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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!

Murphy Library patrons have been making Jeff Murphy smile.  Donors have been bringing their arts and crafts by the library every day.  And their work is quality.

Judy Grove brought two of her original bird photographs by as soon as the Aug 19-20 date was set: 

Judy Grove has an eye for birds and a steady hand with her camera. Check out her two bird photographs at the auction.


Marilyn & Thomas Yorkovitch brought by over a dozen items handmade and unforgettable.  Just take a look:

Turned wood lamps by Thomas Yorkovitch

Handmade treasure chest by Thomas Yorkovitch.


Marilyn Yorkovitch painted the landscape, Thomas made the frame.


Exquisite side table for any decor.


“Mike does such good work,” Murphy Librarian Jeff Murphy said as he looked at the vase John Campbell Folk School potter Mike Lalone recently donated to the library.  Mike is one of many of our local artists and craftspeople who help the library in its fundraising efforts.

This year Friends of Murphy Library are holding a Silent Auction at the library on August 19 and 20.  It follows the “Art, Antiques, and Uniques” theme that has propelled library auctions in years past.  Craftspeople, collectors, and local businesses are encouraged to bring in a special object or gift certificate.  Donations are urgently needed and gratefully accepted.

Jeff Murphy holds Mike Lalone's vase and a beautiful edition of Huckleberry Finn that will be part of the Friends' Silent Auction August 19 and 20.

But that’s not all.  The Friends are combining a Cooking Supplies Sale with the Silent Auction.  It’s like a yard sale for the kitchen.   Everyone (including restaurants) is encouraged to clean out their cupboards and bring kitchenware to the library.  From pots and pans to cookbooks and aprons — everything that brings a meal to the table is welcome for the sale. 

See the empty bookshelves behind Jeff?  We want to fill them with new books.  Your help with our fundraisers can do this.  Call 837-2417.  Bring your items by the library any time during library hours.  And — thank you!


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