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The Friends November potluck has been canceled, but here are some events to keep you happy.  The Murphy Library is holding a food drive and two dazzling raffles, one for a quilt to warm you up and the other for a painting to make you smile.

“Our local food banks desperately need donations,” Murphy librarian Jeff Murphy said.  The library is collecting canned and non-perishable food items for local food banks beginning November 1 and ending December 17.  Every library patron is encouraged to help.  Moreover, members of the community with library cards who have accumulated fines will receive a credit to their account of $.50 for every can or package of food they donate.

Two raffle items are on display with tickets ready to sell.   Local artist James Ryder Murphy IV, a member of Friends of Murphy Library, has donated a warm, sun-washed painting that will brighten any room.  Quilting teacher and Friends board member, Louise MacDonald brought in a radiant blue and yellow quilt she made. 

Tickets for either raffle are $1 each or six tickets for $5.  The drawing will be held later in December.  Call 837-2417 for details.

Photo by Julie Chautin

Assistant librarian Melissa Barker helps Louise MacDonald (l to r) show off the handmade quilt MacDonald has donated to the Murphy Library as a raffle prize. Artist James Ryder Murphy IV brought in one of his colorful paintings for a separate raffle. The library is also holding a food drive. Call 837-2417.

By Karen M. Francis

Friends of the Murphy Library are selling raffle tickets ($1.00 each or $5.00 for 6) for a beautiful original acrylic portrait of B. B. King, one of the most well-known musicians of our time.  Funds raised will go toward the purchase of more adult books for our library.
Riley B. King (born September 16, 1925), known by the stage name B.B. King, is an American bluesguitarist and singer-songwriter. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at #3 on its list of the “100 greatest guitarists of all time. B.B. King has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
This framed portrait, which currently can be seen opposite the front desk in the Murphy Library, was donated by local artist, James Ryder Murphy IV.  Mr. Murphy attributes his artistic abilities to his parents: his father being a landscape & seascape artist and his Mom being a retired art teacher.  He currently lives in Marble.  He was featured in the March 2011 issue of the Smoky Mountain Free Press. In the article entitled “Energy Paintings”, Bryan Hughes writes, “To be in the company of Jimmy Murphy while looking at his paintings, you can’t but feel you are standing with a living legend”.  In order to see more of his work and show schedule, please call (774) 216-9156. Visit his website at:
Come to the Murphy Library and purchase a raffle ticket ($1.00 each).  We are sure that after seeing this wonderful acrylic masterpiece, you will want to purchase 6 tickets for $5.00.  You will be helping to fund our local library and at the same time be eligible to be the owner of two living legends: B. B. King & James Ryder Murphy.