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Anyone who has ever owned a farm can relate to the next movie at the Murphy Library. Gaby is a farmer in rural Quebec and has difficult choices to make when one of his daughters needs money and the farm is all he has.

The library is showing Film Movement’s The Auction, this Thursday at 4 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. The film is not rated but is high school appropriate. Running time is 111 minutes and the film is in French with subtitles in English

Director Sébastien Pilote is from this area of Quebec and used a 35 mm camera, rather than video to capture the beauty of the land, the farm and the lambs. That may be why it won at the Cannes Film Festival. According to Pilote, the actors were fine, but working with sheep in a movie is not easy, especially if one jumps in a lake. What do the rest do? They follow.

Call 837-2417 for details.

To celebrate anyone who has sent a loved one off to war, the Murphy Library is showing a special film this Thursday at 6 p.m., Little Women. A father goes to fight in the Civil War leaving his wife is left to care for their four daughters. But Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy find joy playacting in the attic room they call the garret.

Susan Sarandon, Wynona Ryder and Gabriel Byrne star with music by Thomas Newman. The film is rated PG and runs 115 minutes.

At first glance this is an old-fashioned story, but war brings burdens to families whether it’s the 19th Century or today. Fathers (and now mothers) leave for battle with their families waiting at home. All those stories of courage are honored in this film.

Youth services librarian, Bridget Wilson, is also honoring this story with a special party Thursday, December 11 at 6 p.m. in the library’s meeting room. Mothers and grandmothers are encouraged to bring their girls ages 9 and up. Call the library at 837-2417 for party details.

Ask our annual Spelling Bee winners over the years and they will tell you they read all the time. On November 20 the Cherokee County Middle Schools held the annual Spelling Bee at Martins Creek School, hosted by principal Paul Wilson and Language Arts teacher, Ronda Phillips. Murphy Elementary School principal Arnold Mathews led the bee, pronouncing the words as he has done so well for the last eleven years. The Cherokee Scout‘s Newspaper in Education program supports the bee.2014beforeBee

And wouldn’t you know it, the winner Shawn Bruce from Ranger Middle School loves to read!

A big round of applause goes to all the students in Cherokee County’s five middle schools who participated. The finalists for Andrews: Karra Postell and Nicholas Graham. For Hiwassee Dam: Tucker Lynn, Chloe Roe and Megan Wilson. For Martins Creek: Justin Bates, Presley Payne and Jeremiah Beavers. For Murphy: Heather Pratt, Marie Sawdy and A. J. Cook; and for Ranger, Shawn Bruce, Autumn Campbell, Josey Campbell, and Kaylee Campbell.

Shawn Bruce took 1st Place for Ranger, A. J. Cook took 2nd Place and Heather Pratt took 3rd Place – both of them from Murphy Middle School.2014BeewinnersAJCookShawnBruceHeatherPratt

It is not easy to stand up and stay poised when a difficult word is thrown at you, but the students do exactly that. Their teachers cheer them on and their families hug them.
Friends of Murphy Public Library and local craftspeople raised funds for Spelling Bee prizes at our annual crafts, craft supplies and book sale. We love words and readers and that’s what spelling bees are all about.