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Artesia Public Library offers programs for adults and teens

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ARTESIA — The Artesia Public Library is offering plenty of activities for adults and teenagers for the rest of this month and they’re offering a sneak preview of some activities for next month.

Jo Nickerson-Harper, adult services librarian, said Eddy County Extension Agent Woods Houghton will give a lecture tonight at 6 p.m. on gardening in Southeastern New Mexico.

“We’ve had an influx of people moving in here not only from other parts of the state, but from other states, and I had noticed that there’s a lot of people that are gardeners,” she said.

“I thought it would be good to have Woods Houghton come up here and do an introduction to gardening and the specific area, because of the new people that have moved in and have been purchasing homes in the area,” she said.

March 26, Nickerson-Harper will be conducting a macramé class at the Artesia Senior Center at 202 W. Chisum.

“I started doing this last fall,” she said. “I’ve been having it at the Senior Center and what it is, I basically teach them how to make the knots and do the macramé crafts, so that’s all it’s been,” she said.

The following afternoon at 4 p.m., Nickerson-Harper will be conducting DIY from the Heart and hidden storage will be the topic.

She said this program focuses on crafts “that make good gifts. We’ve done body butter in the past and last month we did Scrabble tile coasters. I came across this project where we make a hidden storage that you hide in your books.”

“It’s a box that has book spines in the front so that it slides in and it looks just like your bookshelf,” she said.

Looking ahead to April, Nickerson-Harper said the library will be hosting Movie and a Chat and a Craft.

“We’ll be doing “Dead Poets Society.” I haven’t decided on the craft, it will probably be something to do with poetry,” she said.

It will take place April 11 at 11 a.m.

Then on April 21 people can check out the Saturday afternoon matinee. Nickerson-Harper said they will be showing the Yul Brynner classic, “The King and I.”

She said the movies in the matinee series span nearly six decades.

There will be some activities for the teenagers as well, according to Jessica Paschal, teen librarian.

On March 24, the library will be hosting After Hours Gamenight.

“From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. the teens can come and will have video games, board games and pizza. They’ll just have to give me a working phone number for an adult and that’s all they need to get through the door,” she said.

Paschal said teenagers interested in poetry slam should clear out some spaces on the April calendar.

She said a series of workshops will be held at the library and everything will culminate with a presentation on April 28 at 2 p.m.

“They can prepare something they wrote or something that they have chosen from another poet to perform,” she said.

Besides the poetry slam next month, Paschal said teenagers may participate in the monthly role-playing tabletop game. That is set for April 7, the teen advisory board will meet on April 10 and the teen animé club will meet on April 21.

Paschal said the library has notifications and reminder text for teenagers. They can text @teeneven to 81010.

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