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Archive for April 2015

Four-year-old Melody Sims visited the Murphy Public Library recently with her mother Shanna Sims. Besides looking at books, they previewed items donated for the Friends of Murphy Library Trash to Treasures Yard Sale. The sale takes place this Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the meeting room along with a book sale in the back of the library.

2015Shanna&MelodySimsA smiling teddy bear looked hopefully at Melody as she looked hopefully at a bright red purse. There will be more smiles as result of this yard sale when all age groups find new books on the library bookshelves from the money raised at these sales.

More donations are needed and gratefully accepted anytime. Call 837-2417 for details.

Nicky Grant of Coconutz Computers is offering free tech classes this spring and summer – on the last Wednesday of each month at Shoebooties Restaurant in Downtown Murphy — downstairs from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This Wednesday April 29: All about E-Readers, Ebooks and Audiobooks
Bring your Kindle, Tablet or Smartphone and Nicky will show you how to get the most out of it and where to find the best deals for digital books to read and listen to.

There is no charge. To sign up call or text 828-837-4920 or send an email to: Also check out for future classes.

Uh oh. We never received the movie scheduled for this Thursday — Cannibal –from Film Movement! Sorry about that.

But never fear, we have Film Movement’s The Dark Valley, which will give you thrills and chills, just not the eat-em-up variety.

This is a German – Austrian version of the American Western movie — a lone stranger rides into a small Alpine village one day. He’s a photographer, but soon the ruling family finds out he’s much more than that. He’s out for revenge!

Running time is 114 minutes. In German with English subtitles. Not rated but probably not for children. It will be screened at the Murphy Library this Thursday at 6 p.m.

If you love novels, whether reading or maybe writing one, you will want to join the Friends of Murphy Library at their first potluck of 2015 this coming Tuesday, April 21 at 6 p.m. in the library’s meeting room. Cherokee Scout columnist and novelist Wally Avett is our guest of honor.

Avett’s education started him off on his writing journey. He majored in journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and put that to use in the best way possible – writing for the Cherokee Scout. Asking questions, listening and writing every day can turn one into a storyteller for life. And that’s not a bad thing. His wealth of North Carolina stories has resulted in two novels, Murder in Caney Fork and Last Bigfoot in Dixie and there’s more to come.

Friends’ members and prospective members are invited to bring their favorite potluck dish for the 6 p.m. dinner. Membership is $10 per year. Call the library at 837-2417 for details.
Wallly Avett will speak at Friends’ Potluck Dinner this Tuesday, April 21 at 6 p.m.

The ingredients in the next Murphy Library film are cooked up in two restaurants in the village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Tension erupts from the owners, a French woman carefully guarding her Michelin stars and the determined Indian man across the street. However a little sweetness is added to the broth when his handsome son meets her lovely sous-chef.

The library is screening this PG-rated film, The Hundred Foot Journey this Thursday at 6 p.m. Running time is 122 minutes. Lasse Hallstrom, who also made Chocolat, directed this film. Helen Mirren stars.

Call the library at 837-2417

The Murphy Library is showing The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, a sci-fi adventure movie at 6 p.m. Thursday that is rated PG-13. Katniss shatters the games, spreads her wings and becomes the symbol of rebellion. Running time is 123 minutes and scenes were filmed in Georgia including Atlanta, Thomaston, Griffin and Newnam, as well as Paris and various locations in Germany.

Call the library at 837-2417 for details.