breath and unwind at the library this holiday season

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Hillary Gavan/Beloit Daily News A grandmother and her grandson do a little reading at the Beloit Public Library. Library officials invite members of the public to a host of free de-stressing activities offered this holiday season.

BELOIT - Those looking for some relaxation for free might want to check out the Beloit Public Library's array of de-stressing activities this holiday season, including yoga, meditation, healthy eating, music by a flutist and harpist and other low-key adventures.

"We have lots of chances for people to disconnect from stress and learn techniques to unwind," said Beloit Public Library Marketing and Communications Coordinator Amy Mitchell.

On Dec. 3, the library will hold yoga for stress relief from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., taught by instructor Kim White.

On Dec. 10, there will be a meditation class from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. led by Susan Myoyu Andersen, a resident teacher at the Great Plains Zen Center.

On Dec. 17, there will be a heart healthy eating class from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. hosted by Samantha Skowronski, clinical dietitian with Beloit Health System.

On Dec. 21 from 10 a.m. - noon, Emerald Wind Music will share its flute and harp music in the library lobby as it plays Irish folk music.

On Jan. 7 and Feb. 4 there will be an evening of Hygge from 6 - 8 p.m.

"Hygge is the art of connecting with the world and oneself. The Danish have perfected this art," Mitchell said.

The lights will be turned down with candles with easy-listening music playing.

"You can play Scrabble, chess or read a book. It's just to embrace winter and do some self care," Mitchell said.

Mitchell said many of December's activities are intergenerational as the library works to reach teens and adults as well as young children. She encourages anyone with ideas for programming at the library to contact her.

"We are masters at collaboration and welcome outside groups and their ideas," Mitchell said. "We want our building buzzing and filled all of the time."

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