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

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

Library Director: Emily Linkey 

Assistant Librarian: David Grassé

OUR MISSION:  The Library Friends of Payson, Inc. is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable 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 of Payson was established as a grassroots effort to support the growing Payson Public Library.

We have evolved from just providing books — we now provide funds to purchase computers and other needed supplies and equipment and support Library programs that would not otherwise be covered in the Town of Payson or the Gila County library budgets.

HOMEBOUND PROGRAM:  We offer free Library services for homebound individuals.

LFOP BOOKSTORE:   We maintain the LFOP Bookstore which is located inside the Payson Public Library.   Staffing is provided entirely by volunteers.  We also offer antique and vintage books for sale on Amazon and AbeBooks.

Stop by the LFOP Bookstore in January and check out all the great bargains.  There is an ever-changing selection of books for the low, low price of  50 cents, and most books are priced for $1.00.  For the month of January, everything is Buy One, Get One Free!  All books (including 50 cent books), CDs, DVDs, magazines and puzzles are all “2 for 1” – buy one at the regular price and get a second item of equal or lesser value for free! Presently there is a wide selection of music CDs priced at the low, low price of just 25 cents per CD.  You can also shop for a cute LFOP T-shirt in a wide variety of colors and sizes (adult sizes $15.00, kid’s sizes $12.00), and…wait, there’s more…you can even purchase a LFOP tote bag (at the bargain price of $1.50) to carry everything home in!  For that “hard to shop for” person, gift certificates are available for just $3!  Books, CDs, puzzles, T-shirts and tote bags make great Holiday gifts for that special “someone,” so next time you are at the Payson Library stop by the LFOP Bookstore and you are sure to find a wonderful buy!

BECOME A LFOP SPONSOR:         2020 Sponsorships Now Available!
This year, due to construction of our Library addition, we will not have our annual “A Taste of Rim Country” fundraiser. The monies raised last year contributed to our providing to the Library 1447 books, 206 DVDs, and 64 audio books. totaling about $50,000!  Most recently, the Library Friends funded the ongoing expansion to the Library building that will provide much needed space for community organizations’ meetings and activities.  

None of this would have been possible without YOUR continued support.  So, instead of an annual fundraiser event, we are offering Sponsorships for 2020 at the same levels as last year’s “A Taste of Rim Country” event.

Platinum ($1000+)   Gold ($500-$999)   Silver ($250-499)   Bronze ($100-$249)

Please consider becoming a 2020 Sponsor so that we can continue to support the Payson Public Library.  Each Sponsor will receive the following benefits:

  • Prominent recognition on posters and plaques throughout the Library
  • Prominent recognition in press releases, the Library Friends of Payson website, and Facebook page
  • A 1-year complimentary membership to the Library Friends of Payson along with a subscription to our Among Friends newsletter
  • Sponsorship featured in the Library Friends newsletter

Sponsor packets are available at the Front Desk of the Payson Library.  All donations are tax deductible as a charitable donation. A receipt will be provided.

For further information, email us at library_friends@hotmail.com, message us on this page, or call the Library at 928-472-9260.

 

SPEAKERS AT GENERAL MEETINGS:  General Meetings are held every third Monday of the month (no meetings in July or December).  These meetings are open to the general public free of charge.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Monday, January 20, 2020 – Cameron Mower, Eastern Arizona College, Payson campus (previously Gila Community College), assistant professor of biology, will give a presentation on birds of the Rim Country.  Cameron is an enthusiastic instructor of classes on birds and plants of Arizona.  Because the library meeting space is being expanded and is under construction, this meeting will be held at the US Forest Service Conference Room at 1009 E. Highway 260.

The Library Friends of Payson presentation for the community will start with a short business meeting at 10:00 a.m.; the program begins at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to both the business meeting and the free one-hour program.  Complimentary refreshments are served.  Beginning in January 2020, these general meetings will be held in an alternate location during construction of the new meeting room.  For more information, please call the Payson Library at 928-474-9260.

SIGN UP FOR AMAZON SMILE & LIBRARY FRIENDS OF PAYSON EARNS MONEY:  

  • AmazonSmile is a program that donates 0.5% of your eligible purchases on Amazon to a charity of your choice….in this case, we hope you choose Library Friends of Payson.
  • All you need to do is start your shopping at smile.amazon.com…..then simply select Library Friends of Payson.  The donation will be made at no extra cost to you.
  • Though 0.5% is not a large donation and it isn’t intended to replace your regular charitable activities, AmazonSmile is still a great way to take advantage of a service you’re using anyway.  Once you’ve selected Library Friends of Payson,  AmazonSmile remembers your selected choice every time you log in.

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Library Friends of Payson E-Mail Address:  library_friends@hotmail.com

If you have any questions or need additional information…

please call the Payson Public Library @ 928-474-9260