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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.

When a movie has characters named Hefty, Clumsy, and Brainy and they are all very small, you are in the land of the Smurfs. This time they find a map and follow it, racing through the Forbidden Forest. What they discover in this adventure has been a big secret until now.

The Murphy Library is showing the animated adventure-comedy, Smurfs: The Lost Village, this Thursday at 6 p.m. Read the rest of this entry »

NC State, one of two land-grant universities in North Carolina, offers valuable information to citizens through the Cherokee County extension office. The agriculture agent has the latest research to help farmers, local gardeners and homeowners.

Keith Wood, Extension Agent, Agriculture, for the county will speak at Friends of Murphy Library’s Potluck Dinner on Tuesday, July 11 at 6 p.m. He will talk about the services his department offers landowners and point out ways to deal with current garden and lawn pests.

The cost of membership in the Friends is $10 per year. This nonprofit group raises funds to benefit the library. Everyone is welcome to bring a favorite potluck dish to share.   Call 837-2417.

Youth Services librarian, Bridget Wilson spends her days helping young readers discover spellbinding stories hiding between the covers of books. She also likes to laugh, which is what she did when she discovered a book of knock-knock jokes among the items donated to the Murphy Library’s Yard Sale.

The Friends of Murphy Library are holding their spring Trash to Treasures Yard Sale this Friday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, May 6 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.

Donations are gratefully accepted anytime. Call 837-2417 for details.