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Archive for April 2014

Seven-year-old Gracey Sneed is a first grader at Martins Creek Elementary School and loves to read. She visited the Murphy Library recently with her father Eric Sneed and previewed donated items for the Friends of Murphy Library Trash to Treasures Sale.

The Trash to Treasures Sale takes place this Friday, May 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the library’s meeting room along with a book sale in the back of the library.

While a funny red animal in a gold vase caught Gracey’s eye, buyers will find a lot more on the tables and under them. Funds raised will help the library buy more books and media for all ages. Perhaps even more of Gracey’s favorites, the Junie B. Jones books and the Katie Kazoo series. Call 837-2417 for details.


An 11-year-old British girl nicknamed Skunk one day sees an angry neighbor beating a troubled young man, a friend of hers. Even her loving father cannot protect her from its aftereffects. Veteran actor Tim Roth is soulful as Skunk’s loving father and newcomer Eloise Laurence captures the smiles, tears and humanity of the young heroine to perfection.

The Murphy Public Library is showing Broken, a coming-of-age film from Film Movement, on Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Running time is 90 minutes and the film is not recommended for young children.

The neighbor’s daughter had falsely accused the young man, Rick, of rape, but after the beating, Rick is never the same. Neither is Skunk as she deals with life struggles outside of her loving home. The story pays homage to Mary Badham’s character Scout is the classic film To Kill a Mockingbird, only this time we are admiring the spunk in Skunk.

Call 837-2417 for details.

A police band from Egypt is on its way to inaugurate an Arab arts center in the Israeli town of Petah Tiqva. When no one meets them on their arrival they take a bus. It lets them off in the remote town of Beit Hatikva — and drives off — it was the wrong bus.

Try saying “Are you going to Petah Tiqva” and “Are you going to Beit Hatikva” and you will see why they thought they had the right bus. By the way, you will see that English is the common language Arabs and Israelis use to communicate.

The Murphy Library is showing The Band’s Visit, a film about a group of Arabs who spend the night in an Israeli town so tiny it makes Murphy look huge, this Thursday, April 17 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Running time is 87 minutes and the film is rated PG-13. In Hebrew, Arabic and English with subtitles.

The band realizes its mistake when Dina, a lunch shop owner, tells them the town has no Arab cultural center, nor Israeli cultural center, nor any culture at all. But she takes charge, invites a couple of the police to her place and finds customers who willingly take the others into their homes for the night. The result is a story of isolation and coming together, of sadness and laughter, and most of all, of understanding.

Call 837-2417 for details.