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Archive for March 2014

If you remember looking into the night sky and watching Sputnik pass overhead, the next Murphy Library movie is for you, and for all budding young scientists you may know.

Homer Hickam was a coal miner’s son in the late 1950’s when he first saw Sputnik and a glimpse of his future. If only he could convince his father. The library is showing October Sky, the story of the first rocket scientists, starring Jake Gyllenhaal this Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Running time is 108 minutes and the film is rated PG.

Frankie Lymon, Elvis and the Coasters urge Homer and his friends along. The story was filmed throughout East Tennessee, including the towns of Petros, Harriman, Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley Railroad in Chattanooga.

And don’t miss this — young engineers and scientists can join Youth Services Librarian Bridget Wilson at a special Airplane Science event Thursday, April 10 at 6 p.m. where they will learn to make and race paper airplanes. Call 837-2025 to participate.

Call 837-2417 for movie details.

Moving to another country is never easy, not even when you are Jewish and Israel beckons.

This Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing its Film Movement selection from France, Aliyah, about a young Jewish man in Paris planning a move to the “promised land.” The film is shown in French with English subtitles and is not appropriate for children. Running time is 90 minutes.

“Aliyah” means “moving up” and that is why Alex is going to Israel. He is not happy with his life. He sells drugs for a living and often the money pays off his manic brother’s bad loans. Then, too, he and his girlfriend have split. When his cousin announces plans to open a restaurant in Tel Aviv, Alex wants in.

First, his required “aliyah,” is for immigration documents and studying Hebrew. His personal “aliyah” includes good-byes to friends, girlfriends, and to his brother, and none of them are easy. Call 837-2417 for details.

If you love classical music the next movie may be for you. This Thursday, March 20 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing Hilary and Jackie, a film about the lives of world-renowned cellist Jacqueline du Pre and her sister, Hilary. Rated R. Running time is 121 minutes. Call 837-2417.

This Thursday the Murphy Public Library is showing Captain Phillips, the 2013 film about the hijacking of a U.S. container ship by Somali pirates. Tom Hanks portrays its American captain who struggles to keep his crew safe. Rated PG-13. Running time is 134 minutes. Call 837-2417 for details.

An elephant named Horton discovers a teeny tiny town the size of a speck of dust filled with itsy bitsy people. And who is the writer showing us that little things matter? Dr. Seuss, that’s who.

March 2 was the 110th anniversary of Theodor Seuss Geisel’s birth and the Murphy Library is happy to celebrate by showing the animated movie about Horton and his diminutive discovery. The movie will be screened this Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Running time is 86 minutes and the film is rated G.

The Murphy Library also carries books by Dr. Seuss perfect for young readers. Call 837-2417 for details.