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Next Tuesday at 4 p.m. is our annual egg coloring day here at the Library. If you know you are coming please let me know so I have an idea of how many eggs to boil. We use the dyes from the store that come in the kits and they may either be eaten or used for decoration.

The decoration of Easter eggs to further enhance their value became an art form centuries ago and continues today. Dyes were made from vegetables, edible flowers, fruits, coffee, tea, leaves, bark, and roots. Wrapping the eggs in ferns before tinting also created lovely designs. Western Europeans became experts at creating intricate patterns in vibrant colors on the small eggs.

Krashanky: The Ukrainian word means color, and these eggs are dyed a solid, brilliant color, often red to symbolize the blood shed by Christ on the cross.

Pysanky: The term comes from the word pysaty, meaning to write, and this describes how the egg is decorated. Intricate designs are drawn in wax on the eggs, a process closely related to batik. The eggs are then dyed many colors. Ukrainian artisans are famous for their pysanky.

Fabergé: Probably some of the most famous and most expensive Easter eggs known are those created by Russian jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé in the 1800s. The eggs were made of gold, silver and jewels and most opened up to reveal exquisite tiny figures of people, animals, plants or buildings. A total of 57 eggs were made. These are obviously museum artifacts of high value.

Egg coloring was always a great tradition at home when I was growing up, and also for all my kids, and still remains so today at our house. So whether you are an adult or child come join us!

See ya at the Library!