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The New Artesia Public Library from the Students’ Perspective by Caylee Morrison, Anniston McCaleb, Kristen Ponce, Vynnessa Croci and Kaitlyn Devine JO U R N A LI SM ST U DEN TS AT A RT ESI A H IGH SCH O OL
ive Artesia High School Journalism students had the pleasure of sitting down with Sandi Lanning, Elizabeth Stephens and Sandra Borges with the Friends of the Artesia Public Library, and Hayley Klein, Executive Director of Artesia Chamber of Commerce and Artesia Library Foundation Director, to discuss the brand new Artesia Public Library. The excitement radiating from these women when they spoke of the library was contagious, and it didn’t take long before we felt this excitement too. They spoke about the logistics of the planning and construction, the Peter Hurd mural, the various people involved in the process, as well as the outcome of all this work, the library itself.
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As high school students, the new library will be a new place to learn, a place to express ourselves, a place to have study sessions, as well as an awesome place to hang out. With the state-of-the-art teen area, we have the chance to leave the feeling of a small town and have experiences most often found in bigger cities. For our town to give us this opportunity is pretty amazing. Our needs were obviously taken into consideration, with the study rooms, computer access, hangout spot, and teen collection. The furniture is designed with comfort and functionality in mind, as well as being eye pleasing. The Peter Hurd mural is a valuable asset to our town, thanks to both the
history of the piece, as well as the monumental work it took to get it here. The mural was acquired from a building in Houston, Texas, set for demolition. When asked how the mural was chosen, Mrs. Stevens said, “We didn’t pick the mural…,” and Mrs. Lanning finished with, “It picked us.” The mural depicts agricultural lands, as well as the people working the lands. It was created by Peter Hurd, a native of New Mexico, who passed away in 1984. Having a library as breathtaking as ours brings pride to us, as well as Artesia. The library boasts many interesting and unique details. The roofline that mimics the Sacramento