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Blakely Snyder visited the Murphy Library recently with her mother, Destiny. They live in Cherokee County and Blakely is glad they do. Now she will be able to go to the Scholastic Book Fair at the Murphy Library starting today, November 18, and running through Tuesday, December 1.   The three-month old knows it will take her a few months to learn to read, but she is hoping her mom will start reading to her so she can hear the sound of the words.2015 BlakelySnyderScholBookFair 11-15

Easy reader, picture books and funny stories are all waiting for book lovers like Blakely, not to mention mysteries, fantasy and history books. Now is the perfect time to go holiday shopping for young readers, teen readers and all readers who want to learn something new. And what holiday are you shopping for? If you have a young reader in your family discovering the lure of stories, every day is a holiday!

Call the library at 837-2417 for details, or better yet, drop by the library and find a hidden treasure to give to a young reader.

As the Murphy Library movie begins a cyclist is killed in a hit-and-run accident on Christmas Eve. Then the film turns back to the events leading up to that tragedy. The library is showing Human Capital, Film Movement’s mystery drama from Italy, this Thursday at 4 p.m. and at 6 p.m.   Running time is 110 minutes. The film is not rated but is not suitable for children. It will be shown in Italian with subtitles in English.

The son of a wealthy hedge-fund manager is dating the daughter of a real estate agent in dire financial straits. When the agent manipulates his way into the hedge fund, the tensions between status, money and ambition mount. The film also has a North Carolina connection: it was based on the novel by American writer, Stephen Amidon, a graduate of Wake Forest University.

It is the 1930’s and Novalyne Price is a schoolteacher in Texas when she meets handsome but moody writer Robert Howard. He has found his calling in writing pulp fiction stories for magazines. One is his best will be “Conan the Barbarian.”

The Murphy Library is showing The Whole Wide World, a story of writers, love, and friendship in rural Texas and is full of great acting, this Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The film is rated PG and running time is 111 minutes. This 1996 film stars Vincent D’Onofrio and Rene Zellweger, for whom it was a career starter. They make a great team.  In fact, Zellweger thanked D’Onofrio when she won an Oscar in 2003 for Cold Mountain.

D’Onofrio is from Brooklyn but he has strong ties to North Carolina along with his father Gene and sister Elizabeth. They founded the River Run Film Festival in Winston-Salem.

Call the library at 837-2417.

What are toys doing when no one is watching? Do they play or do they fight? When a new toy arrives does the old one wonder if he is still the favorite? The Murphy Library movie will answer these difficult questions and will be laughing all the way. Toy Story, the 1995 movie will be screened Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and is rated G. Running time is 81 minutes and voices come from Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, and Don Rickles, among others.

This was the first of the Pixar films and it never gets old. Call the library at 837-2417 for

On Wednesday, October 28, Nicky Grant, Friends’ Tech Chair, is giving a free class “Streaming Video for Entertainment and Learning” at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
CALL OR TEXT 828-837-4920 or email us at to sign up.

After the class, Nicky is holding a Tech Sale of various technology parts, from cables to monitors in the library’s meeting room from 12 noon to 2 p.m. This is another one of those times when you never know what treasure you will find.

October 29
Speaking of treasures, on Thursday, October 29, the Friends will hold another Craft Supplies and Fabric Sale with all colors and designs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the library’s meeting room. Want something to do this winter?  We’ll get you started on a project! Call 837-2417 for details.

Lloyd is a high school senior on the eve of his graduation. His only wish is to go out with beautiful Diane, the class brain and valedictorian. His friends warn him he is out of his league, but he forges ahead. His persistence in coaxing her out with him is one for the record books.

Say Anything, the next movie at the Murphy Public Library captures the highs and lows of young love, teenage angst, and parenthood. The library will show this 1989 romantic coming of age film starring John Cusack at 6 p.m. on Thursday. It is rated PG-13.

First-time director Cameron Crowe understands the trials of being a teenager and taking chances. He started writing for money in his teens by sending in articles to Rolling Stone Magazine. His later film Almost Famous chronicled his own teenage years trying to keep up with rockers.

Call the library at 837-2417.

The Murphy Library is showing God’s Slave, a serious film about terrorism this Thursday, October 15 at 6 p.m.  In 1994 a synagogue in Buenos Aires, Argentina was bombed resulting in 80 deaths. This Film Movement selection is a co-production from Venezuela and Argentina telling the story of Ahmed who has been trained as an Islamic terrorist and David, an Israeli special agent working to prevent another attack no matter what it takes.

However, in each of their lives, they have family they love and care for. The film is in Spanish with subtitles in English. Running time is 90 minutes. The film is not rated but would not be suitable for children.  Call 837-2417.



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