Library Is A Rim Country Treasure

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Although the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library is easily accessible and almost always available for use, we should not take its services for granted.

After all, it's exceptional in that it may be the biggest little library in small-town America.

Although the building is only 2,000 square feet, it houses all the services found in larger facilities.

In addition to a vast and varied selection of reading materials, the library provides a superb selection of audio books for your listening pleasure, and an extensive collection of videos and DVDs for your viewing pleasure. Large print books, from the Gila County Library, are regularly rotated in and out. This is all available for home use via your library card.

The library also provides facilities to the community for sending and receiving faxes, making copies, or using one of its public computers for accessing the Internet and/or checking e-mail messages.

Pine library participates in the inter-library program. This program allows patrons to order books from other libraries in and out of the county and have them sent to the Pine Library.

Many activities are offered including preschool story time, after school enrichment programs, art classes for the home schooled and an adult writing class.

The primary funding for Pine Library is from secondary property taxes in Gila County, and eight libraries share the monies. The funding barely covers operations in Pine.

In short, anything patrons can do to support our library is a worthwhile endeavor that will enrich the lives of all who live in the Rim Country.

Recently a survey was mailed to all patrons of the library and property owners in the Pine/Strawberry area asking for ideas on how to best serve residents and visitors to our area.

The survey posed a wide range of questions dealing from a simple, "do you have a library card?" to a more thought-provoking, "would you support expansion?" Becky Waer, library manager, stresses the importance of being candid in answering the survey.

"We want to do what the community wants," she said. The results of the survey will be made public in the coming months.

Although the survey was mailed to library patrons and property owners in Pine and Strawberry, everyone is welcome to participate. If you did not receive a survey and would like to complete one, please stop by the library and pick one up or go to their Web site pinelibrary.inpayson.com and print a copy from there.

You can either drop off the completed survey at the library or mail it to: Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library, Post Office Box 229, Pine, AZ 85544. Call (928) 476-3678 if you have questions.

Library hours

If you have not visited the Pine Library take a moment and stop by, you just may be surprised. The library is located at 6124 N. Randall Place in Pine. Hours are: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and, Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. The library is closed Sunday and Monday.

Deadline nears for

Volunteer of the Year

Letters nominating the Pine Strawberry volunteer of the year need to be received by March 22. The nominee must be a resident of Pine or Strawberry, and of course, work for free.

We have many volunteers worthy of this award. Send a letter stating why your favorite volunteer should be chosen to: Ira Gibel. Take Pride Project, P.O. Box 1204, Pine, AZ 85544.

Hazard assessment

gears up for Spring

Now that winter weather seems to have subsided, the Pine Strawberry Fire Department Hazard Assess-ment Program is primed and ready for a busy campaign.

The program helps local property owners identify risk and forest health issues on their properties. Trained and certified personnel from the Fuels Management Program provide an assessment and detail risks related to fire on private property. There is no charge.

They will discuss the risks they find and provide options for eliminating them through a government grant program.

Those interested should call PSFD officials to tell them you want your property assessed. They will add your name to the list and when time slots in your area are available they will call to let you know when they will be there. If you are not home at the time, they will do the assessment and send you a written form regarding their findings. You can follow up with a phone call to discuss options for eliminating your fire risks.

The program is beneficial to property owners and the community.

Call (928) 476-4272 to use this free service.

-- Kay Foster is a columnist for the Payson Roundup. Contact her with items for this column at (928) 476-2788 or by e-mail at fosterkay@msn.com.

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