Monthly Meeting – 3rd Monday of each month

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.  Because the library meeting space is being expanded and is currently under construction, future meetings will be held in other locations.  Please check this page for more information.  If you have any questions, please call the library at 928-474-9260.

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Monday, February 17, 2020 – We are pleased to welcome back Gail Kittleson, who will talk about her books focusing on the experiences of women during World War II.  She and her husband Lance enjoy the Ponderosa forest in Pine, AZ during the winter months and they live in Northern Iowa the rest of the year.

During World War II , 350,000 women served in the Armed Forces.  Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. military had fewer than 7,000 nurses on active duty.  By 1945 more than 57,000 Army nurses assigned to hospital ships and trains, flying ambulances, field, evacuation, stations, and general hospitals at home and overseas made an incalculable difference.

Only a small percentage wrote their memoirs, but Dorothy Woebbeking of Waterloo, Iowa left a great deal of information about her incredible years of service.  Dorothy’s story gripped Gail and compelled her to share it with readers everywhere.  Gail will bring copies of her book, which sell for $13.00 to $18.00.  Please pay with cash or check; we are unable to accept credit cards.  Due to the ongoing construction of the library meeting room, this meeting will be held at the Sy Harrison Masonic Lodge, 200 East Rancho Road next to the fire station on East Rancho Road.

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Meetings are held on the third Monday of each month, except July & December.  

Coming Up Next…..

Monday, March 16, 2020 – David Grasse, our assistant librarian and historian with a passion for Arizona history, will talk about his upcoming book on the history of train robbery in the Arizona Territory.

Monday, April 20, 2020 – Serge Levy is a New York photographer now living in Tucson.  His work has been exhibited in the Philadelphia Museum of Art and also has been published in the “New York Times” magazine.

Monday, May 18, 2020 – Erik Berg from the Arizona Humanities Council will speak about Aviators and Archaeologists:  the Lindberghs’ 1929 Aerial Survey of the Southwest.

Monday, June 22, 2020 – Tonto Rim Search and Rescue, presenter to be determined.

(No meeting held in July 2020)

Monday, August 17, 2020 – Julie Bradley, who has sailed around the world with her husband, will speak about the book she wrote about her adventures, “Escape from the Ordinary.”

Fall 2020 – Ken Sorensen (retired high school and junior college teacher) will speak about an important historical event.

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