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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!

The sixth annual Friends of Murphy Library auction at Bob Grove Auctions last Saturday was a huge success thanks to Bob and Judy Grove. 

Judy Grove wishes her husband Bob good luck when he lowers his gavel for the sixth annual Friends of Murphy Library Auction. The Groves have generously opened their auction house, Bob Grove Auctions, for all six years.


 The Murphy librarians, the Friends’ board, and all who volunteered spent long hours preparing for this auction, and always with good humor.  Special gratitude is owed to the multitudes who were so generous in bidding at the auction.


Many thanks to Sonia Roberts for the photographs.


We raised over $9,000 that will be used for the kids’ and juvenile nonfiction area.


We appreciate the stores, services and business people who donated items and gift certificates for the auctions.  The economy is difficult now, and yet our local businesses show their affection for the library and moreover, their willingness to help our goal this year:  new books for young readers.


A giant list of the 2010 auction donors will be posted at the library for every patron and visitor to see how much our community cares about the future of our children.






Friends president Elo-ly Bailey and her husband Corey talk to one of the auction attendees.

The Murphy Library Auction is on August 7 at Bob Grove Auctions, 7540 Highway 64, Brasstown, NC 28902, 6 miles from Murphy on “NEW” US 64, between Murphy and Hayesville.  Silent Auction begins at 5:00 p.m., Live at 7  p.m.  Call the Murphy Library at 837-2417.

Judy and Bob Grove welcomed attendees to Friends of Murphy Library's Auction in 2009 and will open their auction house again this year.

If you were thinking about a trip out of town, then bid on Harrah’s Vacation Package in Cherokee – a one night hotel stay and dinner for two.  (Some restrictions apply).

Or just drive down the road.   The Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad has given us $140 in train rides for the 2010 season.

Furniture includes a country-style chair from Friends’ member Mary Lutz-Karvonen, a wooden bench from Lone Pine Country tables and Barbara Bayliss gave us a two-drawer Stanley chest. 

Larry King has been busy making birdhouses for Friends of Murphy Library's auction August 7 at Bob Grove Auctions. The birds will love to come home and roost when you have one of these houses waiting for them.

There is also a pair of handcrafted owls made of buckeye wood from the John Campbell Folk School.  and Shirley Uphouse has donated pictures of World War I planes.

Friends of Murphy Library are holding their annual auction August
The August 7 auction takes place at Bob Grove Auctions, 7540 “NEW” Highway 64, Brasstown, NC 28902, between Murphy, NC and Hayesville. Phone: 828-837-9200.  The Silent Auction starts at 5:00 p.m.; the Live Auction at 7 p.m.

Gifts baskets at the Friends Annual Auction include an Italian pasta basket with a bottle of win from Wine of Andrews. And a celebration basket complete with a bottle of pink Spanish cava (Spain's champagne) and to complete the picture, a peacock feather!

You don’t have to go to Italy to experience an unforgettable vacation.  Tim Pratt has donated a weekend stay at a cabin in Vineyard Creek Estates to Friends of Murphy Library’s auction on August 7 at Bob Grove Auctions. The Silent Auction begins at 5 p.m. followed by the Live Auction at 7 p.m.

Vineyard Creek Estates developer Tim Pratt (left) along with homeowners Kathy and Tom Downes show how the grapes are progressing in their community vineyard off Joe Brown Highway. Pratt has donated a weekend cabin stay to the Friends of Murphy Library August 7 auction at Bob Grove Auctions. Call 837-2417.

Pratt experienced an “aha” moment during a trip to Italy several years ago.  He stayed at a bed and breakfast in Tuscany – with its own vineyard.   Then he developed his upscale log cabin development off Joe Brown Highway in Unaka, and planted a hillside with, what else, rows of grapevines.  

 Now homeowners wake to see the Traminette and Cabernet Franc grapes of Vineyard Creek Estates sparkle in the early morning sunshine.

Kathy Downes, Tom Downes Tim Pratt, and Friends of Murphy Library board member Mike Moumousis enjoy the scent of grapes ripening at Vineyard Creek Estates. A weekend stay in an upscale cabin will go to the lucky bidder at the August 7 Auction at Bob Grove Auctions.

Among the other items at the auction are gift certificates for, Atlanta Waverly Renaissance Hotel, Copper Door Restaurant in Haysville and Blue Ridge Mountain Railroad.  Chef and cookbook author Paula Deen even sent one for her Savannah restaurant, The Lady & Sons, along with books and photos.

And several of the gift baskets at the auction will contain a bottle of Vineyard Creek Estates wine made with those special grapes.  Donations are still gladly accepted.  Call 837-2417 for more information.

Bird houses, beautiful baskets and lions and tigers and bears oh my!

Jane and Steve Hembree donated this exquisite gold flatware set in its own box.

Friends of Murphy Library’s Auction Committee are busy organizing donations for the August 7 Auction at Bob Grove Auctions.  Here are some of the beautiful items: 

Don't miss the china teapot with cups and saucers, cake plate and even a watering can.

Board and Auction Committee members Nora King and Diane Hines open up our room at Valley River Merchants for auction donations every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Donations may also be dropped off at the Murphy Library.

Wall art, handsome shelving, and a chest of drawers.

Check out Jane Hembree’s comment about the “gold” flatware set from Thailand. See comments above.

There is something for everyone, even the most adventurous of us.

On August 7, Bob Grove Auctions on Highway 64 East, two miles east of Murphy Medical Center will host Friends of Murphy Library’s Sixth Annual Art, Antiques and Uniques Auction.  The Silent Auction begins at 5 p.m. followed by the Live Auction.

Ask Judy and Bob Grove about their grandchildren and their eyes light up.  But if the conversation turns to finding abandoned baby birds, they know how to care for them too.  So when the Groves visited with Friends of Murphy Library at their May 18 potluck, Fundraising chair Nora King knew just what to give them.  She handed them a handmade birdhouse for their feathered friends and a “Wizard of Oz” gift set for their granddaughters, small tokens for their generosity to the library.


The Friends are hoping to raise $9,000 this year for the purchase of new nonfiction books for the children and teen section of the library.  An updated set of books on each of the states is first on the list.


Donations have been coming in but more are needed.  Crafts, antiques, and unique items such as gift certificates may be brought to the library anytime or to the Friends’ room at Valley River Merchants on Thursdays from 10:30 to 1 p.m.  Call 837-2417 for details. 

Friends of Murphy Library invite you to their spring Yard Sale and it’s going to be a winner!  Donations have been coming in and more are on the way.

Plus – hundreds of books are just waiting for you in the Bookmobile area in the back of the library.

Youth Services librarian Sarah Arnaudin reads about cats to kids! Photo by Elo-ly Bailey

This year we’re raising money to buy new books for the kids’ nonfiction area – such as updated science books, space exploration, world cultures and travel books! 

Donations are gladly accepted – bring them by the library anytime. 

Want to volunteer for the Yard Sale or the Auction?  Contact Nora King at or sign up at the Friends’ table at the library.

Thank you for your support!

Tim Ryan did not drive snakes out of the Murphy Library on St. Patrick’s Day.


He did much better. 


He threw a party for the librarians.


Ryan, a resident artist at the John C. Campbell Folk School, had the winning bid at the 2009 Friends of Murphy Library Auction and landed a dinner party to be given by Sue Ellen Woodward.


Then he made the party a gift to the Murphy Library staff.










The staff of Murphy Public Library enjoyed a St. Patrick’s Day feast courtesy of Tim Ryan, resident artist at the John C. Campbell Folk School. Front row (l to r): Norma Smith, Lois Lenz; middle row: Evelyn Glidden, Ruthie Gentry; back row: Lizz Anderson, Charlene Davis, Tim Ryan, Jeff Murphy, Melissa Barker.

The entire Murphy Library crew sat in splendor, and wished each other, especially Ryan, Woodward, Allen and Bell, “Top of the morning and the rest of the day.”




Photos attached by Jane Hembree




The meeting room at the library is decked out in its St. Patrick’s Day finest.

Bonnie Allen, Sue Ellen Woodward and Sondra Bell are the consummate party-organizers who transformed the Murphy Library's meeting room for St. Paddy's Day.

Bonnie Allen, Sue Ellen Woodward and Sondra Bell helped transform the meeting room into a leprechaun’s lair and served up, what else, corned beef and cabbage, along with other Irish treats.


And many thanks to the Nantahala Regional Library staff who worked the front desk.

Scratch our previous notices that the auction is June 5 – we’ve changed the date to Saturday, August 7. 
Nevertheless, librarian Jeff Murphy still can’t wait to see what handcrafted items, antiques or gift certificates will be donated this year.  It’s still more than an auction – it’s a demonstration of the kindness of the community of Murphy and Cherokee County and how much they love their library.  And there will still be good food at the refreshment table.
More info to come in future weeks!
Here are two dates to remember:  May 7 & 8, 2010 and August 7, 2010.
Friends of Murphy Library are holding a yard sale on May 7 and 8 at the library.  Now is the time to start cleaning out your closets.  Besides donating items to the sale, you will be assured of space for new treasures.  And there are always good deals to be had.
Then, on Saturday, August 7, the Friends’ will hold their annual auction.  Librarian Jeff Murphy can’t wait to see what handcrafted items, antiques or gift certificates will be donated this year. 
Anyone who’s been there knows it’s more than an auction – it’s a demonstration of the kindness of the community of Murphy and Cherokee County and how much they love their library. 
Looking forward to seeing everyone at both these sales.  Donations can be brought by the library.

volunter Jacob Dorn arranges the refreshment table at Friends of Murphy Library's 2009 auction. The fundraising group has scheduled the next auction for August 7, 2010.

And — there’s always good food at the refreshment table!