Volume XXIX|July 2019
Your monthly news & updates
"A library is an arsenal of liberty."
Bob Dylan
Support @ Lanier
In addition to the Mary Alice Monroe National Book Launch and Fundraiser held on June 7, the library has continued to thrive throughout the spring and early summer, thanks to generous support from our members and others.

The 130 by 130 membership campaign now boasts 84 new members since last fall when the campaign began. Seventy-one of those are represented in our glass display case in the main room of the library. We are hoping to add 130 new members by our 130th anniversary in 2020 – do you have a friend you might ask to join? Better yet, purchase a gift membership for someone you know would enjoy all the Lanier Library has to offer – books, media, programs, clubs and a warm, inviting atmosphere!
Book plates are always available in the library to honor someone special or just to commemorate a favorite book. Staff member Clare O’Sheel recently purchased a graphic novel on Ireland’s pirate queen, Grace O’Malley, for the library and dedicated it to her granddaughters Katherine, Isabel, Fiona and Isla. Judy Bolton wanted to add our beautiful book plates to her husband’s collection so she purchased some for Father’s Day. The original watercolor design is by Christine Mariotti. Stop in and take a look at the book plates and celebrate your loved ones with a book!
The library has also benefited from its relationship with a foundation dedicated to celebrating and preserving the environment and wildlife and we continue to provide programs and increase book acquisitions which promote awareness and appreciation of nature and wildlife. Our sincere thanks for this group’s continued support.
Books @ Lanier
Here are the links to our lists of newest acquisitions and orders. Feel free to contact the library to put your name on the hold list for these books. You can call us, come in person, or log in through the catalogue on the website using your library card number. And, as always, let us know if there is a book or DVD you think would enhance the collection.

Check out our latest book display offering a sampling of Books You Should Read in Your Lifetime! And think about contributing to our ongoing "Members' Favorites" display scattered throughout the shelves. Give us a few sentences about a book you would like to share with others to become part of the "Favorites" team.
Case Histories
Kate Atkinson

There can be little doubt that Kate Atkinson has long been a shining star among literary post-modernists. She was awarded a Whitbread for her first book— Behind the Scenes at the Museum—and this was followed by two equally quirky, sometimes dizzying novels: Human Croquet (some time travel here) and Emotionally Weird. I much admired all of these due to the insanely strong writing (even though they convinced me not to even try) but sometimes, full disclosure, they gave me a bit of a headache.
And then Kate Atkinson wrote a mystery.

Meet Jackson Brodie, ex-military, ex-cop, and now a private investigator. A failed husband who misses his daughter and is still mourning the sister murdered decades before, he is compelled to help when approached by clients with similar losses, even though his expectations of his ability to help them are low.   Case Histories offers, in fact, a series of three apparently unrelated but ultimately interconnected mysteries ranging from the disappearance of a child 34 years before, to the seemingly random murder of a young woman whose father cannot move on, to the search by an aunt for the daughter of her sister who had murdered her husband. 
Jackson Brodie also looks for lost cats.

Brodie doesn’t see or seek out connections—and in the end, only the reader is aware of one of them—but Atkinson slowly unravels relationships between all of the events that go beyond mere loss and unite these players in compassionate humanity; even the cats play a role.  

Jonathan Dee writes in The New Yorker, “[Atkinson] is a complicated writer, but one conscious of her readers, always mindful of our ability to keep up.” (Did I mention that the writing itself is insanely strong?) The fifth of the Brodie series, Big Sky, was released this week. But if you aren’t familiar with the others, indulge yourself; start with Case Histories.

Review by Nancy Pemberton
Clubs @ Lanier
Book Lovers Club

The next meeting of Book Lovers is on Saturday, July 6 at 10 am in the Holmes Room . The meeting is open to all, the only requirements: a love of reading, discussing what you read and discovering new books!

We are fortunate this month to have a review from Nancy Pemberton, a long-time library member and one of the founding mothers of the Lanier Library Mystery Festival. No surprise here...her review is of a mystery.

Here is the link to the books recommended by group members at the last meeting:

NeedleArts @ Lanier
Saturday, July 13, 10 am
Spend a relaxing morning with like-minded thread artists. Whether you have taken a class at the Royal School of Needlework or are just beginning a new hobby bring any knitting, needlepoint, cross stitch or embroidery project and enjoy the company of and learn from others for a few hours the second Saturday of each month. It is also a great place to resurrect those projects long-ago abandoned!
Nonfiction Book Club
Sunday, July 14, 1:30 pm
July’s book choice is Driving Miss Norma: One Family’s Journey Saying “Yes” to Living by Tim Bauerschmidt and Ramie Liddle and August’s book will be Just Mercy by Bryan Stephenson.

The Nonfiction Book Club will meet upstairs in the Holmes Room.
Tryon Lacemakers
Saturday, July 27
9:30 am - 1 PM
If you have never seen lacemaking, you are in for a fascinating time when you stop by the Tryon Lacemakers, who meet at the library the fourth Saturday of the month. They are more than happy to demonstrate the intricacies of this beautiful art for visitors.
Programs @ Lanier
  In 1878, Captain Charles Pearson, chief engineer for building a railroad up the treacherous side of Melrose Mountain, bypassed the meandering route of old trading paths and took the shortest distance between two points. After less than a year of construction, the steepest, standard gauge mainline railroad in the United States was open for business with a stop outside the depot at Saluda.

About 130 years later, Larry Morton, President of the Apple Valley Model RR Club, brought the entire Saluda Grade inside the depot, shrinking 4 miles into a 28-foot diorama at Z scale, 1/220 of the real world. Larry’s artistic vision was a 1950 Saluda when steam and diesel engines were pulling and pushing up the grade. 

The Saluda Grade project took him about three months with help from club members. His duties included carving and coloring the gorge, raising forests out of foam rubber, carefully bending 0.256-inch wide track and securing it with “adhesive nails.” Other members built automobiles and buildings, painted, wired, and more. 

If you like railroad history and want to know more about the art and engineering of model railroading, all aboard for Live@Lanier.
Lanier Library began as a place to exchange ideas and learn about the world almost 130 years ago and has been known for its educational programs in the community ever since. While designed to appeal to our adult audience throughout most of the year, in the summer we get a little bit wild with our family programs. This summer we planned three programs that promise FUN!

The Falconry program was held this past week (see below), but there are two more upcoming that you will not want to miss.
  Summer Family Programs
Tuesday, July 16 at noon it’s time to get your groove on with ComMotion—Community in Motion, a group that believes that in motion there is joy, and has taken their instructive and therapeutic programs around the country helping cancer survivors, veterans, school children and the elderly improve their health and connect with others. You may have seen them at this year’s Super Saturday, or in the schools, and here is a chance to see them and experience their special brand of happiness again. Suitable for all ages!

Then head to the library on Tuesday, August 20 at noon for Animals of Appalachia, Chimney Rock State Park’s most popular program and a favorite for all ages. Get personal with some of their resident animal ambassadors while learning about the wildlife that roams our region. Participants will learn about habits, adaptations and animal characteristics during this informative and fun session.

The library is grateful to the Kirby Fund at the Polk County Community Foundation for making these events possible!  
Last Month's Events
Revisiting the Tryon Mudslide One Year Later
It was a full house and then some for speaker Jennifer Bauer, L.G., principal geologist at Appalachian Landslide Consultants, who spoke to an overflowing crowd about the how and why of the tragic results of 10 inches of rain in three hours last May. Many of those in attendance were survivors of the event and contributed with their own stories. It was an educational and moving night for the many who came.

Jennifer left her presentation (fantastic graphs, photos and even video) on the library computer, so if you missed it, ask at the desk and we will set you up to peruse at your leisure.
Meredith Peek is introduced to Pisgah by falconer Jeff Curtis.

Library Director Amber Keeran meets Hoppy Boy.
This History of Falconry
Jeff Curtis of Curtis-Wright Outfitters in Weaverville, delighted the crowd with his birds of prey for our first Summer Family Program of the year on June 25. Joining the full house in the library on June 25 were a Peregrine falcon named Pisgah and a Harris hawk named Hoppy Boy. Thanks to the Kirby Fund at the Polk County Community Foundation for their support of these summer programs!
Summer Guests Launch
An enthusiastic crowd of Mary Alice Monroe fans gathered for a Lanier Library fundraiser and the launch of her latest book, The Summer Guests, Friday, June 7 at Tryon Fine Arts Center. Mary Alice mingled with fans and signed books prior to speaking for about an hour about the inspiration for the book (coastal equine evacuation to Tryon in the midst of Hurricane Michael) and introduced us to some local residents who found their way into her narrative. In addition to a delicious buffet topped off by Caroline's Cakes caramel layer cake there was a signature "Whirlwind" cocktail created specially for the event. And a good time was had by all!

The library would like to thank Mary Alice for giving us the opportunity to benefit from the introduction of her highly entertaining new book, and for her heartfelt participation with and support of the library throughout the year. Another great event with Mary Alice and an author friend is in the works for November!
Pets @ Lanier
Benjamin stopped in for a visit and a snack while owner Sharol Ard posted a flyer about a local church cookout. We hope they will return for another visit soon!
Lanier Greeter Dog Nick caught up with old pal Coffee McCall on a recent Sunday afternoon while their humans patiently waited.
We welcome well-behaved dogs, and while the staff all love dogs, not everyone who comes into the library does, so we appreciate all pets being on a leash.
Displays @ Lanier
Antique Toy Colletion

In July, the Lanier display case will be delighting us with a collection of toys from the 1950's. Eilene Morgan and Harriet Peoples are combining their "Memories" - everything from toy cars, trains and airplanes to much-loved dolls to tops and Jack-in-the-boxes. Take a trip down Memory Lane with our display for July!
June Display
Thanks to John Davis for sharing his Rocks & Minerals of Western North Carolina collection with us last month. It was the perfect complement to our program about landslides.
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