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A popular children’s novel about two overly-imaginative schoolboys who love to pull pranks has grown into a series of 12 books translated into 20 languages and sold over 70 million copies!

Now it is the animated film, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie and the Murphy Library will show it this Thursday at 6 p.m. Running time is 99 minutes.

Grown-ups will enjoy this film as much as kids. But be forewarned, it is rated PG because of its bathroom humor. Did we mention the movie’s tagline? “You’ve seen Britain, you’ve seen France…But you’ve never seen anyone like this guy!”

Writer Dav Pilkey was born in Cleveland, Ohio and went to Kent State University. The world can thank his freshman English professor for her guidance.  She liked his writing and the silly pictures he drew in his notebook and suggested he try writing children’s books. 70 million copies later is evidence it is good to listen to your teachers.

The library also has Pilkey’s books available to borrow.  In other words, you get to keep those laughs coming!

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Just to be clear, the Murphy Public Library appreciates all the school principals in Cherokee County.   Now that we have that straight, the next library movie is about a middle school student and the overbearing, rule-making principal and assistant principal of his new school who are driving him and the other students crazy.

This Thursday, June 1, the library is showing Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, a PG-rated 2016 family comedy about a student with artistic abilities dealing creatively with pressures at home and in school. The film will be shown at 6:00 p.m. and running time is 92 minutes. It was based on a story by James Patterson and was filmed in Atlanta at the Atlanta International School and also near Inman Park.

After too many rules, the student and some friends put their talents to good use on the school’s walls.

If you are thinking about writing a book and publishing it, Friends of Murphy Library invite you to meet one of Murphy’s newest authors, Jane Hembree. She will talk about the lessons she has learned creating and publishing her first book, next Tuesday, May 23 at the Friends’ Potluck at 6 p.m. in the library’s meeting room.

Hembree knows how to find her way through strange surroundings. After all, she lived around the world from Japan to Brazil with her husband Steve and their children during his military career. She also found her way home to Murphy and has filled her days helping local organizations like Friends of Murphy Library and Silver Arts in the Senior Games.

Recently she and Steve added a new member to their family, a puppy they named Beemer, and she began taking photos as he grew. The result is her children’s book, Beemer’s Adventures. Hembree will share her own adventures in writing it.

The cost of membership in the Friends is $10 per year. This nonprofit group raises funds to benefit the library. Everyone is welcome to bring a favorite potluck dish to share. Call 837-2417.

Join Jane and Beemer and learn how to publish your own story!

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Some days you don’t know whom you’re going to meet. That was the way it was with a ten-year-old orphan named Sophie when she met a giant twenty-four feet tall.

The Murphy Library is showing The BFG, a Stephen Spielberg film based on a story by children’s writer, Roald Dahl, this Thursday, March 30 at 6:00 p.m. Running time is 117 minutes and the film is rated PG. Read the rest of this entry »

This Thursday, March 2, is the birthday of American writer, cartoonist, animator and artist, Theodor Seuss Geisel, known to all as Dr. Seuss. He was born on March 2, 1904 and the world lost him on September 24, 1991, but his books remain for all to enjoy.

To celebrate this special day, the Murphy Library is showing two of his stories on film this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. The Cat in the Hat is about a certain cat visiting two children, and The Lorax is about a wasteland needing the advice of a wise forest creature. Both of these films were made in 1971 for TV.  Running time is 30 minutes for each animated film and the whole family is welcome.

The library also has many books by Dr. Seuss just waiting for young readers to turn their pages.   And to honor him, the National Education Association designated March 2 as Read Across American Day to encourage everyone to pick up a book.

 

Teachers make a difference in the lives of their students. However it is not that they are doing things for the children, instead they help students learn to do things for themselves. A teacher is very important in the next movie at the Murphy Library, and so is a librarian.

This Thursday at 6:00 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing Matilda, a 1996 film based on a book by Roald Dahl about very smart little girl. The film is rated PG and running time is 102 minutes.

Her parents have no interest in her brain. They only encourage her not to do anything but watch television. Nevertheless, she teaches herself to read and discovers a whole new world. When she finds her way to her local library at the age of four, she goes there every day. Then the kindly librarian informs the little girl about library cards. She is thrilled.

This is a fun movie if you’re a kid. And it’s also perfect for adults. Call the library at 837-2417.

The Scholastic Book Fair begins on May 25 and runs until June 6.   It is the perfect place to purchase books for summer reading.   Mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy and lots of funny books will fill the tables. Is someone’s birthday coming up? Invite them out for lunch and swing by the library for a side order of something yummy to read.

And while you are at the library take a few moments to enjoy the work of our young artists, ages 3 to 18, who participated in our first Coloring Contest.  The four winners receive $15 to spend at the Scholastic Book Fair.

Call 837-2417.

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Melissa Barker, Murphy Library’s assistant librarian shows off the work of a few of the 80 (so far) Coloring Contest participants. The contest offers prizes for and coincides with the Scholastic Book Fair running through June 6 at the library. Call 837-2417.


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