Volume LX, November 2022
Your Monthly News & Updates
Programs @ Lanier
“Wild Vision” of a
bygone era
At the next Live@Lanier, Thursday, November 10 at
2 PM, see “wild visions” of western NC through the camera of a Japanese immigrant.
Born Masahara Iizuka in Osaka, George Masa arrived in Asheville in 1915 and began photographing the mountains and helping map the Appalachian Trail. With his large format camera, Masa trekked into rural and remote areas of western North Carolina during the 1920s and early 1930s. About a century later, Brent Martin hiked the same locations. Combining talent as a poet and passion as an environmental organizer, Martin wrote this story of the long overlooked photographer’s “Wild Vision,” illustrating the book with 75 historic Masa photos.
Martin’s first-person narrative contrasts, laments, and exalts the condition of the landscape that Masa loved and worked to protect. Masa’s images and knowledge of the landscape were instrumental in motivating John D. Rockefeller to donate $5 million for initial land purchases for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. His photographs were tools of advocacy, as well as art. He has been called the Ansel Adams of the Smokies.
Martin’s poetry and essays have been published in the North Carolina Literary Review, Pisgah Review, Tar River Poetry, Chattahoochee Review, Eno Journal, New Southerner, Kudzu Literary Journal, Smoky Mountain News and elsewhere.
Charles Frazier, author of “Cold Mountain,” praises “George Masa’s Wild Vision,” writing, “Brent Martin... splendidly places Masa and his work in the context of the mountains they both love so much—a perfect match since Martin, like Masa, has spent most of his adult life studying the southern mountains, protecting them, exploring."
From the comfort of your Lanier chair at this next Felburn Nature and Wildlife Collection program, explore the “Wild Vision” of a bygone era of where you call home.
Holiday Paper Crafts

Reserve space now in one or both sessions at the links below.

Space is limited to 12 participants per session. All patterns and materials provided by crafts master and teacher Ginger Cox.

Participants will be able to make up to a dozen items with the patterns and paper provided.

Morning Session
10 am -12 Noon

Ginger’s easy peazy session. No patterns required. Make Christmas Card Houses, and boxes, as well as card stock gift boxes and paper lanterns (tea lights provided). Use scissors, tape, and glue gun if needed.
Afternoon Session
1 pm - 3 pm

Session requires a little more skill in cutting patterns and paper, but still not difficult. Make Victorian paper cones and boxes, and hanging tree ornaments from all of the scrap paper.

Workshops made possible by the generous support of the
Support @ Lanier
Smiling for Lanier
We now have 59 members who have designated the library as their charity of choice with Amazon Smile! Please help us to reach our goal of 75 Smile contributors! Go to amazonsmile to access the link to designate Lanier Library as the nonprofit on your account today.
November Board & Staff Profile
You may know Vicky Jackson as the current President of the Lanier Library Board. What you may not know is that she grew up in Washington, DC and graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. 

Professionally, Vicky was the Administrative Officer in the Computer Science Department at the University of Utah and then moved to Atlanta where she served as the inaugural Director of Administration in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech.

Horse-crazy from an early age, she thinks it all started with “Black Beauty” or possibly “Misty of Chincoteague.” She and her husband, Tom, have taken many riding trips around the world to destinations including France, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Italy, the Azores, Kenya, South Africa, Canada and Mexico. Riding in the redwoods of California and on a dude ranch in New Mexico rounded out their horseback adventures. An estancia in Argentina remains a favorite, and they will be shortly celebrating their forty-fifth wedding anniversary there. 

She calls home a converted grist mill on a farm in Gowensville, where she lives with Tom and their horses and dogs. A life-long lover of books and the written word, Vicky says she is honored and humbled to serve on the board at the library.
Grounds & Building Update
In the middle of October, our old oak tree came down, leaving us
with just a stump.

We are grateful for safety during its removal, and for the many years of shade she provided the library and Melrose Avenue. The stump will be ground in the coming weeks.
Construction Update: We are excited to announce that during the first two weeks of December, the upstairs bathroom at the library will be fully renovated. The fixtures will be replaced with ADA accessible ones, and all other parts of the room will be refreshed. During the construction process, please plan to use the downstairs restroom. Additionally, the Chestnut Street entrance will be closed, with access to the building through the Melrose Avenue entrance only. Thank you for your patience as we complete this long-awaited project! And please plan to check out the upgrades during the latter part of December.
Annual Fundraiser
Become a Member @ Lanier
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. If you aren’t sure when your membership expires, please contact the library at 828-859-9535. 
Books @ Lanier
2022 Lanier Library Book of the Month
Reading Challenge
This month read a non-fiction work published within the last two years.

Return your completed book log to the Library before January 31, 2023. Please note the bonus opportunities. Each book is an entry in a February 2023 drawing. Prize to be announced.
You can also download it here:

A Note from the Board President
This might sound strange - but one of the all-time best presents I have received is my STIHL BGA-57 battery-operated, rechargeable leaf blower. I just love it. It’s so handy and makes keeping things tidy outside a breeze. It holds a charge for about thirty minutes and is lightweight and easy to use. With leaf season upon us - I am ready!
Until next time, Vicky
Book Lovers Meets Nov 5 @ 10 am
Book Lovers - October 2022
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 current favorites.

Once Upon a River by Diane Satterfield
The Maid by Nita Prose
Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan
Out of the Woods: Stories by Chris Offutt
Country Dark by Chris Offutt
The Killing Hills by Chris Offutt
Kentucky Straight: Stories by Chris Offutt
Driving on the Rim by Thomas McGuane
Trust by Herman Diaz
Horse by Geraldine Brooks
The Archivist by Rex Pickett
Next in Line by Jeffrey Archer
Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro

The Rising Tide by Ann Cleeves

No Heroes by Chris Offutt
The Same River Twice by Chris Offutt
Diana, William and Harry by James Patterson and Chris Mooney
Celebrating Home by James T. Farmer
Dinner on the Grounds by James T. Farm
NONFICTION BOOK CLUB Meets Nov 13 @ 1:30 pm

The Non-Fiction Book Club will
on November 13.

In November,
the group will discuss
by Deborah Davis.

Orders & Acquisitions
Below are the links to our October Orders and 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.

Click here for Orders
Click here for Acquisitions
October Book Review

Several months ago a friend and fellow bibliophile begged me to read The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan because she really wanted to discuss it with someone.

Last month I picked it up, somewhat warily. Frida Liu is a single mother trying to balance work and motherhood while struggling with her own mental health. But when she has a very bad day, her parenting privileges could be revoked. Frida has an opportunity to attend The School for Good Mothers, where bad mothers can learn to be good through one year of lessons on everything from feeding to discipline to social interaction. Will Frida and her daughter Harriet be reunited? Can Frida figure out how to balance her own needs with those of her daughter?

This dystopian book isn’t one to read if you are looking for a feel-good story, but it is one that will stick with you for weeks and challenge your thoughts on parenting, mental health, and the roles of men, women, and society in raising children.

Submitted by Jenny Putrill
Last Month @ Lanier
Trail Trotters

A standing room only crowd gathered to hear Mark and Carol McCall’s great ideas on how to experience the hiking trails in Polk County and its surrounding areas. The McCalls are members of the Tryon Trail Trotters, who meet weekly to hike in groups around the area.

In addition to leading audience members to the right trails, they also instructed us on what we should wear and take along for safe hiking. Board member Cindy Caldwell provided special hiking snacks, like
trail mix and Gatorade. A handout is available at the library for anyone who was unable to
attend this fun program. We hope this program inspired people to get outside in the glorious fall weather!
Book Sale

An enthusiastic bunch of bibliophiles turned out on a beautiful fall Saturday to take advantage of the “Buck a Book” sale at the former Tryon Fine Books building. We were thrilled to see so many special books find new shelves to grace, and remain grateful to Harry Goodheart for leaving us a generous legacy. Thank you also to all of the volunteers who counted books and carted boxes to cars.
Pets @ Lanier
Lanier Library welcomes all library-friendly dogs & cats,
but asks that they remain on leash or in their carriers at all times.
Meet Daisy
who stopped by to visit with owner Debbie Pardal &
Lanier's pet lizard.

Displays @ Lanier
Sandra's Shelf Display

The November display will be 
Enjoy a Recent Non-Fiction Title To Complete Our November Reading Challenge.

November Display

This month’s display features Kachina dolls from the collection of Rick and Eileen Mehta. In the Hopi religion, Kachinas are supernatural beings who come to Hopi villages in Arizona each year in February in response to the Hopis’ petitions to the gods for favorable weather, water, bountiful crops and peaceful life. In certain religious ceremonies, Hopi men wear masks and costumes to personify Kachinas. Kachina dolls are given to girls and women by the masked men during ceremonial dances.
Thank You!

Thank you to Judy Bolton for sharing
her collection of Agatha Christie
novels in the
October display case.

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.
By Carl Sandburg
The fog comes
on little cat feet.
It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.
Carl Sandburg - 1878-1967
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