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After watching Robert Redford walk the Appalachian Trail, you may want to see the Murphy Library’s hiking movie. This one takes place in the French Alps.

The library is showing the Film Movement selection, If You Don’t, I Will this Thursday, September 17 at 6 p.m. Running time is 102 minutes and the film is in French with subtitles in English. It is not suitable for children. Read more and see trailer. Read the rest of this entry »

At first, the thought of Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini co-starring in a romantic movie together makes you wonder whether “Seinfeld meets the Sopranos” is a good idea.   However, watch them together on a first date and then a second, and you realize they are perfect cast.

The Murphy Library is showing Enough Said, a 2013 romantic comedy that has its own slice of drama this Thursday at 6 p.m. The film is rated PG-13 and running time is 93 minutes.

Eva is a divorced masseuse with a daughter going off to college. Albert is a divorced historian also with a daughter ready to do the same. They meet at a party and slowly start dating.   In addition Eva has a new client, Marianne, who is becoming a friend, although her constant complaints about her ex-husband become a bit too much. Call the library at 837-2417

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 »

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.

This week’s words for the 2010 Cherokee County Spelling Bee are from Slavic languages, and can be found on the National Spelling Bee web site, www.myspellit.com

mammoth   paprika   vampire   cravat   gulag

robot   troika   polka   sputnik   babushka

parka   samovar   tundra   glasnost   kasha

nebbish   knish   kremlin   sable   baba

This week’s words for the 2011 Cherokee County Spelling Bee are from Italian, and can be found on the National Spelling Bee web site, www.myspellit.com 

ravioli   palmetto   pistachio   mascara   cauliflower   crescendo

harmonica   ballerina   spaghetti   scenario   galleria

balcony   bandit   influenza   rotunda   ballot

confetti  cavalry   cadenza   graffiti

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.


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