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Archive for April 2016

Friends of Murphy Public Library have a new idea for their potlucks: get together for lunch! This year between spring and fall the Friends have divided their usual dinners into two lunches and two dinners.

The first potluck lunch is this coming Tuesday, April 26 at 12 noon in the library’s meeting room.   Librarian Jeff Murphy and assistant librarian Melissa Barker will be there along with Friends members.

The cost of membership in the Friends is $10 per year. This fun group works to enhance the library and fill its bookshelves. Everyone is welcome to bring their favorite potluck dish and meet their book and movie-loving neighbors.

Then come back on Wednesday, April 27 at 11:00 a.m. in the library meeting room, Friends’ member Nicky Grant will teach a Tech Class: Why Upgrade to Windows 10?

The Friends are also holding their spring Trash to Treasures Yard Sale the following week on Friday, May 6 from 9 to 2 and Saturday, May 7, from 9 to 1. Donations are gladly accepted anytime. For more information, call 837-2417. Want to volunteer?  Come by the library and sign up — we would love to have your help!


The next Murphy Library movie is a true story from the late 1800’s in rural France. A humble artisan and his wife bring their 14-year-old daughter, Marie, to a special boarding school, the Larnay Institute.   Marie, like Helen Keller, was born deaf and blind and struggles in her world.

The library is showing Marie’s Story from Film Movement, this Thursday, April 28 at 6 p.m.   Running time is 95 minutes and the film is shown in French and with sign language. Title role played by deaf student, Ariana Rivoire. The film is suitable for high school and above.

The Larnay Institute in central France is run by Catholic nuns. They teach deaf girls and save them from being sent to an asylum.   However, they never had a student both deaf and blind, nor as out of control as Marie. Nevertheless, young Sister Marguerite senses something in the young girl and convinces the Mother Superior to let her stay. Call 837-2417 for details.


When a comedy writer for television wants to step back and write the great American novel, it is an up-hill battle. Even more so are the battles of wits he has with the women in his life. However he lives in New York and the music of George Gershwin helps him along.

The Murphy Library is showing Manhattan, an early Woody Allen comedy/romance with a little drama this Thursday at 6:00 p.m.  Allen made this film in black and white, a throwback to the early days of film that adds some artistic qualities.   The film is rated R and running time is 96 minutes. Starring Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway, and Meryl Streep.

Call the library at 837-2417.

Wes Craven directed Music of the Heart, the next Murphy Library movie, but it’s not one of his “slasher” films, it has violins and determined students. He tells the true story of a teacher who starts a violin program in New York City’s East Harlem schools and fights to keep it going.

The library is showing Music of the Heart, Thursday. April 14 at 6:00 p.m. Running time is 124 minutes and the film is rated PG. It stars Meryl Streep, Aidan Quinn, Gloria Estefan, Angela Bassett, and Cloris Leachman.

Roberta Guaspari is a newly divorced mother with two young sons when she takes the teaching job in the woefully underprivileged schools of East Harlem. Her students are young and she is tough and together they learn to make music. Then, after ten years of success, the school board guts the program funding.

How will these young musicians learn so they play at Carnegie Hall? Maybe someone needs to contact Itzak Perlman, Isaac Stern, Mark O’Connor and other renown violinists and see if they will help.

Don’t miss seeing how this plays out.  Call the library at 837-2417.

Want an easy way to hear classical music? Try Disney’s Fantasia 2000,the next Murphy Library movie where you can sing “da da da dum!” You will be watching a battle in the skies between light and dark with Beethoven’s 5th Symphony playing along.

The library is showing this reinvention of Walt Disney’s 1940 movie, Fantasia,  that mixed animated cartoons with classical music. This time Walt’s son Roy created six new stories including one about New York City with Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. But not to worry, Mickey Mouse is still the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Steve Martin and friends do the introductions. The film is rated G and running time is 74 minutes.

Since the time change has lengthened the days, the Murphy Library will be screening films Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. only for the summer.

Call the library at 837-2417.