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Archive for December 2010

This week’s words for the 2011 Cherokee County Spelling Bee are from Arabic, and can be found on the National Spelling Bee web site, To see previous weeks’ words, scroll down.

adobe    crimson    algebra    mattress    cotton

apricot    monsoon    orange    guitar    magazine

zenith    average    hazard    giraffe    alfalfa

lemon    artichoke    sultan    mosque    admiral

If you miss those special trips with family when you or they were young, this film will take you back there and make you glad.  And watch the trailer for the film below.  It gives a good sense of how this movie doesn’t just tell a story, it pulls you in.   Good for the whole family.

The beautiful but fragile fishing village of Quintana Roo on the Mexican coast is the setting for the Mexican film Alamar.  A young father of Mayan descent takes his five-year-old son on a fishing trip.  Their time together is also fragile.  The boy’s mother is separating from his father and taking the boy back to Italy.  But the morning sun glistens, the fish are biting and the two quietly form a bond in the days they have together.  Real life father and son, Jorge Machado and Natan Machado Palombini star.  


The Murphy Library is showing Alamar Thursday, December 23 at 3:15 p.m. and again at 6 p.m.  The film runs 73 minutes and would be perfect for all ages and generations.  Call the library at 837-2417.

“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.”  British poet, William Ernest Henley wrote those stirring words over a hundred years ago.  They still ring true to Nelson Mandela who read them again and again for the more than twenty-five years he was in prison.

Now it’s  1995, Mandela is free and president of South Africa.  His country, however, is still separate in spirit.  He wonders if the1995 Rugby World Cup hosted by South Africa could join black and white citizens for once, and maybe for the future.


The Murphy Library is showing Invictus, Clint Eastwood’s ode to Mandela and the rugby team that won the hearts of their countrymen, all their countrymen.  The film is rated PG-13 and runs 134 minutes.  It will be shown Thursday, December 16 at 3:15 p.m. and again at 6 p.m.  Call the library at 837-2417.

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

nirvana   karma   guru   typhoon   bungalow

mahatma   jungle   oolong   mongoose 

bamboo   jackal   bangle   shampoo   dungaree

chutney   pundit   juggernaut   loot    rupee   gunnysack

Raise your hands if you’ve ever had a teacher recite a Shakespeare sonnet with feeling.  Keep them raised if that rendition was done to a rap beat.  If not, you’re in luck.  The Murphy Library is showing 10 Things I Hate About You,  a high school romance movie based on “The Taming of the Shrew,” and…… one of the teachers raps out Shakespeare.  It’s pretty cool.


A popular girl is not allowed to date in high school unless her older sister first starts dating.  But who would want to go out with Kat?  She’s shrill, independent and doesn’t like normal stuff.  You’d have to pay a guy to do it.  And that’s exactly what someone does.  Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles star.



The screening is Thursday at 3:15 p.m. and again at 6 p.m.  Since it gets darker earlier in winter, the library is adding a 3:15 p.m. screening whenever the Thursday schedule allows.  Call 837-2417.

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

ravioli   palmetto   pistachio   mascara   cauliflower   crescendo

harmonica   ballerina   spaghetti   scenario   galleria

balcony   bandit   influenza   rotunda   ballot

confetti  cavalry   cadenza   graffiti

Two foster children have a secret pet dog named Friday.  That is so against the rules.  An abandoned hotel, however, is just the place for him to live.  But he can get lonely all by himself, unless a few more stray dogs find refuge there.  Did we say a few more?  We meant lots more.

The Murphy Library is showing Hotel for Dogs, a PG-rated film for children Thursday, December 2, at 3:15 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.  It’s all about dogs and the kids who love them.  It runs 100 minutes.

 The actors include Emma Roberts, Jake T. Austin, Don Cheadle, Lisa Kudrow and Kevin Dillon.  The real stars are the dogs as they play along to songs like “Born to Be Wild,” “It Had to Be You,” and “The Murder” music from Alfred Hitchcocks’ movie “Psycho.”