NORTH PORT, Fla. – Members of Branch 56 of the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America stepped forward this Easter to decorate the libraries of the Sarasota County Public Libraries in southwest Florida with traditional Ukrainian crafts, artifacts and art forms. The project was organized by Jaroslawa (Slava) Stefanyshyn, the branch’s cultural and museum coordinator. The president of Branch 56 of is Alexandra Popel.
Those members who arranged the displays, which included select items from their own treasured collections, included Klara Szpiczka and Halyna Lisnyczyj (North Port Public Library); Romana Guran and Ms. Stefanyshyn (Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Public Library); Oksana Lew and Ksenia Kuzmycz (William H. Jervey Venice Public Library); Bohdana Puzyk and Irene Copie (Selby Public Library); and Ms. Stefanyshyn, Lieda Boyko and Olena Boyko (Fruitville Public Library). Lidia Bilous, Tania Silecky and Roxolana Saciuk also generously contributed artifacts for the Easter displays.