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Donations of arts, crafts supplies and craft books have been filling up the Murphy Library break room.   Acting Librarian, Melissa Barker, was happy to see all the treasures that await shoppers at the Friends of Murphy Library’s annual Crafts and Crafts Supplies Sale.

The sale takes place this Thursday and Friday, June 14 and 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the meeting room at the library in downtown Murphy. Everyone is welcome to come by and find the perfect gift or the makings of a fun summer project.

Local crafts people including Sammie Simpson, Ronney Craig, Jo Ann Allen and Sharon Francis sell finished crafts, sewing machines, fabrics, scrapbook and stamping supplies, and they give free crafty advice! Volunteers for the Friends’ will be at tables filled with quilting fabrics, yarns, paints, brushes and other art supplies donated by library patrons.

Free demos include sewing machine maintenance at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, and stamping and scrapbook demos at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Friday.

Friends of Murphy Library sponsor the sale to buy prizes for the Cherokee County Schools Spelling Bee, co-sponsored by the Cherokee Scout’s Newspaper in Education program and to raise funds for more books at the library. Call 837-2417 for details.


Melissa Schifano works for Brother’s Restaurant and looks forward to taking care of their guests.   The restaurant on Andrews Road also takes care of the local community by holding special fundraisers. This Thursday, April 26, Brothers is holding their Community Night in honor of the Murphy Public Library.

For every meal served from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Brother’s will donate a generous portion of their proceeds to Friends of the Murphy Library. Everyone is welcome to fill up on Brother’s great cooking and bring their friends. As a result, Brother’s will be filling up the library with books and media.

Acting librarian, Melissa Barker and the Friends’ group are also preparing for their Yard Sale on May 4 and May 5.   What is the best way for everyone to prepare? Go to Brother’s Restaurant this Thursday and let Melissa Schifano and her colleagues serve you dinner. Call 837-2417 for details.

Photo by Jane Hembree





Melissa Schifano looks forward to serving guests at Brother’s Restaurant this Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. during its Community Night fundraiser for the Murphy Library. Call 837-2417 for details.

The Friends of Murphy Library are holding their spring Trash to Treasures Yard Sale Friday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the meeting room at the library.

Treasures are available for every room in the house, and some of them may even bring a smile to your face.  We always need more donations!  Bring them by the library anytime, and thank you!

An eleven-year-old girl in South Central Los Angeles is not finding many positive moments in her life.   Her father has died, her mother doesn’t have time for her, and her brother is in a gang. However, one day she is forced to participate in her school’s spelling bee and her life begins to change.

The Murphy Library is showing Akeelah and the Bee at 6 p.m. this Thursday, December 28 in honor of all teachers and the lessons they give their students, whether it is how to spell, how to believe they can win, or how to find the good in life. Running time is 112 minutes and the film is rated PG. Keke Palmer, Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett star.

Don’t miss Friends of Murphy Library’s Chili Lunch and Bake Sale coming Thursday, October 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. And bring your friends!

Retired librarian Jeff Murphy has NOT retired from cooking!  He is cooking his award-winning chili for this fundraiser, and the Friends are baking fresh artisan bread to go with it. Tickets are $7 at the door. Chili, bread, water and coffee are included. You can sit and eat or take your chili back to your desk!


The Bake Sale will offer homemade cookies, cakes, bread and other delicacies. Donations of your favorite kitchen delights are appreciated. Bring them by the library Wednesday Oct 11 or Thursday morning, Oct 12.  Thank you!!!


Call 837-2417 for details and bring your bake sale items by Wednesday afternoon or early Thursday.

In 1939 Warsaw, Poland, the threat of a German invasion hangs over the city. However, residents Jan and Antonina Zabinski keep living their lives as normal since they have animals to feed. They own the Warsaw Zoo, and both big and small animals need care.

But soon the Germans invade and their world is not the same. Most of their animals perish in the bombings, and the zoo and rest of the city lay in ruins. The Zabinskis are horrified but not giving up.

The Murphy Library is showing The Zookeeper’s Wife, a 2017 biographical drama this Thursday at 6 p.m. Running time is 127 minutes and the film is rated PG-13.   Filming was done in Prague, Czech Republic.

The Zabinskis realize the ruins of the zoo may offer short term hiding places for Polish Jews as they flee the city. They quietly begin working to keep them safe.