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Archive for September 2009

“Z” is one in a million. Actually, since he’s part of an ant colony, he’s one in five million. However that tiny fact doesn’t eliminate his neuroses. Even ants can use a few moments talking to their psychiatrist. Especially when the actor voicing these anxieties is Woody Allen. Read the rest of this entry »




The Scholastic Book Sale is running from October 8 to October 20.   This is a great opportunity to find books for your kids and grandkids and talk about kids’ books with others.  Contact Jeff Murphy about the sign up sheet for volunteers.

 If you can’t volunteer, don’t let that stop you from coming by for a chat.

In Rwanda, life goes on but those who were lost in the recent genocide have not been forgotten. Ngabo, whose full name, Munyurangabo, means warrior, lost both his parents in the civil war. One day he steals a machete from a busy marketplace and sets off with his friend Sangwa on a journey of remembrance and revenge. Read the rest of this entry »

Greta Dawson loves the peace that painting gives her at her home in the hills between Murphy and Blue Ridge. 
She sees art in everything: wood scraps, peacocks, sailboats, and sycamore trees. 
 Dawson will be showing and selling her colorful paintings and handmade greeting cards at the Murphy Public Library this Saturday, September 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  She is donating a portion of the proceeds to the library and to the Honduras mission at First United Methodist Church.  Free refreshments will be served. Read the rest of this entry »
Grrrrr.  Grrrrrrr.  Walt Kowalski is not happy with his sons, his neighbors or his life.  And he certainly doesn’t want to talk to any priest about his sins.  Not even if his beloved wife had made that her dying wish.  In fact, the only thing that gives him pleasure is his 1972 mint-condition Gran Torino. 
The Murphy Library is showing “Gran Torino” Thursday at 6 p.m.  Clint Eastwood directed and starred in this film and if anyone knows how to growl, it’s him.  The film is rated R for language and some violence, and runs 116 minutes.

Friends of Murphy Library welcomed auctioneer Bob Grove to their monthly meeting to review ideas for the next auction.  They also presented him with an African drum to add to his collection.  (Sorry, Judy, but we know Bob will play softly).

While Bob was in Murphy he also drummed up support for the coming season of the Brasstown Concert Association.  This wonderful group brings nationally-recognized chamber groups to Brasstown.  They play at the John C. Campbell Folk School and the experience is one to treasure.


If you answered “high-powered attorney” or “president of Harvard,” you’d be wrong, but nice try anyway.  She does more important work than that – Sarah Arnaudin is the Youth Services Librarian for the Nantahala Regional Library.  She and her friends in this photo help children develop a love of reading.  And, after all, what could be better than that.sarahoffice4

Joan is a writer and a mother living in the Upper West Side of Manhattan.  But like all New Yorkers after 9/11, she might as well as have been living at Ground Zero.

One day her sister tells her about a friend of a friend.  The friend is Nick, a fire chief who lost eight of his twelve men when the Twin Towers collapsed.  Even though the bodies have not been found, families are going to hold funerals.  He has to write eulogies for each one and doesn’t know how to begin.
The Murphy Library is showing the poignant story about the collaboration of a fire chief and writer this Thursday at 6 p.m.  “The Guys” stars Sigourney Weaver and Anthony LaPaglia.  It is rated PG and runs 84 minutes.

Bolt is an actor who believes his super-powerful TV persona is for real. He is also a dog. It takes an alley cat and hamster to set him on the road to reality. Read the rest of this entry »