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During World War I the fight against colonialism rages in the Middle East and the Ottoman Empire.   A young Bedouin boy name Theeb finds himself alone in the desert with a wounded man who could easily kill him.

The Murphy Library is showing Theeb, Film Movement’s version of a “Bedouin Western,” this Thursday at 6:00 p.m,. This film from Jordan includes award-winning acting, cinematography, screenplay, and music.   Running time is 100 minutes. In Arabic with subtitles in English. It is not rated but there is violence and it would only be suitable for high school with parental guidance.

First-time director, Naji Abu Nowar, agrees that this is the Bedouin version of a John Ford “Western.”   And to describe the essence of his film, he asks, “What would happen if you were stranded with your worst enemy but need their help to stay alive?”

Call the library at 837-2417 for details.


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!!!!!

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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




Hazel and Gus are dealing with the ravages of cancer and wondering what else life will throw at them.   Then they meet at a support group and find their eyes can still light up and smiles, even laughs, come easily.

The Murphy Library is showing The Fault in our Stars, an award-winning 2014 film about two teenage cancer patients this Thursday at 4:00 p.m. and again at 6:00 p.m. The film is rated PG-13 and running time is 126 minutes.

The teens also love to read and take a life affirming journey to Amsterdam to meet the author of a book that caught their attention in an emotional way.

This Thursday, December 17, at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., the Murphy Library is showing a Christmas movie about a boy who is at that age when he questions whether Santa Claus really exists. It takes a train ride to the North Pole to find the answer. And as the train moves along, the boy finds out more about himself as well. It’s the Polar Express!

The film is rated G and running time is 100 minutes. Tom Hanks stars in several roles.

Writer Chris Van Allsburg wrote the book. He studied art and sculpture in college and as the years went on he spent time drawing pictures. Then he was asked to write the story for a children’s book along with the pictures. Eighteen books and numerous awards later, he is still going strong.

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It is the 1930’s and Novalyne Price is a schoolteacher in Texas when she meets handsome but moody writer Robert Howard. He has found his calling in writing pulp fiction stories for magazines. One is his best will be “Conan the Barbarian.”

The Murphy Library is showing The Whole Wide World, a story of writers, love, and friendship in rural Texas and is full of great acting, this Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The film is rated PG and running time is 111 minutes. This 1996 film stars Vincent D’Onofrio and Rene Zellweger, for whom it was a career starter. They make a great team.  In fact, Zellweger thanked D’Onofrio when she won an Oscar in 2003 for Cold Mountain.

D’Onofrio is from Brooklyn but he has strong ties to North Carolina along with his father Gene and sister Elizabeth. They founded the River Run Film Festival in Winston-Salem.

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After a long day raking leaves, with whom would you like to spend some time?  Sulley and Mike?

This Thursday, October 8 at 6 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing Monsters, Inc. an animated movie about those wonderful miscreants of nature who try to scare children. Billy Crystal and John Goodman are the voices; that laughter you hear is your own.   The film is rated G and running time is 92 minutes.

Most of all, it is refreshing to find that what scares the bad guys most of all, are the good little children. Call the library at 837-2417.

“Have courage and be kind.” A dying mother tells her beloved daughter these words in the next movie at the Murphy Library and it resonates through the girl’s life, especially when she meets a prince of a man.

The library is showing the 2015 remake of Cinderella that classic fairy tale of a girl who loses both parents and is raised by a wicked stepmother. Directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Lily James from Downton Abbey, and Cate Blanchett, it was filmed throughout Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, England. This live action movie also is lot of fun, especially when a pumpkin explodes into a carriage. Running time is 105 minutes and the film is rated PG.

Call the library at 837-2417.