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Here are the Spelling Bee Study Words for this year’s Spelling Bee taking place on October 17  at Martins Creek School. 

Spelling Bee Study Words


We will also publish shortly a list of

Challenge Words

The Cherokee County Schools’ Spelling Bee will focus on the Study Words and Challenge Words, but also may include words from the Merriam Webster Dictionary. 

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Caleb Lovingood, 12, along with his brother Carson, 7, and sister Abbi, 4 visited the Murphy Library last week with their mother Carly, to look for books on their summer reading lists. They love the outdoors and Caleb had The Adventures of Tom Sawyer ready to check out.  Soon the library will have an additional way for children to read – audio books.

Librarian Jeff Murphy notes the Friends are holding their Silent Auction on Friday, August 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  He is using funds raised for new books, especially audio books for children and adults, and for learning foreign languages.

Carson, Abbie and Caleb Lovingood visit the library to get summer reading books.

Carson, Abbie and Caleb Lovingood visit the library to get summer reading books.

Auction donations are urgently needed for this annual celebration and may be brought by the library anytime.

The Friends are also holding their Kitchen/Cooking Supplies and Cookbook Sale on August 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations of gently used kitchen items are greatly appreciated.  Call the library at 837-2417.

Sean is an unhappy teenager. To make matters worse, his mom has remarried. Now he has a stepfather to contend with.  Then strange data comes over his computer and his stepfather interprets the signals.  Someone has re-discovered Jules Verne’s long lost island.

The Murphy Library is showing Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, an adventure movie to compliment the Summer Reading Program “Dig into Reading,” this Thursday, June 27 at 6 p.m.  It is rated PG and running time is 94 minutes.  Everyone is welcome.

Sam soon realizes his long lost grandfather is sending the messages and he starts packing his suitcase.  Who is the one insisting on going too?  Ah, yes.  The dreadful stepfather.

Only in this case, “The Rock,” Dwayne Johnson is the stepfather, Michael Caine is the grandfather, and along with Josh Hutcherson as Sean, they’re taking the audience along for the ride of a lifetime.  To see the trailer, go to or call 837-2417 for the name of the film.

Friends of Murphy Public Library will be having their second potluck dinner of 2013 on Tuesday, June 18 from 6 to 8 p.m.  Everyone brings a ‘dish’ of delectable delights from appetizers and salads to entrees, breads and desserts.


The guest speaker will be former Friends board member, Louise MacDonald, who teaches quilting at John C. Campbell Folk School and Tri-County Community College.  She will offer a Quilting in the Mountains “trunk show” with quilts she has made using patterns from different regions of the United States.
Everyone is welcome in the library’s meeting room for an evening of sharing and learning.  Membership in the Friends is $10 per year and new members are always welcome.  Call 837-2417 for details.
Many thanks to Friends’ board member Karen Francis for this article. 
2012SharonFrancis8-12Friends of Murphy Library are holding our annual Arts & Crafts and Craft Supplies Sale to raise funds for prizes for the Cherokee County Middle School Spelling Bee.  The Craft Supplies Sale extends to the back of the library where we are also holding a Book Sale.  Both sales are on Thursday and Friday, June 20 & 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thanks to all for visiting one of the most fun – fundraisers. You are certain to find a new project or three.  If not, let one of our crafters know! 
New this year  – seven people are going to do demos.
 Quilters start it off.   
10:30 a.m. Jean Jackson will demo a “Quilting Revival, from Scissors to Rotary Cutters.” She’ll give an over view of what has happened in quilting in the past 25 years or so mainly because of the use of the rotary cutter. 
11:00 — Sammie Simpson will demo String Piecing using machine quilting and making one of the Quilts of Valor.  This is one of the earlist methods of quilting when women frugally used bits of old clothing. Sammie says “they hand pieced on paper or another piece of “foundation” cloth that they had.”  Sometimes they used newspaper.  Quilts of Valor are given to all combat service members and veterans touched by war through the Quilts of Valor Foundation.
12:00 — Sharon Francis will do a paper cutting and scrapbook demo. 
12:30 — Vivian Schell will offer a knitting course — here’s a chance to learn to knit!
1:00 p.m. — Have you wanted to learn to crochet?  Carol Orloff will show you how.
1:30 — Renata Craig demos the Border Maker System which is ideal for borders on scrapbook pages, and for cards.  She will show how different cartridges make cards with different effects.
Items for sale include quilting fabrics, jewelry-making items, artistss’ acrylic paints in new unopened bottles, flowers and flower arrangements, scrapbooking and stamping items, papercrafting, yarn, how-to CD’s, you name it — someone probably has it!  

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.

Quilters Linda Simms, Louise MacDonald and Sammie Simpson love to quilt. MacDonald and Simpson will be at the 2013 Craft Supplies Sale to encourage and help other quilters find a new project.

 Sellers include  Sharon Francis, Sammie Simpson, Renata Craig, Jo-Ann Allen, Margie King, Vivian Schell, Carol Orloff, Jane Bowen, Lois Lenz, Jean Jackson with Sharon Wilson, Terry Cavanaugh and Margo Axelson from Appalachian Crafters.

Volunteers include Jan Ruiz, Gail MacLean, Carey Randall, Irene Scrimshaw, former library staffer, Lois Lenz, Elo-ly Bailey, Karen Francis and Kay Cameron.  Louise MacDonald and Julie Chautin chair this event.  After all the sellling is over, middle schoolers win!

 James is a young English boy who loses his beloved parents, but not before they teach him to follow his dreams and find beauty in everything from clouds in the sky to spiders in the dirt.

He needs this to keep his sanity, especially since he now lives with two horrendous aunts.

The Murphy Library is celebrating its Summer Reading Program with James and the Giant Peach, an animated adventure film based on the book by Raold Dahl, that includes crawling and flying bugs, perfect for children, parents and local entomologists. The screening is Thursday, June 13 at 6 p.m.  Running time is 79 minutes and the film is rated PG.


One day James saves the life of a spider, whose sultry voice by Susan Sarandon is not to be missed.  His reward:  boiled crocodiles’ tongues full of magic.  He trips, a large fruit grows, and a centipede, grasshopper, ladybug come to his aid. Now the question is “how to get to New York City.”  Call 837-2417 for details.



The Murphy Library’s film program is partnering with Youth Services librarian Bridget Wilson and the Summer Reading Program.  Her theme this year is “Dig into Reading” and Thursday’s film The Secret Garden digs into an English garden with three of the smartest children who ever walked through the pages of a book.  The film is rated G and will be screened at 6 p.m. and running time is 101 minutes.  This is a film for the young and not-so-young – whatever your age, The Secret Garden will enthrall you!

Mary is a young English girl living with her parents in India.  When they are killed in an earthquake she must return to England where her wealthy but emotionally distant uncle takes her in.  There seems to be no place for love or laughter in his huge mansion.  But one thing is for sure, Mary is not afraid to explore.  Who knows what secrets she will find in this house.

Filming locations capture the beauty of England in such places as North Yorkshire’s Fountains Abbey, Eton College in Berkshire and Harrow School in Middlesex.  Call 837-2417.