The year is 1914 and World War I has begun to rage across Europe. Rage is the only word for a war that would ultimately take 9 million lives. In one section of France, French and Scottish soldiers fight the Germans in trench warfare.
Suddenly, Christmas Eve is upon them and within their trench, a soldier begins to sing a Christmas song, then — a Scottish soldier plays the bagpipes.
The Murphy Library is showing a 2005 film from France, Joyeux Noel, about one Christmas Eve when soldiers put down their guns, this Thursday, December 12 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Running time is 116 minutes and the film is rated PG-13. In English, French and German with English subtitles.
Call 837-2417 for details.
Posted November 30, 2013on:
One of the keywords describing Ramona and Beezus, the next G-rated film at the Murphy Library is “vomit.”
But don’t be alarmed, the story is based on a series of children’s books that your mother and grandmother and I read as little girls – and we turned out fine, didn’t we? Well, didn’t we?
The Murphy Library is showing Ramona and Beezus, about the misadventures of a third grader and her older sister Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Running time is 103 minutes, and it is rated G.
Beverly Cleary wrote the stories about these sisters. The library has plenty of Cleary’s work in its collection waiting for young readers to borrow them. She turned 98 this year and is still writing. Best of all, kids still love her books. Call 837-2417 for details or go to http://www.friendsofmurphylibrary.wordpress.com to see the trailer.
Posted November 18, 2013on:
A young boy is anxiously awaiting his mother’s return to their remote Zulu village in South Africa, when a truck pulls up. It is carrying his mother’s coffin.
How could this happen to a boy named Lucky?
The Murphy Library is showing its Film Movement selection, Lucky, this Thursday at 4 pm. and 6 p.m. Running time is 100 minutes and the film would not be appropriate for children. In Zulu, Hindi and English with English subtitles.
Even in the face of tragedy, Lucky has a dream to go to school. He soon leaves his village for the big city to find his uncle. However, nothing is easy for this orphan, and then he meets a feisty, elderly Indian woman who lives in his uncle’s neighborhood.
The BBC calls this “a wonderful little gem,” and it is.
Posted November 11, 2013on:
This Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. the Murphy Public Library is showing a funny, touching coming of age story about a shy teenager who goes to work helping a retired actress, partly to get away from his domineering mother. The actress, Evie, may be retired from acting, but not from acting alive and that is just the push that young Ben needs to jumpstart his own life.
Starring Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint as Ben, Julie Walters as Evie, and Laura Linney as Laura Marshall, Ben’s mother. The film is rated PG-13 and is not appropriate for young children. Running time is 98 minutes.
Filmed through England and Scotland at Burnham Beeches, Buckinghamshire; Debenham House, Addison Road, Holland Park; London; and Edinburgh, Scotland.
Call 837-2417 for details.
Forty years ago Cicely Tyson received an Oscar nomination for her role in Sounder, a movie about a Depression-era sharecropper’s family in Louisiana. The Murphy Library is showing Tyson’s 1972 film Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The library adds 4 p.m. screenings during winter months. Running time is 105 minutes and it is rated G.
The story begins as David Lee Morgan (Kevin Hooks), his father (Paul Winfield) and their special dog, Sounder, hunt raccoons in the dark to help feed their family. One night they return empty-handed and the desperate father steals a ham to feed his children. Soon he is arrested and sent to prison.
His wife, Rebecca (Cicely Tyson) and the three children sharecrop the fields to make enough to eat. Then, one day Rebecca sends David Lee to find his father and along the way he discovers a special school. Directed by Martin Ritt who also made Hud, Norma Rae, and Cross Creek.
And forty years later, Cicely Tyson, now an Atlanta resident, is still a winner. She won a Tony Award on Broadway this year at the age of 80. Call 837-2417 for details
Scholastic Book Fair at Murphy Public Library runs Oct. 23 to Nov. 4 — now is the time to buy a child or teen or yourself a book to cherish.
Posted October 29, 2013on:
Librarians Jeff Murphy and Melissa Barker were all smiles at the Murphy Public Library last week as they showed off their trophies. They and their staff had won two awards at the 18th annual Cherokee County Chili Cook-off on October 12. One was for Showmanship and the other was the People’s Choice award.
However, these chili cooks who also love books, are not taking it easy. They have a Scholastic Book Fair opening today, October 23 and running until November 4.
The fall Scholastic Book Fair is the best time to look for Christmas and holiday gifts for children, teens and even adults. Mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy and lots of funny books line the tables at the library. The stocking stuffers of writing pens, word pointers and bookmarks may also bring smiles, just like the chili trophies brought smiles to the staff at the library.
The library accepts credit cards, cash and checks. Call 837-2417 for details.
The Cherokee County Schools Spelling Bee took place at Martins Creek School on October 17 and all fifteen students at the Bee were amenable to spelling the words they were given. However Martins Creek 6th grade student Pressley Payne actually had to spell “a-m-e-n-a-b-l-e.” He did it calmly, distinctly, and perfectly, winning the 1st Place trophy along with a one hundred dollar cash prize.
The two competent runners-up were 7th graders, Eric Fox, from Hiwassee Dam Middle School in 2nd Place and Marie Sawdy from Murphy Middle School in 3rd Place, winning trophies along with fifty dollar and twenty-five dollar cash prizes respectively.
In addition to Pressley Payne, Hannah Smith and Eris Davis represented Martins Creek. Hiwassee Dam students Nina Nicholson and Tucker Lynn joined Eric Fox, and Hagan Newton and Aleayah Cox came from Murphy Middle School along with Marie Sawdy.
Andrews Middle School students included Magnus Fonda, Joshua Um and Karra Postell. Kirsten Pickelsimer, Shawn Bruce and Kaylee Campbell represented Ranger Middle School.
Parents cheered, teachers and principals smiled, and the hard-working students simultaneously breathed a sigh of relief.
Many thanks to all the crafts people and Friends volunteers who helped raise funds for prizes.