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 This Thursday’s 6 p.m. movie at the Murphy Library is part of the “Dig into Reading” series.  Young and not so young readers will be digging into Shakespeare as they watch Gnomeo and Juliet. Read the rest of this entry »

Friends’ member Winkie Stiles has been busy making beautiful baskets for the August 9 Silent Auction.  She has completed 10 baskets so far, and has 4 more in process!!

She fills each basket with donated items and purchases more to complete each to perfection.  Also look for the ones volunteer Di Moumousis has made with the Russian dolls.
Here are three baskets:



To see them all, make plans to come to the auction – Murphy Library, Friday, August 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  It will be worth your while, thanks to Winkie Stiles and her basket cohorts.  And while you’re at the auction, walk back to the Cooking Supplies, Cookbook and Book Sale area – there are pretty things back there, too.


Spelling Bee Challenge Words

Here are the Spelling Bee Challenge Words for the 2013-2014 Spelling Bee taking place on October 17, 2013 at Martins Creek School.

Study these after you have mastered the Spelling Bee Study Words (See separate list of  Spelling Bee Study Words 2013-2014).

The Spelling Bee will focus on the Spelling Bee Study Words but also may include words from the Challenge Words and from the Merrriam Webster Dictionary  Read the rest of this entry »

Murphy librarian Jeff Murphy often sees young visitors who have problems reading.  He has found that audio books have been a lifesaver for some. 

“Sometimes we have a child who does not read well but has to read a book for school,” he says.  When he gives them an audio version of the book, it not only helps them keep up in school, it gets them interested in reading.

This is why funds raised at Friends of Murphy Library’s August 9 Silent Auction will be used to purchase audio books for young readers. The funds will also purchase audio books for adults, and foreign language audio books.  The auction runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.2013SilentAuctionpictures

Murphy librarian Jeff Murphy shows a few of the donations to Friends of Murphy Library’s Silent Auction on August 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The Cooking Supplies, Cookbook and Book Sales run from 9 to 2.  Call 837-2417 for details.

Murphy librarian Jeff Murphy shows a few of the donations to Friends of Murphy Library’s Silent Auction on August 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Cooking Supplies, Cookbook and Book Sales run from 9 to 2. Call 837-2417 for details.

Among the auction items, Murphy showed off the music box piano, the antique-style radio, and the dancing doll by John Campbell Folk School teacher, Charlie Patricolo. 

Glass artist Bobbi Umbach, another Folk School instructor has donated five exquisite glass plates.  Donations for all the sales are welcome anytime.2013SilentAuctionBobbiUmbachredbowl

The Kitchen and Cooking Supplies, Cookbook, and Book Sales run from 9 to 2 the same day.  Donations for both these events are welcome anytime. 



A new boy in school makes a bet about what he will eat, and it’s not home cooking.  The Murphy Library is showing How to Eat Fried Worms,  the perfect movie for picky eaters, this Thursday at 6 p.m.  Running time is 98 minutes for this PG-rated film.

Billy is the new kid in school and his rule for his mother – no mushy notes in the lunch bag.  But a school bully named Joe and his friends sneak earthworms into Billy’s lunch.  Billy boasts he can eat ten worms and there is no going back.

The book for this movie was written by Thomas Rockwell, son of Norman Rockwell,  is in the Murphy Library. Because it deals with eating worms and that grosses some people out, it has been the target of book censors.  This fact is only noted here as an inducement for kids to read it.


Gift baskets are always popular at Friends of Murphy Library’s silent auctions and on July 2, members of the Friends met to discuss the various baskets and the goodies to be included this year.  Everyone chose a theme, such as a basket of coffee items or one for tea. Another will hold apple products. For travelers, there are gifts from Mexico.  And a golf basket will be waiting for the bidding to begin.

The Murphy Library’s Silent Auction fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, August 9th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m in the library meeting room.  There will also be a Kitchen/Cooking Supply & Cookbook Sale the same day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the breezeway at the rear of the library.   Donations for these fundraisers to support the Murphy Public Library are appreciated and can be dropped off anytime.  Call 837-2417 for details.


 Friends of Murphy Public Library met recently to discuss themes for gift baskets to be included in the Friends’ Silent Auction on August 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Auction volunteers include Karen Francis, Jeff Murphy, Winkie Stiles, Elo-ly Bailey, Jan Ruiz, Nora King, Carey Randall, Bonnie Allen, Donna Munizzi, Micki Singer and Connie Long (from left). Donations are welcome anytime.

Alice is nineteen years old and a young man has just proposed.  However she has misgivings about marrying him and ventures into a nearby garden to think when she spies a rabbit going down a hole.  Soon she is revisiting the netherworld of her childhood and that includes the Mad Hatter.  But now she is wiser and understands how to grow taller. That is, unless the Red Queen triumphs in wreaking havoc.

As part of the summer reading program, the Murphy Library is showing director Tim Burton’s 2010 film, Alice in Wonderland,  based on the Lewis Carroll novel starring Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway, this Thursday at 6 p.m. Running time is 108 minutes.  The film is rated PG.  Call 837-2417 for details.

According to press accounts Stephen Fry, Alan Rickman, Barbara Windsor, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough, Imelda Staunton, and Jim Carter all recorded their dialogue in one day.  They are the voices behind the animals and plants in Alice.  Moreover, they are among the finest actors on the English stage and in cinema.  After that single day, it’s easy to imagine them walking to a nearby pub and tossing down a pint of English bitter, toasting Alice, Lewis and Tim for creating a great story.  Cheers!

The crafts and craft supplies and book sale on June 20 and 21 went very well.  We made a total of $553 for the Spelling Bee, and crafters came up to me afterwards saying “Put me on the list for next year.”  They were wonderful, enthusiastic and helpful to those curious about different crafts .  We had 14 sellers — a record. 

Crafters included Jo-Ann Allen, Margo Axelson, Jane Bowen and her friend Mayda, Terry Cavanaugh, Renate Craig, Sharon Francis, Jean Jackson, Margie King, Lois and Bob Lenz, Carol Orloff, Vivian Schell, Sammie Simpson, Sharon Wilson and several from Appalachian Crafters.JuneArtsandCraftssetup2

The demos by the sellers were a good addition to the sale. Jean Jackson demoed the “quilting revival” when rotary cutters replaced scissors.  Sammie Simpson showed “String Piecing” by machine and Quilts of Valor blocks, the quilt project for combat veterans.  Then Sharon Francis offered scrapbook and stamping, and Vivien Schell gave a crash course on knitting and Carol Orloff taught how to crochet.  Renata Craig demoed making borders for scrapbook pages and cards.

Former Friends board member Peg Russell donated 2 sewing machines.  We sold one and the other is available for the auction.  Quilter Sammie Simpson who had a table at the sale knows how to recondition sewing machines – she worked on this one, and took it home to oil it, so it’s in like-new condition.

We also had several donations of hand-embroidered doilies from the 1930’s and 40’s going into the Silent  Auction.

Thanks to Jan Ruiz, Elo-ly Bailey, Karen Francis, Gail MacLean, Kay Cameron, Irene Scrimshaw, Carey Randall and Sonia Roberts for all their valuable volunteer help.

The book sale in the library’s breezeway also did well – here I am watching a young reader search the bookshelves.  JuneArtsandCrafts&booksJulieChautinandlilgirl

The Murphy Library is getting the blues with its summer reading film, but don’t expect to hear jazzy music.  Thursday’s film at 6 p.m. is The Smurfs, about the tiny blue people who are only three apples high.  The film is rated PG and running time is 101 minutes. 

They live happily in their magical mushroom village, but one terrible day an evil wizard chases them down a watery hole.  They soon emerge in a strange forest called Central Park.  They’re in New York City!

Life is not easy in the Big Apple when you are only three apples high.  Then a nice young couple expecting a little one of their own walks by.  Perhaps these kind people will fight the evil wizard and the little blue people can go home. Call 837-2417 for details.