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If you are thinking about writing a book and publishing it, Friends of Murphy Library invite you to meet one of Murphy’s newest authors, Jane Hembree. She will talk about the lessons she has learned creating and publishing her first book, next Tuesday, May 23 at the Friends’ Potluck at 6 p.m. in the library’s meeting room.

Hembree knows how to find her way through strange surroundings. After all, she lived around the world from Japan to Brazil with her husband Steve and their children during his military career. She also found her way home to Murphy and has filled her days helping local organizations like Friends of Murphy Library and Silver Arts in the Senior Games.

Recently she and Steve added a new member to their family, a puppy they named Beemer, and she began taking photos as he grew. The result is her children’s book, Beemer’s Adventures. Hembree will share her own adventures in writing it.

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.

Join Jane and Beemer and learn how to publish your own story!



The 1930’s were not easy for families in New York City during the Great Depression. Eugene Jerome lived in one such family. He is a teenage Jewish boy living in a small Brooklyn apartment along with lots of relatives. How does he deal with it? He dreams of playing for the New York Yankees, or if that doesn’t work out, he’ll try writing for a living.

This Thursday, December 8 at 6 p.m., the Murphy Library is showing Brighten Beach Memoirs, a film written by playwright Neil Simon about his early life. Running time is 108 minutes and this 1986 film is rated PG-13. Jonathan Silverman and Blythe Danner play Eugene and his mother. Simon also gave the world The Odd Couple, Barefoot in the Park and The Sunshine Boys. Growing up is difficult, but laughter helps.

Call the library at 837-2417.

The year is 2003 and a TV news writer in New York has an opportunity to be an on-camera reporter covering the war in Afghanistan. She is ready to leave her desk job and quickly takes off wearing her bright colored backpack.

The Murphy Library is showing, Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot, a biographical film about a war correspondent with funny and also terrifying moments, this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. Tina Fey stars and the film is rated R. Running time is 112 minutes.


When a comedy writer for television wants to step back and write the great American novel, it is an up-hill battle. Even more so are the battles of wits he has with the women in his life. However he lives in New York and the music of George Gershwin helps him along.

The Murphy Library is showing Manhattan, an early Woody Allen comedy/romance with a little drama this Thursday at 6:00 p.m.  Allen made this film in black and white, a throwback to the early days of film that adds some artistic qualities.   The film is rated R and running time is 96 minutes. Starring Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway, and Meryl Streep.

Call the library at 837-2417.

It is the 1930’s and Novalyne Price is a schoolteacher in Texas when she meets handsome but moody writer Robert Howard. He has found his calling in writing pulp fiction stories for magazines. One is his best will be “Conan the Barbarian.”

The Murphy Library is showing The Whole Wide World, a story of writers, love, and friendship in rural Texas and is full of great acting, this Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The film is rated PG and running time is 111 minutes. This 1996 film stars Vincent D’Onofrio and Rene Zellweger, for whom it was a career starter. They make a great team.  In fact, Zellweger thanked D’Onofrio when she won an Oscar in 2003 for Cold Mountain.

D’Onofrio is from Brooklyn but he has strong ties to North Carolina along with his father Gene and sister Elizabeth. They founded the River Run Film Festival in Winston-Salem.

Call the library at 837-2417.

Please join Friends of Murphy Library for a potluck dinner this Tuesday, July 21 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.   Luck is not only on our side with delicious cooking by Friends’ members, but we are also lucky to have Bob Grove tell us about his love of words which he titles: “Writing – It’s All About Bob”


You can go to his web site for more about our wonderful friend, but here is a sampling of what he has to say for himself:

“Now retired after 35 years as founder of Grove Enterprises, an international supplier of radio communications equipment, Bob has more time to write. Most recently, he has published a mystery novella (Secrets of Magnolia Manor), his memoir (Misadventures of an Only Child), a collection of children’s stories (Adventures of Kaylie and Jimmy), and has written several flash fiction stories as well as some forgettable poetry. He has been awarded gold, silver and bronze medals in the Silver Arts literature competition.”

Don’t miss this evening!  Membership in the Friends is $10 per person or $25 per family.  Call 837-2417 for details.

If you love novels, whether reading or maybe writing one, you will want to join the Friends of Murphy Library at their first potluck of 2015 this coming Tuesday, April 21 at 6 p.m. in the library’s meeting room. Cherokee Scout columnist and novelist Wally Avett is our guest of honor.

Avett’s education started him off on his writing journey. He majored in journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and put that to use in the best way possible – writing for the Cherokee Scout. Asking questions, listening and writing every day can turn one into a storyteller for life. And that’s not a bad thing. His wealth of North Carolina stories has resulted in two novels, Murder in Caney Fork and Last Bigfoot in Dixie and there’s more to come.

Friends’ members and prospective members are invited to bring their favorite potluck dish for the 6 p.m. dinner. Membership is $10 per year. Call the library at 837-2417 for details.
Wallly Avett will speak at Friends’ Potluck Dinner this Tuesday, April 21 at 6 p.m.