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The 1930’s were not easy for families in New York City during the Great Depression. Eugene Jerome lived in one such family. He is a teenage Jewish boy living in a small Brooklyn apartment along with lots of relatives. How does he deal with it? He dreams of playing for the New York Yankees, or if that doesn’t work out, he’ll try writing for a living.

This Thursday, December 8 at 6 p.m., the Murphy Library is showing Brighten Beach Memoirs, a film written by playwright Neil Simon about his early life. Running time is 108 minutes and this 1986 film is rated PG-13. Jonathan Silverman and Blythe Danner play Eugene and his mother. Simon also gave the world The Odd Couple, Barefoot in the Park and The Sunshine Boys. Growing up is difficult, but laughter helps.

Call the library at 837-2417.

A blue fish in the ocean forgets what happens to her all the time. However, she does remember one thing from her childhood.   She remembers her parents and the fact that they were separated from each other long ago.

This Thursday at 6 p.m., the Murphy Library is showing Finding Dory, a 2016 animated comedy film about a search for family starring Ellen DeGeneres. The film is rated PG and running time is 97 minutes. This movie also offers another chance to hear Louis Armstrong singing, “It’s a wonderful world.”

Call the library at 837-2417 for details.

The next movie at the Murphy Library is about an acrobatic punk rock band called Peelander-z. It starts going through trying times when its lead guitarist wants to quit.

The library is showing Mad Tiger, a Film Movement documentary with drama and comedy this Thursday at 6 p.m. Running time is 82 minutes. The film is not rated but due to language would not be suitable for young people.

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A divorced mom has two young kids to raise and crazy parents of her own to deal with. However, in spite of the chaos in her life, her creative side never stops coming up with ideas. Maybe one will change her life.

This Thursday at 6:00 p.m., the Murphy Library is showing Joy, a 2015 film about an inventor who is also a mom, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. Running time is 124 minutes and the film is rated PG-13.
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A teenage girl finds herself in some trouble and is required to perform community service at a horse rescue ranch. One horse has been horribly abused and won’t let anyone ride him.

The Murphy Library is showing Emma’s Chance, a family movie this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. about a special ranch. The film is rated PG and running time is 93 minutes. Starring Greer Grammer, the daughter of Kelsey Grammer. Read the rest of this entry »

Here are the Spelling Bee Challenge Words for the 2016-2017 Spelling Bee taking place on November 17, 2016 at Martins Creek School.
Study these after you have mastered the Spelling Bee Study Words (See separate list of Spelling Bee Study Words 2016-2017).
The Spelling Bee will focus on the Spelling Bee Study Words but also may include words from the Challenge Words and from the Merrriam Webster Dictionary

forsythia madeleine bromeliad mercerize Fahrenheit narcissistic
dahlia Baedeker philippic guillotine Bobadil mesmerize
gnathonic pasteurize Croesus braggadocio
muslin camphor algorithm minaret tamarind carafe julep
marzipan nenuphar alcazar tahini Qatari alkali serendipity
nadir douane fennec hafiz azimuth bezoar halal alim Swahili
serdab mihrab salaam mukhtar khor foggara diffa coffle
Asian Languages
gymkhana basmati gingham mandir bhalu gourami masala
raita asana batik charpoy durwan mahout prabhu
Buddha topeng tanha lahar jnana Holi
mynheer waterzooi flense muishond witloof springbok maelstrom
bobbejaan keeshond voortrekker uitlander hollandaise galjoen
schipperke apartheid hartebeest keest wainscot roodeb
gauche rapport camouflage genre virgule debacle fusillade saboteur
renaissance chauvinism recidivist chassis détente raconteur
mayonnaise surveillance repertoire dossier taupe
poignant garçon croissant ecru lieutenant protégé
mélange blasé fête ingenue rendezvous
schadenfreude dreidel weimaraner ersatz fräulein blitzkrieg
gesundheit pfeffernuss edelweiss glockenspiel rottweiler
schottische anschluss wedel springerle zeitgeber
pickelhaube schnecke Weissnichtwo
dichotomy misogynist hypocrisy diphthong mnemonic anomaly zephyr
hippopotamus euphemism anachronism metamorphosis hyperbole
arachnid paradigm Eocene gynarchy pneumatic Hemerocallis
cynosure philhellenism euthanasia philately cacophony
scherzo adagio segue zucchini capricious archipelago charlatan maraschino
paparazzo fantoccini mozzarella garibaldi ocarina prosciutto
trattoria vivace cappelletti pizzicato intaglio
karaoke nisei sansei issei kibei
soliloquy accommodate pernicious efficacy visceral exacerbate indigenous
belligerent vernacular infinitesimal recalcitrant innocuous precocious
ameliorate commensurate facetious prerogative ubiquitous
egregious aggregate tertiary corpuscle perennial
New World Languages
opossum terrapin ocelot hoomalimali coati jacamar ipecac
menhaden sachem
Old English
heifer mistletoe salve kirtle Wiccan shrieval chary
Slavic Languages
balalaika kielbasa tchotchke barukhzy perestroika apparatchik
commissar tokamak pogrom taiga Beetewk
sassafras punctilio sarsaparilla comandante embarcadero rejoneador novillero
picaresque conquistador rasgado vaquero caballero

A fishing boat captain in South Korea is in desperate need of money and agrees to smuggle a group of illegal immigrants from China to South Korea. He waits until the boat is on its way and then he tells his crew the frightening job they have ahead of them.

This Thursday at 6:00 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing the Film Movement selection, Sea Fog, South Korea’s submission in 2015 for the foreign language films at the Oscars.  Haemoo is its name in Korean.

The film is not rated but would not be appropriate for high school. Running time is 111 minutes and the language is Korean with subtitles in English.

When the boat stops to pick up the immigrants the deep fog of the ocean surrounds it. One woman falls into the water and the traumatic moments are just starting.