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Archive for August 2009

Nantahala Regional Library’s children’s librarian Sarah Arnaudin holds Storytime for young readers at the Murphy Library on Mondays.  Gates and Liam Jones are two of her young friends who recently stayed to chat after Storytime along with their mom, Emilie.  Gates is four years old and is an excellent speller.   Liam loves the animal friends who accompany Sarah.  Arnaudin&Jones1 

Photo by Julie Chautin

Sarah Arnaudin, Children’s Librarian with Gates Jones, Roberta, the organutang, and Truman, the peacock.  Arnaudin read The Baby Beebee Bird by Diane Redfield Massie to the children  as well as Never, Ever Shout in a Zoo by Karma Wilson.

For back to school stories, Arnaudin likes Book, Book, Book! by Sandra Bruss, and Wolf!  by Becky Bloom.

SarahEmilieLiamSarah sits with Emilie Jones and her son Liam after Storytime.

A science teacher leaves Prague for a teaching position in a small country school.  Among the locals he meets, the friendship of a divorced woman and her 17-year-old son is most important to him.  When the secret he harbors comes out, it tests the friendship beyond its boundaries. Read the rest of this entry »
Antoine is a maitre d’ in a fancy Paris brasserie.  When he tries to help a severely depressed stranger restart his life he turns his own life upside down. Read the rest of this entry »
“For the Love of Books” is open to everyone, even if you are not a member of Friends of Murphy Library.  It is the Friends’ potluck dinner and annual meeting starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, August 18 in the library’s meeting room and you’re invited to invite your friends.
Special guest Don Randall has changed the way Detroit builds cars.  The Georgia-born attorney worked as counsel to the Subcommittee on Antitrust and Monopoly of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee beginning in 1967.  In the 1970’s he wrote a book that stayed on The New York Times Best Seller list for ten weeks.  Randall will talk about how to write a book that gets attention.  His propelled onto the Today Show, the Tonight Show, the Dinah Shore Show and To Tell the Truth.
Randall’s “The Great American Auto Repair Robbery” documented how American car owners were being  “systematically victimized by car manufacturers, insurance companies, car dealers, service stations and repair shops.”  When consumers started writing their congressmen as Randall suggested, laws were enacted to help them.  Randall is also a retired Colonel, Army Judge Advocate General.
Friends Vice-president Elo-ly Bailey advises everyone to bring a favorite dish and also an empty bag.  After dinner, all attendees will visit the book storage area at the rear of the library and fill their bag with books at no charge.
Bailey will talk about what’s available in the library’s popular bookstore.  And librarian Jeff Murphy will explain, in easy-to-understand language, new technology for book lovers.  There will be something for everyone, with books at the center of attention.  Call 837-2417 for details
In 1995 French director Jean-Paul Rappeneau blended history and adventure along the Rhone River in the south of France.  We showed his film “The Horseman on the Roof” recently and now it’s in the library’s collection.  Read the rest of this entry »


Members of Murphy Library’s Auction Committee met at the library this morning to enjoy good memories of Saturday night’s success and plan for next year.  You could tell committee members by the circles under their eyes and their big smiles.  Standing l to r:  Teresa Thomas, Corey Bailey, Marilyn Barker, Elo-ly Bailey, Diane Hines, Melissa Barker and Mike Moumousis.  Middle row seated:  Nora King and Claire Groff.  Front row: Jeff Murphy and Kathy Hoyt. Many others contributed by volunteering.  Over 400 business and patrons made donations to the auction.


Volunteer Jacob Dorn helps with refreshments at Saturday’s library auction.

Those are Friends’ president Nora King’s words this morning after our annual auction last night at Bob Grove Auctions.  She said we raised approximately $8,500.  This is a record amount for the library and will be used meeting a matching grant for new computers from the Gates Foundation.
“I cannot tell a lie–I’m tired but I am elated!  Thanks to each of you for your participation” says Nora.  And Nora deserves so much credit back to her and her husband Larry.  She worked tirelessly calling on the generosity of businesses and friends to made donations to the auction.  She has the manners of a good Southern upbringing, along with intelligence and strength.  Many, many thanks, Nora.   And many thanks again to the generosity of Bob and Judy Grove, their staff and all the donors and bidders who made this successful.
Murphy librarians Jeff Murphy and Melissa Barker showed off recent donations for the auction this Saturday, August 8.   It takes place at Bob Grove Auctions, 7540 Highway 64, Brasstown, NC 28902, between Murphy, NC and Hayesville. Phone: 828-837-9200.  The Silent Auction starts at 5:30 p.m.; the Live Auction at 7 p.m.  There is no entrance fee.  Donations of savory or sweet finger foods for the free refreshment table will be gratefully accepted.  Winning bids must be paid by cash or check.
Louise MacDonald donated a beautiful quilt.  So did Alberta Robertson and Kathy Bolyard.
 Tish and Richard Toner donated several items including a colorful handmade bag.  Louise Vingl brought in an antique china bowl.  Sandy Osborne gave one of the dolls she crafts.  Restaurant donors include Monte Alban and Chevelle’s.  And Blue Ridge Scenic Railway has donated four railway tickets.
It feels like we’ve been singing “This land is your land” since Columbus discovered America, but Woody Guthrie composed his hymn to our nation during the Great Depression. 
Friends of Murphy Library have just the thing for those who worry about the recent sightings of bears around town. Appalachian Outfitters in downtown Murphy has donated a “Bears Love People” T-shirt to the Friends’ auction.  Owners Ron and Kathryn Jenkins showed one off recently at their store.

The fun takes place August 8 at Grove Auctions, 7540 U. S. 64 between Murphy and Hayesville. The Silent Auction begins at 5:30 p.m. The Live Auction at 7.

Other local business donors include Rib Country, the fitness center PARC, Buntastic Tan, Electric Karma Tatoo and Cane Creek Vineyards in Young Harris.   Harrah’s Casino in Cherokee donated a one-night stay at their hotel along with dinner for two.