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Archive for August 2010

Don’t miss Professor Anna Fariello’s talk “Southern Craft: A Revival in the Mountains” at the Henn Theater on Heritage Day, September 4 at 1 p.m.  Admission is free.

Fariello is a research associate professor at Western North Carolina University.  She is also a published author and director of the Craft Revival Project at Hunter Library, Western Carolina University.

The project is researching the craft movement that surged from the 1890’s to the 1940’s and maintained interest in local handcrafts in the Southern Appalachian mountains.

The Craft Revival Project is collecting images available online at the Hunter Library and can be seen at

Besides Western Carolina University, other institutions involved in the Craft Revival Project include Heritage Partners: John C. Campbell Folk School, Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Penland School of Crafts, Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Southern Highland Craft Guild, WCU Mountain Heritage Center, and WCU Special Collections.

The Murphy Library is showing The Wind Journeys this Thursday, August 26 at 6 p.m.  It is in Spanish with subtitles in English and runs 120 minutes.  Although this is a beautifully-filmed picture,  it might not be suitable for children due to some graphic violence.

This is one of our Film Movement selections.  It is a co-production from Colombia, Germany, Argentina & Netherlands, made in northern Columbia and the scenery is outstanding.  It also has something we love in Western North Carolina, musicians playing their local music.  In this case, an accordion with a few accompanists.  And the devil is in the details.

Read the Synopsis from Film Movement’s Web site:

“For most of his life, Ignacio Carrillo travelled the villages of northern Colombia, playing traditional songs on his accordion, a legendary instrument said to have once belonged to the devil. He eventually married and settled in a small town, leaving the nomadic life behind. But after the traumatic death of his wife, he vows to never play the accursed accordion again, and embarks on one last journey to return the instrument to its rightful owner. On the way, Ignacio is followed by Fermín, a spirited teenager determined to become his apprentice. Tired of loneliness, Ignacio accepts the young man as his pupil and together they traverse the vast Colombian terrain, discovering the musical diversity of Caribbean culture. Hardened by a life of solitude, Ignacio tries to discourage Fermín from following in his footsteps, but destiny has different plans for them.”

This film is 29 year-old Ciro Guerra’s second feature film.  His character Ignacio is a vallenato singer.

Wikepedia tells us “Vallenato, along with cumbia, is currently a popular folk music of Colombia. It primarily comes from the Colombia’s Caribbean region. Vallenato literally means “born in the valley”. The valley influencing this name is located between the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and the Serranía de Perijá in northeast Colombia. The name also applies to the people from the city where this genre originated: Valledupar (from the place named Valle de Upar – “Valley of Upar”). In 2006 Vallenato and cumbia were added as a category in the Latin Grammy Awards.”

The Murphy Library is showing Spike Lee’s powerful WWII film about African-American soldiers fighting in Italy, “Miracle at St. Anna” at 6 p.m.  It is rated R and runs 160 minutes. It features singers from Atlanta’s Morehouse College Glee Club, Lee’s alma mater.   Call the library at 837-2417.

On August 17 bring your favorite potluck dish to the library.  Demonstrations of the Kindle and iPod readers will highlight the Digital Explosion of Ebooks program at Friends of Murphy Library quarterly meeting. The public is invited to join the potluck take the mystery out of e-readers, and bring their own e-readers and questions.
   E-readers can carry over a thousand books to read without the added weight or space of traditional books, making them favorite gifts for military men and women or travelers. The readers can transform any book into large print. An estimated 9.5 million e-readers will be sold this year and the e-books are changing book selling.
   The dinner begins at 6 PM at the library. Jane Hembree will lead the program and new digital devices will be on display. On hand as consultants to answer questions will be Linda Ray, Curiosity Shop Bookstore, and Nicky and Iain Grant, Marabal Inc.

Waves crash onto the rocky coastline of Asturias, and the beauty of this northwest corner of Spain calls to you through the haunting music of Erik Satie.  This is the home Don Rodrigo had left to seek his fortune in the New World.  Now he is back with a painful mission.

Thursday at 6 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing “The Grandfather,” by Spanish director Jose Luis Garci.  It was nominated for numerous awards.  It is rated PG and runs 151 minutes in beautiful Castillian Spanish with subtitles in English.

To see the trailer this week, please click here

Don Rodrigo’s son has died and he wants to reunite with his granddaughters.  But he has a terrible question to ask about them.  Which one is truly his granddaughter.  He has information that their mother had an affair and a child with another man.  That child is one of the granddaughters.

Spanish actor and playwright, Fernando Fernán Gómez gives Don Rodrigo a crustiness, sadness, anger, and honor all in one.  His granddaughters are full of warmth and goodness.  Then there is their private teacher, Don Pío Coronado (Rafael Alonso), a sad, sweetheart of a man, who receives what every teacher must want, the ferocious love of his two students.

Call the library at 837-2417.

The sixth annual Friends of Murphy Library auction at Bob Grove Auctions last Saturday was a huge success thanks to Bob and Judy Grove. 

Judy Grove wishes her husband Bob good luck when he lowers his gavel for the sixth annual Friends of Murphy Library Auction. The Groves have generously opened their auction house, Bob Grove Auctions, for all six years.


 The Murphy librarians, the Friends’ board, and all who volunteered spent long hours preparing for this auction, and always with good humor.  Special gratitude is owed to the multitudes who were so generous in bidding at the auction.


Many thanks to Sonia Roberts for the photographs.


We raised over $9,000 that will be used for the kids’ and juvenile nonfiction area.


We appreciate the stores, services and business people who donated items and gift certificates for the auctions.  The economy is difficult now, and yet our local businesses show their affection for the library and moreover, their willingness to help our goal this year:  new books for young readers.


A giant list of the 2010 auction donors will be posted at the library for every patron and visitor to see how much our community cares about the future of our children.






Friends president Elo-ly Bailey and her husband Corey talk to one of the auction attendees.

Friends’ board members Bob MacLean and Mike Moumousis did the ultimate job for the Friends’ Auction.  They picked up the Shopsmith Mark V tool system, loaded it in Mike’s truck and took it to Bob Grove Auctions.

Come to Friends of Murphy Library’s Auction this Saturday, August 7, and buy it for your favorite person.  He or she will thank you for a long time. 

The Silent Auction begins at 5 p.m., the Live Auction at 7 p.m., at Bob Grove Auctions, 7540 Highway 64, Brasstown, NC 28902, 6 miles east of Murphy, NC on “NEW” US 64.  Phone: 828-837-9200.  Free refreshments. Donations of finger food welcome.

But the Auction is for everyone —-handy or not —– want to go out to eat?  We have gift certificates to restaurants.  Want to get your hair done?  Bid on one of our beauty salon certificates. 

Friends' board members Bob MacLean and Mike Moumousis are all smiles as they survey Steve and Jane Hembree's donation of a Shopsmith Mark V tool system to Murphy Library's auction.

Longtime supporters Steve and Jane Hembree donated the Shopsmith Mark V.  The single machine contains a table saw, lathe, disc sander, vertical drill press and horizontal boring machine and fits into a two by six space. 



The auction has something for everyone.  Cooks will find cookbooks, dishes, a Carolina Crafting apron, and wear a Silva Gallery scarf while preparing trout from Andrews’s Carolina Mountain Trout. 

Still hungry?  Restaurant gift certificates include everyone from Doyle’s to Downtown Pizza, from Arby’s to Antica Roma.

Wagonmaster Adventure Ranch offers one night, Holiday Inn Express two nights. Bear Creek Mini-Golf, an outing for four.

Sue Ellen Woodford’s gift baskets coddle everyone from fishermen to coffee drinkers, with donations from Clay’s Corner, Yarn Circle, Blue Moon Elise, China Town, the Daily Grind and Wine, Calaboose Cellars, Dr. Dave Peters, and Crane Creek.

Animal, mineral or vegetable, whatever your heart’s desire, we have it.  Cash or checks accepted. Proceeds buy juvenile nonfiction at library.   Call 837-2417.