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Archive for September 2013

Joe DiMaggio was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. So was Ted Williams. In fact there was no one left to play baseball, until someone decided to start the All-American Girls Baseball League. It was a winner.

The Murphy Public Library is showing A League of Their Own,  the 1992 film about the WWII girls’ baseball teams in honor of all women athletes, but especially to honor our own Cherokee County girls’ softball teams.

The film will be screened Thursday at 6 p.m. and is rated PG. Running time is 128 minutes. Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Rosie O’Donnell and Madonna star. Call 837-2417 for details.  And remember, THERE IS NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!

There is also a question (from my husband, Jerry) about whether this team played softball or hardball.  Actually, according to the following study, it started as softball, and gradually got harder and harder….

The Murphy Public Library is hosting a special book and movie event this Thursday, September 19,  with Atlanta writer Milam McGraw Propst.  At 4 p.m. she will discuss and sign her book, “Writer, Writer,” — the story of her writing life and for anyone wanting to learn how a writer finds material.

Atlanta author Milam McGraw Propst and former Friends of Murphy Library's president, Nora King.

Atlanta author Milam McGraw Propst and former Friends of Murphy Library’s president, Nora King.

Later at 6 p.m.,we have a great movie for children, parents and grandparents.   Milam will introduce and the library will screen the family film “The Adventures of Ociee Nash,” based on Propst’s award-winning first novel “A Flower Blooms on Charlotte Street.”  We will have free popcorn and candy for our filmgoers and a reception will follow the screening. 

The movie begins in1898 when young Ociee’s widowed father sends her by train from their Mississippi farm to live with her Aunt Mamie, in Asheville, North Carolina, so that she might learn the ways of a lady.  It is not easy for Ociee to leave her beloved farm, but the world offers new adventures including meeting famous people, such as Orville and Wilbur Wright, and even a U.S president.

Besides the story taking place in Asheville, the film has other local connections.  It was made at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, and in Chattanooga on the Tennessee Valley Railroad.  Atlanta actors include Tom Key, and Atlanta-born Ty Pennington in his first movie role. Running time is 87 minutes and the film is rated G.   Call 837-2417

 Philippe Petit loved a challenge; he was a tightrope walker, after all.  The Frenchman had walked between the towers of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and those of the Sydney Harbor Bridge in Australia. Then, in 1974, he sees a photo of the World Trade Center as the towers are being built.  He can’t get them out of his mind.

This Thursday the library is showing, Man on Wire,  the 2008 documentary of Petit and his daring walk in 1974 between the twin towers.  The screening is at 6 p.m. Running time is 94 minutes and the film is rated PG-13.

The walk was daring not only for the danger, but also because it was illegal. Construction on the World Trade Center was being completed and Petit and his cohorts entered the buildings with fake IDs, then talked their way on to a freight elevator to reach the top.  British filmmaker John Marsh uses old film and photographs, recent interviews and recreates scenes.  It feels like you are there, 1,350 feet up. And don’t worry – the NYPD was not impressed.

But the film did win countless awards including an Oscar and the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. 

Call 837-2417 for details.

Owls are the central characters in the next library movie, big, little, old and young ones all play starring roles.  The Murphy Public Library is showing an animated feature film based on owl stories this Thursday at 6 p.m.  It is rated PG and its animation will enthrall viewers from 8 to 80.  Running time is 97 minutes.

A young barn owl named Soren and his brother Kludd are captured by evil owls and forced into slavery.  But Soren recalls the stories he heard from his father about good owls and together with some new friends, he escapes to search for the legendary owls known as the Guardians.

Call the Murphy Public Library at 837-2417 for details.