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Archive for April 2010

Friends of Murphy Library invite you to their spring Yard Sale and it’s going to be a winner!  Donations have been coming in and more are on the way.

Plus – hundreds of books are just waiting for you in the Bookmobile area in the back of the library.

Youth Services librarian Sarah Arnaudin reads about cats to kids! Photo by Elo-ly Bailey

This year we’re raising money to buy new books for the kids’ nonfiction area – such as updated science books, space exploration, world cultures and travel books! 

Donations are gladly accepted – bring them by the library anytime. 

Want to volunteer for the Yard Sale or the Auction?  Contact Nora King at or sign up at the Friends’ table at the library.

Thank you for your support!

In that far, far off country called New Orleans, the food has a spice all its own just like the jazz.  But it’s the people of the Big Easy who make storytelling a pleasure, especially when it’s a fairy tale about a princess who kisses a frog.


The Murphy Library is showing Disney’s new animated film “The Princess and the Frog” on Thursday at 3:15 p.m.  It is rated G and is full of earthy music and Louisiana rhythms.  It runs 97 minutes.  There is no 6 p.m. screening due to election training.

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A little boy acts up and is sent to his room.  What should he do in this situation?  Have an adventure, of course.

The Murphy Library is showing “Where the Wild Things Are” on Thursday at 3:15 p.m. Read the rest of this entry »

This week’s words for the 2010 Cherokee County Spelling Bee are from Latin, and can be found on the National Spelling Bee web site,

lucid   dejected   abdicate

spectrum   nasal   temporal

percolate   susceptible   candidate

canary   lunatic   gregarious

benevolent   ingenious   prescription

Hey kids!  The Murphy Library has a treat for you.  On the next three Thursdays the library will show new children’s movies at 3:15 p.m. 


That’s because election workers are using the meeting room for training on Thursday evenings, April 15, 22, and 29.  Thank you, election workers for giving us the idea of showing kids’ movies earlier on these days!


This Thursday, April 15, we’ll screen “Planet 51” at 3:15 p.m.  It is rated PG and runs 91 minutes.  This is a good movie for young children, ten years old or younger.


In some stories, a regular kind of guy winds up in a strange land.  This time American astronaut Chuck Baker lands his spaceship on Planet 51 and everything is very familiar.  There are pretty streets, white picket fences, and everyone is having a happy time. In fact, it feels strangely like Leave It to Beaver in the 1950’s.


The only difference on this planet is that everyone is little and green.  And they have been told that American astronauts are very bad.  That’s okay with astronaut Baker – he didn’t want to stay long anyway.  Now if they will just let him leave.


Call the library at 837-2417.

Correction:  The Spelling Bee blogger sent the wrong spelling of “elixir” to the Cherokee Scout for their April 7 issue.  If you saw it spelled “alixir” don’t blame the Scout, blame the Spelling Bee blogger’s new laptop and poor typing skills.  Or maybe the elixir she was taking wasn’t working.  [elixir:  “A cordial alleged to prolong youth”]   Or maybe she wanted to see if anyone was reading the weekly Spelling Bee words.  In any event, if she is ever in a spelling bee and gets the word “elixir” you can rest assured she will be able to spell it correctly.

This week’s words for the 2010 Cherokee County Spelling Bee are from Arabic, and can be found on the National Spelling Bee web site,  

talc   tuna   safari   mosque

sultan   mummy   admiral   guitar

elixir   alcove   tarragon

lemon   sequin   zero   massage

Bob Harris is missing that certain spark in life that money can’t buy.  Not even two million dollars can buy.  Not even the bright lights of a foreign city can buy.  Then, one night, he shares a smile with a young woman.

Bill Murray stars with Scarlett Johansen in Sofia Coppola’s award-winning film “Lost in Translation.”  The Murphy Library is showing this film Thursday, April 8 at 6 p.m.  It is rated R and runs 102 minutes.

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This week’s words for the 2010 Cherokee County Spelling Bee are from Old English, and can be found on the National Spelling Bee web site,

dogged   manhandle   quell   fiery

creepy   dreary   fathom   threshold

errand   timely   dairy   reckless

bequeath   nostril   mermaid

Friends of Murphy Library are celebrating Community Night at Brothers Restaurant, 5722 Highway 64 West on Monday, April 5 from 4:30 to 8:30. 

 Everyone is encouraged to bring friends and family to dine at this family eatery.  On Community Night, Brothers donates a portion of the night’s proceeds to the sponsoring organization.


The money raised will help children. 

Librarian Jeff Murphy and Sarah Arnaudin, the Youth Services librarian, want to update the nonfiction books in the juvenile area at the Murphy Library.  Many are outdated and there is nothing like bright, shiny books to entice children to read.


Reminder flyers can be found at Murphy Xpress Lube on the back of their invoices or at the Murphy Library.  Call 837-2417 for details.


Photo courtesy of Sarah Arnaudin


Nantahala Regional Youth Services Librarian Sarah Arnaudin leads Grace Bowlin, Chloe Decker, Jordan Phillips, and Jillian Phillips as well as several visitors from out of town in a Storytime march.  The Murphy Library is sponsoring Community Night at Brothers Restaurant on Monday, April 5 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. to raise money for new children’s books at the library.