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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,

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, 

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.

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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Scholastic Books sends their biggest truck laden with books for their book fair at the Murphy Library. That’s because children love to read in our town and parents and grandparents know books make great gifts.

Librarian Jeff Murphy announced that the truck would be arriving soon.  The Scholastic Book Fair will run from October 7 to October 19 in the main room of the library.

Jeff Murphy will be greeting a Scholastic Book truck the week of October 4 just like he greeted this truck in 2009. The Scholastic Book Fair will be held from October 7 to 17. All sorts of books will be available for purchase.

It’s not too early to find Christmas presents, assistant librarian Melissa Barker added.  Actually, anytime is a good time to buy a child a book.  Books include award-winning fiction, picture, easy reader and chapter books.  There are special bookmarks and software for sale too.  Adults will also find books.

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

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.