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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 »


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