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Artesia Public Library gears up for busy month

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ARTESIA — After taking a break in December, business is set to pickup this month at the Artesia Public Library.

Library Supervisor Erin Loveland said the library will be partnering with the New Mexico School for the Arts, which is a public charter school based in Santa Fe.

She said this is the second time the library has partnered with the school. She added the school paid a visit to Artesia last year.

“They bring instructors down from different avenues of arts and they provide free workshops for teens,” she said.

Workshops from creative writing to visual arts will be taking place across the community on Jan. 27.

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The Santa Fe school will also be offering a dance residency at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Loveland said those will take place for three weeks starting Jan. 13. They will start at 2 p.m. and last until 3:30 p.m.

“The two Saturday’s before the 27th, they will put together a routine and actually perform during the student showcase performance,” she said.

That performance will start at 7 p.m. on Jan. 27 at the Estelle Yates Auditorium.

Regarding the workshops taking place at the end of this month, Loveland said registration is required and people can call the library if they’d like to register.

Loveland said participating in the dance workshops requires the three week commitment.

Regarding last month, Loveland said December is usually break time for the library.

“In January, our public story times will resume, those are on Tuesday’s, we are taking today(Jan. 2) off and will resume on Jan. 9 with our Lion, Mouse and Craft time and those will continue through the end of April,” she said.

Loveland said there will be some activities for the adults this month. Movies are set for Jan. 10, Jan. 20 and Jan. 24.

On Jan. 29, Loveland said the library will be partnering with the Artesia Senior Center for a macrame class. That will start at 10 a.m. and last until 12 p.m.

“That will be at the senior center and is open to all ages, you don’t have to be a senior to do that,” she said.

The next day, there will be a DIY from the Heart class from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Along with activities for the youngsters and adults there will also be some things for the teenagers, according Jessica Paschal teenage librarian.

The first activity for 2018 is, “a continuation of NaNoWriMo(National Novel Writing Month) just helping them finishing up their novels or editing them.”

She said that is slated for Jan. 4 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The following day on Jan. 5 she said there will be a meeting for teenager’s who wish to produce a video presentation for the Summer Reading Program.

She added the anime club will meet the next day on Jan. 6.

Paschal added that a new club called Fan Fiction Club will be meeting on Jan. 8 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“We wanna figure out what they want to do with Fan Fiction Club. Are we gonna read it? Are we gonna write it? Are we gonna talk about it? What exactly they (the teenagers) want to to do with it,” she said.

She said the Teen Advisory Board will then meet on Jan. 10 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. She said Artesia teens may stop by and have pizza, “and have a say in what’s going on and hear about future events and help plan future events.”

Then on Jan. 12, Paschal said teens can stop by for After Hours Game Night that will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. She there will be video and board games, snacks and pizza.

“I just need a phone number that works for an adult who can come pick them up,” she said.

The Artesia Public Library can be reached at 746-4252.

General assignment reporter Mike Smith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 307, or at sports2@rdrnews.com.

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