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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


Library Friends of Payson Meeting

On April 21st, the  Library Friends of Payson are pleased to have Roundup Editor Peter Aleshire talk about wildfires and forest health, based on his coverage of the 4-Forests Restoration Initiative, the Yarnell Fire, the attempt to create FireWise Communities and a debate about the overhaul of the Town of Payson's building codes.

Aleshire has been with the Roundup for six years. He has also served as Editor of Arizona Highways Magazine, taught writing and journalism at Arizona State University and covered science, medicine, politics and other beats for a succession of newspapers, including the Arizona Republic. He has a BA in history and an MA in journalism from Stanford University and has written 10 books, including books about the Apache Wars, training jet fighter pilots, Arizona rivers, geology, bats and other topics.

The Library Friends of Payson meeting, which is held in the library meeting room, will start with a short business meeting at 10:00 a.m., and the program will begin at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to both the business meeting and the free program. Light refreshments will be served. If you have any questions, please call the library at 928- 474-9260.


Our May 19 meeting will feature a history of Fort Verde, with a speaker to be announced at a later date.


A Taste of Rim Country

Here is the video of our Taste of Rim Fundraiser.

Photos By Romaine Brophy and Jack Quinn

See the video “A Taste of Rim Country” You Tube



 During this fun-filled evening, guests can sample delicious appetizers and desserts, and enjoy a variety of beverages, including wine and sparkling cider.  As in past years, Fred Carpenter has agreed to serve as deejay.  To date, we have 10 participants:  Rim Country Health and Retirement, Sweet Shoppe, Payson Senior Center, Dimi Espresso, the Randall House, Miss Fitz’s 260 Café, the Pinon Café (formerly the Knotty Pine), the Payson High School Culinary Club (with the assistance of Gerardo Morceri),  Cocktail Cheesecakes, and The Cedar Ridge Restaurant at Mazatzal Casino.  A highlight of the night is the opportunity for guests to vote on their favorite chef with the winning chef receiving the “Best of the Best” trophy.

 Guests can also bid on unique silent auction items donated by individuals and local businesses, such as a large original oil painting by local artist and LFOP President Conrad Okerwall, a gift card for 2 first class tickets for the Verde Canyon Railroad donated by James and Romaine Brophy,  sterling silver jewelry, wooden roses, and jewelry cleaner and cloth from Payson Jewelers, hand-crafted candle from Payson Candle Factory,  2 $40 memberships to the Tonto Apache Gym from Mazatzal Casino, Snap-On folding licking knife from Ace Hardware, 1-month membership for Payson Anytime Fitness from Rim Country Optimist Club,  necklace and earring set from Western Village, Glass vase from Black & Tan Sales, Buffalo Bucks from Buffalo Bar & Grill,  PC, MAC portable hard drive and Gift certificate from The Computer Guys, decorative copper waterfall from Bruce and Pat Halvarson  gift certificate for 1 pair of Oakley sunglasses from Payson Eye Care Center,  gift certificates from Bob’s Western Wear, Club USA, Boutique, Peggy’s Payson Place, Fargo’s Restaurant, Village Wools Yarn Shop, El Rancho, Home Depot Colorz Salon;  countertop refinishing kit from Neumann Paint & Supply; 6x3 wool runner from Dan Good Flooring; Tempur-Pedic pillow and queen size sheets from Mattress Experts, chocolate and wine gift basket from Pat ‘Gail’ Hearne, gift basket of food products from Back to Basics, 2 crocheted doilies from Edwin Lanctot, a hand-cut wooden jigsaw puzzle from Jane Lanctot, and a set of nice floor mats for a 4x4 or automobile from O’Reilly Auto Parts.

 A very special thanks go to our Sponsors for their monetary donations.  These donations go directly to the Payson Public Library to purchase items such as books, movies, e-books, and support library programs.  We have 1 Gold Level Sponsor ($500), William and Ellen Olsen.  Our Silver Level Sponsors - George Henry’s Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling, LLC, Pioneer Title Agency, and 1 Anonymous Donor – have donated $250 each.  These Bronze Level Sponsors have contributed $100 each:  Denise Blanchette (in memory of Chuck Blanchette, Chris Smith Investments, Sue Connell and Stan Garner, Edward Jones, Messinger Payson Funeral Home, Sami Frazier, Joanne Ivins,  Lowery’s Window and Door,  Payson Pet Care PC, Mattress Experts, Karen Thornton, Tom Russell and Associates, and Linda and Kenny Evans. 

 And thanks to the Beverage House for their donation of wine and to Safeway for their gift certificate.  The support of the community is essential to the ongoing success of the community’s vital library services.

 All proceeds from A Taste of Rim Country benefit the LFOP General Fund, which provides equipment and supplies for Library programs that are not included in its regular budget, including a monthly stipend for new books.

 The Library Friends of Payson, Inc., is a 501(3)C private, non-profit corporation whose mission is to provide financial and community support to the Payson Public Library.  More than 90% of all donations to the LFOP go directly to the intended purpose of the donor, which is much higher than the 65% standard set by the Better Business Bureau for charitable organizations.  All Officers and Board Members are unpaid volunteers.

 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.

See the YouTube video of the previous Taste of Rim Country (2013).

On Saturday night, March 9th 2013, the Payson Public Library served as the center of the community as hundreds of people crowded into the librarys annual Taste of the Rim event. The taste testers voted the Zane Grey Restaurant and Saloon the Best of the Best this year. The Journigan House came in a close second and Gerardos Firewood Cafe took third although it seemed like everyone had their favorite dish from the offerings of the participants.

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.


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Library Friends BookStore

Located inside the Payson Public Library
328 N. McLane Rd. Payson, Arizon

The Library Friends of Payson Bookstore is featuring Science Fiction and Western books as it’s, two for the price of one, April special.  Recently, we have received large donations of both Science Fiction and Western books.  This is a great opportunity for fans of either genre to stock up on summer reading material.  As always the second book must be of equal or lesser value than the first.

  Another April special is standard sized paperback books at the low, low price of 8 for $1.00.  April is just the right time to gather up lots of paperbacks by your favorite authors for summer vacation reading. Paperbacks are great companions at the beach, on a plane, or in the car. At this low price one doesn’t have to worry about damage from the surf or leaving them behind at vacation destinations.

Stop by and browse the Bookstore’s ever-changing stock.  You never know what treasures might be discovered on our shelves.  The LFOP Bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. 


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Library Closed On:

New Year's Day


Jan. 01

MLK Jr. Birthday


Jan. 20

Presidents' Day


Feb. 17

Memorial Day


May  26

Independence Day


Jul.  04

Labor Day


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Veterans' Day


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Thanksgiving Day

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Nov. 27/28th

Christmas Day


Dec. 25



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