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Friends of Murphy Library are holding their Trash to Treasures Yard Sale this Friday, May 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Be forewarned, there are a lot of treasures.  And don’t miss the Blowout Book Sale in the back of the library.

Funds raised will help the library buy more books and media for all ages. Donations are very welcome until May 2.  Call 837-2417 for details.

Nine-year-old Kadeeja Patterson and her fifteen-year-old sister Delilah Smith, the daughters of Beverly Gibby and Paul Smith, are students in Murphy Elementary and Murphy High School respectively. Last week while studying at the Murphy Library they previewed items donated for the library’s yard sale.

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French filmmaker Jennifer Devolére felt inspired by Larry David in Curb your Enthusiasm to create her film’s character, Eli – a gruff, tactless guy. This week the Murphy Library is showing Devolére’s comedy/romance The Day I Saw Your Heart, a 2011 French film distributed by Film Movement. The film will be screened Thursday at 6 p.m., in French with subtitles in English.  Running time is 98 minutes and the film would not be suitable for children.  

Eli is in his third marriage, to a much younger woman.   One day he announces to his grown daughters that his wife is pregnant. He’s almost 60 The married daughter, Dom, has been unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant, and now plans to adopt.  The beautiful Justine, his youngest, barely keeps a boyfriend for longer than three days, and then Eli tries to make friends with her ex-boyfriends.  As you can see, this family is complicated.

Then there is the love of art.  Justine wants to be an artist but needs to earn a living.  Her solution? Work in a radiology lab and make art out of x-rays.

When Bruce Springsteen was starting out, he got a gig one night playing backup for Chuck Berry — it’s a funny story.   Springsteen and others reminisce in the next Murphy Library movie, Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll, a documentary of the 1986 concert celebrating rock and roll pioneer Berry’s 60th birthday.  Director Taylor Hackford filmed rehearsals, interviews with old friends, and the concert itself. 

The Murphy Library is showing this film Thursday at 6 p.m. Running time is 120 minutes and the film is rated PG. To see the trailer, go to or call 837-2417.

Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Etta James, Julian Lennon, Linda Ronstadt, and a very patient Keith Richards played and sang at the concert.  Stones’ guitarist Richards not only played, he volunteered to be the music director of the concert for his longtime friend.  This was not an easy task.  He had seen Berry perform with several less than stellar back up bands, except, of course that night with Springsteen.  While Richards worked hard to make it right, he had not realized that Chuck Berry could make him crazier than Mick Jaggar!  That is why you can’t quite tell whether Richards is constantly drinking iced tea, or perhaps a nice ale.

Please note:  our summer movie hours will only be at 6 p.m.

The Murphy Library’s Thursday movie, Hope Springs, stars Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell in a comedy drama about a marriage that needs more romance. Running time is 100 minutes and rating is PG-13.  The film will be shown at 6 p.m. only.

Kay and Arnold have been married over 30 years and find themselves in a rut.  Kay is not too happy about that.  Arnold doesn’t think anything’s wrong.  When Kay signs them up for a week’s counseling session with Dr. Feld, (played by Steve Carell), Arnold is not happy.  At all.  But he goes.

The late, great film critic Roger Ebert gives good advice when watching this film.  Keep your eyes on Tommy Lee Jones.  This is not his typical role, playing a shy and vulnerable man.  There is nothing like the opportunity to watch an actor stretch.  Thank you, Tommy.  Thank you, Roger.

 When director Martin Scorsese’s mother Catherine was alive she would cook for his film crew. And often she and his father, Charles, would have walk-on parts in his films. “What,” you will ask “does that have to do with a Muppet movie?”

The Murphy Library is showing the 1984 Muppet movie, The Muppets Take Manhattan, Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Running time is 94 minutes and it is rated G. This time the Muppets find themselves in New York trying to get their big break on Broadway. The voice of the late Jim Henson can be heard as Kermit, Ernie, the Swedish Chef and a few others he made famous.

Ed Koch, the late mayor of New York, shows up in the film. So do Art Carney, Dabney Coleman, Gregory Hines, Liza Minnelli, and Brooke Shields.

Joan Rivers has the perfect role for herself as a fast-talking workmate of Miss Piggy. 

Which brings us back to Charles and Catherine Scorsese.  Even they have walk-on roles in this Muppet movie.  Perhaps the Muppets were hoping for a hot meal? Then, again, they do have the Swedish Chef on staff.