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A 13-year-old champion surfer loses her arm in a shark attack and struggles to find the courage to go back in the water. The acting is honest and the waves are blue and full of majesty in Soul Surfer, next at the library. Read the rest of this entry »

The Friends November potluck has been canceled, but here are some events to keep you happy.  The Murphy Library is holding a food drive and two dazzling raffles, one for a quilt to warm you up and the other for a painting to make you smile.

“Our local food banks desperately need donations,” Murphy librarian Jeff Murphy said.  The library is collecting canned and non-perishable food items for local food banks beginning November 1 and ending December 17.  Every library patron is encouraged to help.  Moreover, members of the community with library cards who have accumulated fines will receive a credit to their account of $.50 for every can or package of food they donate.

Two raffle items are on display with tickets ready to sell.   Local artist James Ryder Murphy IV, a member of Friends of Murphy Library, has donated a warm, sun-washed painting that will brighten any room.  Quilting teacher and Friends board member, Louise MacDonald brought in a radiant blue and yellow quilt she made. 

Tickets for either raffle are $1 each or six tickets for $5.  The drawing will be held later in December.  Call 837-2417 for details.

Photo by Julie Chautin

Assistant librarian Melissa Barker helps Louise MacDonald (l to r) show off the handmade quilt MacDonald has donated to the Murphy Library as a raffle prize. Artist James Ryder Murphy IV brought in one of his colorful paintings for a separate raffle. The library is also holding a food drive. Call 837-2417.

 He is the human resources manager at a large Jerusalem bakery, but he is missing his own humanity.  He is close to a divorce from his wife and distanced from his daughter.  And he is anything but attached to the people at work.  Then news comes that one of the bakery’s employees has been killed in a terrorist bombing.  Her body has been sitting in the morgue because no one missed her at work.

The emotional detachment of the bakery to this employee brings out a rabid news reporter and the human resources manager must do what he can to calm the waters.  Even if it means accompanying her body back to her native Romania.  It is an emotional road trip.

Don’t miss Film Movement’s “The Human Resources Manager” at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday at the Murphy Library.  Running time is 103 minutes. In Hebrew, English and Romanian with subtitles in English.  Call 837-2417 for details.

Israeli director Eran Riklis says in his director’s notes that he liked that no one in the film has a name except the dead woman, Yulia.  He adds “everybod is alive but maybe dead inside, and the only dead person is actually alive.”  His film won 5 Israeli Academy Awards including Best Picture.

Writers, photographers and filmmakers are a valuable natural resource as they chronicle the times they live in.  In 2010, my friend Gayla Jamison, an Atlanta-based, North Carolina-born filmmaker, made a documentary about one of photographer Doris Ulmann’s friends.  She was writer Julia Peterkin, who, in 1929, became the only South Carolinian to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

With Gayla Jamison’s special permission, the Murphy Library is showing “The World of Julia Peterkin:  Cheating the Stillness” at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday.  It runs 57 minutes and is suitable young and old.

Julia Peterkin was born in 1880.  A few years after graduating from Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina (where filmmaker Jamison is also an alumna)  Peterkin married a cotton farmer and went to live on Lang Syne, a 1,500 acre plantation in the South Carolina midlands.  The 400 African-American workers on the plantation became her friends, and soon were the subjects of her short stories and novels.

Moreover, when her writing brought her to New York, Peterkin met Doris Ulmann, who was already spending time taking photographs at the John C. Campbell Folk School and in Brasstown.  Peterkin introduced her to the African American Gullah culture.  The result?  Ulmann’s photographic masterpiece “Roll, Jordan, Roll” with the text written by Peterkin.

Whether you’re a writer or photographer or just love words and pictures, don’t miss this special film. Call 837-2417 for details.

Many thanks to Steve and Cathy Cammick, owners of Cherokee Cellars Winery in downtown Murphy for hosting a wine tasting of their delicious wines on Friday, October 14.  It was the perfect summer night to try some of Steve’s new wines, take a few bottles home, and enjoy the work of local artists.

Over 40 members of the community who love the Murphy Library nibbled on snacks and chatted the evening away.  Thanks to all for your support!

When Maggie Smith and Michael Caine are listed in the cast of a film, you know you’re in for fine viewing. 

But  – Hulk Hogan?  Ozzy Osbourne?  Dolly Parton?

Yes, they too are in the next film at the Murphy Library.  Read the rest of this entry »

The Friends’ Wine Tasting Party at Cherokee Cellars Winery and Art Gallery is the perfect opportunity for Friends members who love to cook:  we need volunteers to bring finger foods for the refreshment table.  Here’s the chance to find just the right hors d’oeuvres to go with wine.  They could be savory; they could be sweet.  Experimenting is okay.  There are no bad cooks among the Friends members. Read the rest of this entry »