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Imagine a world without trees where even breathing is a chore and a 12-year-old boy who lives in it.   When a girl he likes tells him her wish to see a real tree, he goes all out to find one for her. Along the way, he encounters a grumpy creature that had tried to save those trees many years before.

This Thursday at 6 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing The Lorax a 2012 film based on a story by Dr. Seuss that celebrates an environmental hero, another one of the library’s Summer Reading heros. The film is rated PG and running time is 86 minutes. Voices include those of Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, and Betty White.

Call the library at 837-2417.

It’s 1934 Cincinnati and a ten-year-old girl believes she is the one to write stories her newspaper will want. She sees stories all over thanks to the Great Depression.

The Murphy Library is showing Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, a family film based on an American Girl book starring Abigail Breslin, this Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The film is rated G and running time is 101 minutes.

The young girl’s father has lost his job and goes to Chicago to find work. Her mother stays and takes in boarders. That is when the fun starts.   Miss May Dooley (Jane Krakowski) is a dance instructor, and Jefferson Berk (Stanley Tucci) is just what you need in the Depression: a magician!

Best of all, there is someone near and dear to our library-loving hearts. Lucinda Bond is the mobile librarian, played by Joan Cusack. Thanks go to librarians Debbie Whitener and Trudy Morrow for good driving in our bookmobile!
For details about the movie, call 837-2417.

American Girl Party On March 12
And parents can bring their girls back to the library on Thursday, March 12 at 6:00pm, Youth Services Librarian Bridget Wilson will host: Molly: An American Girl Party for girls ages 5 & up.

Celebrate Molly McIntire, a patriotic girl growing up during World War II, with games, crafts, and refreshments. For more information, contact Bridget Wilson at 837-2025

To celebrate anyone who has sent a loved one off to war, the Murphy Library is showing a special film this Thursday at 6 p.m., Little Women. A father goes to fight in the Civil War leaving his wife is left to care for their four daughters. But Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy find joy playacting in the attic room they call the garret.

Susan Sarandon, Wynona Ryder and Gabriel Byrne star with music by Thomas Newman. The film is rated PG and runs 115 minutes.

At first glance this is an old-fashioned story, but war brings burdens to families whether it’s the 19th Century or today. Fathers (and now mothers) leave for battle with their families waiting at home. All those stories of courage are honored in this film.

Youth services librarian, Bridget Wilson, is also honoring this story with a special party Thursday, December 11 at 6 p.m. in the library’s meeting room. Mothers and grandmothers are encouraged to bring their girls ages 9 and up. Call the library at 837-2417 for party details.

A new boy in school makes a bet about what he will eat, and it’s not home cooking.  The Murphy Library is showing How to Eat Fried Worms,  the perfect movie for picky eaters, this Thursday at 6 p.m.  Running time is 98 minutes for this PG-rated film.

Billy is the new kid in school and his rule for his mother – no mushy notes in the lunch bag.  But a school bully named Joe and his friends sneak earthworms into Billy’s lunch.  Billy boasts he can eat ten worms and there is no going back.

The book for this movie was written by Thomas Rockwell, son of Norman Rockwell,  is in the Murphy Library. Because it deals with eating worms and that grosses some people out, it has been the target of book censors.  This fact is only noted here as an inducement for kids to read it.

 

The Murphy Library is getting the blues with its summer reading film, but don’t expect to hear jazzy music.  Thursday’s film at 6 p.m. is The Smurfs, about the tiny blue people who are only three apples high.  The film is rated PG and running time is 101 minutes. 

They live happily in their magical mushroom village, but one terrible day an evil wizard chases them down a watery hole.  They soon emerge in a strange forest called Central Park.  They’re in New York City!

Life is not easy in the Big Apple when you are only three apples high.  Then a nice young couple expecting a little one of their own walks by.  Perhaps these kind people will fight the evil wizard and the little blue people can go home. Call 837-2417 for details.

Murphy resident Becca McNabb and her two-year-old daughter Vivian are fans of Story Time on Mondays at the Murphy Library. They also like the Scholastic Book Fair running from September 5 through September 18 at the library. Call 837-2417 for details.

Vivian McNabb is 2 years old and that is the perfect age for the Murphy resident to visit the Murphy Library, especially Story Time on Mondays when Youth Services Librarian Bridgett Wilson shows young ones the magic of books.

Vivian’s parents Becca and Lawrence McNabb understand how important it is to start children reading early.

The Scholastic Book Fair is another opportunity to open up the book world to young people – giving them their own shiny new books.  The Book Fair starts today and runs through September 18. Read the rest of this entry »

There will be no movie at the Murphy Library this Thursday, March 17.  Storytime dinosaurs are taking over the Murphy Library’s meeting room thanks to the efforts of Bridget Wilson, Nantahala Youth Services Librarian.  She is holding a “Dinosaur Pajama Storytime” for all ages on Thursday from 6:30 to 7 p.m.  Want your young ones to join the fun, call Bridget at 828-837-2025.

Youth Services Librarian Bridget Wilson shows young reader Anna Coffey one of the new books at the Murphy Library. Bridget will be reading about dinosaurs this Thursday at a special Dinosaur Pajama Storytime at 6:30 p.m.

Friends of Murphy Library invite you to their spring Yard Sale and it’s going to be a winner!  Donations have been coming in and more are on the way.

Plus – hundreds of books are just waiting for you in the Bookmobile area in the back of the library.

Youth Services librarian Sarah Arnaudin reads about cats to kids! Photo by Elo-ly Bailey

This year we’re raising money to buy new books for the kids’ nonfiction area – such as updated science books, space exploration, world cultures and travel books! 

Donations are gladly accepted – bring them by the library anytime. 

Want to volunteer for the Yard Sale or the Auction?  Contact Nora King at sisnora@aol.com or sign up at the Friends’ table at the library.

Thank you for your support!

Friends of Murphy Library are celebrating Community Night at Brothers Restaurant, 5722 Highway 64 West on Monday, April 5 from 4:30 to 8:30. 

 Everyone is encouraged to bring friends and family to dine at this family eatery.  On Community Night, Brothers donates a portion of the night’s proceeds to the sponsoring organization.

 

The money raised will help children. 

Librarian Jeff Murphy and Sarah Arnaudin, the Youth Services librarian, want to update the nonfiction books in the juvenile area at the Murphy Library.  Many are outdated and there is nothing like bright, shiny books to entice children to read.

 

Reminder flyers can be found at Murphy Xpress Lube on the back of their invoices or at the Murphy Library.  Call 837-2417 for details.

 

Photo courtesy of Sarah Arnaudin

 

Nantahala Regional Youth Services Librarian Sarah Arnaudin leads Grace Bowlin, Chloe Decker, Jordan Phillips, and Jillian Phillips as well as several visitors from out of town in a Storytime march.  The Murphy Library is sponsoring Community Night at Brothers Restaurant on Monday, April 5 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. to raise money for new children’s books at the library.

Have you visited the Murphy Public Library’s “new” meeting room with its gorgeous “Giving Tree” wall?  Youth Services librarian, Sarah Arnaudin has an invitation for the whole family:

The Nantahala Regional Library is offering a Holiday Storytime for
families on Saturday, December 19.  The event, which will be held in the
Murphy Public Library meeting room, is open to the public.  All families
are welcome to attend. The event starts at 11:00.  The event is free.

 One of the most important tasks in the world is to teach little children to read.  The next time you’re in the Murphy Library, look into the meeting room and see how the community encourages our young ones.   The Storytime wall has been completed and it is beautiful. 

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Many thanks to Sarah Arnaudin, Youth Services Librarian and Storytime mom, Emilie Jones, who made it happen.   Their energy is contageous.  Our only fear is that they will start their own television program: “Makeovers for libraries!”

Sherwin-Williams helped with sage advice, paint discounts and supplies.  Local painter, Robert Smith donated his time to prime.

Artist Mickey Tomczak painted an incredible tree mural.  She even included leaves dropping from the tree.  Shel Silverstein’s book “The Giving Tree,”  was her inspiration.   The library has a copy – read it if you get a chance.

Karen Wayman gave us the material for the chalkboard. Lowe’s donated the paint and supplies. 

Josh Crayton (his kids love Storytime) framed and installed the chalkboard. 

Christian Love’s thrift store offered an old cocktail table and Larry King transformed it into an elegant book display table just the right height for young readers.

Friends of MurphyLibrary provided funds for paint and supplies.

And now Sandra Rowland’s Friends community quilt glows with joy at the homey feeling of the room.2009_0219NewMeetingRoom11-090006 

Good job everyone.  It always feels great to be part of the Murphy community – – especially this week.

The meeting room wall in the Murphy Library that was an “eeew” off white last week is now a sparkling “Friends’ Blue” this week.  The work started with the professional services of Bob Smith, a local painter who donated his time priming the wall on Friday.

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Then came Monday, the day of reckoning.  Youth Services Librarian Sarah Arnaudin and her friend Emilie Jones took on the wall.  Emilie is one of the moms who brings her two wonderful children, Gates and Liam to Storytime.  In fact, it was Emilie who suggested the wall could be a show-stopper at Storytime with just the right shade of paint.   As we volunteers know all too well – no good suggestion goes unpunished.  Here are the results of the day.  Even I coudn’t resist picking up a brush.

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And finally, the blue was on the wall.

Then Emilie took out her saw, put on her safety glasses and went to work on The Blackboard Project.  She and Sarah measured and cut a board to cover with blackboard paint.  It will be installed at child height and Sarah can write out the weekly Storytime theme for all the children to see.

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2009_0208Wallpaint10-090014Everyone played well and there were no fights.

2009_0208Wallpaint10-090013The end.


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