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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


Friends of Murphy Library are holding their popular Crafts and Crafts Supplies Sale along with a Book Sale Thursday and Friday, July 21 & 22  from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Eleven local crafts people as well as volunteers sell crafts, fabrics, all sorts of art supplies, and give free crafty advice!

Sellers are: Ronney Craig, Sharon Francis, Sammie Simpson, Jo Ann Allen, Bobbie Allen, Vivien Schell, Carol Orloff, Joanne Donaldson, Rikki Wocell, Joan Block and Millie Crawford.

Volunteers Louise MacDonald, Scotty Plappert, Barbara Mansfield, Brenda McQuillan, Carolyn Girvin, Karen Francis, Irene Schrimshaw, and Susan Severance will be happy to help you.

Books of all types are also for sale in the library’s back breezeway.

Demo Schedule  Thursday July 21

10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Sammie Simpson will teach “The Care and Feeding of Vintage Sewing Machine” – bring her your questions – she knows how to maintain a machine.

Friday July 22

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

11:30 Sharon Francis demos card making and has each participant make a card to take with them.

12:30 Ronney Craig demonstrates how the Creative Memories Border Maker works using cartridges to get many different designs. These borders can be used for scrapbooking, card making, and other hobbies. She’ll show how easy it is to get a professional looking card in a short time.

1:30 Sharon Francis will do another demo – to be decided.

2:30 p.m. Ronney Craig demonstrates how to use the Creative Memories Border Maker to combine 2 cartridges for a unique design for cards or scrapbooking pages. See how this easy-to-use tool can create some WOW looks!

Friends of Murphy Library sponsor the sale to buy prizes for the Cherokee County Schools Spelling Bee, co-sponsored by the Cherokee Scout’s Newspaper in Education program. Call 837-2417 for details.

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.

 “I want to help get more books for the library,” Hiwassee Dam resident Lili Molina told Murphy Library head librarian Jeff Murphy during a recent visit.  When asked her age, she emphatically stated, “I’m still four.” Her parents Becky and Mario Molina encourage her reading, but her interest in fundraising is all her own idea.

When Murphy heard Lili’s comment he pulled out baseballs and mitts to show her how willing he was to play ball her way.  The baseball items and lots more will be in Friends of Murphy Library’s Trash to Treasures Yard Sale this Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Funds raised will help the library do what Lili and many other readers want:  buy more books for all ages.

Donations are still being accepted.  Call 837-2417 for details.

The Friends’ Wine Tasting Party at Cherokee Cellars Winery and Art Gallery is the perfect opportunity for Friends members who love to cook:  we need volunteers to bring finger foods for the refreshment table.  Here’s the chance to find just the right hors d’oeuvres to go with wine.  They could be savory; they could be sweet.  Experimenting is okay.  There are no bad cooks among the Friends members. Read the rest of this entry »

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all Murphy Library patrons who have donated such wonderful items to the Silent Auction scheduled for August 19 and 20.

Do you have something special you want to include in our auction?  Bring it by the library and make the librarians smile.

Take a look at these:

Do you have a special friend who would like these bowls that Jeff Murphy holds? And check out the Romanian glass candlesticks on the book case. Cut glass will fit any decor.


Yes, cats are allowed to receive presents too.


And check out this beautiful Pfaltzgraff service for 8. Anyone you know getting married soon? What a lovely wedding gift this would be.


The award-winning local crochet artist Millie Crawford donated one of her princess dolls for your special princess.


Leonard Cohen is a poet, singer and songwriter whose songs are like Appalachian ballads.  Some are mournful.  Others are joyful.  All are glorious.   My favorites are  “Hallelujah,” “Suzanne,” and “Anthem.”  Heck, all his songs are my favorites.

The Murphy Library is showing a 2005 documentary about the Montreal-born writer which includes these and other songs.  Director Lian Lunson highlights performances from a tribute to Cohen at the Sidney Opera House.  Rufus Wainwright, his sister Martha and his late mother Kate McGarrigle sing Cohen’s haunting songs along with Beth Orton, Jarvis Cocker and others.

The film is rated PG-13 and will be screened Thursday at 3:15 p.m. and again at 6 p.m.  Running time is 105 minutes.  Call 837-2417 for details.

Elo-ly Bailey, president of the Friends of Murphy Public Library and her husband Corey, who is also a board member had a wonderful surprise at the annual Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce dinner.  Chamber board member, David Brown presented Bailey with a beautiful engraved award to the Friends as the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce’s 2010 Community Organization of the Year.

The 2010 Friends of Murphy Public Library board includes: Front row: Julie Chautin, Jeff Murphy, librarian, and Elo-ly Bailey, president (l to r) and Back Row: Mike Moumousis, Diane Hines, Melissa Barker, assistant librarian, Corey Bailey, Louise MacDonald, Sonia Roberts, and Bob MacLean (l to r).

The Friends have been active since 2005 when then-librarian Teresa Thomas got a gleam in her eye, found some friendly volunteers, and the rest is history.  That history is filled with auctions, yard and book sales, a writing club and book club, Christmas decorations, a book sale room, book signings, and art exhibits.

Friends' first president Judy Whitaker accepts the Friends' first award from Friends of North Carolina libraries, Margaret Andrews as then-librarian Teresa Thomas looks on.

And the same night the Friends received their award, one of the first artists to make a presentation at the library also received an award.  Mike Lalone was crowned Citizen of the Year/Duke Power Citizenship Award. 

 The resident artist at the John C. Campbell Folk School founded the local Empty Bowls event to raise money for local food banks, and volunteers at the Learning Center.  He has donated one of his wonderful pieces of pottery every year for the Friends’ auction.  Congratulations, Mike – well done!

The 2009 Auction Committee met after the auction to share war stories. Standing (l to r): Teresa Thomas, Corey Bailey, Marilyn Barke, Elo-ly Bailey, Diane Hines, Melissa Barker and Mike Moumousis.  Seated: Nora King, Claire Groff, Jeff Murphy, and Kathy Hoyt. 


Many thanks to former Board members Marlene Winkelman, Gwen Appleget and Fran McCord for the book sale room, the fundraising cookbook, the monthly book club, and Christmas gingerbread houses.

Times are tough these days, but in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, called favelas, life has never been easy.  Irlan and his friend Isabella, however, have their eyes on a prize.  The teenagers want to become professional ballet dancers. 

The Murphy Public Library is showing Film Movement’s touching documentary, “Only When I Dance,” this Thursday at 6 p.m.  In Portuguese with subtitles in English, the film runs 78 minutes.



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The young Kurdish refugee wants to swim the English Channel for love.  The French swimming coach wants to save his own marriage.  They help each other with surprising results.


The Murphy Library is showing the French film “Welcome” at 6 p.m. Thursday. It is this month’s selection from Film Movement.  The film is not rated and runs 105 minutes.


Bilal is a 17-year-old Kurdish refugee who has followed the girl he loves through Europe.  She has moved to England and he is desperate to follow her.  But border guards at Calais, France stop him – – – and he sees no alternative but to swim across the English Channel.  He just needs to practice.


Simon is a middle-aged swimming coach going through a divorce.  His wife helps refugees and he thinks that if he helps Bilal, his wife may reconsider the divorce.


Director Philippe Lioret’ story of refugees in France was nominated for ten Cesar Awards, France’s Oscar, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Breakout Performance.

Call the library at 837-2417.

If words like saxophone, trumpet, trombone, congas and bongos get your attention, try the next Murphy Library Thursday night movie.  “Calle 54” is full of jazz, Latin jazz from Tito Puente to Gato Barbieri.  The library movie starts at 6 p.m. and runs 105 musical minutes.

In 2000 Spanish director Fernando Trueba filmed his favorite Latin jazz artists playing their music in Sony’s studios on 54th Street in New York City, thus, the Calle 54 name.  He also filmed them walking their home turf, like Jerry González and the Fort Apache band visiting the Bronx.

And girls can play jazz too.  Eliane Elias is Brazilian, born with the graceful samba beat in her blood.  She plays jazz piano barefoot and it’s a sight to behold.

Argentinean Gato Barbieri plays his sax. Tito Puente conducts his band perfectly (and just a few weeks before he passed away).  Cuban pianists, Bebo Valdes and his son Chucho, who live on opposite sides of the world, play a duet.  Do you like flamenco?  Try Spanish pianist Chano Dominguez and his jazz.  There are thirteen musicians in all and all are unforgettable.

Call the library at 837-2417

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.