Shelf Life

Piecing together origins of puzzles


Jigsaw puzzles first were made by 18th century mapmakers as an aid to teaching geography. It wasn't until the early part of the 20th century that puzzles became a recreational pastime for adults. There were no guide pictures on the box, nor did the pieces interlock.

The Payson Public Library has about 200 picture puzzles that can be borrowed just like books. They range from easy children's puzzles to complex works with more than 1,500 pieces.

Terry's Top Ten

Adult Fiction

"Gravesend Light," (David Payne) An affecting family saga, a high seas adventure of stirring heroism, and a powerful story of love between two people with conflicting political agendas.

"Lick Creek," (Brad Kessler) The compelling story of Emily Jenkins, a fiery young woman, and what happens when progress a tragedy comes to her family's farm. The setting is in the remote mining country of West Virginia in the late 1920s.

"The Birthright," (Janette Oke) The bittersweet reunion of the Robichauds and the Harrows in the land of the Acadians brings two mothers and two daughters full circle.


"Fast Food Nation," (Eric Schlosser) A groundbreaking work of investigation and a cultural history that may change the way Americans think about what they eat.

"Constantine's Sword," (James Carroll) The history of Christian-Jewish relations, which demonstrate empathy and compassion for both sides.

"Carry Me Home," (Diane McWhortier) The first major history to uncover the segregationist resistance. It is also the story of the author's family, which was on the wrong side of the civil rights revolution.

Children's Corner

"The Wanderer," (Sharon Creech) An adventure-filled story of a courageous girl's journey across the ocean and into the memories of her past. Sophie's struggle to reclaim who she is inspires similar exploration from those around her.

"Dangerous Voyage," (Gilbert Morris) Danny and Dixie are trapped in the 17th century and set sail on the Mayflower. Will they ever find their way home again?


"James Learns a Lesson" Get your ticket and climb aboard with our magical storyteller, Ringo Starr, as he takes you for a ride of a lifetime. Ages, preschool to second grade.

"Western Heroes of the Silver Screen" Ride once again with the greatest cowboy legends of the cinema. From the pioneer days of the silent era to the golden era of matinee movie Westerns, you'll relive all the excitement in this all star roundup.

"Let the Women Vote" The women of Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and Idaho were the only women in 19th century America who had that right. Witness their struggle in this fascinating film.

Looking Ahead

National Library Week is April 1-7. The library will hold an open house April 5. Cookies and punch will be served and drawings will be held throughout the week.

Storyteller Richard Wentz will be the guest speaker at the Library Friends of Payson monthly meeting at 10:30 a.m. April 9 at the library.

Editor's note: Shelf Life, written by Library Friend Carol Zebb, is a monthly column on library and Library Friends happenings. It appears in the Roundup the last Friday of every month, and features a list of the Payson Public Library's top-10 new book 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.

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