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Archive for April 2011

 Friends of Murphy Library are holding their Trash to Treasures Yard Sale and Book Sale on May 6 and 7, Friday and Saturday from 9 to 2.   Call 837-2417.

Note:  Due to preparing for the sale there is no movie on Thursday, May 5.

  A lot of closets and attics have been cleaned and donors have brought in treasures for the sale.  We appreciate any and every donation.   The bookshelves are also full and waiting for buyers.  Don’t miss this sale!


The Murphy Library is showing Film Movement’s psychological thriller “How I ended this summer” at 3:15 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday.  Two Russian meteorologists clash in their desolate Artic Circle station.  Award-winning cinematography.  In Russian with subtitles in English.  For mature audiences.

On a desolate island in the Arctic Circle, two men work at a small meteorological station, taking readings from their radioactive surroundings. Sergei, a gruff professional in his fifties, takes his job very seriously. His new partner, bright eyed college grad Pavel, retreats to his MP3 player and video games to avoid Sergei’s imposing presence. One day while Sergei is out, inexperienced Pavel receives terrible news for Sergei from HQ. Intimidated, Pavel can’t bring himself to disclose the information. When the truth is finally revealed, the consequences explode against a chilling backdrop of thick fog, sharp rocks, and the merciless Arctic Sea..  — Film Movement, Inc.

The camera pans the rocky California beach that belongs to the town of “Point Muir.”  It was named for John Muir, the naturalist who walked all over the country he loved.  Henry and Nicky also love their country, even though they’ve never been far from their town.  It’s December 1942, and they’re getting ready to join the Marines.

Sean Penn, Nicolas Cage and Elizabeth McGovern star in Racing with the Moon, a film about two high school friends and their small town during World War II.  The Murphy Library is showing it Thursday at 3:15 and 6 p.m.  It is rated PG and runs 108 minutes.

Henry (Penn) and Nicky (Cage) earn money by setting pins in the local bowling alley.  When he’s not working, Henry practices the piano.  He’s good, whether he’s playing Bach or just boogying.  Nicky has a girlfriend but Henry doesn’t, until one night when he buys a ticket to a movie from the new girl in town.

This film was made in 1984, when Penn and Cage and McGovern were still in their twenties.  They are wonderful now, but catch them at this early point – they were wonderful then too.  Call 837-2417 for details.

This is the final list of words for the 2011 Spelling Bee!  We’ve made them big so you don’t miss them!!

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

mascot  mystique  denture  physique 

morgue  palette  baton  cachet rouge 

debacle  chassis  poignant genre

rapport  barrage  layette parfait

clementine  diorama


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

iguana   hurricane   hominy   wigwam   quinine   powwow   pecan

woodchuck   chocolate   tomato   llama   hickory

muskrat   bayou   coyote   petunia   caucus

persimmon   jaguar   buccaneer

Sammy Prescott is a single mom raising her eight-year-old son and dealing with a new nitpicking manager at the bank where she works.  Then after months with no word she gets a letter from her much-loved and wayward brother.  He wants to come for a visit.

The Murphy Library is showing You Can Count on Me, the 2000 award-winning film about a brother and sister who care enough to make each other crazy, starring Laura Linney, Mark Ruffalo and Matthew Broderick.  The screening is Thursday at 3:15 and 6 p.m.  The film runs 111 minutes and is rated R.

Sammy drives through her small town with its brick buildings as the camera pans the tree -covered mountains around it and Bach’s solo cello urges the car along.  Although it looks like Murphy and the Southern Highlands, it’s not.  These are the Appalachians – on the north end, in the Catskills of New York.  That’s the only difference.  Loretta Lynn and Steve Earle still sing on the radio.  And this story of a sister and brother could happen anywhere.

Call 837-2417 for details.

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

spinet   vendetta   credenza   virtuoso   fresco   stucco

fiasco   cameo   sonata   inferno  allegro   provolone

salami   falsetto   cantata   grotto   crescent 

prodigal   aquatic   participant