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STEM is big news in education these days as elementary, middle and high schools promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.   Back in the 1950’s and 60’s, women were not often encouraged to study and take on STEM jobs.

This Thursday at 6 p.m, the Murphy Public Library is showing Hidden Figures, an award-winning 2016 film about the math geniuses working for NASA in 1961. The film is rated PG and running time is 127 minutes. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, and Kevin Costner.

Sixty years ago, no one would have guessed that a group of African-American women mathematicians could put the first man into space. All that has changed, thanks to their efforts, and to today’s educators.   Now female scientists, tech specialists, engineers and mathematicians are a normal occurrence.

The film was made throughout Georgia, in East Point, Georgia, (Katherine’s home), Morehouse College, Atlanta Georgia, (exterior scenes), Canton, Georgia, (Exterior of Library),  Atlanta, Georgia and Monroe, Georgia.

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.

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.

 

Her name is Dorothy.   She is a quiet teacher in Harlem and, even at Thanksgiving, does not feel there is enough to be thankful for.   Then, one snowy night her dog Toto runs away and she races through the snowy streets to find him.

The Murphy Library is showing The Wiz, a 1978 variation on The Wizard of Oz, the classic family musical this Thursday, February 2, at 6:00 p.m. This time Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Lena Horne and Richard Pryor ease on down the road and will have you singing along!  The film is rated G and running time is 134 minutes.

Director Sidney Lumet filmed this adventure around New York City, including Shea Stadium, Coney Island, in front of the World Trade Center and on Wards Island Bridge filled with yellow bricks.  And since all of you love the library, don’t miss Patience and Fortitude — they are the lion statues that sit on either side of the New York Public Library.  Patience is the one that is hiding the cowardly lion. Okay, it was a stand-in for the real Patience.

A blue fish in the ocean forgets what happens to her all the time. However, she does remember one thing from her childhood.   She remembers her parents and the fact that they were separated from each other long ago.

This Thursday at 6 p.m., the Murphy Library is showing Finding Dory, a 2016 animated comedy film about a search for family starring Ellen DeGeneres. The film is rated PG and running time is 97 minutes. This movie also offers another chance to hear Louis Armstrong singing, “It’s a wonderful world.”

Call the library at 837-2417 for details.

A teenage girl finds herself in some trouble and is required to perform community service at a horse rescue ranch. One horse has been horribly abused and won’t let anyone ride him.

The Murphy Library is showing Emma’s Chance, a family movie this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. about a special ranch. The film is rated PG and running time is 93 minutes. Starring Greer Grammer, the daughter of Kelsey Grammer. Read the rest of this entry »


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