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When Nat King Cole wrote “Straighten Up and Fly Right” in 1943, he probably had no idea that it could become Jackie Robinson’s theme song, especially the line “Cool down papa, don’t you blow your top.” Cool down was exactly what Robinson had to do 3 years later when he became the first African American to play in the Major Leagues. Branch Rickey signed him with the Brooklyn Dodgers and they both knew there would be lots of pushback, even if he let the baseballs fly right.

The Murphy Library is showing the film about Robinson’s move to the Dodgers this Thursday at 6 p.m. The film is rated PG-13 and running time is 128 minutes. Previews may be seen at the web site

Two ball fields may look familiar: Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama, and Engel Stadium in Chattanooga, Tenn. were used for the games. Call the library at 837-2417 for details.

If you remember looking into the night sky and watching Sputnik pass overhead, the next Murphy Library movie is for you, and for all budding young scientists you may know.

Homer Hickam was a coal miner’s son in the late 1950’s when he first saw Sputnik and a glimpse of his future. If only he could convince his father. The library is showing October Sky, the story of the first rocket scientists, starring Jake Gyllenhaal this Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Running time is 108 minutes and the film is rated PG.

Frankie Lymon, Elvis and the Coasters urge Homer and his friends along. The story was filmed throughout East Tennessee, including the towns of Petros, Harriman, Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley Railroad in Chattanooga.

And don’t miss this — young engineers and scientists can join Youth Services Librarian Bridget Wilson at a special Airplane Science event Thursday, April 10 at 6 p.m. where they will learn to make and race paper airplanes. Call 837-2025 to participate.

Call 837-2417 for movie details.