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Melissa Schifano works for Brother’s Restaurant and looks forward to taking care of their guests.   The restaurant on Andrews Road also takes care of the local community by holding special fundraisers. This Thursday, April 26, Brothers is holding their Community Night in honor of the Murphy Public Library.

For every meal served from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Brother’s will donate a generous portion of their proceeds to Friends of the Murphy Library. Everyone is welcome to fill up on Brother’s great cooking and bring their friends. As a result, Brother’s will be filling up the library with books and media.

Acting librarian, Melissa Barker and the Friends’ group are also preparing for their Yard Sale on May 4 and May 5.   What is the best way for everyone to prepare? Go to Brother’s Restaurant this Thursday and let Melissa Schifano and her colleagues serve you dinner. Call 837-2417 for details.

Photo by Jane Hembree





Melissa Schifano looks forward to serving guests at Brother’s Restaurant this Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. during its Community Night fundraiser for the Murphy Library. Call 837-2417 for details.


The Friends of Murphy Library are holding their spring Trash to Treasures Yard Sale Friday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, May 5 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.  We always need more donations!  Bring them by the library anytime, and thank you!

This Thursday, April 26, Murphy Library is screening the Film Movement Japanese movie, Harmonium at 6 p.m.   An old acquaintance, recently released from prison, begins to meddle in the life of a factory owner. In Japanese with English subtitles and not suitable for children. Running time 118 minutes. Call 837-2417 for details.  Watch the trailer below:

This year everyone around the world is celebrating the 100 hundredth birthday of composer, pianist, conductor, and teacher, Leonard Bernstein.

The Library of Congress has given access to its extensive collection of Bernstein’s work. He not only composed and conducted orchestras, but also helped students learn more about music. Go to to see all that’s available. There is even part of the collection for teachers to use!

That other special library, the Murphy Public Library is showing West Side Story, the landmark film showcasing Bernstein’s music about two gangs in New York and a boy and girl who fall in love.

The library is showing West Side Story Thursday at 6 p.m. Running time is 153 minutes. It won 10 Oscars! And it’s always good to see again.

High school students have shown the world recently how strong they are and the Murphy Library film this week offers another strong school story from back in the 1980’s.

Five students are ordered to come to school for detention all day long on a Saturday. They have nothing in come, nothing, that is, when the day begins. By the time the day ends they may have discovered how school and they themselves can change their lives.

This Thursday at 6 p.m. the library is showing The Breakfast Club, a 1985 film by John Hughes starring Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, and Ally Sheedy. The film is rated R and running time is 97 minutes.

National Library Week runs from April 8-14 and if the Murphy Library led you to something of value in your life, this is a good time to let the librarians know.

This Thursday at 6 p.m. the library is showing Matilda, a film about the incredible effects both a librarian and a teacher have on a young girl. Rated PG. Running time is 102 minutes.

Roald Dahl wrote the story about a smart kid born to two very boorish parents.   They encourage her not to do anything but watch television. In spite of them, she teaches herself to read at the age of 4, and soon finds her way to a magical place, her local library. She starts to go there every day. Then the librarian tells her about library cards and the young reader is thrilled she can take books home.

In addition, she wants to go to school. When her parents finally send her, she discovers her teacher is gentle and loving. And soon she finds her own magical powers. The question is: can she control them?

Did you ever want to be a kid again? Or know a kid who wants to have all the benefits that come with age?   Take a look at an older movie that reminds us of the ups and downs of growing up.

This Thursday at 6 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing Big, a Tom Hanks movie made when he was 30 years younger than today. The film is rated PG and running time is 104 minutes.

This was one of Hanks’ first movies and he was nominated for an Oscar as Best Actor. One scene that never gets old is when Hanks and his boss, played by Robert Loggia, go to the FAO Schwartz toy store and play music by dancing along a keyboard.