A program on a unique local treasure, the Lanier Library was presented to the members of the Rotary Satellite Club of Tryon – TE at their regular meeting on October 1st by the library’s director, Amber Keeran. Amber explained that since 1890 this private membership library has been serving the community.
It is unique in that it is one of seventeen such library’s in the country, the other sixteen being located in major cities and municipalities. The facility at 72 Chestnut Street in Tryon is the result of a vision The Lanier Club, a small group of ladies, had of wanting to provide a facility to stimulate intellectual and cultural growth in the foothills. Starting with only a hand full of donated books wheeled around the neighborhood, the library has developed into a comprehensive collection of print and audio books, big and small screen DVDs and CDs and other publications. Which also includes a varied art collection. Additionally, throughout its almost 130 year history it has had a tradition of presenting cultural and educational programs ranging over a wide variety of topics that currently continues to expand. Open six days a week to provide it’s members the opportunity to browse the galleries and stacks to find forgotten treasures, childhood fantasies, best sellers, page turners and a place for simple moments of reflective solitude. It is truly a local treasure.
Submitted by Carolyn Dickenson