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Once again the Murphy Library is honoring The Great American Read by showing a movie based on one of these books. Aspiring young authors, especially teenagers may feel emboldened in their work when they find out that the author of this American novel was 15 years old when she finished it, and 19 years old when it was published.

This Thursday at 6 p.m., the library is showing The Outsiders, a 1983 drama about a family of three poor orphan boys in Tulsa, Oklahoma, who struggle to survive, hoping the working class gang they belong to will help. But there is another gang full of rich kids and the future does not look good, especially when a killing occurs. The film is rated PG. Running time is 91 minutes.

Francis Ford Coppola directed this film with actors who were unknown back then: Patrick Swayze, Matt Dillon, C. Thomas Howell, Rob Lowe, Ralph Macchio, Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez, Diane Lane, and Leif Garrett.

This movie was made because the novelist kept getting advice from a school librarian and the students who read the novel. As a result she dedicated the film to “the people who first suggested that it be made… Librarian Jo Ellen Misakian and the students of the Lone Star School in Fresno, California.”

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You may have heard that PBS has created a new series called The Great American Read about America’s 100 best-loved novels, and is encouraging everyone to vote for their favorite. Many of these have had a second life as a film.

At 6 p.m. Thursday, the Murphy Library is screening one these:  To Kill a Mockingbird, the classic film based on Harper Lee’s novel. It is 1932 in a small Alabama town. A lawyer, who has lost his wife and is raising his two small children, is defending a black man who is unjustly accused of rape. The lawyer is Atticus Finch and his children are Jem and Scout.

The film is not rated.   Running time is 129 minutes. It won Oscars for Best Actor, Best Writing and Best Art Direction and was nominated for five more.

Celebrating our freedom doesn’t have to end on the 4th of July, it can continue on the 5th of July watching a movie and enjoying your right to laugh at silly jokes.   This week’s library movie is about a bunny and his sisters, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail, and their need to harvest fresh vegetables from a neighbor’s garden.

This Thursday at 6 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing Peter Rabbit, the 2018 film based on Beatrix Potter’s classic tale of a rebel who likes to eat veggies someone else grows. The film is rated PG and running time is 95 minutes.

This film is a combination of animation and live action, and reviewers have noted that children laugh raucously at the goings-on. Their parents do too.

Donations of arts, crafts supplies and craft books have been filling up the Murphy Library break room.   Acting Librarian, Melissa Barker, was happy to see all the treasures that await shoppers at the Friends of Murphy Library’s annual Crafts and Crafts Supplies Sale.

The sale takes place this Thursday and Friday, June 14 and 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the meeting room at the library in downtown Murphy. Everyone is welcome to come by and find the perfect gift or the makings of a fun summer project.

Local crafts people including Sammie Simpson, Ronney Craig, Jo Ann Allen and Sharon Francis sell finished crafts, sewing machines, fabrics, scrapbook and stamping supplies, and they give free crafty advice! Volunteers for the Friends’ will be at tables filled with quilting fabrics, yarns, paints, brushes and other art supplies donated by library patrons.

Free demos include sewing machine maintenance at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, and stamping and scrapbook demos at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Friday.

Friends of Murphy Library sponsor the sale to buy prizes for the Cherokee County Schools Spelling Bee, co-sponsored by the Cherokee Scout’s Newspaper in Education program and to raise funds for more books at the library. Call 837-2417 for details.

In a small Mexican town, a young boy loves music and wants to spend his life as a musician. But music has been forbidden in his home for generations and he doesn’t know why. When the annual Day of the Dead celebration comes along, young Miguel enters the Land of the Dead, looking for his great-great-grandfather, Ernesto de la Cruz, a legendary singer. He hopes to find answers and bring music back to his family.

This Thursday at 6 p.m., the Murphy Library is showing Coco, an award-winning animated comedy seeking to solve a mystery about family and the search for happiness. The film is rated PG and running time is 105 minutes. The voices of Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal and Benjamin Bratt move the characters along.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rvr68u6k5sI

Mexican producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez have created an animated film you don’t want to miss. The story follows a young man who is pulled in many directions as he tries to live his life. His family has high expectations, but so does his heart when he meets a special young woman.

The Murphy Library is showing The Book of Life, a comedy adventure that uses animation in creative ways with the theme of the Mexican Day of the Dead, this Thursday at 6 p.m. Running time is 95 minutes and it is rated PG.

Music fills the air, especially when opera star, Placido Domingo, who plays “Skeleton Jorge” sings “Cielito Lindo.” This is just one of the many acts you don’t want to miss.

 

A brother and sister are driving their family’s truck on the Columbian island where they live, and accidentally run over a goat. For two siblings who do not get along, they are now drawn together to find an explanation about the wrecked truck, or else they will really have a problem.

If you like movies with feeling and some fun along with jazzy music, then Bad Lucky Goat is for you. This Film Movement movie from Columbia will be shown this Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Murphy Library. Running times is 76 minutes and the film is not rated and may not be suitable for young children. In Creole with subtitles in English.

Set on Providence Island, Columbian director Samir Oliveros’ first film has a cast of non-professional actors who live on the island. The island’s musicians composed much of the music. They go wading in the water, playing their flutes, blowing on conch shells and drumming on bottles.

Film Movement allows us to advertise and show their films one time in public. Then it goes into the library’s collection for anyone to borrow. Call 837-2417.

 

 

 


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