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Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. Payson, AZ

Phone: (928) 474-9260 Fax: (928) 474-2679

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Director/Payson Public Library: Emily Linkey Assistant Manager: Elaine Votruba

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The Library Friends of Payson, Inc

MISSION:  The Library Friends of Payson, Inc., is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide financial and community support to the Payson Public Library. We believe that public libraries comprise an integral aspect of community identity and development, and we support endeavors that encourage literacy and free inquiry within the individual, the family, and society.

HISTORY:  Like many of Rim Country's finest service organizations, "The Library Friends" were established as a 'grassroots' effort to support the growing Payson Public Library.

We have evolved from just providing books -- to purchasing computers and other equipment & funding Public Library programs that would not otherwise be covered in its Town and County budget.

SERVICES WE PROVIDE: We offer a Free Library Services for Homebound Individuals - through our "Library Buddy Program." We also purchase books and supplies for Payson Public Library.

PROJECTS WE SPONSOR:  We are an Annual Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce Business  Showcase participant.

We maintain the LFOP bookstore (a used bookstore in the Payson Public Library). Staffing is done entirely by volunteers.


Taste of Rim 2017

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The Library Friends of Payson, Inc.

25 February, 2017


The Library Friends of Payson, Inc, announces its annual fundraiser, ‘A Taste of Rim Country’. 

The event will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017 5:00 -7:30 pm at the Payson Public Library at 328 N. McLane Road in Payson. 

The evening includes Appetizer and/or Desserts from area chefs as they vie for our coveted of Best of the Best trophy.  Ten participants are confirmed: Mi Familia Mexican Food, The Pour House, Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Restaurants, Payson Senior Center, Zane Grey Country Barbecue and Great Pizza, The Randall House, Mogollon Moose Bakery, Shelia’s Creekside Steakhouse, Old County Inn, and Gerardo’s Firewood Cafe.  Guests can sample our complimentary wine-tasting table and participate in our 50-50 cash raffle and Silent Auction of fine art, jewelry, and more. 

All proceeds benefit the General Fund of the Library Friends of Payson, which supports programs and supplies not included in the Library’s regular budget, including a monthly stipend for new books. 

Tickets are $35.00 each ($20 of which is tax-deductible as a charitable donation), and are still available at the Payson Public Library by advance purchase only. 

There will be no ticket sales at the door, and we usually sell out well before the event, so get yours as soon as possible, and there are not many left.

A Taste of Rim Country is hosted by the Library Friends of Payson, Inc., with Fred Carpenter serving as Master of Ceremonies and deejay, and Jack Quinn as photographer. 

Our Sponsors are: Gold ($500):  Vee Jeanne, Bill and Ellen Olson, Chris Smith Investments;   

Silver ($250):  Absolute Adjusting, Barbara Brenke and Larry Forsythe, Kevin Dick Investment Management Group;    

Bronze ($100):  David Milster and Judy Mackenzie, Denise Blanchette, Judy Kettner, Barbara Anderson and Barry Nelson, Harper Law Offices PC, Payson Premier Dental, Michael’s Flooring, The Bates Team, Messinger Payson Funeral Home, Alice Natale, The Copper Needle, Neil & Elisabeth Burke in memory of Judy Dugan, Rim Coun try Self Storage and U-Haul, and Ann and Paul Kvasnicka, Karen Thornton, Rock and Cody Newcomb, Solveig Myers, Edward & Elaine Votruba, Su Connell & Stan Garner, Robert Linkey/Realty Executives, Earl and Sarah Brown, and KAD_RAD LLC.

Sponsors are still being welcomed at all 3 levels of donation.  For more information about A Taste of Rim Country, check out the LFOP website at, follow us on Facebook, or call the Payson Public Library at 928-474-9260.






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Our mission is to bring quality entertainment to the Rim Country through an annual concert series and support of the fine arts in Payson so doing, we will enrich the cultural experience available to the people of Payson and those in surrounding communities.

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Please call the library @ 928•474•9260
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