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Do not miss the Murphy Public Library’s annual Silent Auction of art, unique items and multiple gift certificates beginning Thursday, August 25 at 9 a.m. and ending Saturday, August 27 at 12:30 p.m. when winners will be announced.
Also the Cooking Supplies and Book Sale take place on Friday, August 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Our wonderful donors have cleaned out a kitchen cabinet or two (or three!) and donated the items they no longer use, such as funny cookie cutters just waiting for a ten-year-old to use. Take a break from bidding at the auction and walk to the back breezeway to see what’s there. Also, check out the book shelves for more summer reading.
Call 837-2417 for details.

The Friends of Murphy Library’s 2016 annual Silent Auction runs from Thursday August 25 ending on Saturday, August 27 at 12:30 p.m.

In addition, the Cooking & Kitchen Supplies Sale takes place on Friday only, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations of kitchen items may be dropped off at the library anytime.

Items for the Silent Auction have been coming in from near and far and include a large number of gift certificates, as well as art, crafts, antiques and unique gifts.  Check out photos below of librarian Jeff Murphy showing some of the wonderful pieces in this year’s auction.

Donations are welcome anytime!  AND you can bring by items for our free refreshments on August 27 also much appreciated, such as cheese & crackers, cookies, cakes, whatever you like to make.  Thank you for everything!!!!!

Call 837-2417.

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Quilt by Sammie Simpson

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Here are some photos of art, antiques and unique items in the Murphy Public Library’s annual Silent Auction that takes place on August 22, Friday, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the final bids are taken up. What fun!

And do not miss the Cooking Supplies, Cookbook and Book Sales in the library’s back breezeway at the same time. If you love to cook you will love this sale. If you don’t cook, you will start.

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Friends of Murphy Public LIbrary raised close to $2,500 at our August 9 Silent Auction and Cooking Supplies/Cookbook/Book Sales.  These funds will allow the library to buy all sorts of audio books, fiction, nonfiction, children’s books , and audio books teaching foreign languages.

Many thanks to all the Friends Board of Directors, committee chairs, and especially, those Friends’ members who make sure they come by every fundraiser and pitch right in to help.  Thanks also to the library lovers,  artists, craftspeople, local businesses and those businesses farther away who all donated wonderful items. 


There was absolutely something, or things, for everyone.

And thanks to Sonia Robertson who took some great photos:


Friends’ vice president, Bob MacLean and his wife Gail have made a special donation to Friends of Murphy Library’s Silent Auction, August 9, – this Friday! – from 10 a.m. til 2p.m. — a trail bike in perfect condition!! 

Read what Bob has to say:

“The bike is a Mongoose sycamore trail bike with 21 gears, air pump, water bottle, helmet, tools and toolbag with riding gloves.  It has had very little use since bought several years ago and is in excellent condition. Based on today’s market I would estimate its value at least at $300.”

Now take a look.  Then scroll down to see more Silent Auction treasures.


The Friends of Murphy Public Library are holding our major fundraiser this coming Friday, August 9.  The Silent Auction will be overflowing with treasures in the meeting room from 10 a.m. until the final bids are picked up at 2 p.m.

Meanwhile volunteer Nora King and her compatriots have spread out the goodies in the back breezeway of the library with Cooking and Kitchen Supplies and Book Sales: wonderful cookbooks have been donated, and nonfiction and fiction books fill the bookcases. 

Don’t miss either of these sales!

Friends’ board member Karen Francis has donated one of artist Kym Miller’s Underground Railroad messenger dolls. This has a special meaning to the arts community and those who loved her art since Miller passed away recently.


Scroll down for more photos of silent auction treasures:

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Murphy librarian Jeff Murphy often sees young visitors who have problems reading.  He has found that audio books have been a lifesaver for some. 

“Sometimes we have a child who does not read well but has to read a book for school,” he says.  When he gives them an audio version of the book, it not only helps them keep up in school, it gets them interested in reading.

This is why funds raised at Friends of Murphy Library’s August 9 Silent Auction will be used to purchase audio books for young readers. The funds will also purchase audio books for adults, and foreign language audio books.  The auction runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.2013SilentAuctionpictures

Murphy librarian Jeff Murphy shows a few of the donations to Friends of Murphy Library’s Silent Auction on August 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The Cooking Supplies, Cookbook and Book Sales run from 9 to 2.  Call 837-2417 for details.

Murphy librarian Jeff Murphy shows a few of the donations to Friends of Murphy Library’s Silent Auction on August 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Cooking Supplies, Cookbook and Book Sales run from 9 to 2. Call 837-2417 for details.

Among the auction items, Murphy showed off the music box piano, the antique-style radio, and the dancing doll by John Campbell Folk School teacher, Charlie Patricolo. 

Glass artist Bobbi Umbach, another Folk School instructor has donated five exquisite glass plates.  Donations for all the sales are welcome anytime.2013SilentAuctionBobbiUmbachredbowl

The Kitchen and Cooking Supplies, Cookbook, and Book Sales run from 9 to 2 the same day.  Donations for both these events are welcome anytime. 



Gift baskets are always popular at Friends of Murphy Library’s silent auctions and on July 2, members of the Friends met to discuss the various baskets and the goodies to be included this year.  Everyone chose a theme, such as a basket of coffee items or one for tea. Another will hold apple products. For travelers, there are gifts from Mexico.  And a golf basket will be waiting for the bidding to begin.

The Murphy Library’s Silent Auction fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, August 9th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m in the library meeting room.  There will also be a Kitchen/Cooking Supply & Cookbook Sale the same day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the breezeway at the rear of the library.   Donations for these fundraisers to support the Murphy Public Library are appreciated and can be dropped off anytime.  Call 837-2417 for details.


 Friends of Murphy Public Library met recently to discuss themes for gift baskets to be included in the Friends’ Silent Auction on August 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Auction volunteers include Karen Francis, Jeff Murphy, Winkie Stiles, Elo-ly Bailey, Jan Ruiz, Nora King, Carey Randall, Bonnie Allen, Donna Munizzi, Micki Singer and Connie Long (from left). Donations are welcome anytime.

Caleb Lovingood, 12, along with his brother Carson, 7, and sister Abbi, 4 visited the Murphy Library last week with their mother Carly, to look for books on their summer reading lists. They love the outdoors and Caleb had The Adventures of Tom Sawyer ready to check out.  Soon the library will have an additional way for children to read – audio books.

Librarian Jeff Murphy notes the Friends are holding their Silent Auction on Friday, August 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  He is using funds raised for new books, especially audio books for children and adults, and for learning foreign languages.

Carson, Abbie and Caleb Lovingood visit the library to get summer reading books.

Carson, Abbie and Caleb Lovingood visit the library to get summer reading books.

Auction donations are urgently needed for this annual celebration and may be brought by the library anytime.

The Friends are also holding their Kitchen/Cooking Supplies and Cookbook Sale on August 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations of gently used kitchen items are greatly appreciated.  Call the library at 837-2417.

Get ready to open your pocketbooks! The Murphy Public Library Silent Auction and Cooking Supplies & Book Sale take place Friday and Saturday, August 17 and 18 at the library on 9 Blumental Street, Murphy, North Carolina 28906.

The Silent Auction runs  from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. when the bidding sheets are taken up and calculated.  The Cooking Supplies with wonderful cookbooks in addition to the kitchen items, and the Book Sale of fiction and nonfiction runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, August 17 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 18. 


Each day different items will be featured in the Silent Auction and every donation to the auction has been exceptional.  Most recently local artist Mickey Altenderfer donated two portraits she painted of Native American men.  Mickey is a descendent of several notable Americans, among them, Penobscot Indians.

Mickey Altenderfer shows Jeff Murphy the two portraits of Native American men she painted for the Murphy Library’s Silent Auction on Friday and Saturday August 17 and 18.

Here are some other items to browse through.  Don’t miss the imaginative candleholder made from a wooden branch.

Friends’ president Elo-ly Bailey and her husband Corey donated a cute kitty jigsaw puzzle with a matching bag. Notice the antique school desk and red carryon that are also in the Silent Auction.

Three special items at Murphy Library’s Silent Auction Aug 17 & 18: the red, black and white afgan by Kathy Bolyard, a pizza paddle by Tom Yorkovitch, and a long candlestick made from a tree branch by local craftsman Bill Hounsell.

Antique nursing rocker in Murphy Library’s Silent Auction Aug 17 & 18.

Purses for any occasion and a painting made in a John C Campbell Folkschool class.

Child’s antique rocker and Bobbi Umbach glass bowl

We have two big events coming up in August.  Our Crafts, Supplies and Book Sale takes place on August 2 and 3 from 9 to 2.

Our Annual Silent Auction, Cooking Supplies and Book Sale will be held August 17 and 18.  I recently photographed some of the wonderful items donated for the Silent Auction.  It runs from 10 to 1 both days.  Bidding stops at 1 p.m. and then you see what you’ve won!

Are you a Civil War buff?  There is a beautiful plate and a dvd you might bid on.  Or are you more interested in having a spot of tea?  Nora King donated a Starbucks Tea Set and Wanda Leatherwood from Nantahala Regional Library brought in a lovely Coach purse.  Local shop Blue Moon Elise has donated a pretty package of lotions for you or someone you love.

Heroes of the Confederacy plate and Civil War, America Divided DVD are some of the items at the Murphy Library’s Silent Auction.

Watch this blog for more photos of items at our Craft and Craft Supplies and Book Sale (August 2 and 3)

and for our Silent Auction, Cooking Supplies, Books, and did we mention special shelves of cook books for those of us who love to collect them?  Also, Sharon Hibberts of Pampered Chefs and Sande Kimbell of Willow House will take orders from their current catalogs.  Ten percent of all sales they make will be given to Friends of Murphy Library.

More auction items have been coming in, including this wonderful wood turned bowl by Steve Hembree:

and this vase on the left donated by Barbara Bayliss and a ceramic lamp base on the right.

And this M&M’s calendar!

Cookbooks, anyone?

Don’t miss these auctions:  one is on Friday from 11 to 2 p.m.  The other is on Saturday from 11 to 1 p.m.  At the Murphy Library.  Free refreshments!