Friendsofmurphylibrary's Blog

Archive for May 2011

A princess is trapped in a tower and the only way up is by climbing her long, golden tresses.  Then, one day, a handsome thief thinks the tower makes the perfect hideaway until he discovers her.  Then the fun begins.

The Murphy Library is showing the animated family film, Tangled, based on Grimm’s fairy tale, Rapunzel, Thursday at 3:15 and 6 p.m.  It is rated PG and runs 100 minutes. 

Alan Menken composed the music.  He won Academy awards for The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, among many other.  Call 837-2417 for details.

The Murphy Library is showing a Romanian drama this Thursday at 3:15 p.m. and 6 p.m.  It is the Film Movement selection called “If I want to whistle, I whistle.”  Running time is 94 minutes.  Not for children.

Synopsis from Film Movement’s web site:

Silviu has only two weeks left before his release from a hostile juvenile detention center. But when his mother, who abandoned him long ago, returns to take his younger brother away – a brother Silviu raised like a son – those two weeks become an eternity. While his outcries for help fall on deaf ears, he finds himself mercilessly taunted and harassed by the other inmates. And just as Silviu’s frustration evolves into full-throttled aggression, he is introduced to a beautiful social worker that he can only dream of being close to. Faced with a slew of conflicting emotions and wild with desperation, Silviu is driven to a surprising act of defiance as he makes a last grasp for freedom.

Spelling Bees are not for the faint of heart, whether participating or sitting in the audicne. 

Students at Martins Creek Middle School attended the May 10 Cherokee County School Spelling Bee in their school's library. Family members also look on.

Such was the case May 10 at Martins Creek School moments before Spelling Bee coordinator, Mrs. Debbie White and Principal Arnold Mathews began the Cherokee County Schools 2011 Spelling Bee.  Nine 6th, 7th and 8th graders waited apprehensively to hear the first words.

Nine students from Martins Creek, Ranger, Hiwassee Dam and Murphy middle schools who participated in the Cherokee County Schools 2011 Spelling Bee wait for the opening word. From left: Sidney Hibberts, Lily Beaster, Brandon Muizulis, Aaron O'Connell, Christan Sykes, Stephanie Howe, Jenni Gordon, Isaac Mock, and Selena Rodrigues.

Among the attendees were Hiwassee Dam’s principal Mrs. Delaine Macdonald and teacher Mrs. Brandy Farmer, and Ranger’s principal Mr. Paul Wilson.  They proudly talk about the victories these students have had in their academic life.

They know that studying for a spelling bee is not the easiest task.  Just like in sports, students can practice with someone, but sooner or later they have to tackle the words on their own.  They fumble, find themselves underwater, and then, just before throwing in the towel, they hit their word over the net.

Finalists included Sidney Hibberts, Selena Rodrigues and Isaac Mock, Martins Creek Middle School;  Lily Beaster, Aaron O’Connell and Jenni Gordon, Ranger Middle School, Brandon Muizulis and Christan Sykes, Hiwassee Dam Middle School; and Stephanie Howe, Murphy Middle School. 

By the end, Ranger’s Lily Beaster won the First Place trophy and the $100 prize.  Aaron O’Connell also from Ranger won the Second Place trophy and $50.  Hiwassee Dam’s Brandon Muizulis won Third Place and $25.  Beaster had won Third Place the year before, but O’Connell and Muizulis were first timers at the bee. Nonetheless, they plowed through word after word as teachers and families watched excitedly.

Martins Creek School hosted the annual Cherokee County Schools 2011 Spelling Bee on May 10. Ranger Middle School student Lily Beaster won First Place and Aaron O’Connell, also from Ranger, won Second Place. Hiwassee Dam student Brandon Muizulis won Third Place (from left).


The Cherokee Scout’s Newspaper in Education program sponsors the bee along with Friends of Murphy Public Library.  All sixth, seventh and eighth graders in Cherokee County schools are encouraged to join the fun next year.  Call the Murphy Library at 837-2417 for details.


The Murphy Library is hosting  Scholastic Book Fair beginning Thursday, May 19, and continuing through Wednesday, May 24. Hours will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except Thursday, when hours will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The Thursday movie has been canceled to provide the meeting room for the book sale.


The book fair will offer specially priced books and educational products, including popular series, award-winning titles, new releases, adult best sellers and more from more than 100 publishers.


In addition, featured will be the One for Books program, where kids can share the thrill of reading by donating loose change to purchase books from the book fair for new children’s books, kids who can’t buy a book, etc.


Scholastic matches monetary donations with a donation of up to 1 million books, which go to national non-profit organizations dedicated to helping families in need such as the Marine Corps League’s Toys for Tots Foundation, Kids in Distressed Situations Inc. and Kids in Need Foundation.


For details, call the library at 837-2417.

The school year is almost over.  Let’s celebrate with a movie about teachers who care and students who learn….to dance the merengue, foxtrot, rumba, tango, and swing.

The Murphy Library is showing the touching and funny 2005 documentary, “Mad, Hot Ballroom.” about the Dancing Classrooms program for fifth graders in New York City.  The screening is at 3:15 and 6 p.m. Thursday.  Rated PG, the film runs 105 minutes.

The nonprofit American Ballroom Theater offers dance classes to fifth graders in sixty public schools in New York.  When ten weeks of classes are over, the students compete with other schools for a trophy.

Writer Amy Sewell was so enamored with these students when she wrote a local news article about them that she teamed up with director Marilyn Agrelo to make a documentary.  They followed students in affluent Tribeca, the middle class Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, and in a poor area of Washington Heights.

The filmmakers wisely let the teachers and administrators speak, such as the principal in Tribeca, part of Lower Manhattan.  She was happy to start this program and help her students find some joy after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Best of all, Sewell and Agrelo let the students speak because they have a lot to say about life, growing up, and wanting to win.  And ultimately how dancing has changed their lives. Call 837-2417 for details.

Don’t be left out.  That may be the way you feel because your kids and grandkids are on Facebook and Twitter and you barely know what it is.  The next meeting of Friends of Murphy Library could be your ticket back in.  Nicky Grant of Coconutz computer store will present and demo “Social networking for the rest of us” at the Friends’ Tuesday, May 10 potluck at 6 p.m. in the library meeting room.

Although he had worked in the computer industry, Friends’ board member Bob MacLean was not part of social networking and feared he was being “left behind in the dust.”  That’s when he asked Grant to give the Friends “a glimpse of what it all means.” Grant owns Coconutz on Valley River Avenue along with her husband Iain.  She has explained e-readers to the Friends and currently offers free computer courses in their store.   She notes social networking is “changing communication all over the world” and she will show you how it’s done.

This is a live demonstration not to miss.  Friends’ members and prospective members are invited to bring their favorite potluck dish for the 6 p.m. dinner meeting.  Membership is only $10 per year and now is the perfect time to join.  Call the library at 837-2417 for details.