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Archive for July 2011

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all Murphy Library patrons who have donated such wonderful items to the Silent Auction scheduled for August 19 and 20.

Do you have something special you want to include in our auction?  Bring it by the library and make the librarians smile.

Take a look at these:

Do you have a special friend who would like these bowls that Jeff Murphy holds? And check out the Romanian glass candlesticks on the book case. Cut glass will fit any decor.


Yes, cats are allowed to receive presents too.


And check out this beautiful Pfaltzgraff service for 8. Anyone you know getting married soon? What a lovely wedding gift this would be.


The award-winning local crochet artist Millie Crawford donated one of her princess dolls for your special princess.


Murphy Library is showing “How to Train your Dragon,” a 2010 animated film about a young Viking, a dragon and the lessons they teach each other. The Oscar-nominated music by John Powell is not to be missed. He wrote the scores for Kung Fu Panda, Stop-Loss, The Bourne Ultimatum and Happy Feet, among many others. Rated PG with running time of 98 minutes. Screenings are at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday. Call 837-2417.

 The Friends are holding a Silent Auction in the library’s meeting room and need donations. Crafts, an antique or a gift certificate. Think of what you’ve liked at previous auctions and donate the same for this one.

Here are some recent donations:

Mike Lalone, John C. Campbell Folk School potter, donated one of his signature vases for the auction.


A beautiful edition of Huckleberry Finn in perfect condition. Illustrations are by noted artist Thomas Hart Benton.


This could be the start of a wine party!


Check out this adorable baby quilt!

Do you relish a good read?  Savor a short story?  Have a taste for travelogues?

 Hmmm.  Hungry yet?  We are.  Why not put down that novel and join us at Doyle’s Cedar Hill Restaurant on Andrews Road in Murphy on August 11 at 6:30 p.m. for a special Friends of Murphy Library buffet.

Jeremiah Smith,  General Manger at Doyle’s, has generously offered to support the Murphy FOL by offering a buffet dinner on his outdoor pavilion with music, good food and conversation.

Tickets for dinner are $25 per person or $45 for a couple and may be purchased at the library so we can reserve a spot for you.

Proceeds from the dinner, after Doyle’s costs, will go to purchase more books for grownups so you can curl up after dinner and read again. 

Hope to see you there!

In his heartrending film Belgian director Olivier Masset-Depasse uses a handheld camera to get up close and personal to Tania, a Russian woman arrested for living illegally in Belgium. Her eyes show fear only a mother could have. Her son Ivan managed to run from the authorities and he is only fourteen.

The Murphy Library is showing “Illegal” Film Movement’s psychological thriller about the terrors an illegal immigrant can face in detention in Western Europe. Screenings are at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Running time is 95 minutes and the film is not suitable for young people.

Belgian actress Anne Coesens plays Tania, a former French teacher from Russia who has made a peaceful life for herself and her son in Belgium.  We never know why she left russia, only that she fears going back.  The other women in the Detention Center hae their own stories, especially Alissa (Esse Lawson).  She refuses to go home quietly and the bruises she receives in retribution are distrubing.

Ultimately this is a mother’s story and Coesens’ portrayal is riveting. Call 837-2417 for details .

“How did you and Mom meet?” a precocious 11-year old asks her father.  She has something serious to figure out — why her parents are getting a divorce.  So she might as well start at the beginning. 

Ryan Reynolds and Abigail Breslin star as father and daughter in “Definitely, May” a wistful romantic comedy at the Murphy Library Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.  The film is rated PG-13 and runs 112 minutes.

Will Hayes (Reynolds) is a political consultant now, but back in the early 1990’s he was a freshfaced college grad from Wisconsin working on Bill Clinton’s campaign in the Big Apple.  And that is where his story begins as he tells his daughter Maya (Breslin) about three loves in his life, one of them being her mother. 

Maya will probably grow up to be a lawyer — she asks tough questions.  Or, better yet, a psychologist.  She listens well and is very forgiving.  Either way, it’s a sweet story.

 Please Note:  Screenings are at 4 p.m.  and 6 p.m.  Call 837-2417 for details.

“Mike does such good work,” Murphy Librarian Jeff Murphy said as he looked at the vase John Campbell Folk School potter Mike Lalone recently donated to the library.  Mike is one of many of our local artists and craftspeople who help the library in its fundraising efforts.

This year Friends of Murphy Library are holding a Silent Auction at the library on August 19 and 20.  It follows the “Art, Antiques, and Uniques” theme that has propelled library auctions in years past.  Craftspeople, collectors, and local businesses are encouraged to bring in a special object or gift certificate.  Donations are urgently needed and gratefully accepted.

Jeff Murphy holds Mike Lalone's vase and a beautiful edition of Huckleberry Finn that will be part of the Friends' Silent Auction August 19 and 20.

But that’s not all.  The Friends are combining a Cooking Supplies Sale with the Silent Auction.  It’s like a yard sale for the kitchen.   Everyone (including restaurants) is encouraged to clean out their cupboards and bring kitchenware to the library.  From pots and pans to cookbooks and aprons — everything that brings a meal to the table is welcome for the sale. 

See the empty bookshelves behind Jeff?  We want to fill them with new books.  Your help with our fundraisers can do this.  Call 837-2417.  Bring your items by the library any time during library hours.  And — thank you!

If you love movies with horses, the Murphy Library has one for you.  The year is 1946 and a young Arab girl is crossing the desert in a convoy of men and camels.  Suddenly the group is attacked. The girl escapes only to fall off her camel and find herself alone in the desert.  Alone, that is, until a young black stallion finds her.

The library is showing “The Young Black Stallion” an Imax version of a black stallion adventure based on the stories of Walter and Steven Farley.  Filmed in the deserts of Namibia and the Drakensberg desert in South Africa, the scenery is spectacular.

Running time is a short 45 minutes but those minutes are full of the pounding hooves of horses and a girl who rides like the wind.

The film is rated G and will be shown Thursday at 3:15 and 6 p.m.  Call 837-2417 for details.

By Karen M. Francis

Friends of the Murphy Library are selling raffle tickets ($1.00 each or $5.00 for 6) for a beautiful original acrylic portrait of B. B. King, one of the most well-known musicians of our time.  Funds raised will go toward the purchase of more adult books for our library.
Riley B. King (born September 16, 1925), known by the stage name B.B. King, is an American bluesguitarist and singer-songwriter. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at #3 on its list of the “100 greatest guitarists of all time. B.B. King has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
This framed portrait, which currently can be seen opposite the front desk in the Murphy Library, was donated by local artist, James Ryder Murphy IV.  Mr. Murphy attributes his artistic abilities to his parents: his father being a landscape & seascape artist and his Mom being a retired art teacher.  He currently lives in Marble.  He was featured in the March 2011 issue of the Smoky Mountain Free Press. In the article entitled “Energy Paintings”, Bryan Hughes writes, “To be in the company of Jimmy Murphy while looking at his paintings, you can’t but feel you are standing with a living legend”.  In order to see more of his work and show schedule, please call (774) 216-9156. Visit his website at:
Come to the Murphy Library and purchase a raffle ticket ($1.00 each).  We are sure that after seeing this wonderful acrylic masterpiece, you will want to purchase 6 tickets for $5.00.  You will be helping to fund our local library and at the same time be eligible to be the owner of two living legends: B. B. King & James Ryder Murphy.