Volume LI, December 2021
Your Monthly News & Updates
Live @ Lanier
Inside a Timeless and Timely Memoir

At the next Live@Lanier, you are invited to go inside the personal story of Joint Ventures. A timeless and timely memoir by Olin Sansbury, Chancellor Emeritus of the University of South Carolina at Spartanburg (now Upstate), he says this is “a story of all the help I received from others in all that I’ve done.” On his premise that “human existence is a web of joint ventures,” he will share the challenges, battles, humor, heartaches, and surprises of 83 years of changing times in the South.

Originally from Darlington, SC, Sansbury served in Vietnam, wrote a sports column, got roughed up in a congressional race, and earned a Ph.D. in international studies. Active as a college teacher and administrator for more than thirty years, he was involved with the expansion of South Carolina’s public higher education system, serving as the first dean of students at Francis Marion University and as the first chancellor at USCS. When retiring from USCS in 1993, he received the "Order of the Palmetto" from Governor Carroll Campbell.
Luther F. Carter, president of Francis Marion University, says, "Joint Ventures is a reflective tale of an educated man living an exhaustive life in the most beguiling state in the country.”

Join Olin Sansbury on Thursday, 1/20, 2 PM, 72 Chestnut St., Tryon, NC.
828-859-9535. www.thelanierlibrary.org
From forest trails and mountain peaks to bogs and falls, flora and fauna, and more, the mission of Conserving Carolina is to protect, restore, and inspire appreciation of the natural world. At the first Felburn Nature and Wildlife program of 2022, Pam Torlina, Southeast Stewardship Manager for Conserving Carolina, will focus on recent work in Polk County including an update on Little White Oak Mountain.

Pam has served with the Conservancy for 15 years. She received her BS in biology from USC Upstate and has over 20 years of experience as a field biologist, naturalist, and outdoor educator. She has worked with the South Carolina State Park Service, the City of Greenville Parks and Recreation-Youth Bureau, the New York State Office of Parks and Recreation and Historic Preservation, and Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve, in Ontario, Canada.

Join Pam on Tuesday 2/1, 1 PM, to explore nature from your chair at 72 Chestnut St., Tryon, NC • 828-859-9535 • www.thelanierlibrary.org
When you come, please bring your mask. If you forget one, complimentary masks will be available. We plan to record programs for those who prefer not to attend in person. Recorded programs will be available on the library website.

Masks are strongly recommended at all times in the library. Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe during this recent surge of Covid cases.
With Gratitude
Thank you to each person who made a contribution to the 2021 Annual Fund. Your generosity signifies the important role Lanier Library plays in the lives of its members. We are pleased to announce that we have exceeded our initial goal of $25,000, with gifts continuing to arrive daily. On behalf of the staff and Board of Directors, thank you for your commitment to the Lanier Library. We look forward to another wonderful year in 2022.

Jenny Purtill
Executive Director
Building Update
Last month, we installed two new furnaces in the basement to replace the ones that have served us well since 1978. Hopefully, these new units will be more efficient, leading to cost savings on utilities and less environmental impact. All this work in the basement has led to a complete makeover in the area affectionately known as "the crypt."
Our lovable wooden mascot is bespectacled once again! We are happy to report that Bob's glasses are now fixed.

Thank you, Karl Schwartz, for giving him a chance to see again.
Support @ Lanier
Smiling for Lanier
We now have 48 members who have designated the library as their charity of choice with Amazon Smile, and the pennies are mounting! Help us to reach our goal of 50 Smile contributors!

Here is the direct link to the library on AmazonSmile:
Membership renewal
Is your membership about to expire? No need to come in to the library, just visit the library website by clicking on: https://thelanierlibrary.org/membership/online-membership-form/ and renew online.
2021 Lanier Library Book of the Month
Reading Challenge
The 2021 Reading Challenge ends January 31st. Please turn in your forms by January 31st! The prize will be a Gift Card to a local business.
You can pick up a 2021 Lanier Library BOM Reading Challenge book log at the library, or download it here:

Books @ Lanier
BOOK LOVERS Meets January 8th @ 10 am
On the first Saturday of every month, avid readers meet at Lanier Library to discuss books they’ve enjoyed (or not)! It’s casual, enlightening, and there are no rules. Join the fun. Here are our current favorites.

Five Tuesdays in Winter: Stories by Lily King
Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce
A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson
Bewilderment by Richard Powers
Rose Code by Kate Quinn
My Lady of Cleves by Margaret Campbell Barnes
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
Snowflake by Louise Nealon
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Fallen by Linda Castillo
The Killing Hills by Chris Offutt
Country Dark by Chris Offutt
The Dark Hours by Michael Connelly

The Heron’s Cry by Ann Cleeves
Win by Harlan Coben

Hickory Hill: The Biography of a House by Carole Herrick
Franklin and Winston by Jon Meacham
All Over but the Shoutin’ by Rick Bragg

Non Fiction
The Speckled Beauty: A Dog and Her People by Rick Bragg

NONFICTION BOOK CLUB Meets January 9th @ 1:30 pm
After a December break, The Non-Fiction Book Club will be meeting again on January 9 at 1:30 pm in the Library to discuss The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan.
And here are the links to our December acquisitions. Feel free to contact the library to put your name on the hold list for any you would like to read. You can call us or log in through the catalog on the website using your library card number for ID and PIN. And, as always, let us know if there is a book or DVD you think would enhance the collection.

January Book Review
A Town Called Solace
By Mary Lawson
304 pages

You’ll fall under the spell of Lawson’s captivating story and her three main characters: Seven-year-old Clara, her elderly neighbor, Mrs. Orchard, and Liam who lived close by some 20 years ago. Their compelling points of view become indelibly connected on the page and to the reader’s mind and heart.

Clara is distraught. Her adored teenage sister ran away from home weeks ago and there’s no sign of her yet. She’s also worried about Mrs. Orchard who has been in the hospital a long time. Some weeks ago, Mrs. Orchard had told Clara that her stay at the hospital would be short-lived and asked Clara to come to her house twice a day and feed her cat. Mrs. Orchard has never returned.

One day, from her window, Clara sees a man park at Mrs. Orchard’s and he soon seems to take up residence. She’s sure this man is an intruder and has no right to take over Mrs. Orchard’s home. This man is Liam and Clara will soon befriend him. As Lawson weaves these three perspectives and their stories unfold, you'll soon be telling a friend...”Read this, it's special.”
Review by Lee Cudlip
Last Month @ Lanier
Maryneal Jones
On December 2, local author Maryneal Jones had audience members laughing out loud as she read from her recent memoir In Fullness of Life. She also shared her experiences about self-publishing a book using local sources.

Signed books were available for purchase, and many people left with a book in hand, eager to read more of her story.

Thank you to Maryneal for sharing her writing process and a taste of her story with the Lanier community!
Lanier Holiday Open House
How lovely it was to visit with library members and visitors during the Holiday Open House on December 4. Everyone admired the decorations contributed by the Tryon Garden Club as well as the tree cheerfully decorated by members of the board. Thank you to Christine Vincent and her hospitality team for treating everyone to warm drinks and homemade cookies.
Pets @ Lanier
Lanier Library welcomes all library-friendly dogs,
but asks that they remain on leash at all times.
Tom Ervin & "Angel"
Annie" visited with Lois Tirre
Displays @ Lanier
Sandra's January Shelf Display: Our January display is certain to brighten up your winter day! Pick a Book With A Cover In Your Favorite Color For Our January Reading Challenge.

As always, Sandra's book displays are designed to be dismantled. And if you have a favorite book, be sure to share it with us to add to the display.
Our January Display: TIME FOR TEA
The aromatic beverage tea is made by pouring hot or boiling water over dried or fresh leaves of Camellia Sinensis, an evergreen shrub from China and other East Asian countries. It is the second most widely consumed drink, after water. There are many different types of tea; some have a cooling astringent taste, others may be nutty, sweet, floral, or grassy. Tea is a stimulant to humans because of its caffeine. There are three groups of teas: green, oolong, and black, classified according to their preparation for market.

“Herbal tea” or “herbal infusions” refers to drinks not made from Camellia Sinensis. They are infusions of fruit, leaves, or other plant parts, such as steeps from chamomile, rosehip, or rooibos. Iced tea was invented at the Louisiana Purchase Exhibition in 1904, because of extreme heat, to compete with lemonade stands! Teabags also came about in 1904 as a marketing ploy by a New York tea merchant.

Tea drinking was first recorded in China in 59 BC, although it is thought to be much older. It is in a medical text written by Hua Tuo in the 3rd century AD. It became a recreational drink during the Chinese Tang dynasty. Portuguese merchants and priests brought it to Europe in the 16th century. It became fashionable in England in the 17th century; the English planted tea in India. Tea drinking is very popular also with Russians, the Dutch, and Americans. The French and Germans prefer their wine and beer. Presidents such as Washington, Lincoln, Eisenhower, and Kennedy enjoyed tea.
Coffee and chocolate drinks were already popular in England in the 17th century. Coffee houses, which also served tea, were frequented by men only. Later teashops opened for women. Tea drinking generated crazes such as tea gardens (lovely landscaped gardens for fashionable folks), tea dances in the 1930s, afternoon tea at home, and high tea. Tea has been grown in China, Japan, India, and Sri Lanka (Ceylon) for centuries. Today excellent tea is grown throughout Asia, in parts of Africa, and in Argentina. Tea prefers high altitudes in warm, rainy climates. Tea is sometimes called “cha,” its classic Chinese name. Some countries, such as Japan, have their own tea rituals.

An invention by the English is the tea cozy. It is a knitted or padded cover for the teapot, designed to keep tea hot longer. It may have slits for the handle and spout. Silver teapots are lovely, but china, pottery, or glass give a truer taste to tea. Teabags are a more recent invention; tea balls and strainers were used before with tea leaves. A tea ball is made of perforated metal shaped as a ball. Silver sugar tongs and lovely teapots and china set the stage to enjoy drinking tea.

Time for tea, anyone?

Phyllis Martin
In December, member Eilene Morgan curated Christmas memories from her collection and those of some staff members.
Poem of the Month
The Lanier Library Poetry Committee is pleased to introduce a poem of the month program. Each month we will be posting a different poem that we hope will inspire you. The poem will be in the monthly newsletter and posted at the library. Please let us know what you think of each month's selection.
Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening

By Robert Lee Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it's queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there's some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

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