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Archive for May 2014

When Nat King Cole wrote “Straighten Up and Fly Right” in 1943, he probably had no idea that it could become Jackie Robinson’s theme song, especially the line “Cool down papa, don’t you blow your top.” Cool down was exactly what Robinson had to do 3 years later when he became the first African American to play in the Major Leagues. Branch Rickey signed him with the Brooklyn Dodgers and they both knew there would be lots of pushback, even if he let the baseballs fly right.

The Murphy Library is showing the film about Robinson’s move to the Dodgers this Thursday at 6 p.m. The film is rated PG-13 and running time is 128 minutes. Previews may be seen at the web site

Two ball fields may look familiar: Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama, and Engel Stadium in Chattanooga, Tenn. were used for the games. Call the library at 837-2417 for details.

Nantahala Library Youth Services librarian Bridget Wilson encourages young people to read during Story Time hours at the Murphy Public Library.

Recently she brought out two books parents may want to add to their children’s bookshelf during the Scholastic Book Fair that begins at the library today. One is Ever After High, a story about the lives of dolls by Shannon Hale, for 9 to 12 year olds.2014BridgetWilsonScholastic

Miss Bridget also recommends Pirates Love Underpants with the emphatic statement, “They do and they should.” The humorous book is by Claire Freeman and Ben Cort.

The Scholastic Book Fair runs from May 21 to June 3. This is the perfect time to buy funny and even serious books for your children, grandchildren or maybe something for yourself. You never know what you will find at the book fair. Call 837-2417 for details.

The May 20 potluck dinner that Friends of Murphy Library enjoyed at the library was made that much more satisfying when they were able to sample some of the bread Nicky Grant had made with her and Sandra McKinney’s bread recipes. Then they heard good advice about selling on eBay from Friends’ Board member Sonia Roberts.

Sandra McKinney and Nicky Grant show off the wonderful bread dough they made as they gave the Friends a baking course.

Sandra McKinney and Nicky Grant show off the wonderful bread dough they made as they gave the Friends a baking course.

Friends Board member Sonia Roberts gives Friends a crash course in selling on eBay with great details.

Friends Board member Sonia Roberts gives Friends a crash course in selling on eBay with great details.

The Murphy Library is showing its Film Movement selection, The Deflowering of Eva Van End, this Thursday at 6 p.m.

A shy 15-year-old Dutch girl invites a German exchange student to stay with her family for two weeks but no one is listening to her when she announces this at dinner.

He is a surprise in more ways than one. Handsome, friendly and helpful, he opens old wounds among the family members, even some they didn’t know they had. This film from the Netherlands will bring laughter and tears.

In Dutch, English and German with subtitles in English. Running time is 98 minutes. Adult themes. Call 837-2417 for details.

The Friends’ dinner and auction at Doyle’s last evening was a great success. The food was delicious, the music was magnificent and Tim Ryan was masterful as the auctioneer par excellence. Thanks to all for bidding on the beautiful items and to those who donated such treasures. It was so good to sit and talk to new friends and old.

Friends’ Potluck Tuesday, May 20 at 6 p.m.

Here is another chance to meet more Friends’ members and learn a little something, too. At the next Friends potluck this Tuesday, May 20 at 6 p.m., local computer whiz and culinary expert Nicky Grant partners with Sandra McKinney, culinary arts teacher at the Penland Senior Center to teach “Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day” – an easy way to bake bread from scratch.

But the learning does not stop there. Nicky Grant will join Friends’ board member Sonia Roberts to share the secrets of selling items on eBay.

Friends’ members and prospective members are invited to bring their favorite potluck dish for the 6 p.m. dinner meeting. Call the library at 837-2417 for details.

Here is a photo Friends’ board member Bob MacLean took of the beautiful saddle to be auctioned off:


But even if you don’t have a horse, you can always have fun at the Friends’ Dinner at Doyle’s. Read the rest of this entry »

This Thursday at 6 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing The Verdict, one of actor Paul Newman’s finest films. A down and out lawyer tries to redeem himself and help his client, a young woman comatose after a surgical disaster. It was nominated for 5 Oscars and should have won them all.

David Mamet wrote the screenplay and Sidney Lumet directed. The Verdict feels as if it were made yesterday thanks to excellent writing, directing and the perfect actors including James Mason, Jack Warden and Charlotte Rampling alongside Newman.

Even if you’ve seen this before, it will keep you riveted. The film is rated R and running time is 129 minutes. Call 837-2417 for details.