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Archive for May 2016

Going out to the movies is a fun pastime, especially when your local theater has all the technical upgrades. The next movie at the Murphy Library takes place when technical improvements meant “sound” and it is the perfect movie for anyone, any age, who loves to dance!

The library is showing Singin’ in the Rain, a 1952 musical comedy about the time in the 1920’s when silent films turned into “talkies,” starring Gene Kelly, and the very young Debbie Reynolds, Rita Moreno and Cyd Charisse. Running time is 103 minutes and the film is not rated but would be appropriate for any age.

After the success of the first talking picture, The Jazz Singer, Hollywood producers knew they had to add sound. But how would that work when some actors had terrible voices? Maybe singing dancers would move the movie along.

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The Scholastic Book Fair begins on May 25 and runs until June 6.   It is the perfect place to purchase books for summer reading.   Mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy and lots of funny books will fill the tables. Is someone’s birthday coming up? Invite them out for lunch and swing by the library for a side order of something yummy to read.

And while you are at the library take a few moments to enjoy the work of our young artists, ages 3 to 18, who participated in our first Coloring Contest.  The four winners receive $15 to spend at the Scholastic Book Fair.

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Melissa Barker, Murphy Library’s assistant librarian shows off the work of a few of the 80 (so far) Coloring Contest participants. The contest offers prizes for and coincides with the Scholastic Book Fair running through June 6 at the library. Call 837-2417.

The year is 1943 and the German army is taking over the Netherlands. Two boys in a small village are best friends, even though one boy’s parents side with the Nazis and the other’s help the resistance.

The Murphy Library is showing a Film Movement drama from the Netherlands, Secrets of War, this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. Running time is 95 minutes. In Dutch with subtitles in English. The film is not rated but may be appropriate for high school students.

One day a girl moves to the village to stay with relatives and befriends the boys. The three are good friends until one day the girl tells only one boy a secret he must not share with anyone else.

Filmed in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.  Call the library at 837-2417.

It is the late 1950’s and the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union is in full throttle. In New York, Rudolf Abel is arrested and accused being a spy for the Soviets. Then Francis Gary Powers is captured by the Soviets after they shoot down the U-2 spy plane he is piloting. Finally, Frederic L. Pryor, an American student, is caught on the wrong side of the Berlin wall and imprisoned.

This Thursday, May 19, at 6 p.m., the Murphy Library is showing Stephen Spielberg’s film, Bridge of Spies, full of drama and great acting with a script written by the Coen brothers. Running time is 142 minutes and the film is rated PG-13. Mark Rylance and Tom Hanks star.

James B. Donavan (Hanks) is a lawyer recruited by the U.S. government to defend Rudolf Abel (Rylance) in court. Abel is convicted, but soon an idea emerges to negotiate a prisoner exchange: Abel for Powers and Pryor, and Donavan is enlisted to do the negotiating. But nothing is easy, especially when two world powers are at odds and Spielberg is directing, as only he knows how. Call the library at 837-2417.

When the writer of a screenplay based on a Jane Austen novel previously wrote for Saturday Night Live, you know you might be in for a lively couple of hours, especially when a pretty young matchmaker is involved.

This Thursday at 6 p.m., the Murphy Library is showing Emma. a romantic comedy starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeremy Northam, Ewan McGregor and Toni Collette. Running time is 120 minutes and the film is rated PG. The director and screenplay writer, formerly of Saturday Night Live is Douglas McGrath.

Emma is an upper class young woman in 1800’s England who lives with her widowed father and delights in pairing her friends up with men she thinks are the perfect match. However, she is not always right, though she stays blissfully oblivious. Then one day she realizes she has made a dreadful mistake.  Call the library at 837-2417 for details.