Tickets Still Available For Library Fund-Raiser 'A Taste Of Rim Country'

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It's not too late to get your tickets to the upcoming Payson Public Library fund-raiser, "A Taste of Rim Country," which will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Tonto Apache Community Center.

Tickets cost $30 per person and can be purchased at the library. All proceeds will go towards the Payson Public Library Expansion Project, with 50 percent of the cost of the ticket being tax-deductible.

This will be a fantastic evening. Our most sincere thanks to the following participating restaurants: Cedar Ridge, Cucina Paradiso, Fireside Espresso, Payson Regional Medical Center, The Red Elephant, The Rim Club Restaurant, Rimside Grill, Strawberry Lodge and Zane Grey Dining Room at Kohl's Ranch.

A fun "kids tea" is being planned and various items are needed such as old hats, gloves, dresses, necklaces and bracelets.

Please look through your closets and if you have things you no longer want or need, bring them to the library and we'll put them to good use. Every little girl loves to "dress up."

News and views from the New Book shelf

"View From Castle Rock" by Alice Munroe is a powerful new collection from a most admired and honored writer. Munroe pieces her family's history into wonderful imagined fiction. The stories are more personal than any she has written before. A young boy is taken to Edinburgh's Castle Rock, where his father assures him that on a clear day he can see America, and he catches a glimpse of his father's dream. In the stories that follow, the dream becomes a reality. Evocatively gripping and totally unexpected, these stories reflect a depth and richness of experience.

"What is Mine" by Ann Halt. In a matter of days, two children in Norway have been kidnapped -- by whom and for what reason is anyone's guess. Stumped and desperate police inspector, Adam Stubo, hopes Johanne Vik can come up with the answers. With few clues in sight and the lives of innocents at stake, Stubo and Vik weave their way through a complex maze of madness and revenge. This book is a singularly clever crime story combined with a serious discussion of our responsibilities toward children.

"Cross My Heart" by Carly Phillips. Lacy Kincaid is a classic New York success story. As the owner of Odd Jobs, she's gone from rags to riches, sort of. Lacy has a secret. She was born Lillian Dumont and spent her childhood with a silver spoon in her mouth until the deaths of her parents and the evil schemes of an abusive uncle forced her to abandon her former life. But when her childhood sweetheart resurfaces and urges her to claim her inheritance, she decides that being a Dumont may not be so bad after all.

"In the Womb" by Peter Tallack. During her nine-month stay in the soft cocoon of her mother's womb, a baby will smile, grasp, listen, stick out her tongue and maybe even dream. What does she feel or hear? How does she grow? Peter Tallack opens a new window onto this mysterious world. You'll witness each miraculous stage of development as a tiny, aggressive fertilized egg becomes a fetus with hair, teeth and a surprising schedule of activities. Tallack's book is the first to chronicle pregnancy from a developing baby's perspective.

"Alpha Girls" by Dan Kindlon. The author takes on the American Girl using startling new evidence based on studies and hundreds of interviews with young girls throughout the country. Kindlon finds in his research that American girls are by and large outstripping the boys in academics and in self esteem levels and, in general, appear to be better equipped to succeed. What is it that sets apart these Alpha Girls? Kindlon finds that a strong father-daughter relationship is one of the keys, among many others. This is an illuminating portrait of the new American girl.

"Why a Daughter Needs a Dad" by Gregory Lang. The relationship between father and daughter is special, to say the least. Nurtured with love, the relationship brings out the best in both, softening the rough edges of the fathers and providing strength and security for the daughters. The result is a book that will inspire fathers to embrace the irreplaceable role they play in their daughters' lives.

Book review by Emily Arnold

Title: "Eldest"

Author: Christopher Paolini

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, Random House, 2005

If you've seen the new movie, "Eragon," then you are going to want to find out what happens next. "Eldest" is the sequel to "Eragon" and it is even more exciting and intense than its predecessor. We continue to watch young Eragon as he is trained with his also young dragon, Saphira. However, what makes this book more thrilling than the first is there are two stories in this book. You might remember Eragon's cousin, Roran. In this sequel, the book switches back and forth between the stories of Roran and Eragon. It makes the story all the more delightful. When you pick up this gripping volume, you won't be able to put it down until you've finished every single page.

Kids, stay tuned ... one of the coming attractions at the library is going to be a program for young adults titled, "Eragon," based on Christopher Paolini's best-seller.

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