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Friends board member Mike Moumousis retired as vice president of Cox Enterprises and has traveled around the world. But he will always remember a moment in his school library when he was a third grader. He realized he was having a lot of trouble reading.

When he told the librarian his problem she quietly put a book in his hands that changed his life. “See if you can finish this,” she said.  It was Will James’ book Smoky the Cowhorse and it was a page-turner.  There was no way he could put it down. “It literally taught me how to read,” he said.

The Murphy Library has received twelve books by western writer Will James from the Will James Society Book Gifting Program thanks to the efforts of Friends’ board member Mike Moumousis. Ten-year-old McKenna Houston, daughter of Tammy Gibson, tries his cowboy hat and lariat as she admires the books.

Thanks to Moumousis, other children will discover a love for reading among the stories of horses, cowboys and the American West.  Moumousis contacted the Will James Society Book Gifting Program and as a result the library received twelve books by the cowboy-turned-writer.  The Society is located in Elko, Nevada.  Six of the books are for children to discover the joys of cowboy life.  The other six are for those many adult readers who love westerns.

Will James, born in Quebec in 1892, moved to the western United States before World War I.  In the 1920’s he began writing and illustrating his stories of cowboys, publishing Smoky the Cowhorse in 1927.  It was awarded the prestigious Newberry Medal for children’s fiction. The Will James Society understands the comfort these books bring – they also sends James’ novels to our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.  

His books are now in Murphy waiting for their pages to be turned by young and old.  Call 837-2417 to reserve one.

Friends’ board members Bob MacLean and Mike Moumousis did the ultimate job for the Friends’ Auction.  They picked up the Shopsmith Mark V tool system, loaded it in Mike’s truck and took it to Bob Grove Auctions.

Come to Friends of Murphy Library’s Auction this Saturday, August 7, and buy it for your favorite person.  He or she will thank you for a long time. 

The Silent Auction begins at 5 p.m., the Live Auction at 7 p.m., at Bob Grove Auctions, 7540 Highway 64, Brasstown, NC 28902, 6 miles east of Murphy, NC on “NEW” US 64.  Phone: 828-837-9200.  Free refreshments. Donations of finger food welcome.

But the Auction is for everyone —-handy or not —– want to go out to eat?  We have gift certificates to restaurants.  Want to get your hair done?  Bid on one of our beauty salon certificates. 

Friends' board members Bob MacLean and Mike Moumousis are all smiles as they survey Steve and Jane Hembree's donation of a Shopsmith Mark V tool system to Murphy Library's auction.

Longtime supporters Steve and Jane Hembree donated the Shopsmith Mark V.  The single machine contains a table saw, lathe, disc sander, vertical drill press and horizontal boring machine and fits into a two by six space. 



The auction has something for everyone.  Cooks will find cookbooks, dishes, a Carolina Crafting apron, and wear a Silva Gallery scarf while preparing trout from Andrews’s Carolina Mountain Trout. 

Still hungry?  Restaurant gift certificates include everyone from Doyle’s to Downtown Pizza, from Arby’s to Antica Roma.

Wagonmaster Adventure Ranch offers one night, Holiday Inn Express two nights. Bear Creek Mini-Golf, an outing for four.

Sue Ellen Woodford’s gift baskets coddle everyone from fishermen to coffee drinkers, with donations from Clay’s Corner, Yarn Circle, Blue Moon Elise, China Town, the Daily Grind and Wine, Calaboose Cellars, Dr. Dave Peters, and Crane Creek.

Animal, mineral or vegetable, whatever your heart’s desire, we have it.  Cash or checks accepted. Proceeds buy juvenile nonfiction at library.   Call 837-2417.


New Friends member Mike Moumousis has donated a framed portrait of the late Princess Diana for the Friends annual auction on August 8 at Grove Auctions.  Chinese rug will also be up for auction.  Silent Auction starts at 5:30 p.m., Live Auction at 7.  Call 837-2417  or come by the library to donate.