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(Teresa Lemon – Daily Press)

Members of the Friends of the Artesia Public Library, from left, Cindy Starkey, Linda Barnett, Sandy Schuetz, Jim Schuetz and Judy Metts ponder the placement of the next title as they create a Book Tree this morning at the library. The group is preparing for the library’s annual public Christmas Party, to be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4. This year’s party, “Oh! What Fun! Family Holiday Shindig,” will feature a Christmas sing-along at 5:30 p.m. and Santa Claus at 6 p.m. There will also be crafts and games for the entire family, along with cookies and hot chocolate. The event is free and open to the public.