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Friends of Murphy Library’s Silent Auction takes place in the library’s meeting room beginning this Thursday, August 15 at 9:00 a. m. and ending on Saturday, August 17 at 12:00 noon. It is the Friends’ largest fundraiser of the year. Over 150 items will be available, maybe more! Only cash or checks will be accepted.

Handmade quilts, pottery, and artwork fill the tables, along with antique mason jars, carvings and framed pictures. French crystal glasses and a set of Limoges china are perfect for a party, as is the Harmony House China Wembley.

Lots of tech items are available and two rocking chairs will make texting that much easier.

Gift baskets offer ideas such as one with a cookbook of the Normandy area of France, along with French wine and music. And there’s the rooster basket you won’t want to miss! Several side tables and stools are among the furniture available.

Carolina Mountain Trout and Bojangles certificates might fill you up, along with special cakes and cookies and an Ingle’s fruit platter. And if you want to cook, you can bid on the fabulous Folk School Cookbook donated by the John Campbell Folk School.

Local author, A. C. Bates also donated a copy of her recently-published book: The Mountains that Made Me: Terra’s Story which include many references to Murphy. Thanks to the many donors and patrons of the Murphy Library, there are treasures for everyone at this Silent Auction


In the next movie at the Murphy Library, Bill Murray is the voice for a bear and Ben Kingsley for a panther, in an award-winning live action/computer-generated imagery film based on stories by Rudyard Kipling. Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson and Christopher Walken assist in this story about a young boy raised by a wolf. Read the rest of this entry »

The Murphy Library’s Thursday movie at 6 p.m. from Film Movement is the war drama, In Syria, about a mother trying to keep her family safe as war rages and a sniper waits outside her home. Read the rest of this entry »

Memories of going to the circus every year when you were a kid will come flooding back after watching the next movie at the Murphy Library. Hugh Jackman stars as a poor, orphaned boy who has a different way of looking at the world and lots of imagination. Read the rest of this entry »

At the beginning of World War II, as German forces are moving through western Europe, soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are desperately needing evacuation in the French port city where 400,000 of them wait. But this seems impossible to pull off. Read the rest of this entry »

School has started up and the Murphy Library has a high school movie for you. A big-city boy moves with his family to a small town.   He loves to dance but soon realizes that rock music and dancing are illegal in the town. How is that going to work? Then pressure is on all the local teens with the senior prom around the corner.

This Thursday the library is showing Footloose, the 1984 film starring Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow and Sarah Jessica Parker.  It’s filled with music and it will make you want to dance, especially to those songs by Kenny Loggins. Running time is 107 minutes and the film is rated PG. Read the rest of this entry »

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.

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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.