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Starting high school can bring trauma to students, just like it does to Charlie. He is smart, however his mental problems have thrown him a curve. On the first day of his freshman year he wonders how he will get through the next 1,385 days until he graduates.

This Thursday, February 11, at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. the Murphy Public Library is showing, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the 2012 award-winning coming of age film that shines as it takes on mental illness, depression, first love and lots more. The film is rated PG-13 and running time is 102 minutes. Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller star along with the perfect mix of music and a tunnel ride not to be missed.

Charlie is recovering from the loss of his best friend who committed suicide the year before and his return to school is not going that well. He has other memories that haunt him. Then he meets Patrick and his stepsister Sam, two irrepressible seniors who love music, dancing and laughing a lot. What does Charlie do? He starts to smile and then to dance.

Call the library at 837-2417.  You can also find the book this film is based on in Adult and Young Adult Fiction at the library.

Maria, a Catholic girl in Germany, wants to live her life in a saintly manner and follow the fundamentalist teachings of her parish priest and promoted by her overstrict mother.   She also wants to follow the Stations of the Cross, just as Jesus did before he was crucified.

The Murphy Library is showing the German/French film, The Stations of the Cross, from Film Movement this Thursday at 4:00 p.m. and again at 6:00 p.m. The film is not rated but may be appropriate for mature high school students. Running time is 110 minutes.

German director Dietrich Brüggemann created only fourteen scenes in the film using a fixed-angle camera and named them after each Station of the Cross. However even at a fixed-angle, these scenes have action, drama and strong performances.  Call the library at 837-2417.


What if Amy Poehler, the actress from TV’s Parks and Recreation, was managing the workings of a child’s mind?   She would be the joyful one trying to control the sadness, anger, fear, and disgust.   Not an easy task. If you are curious about how that would work, come to the Murphy Library to see our animated family movie, Inside Out, this Thursday and bring the kids. The film will be shown at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

A young girl named Riley has to move with her parents from their home in Minnesota all the way to San Francisco for her father’s new job. This is not fun and her emotions are taking her and her family on a difficult ride. However, the movie takes us into her brain to see whether all those feelings can get it together.   Amy Poehler is the voice of Joy, the inner manager.

The film is rated PG and running time is 95 minutes. Call the library at 837-2417.



Hazel and Gus are dealing with the ravages of cancer and wondering what else life will throw at them.   Then they meet at a support group and find their eyes can still light up and smiles, even laughs, come easily.

The Murphy Library is showing The Fault in our Stars, an award-winning 2014 film about two teenage cancer patients this Thursday at 4:00 p.m. and again at 6:00 p.m. The film is rated PG-13 and running time is 126 minutes.

The teens also love to read and take a life affirming journey to Amsterdam to meet the author of a book that caught their attention in an emotional way.

The Murphy Library is starting 2016 with some inventive steps that teachers in New York take for their students to learn the foxtrot, rumba, tango, and more. Yes, they are learning to dance.

This Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. the library is showing Mad Hot Ballroom, a 2005 documentary about the Dancing Classrooms program for fifth graders. The film is rated PG and runs 105 minutes.

The nonprofit American Ballroom Theater began offering dance classes in New York’s public schools in the 1990’s. Reporter Amy Sewell wrote a local news article and then teamed up with film director Marilyn Agrelo to make a documentary. They wisely let the principals, teachers and students tell us what dancing has added to their lives.


This Thursday, December 17, at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., the Murphy Library is showing a Christmas movie about a boy who is at that age when he questions whether Santa Claus really exists. It takes a train ride to the North Pole to find the answer. And as the train moves along, the boy finds out more about himself as well. It’s the Polar Express!

The film is rated G and running time is 100 minutes. Tom Hanks stars in several roles.

Writer Chris Van Allsburg wrote the book. He studied art and sculpture in college and as the years went on he spent time drawing pictures. Then he was asked to write the story for a children’s book along with the pictures. Eighteen books and numerous awards later, he is still going strong.

Call the library at 837-2417.

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.



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