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One of the ways to relate to those living in foreign lands is to compare notes of how we get through tough times. In 1997 the Asian financial crisis put unimagined pressures on families in Singapore.

The Murphy Library is showing Ilo, Ilo, this Thursday, November 20 at 6 p.m. about a Singapore family struggling during the 1997 financial crisis. In Mandarin, Tagalog & English with English subtitles. 99 minutes. Film Movement permits one public screening and later library patrons can borrow the film.

“Ilo Ilo is an amazing debut, full of heart and intelligence.”
– Ang Lee, Oscar-winning director

Make sure you dress warm for Frozen, the Murphy Library’s movie this week about two sisters who live in the cold Nordic country. One has power to cover the land with ice and snow. She does just that and disappears. Her younger sister must find her and make the ice melt.

The screening is Thursday at 6 p.m. Running time is 102 minutes and it is rated PG. Robert Lopez composed the unforgettable music and his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez wrote the lyrics that make everyone sing along.

On Saturday, Youth Services Librarian Bridget Wilson will host a party of books, games and crafts to celebrate Frozen at 10 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. for children up to 6 years old. Call the library at 837-2417 to register.

A teen is wrongfully accused of theft and sent to a Texas detention camp where boys spend every day digging holes in a dried up lakebed “to build character.” One day he digs up a small treasure and wonders why it’s there.

The Murphy Library is showing Holes, a 2003 PG-rated film offering adventure, drama, laughs and some tears, based on a Newberry Medal-winning story by Louis Sachar. It is perfect for grown-ups as well as kids. Screening is Thursday at 6 p.m. and running time is 117 minutes.

Sigourney Weaver and Jon Voight headline the cast, but the real stars are the boys. They bully, pick fights, distrust each other, and then slowly become friends. When they show how much they care, your heart will feel it too.

Call the library at 837-2417.

Here is a new idea for a French love story: tell it documentary style. The ones falling in love become the narrators in 2 Autums, 3 Winters, the next Murphy Library movie from Film Movement. The screening is Thursday at 6 p.m. Running time is 93 minutes and it has adult themes. In French with English subtitles.

Arman meets Amelie in the park – they run into each, literally, then smile, apologize and get back to running. But eye contact has been made and Arman keeps looking for her again. Separately, Arman’s best friend, Benjamin, has a terrible calamity and ends up in the hospital. And while he is there, he meets someone very special.

There are ups and downs including a tough climb up a mountain. But then, that is what love’s all about.

The Murphy Library is showing a Film Movement selection, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow ? about a quiet optometrist who begins to question his marriage and his choice to live a straight lifestyle. Screening Thursday at 6 p.m. In Mandarin with English subtitles. Running time 106 minutes.
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Book lovers know that turning over the last page of a good novel means another mystery, history or blistery tome is waiting in the wings. It’s the same with chili. This Thursday the Murphy Library has a treat for the chili lovers who left the Cherokee County Chamber’s Chili Cook Off last Saturday with smiles on their faces.2014ChiliLunchJeffMurphy10-15

Friends of Murphy Library are holding a Chili Lunch and Bake Sale this Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Librarian Jeff Murphy is cooking his special chili, and the Friends are baking up fresh artisan bread to go with it. Tickets are $7 and may be purchased in advance. Water and coffee are included.

The Bake Sale will offer homemade cookies, cakes, bread and maybe a pie or two. The Scholastic Book Sale shelves are holding treasures throughout the library. The Cooking Supplies Sale can be found in the breezeway. Call 837-2417 for details and to donate to the bake sale.

Want to learn a little Spanish? The next time it rains for days in Cherokee County, look out the window, sigh, and say “Tanta agua.” It translates as “so much water.” Tanta Agua is also the name of the next movie from Film Movement at the Murphy Library this Thursday at 6 p.m. The film is in Spanish with subtitles in English.

Even though this story takes place in Uruguay, there are lots to relate to, especially the teenage daughter when she rolls her eyes.

Alberto is a divorced father who doesn’t often see his children. He takes his 14-year-old daughter and ten-year-old son to a warm springs spa in northwest Uruguay for a few days and family time with them. Unfortunately, it begins to rain and doesn’t stop…for days. In other words, you guessed it, “tanta agua.” Ever been on a trip like that? What is a teenager to do but create a few diversions for herself.

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