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The Scholastic Book Fair begins on May 25 and runs until June 6.   It is the perfect place to purchase books for summer reading.   Mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy and lots of funny books will fill the tables. Is someone’s birthday coming up? Invite them out for lunch and swing by the library for a side order of something yummy to read.

And while you are at the library take a few moments to enjoy the work of our young artists, ages 3 to 18, who participated in our first Coloring Contest.  The four winners receive $15 to spend at the Scholastic Book Fair.

Call 837-2417.


Melissa Barker, Murphy Library’s assistant librarian shows off the work of a few of the 80 (so far) Coloring Contest participants. The contest offers prizes for and coincides with the Scholastic Book Fair running through June 6 at the library. Call 837-2417.

The year is 1943 and the German army is taking over the Netherlands. Two boys in a small village are best friends, even though one boy’s parents side with the Nazis and the other’s help the resistance.

The Murphy Library is showing a Film Movement drama from the Netherlands, Secrets of War, this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. Running time is 95 minutes. In Dutch with subtitles in English. The film is not rated but may be appropriate for high school students.

One day a girl moves to the village to stay with relatives and befriends the boys. The three are good friends until one day the girl tells only one boy a secret he must not share with anyone else.

Filmed in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.  Call the library at 837-2417.

It is the late 1950’s and the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union is in full throttle. In New York, Rudolf Abel is arrested and accused being a spy for the Soviets. Then Francis Gary Powers is captured by the Soviets after they shoot down the U-2 spy plane he is piloting. Finally, Frederic L. Pryor, an American student, is caught on the wrong side of the Berlin wall and imprisoned.

This Thursday, May 19, at 6 p.m., the Murphy Library is showing Stephen Spielberg’s film, Bridge of Spies, full of drama and great acting with a script written by the Coen brothers. Running time is 142 minutes and the film is rated PG-13. Mark Rylance and Tom Hanks star.

James B. Donavan (Hanks) is a lawyer recruited by the U.S. government to defend Rudolf Abel (Rylance) in court. Abel is convicted, but soon an idea emerges to negotiate a prisoner exchange: Abel for Powers and Pryor, and Donavan is enlisted to do the negotiating. But nothing is easy, especially when two world powers are at odds and Spielberg is directing, as only he knows how. Call the library at 837-2417.

When the writer of a screenplay based on a Jane Austen novel previously wrote for Saturday Night Live, you know you might be in for a lively couple of hours, especially when a pretty young matchmaker is involved.

This Thursday at 6 p.m., the Murphy Library is showing Emma. a romantic comedy starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeremy Northam, Ewan McGregor and Toni Collette. Running time is 120 minutes and the film is rated PG. The director and screenplay writer, formerly of Saturday Night Live is Douglas McGrath.

Emma is an upper class young woman in 1800’s England who lives with her widowed father and delights in pairing her friends up with men she thinks are the perfect match. However, she is not always right, though she stays blissfully oblivious. Then one day she realizes she has made a dreadful mistake.  Call the library at 837-2417 for details.

Friends of Murphy Public Library have a new idea for their potlucks: get together for lunch! This year between spring and fall the Friends have divided their usual dinners into two lunches and two dinners.

The first potluck lunch is this coming Tuesday, April 26 at 12 noon in the library’s meeting room.   Librarian Jeff Murphy and assistant librarian Melissa Barker will be there along with Friends members.

The cost of membership in the Friends is $10 per year. This fun group works to enhance the library and fill its bookshelves. Everyone is welcome to bring their favorite potluck dish and meet their book and movie-loving neighbors.

Then come back on Wednesday, April 27 at 11:00 a.m. in the library meeting room, Friends’ member Nicky Grant will teach a Tech Class: Why Upgrade to Windows 10?

The Friends are also holding their spring Trash to Treasures Yard Sale the following week on Friday, May 6 from 9 to 2 and Saturday, May 7, from 9 to 1. Donations are gladly accepted anytime. For more information, call 837-2417. Want to volunteer?  Come by the library and sign up — we would love to have your help!


The next Murphy Library movie is a true story from the late 1800’s in rural France. A humble artisan and his wife bring their 14-year-old daughter, Marie, to a special boarding school, the Larnay Institute.   Marie, like Helen Keller, was born deaf and blind and struggles in her world.

The library is showing Marie’s Story from Film Movement, this Thursday, April 28 at 6 p.m.   Running time is 95 minutes and the film is shown in French and with sign language. Title role played by deaf student, Ariana Rivoire. The film is suitable for high school and above.

The Larnay Institute in central France is run by Catholic nuns. They teach deaf girls and save them from being sent to an asylum.   However, they never had a student both deaf and blind, nor as out of control as Marie. Nevertheless, young Sister Marguerite senses something in the young girl and convinces the Mother Superior to let her stay. Call 837-2417 for details.


When a comedy writer for television wants to step back and write the great American novel, it is an up-hill battle. Even more so are the battles of wits he has with the women in his life. However he lives in New York and the music of George Gershwin helps him along.

The Murphy Library is showing Manhattan, an early Woody Allen comedy/romance with a little drama this Thursday at 6:00 p.m.  Allen made this film in black and white, a throwback to the early days of film that adds some artistic qualities.   The film is rated R and running time is 96 minutes. Starring Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway, and Meryl Streep.

Call the library at 837-2417.



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