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Brasstown resident Bob Grove and his wife Judy have been strong supporters of Friends of Murphy Public Library since its beginnings.  In addition has a special interest in geology, gems and minerals.  He will be combining both by sharing his discoveries of “Gems in the Mountains” with Friends of Murphy Public Library at our potluck on Tuesday, August 20 at 6 p.m. in the library’s meeting room.  Bring your favorite dish and come to learn more about our mountains.

Bob, ca. 2007

 Bob majored in biology in college, minored in psychology, and took numerous courses in geology.  Those gems and minerals he studies help him delve deeper into his love for the earth.

He also is teaching a popular “Mountains and Minerals” course in October at the John C. Campbell Folk School, taking students on field trips to collect specimens.

Bob will bring in specimens of rocks and minerals from Southern Appalachia, perhaps creating a special interest for someone else.

Membership in the Friends is $10 per year and new members are always welcome.  Call 837-2417 for details.

Nora King hands Friends' gavel to Elo-ly Bailey

Nora King has resigned as president of Friends of Murphy Public Library due to increased travel plans and time away from Murphy.   But never fear – she has placed the gavel into the capable hands of Elo-ly Bailey.   And Nora takes on the role of Chair of Fundraising.  Retired she certainly is NOT.

Elo-ly has been working closely with Nora and often running meetings in Nora’s absence.  She will do a great job as president.  

 Nora has been reminiscing about her tenure with the Friends:
I knew the staff at Murphy Public Library was dedicated and talented, however, being President of Friends I became even more aware of their abilities–that was an exciting discovery. 

Librarians Melissa Barker and Jeff Murphy

I was acquainted with many of the Friends’ Board members and knew they were a dedicated and talented group.   However, I learned the full extent of their dedication and talent during these last couple of years.
I have the memory of Sonia and Frank Roberts loading, without one word of complaint, yard sale items into their truck during a light rain.

 And Julie Chautin being able to take any Friends’ activity and make an interesting newspaper story out of the tidbits she was given. 

 The generosity of individuals and businesses in the Murphy area constantly impresses me.  I remember how excited we were when Teresa Thomas and I went to the home of Bob and Faye Strang and realized the treasures they were giving the library for its 2009 auction. 

Corey Bailey and auctioneer Bob Grove with King Tut

 I had a small sense of the thrill experienced by Howard Carter who discovered King Tut’s tomb in 1922.  Mr. Carter couldn’t have been any happier than Nora King!  Of course one of the items the Strangs gave us was a replica of King Tut’s sarcophagus.
(By the way, Larry and I are going to Egypt in March and will certainly visit the Valley of Kings.)
I remember the moment in May when the management at KIA gave us ten oil changes for the library auction–I had tears of joy because of this generosity in difficult economic times. (I’ve seriously thought about buying a KIA although I’ve never owned any vehicle that wasn’t a Ford product.)

Matt Nadler from Kia

 
I remember when Vivian Schell told me that Friends could have the “leftovers” from the Appalachian Crafters yard sale for our October yard sale and how exciting it was to see how much of value there was in those boxes. 
 I think about Bob and Judy Grove and their willingness to share their building space for our auction and Bob’s willingness to serve as auctioneer for these five years. 

Larry King helped the Friends with his "Bird Condo"

And, there are many more memories but I’m getting too sentimental so I’ll close with one final comment.  As the Friends’ Chair of Fundraising, I look forward to building even more memories in 2010.  Bob Hope said, “Thanks for the memories” and I thank the library staff, the Friends’ Board and members, and the Murphy community for all the wonderful memories.

Friends of Murphy Library welcomed auctioneer Bob Grove to their monthly meeting to review ideas for the next auction.  They also presented him with an African drum to add to his collection.  (Sorry, Judy, but we know Bob will play softly).

While Bob was in Murphy he also drummed up support for the coming season of the Brasstown Concert Association.  This wonderful group brings nationally-recognized chamber groups to Brasstown.  They play at the John C. Campbell Folk School and the experience is one to treasure.

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Library volunteer Corey Bailey and auctioneer Bob Grove (l to r) prepare for Murphy Library’s August 8 auction starting at 5: 30 p.m. at Grove Auctions where they will find this beautiful sarcophagus a new home.

 

Yes it is an exquisite reproduction of the ancient sarcophagus  of King Tut.   Local residents Faye and Bob Strang have given the Murphy Library this treasure for our August 8 auction at Bob Grove Auctions.  The Silent Auction starts at 5:30 p.m.; the Live Auction at 7.  There will be bountiful free refreshments.  Grove Auctions is located in Clay County, North Carolina on Highway 64 East, two miles east of Murphy Medical Center.


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