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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.

Classic steel mill movie at library

In the 1870’s, a Pittsburgh steel worker’s daughter goes to work as a maid for the factory’s owner, and there she falls in love with the owner’s son. Unfortunately he is engaged to someone else.

The Murphy Library is showing The Valley of Decision, a classic Oscar-winning 1945 film starring Greer Garson and Gregory Peck on Thursday at 6 p.m. Running time is 119 minutes and the film is not rated but would be appropriate for history-minded students.

The 19th century factories had wealthy owners and poor mill workers, but there were unions too, in many ways like today. All these characters can create tension, but perhaps be saved by romantic feelings.

The Murphy Library is showing With a Song in my Heart, a classic musical this week full of songs like Get Happy by Harold Arlen, Blue Moon by Rodgers and Hart, Embraceable You from George and Ira Gershwin, and I’ll Walk Alone by Jules Styne and Sammy Cahn.   Finally, there is an American medley of songs you will love.

The library is showing this true story Thursday at 6 p.m. Starring are Susan Hayward, Rory Calhoun, David Wayne, and a young Robert Wagner. The film is not rated but would be appropriate for high school and older. Running time is 117 minutes.

During World War II a young singer named Jane Froman begins her career on the radio. Soon the USO needs her to entertain the troops in Europe. On the way, her plane crashes in Spain. She survives but her legs are badly hurt and her career seems in jeopardy.

 

STEM is big news in education these days as elementary, middle and high schools promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.   Back in the 1950’s and 60’s, women were not often encouraged to study and take on STEM jobs.

This Thursday at 6 p.m, the Murphy Public Library is showing Hidden Figures, an award-winning 2016 film about the math geniuses working for NASA in 1961. The film is rated PG and running time is 127 minutes. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, and Kevin Costner.

Sixty years ago, no one would have guessed that a group of African-American women mathematicians could put the first man into space. All that has changed, thanks to their efforts, and to today’s educators.   Now female scientists, tech specialists, engineers and mathematicians are a normal occurrence.

The film was made throughout Georgia, in East Point, Georgia, (Katherine’s home), Morehouse College, Atlanta Georgia, (exterior scenes), Canton, Georgia, (Exterior of Library),  Atlanta, Georgia and Monroe, Georgia.

The Murphy Library is showing Blush, Film Movement’s drama from Israel, about two teenage girls who fall in love, this Thursday at 6 p.m. Running time is 81 minutes. In Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles.  Not rated but not appropriate for high school.


Call 837-2417.

 

If you like solving puzzles, the next Murphy Library movie is just what your brain needs. A Harvard professor specializing in deciphering symbols wakes up with amnesia in a hospital in Italy. With the help of a young doctor, he soon realizes the world may be in danger of a madman releasing a global virus.

This Thursday at 6 p.m., the library is showing Inferno, the latest action, adventure mystery based on a novel by Dan Brown. It stars Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones. Running time is 121 minutes and the film is rated PG-13.

Professor Robert Langdon and Dr. Sienna Brooks race across Europe looking for clues to foil this disaster. They find symbols everywhere, from Palazzo Vecchio in Florence to the Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy, and all are tied to Dante, of course!

Many reasons push someone to decide on a life of pacifism. One may be their faith, another may be living through violence while growing up. However, during World War II, refusing to carry a gun was not an option, at least until Desmond Doss arrived for basic training.

This Thursday at 6 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing Hacksaw Ridge, Mel Gibson’s Oscar-winning war drama. The film is rated R for intense graphic images of war violence. Running time is 139 minutes.

The commanders do not know how to push Doss to pick up a rifle.   Encouraging the other soldiers to beat him up and ordering a court-martial do not work. Finally Doss is made a medic and goes into battle with no way to defend himself.   But in the end…..he was awarded the Medal of Honor.  Watch this movie to find out why.

Call the library at 837-2417.

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