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The annual summer reading program at the Payson Public Library has concluded, but there are a lot of youth programs and more at the library during July. Some have started, but those interested, can stop by and check them out.

Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. through July 23, the library has a Jr. Puppeteer Troupe open to children ages 6 and up. The program uses easy scripts and encourages creative fun. Families and friends of participants are welcome to watch performances.

The library has a creative writing program for youngsters in the third- through 12th-grades. It is held Fridays through July 24. The program for the third- through fifth-grade students meets from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., and the session for young people in the sixth- through 12th-grades meets from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Participants will learn about writing prompts, styles and techniques. The goal is to encourage young people to write for fun.

On Wednesday, July 22 Anime Manga Cosplay meets from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. This is for middle and high school ages only. Cosplay contests are for closest to character and funniest anime joke. Participants will view Gin Tama on the big screen with Pokki.

A video game tournament, with a contest in Call of Duty, is planned from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, July 25. Participation is limited to those between the ages of 10 and 18.

Anyone interested in the above offerings, please sign up in the library’s children’s room or call Harryette at (928) 474-9260.

Adults can look forward to an activity just for them in early August. Due to the popularity of Library Director Terry Morris’ ONEBOOKAZ program which featured lessons in Mexican cooking and a discussion of Arizona author Albert Rios’ “Capirotada: a Nogales Memoir,” another cooking and book discussion program is planned.

Morris will have a cooking class on comfort food, along with a discussion of the novel “The School of Essential Ingredients” by Erica Bauermeister.

Morris plans to share recipes for potpies, artisan breads and mulled cider.

The class is planned for Tuesday, Aug. 4. There will be two sessions, both limited to 12 participants.

The morning session is from 9 a.m. to noon and the afternoon session is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., a sign-up sheet is available at the circulation desk — classes fill quickly.

Participants prepare the dishes together and then enjoy them while discussing the book.

The book will be available for check out next week.

Call (928) 474-9260 with any questions or for more details.

Another Cooking and Books program is being planned in November.

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