Volume XXV |March 2019
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"He wanted to cry quietly but not for himself: for the words, so beautiful and sad, like music."

James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
News @ Lanier
Poetry Reading with George Bilgere
Saturday, April 27, 4 - 6 PM

We are pleased to announce that award-winning poet George Bilgere will be at the library reading from his latest work on Saturday, April 27, 4 - 6 pm. The program, which is in honor of National Poetry Month, includes a reception and book signing. He will be teaching a workshop for working poets earlier in the day.

Bilgere has published six collections of poetry, including Imperial (2014); T he White Museum (2010), which was awarded the Autumn House Poetry Prize; Haywire (2006), which on the May Swenson Poetry Award; and The Good Kiss (2002), which was selected by Billy Collins to win the University of Akron Poetry Award. He has won numerous awards, including the Midland Authors Award and a Pushcart Prize. Bilgere has received grants from the Witter Bynner Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Commission, and the Ohio Arts Council.

Bilgere's poetry, while residing firmly in the every-day world of janitors, college students or siblings, is noted for its controlled poignancy and limpid free-verse line. Billy Collins has described him as “a welcome breath of fresh American air.” His poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals including Poetry, Ploughshares, the Kenyon Review, Fulcrum, and the Best American Poetry series. His poems have been featured on Garrison Keillor's "The Writer's Almanac" and Ted Kooser's newspaper project "American Life in Poetry." He has also been a guest on Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion.”
Bilgere also hosts his own weekly radio show, WORDPLAY, an offbeat mix of poetry, comedy, and an ongoing exploration of the possibilities of the spoken word. He teaches literature at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. His poems have been called “kind, big-hearted, full of love,” and “dangerously clever.”

At the Vietnam Memorial

The last time I saw Paul Castle
it was printed in gold on the wall
above the showers in the boys’
locker room, next to the school
record for the mile. I don’t recall
his time, but the year was 1968
and I can look across the infield
of memory to see him on the track,
legs flashing, body bending slightly
beyond the pack of runners at his back.

He couldn’t spare a word for me,
two years younger, junior varsity,
and hardly worth the waste of breath.
He owned the hallways, a cool blonde
at his side, and aimed his interests
further down the line than we could guess.

Now, reading the name again,
I see us standing in the showers,
naked kids beneath his larger,
comprehensive force—the ones who trail
obscurely, in the wake of the swift,
like my shadow on this gleaming wall.
Annual Meeting with Wiley Cash
Sunday, May 5, 3-5 PM
Save the date for this not-to-be-missed afternoon with NYT Best-Selling author, Wiley Cash, known for his vivid and deft portrayal of rural southern life and the power that secrets long kept have to disrupt typically sleepy small towns with generations of tangled relationships.
Annual Renewals
Just a reminder, March and April are membership renewal months for a majority of our members. You can check if it is time for renewal by going to your online account (check in using your card # as your PIN), or by asking at the circulation desk.
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. And, as always, let us know if there is a book or DVD you think would enhance the collection.

Also this month check out our February display, Books We've Fallen In Love With, on your next trip into Lanier. Staff and volunteers are offering up their favorite reads, both old and new, for your reading enjoyment. Because we are so committed to and passionate about these sweetheart reads,we will include a short review to entice you even more! Please don't hesitate to tell us about your own loves so you can participate in the fun. Just bring a one or two sentence summary for others.
Book Lovers @ Lanier
The next meeting of Book Lovers is on Saturday, March 2 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 circulation desk volunteer Peg Wyllie. And, of course, here is the link to the books recommended by group members at the last meeting:


The Hidden Life of an Englishwoman in Wartime France

Nicholas Shakespeare

I am a fan of nonfiction and this story of life in wartime France was so different from any others that I have read that I can't get it out of my mind. It presents a very different perspective of living through such a time, and I found it fascinating.

Nicholas Shakespeare pieces together the story of an aunt he remembered as glamorous and mysterious after discovering a trunk full of her letters, photos and journals. He had heard rumors that Priscilla fought in the Resistance, but the truth turned out to be very different. This is the story of a British woman surviving during wartime in a country occupied by the enemy. She was not a heroine.

As he investigates his aunt's life, dark secrets emerge: the breakdown of her marriage to a French aristrocrat; her time in a prisoner of war camp and how she escaped; and "Otto" with whom she was involved when Paris was liberated. He isn't able to answer all the questions he has, but what he does manage to discover makes for a wonderful story of detection, and a loving portrait of a flawed woman trying to survive in terrible times.

We all would like to think we would be among the heroes, but this story will perhaps make you think about it differently.

Peg Wyllie
February Events @ Lanier

Saturday, March 9, 10 AM Needlework Arts Club

Spend a relaxing morning with like-minded lovers of needlework and share your own work. Bring any yarn or thread craft you are working on and enjoy each other’s company for a few hours the second Saturday of each month.
Sunday, March 10 at 1:30 PM Nonfiction Book Club

For nonfiction lovers – another club for the library which meets the second Sunday of each month! The March book discussion will be on The Last Castle by Denise Kiernan.

The nonfiction book choice for April is Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist by Eli Saslow. 

Tuesday, March 5 at 12 noon Live@Lanier
with Author Susan Crandall

Author Susan Crandall will read from her work at the library on Tuesday, March 5 at noon. Crandall has written several award-winning novels including her first book, Back Roads (2003), which won the RITA award and two National Readers Choice awards. National bestseller Whistling Past the Graveyard (2013) won the SIBA 2014 Book Award for Fiction and was an Indie Next Pick, an Okra Pick, a Target Book Club Pick and has been optioned for film. The Flying Circus (2015) was an Okra Pick. 

T he Myth of Perpetual Summer is Crandall’s twelfth novel, the story of a struggling girl uncovering her family’s history and seeing how the lies of the past echo throughout their dysfunctional lives today. It has been heralded as “a moving coming-of-age tale set in the tumultuous sixties that harkens to both Ordinary Grace and The Secret Life of Bees."
This program is part of the library’s ongoing commitment to bringing award-winning authors to the community. Crandall will read and take questions at the library on Tuesday, March 5 at noon. Her books will be available for purchase, and she will sign at the conclusion of the reading. This is a free event and open to the public.
Tuesday, March 19 at 12 noon Live@Lanier
For the Love of Chimney Rock
For 105 years, four generations of the Morse family operated, promoted and served as stewards for the natural scenic attraction known as Chimney Rock. Researched, compiled and written by 4th generation manager, Todd Morse , For the Love of Chimney Rock , offers a detailed, in-depth history of the family’s multi-faceted relationship with the mountain until its sale to the State of North Carolina in 2007. 

Through history, as a business case study, and a unique personal perspective, Morse offers a comprehensive exploration into the inner workings and challenges of a family business and the love each generation had for this incredible place. Copies of the book will be available.

This program is part of our Felburn Nature and Wildlife series.
Sunday, March 24 at 2 PM
Author Chat with Tonya Penrose, author of Old Mountain Cassie : The Three Lessons

Local author, Tonya Penrose, a prolific and sensitive writer, whose prose often conveys powerful messages laced with engaging humor and inviting reflection and exploration by her readers, joins us to read parts of her book and discuss the inspiration for writing it. Copies of Old Mountain Cassie will be available for signing and purchase.

Last Month's Events
Thanks to Dr. Crys Armbrust for the program and beautiful display! Despite freezing temperatures and sleet 27 people came to the library to hear about the life of music icon and Tryonnite Nina Simone.
The Stony Knoll Gospel Quartet from the Stony Knoll CME Church joined us for an evening on the history of spirituals and gospel music. The quartet, who have been singing as a choir quartet for 7 years, entertained a full house at the library with their songs. 

Pets @ Lanier
Meghan Young with beautiful Moxie
Jo Key's cutie, Deacon
The Sunday gang at the Library
Lanier Greeter Dog Nick can be found on Sundays with owner Steve Aldred and volunteer Marcie Mack waiting for visitors and conversation. Here, Heidi Towns stops by with mom, Dottie Lascoe and pup Waldo.
Susanne Winslade's new puppy Bosco was introduced to the library this month. "It is the perfect socialization place for pups," according to Susanne. At ten weeks, Bosco is already a star socialite! Anyone remember Bosco syrup?
Displays @ Lanier
A Pop-Up Book Collection!

We are pleased this month to have on display an historical array of pop-up books from the collection of member Daphne Sawyer.

Did you know that pop-up books, or books with movable parts, date back to the 13th century and were used exclusively in theological or scholarly works until the late 19th century?  

Did you know that there are many types of ingenious 3-D movable parts that enhance the contents of books?

Did you know that the term "pop-up" book was coined in the US during the 1930s?

Today, pop-up books are created by talented "paper engineers" largely for young and young-at-heart audiences. This exhibit will highlight a few examples from the 20th and 21s century US publishing industry that put digital publishers to shame.  

Explore, think out of the box and have fun!

Daphne Sawyer
Update on Last Month's Display

Dr. Crys Armbrust's February display on Nina Simone was the most complete we've seen. If you haven't seen it yet, the display will remain until March 8. We also asked Crys if there would be anywhere in the future to see it for those who miss it. While nothing is currently in the works for the display, he did let us know that the memorial plaque for the Nina Simone Plaza sculpture is in process.. It is to be mounted on the left-end side panel of the granite plinth upon which Zenos Frudakis's 2010 sculpture of Nina Simone is seated.

A reminder that Super Saturday will take place on Saturday, March 16 , so parking may be limited.
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