Volume LVIII, September 2022

Your Monthly News & Updates

 Programs @ Lanier 

Ocean Breathing 

Live @ Lanier

Even though far from the shore, dress comfortably enough to practice “Ocean Breathing” at the next Live@Lanier.

Also known as ujjaye in yoga, you can use the technique at home to help improve concentration and release tension. With Chelsea Thornhill, professional health and well-being coach, you will also practice, at your chair, easy-on-the-body ways to move that can help control blood pressure, reduce anxiety, and improve sleep. To change eating habits and help improve metabolism, Chelsea will suggest foods for balanced menus that are easy to prepare and taste good.

The Marvel of Honey

Live @ Lanier

The marvelous journey of honey starts with a honeybee filling both of its bellies with nectar from a random selection of flowers. Next stop is a hive and comb, and from there, with the care of a beekeeper, into a cup of tea or a glaze on a ham. Honey has also been used in medicine worldwide for centuries. Ayurvedic practitioners, for example, treated wounds with honey. And, some of us may remember a honey concoction soothing a cough as a child.

About six years ago, Lisa Krolak took the Polk County beekeeping extension course and now she and a friend keep 12-16 hives. She will share what she has learned at this Felburn Nature and Wildlife Collection Program on Thursday, September 22, 5:30 PM.

A Note

from the Board President

Shirin-Yoku is the Japanese term for a Forest Bath - a meditative walk in the woods to soak up the sights, sounds and smells of nature. Most mornings, my husband, Tom, and I walk the dogs on wooded trails. The wild muscadine - or fox grapes - are ripening and with all the storms lately, lots of immature grapes are falling off the overhead vines. This morning, the trail was covered in little green balls- like beads scattered from a broken necklace. The cicada symphony drowned out any bird song, but the air smelled fresh and clean after the rain... Another wonderful Forest Bath. Hope you have the chance to enjoy one, too.

Until next time, Vicky Jackson

September Board & Staff Profile

You may know LEE CUDLIP as a Board Member and Chair of the Media Selection Committee. She has been on the Committee since 2004.

The 7-member group meets the first Thursday of every month, except December, to discuss, select, and buy books within budget that they think Library members will want to read. The criteria are Lanier member circulation trends, news from publishers, and member input in the Request Box at the circulation desk.

What you may not have known are the credentials Lee brings to the job. Warwick’s

Bookstore in La Jolla CA, founded in 1896, is the oldest continuously family-owned and operated bookstore in the country. She worked there for15 years as buyer and manager, followed by more than two years as owner of her own shop, The Book Garden, in a rented Victorian House near San Diego.

“I cannot remember the first book I ever read,” says Lee, “but do remember as a child in St. Louis that it was like seventh heaven going into The Book Nook.”

Recalling the first time she went into Lanier Library, “It was love at first sight. I came in response to an announcement in the Bulletin about a book lovers’ meeting. I love so many books and can’t say that any one is a favorite, but my focus is non-fiction.” This preference is probably rooted in her History BA from Smith College and two years working at the Missouri Historical Society.

As of this writing, Lee recommends “The Cause: The American Revolution and its Discontents” by Joseph Ellis.

Support @ 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 & renew online.

Smiling for Lanier

We now have 56 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.

2022 Lanier Library Book of the Month

Reading Challenge

The September challenge is to read a book set in a bookstore or library.

Start your challenge by picking up your BOMC (Book of the Month Challenge) log at the Library. 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.

Download the Book of the Month Challenge Book Log

Books @ Lanier

Book Lovers Meets September 3 @ 10 am

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!

Click here for the current favorites.


The nonfiction book club meets at 1:30 pm on September 11 and will be discussing "A Molecule Away from Madness: Tales of the Hijacked Brain,"

by Sara A. Peskin.

Orders & Acquisitions

Below are the links to our August 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 Orders

Click Acquisitions

Book Review

Pooley's Poignant Pleasing Publications

Are you in the mood for a book you can laugh and cry along with in equal measure- a book with a tableau of flawed, but lovable characters? Then you might want to try out Clare Pooley’s Iona Iverson’s Rules For Commuting or her earlier book, The Authenticity Project. I read both back to back! Pooley reveals her characters’ lives in poignant detail, so much so that you’re rooting for them to resolve issues, but adds levity in how they interact and serve as foils for each other.

If you are a fan of writers like Rachel Joyce, Phaedra Patrick or Jenny Colgan, you are sure to get hooked. And it doesn’t hurt to be an Anglophile, as her setting is London and its environs and her humor and sensibility are quintessentially British!

I highly recommend a cup of tea as you get immersed in Pooley’s charming books.

Review by Sandra McCall

Last Month @ Lanier

August Programming

On August 23, an interested crowd laughed through Kathryn Smith’s entertaining program on Prohibition in the United States, focusing on South Carolina. Kathryn walked us through the history of Prohibition, its champions and detractors, and what finally brought about its repeal. Her book, Baptists and Bootleggers, includes a variety of images and cocktail recipes. Come check it out at Lanier!

Pets @ Lanier

Meet Otis & Willow!

Meet Otis Long, who came in 

with Jessie Long and

her granddaughter Quinn.


Meet Willow, who stopped by

with owners 

John and Marjorie Cooper.

Lanier Library welcomes all library-friendly dogs & cats, but asks that they remain on leash or in

their carriers at all times.

Displays @ Lanier

Sandra's Shelf Display

The next display will be Enjoy a Book Set In A Library or Bookstore To Complete Our September Reading Challenge.

September Display

Beekeeper Lisa Krolak has created a display of beekeeping tools, sections of a bee hive and photos and pictures including the stages of the bee's development for the

September display case.

August Display Thank You!

Thank you to Denny Crowe for sharing treasures from her family's seed company in the August 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.

No Man is an Island 

by John Donne

No man is an island,

Entire of itself;

Every man is a piece of the continent,

A part of the main.

If a clod be washed away by the sea,

Europe is the less,

As well as if a promontory were:

As well as if a manor of thy friend's

Or of thine own were.

Any man's death diminishes me,

Because I am involved in mankind.

And therefore never send to know for whom the

bell tolls;

It tolls for thee.

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