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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.

Bob, ca. 2007

 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.

Posted on: May 15, 2012

Friend of Murphy Public Library John Penz (left) congratulates Lee Knight on his excellent presentation of Cherokee and Appalachian folk music and ballads to the May 15 Quarterly Potluck of the Friends.

Friends of Murphy Library member John Penz and his wife Martha were happy to catch Lee Knight’s memorable evening at the Friends quarterly potluck dinner Tuesday.  Knight is a renown folk musician and storyteller.  He played his magnificent black walnut banjo,  his Cherokee flute, drums and other instruments.  He even sang the wonderful old ballads acapella.  It was a very good night.

Singer and folklorist Lee Knight will bring his music and stories to the Friends of the Murphy Public Library at a special potluck celebration dinner in the meeting room of the library on this coming Tuesday, May 15 at 6 p.m. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t be left out.  That may be the way you feel because your kids and grandkids are on Facebook and Twitter and you barely know what it is.  The next meeting of Friends of Murphy Library could be your ticket back in.  Nicky Grant of Coconutz computer store will present and demo “Social networking for the rest of us” at the Friends’ Tuesday, May 10 potluck at 6 p.m. in the library meeting room.

Although he had worked in the computer industry, Friends’ board member Bob MacLean was not part of social networking and feared he was being “left behind in the dust.”  That’s when he asked Grant to give the Friends “a glimpse of what it all means.” Grant owns Coconutz on Valley River Avenue along with her husband Iain.  She has explained e-readers to the Friends and currently offers free computer courses in their store.   She notes social networking is “changing communication all over the world” and she will show you how it’s done.

This is a live demonstration not to miss.  Friends’ members and prospective members are invited to bring their favorite potluck dish for the 6 p.m. dinner meeting.  Membership is only $10 per year and now is the perfect time to join.  Call the library at 837-2417 for details.

On August 17 bring your favorite potluck dish to the library.  Demonstrations of the Kindle and iPod readers will highlight the Digital Explosion of Ebooks program at Friends of Murphy Library quarterly meeting. The public is invited to join the potluck take the mystery out of e-readers, and bring their own e-readers and questions.
   E-readers can carry over a thousand books to read without the added weight or space of traditional books, making them favorite gifts for military men and women or travelers. The readers can transform any book into large print. An estimated 9.5 million e-readers will be sold this year and the e-books are changing book selling.
   The dinner begins at 6 PM at the library. Jane Hembree will lead the program and new digital devices will be on display. On hand as consultants to answer questions will be Linda Ray, Curiosity Shop Bookstore, and Nicky and Iain Grant, Marabal Inc.

Friends of Murphy Library saluted the Cherokee County Senior Games and Silver Arts medal winners at their May 18 quarterly meeting and potluck. 


Gayle Larson demonstrated and played the spoons. Marshall Peterson described his lamp made from rings of African paduak wood.  Both won in Cherokee County and went on to the finals in Raleigh where they won their Silver Arts state medals.


Kay and Dennis Gray moved to Cherokee County from Washington D.C. over a year ago and have found plenty to keep them busy at the library, the Cherokee County Historical Museum, and the Senior Games.  They not only volunteer with the Senior Games, they are active participants in many of the sports.


Everyone can find out about volunteer opportunities in Cherokee County by checking community bulletin boards at the Murphy Library. New members are always welcome in Friends of Murphy Library with dues of $10.  Call 837-2417 for details.

Photo by Julie Chautin


Kay Gray, Gayle Larson, Marshall Peterson and Dennis Gray discussed the Senior Games and Silver Arts at the Friends of Murphy Library’s May 18 potluck dinner.

Due to bad weather and roads, Friends of Murphy Library is canceling its Potluck Meeting tonight, Tuesday, February 16.
We are so sorry to miss the Senior Arts medal winners and some of the best food in Western North Carolina!  We will try to plan our special recognition of the Senior Arts winners at the next scheduled meeting in May. Read the rest of this entry »

Gayle Larson learned to play the spoons at her Great Aunt Sue’s house on Turkey Ridge in Pennsylvania. Sunday afternoons Great Aunt Sue played the pump organ, two uncles played a homemade banjo, and after she learned rhythm playing a bucket with sticks, they taught her to play the spoons.
Larson will play the spoons at the February 16 Friends of Murphy Library quarterly pot-luck.  The dinner will spotlight SilverArts NC State Medalists where Gayle Larson won a 2009 gold medalist for performing. The public is invited to bring a dish and join the 6 PM meeting.

NC State SilverArts medalists seated, left to right: Jane Hembree, photography; Marshall Peterson holding his winning woodworking lamp; Millie Crawford, needlework; standing Gayle Larson, performing arts.

One of our favorite MCs, Jane Hembree, will be introducing the winners.
 Jane won the 2009 Silver Arts Bronze Medal for photography.  She is a long-time FML board member and past auction chairman.
Millie Crawford, 2009 bronze needlework medalist, is an FML member and craft shows participant.
 Kathy Hoyt, 2008 gold medalist in knitting, is a founding member of FML, and its first Treasurer. Loye Merwin, 2009 gold medalist for jewelry and Marshall Peterson, 2009 silver medalist for woodworking will also be honored at the dinner.
Marshall Peterson restored and refinished furniture, and four years ago began wood working. His winning lamp, of African paduak wood, is made of 23 different rings and instead of being turned, is shaped by sanding beginning with 40 grit and finishing with 400. His work is available at galleries in Stecoah and Bryson City and the Campbell School Fall Festival.

Millie Crawford (2nd from right) stands with her co-workers at the Penland Senior Center. She won the Bronze Medal in the 2009 Silver Arts for needlework.

Millie Crawford has won 60 ribbons and a best of show at the Florida State Fair in Tampa. Her biggest plastic canvas was a Barbie Castle, 30″ high with six rooms which she made for her granddaughter. She also crochets and frames names for gifts. Millie works at the Penland Senior Friendship Center.

Richard Argo will read his prize-winning poem at the Feb. 16, 2010 Friends of Murphy Library potluck.

Richard Argo and Jane Hembree exemplify the Senior Games/SilverArts slogan, “A healthy body, a healthy mind,” because they are local medalists in both Senior Games and SilverArts. Richard won medals in swimming and tennis, and Jane has won shuffleboard doubles and baseball throw.

 Besides Larson’s “spoons concert,” Argo, the 2008 state Silver Medalist, will read his winning poem at the dinner February 16.  He  is a FML Writers Workshop writer.

Friends’ president Nora King has a special invitation to all Friends members.  Our quarterly meeting is Tuesday, November 17, at 6 p.m. in the Murphy Library’s meeting room.  If you would like to join the Friends, dues are $10 per year and can be paid anytime at the library before 6 p.m.

Special guest will be Eleanor Lambert Wilson.  Ellie Wilson is a Brasstown resident who has written two books about her coming to our part of North Carolina from New York.  Her first book is titled “My Journey to Appalachia” and the second, “My Life in Brasstown” describes her experiences in the world of John C. Campbell Folk School.  A Vassar graduate, Mrs. Wilson promises to be an entertaining speaker.

The meeting starts at 6 pm with our pot luck and we have some excellent cooks in our group.  Utensils, plates, napkins and liquid refreshments will be provided.  It is an important meeting because of the election of persons to replace  Board members.

Also, a “must see” is the newly painted background wall with its lovely tree in the meeting room.  It was one of the projects we sponsored along with other volunteers from the community to make the room more inviting for the little ones who meet there for their children’s programs.

To see more information about Ellie Wilson’s books, go to:

“For the Love of Books” is open to everyone, even if you are not a member of Friends of Murphy Library.  It is the Friends’ potluck dinner and annual meeting starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, August 18 in the library’s meeting room and you’re invited to invite your friends.
Special guest Don Randall has changed the way Detroit builds cars.  The Georgia-born attorney worked as counsel to the Subcommittee on Antitrust and Monopoly of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee beginning in 1967.  In the 1970’s he wrote a book that stayed on The New York Times Best Seller list for ten weeks.  Randall will talk about how to write a book that gets attention.  His propelled onto the Today Show, the Tonight Show, the Dinah Shore Show and To Tell the Truth.
Randall’s “The Great American Auto Repair Robbery” documented how American car owners were being  “systematically victimized by car manufacturers, insurance companies, car dealers, service stations and repair shops.”  When consumers started writing their congressmen as Randall suggested, laws were enacted to help them.  Randall is also a retired Colonel, Army Judge Advocate General.
Friends Vice-president Elo-ly Bailey advises everyone to bring a favorite dish and also an empty bag.  After dinner, all attendees will visit the book storage area at the rear of the library and fill their bag with books at no charge.
Bailey will talk about what’s available in the library’s popular bookstore.  And librarian Jeff Murphy will explain, in easy-to-understand language, new technology for book lovers.  There will be something for everyone, with books at the center of attention.  Call 837-2417 for details