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Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. Payson, AZ

Phone: (928) 474-9260 Fax: (928) 474-2679

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Director/Payson Public Library: Emily Linkey
Assistant Manager: Elaine Votruba


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The Library Friends of Payson, Inc

MISSION:  The Library Friends of Payson, Inc., is a private, nonprofit 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" were established as a 'grassroots' effort to support the growing Payson Public Library.

We have evolved from just providing books -- to purchasing computers and other equipment & funding Public Library programs that would not otherwise be covered in its Town and County budget.

SERVICES WE PROVIDE: We offer a Free Library Services for Homebound Individuals - through our "Library Buddy Program." We also purchase books and supplies for Payson Public Library.

PROJECTS WE SPONSOR:  We are an Annual Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce Business  Showcase participant.

We maintain the LFOP bookstore (a used bookstore in the Payson Public Library). Staffing is done entirely by volunteers.


On Monday, February 16, the Library Friends of Payson are pleased to have Betty Merritt, Founder and Director of The Merritt Center, share information about her free educational program which assists returning combat veterans in their transition from the combat area to home life.

The Merritt Center is a 501C3 dedicated to education in renewal and empowerment. The center has worked with people in transition since 1989. Working with vet mentors, combat veterans learn what they can do for themselves to relieve the symptoms of PTSD.

Betty says that one key reason combat vets isolate themselves upon return to civilian life is their belief no one understands what they have experienced. The process of having those who have been in combat zones share experiences is powerful.

We extend a special invitation to veterans and their families.

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., and the program will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Although the library will be closed for Presidents’ Day, the meeting room will be open, and there will be a sign on the front door directing attendees to the side door. The public is invited to both the business meeting and the free one hour program. Light refreshments will be served. If you have any questions, please call the library at 928- 474-9260.


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Jan-Feb 2015


A Taste of Rim Country

The Library Friends of Payson, Inc., is pleased to announce its 14th Annual ‘A Taste of Rim Country’ Fundraiser, to be held Saturday, March 7 from 5-7:30 pm at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road in Payson.

The event includes samplings of appetizers and/or desserts from area restaurants, caterers, and chefs.  Guests can enjoy a complimentary wine-tasting table and participate in a 50-50 Cash Raffle and Silent Auction of donated items of fine arts, jewelry, and more.  This year, we have 10 participants: Native Grill & Wings, Mazatzal Hotel & Casino, Dimi Espresso, Sal & Teresa’s , The Sweet Shoppe, Creekside Steakhouse, Zane Grey Country Barbeque & Pizza at Kohl’s Ranch, Miss Fitz 260 Café, The Randall House, and The Payson High School Culinary Club, mentored by Gerardo Morceri of Gerardo’s Firewood Cafe.

This elegant evening has become one of the most popular winter events in Payson, and is sponsored by: GOLD ($500) - Ellen and Bill Olsen;  SILVER ($250) – Kevin Dick Investments, Absolute Adjustments, Vee Jeanne, Pioneer Title AgencyBRONZE ($100) – Blanchette Family LLC, Payson Pet Care Veterinary Clinic, Plant Fair Nursery, Chris Smith Investments, Lloyd Law Group, Karen Thornton, The Computer Guys USA.  Sponsorships are still available at all levels.  Sponsors receive 2 complimentary tickets to the event, a complimentary 1-year membership in the Library Friends of Payson, Inc., and prominent recognition in our publicity efforts (, newsletter, press releases, and signage at the event).

Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Payson Public Library, providing equipment and supplies, and supporting programs that are not included in its regular budget from the Town and County.

Tickets are priced at $35 each, and include a ballot on which to vote for your favorite chef entry.  Best Sweet, Best Savory, and our coveted Best of the Best awards will be given.  Only a limited number of tickets will be sold. They are available now at the circulation desk of the Payson Public Library at 328 N. McLane Road.  There will be no ticket sales at the door on the evening of the event.  Tickets sell out fast, so patrons are encouraged to purchase their tickets as soon as possible.

The Library Friends of Payson, Inc., is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to support the Payson Public Library.

For more information, please contact the Library Friends at P.O. Box 13, Payson AZ 85547, or email us at  Follow and ‘like’ us on, and check our website at  to keep up-to-date on details of the event.



Library Friends BookStore

For the month of February, in honor of Valentine’s Day, the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore is featuring paperback romance novels at the price of 10 for $1.00. Patrons who buy at least $3 worth will receive a library tote bag free of charge.

For patrons who may not appreciate romances, we will include western paperbacks in this special while supplies last.

Bookstore stock is constantly changing, so come by often. Bookstore volunteers are always happy to help you. All Bookstore proceeds directly support the library. The LFOP Bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.


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328 N. McLane Rd. Payson, Arizona


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Please call the library @ 928•474•9260
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