Monthly Meeting – 3rd Monday of each month

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.  If you have any questions, please call the library at 928-474-9260.


Monday, September 16, 2019 – Ray Kinsman, a local Payson resident will speak about his experiences during WWII.  Ray considers himself a lucky man and is eager to share his story of growing up in a foster home in Boston, then surviving fierce battles in Italy and Germany during WWII.  Ray’s first encounter with the enemy was near the Rapido River in Italy.  He does not remember much about the battle because he ended up in the hospital all bandaged up.  He survived to fight again – in Italy and in Germany.

Ray overcame many obstacles and with only a 9th grade education he started several successful businesses.  His secret to success, he says, is knowing how to treat people.

Ray came to Payson because he enjoyed the mountains and hiking; in fact, at age 88 he hiked the Grand Canyon.  Now, at 94, he loves to dance with his wife.  Last year on Veteran’s Day, he was presented with a flag in honor of his service during WWII.  Ray continues his life of service as a community volunteer whose good works inspire us all. 


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

Coming Up Next…..

Monday, October 21, 2019 – David Mikulak, certified arborist who lives in Payson, will talk about similarities between Paradise, CA (Camp Fire) and Payson.  His mission is to promote Firewise practices.  This program was scheduled for February 2019 but had to be rescheduled due to snow.

Monday, November 18, 2019 – Delphia Strickland, the only licensed wildlife migratory bird rehabilitator in Gila County (licensed by US Fish and Wildlife Service) will share her knowledge of local birds and small mammals, and will let us know when an animal should be left alone and when it can be taken to AZ Wild Rescue.

There is no meeting in December, 2019.

Monday, January 20, 2019 – Cameron Mower, Associate Professor at GCC, returns to talk about birds of the Mogollon Rim.  In 2019 he shared his passion for native plants; this time he shares his interest in birds.

Monday, February 17, 2019 – Gail Kittleson, who lives in Pine part of the year, will talk about her historical fiction set in WWII.  She will bring books to sell and sign.


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