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It’s 1934 Cincinnati and a ten-year-old girl believes she is the one to write stories her newspaper will want. She sees stories all over thanks to the Great Depression.

The Murphy Library is showing Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, a family film based on an American Girl book starring Abigail Breslin, this Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The film is rated G and running time is 101 minutes.

The young girl’s father has lost his job and goes to Chicago to find work. Her mother stays and takes in boarders. That is when the fun starts.   Miss May Dooley (Jane Krakowski) is a dance instructor, and Jefferson Berk (Stanley Tucci) is just what you need in the Depression: a magician!

Best of all, there is someone near and dear to our library-loving hearts. Lucinda Bond is the mobile librarian, played by Joan Cusack. Thanks go to librarians Debbie Whitener and Trudy Morrow for good driving in our bookmobile!
For details about the movie, call 837-2417.

American Girl Party On March 12
And parents can bring their girls back to the library on Thursday, March 12 at 6:00pm, Youth Services Librarian Bridget Wilson will host: Molly: An American Girl Party for girls ages 5 & up.

Celebrate Molly McIntire, a patriotic girl growing up during World War II, with games, crafts, and refreshments. For more information, contact Bridget Wilson at 837-2025

A French filmmaker discovers the details of her parents’ life through the papers they leave behind when they pass away. Their escape from the Nazis and early life in Lyon are part of the story. Another is the arrival of her father’s brother who everyone thought had been killed in the war. Why didn’t anyone ever talk about him?

The Murphy Library is showing the Film Movement drama For a Woman about French survivors of World War II filmed in the Rhone-Alpes region of France. The library will screen the film Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. in French with subtitles in English.

Running time is 110 minutes and the film is suitable for adults and mature high school students. Call the library at 837-2417.

What are you in the mood to watch after Valentine’s Day? A French comedy and love story? Maybe it has a leading actor who looks a lot like Johnny Depp. And don’t forget the beautiful French countryside.

Voila! The Murphy Library is offering Moliere, this Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Running time is 120 minutes and it is rated PG-13. In French with subtitles in English.

French playwright Moliere is sulking in prison for not paying the debts of his actors’ group who travel the country putting on his plays. One day a wealthy gentleman helps free him. All he wants in return are acting lessons to help him impress a certain lady. The man is already married and Moliere is staying in his chateau, so he must pose as a priest, “Father Tartuffe.” But then, he does get some great tips on writing.

Call the library at 837-2417 for details.

Every January 27 the United Nations remembers those lost in World War II with International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Our next film at the Murphy Library also reminds us that books help carry us through the most difficult times.

On the cusp of the war, a young German girl is traveling with her brother on a train, but during the trip he dies. At the cemetery the grief-stricken girl finds a book lying near the grave and takes it with her, although she doesn’t know how to read.

The Murphy Library is showing The Book Thief, a 2013 film based on a New York Times bestseller about the lives of Germans living near the Polish border during World War II. The screenings are this Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Running time is 131 minutes and the film is rated PG-13, appropriate for mature teens.

The library also has the awarding winning book available to borrow. Call the library at 837-2417.

If you want a respite from the cold weather and your children like science, the next Murphy Library movie about a dolphin in a Florida aquarium is for you. The library is showing the 2014 film, Dolphin Tale 2, this Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Running time is 107 minutes and it is rated PG.

Winter is a dolphin in the Clearwater, Florida aquarium. As a youngster she was given a prosthetic tail and found a home in one of the aquarium pools with an elderly dolphin friend. Now, that friend has died and Winter needs a new pool mate or she will have to be moved to a new aquarium. Those are the laws. The aquarium scientists and their young helpers have their work cut out for them since the last thing they want is to have Winter cut off from them.

Call the library at 837-2417 for details.

A young man in Chad loves to dance even with a bad leg but when he needs money for his sick stepfather, he loses his rhythm and goes to the dark side. The Murphy Library is showing Film Movement’s Grigris, this Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. It has romance, crime and lots of thrills. Running time is 101 minutes and the film is shown in French and Arabic with English subtitles.

The cinematography captures the African nation of Chad magnificently, whether in the city or a tiny country village.

Call the library at 837-2417 for details.

If you’re into guitar music and great songwriting, mixed with folk and rock, AND an unforgettable story, watch how they give this movie heart and soul. A Detroit guitarist named Sixto Rodriguez cuts two albums during the 1970’s, and although they are critically well received, few are sold. Rodriguez drops from sight, but years later he has become a rock star — in South Africa.

This Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing Searching for Sugar Man, a 2012 documentary that won 40 awards around the world, including an Oscar. Running time is 86 minutes and the film is rated PG-13.

A visitor to the U.S. had purchased Rodriguez’ albums and taken them back to South Africa. Over the years the albums were reprinted and the music constantly played on the radio, but no word came from him and rumors concluded the singer had died.

It wasn’t true. Come see how a South African record storeowner and a filmmaker find him, alive. Call the library at 837-2417.

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