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Archive for September 2011

Mountain vistas and children playing are welcome parts of our local scenery just like all parts of  the world.  Both show up in a movie made in Columbia that is next at the library.  Film Movement’s The Colors of the Mountain, about children trying to play in the time of guerrilla war is not to be missed. The Murphy Library is showing this family drama Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.  Running time is 93 minutes and the film is in Spanish with subtitles in English.

No matter how tragic the reality of the children,” says director Carlos Cesar Arbelaez in his director’s notes,  “they’re always ready to defend games and laughter as fundamental parts of their lives.”  And that is how the film’s main character, Manuel and his hardworking family live in the province of Antioquia in the Andean mountain area of Columbia. He goes to school, helps his parents and always has time for soccer with his friends.

 All the while, families keep a wary eye out for the national military, and guerrilla rebels, as they fight each other in the countryside.  Fathers and mothers tread a fine line to keep their families safe. Both sides demand loyalty and staying out of the way is not easy.  Especially when a quiet meadow becomes a minefield and the boys kick a soccer ball into it.

This is a drama but mature children are welcome. Call 837-2417 for details.

If you ask Angela McCarty’s 12-year-old daughter Jamie if she’s ever read the Skippyjon Jones series by Judy Schachner at the Murphy Library, her eyes will light up.  “I love them!” she exclaims.  Skippyjon Jones is a Siamese cat who thinks he’s a Chihuahua.  When she was reading that series, the sixth grader at Murphy Middle School used to “get piles of them” to read.

There are also books at the Murphy Library that offers kids lists of world records in sports, the environment, space — you name it.  And adventure stories, like the one about an English boy in a Yorkshire village foster home who finds there’s witchcraft going on nearby.

 These are from Scholastic Book Publishers.  Starting tomorrow, you can find books for your favorite young readers too.  The library is holding its fall Scholastic Book Fair running from September 15 through September 28.  Books include award-winning fiction, picture, easy reader and chapter books.  The library can accept credit cards, cash and checks.  As we like to say, anytime is a good time to buy a kid a book.  Call 837-2417.

Quilters Linda Simms, Louise MacDonald and Sammie Simpson love their favorite hobby. MacDonald and Simpson will be at the 2011 Craft Supplies Sale to encourage and help other quilters find a new project.

If you are an artist or craftsperson, or want to be, don’t miss Friends of Murphy Library’s popular Craft Supplies Sale and Books in the Breezeway Sale on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This is the 5th year the Craft Supplies Sale has been raising money for prizes in the Cherokee County Schools annual Spelling Bee.  The Bee is co-sponsored by The Cherokee Scout’s Newspaper in Education and Friends of Murphy Library.

Crafters and artists sell their excess supplies and gift items and love to talk about their work.  Terrie Allen will be there with her jewelry and Sammie Simpson with quilting items, along with Vivien Schell, Sharon Wilson, Jo-Ann Allen, Sharon Francis, and Margie King.  They will have tables full of quilting fabrics, yarn, scrapbook items – you name it, they can help you.  We also have a pottery wheel for sale and lots of finished crafts.

Are your bookshelves empty?  The Murphy Library’s Books in the Breezeway bookshelves are loaded and waiting with great titles for fall reading for all ages.  Call 837-2417.