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The Crafts Supplies along with the Book Sale & Cooking Supplies Sale take place this Thursday and Friday, July 20 and 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the library in downtown Murphy.   Everyone is welcome.

Eight local crafts people as well as volunteers sell crafts, fabrics, all sorts of art supplies, and give free crafty advice! Sellers are: Bobbie Allen, Jo Ann Allen, Joan Block, Ronney Craig, Joanne Donaldson, Sharon Francis, and Sammie Simpson. The Friends also sell wonderful fabrics and craft & art supplies donated by library patrons.

Free demos include sewing machine maintenance on Thursday and other demos on Friday.   Books of all types and cooking supplies will fill the library’s back breezeway.

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.

 

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

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Vase by Mike Lalone2016 Silent Auction Mike Lalone

Quilt by Sammie Simpson

2016 Silent Auction Sammie Simpson quilt

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Going out to the movies is a fun pastime, especially when your local theater has all the technical upgrades. The next movie at the Murphy Library takes place when technical improvements meant “sound” and it is the perfect movie for anyone, any age, who loves to dance!

The library is showing Singin’ in the Rain, a 1952 musical comedy about the time in the 1920’s when silent films turned into “talkies,” starring Gene Kelly, and the very young Debbie Reynolds, Rita Moreno and Cyd Charisse. Running time is 103 minutes and the film is not rated but would be appropriate for any age.

After the success of the first talking picture, The Jazz Singer, Hollywood producers knew they had to add sound. But how would that work when some actors had terrible voices? Maybe singing dancers would move the movie along.

Call the library at 837-2417.

 

The year is 1943 and the German army is taking over the Netherlands. Two boys in a small village are best friends, even though one boy’s parents side with the Nazis and the other’s help the resistance.

The Murphy Library is showing a Film Movement drama from the Netherlands, Secrets of War, this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. Running time is 95 minutes. In Dutch with subtitles in English. The film is not rated but may be appropriate for high school students.

One day a girl moves to the village to stay with relatives and befriends the boys. The three are good friends until one day the girl tells only one boy a secret he must not share with anyone else.

Filmed in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.  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!

 

The next Murphy Library movie is a true story from the late 1800’s in rural France. A humble artisan and his wife bring their 14-year-old daughter, Marie, to a special boarding school, the Larnay Institute.   Marie, like Helen Keller, was born deaf and blind and struggles in her world.

The library is showing Marie’s Story from Film Movement, this Thursday, April 28 at 6 p.m.   Running time is 95 minutes and the film is shown in French and with sign language. Title role played by deaf student, Ariana Rivoire. The film is suitable for high school and above.

The Larnay Institute in central France is run by Catholic nuns. They teach deaf girls and save them from being sent to an asylum.   However, they never had a student both deaf and blind, nor as out of control as Marie. Nevertheless, young Sister Marguerite senses something in the young girl and convinces the Mother Superior to let her stay. Call 837-2417 for details.

Wes Craven directed Music of the Heart, the next Murphy Library movie, but it’s not one of his “slasher” films, it has violins and determined students. He tells the true story of a teacher who starts a violin program in New York City’s East Harlem schools and fights to keep it going.

The library is showing Music of the Heart, Thursday. April 14 at 6:00 p.m. Running time is 124 minutes and the film is rated PG. It stars Meryl Streep, Aidan Quinn, Gloria Estefan, Angela Bassett, and Cloris Leachman.

Roberta Guaspari is a newly divorced mother with two young sons when she takes the teaching job in the woefully underprivileged schools of East Harlem. Her students are young and she is tough and together they learn to make music. Then, after ten years of success, the school board guts the program funding.

How will these young musicians learn so they play at Carnegie Hall? Maybe someone needs to contact Itzak Perlman, Isaac Stern, Mark O’Connor and other renown violinists and see if they will help.

Don’t miss seeing how this plays out.  Call the library at 837-2417.

A young man in Chad loves to dance even with a bad leg but when he needs money for his sick stepfather, he loses his rhythm and goes to the dark side. The Murphy Library is showing Film Movement’s Grigris, this Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. It has romance, crime and lots of thrills. Running time is 101 minutes and the film is shown in French and Arabic with English subtitles.

The cinematography captures the African nation of Chad magnificently, whether in the city or a tiny country village.

Call the library at 837-2417 for details.

Joe DiMaggio was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. So was Ted Williams. In fact there was no one left to play baseball, until someone decided to start the All-American Girls Baseball League. It was a winner.

The Murphy Public Library is showing A League of Their Own,  the 1992 film about the WWII girls’ baseball teams in honor of all women athletes, but especially to honor our own Cherokee County girls’ softball teams.

The film will be screened Thursday at 6 p.m. and is rated PG. Running time is 128 minutes. Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Rosie O’Donnell and Madonna star. Call 837-2417 for details.  And remember, THERE IS NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!

There is also a question (from my husband, Jerry) about whether this team played softball or hardball.  Actually, according to the following study, it started as softball, and gradually got harder and harder….

http://www.exploratorium.edu/baseball/girls_3.html

Friends’ vice president, Bob MacLean and his wife Gail have made a special donation to Friends of Murphy Library’s Silent Auction, August 9, – this Friday! – from 10 a.m. til 2p.m. — a trail bike in perfect condition!! 

Read what Bob has to say:

“The bike is a Mongoose sycamore trail bike with 21 gears, air pump, water bottle, helmet, tools and toolbag with riding gloves.  It has had very little use since bought several years ago and is in excellent condition. Based on today’s market I would estimate its value at least at $300.”

Now take a look.  Then scroll down to see more Silent Auction treasures.

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The Friends of Murphy Public Library are holding our major fundraiser this coming Friday, August 9.  The Silent Auction will be overflowing with treasures in the meeting room from 10 a.m. until the final bids are picked up at 2 p.m.

Meanwhile volunteer Nora King and her compatriots have spread out the goodies in the back breezeway of the library with Cooking and Kitchen Supplies and Book Sales: wonderful cookbooks have been donated, and nonfiction and fiction books fill the bookcases. 

Don’t miss either of these sales!

Friends’ board member Karen Francis has donated one of artist Kym Miller’s Underground Railroad messenger dolls. This has a special meaning to the arts community and those who loved her art since Miller passed away recently.

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Scroll down for more photos of silent auction treasures:

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Spelling Bee Challenge Words

Here are the Spelling Bee Challenge Words for the 2013-2014 Spelling Bee taking place on October 17, 2013 at Martins Creek School.

Study these after you have mastered the Spelling Bee Study Words (See separate list of  Spelling Bee Study Words 2013-2014).

The Spelling Bee will focus on the Spelling Bee Study Words but also may include words from the Challenge Words and from the Merrriam Webster Dictionary  Read the rest of this entry »


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