Utica Public Library news

Black film stars: The true ground-breakers 1900 – 1975

In recognition of Black History Month, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, the Utica Public Library will present a lecture, “Black Film Stars: The True Groundbreakers, 1900 – 1975.” A slideshow will accompany the lecture, which will pay tribute to the black men and women who broke ground in the cinema industry.

The presentation will start with the truly early stars like Noble Johnson and Ethel Waters and go right up to the stars of the Blaxploitation era like Richard Roundtree and Pam Grier.

Discover the beautiful, highly prolific and talented men and women who paved the way for the stars of today.

After the lecture, drawings will be held for free Sidney Poitier DVDs; everyone who attends will be eligible to win. The event is free to the public and includes free refreshments.

In the event of severe weather, the event will be rescheduled for May 18.

How to make a butter lamb

On Saturday, March 30, the Utica Public Library will host “How to Make a Butter Lamb” at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Saturday, April 6, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., in the Music Room of the library. Four sessions are now being offered due to the amount of public response. If one session is filled, patrons have three other sessions to choose from. Learn how to sculpt beautiful butter lambs in the Polish tradition for your holiday table. It’s fun and easy, and anyone can learn.

The library will provide the butter and all supplies.

The program is free to the public.

Registration is required; call the library at 315.735.2279 or register online at uticapubliclibrary.org. Sessions fill quickly. Registration begins Feb. 28.

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