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He is a former BBC journalist who later worked for Tony Blair and was let go for mistakes he made. She is an Irish woman who also made a mistake fifty years before, and as a young unwed mother was forced to give up her son.

The Murphy Public Library is showing Philomena, the 2013 award-winning film of the true story of their search for her now-grown son this Thursday at 6 p.m. Running time is 98 minutes and the film is rated PG-13.

Actors Judi Dench and Steve Coogan never let you catch them acting. Instead, they often get angry, sometimes smile quietly, and there are moments when their eyes fill with tears.

Coogan is a British comedian but to his credit he doesn’t go for the laughs. What he does use are his skills in storytelling – he co-wrote the screenplay.

Call the library at 837-2417.

Here are the Spelling Bee Study Words for this year’s Spelling Bee taking place on November 20 at Martins Creek School.
Spelling Bee Study Words
We will also publish shortly a list of
Challenge Words
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If you’ve been hungry for the sight of a Northeastern coastline try to see Moonrise Kingdom, the next Murphy Library comedy/drama made along the edges and forests of Rhode Island. A young boy and girl fall in love and run away as chaos ensues and the town searches for them.

The library will show Moonrise Kingdom Thursday at 6 p.m. It is rated PG-13, runs 94 minutes and has a wonderful cast: Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Bruce Willis and Frances McDormand. The two kids are good also.

Director Wes Andersen, who made The King’s Speech, co-wrote the screenplay with Roman Coppola, son of Francis Ford Coppola about two children who don’t fit in. The film offers surprises, funny parts and is often moving.

In spite of the Rhode Island shore you won’t get homesick for the South. Hank Williams’ songs follow the travelers, along with music by Benjamin Britten and Mozart.

Call the library at 837-2417.

Here’s a question for mechanics: how do airplanes take off from an aircraft carrier? Disney’s fun movie Planes is the next film at the Murphy Library and it shows the take off method and other secrets of flying aircraft. Geography also plays a big role, such as deciding the best route: over, around or through a mountain.

A crop dusting plane has aspirations to go far and he enters a race to do just that – fly around the world. Only there are lots of bigger faster planes ready to fight for first place. The library is showing Planes, an animated PG-rated family film Thursday at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome – you don’t need to be a kid to enjoy it. Running time is 91 minutes.

Call the library at 837-2417.

The Murphy Public Library is showing a Film Movement selection from Poland this Thursday at 6 p.m. In the Name Of tells the story of Adam, a Catholic priest working with troubled teenagers in a Polish village who realizes his calling to the priesthood may have been to escape from his own desires.

The film is in Polish with subtitles in English. Running time 102 minutes. It is not suitable for children. Call 837-2417 for details.

Don’t miss the Silent Auction at the Murphy Public Library.  There is something (or things) for everyone!  There are beautiful books from Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens to the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice to art books about Michelangelo and Rembrandt.  And of course, a book by Dr. Seuss!

Gift certificates from local restaurants and shops, Mike Lalone pottery, Bobbi Umbach glass art bowl, Judy Grove photograph, 7-piece gardening starter set, frame prints, paintings, 6-piece ruby glass collection, IKEA art easels and much more will be up for bidding.

We will also have a free refreshment table and donations of finger food are appreciated to replenish the bidders :-).

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