Upcoming Events


All Lanier Library programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise stated.

In our Display Case in May:  We are pleased this month to have in the case a substantial collection of William Gillette-Sherlock Holmes memorabilia from the collection of Jerry and Joy Soderquist, who coordinated Tryon’s William Gillette -Sherlock Holmes Festivals in the ’90s, titled “Tryon’s Own Sherlock Holmes-William Gillette” 1853-1937.  This display will nicely compliment our May 21 Live@Lanier program.

Tuesday, May 21 at 12 noon – Live@Lanier with Dr. Tracy Revels on Sherlock Holmes

Wofford professor Dr. Tracy Revels joins us to talk about Sherlock Holmes.  As a member of “The Survivors of the Gloria Scott”, a Scion Society of the Baker Street Irregulars, based in Greenville, Revels brings her passion of all things “Sherlockian” to the discussion, “Sherlock’s Secret: Arthur Conan Doyle and the Immortality of Sherlock Holmes.”

Dr. Revels says Sherlock Holmes is as vibrant a character today as he was in 1887.  Everyone is familiar with his cape, his pipe, and his brilliant powers of deduction.  But how well do we know the real Sherlock Holmes?  How many elements of his character were crafted by his creator, and how many were grafted on by actors (including Tryon’s William Gillette), movie directors, and illustrators?  By looking back at the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, we’ll unravel the mystery of Sherlock Holmes’s creation, discuss the Sherlockian Renaissance, and explore some of the ways the ‘World’s Greatest Consulting Detective’ remains eternally popular.

Saturday, June 1 at 10 AM – Book Lovers Club

The first Saturday of every month, avid readers meet at Lanier at 10:00 AM in the Holmes Room to talk about books they’ve enjoyed (or not!). It’s casual, enlightening, and there are no rules!  Join in the fun…open to all book lovers. Check out the list of our current favorites in the library’s newsletter or at the library.

Thursday, June 6 at 6 PM – Live@lanier – Tryon Mudslide Revisited with Jennifer Bauer

Information and discussion on causes and findings from last year’s mudslides in Polk County which washed away tons of Warrior Mountain.  Jennifer Bauer, geologist who climbed to the top of Big Warrior Mountain to find and inspect initiation zones of the mudslide, will revisit her first-hand findings of why and how it happened.  Free and open to the public.


The Lanier Library is excited to host the national launch of New York Times best selling author Mary Alice Monroe’s latest book, The Summer Guests, on June 7th at the Tryon Fine Arts Center.  The Summer Guests is primarily set in the Tryon equestrian community and you may spot some familiar Tryon residents amongst the characters in the book.

The June 7th event is the first in a series of Lanier Library programs that will feature Mary Alice Monroe along some of her friends who just happen to also be award-winning authors.  More information about upcoming events will be announced at the June 7th event.

Tickets for this fundraiser benefiting the Lanier Library are available in person at the Tryon Fine Arts Center box office as well as the Library.  If you would prefer to purchase tickets online, visit Mary Alice Monroe Book Launch at Lanier Library.

If you have questions about this event or would like to volunteer to help, please contact Peter Franklin at peter.lanierlibrary@gmail.com.

Saturday, June 8 at 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, June 9 at 1:30 PM – Nonfiction Book Club

For nonfiction lovers – another club for the library which meets the second Sunday of each month!  The book choice for June will be Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence by Matt Sanford.

Our July book choice will be American Eden by Victoria Johnson.

The Nonfiction Book Club will meet downstairs in the LeDuc Room unless it is otherwise occupied.

Tuesday, June 25 at 12 noon – Live@Lanier Summer Family Program – Falconry with Jeff Curtis

Experience the Art of Falconry, learn about the ancient interaction between man and animal with Jeff Curtis and two of his birds or prey.  Partner in CurtisWright Outfitters in Weaverville, Jeff brings his passion for this ancient art that he loves to share with others.  This will be the fourth of our 2019 Felburn Nature and Wildlife programs, free and open to all ages.  Thanks to the generous support of the Kirby Fund at the Polk County Community Foundation for making this program possible.

Think you missed something?  Check here for a complete list of past and future library events of 2018 and 2019.

The Lanier Library hopes to have videos of past programs available soon.
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