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The Friends of Murphy Library’s 2016 annual Silent Auction runs from Thursday August 25 ending on Saturday, August 27 at 12:30 p.m.

In addition, the Cooking & Kitchen Supplies Sale takes place on Friday only, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations of kitchen items may be dropped off at the library anytime.

Items for the Silent Auction have been coming in from near and far and include a large number of gift certificates, as well as art, crafts, antiques and unique gifts.  Check out photos below of librarian Jeff Murphy showing some of the wonderful pieces in this year’s auction.

Donations are welcome anytime!  AND you can bring by items for our free refreshments on August 27 also much appreciated, such as cheese & crackers, cookies, cakes, whatever you like to make.  Thank you for everything!!!!!

Call 837-2417.

Below: doll made by Charlie Patricolo2016 Silent Auction Charlie Patricolo doll

2016 Silent Auction fabric crafts2016 Silent Auction books

Vase by Mike Lalone2016 Silent Auction Mike Lalone

Quilt by Sammie Simpson

2016 Silent Auction Sammie Simpson quilt

2016 Silent Auction painting2016 Silent Auction patchwork children's quilt2016 Silent Auction Pumpkin2016 Silent Auction vases & Chinese jars2016 Silent Auction XBox2016 Silent Auction dolls


When a movie score grabs your attention at the opening, not the closing, credits, that is one to watch. The next Murphy Library movie, The Journey of Natty Gann, offers music with feeling, wild train rides, and a wolf ready to be a best friend.

The library is showing this family adventure film about the Great Depression this Thursday at 6 p.m. Running time is 101 minutes and the film is rated PG. Meredith Salenger and John Cusack star.

Natty Gann is twelve-years-old. Her mother has died and she lives with her father in Chicago. When he is offered work in Washington State, he must leave her with a not-so-nice guardian. Soon she runs away, hops a train, and heads out west to find her beloved father.

Composer James Horner wrote the score and British Columbia offered its trains and scenery. Call the library at 837-2417.

Joe DiMaggio was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. So was Ted Williams. In fact there was no one left to play baseball, until someone decided to start the All-American Girls Baseball League. It was a winner.

The Murphy Public Library is showing A League of Their Own,  the 1992 film about the WWII girls’ baseball teams in honor of all women athletes, but especially to honor our own Cherokee County girls’ softball teams.

The film will be screened Thursday at 6 p.m. and is rated PG. Running time is 128 minutes. Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Rosie O’Donnell and Madonna star. Call 837-2417 for details.  And remember, THERE IS NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!

There is also a question (from my husband, Jerry) about whether this team played softball or hardball.  Actually, according to the following study, it started as softball, and gradually got harder and harder….

A sweet puppy finds his way into a home with two children eager for a playmate.  Is everyone is happy?  Certainly not their father, especially when the puppy grows into a St. Bernard.

What’s more, this is a breed with lots of brainpower.

The Murphy Library is showing a movie about good guys, bad guys, and one very smart dog this Thursday, March 7, at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.  The film is rated PG and runs for 87 minutes.

The screenplay is by John Hughes who wrote Sixteen Candles and Home Alone, among countless other films.  Don’t be surprised to find an evil veterinarian who does terrible things. However, all is not lost.  A Jack Russell Terrier is part of the mix, just to keep things lively. 

Call the library at  837-2417.


Three characters in the next library movie will stay with you long after the credits roll.  Solo is a smiling taxicab driver from Senegal.  Alex, the young daughter of Solo’s Mexican-American wife is intelligent and inquisitive, and he loves her as his own. William, a white Southerner, has no urge to smile or be inquisitive.

The library is showing Goodbye, Solo,  a story of friendship and caring, of hope and despair, Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. by North Carolina born filmmaker Ramin Bahrani, a past Guggenheim Fellow.  The film was made in Winston-Salem and Blowing Rock, North Carolina.  Running time is 91 minutes and the film rated R.

Solo is driving his cab one night when he picks up William to carry him back to his motel.  William has another request.  In two weeks he wants a ride to the mountaintop at Blowing Rock. He’s willing to pay $1,000.  He does not mention a return trip.  Call 837-2417 for details.

If you think working in a bookstore is a quiet job, check out the Murphy Library movie this Thursday, January 10.  A fashion photographer wants a photo-shoot in a setting that would make both the model and her clothes look smart.  When he and his crew invade a Greenwich Village bookstore he creates havoc for the saleslady as he snaps away.

To his credit the photographer stays behind to help the young woman.   Later he sees that he has included her in one of his photos.  She is very photogenic.  Would she be interested in being a model?  No.  What if the agency were to take her on a photo shoot to Paris?  Well, maybe.

The library is showing Funny Face,  the classic 1957 film about falling in love while dancing through the streets of Paris to the music of George Gershwin, starring Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn.  Screenings are at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday.  The film is not rated.  Running time is 103 minutes.  To see the trailer, go to or call 837-2417.

This coming Thursday, August 23, the Murphy Library is showing King of Devil’s Island, a Norwegian film from Film Movement at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. A young man is sent to an infamous boys’ island reformatory.  In Norwegian w/ English subtitles. Not for young children.  115 min.

“Haunting! Skarsgård is excellent as always and moody atmospherics enhance the conventional structure.” – Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

“Excellent! Marius Holst gives the proceedings a fresh look, thanks to his sturdy acting, direction and cinematography.” – V.A. Musetto, New York Post

“Conceptually ambitious…[KING OF DEVIL’S ISLAND] evokes a blood-chilling climate of eternal winter.” – Stephen Holden, The New York Times