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NC State, one of two land-grant universities in North Carolina, offers valuable information to citizens through the Cherokee County extension office. The agriculture agent has the latest research to help farmers, local gardeners and homeowners.

Keith Wood, Extension Agent, Agriculture, for the county will speak at Friends of Murphy Library’s Potluck Dinner on Tuesday, July 11 at 6 p.m. He will talk about the services his department offers landowners and point out ways to deal with current garden and lawn pests.

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.

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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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Fred Bernhardt, member of Appalachian Beekeepers Association, informed, entertained and created quite a buzz among Friends of Murphy Library when he spoke Tuesday evening about beekeeping.
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Have you ever wanted to look inside a beehive? This Tuesday at Friends of Murphy Library’s Potluck Dinner, local beekeeper, Fred Bernhardt will make your wish come true. Fred is our guest speaker at the potluck, which begins at 6 p.m. in the library’s meeting room, and this is one not to miss. Read the rest of this entry »

The May 20 potluck dinner that Friends of Murphy Library enjoyed at the library was made that much more satisfying when they were able to sample some of the bread Nicky Grant had made with her and Sandra McKinney’s bread recipes. Then they heard good advice about selling on eBay from Friends’ Board member Sonia Roberts.

Sandra McKinney and Nicky Grant show off the wonderful bread dough they made as they gave the Friends a baking course.

Sandra McKinney and Nicky Grant show off the wonderful bread dough they made as they gave the Friends a baking course.


Friends Board member Sonia Roberts gives Friends a crash course in selling on eBay with great details.

Friends Board member Sonia Roberts gives Friends a crash course in selling on eBay with great details.

The Friends’ dinner and auction at Doyle’s last evening was a great success. The food was delicious, the music was magnificent and Tim Ryan was masterful as the auctioneer par excellence. Thanks to all for bidding on the beautiful items and to those who donated such treasures. It was so good to sit and talk to new friends and old.

Friends’ Potluck Tuesday, May 20 at 6 p.m.

Here is another chance to meet more Friends’ members and learn a little something, too. At the next Friends potluck this Tuesday, May 20 at 6 p.m., local computer whiz and culinary expert Nicky Grant partners with Sandra McKinney, culinary arts teacher at the Penland Senior Center to teach “Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day” – an easy way to bake bread from scratch.

But the learning does not stop there. Nicky Grant will join Friends’ board member Sonia Roberts to share the secrets of selling items on eBay.

Friends’ members and prospective members are invited to bring their favorite potluck dish for the 6 p.m. dinner meeting. Call the library at 837-2417 for details.

Brasstown resident Bob Grove and his wife Judy have been strong supporters of Friends of Murphy Public Library since its beginnings.  In addition has a special interest in geology, gems and minerals.  He will be combining both by sharing his discoveries of “Gems in the Mountains” with Friends of Murphy Public Library at our potluck on Tuesday, August 20 at 6 p.m. in the library’s meeting room.  Bring your favorite dish and come to learn more about our mountains.

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 Bob majored in biology in college, minored in psychology, and took numerous courses in geology.  Those gems and minerals he studies help him delve deeper into his love for the earth.

He also is teaching a popular “Mountains and Minerals” course in October at the John C. Campbell Folk School, taking students on field trips to collect specimens.

Bob will bring in specimens of rocks and minerals from Southern Appalachia, perhaps creating a special interest for someone else.

Membership in the Friends is $10 per year and new members are always welcome.  Call 837-2417 for details.


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