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Archive for October 2009

 One of the most important tasks in the world is to teach little children to read.  The next time you’re in the Murphy Library, look into the meeting room and see how the community encourages our young ones.   The Storytime wall has been completed and it is beautiful. 


Many thanks to Sarah Arnaudin, Youth Services Librarian and Storytime mom, Emilie Jones, who made it happen.   Their energy is contageous.  Our only fear is that they will start their own television program: “Makeovers for libraries!”

Sherwin-Williams helped with sage advice, paint discounts and supplies.  Local painter, Robert Smith donated his time to prime.

Artist Mickey Tomczak painted an incredible tree mural.  She even included leaves dropping from the tree.  Shel Silverstein’s book “The Giving Tree,”  was her inspiration.   The library has a copy – read it if you get a chance.

Karen Wayman gave us the material for the chalkboard. Lowe’s donated the paint and supplies. 

Josh Crayton (his kids love Storytime) framed and installed the chalkboard. 

Christian Love’s thrift store offered an old cocktail table and Larry King transformed it into an elegant book display table just the right height for young readers.

Friends of MurphyLibrary provided funds for paint and supplies.

And now Sandra Rowland’s Friends community quilt glows with joy at the homey feeling of the room.2009_0219NewMeetingRoom11-090006 

Good job everyone.  It always feels great to be part of the Murphy community – – especially this week.

This week’s words for the 2009 Cherokee County Spelling Bee come from Spanish and can be found on the National Spelling Bee web site,

diablo  amarillo  alamo  embargo  enchilada
vanilla  chimichanga bonanza  castanets tortilla
hacienda  pueblo  cafeteria  buffalo  filibuster

If you haven’t been scared enough for Halloween, the Murphy Library is showing Monsters, Inc. on Thursday, November 5 at 3:15 p.m. and 6 p.m. It runs 92 minutes and is rated G.

It’s actually a “green” animated film.  A power company run by monsters generates its power from the screams of children when they are scared by, what else? MONSTERS!   The only problem – –these monsters have a secret fear…..of children!

Billy Crystal and John Goodman are the starring voices in this animated comedy.

The meeting room wall in the Murphy Library that was an “eeew” off white last week is now a sparkling “Friends’ Blue” this week.  The work started with the professional services of Bob Smith, a local painter who donated his time priming the wall on Friday.


Then came Monday, the day of reckoning.  Youth Services Librarian Sarah Arnaudin and her friend Emilie Jones took on the wall.  Emilie is one of the moms who brings her two wonderful children, Gates and Liam to Storytime.  In fact, it was Emilie who suggested the wall could be a show-stopper at Storytime with just the right shade of paint.   As we volunteers know all too well – no good suggestion goes unpunished.  Here are the results of the day.  Even I coudn’t resist picking up a brush.

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And finally, the blue was on the wall.

Then Emilie took out her saw, put on her safety glasses and went to work on The Blackboard Project.  She and Sarah measured and cut a board to cover with blackboard paint.  It will be installed at child height and Sarah can write out the weekly Storytime theme for all the children to see.



2009_0208Wallpaint10-090014Everyone played well and there were no fights.

2009_0208Wallpaint10-090013The end.

All Bleek Gilliam wants to do is play the sultry sounds of jazz on his trumpet. That is, when he’s not trying to hold his quartet together and his women apart. The Murphy Library is showing Spike Lee’s love song to jazz, “Mo’ Better Blues,” Thursday at 6 p.m. It runs 130 minutes and is rated R.

Denzel Washington stars as Bleek Gilliam, along with Lee, Wesley Snipes, John Turturro, Samuel L. Jackson and Bill Nunn. Branford Marsalis wrote and performed the concert pieces in the film and Spike Lee’s father, Atlanta-born Bill Lee, composed the jazzy score. In addition, songs by John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie remind us the grand old men of jazz are never far away.

Moreover, Lee fits his favorite New York spots into the jazzy rhythms. Harlem, Greenwich Village, Park Slope, and Broadway light up the scenes. The Brooklyn Bridge is there too. Most of all, it’s about the music.

Also on The Cherokee Scout’s NIE page for Oct. 21, 2009 
This week’s words for the 2009-2010 Cherokee County Spelling Bee come from Old English and can be found on the National Spelling Bee web site,


watery  fiend  dealership learned  daily
workmanship cleanser  abide  gospel  anvil
paddock  whirlpool aspen  forlorn  orchard

Wallgrimace10-09What are they looking at!  These children and their favorite librarian Sarah Arnaudin are pointing at the poor condition of the wall behind them.  But not to worry, the painters are coming.  And the looks that say “eew” will be replaced with smiles of glee.

My husband Jerry and I saw the Argentinean film, “The Window” recently at the High Museum’s Latin American Film Festival in Atlanta. Our Argentinean friends called it a “joya,” a gem of a film.  New York Magazine calls it “A moving tale of memory and regret, held together by beautiful performances and delicate direction.”

We’re showing “The Window” this Thursday, October 23, at 6 p.m. at the library.   It is the monthly Film Movement selection and runs 85 minutes. It is not rated and will be shown in Spanish with subtitles.

Linda Dubler is the High’s Curator of Media Arts. With her permission, Dubler’s review of “The Window” is below.

This exquisite, contemplative film from director Carlos Sorin (“Bombon the Dog,” “Minimal Stories”) centers on eighty-year-old Antonio who, after a vigorous life, awaits what will probably be a final visit from his estranged son.

Counting the minutes until his arrival, the frail Antonio hobbles from his bed and looks out the window at the Patagonian landscape. He sees light and life, the past, the present, and intimations of the future—a vision so compelling that he sneaks past his caregivers to take what might be a last walk in his fields.

Through Antonio’s foray into both the corners of his own memory and the world beyond his shadowy room, Sorin evokes the elegiac and pastoral spirit of Ingmar Bergman’s Wild Strawberries.

Go to Linda Dubler’s blog, for other ideas about great films to watch. And be sure not to miss “The Window.” Call 837-2417.

 Released in Oct. 14, 2009 edition of The Cherokee Scout 
This week’s words for the 2009-2010 Cherokee County Spelling Bee come from French and can be found on the National Spelling Bee web site,

menu  fatigue  foyer  leotard  entourage
pacifism  diplomat  ambulance rehearse  expertise
bevel  garage  denim  mirage  chagrin 

Week 2:  October 7, 2009 ( No words appeared in Sept. 30 edition of Scout)

This week’s words for the 2009-2010 Cherokee County Spelling Bee come from Greek and can be found on the National Spelling Bee web site,


orthodox  melancholy philanthropy hyphen enthusiasm aristocracy thermal protocol irony epiphany strategy matriarch patriarch cynical nemesis

Writer restarts his life
Leonard Schiller has been trying to finish his latest novel for the last ten years.  It’s going to be his best, but he’s having a hard time bringing it together.  And in those ten years the public has forgotten him.  Then a young woman shows up at his door.