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Archive for August 2013

 Libby is quiet on her return to Israel but her eyes take everything in.  Her mother has sent her to live with her father, rather than deal with her anymore.

The Murphy Public Library is showing the Israeli film, Off-White Lies, from Film Movement this Thursday at 6 p.m., in Hebrew and English with English subtitles.  Running time is 86 minutes. The film is not rated but may be appropriate for high school students.

Libby’s father, Shaul, is an interesting case.  What he calls being “in-between apartments;” others might call homeless.  Luckily for him, unluckily for others, the second war has started between Israel and Lebanon.  He suggests he and Libby pose as refugees from northern Israel and see if a family in Jerusalem will take them in.  They do and they are.

But lies can weigh heavy on a teenager who has heard them all her life and one day Libby shouts out the truth.  What will happen to them now?

Call 837-2417 for details

Dennis is a big guy, full of muscles that ripple.  He’s a body-builder, and his favorite place is the gym.  However, life is not perfect. He would like to find a wife and get away from his domineering mother.  But Danish girls don’t warm up to an introverted guy like him.

On Thursday at 6 p.m. the Murphy Public Library is showing Teddy Bear, a Film Movement selection from Denmark.  In Danish, English & Thai with English subtitles.  Running time is 92 min. This film is not appropriate for children.  It won at Sundance Film Festival 2012 — World Cinema Directing Award, Dramatic.

One day, Dennis’ uncle introduces his new wife to the family.  He met her on a trip to Thailand.  Dennis is on the next plane to Pataya, Thailand, after telling his mother he’s going to Germany for a competition.  But once there, the girls are overly aggressive, except for one he meets by accident.  Call 837-2417 for details.

Brasstown resident Bob Grove and his wife Judy have been strong supporters of Friends of Murphy Public Library since its beginnings.  In addition has a special interest in geology, gems and minerals.  He will be combining both by sharing his discoveries of “Gems in the Mountains” with Friends of Murphy Public Library at our potluck on Tuesday, August 20 at 6 p.m. in the library’s meeting room.  Bring your favorite dish and come to learn more about our mountains.

Bob, ca. 2007

 Bob majored in biology in college, minored in psychology, and took numerous courses in geology.  Those gems and minerals he studies help him delve deeper into his love for the earth.

He also is teaching a popular “Mountains and Minerals” course in October at the John C. Campbell Folk School, taking students on field trips to collect specimens.

Bob will bring in specimens of rocks and minerals from Southern Appalachia, perhaps creating a special interest for someone else.

Membership in the Friends is $10 per year and new members are always welcome.  Call 837-2417 for details.

Friends of Murphy Public LIbrary raised close to $2,500 at our August 9 Silent Auction and Cooking Supplies/Cookbook/Book Sales.  These funds will allow the library to buy all sorts of audio books, fiction, nonfiction, children’s books , and audio books teaching foreign languages.

Many thanks to all the Friends Board of Directors, committee chairs, and especially, those Friends’ members who make sure they come by every fundraiser and pitch right in to help.  Thanks also to the library lovers,  artists, craftspeople, local businesses and those businesses farther away who all donated wonderful items. 


There was absolutely something, or things, for everyone.

And thanks to Sonia Robertson who took some great photos:


Robbie is a poor Mississippi Delta teenager struggling to take care of his much-loved half-brother, Fess.  His mentally ill mother has left town. His grandmother is elderly and his older brother creates more problems the times he does show up.

The Murphy Library is showing Film Movement’s The Dynamiter this Thursday at 6 p.m.  Running time is 73 minutes and this independent film is not rated but may be appropriate for high school.

In his comments to the press, director Matthew Gordon notes that “The Dynamiter is a story of creating hope, something we all have to do every day or else we will have no life to speak of.”

To see a fascinating interview with the director and film crew at the Los Angeles Film Festival, click here

Friends’ vice president, Bob MacLean and his wife Gail have made a special donation to Friends of Murphy Library’s Silent Auction, August 9, – this Friday! – from 10 a.m. til 2p.m. — a trail bike in perfect condition!! 

Read what Bob has to say:

“The bike is a Mongoose sycamore trail bike with 21 gears, air pump, water bottle, helmet, tools and toolbag with riding gloves.  It has had very little use since bought several years ago and is in excellent condition. Based on today’s market I would estimate its value at least at $300.”

Now take a look.  Then scroll down to see more Silent Auction treasures.


The Friends of Murphy Public Library are holding our major fundraiser this coming Friday, August 9.  The Silent Auction will be overflowing with treasures in the meeting room from 10 a.m. until the final bids are picked up at 2 p.m.

Meanwhile volunteer Nora King and her compatriots have spread out the goodies in the back breezeway of the library with Cooking and Kitchen Supplies and Book Sales: wonderful cookbooks have been donated, and nonfiction and fiction books fill the bookcases. 

Don’t miss either of these sales!

Friends’ board member Karen Francis has donated one of artist Kym Miller’s Underground Railroad messenger dolls. This has a special meaning to the arts community and those who loved her art since Miller passed away recently.


Scroll down for more photos of silent auction treasures:

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