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The Murphy Library Auction is on August 7 at Bob Grove Auctions, 7540 Highway 64, Brasstown, NC 28902, 6 miles from Murphy on “NEW” US 64, between Murphy and Hayesville.  Silent Auction begins at 5:00 p.m., Live at 7  p.m.  Call the Murphy Library at 837-2417.

Nora King, Friends Chair of Fundraising, has a few words to say about items at the auction:
“Sue Ellen Woodward, working with another talented person, Saundra Ball, has prepared about 35 gift baskets for us to sell.  Each one is a treasure–wait til you see them!   We are really indebted to both of these talented ladies for their time and talent.  And, thanks to all of you who contributed items from which the baskets were constructed.”
Here are a few of the baskets:
 “Dessert Anyone Basket” complete with a bottle of port wine.
“Gaming Night Basket”  One night stay at Harrah’s in Cherokee and dinner for two.
Celebration Basket and Stars in Our Eyes Basket — both with Champagne
South of the Border Basket – Margaritas and other Mexican goodies
Goin’ Fishing Basket with a bottle of Smokey Loon Chardonnary wine 
Coffee Break Basket         Tuscany Basket     
Daily Grind and Wine Basket
Breakfast Delights Baskets     Bird B & B Basket   
Blue Moon Elise Basket
Canning Basket     Yarn Basket 
China Town Basket

 A young girl full of energy moves to a new town, an old house and a neighborhood full of characters, including a mangy cat.  Her parents are writers and what they want is peace and quiet.  She, however, is a kid – she wants attention.

The Murphy Library is showing the animated film “Coraline” Thursday at 3:15 p.m. and again at 6 p.m.  It is rated PG and runs 100 minutes.

Just like Alice in Wonderland,  Coraline discovers a small door in a wall of the old house, and thinks she has found a better life on the other side.  The people look like her parents, only they’re much nicer.  Of course it is odd they have buttons for eyes.

 And like all fairytale families, hidden secrets come out and the news is not good.  After a while, all Coraline wants to do is get back home.  Call 837-2417.

The Murphy Library Auction is on August 7 at Bob Grove Auctions, 7540 Highway 64, Brasstown, NC 28902, 6 miles from Murphy on “NEW” US 64, between Murphy and Hayesville.  Silent Auction begins at 5:00 p.m., Live at 7  p.m.  Call the Murphy Library at 837-2417.

Judy and Bob Grove welcomed attendees to Friends of Murphy Library's Auction in 2009 and will open their auction house again this year.

If you were thinking about a trip out of town, then bid on Harrah’s Vacation Package in Cherokee – a one night hotel stay and dinner for two.  (Some restrictions apply).

Or just drive down the road.   The Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad has given us $140 in train rides for the 2010 season.

Furniture includes a country-style chair from Friends’ member Mary Lutz-Karvonen, a wooden bench from Lone Pine Country tables and Barbara Bayliss gave us a two-drawer Stanley chest. 

Larry King has been busy making birdhouses for Friends of Murphy Library's auction August 7 at Bob Grove Auctions. The birds will love to come home and roost when you have one of these houses waiting for them.

There is also a pair of handcrafted owls made of buckeye wood from the John Campbell Folk School.  and Shirley Uphouse has donated pictures of World War I planes.

Friends of Murphy Library held the annual Craft Supplies Sale July 23 and 24 to raise funds for prizes given to local students taking part in the Cherokee County Schools Spelling Bee for 6th, 7th and 8th graders.  Friends also held a Books in the Breezeway Sale to add to monies earned to buy new nonfiction books for young and teen reading sections of the library.  Total earned was over $700.

Local crafters sell their excess supplies and the Friends’ volunteers sell donated craft supplies.  The fun starts when we ask shoppers what their craft is.  If they don’t have a craft, we take that as meaning “don’t have a craft…yet” and then we get to work.

Quilter Nancy Brewster sits behind her fabrics for sale at the Craft Supplies Sale at the Murphy Library while Friends' volunteers Peg Russell and Louise MacDonald talk with customers.

Crafters included quilter, Nancy Brewster and Vivian Schell.  Nancy has wall quilts for sale at the new Downtown Bakery in Murphy.  Vivian is part of the Appalachian Crafters.   Terrie Allen from Mineral Bluff was selling and teaching jewelry making.  Sharon Francis works with delicate cutouts used in scrapbooking – she and Terrie Allen sells at the Saturday morning market in downtown Murphy.  And   Sandy Espenschied, the Gypsy Quilter, was there with her colorful fabric that would make even non-quilters pick up a needle and thread.

Louise MacDonald teaches quilting at the John C. Campbell Folk School and Tri County Community College.  Local writer Peg Russell volunteered with Louise on Friday.  Wouldn’t you know it, Peg left at the end of her shift with a quilting project in the works.  And Louise is thinking about writing down some of the anecdotes she tells so well.

Louise MacDonald and Peg Russell (from left) volunteered at the Craft Supplies Sale and found time to plan a quilt for Peg (the writer) to make and a book for Louise (the quilter) to write.

Jan Ruiz sold excess items from 4Seasons4U, Sharon Francis can teach you anything about scrapbooking and the crafts that go along with it, and Adrienne Schell and her mom Vivian had colorful fabrics all waiting for a project.

 If the Hiwassee, the Apalachia, the Fontana, and all the other TVA dams could talk, what stories would they tell about those days when they were  being built?

Film director Elia Kazan must have wondered the same thing, because in 1960 he made a movie about the construction of the TVA dams and the lives that were changed forever.  To celebrate the film’s fiftieth anniversary, the Murphy Library is having an encore showing of “Wild River” Thursday at 6 p.m.  It stars Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick and Jo Van Fleet.  It runs 110 minutes and is rated PG. Read the rest of this entry »

There is no movie scheduled at the Murphy Library on Thursday, July 22 since we are setting up for the Craft Supplies Sale and Books in the Breezeway Sale.  Read the rest of this entry »

Friends of Murphy Library have a big sale on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the annual Craft Supplies Sale and Books in the Breezeway Sale.


Debbie Whitener recently looked over items donated to the Craft Supplies Sale.  She is a Nantahala Bookmobile librarian and goes to places like Ranger, Martins Creek and Hiwassee Dam schools with books for young readers.

Good readers become good spellers and proceeds from the Craft Supplies Sale pay for prizes in the Cherokee County Schools annual Spelling Bee.  The Bee is co-sponsored by The Cherokee Scout’s Newspaper in Education program.

 Crafters will also be selling their excess supplies.  Vivien Schell, Jo-Ann Allen, Gloria Lewis, Terrie Allen, Sandy Espenschied and Jan Ruiz will be selling quilting items, jewelry pieces, laces, wreathes, frames, baskets, yarn, needlepoint, dolls, wooden cutouts, how-to books and lots more.

And the Murphy Library’s breezeway bookshelves are loaded and waiting with great titles for summer reading.  Call 837-2417 for details.

Friends of Murphy Library are holding their annual auction August
The August 7 auction takes place at Bob Grove Auctions, 7540 “NEW” Highway 64, Brasstown, NC 28902, between Murphy, NC and Hayesville. Phone: 828-837-9200.  The Silent Auction starts at 5:00 p.m.; the Live Auction at 7 p.m.

Gifts baskets at the Friends Annual Auction include an Italian pasta basket with a bottle of win from Wine of Andrews. And a celebration basket complete with a bottle of pink Spanish cava (Spain's champagne) and to complete the picture, a peacock feather!

Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters and Chuck Berry wrote unforgettable songs.  And sang them like no one else.  Then Etta James crooned “At Last,” a love song written by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon, the same guys who gave us “Chattanooga Choo-Choo.”  And the world stopped spinning for a moment, just to catch its breath.

The Murphy Library’s Thursday, July 15,  film, “Cadillac Records” loosely chronicles these singers and others during the years when the blues started to rock and roll.  The film will be screened at 6 p.m.  It is rated R and runs 109 minutes.

Leonard Chess (Adrien Brody) owns Chess Records, a small recording studio on the south side of Chicago.  World War II has just ended and Chess thinks there might be a market for blues.  Then he begins to record the songs and somehow the beat of the music starts to increase.

If you want solid facts about the early years of rock and roll, this movie isn’t the place to find them.  But if “Maybellene” and “Nadine” talk to your soul, sit back and start tapping your toes.  The songs will bring back memories.  Not to mention that Adrien Brody has fun with every part he takes.

And Beyonce Knowles plays Etta James to the hilt.

Warren and Gordon had written “At Last” in the 1940’s for a movie that no one remembers.  But the song has called to a lot of artists.  Miles Davis has played it.  Doris Day, and Stevie Nicks recorded it.  B. B. King did too.  Still, it belongs to Etta.

Call the library at 837-2417.

Katie O’Connor is five years old and loves books.  She and her parents, Matt and Jenn O’Connor were visiting her grandparents, Murphy residents Mike and Marcia Smith, when they stopped by the Murphy Library.

Five-year-old Katie O’Connor reads one of the new books at the Murphy Library purchased with funds raised at the Friends of Murphy Library yard and book sale in May. Katie was visiting the library with her parents Matt and Jenn O’Connor during their recent vacation. More fundraisers are coming up.


The library has been buying new nonfiction books for its children’s section recently with funds raised at the May yard sale and book sale.  Katie found a new book about the color yellow full of everything yellow, from bananas to parakeets.


Librarian Jeff Murphy noted that he ordered new books from Crabtree Press and also from Amazon.  A young person (and even an adult) could spend a hot summer afternoon reading about France, China, the color blue, the Hudson River, and even….vampires!  Just ask the librarians where the new children’s books are.

More fundraising events are on the calendar.  The Craft Supplies Sale (for the Spelling Bee fund) and Book Sale take place at the library on July 23 and 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The annual auction is at Bob Grove Auctions on August 7.

Southerners love a good story.  Add in college football along with family ties and you can’t go wrong.  That’s the recipe for the Sandra Bullock film, “The Blind Side.”  And if some streets look familiar, it’s because Atlanta was the filming location, as a stand-in for Memphis. Read the rest of this entry »