This larger-than-life bronze, located in front of the public library, includes a variety of classic novels as well as favorite books of several Artesia Public Schools students. The students’ favorite books were selected by an essay contest and the children in the monument represent the students with the winning essays.  The statue symbolizes the foundation the community has in learning, education, literature and our youth. The concept was designed by Mark Ashley, a volunteer and design committee member for Artesia MainStreet.  The sculpture was created by Beverly Paddleford of Lander, Wyoming and unveiled in July 2015.


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510 W. Main Street | Artesia, NM 88210

Mailing Address: PO Box 1635, Artesia, NM 88211

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As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, Artesia MainStreet is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by the National Main Street Center.