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.
January 2019 Meeting – On Monday, January 21, 2019, the Library Friends of Payson are pleased to welcome Cameron Mower, Gila Community College assistant professor of biology, who will speak about the native plants of Arizona. Cameron recently moved to Payson and is an enthusiastic instructor of popular classes on birds and plants of Arizona.
Arizona has diverse climates and altitudes, so it has a wide variety of native plants. Almost 4,000 species of native plants are found in Arizona, a number that is matched in few other areas of the United States. The desert is second only to the rain forest in the diversity of flora and fauna. Cameron will be sharing photos of native plants and describing their adaptations for a dry climate. Native plants are great for gardens as they save water and nurture wildlife.
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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If you have any questions or need additional information…
please call the Payson Public Library @ 928-474-9260