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In a town in Flanders, the Flemish-speaking area of Belgium, two brothers commit a holdup in a home and only one of them escapes. The other is sentenced to four years in jail and never divulges the names of his co-conspirators: his girlfriend and his brother. After those four years he is released from jail and finds his girlfriend is now his ex-girlfriend.

The Murphy Library is showing the Belgian crime thriller, The Ardennes, the monthly selection from Film Movement, this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. The film is not rated but would not be appropriate for children. In Flemish, French, and Dutch with subtitles in English.

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.

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Sometimes a villain just wants to be a hero, at least for a day. Bad characters do have major roles in video games and books, but don’t they ever get a chance to be good once in a while?

Youth services librarian Bridget Wilson has the answer in this week’s Murphy Library movie as part of her Summer Reading Program, “On your mark, get set, read!  And the answer is……

This Thursday at 6:00 p.m. the library is showing Wreck-It Ralph, an animated movie that will make you laugh about a video game villain who wants to do the right thing, although he creates havoc along the way.   This comedy/adventure is rated PG and running time is 104 minutes.  Call the library at 837-2417.

Friends of Murphy Public Library have a new idea for their potlucks: get together for lunch! This year between spring and fall the Friends have divided their usual dinners into two lunches and two dinners.

The first potluck lunch is this coming Tuesday, April 26 at 12 noon in the library’s meeting room.   Librarian Jeff Murphy and assistant librarian Melissa Barker will be there along with Friends members.

The cost of membership in the Friends is $10 per year. This fun group works to enhance the library and fill its bookshelves. Everyone is welcome to bring their favorite potluck dish and meet their book and movie-loving neighbors.

Then come back on Wednesday, April 27 at 11:00 a.m. in the library meeting room, Friends’ member Nicky Grant will teach a Tech Class: Why Upgrade to Windows 10?

The Friends are also holding their spring Trash to Treasures Yard Sale the following week on Friday, May 6 from 9 to 2 and Saturday, May 7, from 9 to 1. Donations are gladly accepted anytime. For more information, call 837-2417. Want to volunteer?  Come by the library and sign up — we would love to have your help!


Here are some photos of art, antiques and unique items in the Murphy Public Library’s annual Silent Auction that takes place on August 22, Friday, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the final bids are taken up. What fun!

And do not miss the Cooking Supplies, Cookbook and Book Sales in the library’s back breezeway at the same time. If you love to cook you will love this sale. If you don’t cook, you will start.

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The Murphy Public Library Thursday film, WarGames, embodies the Summer Reading Program’s theme “Fizz Boom Read!” especially the potential for booms, and it is perfect for computer geeks. Read the rest of this entry »

Friends of Murphy Library are holding their popular annual Arts & Crafts & Craft Supplies Sale this Thursday and Friday, June 19 and 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will also be a Books in the Breezeway Sale in the back of the library.

Friends and local crafters are raising funds for prizes in the Cherokee County Middle Schools Spelling Bee, co-sponsored by The Cherokee Scout’s Newspaper in Education Program.

Crafters include Sammie Simpson, Jo-Ann Allen, Sharon Francis, Renata Craig, Margie King, Vivian Schell, Jan Ruiz, and Hollie Criswell.

Finished crafts are for sale along with quilt tops, sewing machines, fabric, beautiful yarns, flowers, baskets, jewelry items, and paper-crafting materials. Look around, you will find something fun! Call 837-2417 for more information, or better yet, just stop by.

Free demos are offered every half hour starting at 10:30 a.m.:

10:30 a.m. Quilter Louise MacDonald will share the secrets of hand-quilting.

11:00 a.m. Sammie Simpson teaches “The Care and Feeding of Vintage Sewing Machines”

12:00 Sharon Francis will demo the Envelope Punch Board, a Stampin’ Up! tool that create 66 different size envelopes and boxes too! Measurements are listed on the board. Come see how easy it is to make an envelope.

12:30 Edie Hantula will get you started in the wonderful art of woodcarving, a traditional Appalachian craft.

1:00 p.m. Sharon Francis introduces Project Life by Stampin’ Up! to help create quick stunning scrapbook pages that coordinate in colors and sizes to the Project Life page protectors. You have to see this!

1:30 p.m. Sammie Simpson will show you the proper “Care and Feeding of Vintage Sewing Machine.” Bring her your questions – she’s got the answers.

Friends’ volunteer Linda Perry previews crafts and supplies donated for sale at Murphy Library June 19 and 20.

The May 20 potluck dinner that Friends of Murphy Library enjoyed at the library was made that much more satisfying when they were able to sample some of the bread Nicky Grant had made with her and Sandra McKinney’s bread recipes. Then they heard good advice about selling on eBay from Friends’ Board member Sonia Roberts.

Sandra McKinney and Nicky Grant show off the wonderful bread dough they made as they gave the Friends a baking course.

Sandra McKinney and Nicky Grant show off the wonderful bread dough they made as they gave the Friends a baking course.

Friends Board member Sonia Roberts gives Friends a crash course in selling on eBay with great details.

Friends Board member Sonia Roberts gives Friends a crash course in selling on eBay with great details.

Seven-year-old Gracey Sneed is a first grader at Martins Creek Elementary School and loves to read. She visited the Murphy Library recently with her father Eric Sneed and previewed donated items for the Friends of Murphy Library Trash to Treasures Sale.

The Trash to Treasures Sale takes place this Friday, May 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the library’s meeting room along with a book sale in the back of the library.

While a funny red animal in a gold vase caught Gracey’s eye, buyers will find a lot more on the tables and under them. Funds raised will help the library buy more books and media for all ages. Perhaps even more of Gracey’s favorites, the Junie B. Jones books and the Katie Kazoo series. Call 837-2417 for details.


The year is 1914 and World War I has begun to rage across Europe. Rage is the only word for a war that would ultimately take 9 million lives. In one section of France, French and Scottish soldiers fight the Germans in trench warfare.

Suddenly, Christmas Eve is upon them and within their trench, a soldier begins to sing a Christmas song, then — a Scottish soldier plays the bagpipes.

The Murphy Library is showing a 2005 film from France, Joyeux Noel, about one Christmas Eve when soldiers put down their guns, this Thursday, December 12 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Running time is 116 minutes and the film is rated PG-13. In English, French and German with English subtitles.
Call 837-2417 for details.

This Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. the Murphy Public Library is showing a funny, touching coming of age story about a shy teenager who goes to work helping a retired actress, partly to get away from his domineering mother. The actress, Evie, may be retired from acting, but not from acting alive and that is just the push that young Ben needs to jumpstart his own life.

Starring Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint as Ben, Julie Walters as Evie, and Laura Linney as Laura Marshall, Ben’s mother. The film is rated PG-13 and is not appropriate for young children. Running time is 98 minutes.

Filmed through England and Scotland at Burnham Beeches, Buckinghamshire; Debenham House, Addison Road, Holland Park; London; and Edinburgh, Scotland.

Call 837-2417 for details.

Murphy librarians Melissa Barker and Jeff Murphy show off the trophies they won at the Cherokee County Chili Cook-off.  They are now running the Scholastic Book Fair through November 4.  Call 837-2417.

Murphy librarians Melissa Barker and Jeff Murphy show off the trophies they won at the Cherokee County Chili Cook-off. They are now running the Scholastic Book Fair through November 4. Call 837-2417.

Librarians Jeff Murphy and Melissa Barker were all smiles at the Murphy Public Library last week as they showed off their trophies.  They and their staff had won two awards at the 18th annual Cherokee County Chili Cook-off on October 12.  One was for Showmanship and the other was the People’s Choice award.

However, these chili cooks who also love books, are not taking it easy.  They have a Scholastic Book Fair opening today, October 23 and running until November 4.

The fall Scholastic Book Fair is the best time to look for Christmas and holiday gifts for children, teens and even adults.  Mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy and lots of funny books line the tables at the library.  The stocking stuffers of writing pens, word pointers and bookmarks may also bring smiles, just like the chili trophies brought smiles to the staff at the library.

The library accepts credit cards, cash and checks.  Call 837-2417 for details.