by Carol Zebb
As Valentine's Day approaches, thoughts often turn to romance. And in the world of romance novels, Barbara Cartland is the reigning queen.
More than 500 Cartland titles, including hard and soft covers, large print and other editions, are available through Amazon. com on the Internet.
Seven of her books can be found right here at the Payson Public Library, and others can be ordered through the interlibrary system. Her 1995 autobiography, "I Reach for the Stars," chronicles a life that rivals characters in any book she has written.
Terry's top 10
Just in at the library, and recommended by Library Director Terry Morris, are the following titles:
"Bear and the Dragon" (Tom Clancy) Aided by antiterrorism specialist John Clark, President Jack Ryan contends with sinister forces in Russia and China.
"The Mark" (Tim LaHaye) The eighth volume of the "Left Behind" series, in which the forces of good battle the forces of evil after the rapture of the saved.
"O'Reilly Factor" (Bill O'Reilly) The host of a cable news program offers opinions on what is right and wrong with America.
"Beatles Anthology" A profusely illustrated volume in which Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr tell their own stories.
"Who Moved My Cheese" (Spencer Johnson) How to deal with changes in life.
"Guiness World Records 2001" a profusely illustrated collection of records about a variety of subjects.
"Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul III" Inspirational stories compiled by Jack Canfield.
"Holes" (Louis Sachar) A boy who has been unjustly sent to a detention center tries to solve a mystery.
"Fantasia 2000" Beginning where its predecessor, "Fantasia" left off, seven completely new segments and the return of "The Sea Sorcerer's Apprentice."
"Les Miserables" (Victor Hugo) The story of Jean Valjean, a peasant imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread. An unforgettable cast of characters.
Mark your calendar for Monday, Feb. 12, when Richard Haddad, publisher of the Payson Roundup, will speak at the monthly meeting of the Library Friends of Payson. The program will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the meeting room of the Womans Club, 510 W. Main Street.
Following the program, those in attendance will be invited to enjoy hot soup prepared by members of the Library Friends. Guests are invited to bring a salad or dessert to share.
The Mayor's Cup Chef's Competition, which benefits library and Library Friends programs, will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Tonto Apache Community Center.
Admission is by advance ticket, and only a limited number of tickets will be sold. In previous years, the event has been a sellout so people are encouraged to buy early. Tickets are $20 each and are available at the library, the Payson Roundup, or by calling 472-9015.
From a 1909 book of toasts comes this sentiment for Valentine's Day: "Here's to sweethearts the first morning glories of life, the first real flowers we gather in the garden of existence."
Editor's note: Shelf Life is a monthly column on library and Library Friends happenings written by Library Friends of Payson member Carol Zebb. It appears in the Roundup the last Friday of every month, and features a list of the Payson Public Library's top-10 new releases selected by the library's director, Terry Morris. The Library Friends of Payson is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising money for the Payson Public Library and library services.