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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.


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.

This Thursday, December 17, at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., the Murphy Library is showing a Christmas movie about a boy who is at that age when he questions whether Santa Claus really exists. It takes a train ride to the North Pole to find the answer. And as the train moves along, the boy finds out more about himself as well. It’s the Polar Express!

The film is rated G and running time is 100 minutes. Tom Hanks stars in several roles.

Writer Chris Van Allsburg wrote the book. He studied art and sculpture in college and as the years went on he spent time drawing pictures. Then he was asked to write the story for a children’s book along with the pictures. Eighteen books and numerous awards later, he is still going strong.

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“Have courage and be kind.” A dying mother tells her beloved daughter these words in the next movie at the Murphy Library and it resonates through the girl’s life, especially when she meets a prince of a man.

The library is showing the 2015 remake of Cinderella that classic fairy tale of a girl who loses both parents and is raised by a wicked stepmother. Directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Lily James from Downton Abbey, and Cate Blanchett, it was filmed throughout Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, England. This live action movie also is lot of fun, especially when a pumpkin explodes into a carriage. Running time is 105 minutes and the film is rated PG.

Call the library at 837-2417.

Imagine a world without trees where even breathing is a chore and a 12-year-old boy who lives in it.   When a girl he likes tells him her wish to see a real tree, he goes all out to find one for her. Along the way, he encounters a grumpy creature that had tried to save those trees many years before.

This Thursday at 6 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing The Lorax a 2012 film based on a story by Dr. Seuss that celebrates an environmental hero, another one of the library’s Summer Reading heros. The film is rated PG and running time is 86 minutes. Voices include those of Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, and Betty White.

Call the library at 837-2417.

A Maine farm offers a tale of friendship and lessons in loyalty that grownups will enjoy as much as children, especially the voiceovers of Dominic Scott Kay as Wilbur, Julia Roberts as Charlotte, Steve Buscemi as Templeton the Rat, John Cleese as Samuel the Sheep, Oprah Winfrey as Gussy the Goose, Cedric the Entertainer as Golly the Goose, Kathy Bates as Bitsy the Cow, Reba McEntire as Betsy the Cow. Robert Redford as Ike the Horse, Thomas Haden Church as Brooks the Crow ,André Benjamin as Elwyn the Crow, and Sam Shepard as the narrator.  Are you ready to watch it now?

The Murphy Library is showing Charlotte’s Web a 2006 film based on a story by E. B. White this Thursday at 6 p.m. Running time is 97 minutes and the film is rated G.

A little girl saves a baby pig, the runt of the litter, and names him Wilbur. Soon he gets big and is sent across the road to the barn with sheep, cows, geese and a horse. Best of all, a kindly spider there befriends him.

Call the library at 837-2417 for details.