"Journey Through Eastern Europe" at the Library!

Celebrate the diversity of East European cultures, languages and people during the series, "Journey Through Eastern Europe," throughout the fall at various Indianapolis Public Library locations. Arts and craft workshops, storytelling, and performances in music and dance will be presented for all ages.

Programs in this free series include:

"Pisanky of Ukraine"
Teens ages 15 and up and adults are invited to learn about the symbolic patterns and motifs in the Pisanky and discuss the talismanic properties. Participants will each make a decorated wooden pisanka egg during this two-hour program. Registration is required.

"Serbian Cilim Rug Designs"
Teens ages 15 and up and adults are invited to learn about the tradition of rug making in Serbia and cultures around the world. Using simple, easy-to-make looms and brightly colored fibers, participants will learn the basics of weaving to make a small tapestry in the Serbian tradition during this two-hour program. Registration is required.

"Russian Lacquer Boxes"
Teens ages 15 and up and adults are invited. Russian lacquer boxes are each a unique, inspired creation depicting 19th century Russian peasant life and reproductions of famous paintings. Each participant will paint a paper mache box in the style of the Russian lacquered boxes.

"Lithuanian Cross Crafting"
Teens ages 15 and up and adults are invited to learn about Lithuanian cross crafting, a traditional art form and an important symbol of the Lithuanian people. Participants will make a cross of metal and wire inspired by this style of Lithuanian folk art during this two-hour program. Registration is required.

"Origin of Vampire Stories in Eastern Europe"
Teens ages 15 and older and adults are invited to discover the origins of vampire beliefs in Eastern Europe – why and how vampire beliefs arose, who (or what!) could become a vampire! This program is presented by a specialist in Slavic folklore from Indiana University - Bloomington. Parental advisory: This program is not intended for younger audiences. Registration is not required.

"Folk Art Toys of the Czech & Slovak Republics"
Children ages five and up and families are invited to use common household materials to create brightly colored painted toys and connect with the traditions of families from the Czech & Slovak Republics during this two-hour program. Registration is required.

"Romanian Folk Masks"
Children ages five and up and families are invited to explore Romanian folk tales and sculpt their own mini mask puppet using a variety of materials during this two-hour program. Registration is required.

"Songs, Stories, Dance, & a Taste of Europe!"
Individuals of all ages are invited to explore the music, stories, and folk dances of Eastern Europe during this program presented by Yurtfolk. Sing in different East European languages, dance, and explore the rich cultures!  Enjoy a little Taste of Europe! No registration is required.

"ROCK Music and Politics of the Czechoslovak Underground"
Individuals of all ages are invited to trace the development of Czech rock music from its beginnings in the 50's and through its underground development in the 1970's and 80's. Learn about the rock band The Plastic People of the Universe and their trial in 1976 which was the impetus for the human rights declaration Charter 77 founded, among others, by the dissident and future president Václav Havel. No registration is required.

"Gypsy Stories"
Individuals of all ages are invited to enjoy a wonderful caravan of gypsy stories from Eastern Europe. This exciting performance, presented by Lou Ann Homan of Young Audiences, weaves myths, stories, and folklore as colorfully and skillfully as the fibers in a carpet. No registration is required.

"Russian Folk Dancing"
Individuals of all ages are invited to learn the different styles and interpretations of Russian and Cossack dances.  Participants will also learn about Russian folk costumes and the history behind Russian folkdance and music.  No registration is required.

This series is presented in cooperation with the Indianapolis Art Center, Nationalities Council, IU Bloomington – Russian & East European Institute, Czech & Slovak Society of Indiana, Indianapolis Lithuanian Community, Indianapolis – Piran Sister City Committee, Latvian Community Center of Indianapolis, Polish Cultural Society of Indiana, Romanian Cultural Society of Indiana, and Taste of Europe Indianapolis – Imported Specialty Foods.

Call 275-4099 or visit www.imcpl.org for more information about these free Library programs.