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, the January, February and March meetings will be held in the US Forest Service Conference Room, 1009 E. Highway 260.  If you have any questions, please call the library at 928-474-9260.


Monday, January 20, 2020 – Cameron Mower, Associate Professor at Eastern Arizona College, Payson campus (previously Gila Community College), will give a presentation on  birds of the Rim Country.  Cameron is an enthusiastic instructor of classes on birds and plants of Arizona.  His love of nature extends back to his childhood, where he grew up on a ranch in New Mexico.

Cameron will introduce us to the variety of birds in the Rim Country and help us understand the physics and physiology of flight.  The structure of birds’ wings and their lightweight, hollow bones give them the ability to become airborne.  We will learn how to identify birds by sight and sound, and Cameron will share with us some university websites with recordings of bird songs.  According to Cornell University Lab of Ornithology, the wild bird population has declined by almost 30% since 1970.  Learn what you can to help protect the birds of Rim Country.

Because the library meeting space is being expanded and is under construction, this meeting will be held at the US Forest Service Conference Room at 1009 E. Highway 260.  

We extend a special invitation to students for this presentation, which is on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and is a school holiday.


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

Coming Up Next…..

Monday, February 17, 2020 – 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.

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.

(There is 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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