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Archive for June 2009


Library volunteer Corey Bailey and auctioneer Bob Grove (l to r) prepare for Murphy Library’s August 8 auction starting at 5: 30 p.m. at Grove Auctions where they will find this beautiful sarcophagus a new home.


Yes it is an exquisite reproduction of the ancient sarcophagus  of King Tut.   Local residents Faye and Bob Strang have given the Murphy Library this treasure for our August 8 auction at Bob Grove Auctions.  The Silent Auction starts at 5:30 p.m.; the Live Auction at 7.  There will be bountiful free refreshments.  Grove Auctions is located in Clay County, North Carolina on Highway 64 East, two miles east of Murphy Medical Center.



Cherokee County residents Faye and Bob Strang have given the Murphy Library their collection of African art to be auctioned off at the Friends of Murphy Library August 8 auction.  The Silent Auction begins at 5:30 p.m. and the Live Auction starts at 7.  Grove Auctions is hosting the auction on Highway 64 East, two miles east of Murphy Medical Center in Clay County.



New Friends member Mike Moumousis has donated a framed portrait of the late Princess Diana for the Friends annual auction on August 8 at Grove Auctions.  Chinese rug will also be up for auction.  Silent Auction starts at 5:30 p.m., Live Auction at 7.  Call 837-2417  or come by the library to donate.

Let your crafty friends know about the Craft Supplies Sale at Murphy Library on July 10 & 11.  Teachers and parents looking for summer projects will like it too.  The Friends are also holding a Yard Sale and Book Sale in the breezeway behind the library.  Starts are 10 until 6 p.m. or so.

Want to sell craft supplies for a small donation to the Spelling Bee fund?  email Julie Chautin at



The Murphy Library has the best patrons in the country.  These are just a few of the wonderful items donated for the August 8 auction.  Squint your eyes just like Robbie Burns would and you can see a little book of his poems.  Or check out Mike Lalone’s light blue-green vase. 



If you had woken up tired the morning of June 4, the place to go for energizing was Martins Creek School. The top three spellers from Cherokee County middle schools as well as Murphy Adventist Christian School were meeting to compete in the annual Cherokee County Spelling Bee and the energy level was very high.  Read the rest of this entry »


Friends of Murphy Library are creating several gift baskets for their August 8 auction at Grove Auctions.  Local gift basket specialist, Jane Hensley is putting the finishing touches on them. 

Basket themes include wine, champagne, soaps and lotions, chocolate, golf, make-a-chef-smile, pets, movies, babies, pasta, and tools.  ( Don’t worry, they’re not all in the same basket.)

If you want to contribute something for this particular project, please bring items to the library by July 3 and as always, thank you for your contributions.

Finbar McBride leads a quiet life. He doesn’t care to make friends or have casual conversations. He’s had enough idle chatter in his life about the fact that he’s a dwarf. When he inherits an abandoned train station, it fulfills his one passion: trains.  But it’s not quiet, it’s more like Grand Central Station.  Read the rest of this entry »

000_0308Millied Crawford shows name she crocheted and framed.
Millie Crawford has “hooked” onto the perfect gift. With her crochet hook, she hand crochets a name, sometimes a last name, or a first name. Even a nickname.The Murphy resident has offered to crochet up to a seven-letter name, mat and frame it for the winning bidder at the Murphy Library’s August 8 auction at Grove Auctions on Highway 64 East. The Silent Auction begins at 5:30 p.m. The Live Auction will start at 7:00.
000_0297Murphy librarian Jeff Murphy smiles at one of the first items donated to the Friends of Murphy Library auction, a handmade doll from Gerry Trout.  The auction is slated for August 8 at Grove Auctions on Highway 64 East starting at 5:30 p.m. for the Silent Auction.  Call 837-2417 for details.
The Friends of MurphyLibrary will hold a craft supplies sale on July 10 and 11 in the library’s meeting room from 10 a.m. to closing.  Local crafters sell their excess craft supplies and donate a portion of their proceeds to the Spelling Bee fund to pay for prizes in the Cherokee County Spelling Bee. There is no rental charge and any donation to the library is voluntary.  The library will also accept donations of supplies to sell at the library table.

Call 837-2417 to sign up or email

The Murphy Library has added the film “Gracie” to its collection. It is rated PG-13. Gracie Bowen is a 15-year-old girl who loves to play soccer. It is the 1970’s and girls’ soccer was nowhere on the horizon in Gracie’s hometown. She is undeterred. She is used to playing with her three brothers and wants to follow them onto the boys’ varsity team. When the school says “no,” Gracie goes to battle. Stars Carly Schroder, Elisabeth Shue and Andrew Shue (both former soccer players).