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Archive for May 2013

Next week Oliver Sullivan will celebrate his second birthday. He and his mother Amanda have just discovered that his birthday coincides with the Scholastic Book Fair at the Murphy Public Library. Maybe a new book is in order for the birthday boy!

The Scholastic Book Fair will run from May 23 to June 4. This is the perfect time to buy books for your children, grandchildren or maybe something for yourself. You never know what you will find at the book fair. Call 837-2417.

The Scholastic Book Fair takes place at the Murphy Public Library from May 23 to June 4.  Murphy residents Amanda Sullivan and her son Oliver often come by bicycle and are sure to visit the library to see what treats Scholastic has in store this year. Call 837-2417.

The Scholastic Book Fair takes place at the Murphy Public Library from May 23 to June 4. Murphy residents Amanda Sullivan and her son Oliver often come by bicycle and are sure to visit the library to see what treats Scholastic has in store this year.                  Call 837-2417.

Amanda and Oliver live in Murphy and often visit the library, she on her bicycle and he in his bicycle trailer. Like many parents in the Murphy area, she understands the importance of introducing a child to a library and its books at a young age.


When there is a fifth Thursday in a month, we like to show a film at the Murphy Library made in our Tri-State area.  This time scenes in the movie were not only filmed in nearby Young Harris, but twenty residents had parts.

Thursday, May 30, at 6 p.m. the library is screening, Trouble with the Curve, a 2012 film starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake about an aging baseball scout and his daughter.  Running time is 111 minutes and it is rated PG-13. 

The movie was filmed throughout Georgia including Atlanta, Jasper, Athens, Macon and, especially, the campus of Young Harris College.  Twenty members of the Young Harris College baseball team portray the Devils, a North Carolina high school team competing in the film for the state championship.

If you love photography, whether it’s your own and perhaps those Appalachian photographs by Doris Ulmann, then you may want to take off an hour or two and watch the next movie at the Murphy Library.

On Thursday, May 23 at 6 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing Found Memories, a Film Movement selection from Brazil.  A young woman photographer discovers an old village in Brazil and records the beauty she finds in the people like elderly Madalena, in the stone buildings, and in life itself.  She also learns to make bread.  Portuguese with subtitles in English.  98 minutes.  Not rated. 

The small village of Jotuomba is mostly elderly — the young have left to find work.  But Antonio is still working at his bar and his friend Madalena gets up early and makes bread for the bar.

The film shows Madalena bringing the bread to the bar and arguing with Antonio about where to store it.

Then, a few scenes later, again Madalena brings bread to the bar and argues with Antonio about where to store it.  At first you think something has gone wrong with the DVD player, but no.  That is just how every day occurs in Jotuomba.

Then the young woman Rita arrives and with her camera she sees things differently.  In fact, she sees the art in everyone – even in those who lie peacefully in the old cemetery.

A Marine survives three tours in Iraq and wonders if his life was spared because he was carrying a woman’s photograph he found in the rubble.  Maybe it was a good omen.  He is going to find the lady to thank her, even if he has to walk across a dozen states to do it.

The Murphy Library is showing, The Lucky One, about a veteran and the woman who was his lucky charm, on Thursday, May 16 at 6 p.m.  It is rated PG-13 and running time is 101 minutes. 

Based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name, there are bomb blasts and war scenes, as well as happy dogs and romantic moments. And filming was done in and around New Orleans.  Most of all, it’s about a veteran and the trials he goes through before and after war.


There are plenty of good cooks among Friends of Murphy Library, but they deserve a night off, don’t they?  Especially when the Friends are holding their annual fundraising dinner at Doyles Cedar Hill Restaurant on Andrews Road in Murphy on Thursday, May 9, starting at 6 p.m.

As musician John Desjardins helps everyone forget their cares and woes, Doyles will fill their plates with salad, chicken piccata, linguini, vegetables, coffee, tea and dessert.

Tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased at the Murphy Library or Coconutz computer store on Valley River.  Everyone is welcome.  Call 837-2417 for details.

Because of this special dinner, the library is canceling the previously scheduled movie.


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