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If you are thinking about writing a book and publishing it, Friends of Murphy Library invite you to meet one of Murphy’s newest authors, Jane Hembree. She will talk about the lessons she has learned creating and publishing her first book, next Tuesday, May 23 at the Friends’ Potluck at 6 p.m. in the library’s meeting room.

Hembree knows how to find her way through strange surroundings. After all, she lived around the world from Japan to Brazil with her husband Steve and their children during his military career. She also found her way home to Murphy and has filled her days helping local organizations like Friends of Murphy Library and Silver Arts in the Senior Games.

Recently she and Steve added a new member to their family, a puppy they named Beemer, and she began taking photos as he grew. The result is her children’s book, Beemer’s Adventures. Hembree will share her own adventures in writing it.

The cost of membership in the Friends is $10 per year. This nonprofit group raises funds to benefit the library. Everyone is welcome to bring a favorite potluck dish to share. Call 837-2417.

Join Jane and Beemer and learn how to publish your own story!


If you are still singing from the last Murphy Library movie, you may want to see the next one so you can add a few dance steps. A jazz musician falls for a young actress full of dreams, but who knows what the next step should be.

The library is showing La La Land, the 2016 song and dance film that won six Oscars this Thursday at 6:00 p.m.   Running time is 126 minutes and the film is rated PG-13. Starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.

Many of us grew up watching Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dancing through ups and downs, or simply Gene Kelly dancing in the rain. Thursday’s film revives the energy and joy that singing and dancing bring.


Have you had a chance to hear Matthew McConaughey show off his great voice? Come by the Murphy Library this Thursday at 6:00 to hear how good he sounds along with Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson and lots more stars. They star in Sing and you will be singing along with them!

Be forewarned, this film is an animated feature rated PG, and McConaughey is a koala bear named Buster Moon. He owns a grand theatre on the brink of closing and struggles to keep it going. Suddenly he has an idea: hold a singing competition with a big cash prize. The crowds start coming and they are really humming. Running time is 108 minutes full of music and laughter.

Youth Services librarian, Bridget Wilson spends her days helping young readers discover spellbinding stories hiding between the covers of books. She also likes to laugh, which is what she did when she discovered a book of knock-knock jokes among the items donated to the Murphy Library’s Yard Sale.

The Friends of Murphy Library are holding their spring Trash to Treasures Yard Sale this Friday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, May 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the meeting room at the library. Treasures are available for every room in the house, and some of them may even bring a smile to your face.

Donations are gratefully accepted anytime. Call 837-2417 for details.



Just think — here’s an easy way to help raise funds for the Murphy Public Library — skip lunch on Thursday, April 27, and go to Brother’s Restaurant for dinner.

Is company coming in? Take them out for a great meal, too.  Call all your friends.

The Friends of Murphy Public Library are celebrating Community Night at Brothers’ Restaurant on Thursday, April 27, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Enjoy a dinner at Brothers and they will donate a portion of the proceeds from that evening to Friends and the Murphy Public Library!  How difficult is that for a fundraiser?

The library and your hungry friends will thank you for your support.  And all of us Friends of Murphy Library owe a big thanks to Brother’s Restaurant!!

The Friends of Murphy Library’s Trash to Treasures Yard Sale

Friday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.   and  Saturday, May 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Donations are welcome anytime!

Want to volunteer?  Volunteers are needed to price items on Thursday from 10 a.m.  Volunteers are needed for sales on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. — whatever fits your schedule.   Stop by the library or call 837-2417 and let Jeff or Melissa know when you can come.  We’d love to have your help and we have fun too.


A French army captain and his squad are assigned to monitor a remote area of Afghanistan, watching local shepherds and looking for Taliban sympathizers.   Suddenly people from all sides of the conflict start to disappear, for no reason. The soldiers find themselves in an existential nightmare fighting the fears of war.

This Thursday the Murphy Library is showing the monthly selection from Film Movement, Neither Heaven nor Earth. Running time is 104 minutes and the film is not rated but would not be appropriate for children.   In French with subtitles in English.

French director Clement Cogitore is an artist who combines film, video, installations and photographs.   This is his first feature film and he wants the audience to leave the theatre “unable to decide it was a war film, a thriller, an indie film, a metaphysical film, an art house film…” he said in an interview with Film Movement. The film creates fear, but also spiritual emotion. It received awards at the Cannes Film Festival

When twelve strange spacecrafts land on the earth’s surface, how do countries protect themselves from a possible invasion of extraterrestrials?  One way is to call in a linguist and a physicist.

This Thursday at 6:00 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing Arrival, a 2016 award-winning sci-fi film starring Amy Adams. Running time is 116 minutes and the film is rated PG-13.

The linguist, Louise Banks, hopefully can analyze the language coming from the spacecraft she visits and come up with a meaning, such as, why it is there. She also works with the physicist, Ian Donnelly, who uses his science and math skills to explain this foreign object landing on earth.

In addition, feelings and memories come into play, and this may also bring understanding.