The Book of Delights

Barbour Branch Library Manager Irene Blean was listening to an interview on the NPR show “On Being” with the writer Ross Gay that prompted her to have an idea for a program.

Gay had written a book of essays called “Book of Delights.” Each day for a year, starting from his 42nd birthday, Gay wrote about the joys he experienced every day – his garden, coffee and donuts, the simple things that make up a rich life.

“It is joy by which the labor that will make the life that I want, possible. It’s not at all puzzling to me that joy is possible in the midst of difficulty,” Gay told On Being host Krista Tippett in a 2019 interview.

Gay’s words struck a chord with Blean, and she decided to do something about it.

“I thought the topic was relevant to people struggling with the pandemic,” Blean said.

Using Gay’s book as a jumping off point for discussion, Blean has put together an event where people can share the things that make them happy. “Come ready to share a gleeful moment you may have witnessed or beloved quote, song, poem or book,” Blean said.

The event will take place on Zoom, Thursday, January 14 at 7 pm. To register please call 860-695-7401 or email for a Zoom invite.

Blean hopes that by spending just a little while thinking about the good things in the their lives, they might be able to have a moment of respite from the stresses of the world around them. “I want people to realize that delight/joy is a choice for anyone to exercise and express in their lives, even when there is difficulty,” Blean said.

– By Steven Scarpa, Manager, Public Relations and Communications

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