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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.

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.

February 2019 MeetingOn Monday, February 18, 2019, the Library Friends of Payson are pleased to welcome David Mikulak, who was in California for the Paradise fire.  He will discuss the similarities between Payson and Paradise.  He will share how he was called to Paradise and his experiences with the Camp Fire.  He will also talk about Firewise guidelines and give the community suggestions for preparing their own homes to withstand wildfire.

David attended Northern Colorado University and ASU, and he is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist who has resided in Payson for 18 years.  He is also on the board of directors and of the Arizona Community Tree Council.  The ACTC and Arizona State Forestry sponsor free workshops on the proper methods and care of trees, as well as how to reduce the risk of wildfire to your home.

The Library Friends of Payson presentation for the community, which is held in the library meeting room, 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.  We extend a special invitation to students for this presentation.  The library is not open on Martin Luther King, Jr Day, but the meeting room is open.  If you have any questions, please call the library at 928-474-9260.

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  • 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 anyways.  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