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Good stories don’t have to be made up.  It’s all in the telling.  Think of your favorite uncle telling a funny family story.  Director Barry Levinson knows this.  He was remembering chronicles of his youth when he made his film Avalon about his extended family in 1950’s Baltimore.  His memories give the film heart and feeling. 


The Murphy Library is showing Avalon, starring Aiden Quinn and a young Elijah Wood, at 3:15 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 4.  This family-friendly film is rated PG and runs 126 minutes.


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Week 5 words for the 2011 Cherokee County Spelling Bee come from Spanish and can be found on the National Spelling Bee web site,  Scroll down for previous weeks’ words.

diablo   amarillo   alamo   embargo   enchilada   vanilla
chimichanga   bonanza   castanets   tortilla   hacienda
pueblo   cafeteria   buffalo   filibuster   tornado
canasta   desperado   sierra   anchovy

Times are tough these days, but in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, called favelas, life has never been easy.  Irlan and his friend Isabella, however, have their eyes on a prize.  The teenagers want to become professional ballet dancers. 

The Murphy Public Library is showing Film Movement’s touching documentary, “Only When I Dance,” this Thursday at 6 p.m.  In Portuguese with subtitles in English, the film runs 78 minutes.



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Week  4 words for the 2011 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   worrisome   hurdle

slaughter   bookkeeping   icicle


Friends of Murphy Library is holding a Book Sale in the Breezeway at the back of the library this Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The library’s garage is bulging at the seams with good buys on books.


Mysteries, detective novels, romances and various nonfiction selections are just some of the choices.  Want a fun gift idea?  Buy a Murphy Library book bag and fill it with books for that special someone.  At Breezeway prices you can choose books with abandon.


Friends of Murphy Library have a lot of opportunities to volunteer such as this sale. Membership is $10 per year.  Come by and chat with Friends’ members about how you can help.


And the Scholastic Book Fair is going on inside the library until October 19. Call 837-2417 for details.

This week’s words for the 2011 Cherokee County Spelling Bee come from French and can be found on the National Spelling Bee web site,

Scroll down to see previous weeks’ words.

menu   fatigue   foyer   leotard   entourage   pacifism

diplomat   ambulance   rehearse   expertise   bevel 

garage   denim   mirage   chagrin   matinee

gorgeous   suave   vogue   flamboyant

crochet   deluxe

Scholastic Books sends their biggest truck laden with books for their book fair at the Murphy Library. That’s because children love to read in our town and parents and grandparents know books make great gifts.

Librarian Jeff Murphy announced that the truck would be arriving soon.  The Scholastic Book Fair will run from October 7 to October 19 in the main room of the library.

Jeff Murphy will be greeting a Scholastic Book truck the week of October 4 just like he greeted this truck in 2009. The Scholastic Book Fair will be held from October 7 to 17. All sorts of books will be available for purchase.

It’s not too early to find Christmas presents, assistant librarian Melissa Barker added.  Actually, anytime is a good time to buy a child a book.  Books include award-winning fiction, picture, easy reader and chapter books.  There are special bookmarks and software for sale too.  Adults will also find books.

The library accepts credit cards, cash and checks.  Call 837-2417 for details.

Week 2: Oct. 6  This week’s words for the 2010-2011 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 chronic synopsis homogeneous odyssey synonym

Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) is a master at teenage deception, whether toward his parents, school administration, or best friend.  When he decides a day off is in order, he gets his best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck) to join in, along with the Ferrari belonging to and beloved by Cameron’s dad.

The Murphy Library is showing “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” at 3:15 p.m. and at 6 p.m. Thursday.  Students, parents and teachers will enjoy it, with the caveat that students do not try this at home, or school.  The film is rated PG-13 and runs 103 minutes.

Director John Hughes died last year but not before leaving us with a string of films that show teenage angst in all its glory.  “The Breakfast Club,” “Pretty in Pink,” and “Sixteen Candles” capture the mood and language of teens.  And “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” is the perfect antidote for the first month back in school.

Once the Ferrari is revved and running, Ferris has to get his girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara) out of school.  The excuse is one for the record books.  Then it’s on to the great city of Chicago for a day of adventure like none other.

Director Hughes grew up near Chicago and takes us all over the Windy City, from Wrigley Field to the Sears Tower, from the Loop to Lake Shore Drive.  And although Hughes is gone, his films remain a testimony to those glory days of wind in your hair and singing in a parade.

Call the library at 837-2417.