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Friends of Murphy Library’s Silent Auction takes place in the library’s meeting room beginning this Thursday, August 15 at 9:00 a. m. and ending on Saturday, August 17 at 12:00 noon. It is the Friends’ largest fundraiser of the year. Over 150 items will be available, maybe more! Only cash or checks will be accepted.

Handmade quilts, pottery, and artwork fill the tables, along with antique mason jars, carvings and framed pictures. French crystal glasses and a set of Limoges china are perfect for a party, as is the Harmony House China Wembley.

Lots of tech items are available and two rocking chairs will make texting that much easier.

Gift baskets offer ideas such as one with a cookbook of the Normandy area of France, along with French wine and music. And there’s the rooster basket you won’t want to miss! Several side tables and stools are among the furniture available.

Carolina Mountain Trout and Bojangles certificates might fill you up, along with special cakes and cookies and an Ingle’s fruit platter. And if you want to cook, you can bid on the fabulous Folk School Cookbook donated by the John Campbell Folk School.

Local author, A. C. Bates also donated a copy of her recently-published book: The Mountains that Made Me: Terra’s Story which include many references to Murphy. Thanks to the many donors and patrons of the Murphy Library, there are treasures for everyone at this Silent Auction


In the next movie at the Murphy Library, Bill Murray is the voice for a bear and Ben Kingsley for a panther, in an award-winning live action/computer-generated imagery film based on stories by Rudyard Kipling. Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson and Christopher Walken assist in this story about a young boy raised by a wolf. Read the rest of this entry »

The Murphy Library’s Thursday movie at 6 p.m. from Film Movement is the war drama, In Syria, about a mother trying to keep her family safe as war rages and a sniper waits outside her home. Read the rest of this entry »

Memories of going to the circus every year when you were a kid will come flooding back after watching the next movie at the Murphy Library. Hugh Jackman stars as a poor, orphaned boy who has a different way of looking at the world and lots of imagination. Read the rest of this entry »

It is the 1960’s and Charlie Bucktin, a 14-year-old boy in a small town in Western Australia loves reading books by Mark Twain. Read the rest of this entry »

At the beginning of World War II, as German forces are moving through western Europe, soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are desperately needing evacuation in the French port city where 400,000 of them wait. But this seems impossible to pull off. Read the rest of this entry »

School has started up and the Murphy Library has a high school movie for you. A big-city boy moves with his family to a small town.   He loves to dance but soon realizes that rock music and dancing are illegal in the town. How is that going to work? Then pressure is on all the local teens with the senior prom around the corner.

This Thursday the library is showing Footloose, the 1984 film starring Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow and Sarah Jessica Parker.  It’s filled with music and it will make you want to dance, especially to those songs by Kenny Loggins. Running time is 107 minutes and the film is rated PG. Read the rest of this entry »

Film Movement is taking us to the opera in their film this month. The Murphy Library is showing the documentary, The Paris Opera, this Thursday at 6 p.m., which means we also get to visit Paris in the autumn of 2015. Running time is 110 minutes and the film is not rated but may be suitable for high school students. In French with English subtitles.

Stéphane Lissner is the new director of the Paris Opera and is preparing for his first press conference.   The backstage crew and artists work toward the first performance in the new season, although a few problems get in the way. Meanwhile a young singer studies at the opera’s academy, unaware that one day he will be called upon to save the day.

The most heartfelt part of the film is the terrorist attack on Paris when the city goes into mourning.   The opera company is under extreme pressure but they continue their struggle to unite themselves and their city.

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.




He is a “busker,” singing songs on a Dublin street for change. She is a Czech immigrant who throws him a coin one night. He wrote the love song he is singing and she likes it.   That, as they say, is the start of a beautiful friendship.

The Murphy Library is showing Once, the perfect Irish movie Thursday at 6 p.m. Running time is 85 minutes and the film is rated R for language, although the bad language is said with an Irish lilt, which seems to make everything sound better.

Actor and composer Glen Hansard notes in an interview that his three favorite songwriters are Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Van Morrison. That should prepare viewers for the music. The film won an Oscar for Best Song, Falling Slowly, written by Hansard and his co-star, Czech actress Markéta Irglová.

Both writer/director John Carney and Hansard played together in a band. They understand the magic it can create, especially in the demo session when Irglová accompanies Hansard’s guitar with her soul-searching piano and the rest of the band jumps in.

This is a great movie to see this week because next week, on Tuesday, August 21, our local singers The Pressley Girls, born and raised in Brasstown will be singing in a free concert at the Murphy Library at 6 p.m.

When the songs “Born to be Wild,” sung by Steppenwolf and “At Last,” sung by Etta James are both in a computer-animated comedy, you know you’re in for some fun. The next movie at the Murphy Library not only has you singing along, but you will be cheering for the city animals that just want a place to call home.

This Thursday at 6 p.m. the library is showing The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, a 2017 PG-rated film about a group of animals in a town that is nothing like Murphy. They live in a quiet city park but one day the mayor decides to make it an amusement park. The animals are not amused. Running time is 91 minutes. The actors providing voices for characters include Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph, Jackie Chan, Katherine Heigl, Bobby Cannavale, and Jeff Dunham.


The Murphy Library’s Thursday movie at 6 p.m. is Sherlock Gnomes, an animated comedy mystery hiding in a garden.   Rated PG. Running time 86 minutes.   Voices by Johnny Depp, Mary J. Blige, Emily Blunt, and Michael Caine.   Music by Elton John.