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Artesia Public Library celebrates Artesia Reads

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Artesia Public Library Supervisor Erin Loveland does some work in her office Monday. This month the library is celebrating Artesia Reads. (Mike Smith Photo)

ARTESIA — The Artesia Public Library has dedicated this month to “The Great Gatsby” and “Alices Adventures in Wonderland.”

Library Supervisor Erin Loveland said this month is Artesia Reads, which is a community read on the classic works of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Lewis Carroll.

She said younger kids will be reading Carroll’s work and teenagers and adults will be focusing on Fitzgerald’s piece.

She added that there are several programs going on this month dedicated to both literary pieces.

“We partnered with some other local organizations, including the Artesia Arts Council and the Artesia Historical Museum and Art Center to bring programs (to the community),” she said.

This past Saturday there was a tea party at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center commerating “Alices Adventures in Wonderland.”

“It was really fun,” Loveland said. “We had it on the stage and we had two different tea party sessions it was open to kids ages 6-to-12 and they came and got to decorate a tea cup and sample different types of fruity herbal teas.”

Loveland added that Alice and the Mad Hatter showed up and they played croquet and the kids got some treats.

Loveland added that the partnership between the library and the museum will produce a King Tut at the Museum Escape Room.

“That’s open to ages 18-and-up,” she said. “It’s limited so you will need tickets and you can call the library to secure your spots.”

She said people will step back to 1922, “which is the year “The Great Gatsby” takes place as well as the year King Tut was discovered in Egypt.”

Loveland added, “so you will come in to see a speaker and something happens and you will have to escape the museum.”

In addition to the Artesia Reads festivities, Loveland said the usual story time activities will take place as well. Those happen every Tuesday morning.

“We’ve got our 10 a.m. Mouse Time and 10:30 a.m. Craft Time and 11 a.m. Lion Time,” she said.

“Mouse Time is for the more quiet reserved kids and the Lion Time is a little more active with song and dance and movement and we also have our 1920’s Crafts at the Library,” Loveland added.

Those classes are for people 13-and-up and will start tonight at 6 p.m. and will continue next week and will conclude on Feb. 20. Loveland said these are tie-ins for The Great Gatsby.

There will also be a book discussion on “The Great Gatsby” on Feb. 19.

The Artesia Public Library is located at 205 W. Quay and the phone number is 746-4252.

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