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 August and for just $5.00, you can fill a bag with books, magazines, and puzzles of your choice!  The sale does not include DVDs.  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!  Stop by the LFOP Bookstore and you are sure to find a wonderful buy!

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, August 19, 2019 – Oskar Knoblauch is a Holocaust survivor.  Mr. Knoblauch was born in 1925 in Leipzig, Germany, and had a memorable childhood with his wonderful family until 1933.  At the age of eight, his life was shattered by the onset of Nazism.  As the situation deteriorated in Germany, his parents decided to move the family to Krakow, Poland, hoping their lives would return to normal.  However, this was not to be; the invasion of Poland and outbreak of war in September 1939 marked the beginning of a dark period in their lives, the lives of millions of Jews, and countless other people.

Oskar’s family encouraged him to write a book based on his memoir.  He will be signing and selling his book, “A Boy’s Story….A Man’s Experience, Surviving the Holocaust 1933-1945,” at the presentation.  He is able to accept $20.00 cash or checks made out to OK Books, LLC.  

Oskar and his family moved to Phoenix in 1970 when his older daughter decided to attend ASU.  They did not want her to “go by herself to the wild West.”  They have been in Phoenix ever since and come to Payson from the Phoenix Holocaust Association.  The mission of the organization is to “facilitate and promote education of the circumstances and events which led to and were part of and followed the persecution, torture, murder, and genocide perpetuated by the Nazis and their accomplices referred to as the Holocaust.”  School children learn that six million Jews died in the Holocaust.  Oskar points out that it is hard to visualize a number as large as six million, but ASU accommodates a sellout crowd of 72,000; fill the stadium 83 times and you have six million. 

We invite you to welcome Oskar to Payson; older children are encouraged to attend this “living history” event.  Oskar enjoys speaking to people of all ages and visits classrooms to teach about the Holocaust.  

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.  Complimentary refreshments are served.  If you have any questions, please call the Payson Library at 928-474-9260.


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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