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The Murphy Public Library is showing an emotional war film by award-winning director Ang Lee about a young soldier surviving an Iraq war battle and called a hero. But his flashbacks tell how difficult being a hero is.

The library is showing Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk this Thursday at 6 p.m.  The film is rated R and running time is 113 minutes.

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Thursday at 6 p.m., the Murphy Public Library is showing Loving, the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia couple married in the late 1950’s, and later arrested for having an interracial marriage. They fight for their right to marry all the way to the Supreme Court. Running time 123 minutes. Rated PG-13.

Don’t miss Friends of Murphy Library’s Chili Lunch and Bake Sale coming Thursday, October 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. And bring your friends!

Retired librarian Jeff Murphy has NOT retired from cooking!  He is cooking his award-winning chili for this fundraiser, and the Friends are baking fresh artisan bread to go with it. Tickets are $7 at the door. Chili, bread, water and coffee are included. You can sit and eat or take your chili back to your desk!

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The Bake Sale will offer homemade cookies, cakes, bread and other delicacies. Donations of your favorite kitchen delights are appreciated. Bring them by the library Wednesday Oct 11 or Thursday morning, Oct 12.  Thank you!!!

 

Call 837-2417 for details and bring your bake sale items by Wednesday afternoon or early Thursday.

When fishermen on a Polynesian island can no longer catch fish and crops are not growing in the fields, the only daughter of the chief investigates. She realizes a demigod has stolen the heart of a goddess and that has affected the whole island. She sails over the ocean to convince him to give the heart back.

The Murphy Library is showing Moana, an animated adventure comedy with award-winning music this Thursday at 6 p.m. The film is rated PG and running time is 107 minutes. It received 16 awards and was nominated 81 times in festivals around the country.

One winner was Dwayne Johnson who voices the demigod, Maui. Another winner was Auli’i Cravalho, a 15-year-old actress from Hawaii who was the last one among hundreds who auditioned for the part.

The music and songs will make your day better, especially since Lin-Manuel Miranda composed and sings them. He is the leading actor and creative force behind “Hamilton” on Broadway and has a way with words and a beat that won’t let you down.

Thursday at 6 p.m., the Murphy Public Library is showing Film Movement’s suspenseful drama from Singapore, Apprentice, about a young correctional officer at a high security prison who becomes the apprentice to the chief executioner. Running time 115 minutes. In Malay with English subtitles. Not rated but not appropriate for children.

In 1939 Warsaw, Poland, the threat of a German invasion hangs over the city. However, residents Jan and Antonina Zabinski keep living their lives as normal since they have animals to feed. They own the Warsaw Zoo, and both big and small animals need care.

But soon the Germans invade and their world is not the same. Most of their animals perish in the bombings, and the zoo and rest of the city lay in ruins. The Zabinskis are horrified but not giving up.

The Murphy Library is showing The Zookeeper’s Wife, a 2017 biographical drama this Thursday at 6 p.m. Running time is 127 minutes and the film is rated PG-13.   Filming was done in Prague, Czech Republic.

The Zabinskis realize the ruins of the zoo may offer short term hiding places for Polish Jews as they flee the city. They quietly begin working to keep them safe.

As you may know, Jeff Murphy is retiring at the end of this month, after 30 years working at the Murphy Library and making it the special place it is.

Along with Nantahala Regional Library and the Town of Murphy, we are holding a reception to honor him this Wednesday, September 13 from 12 to 4 p.m. in the library’s meeting room. Everyone is invited!

We want to thank Jeff for making sure new books keep appearing on the bookshelves and supporting the Thursday movie program, the children’s programs, the Chess Club, and answering all the questions about the library computers. Oh, and making sure we have sturdy bookshelves and comfortable seating.

The Friends especially appreciate Jeff for supporting all our fundraising endeavors, including writing away for donations of those awesome tickets to Disneyworld, Dollywood and every place else.

Thank you, Jeff!

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