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In honor of Heritage Day and the 150th anniversary of the Civil War the Murphy Library is showing the moving and unforgettable Shenandoah,  made fifty years ago on the 100th anniversary of the end of the war. It is one of the great Civil War films.

Screenings are at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Running time is 105 minutes. Rated PG.

 It stars James Stewart as a farmer who only wants to be left alone with his family on his 500 acres  in the Shenandoah Valley.  But he is caught between the North and the South.  He doesn’t own slaves, his sons and daughter and daughter-in-law plow the fields and feed the animals.  The war is not his war.  Not until some Union soldiers capture his 16-year-old son.

The dialogue is right on and so is Stewart.  The story may make you cry.  It did me.

Call 837-2417 for details.


(With thanks to Gourmet, August 2001)

Note from Julie Chautin:  Several people have asked me recently for this recipe.  I regularly bring these cookies to Friends of Murphy Public Library’s potluck dinners and to the Friends’ recent Silent Auction.  I have my sister, Suzanne Karpus, to thank for this recipe.  She owns Cornucopia Comestibles, a catering company in Bexley, Ohio and her customers love these cookies.  Enjoy!  Read the rest of this entry »

The Murphy Library is showing Film Movement’s “A Screaming Man” on Thursday, August 25 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The film shows the effect of civil war on a family in the African country of Chad.
This was the first film by a Chadian director to screen at the Cannes Film Festival and it won the Grand Jury Prize in 2010.   In French and Arabic with subtitles in English.  The film is not rated but may not be suitable for children.  Call 837-2417 .

More auction items have been coming in, including this wonderful wood turned bowl by Steve Hembree:

and this vase on the left donated by Barbara Bayliss and a ceramic lamp base on the right.

And this M&M’s calendar!

Cookbooks, anyone?

Don’t miss these auctions:  one is on Friday from 11 to 2 p.m.  The other is on Saturday from 11 to 1 p.m.  At the Murphy Library.  Free refreshments!

Great food, wonderful company, and such a pleasing ambience… was easy to forget that we were also raising money for the Murphy Library, easy that is, until we saw Friends’ president Elo-ly Bailey’s and Murphy librarian Jeff Murphy’s smiles.

The Dinner at Doyle’s was a great success with 60 Friends coming out for some great cooking.  Almost $600 was raised for the library — and they’ll use it to buy more books (for adults!) that will bring smiles to all those diners.

Friends’ member Diane Moumousis took some great pictures:

 It’s not easy in the ad sales world of today, especially when your new boss is half your age.  On Thursday at 4 and 6 the Murphy Library is showing, In Good Company, a comedy/drama with a little romance about the ups and downs of the working world starring Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace and Scarlett Johansson.  Call 837-2417.

Murphy Library patrons have been making Jeff Murphy smile.  Donors have been bringing their arts and crafts by the library every day.  And their work is quality.

Judy Grove brought two of her original bird photographs by as soon as the Aug 19-20 date was set: 

Judy Grove has an eye for birds and a steady hand with her camera. Check out her two bird photographs at the auction.


Marilyn & Thomas Yorkovitch brought by over a dozen items handmade and unforgettable.  Just take a look:

Turned wood lamps by Thomas Yorkovitch

Handmade treasure chest by Thomas Yorkovitch.


Marilyn Yorkovitch painted the landscape, Thomas made the frame.


Exquisite side table for any decor.


Even a child can make a difference in the world. When a teacher gives his class a project — to find a way to change the world, one student offers his teacher a way to change his own life.

Haley Joel Osment, Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt star in the 2000 film, Pay It Forward. The Murphy Library is showing the film at 4 and 6 p.m. Thursday. Rated PG-13. Running time is 123 minutes.

Of special interest to Murphy audiences is the actress Jeanetta Arnette who plays a nurse in an emergency room scene early in the movie. Arnette grew up in Murphy and still has family here. She has had roles in such films as Pineapple Express, Snow Angels, the Shipping News, and Boys Don’t Cry. Her TV work includes roles in Cold Case, Fringe, Criminal Minds, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Lost, and Flo.

Jeanetta Arnette

Call 837-2417 for details.