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Becky Thatcher Tea Party

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Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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The Becky Thatcher Tea Party is for ages 5-8 and will generate excitement for the characters in "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." Attendees will enjoy a real tea service with an etiquette coach to provide tips on the proper behavior at the table.This event is part of The Big Read. Read more about Becky Thatcher Tea Party

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Spring Celebration Storytime!

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Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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Join us for the great books, stay for the Dinosaur-Garden Hat craft and yummy refreshments! This event is sponsored by the Eleanor Murphy Friends of the Library. Read more about Spring Celebration Storytime!

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Murphy Book Club: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 11:30am to 12:00pm
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Mark Twain
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Perhaps the best-loved nineteenth-century American novel, Mark Twain's tale of boyhood adventure overflows with comedy, warmth, and slapstick energy. It brings to life and array of irresistible characters—the awesomely self-confident Tom, his best buddy Huck Finn, indulgent Aunt Polly, and the lovely, beguiling Becky—as well as such unforgettable incidents as whitewashing a fence, swearing an oath in blood, and getting lost in a dark and labyrinthine cave. Bring a brown bag luch and coffee will be provided. This novel is the 2010 selection for Alabama's state-wide The Big Read. Read more about Murphy Book Club: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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Murphy Book Club: The Glass Castle

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Jeanette Walls
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The Glass Castle

Walls, who spent years trying to hide her childhood experiences, allows the story to spill out in this remarkable recollection of growing up. From her current perspective as a contributor to MSNBC online, she remembers the poverty, hunger, jokes, and bullying she and her siblings endured, and she looks back at her parents: her flighty, self-indulgent mother, a Pollyanna unwilling to assume the responsibilities of parenting, and her father, troubled, brilliant Rex, whose ability to turn his family's downward-spiraling circumstances into adventures allowed his children to excuse his imperfections until they grew old enough to understand what he had done to them--and to himself. His grand plans to build a home for the family never evolved: the hole for the foundation of the The Glass Castle, as the dream house was called, became the family garbage dump, and, of course, a metaphor for Rex Walls' life. Shocking, sad, and occasionally bitter, this gracefully written account speaks candidly, yet with surprising affection, about parents and about the strength of family ties--for both good and ill. Read more about Murphy Book Club: The Glass Castle

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Murphy Book Club: The Help

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Kathryn Stockett
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The Help

In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women--black and white, mothers and daughters--view one another. Read more about Murphy Book Club: The Help

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Murphy Book Club: My Life in France

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Julia Child
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My Life in France

From the moment she and her husband Paul, who worked for the USIS, arrived in the fall of 1948, Julia had an awakening that changed her life. Soon this tall, outspoken gal from Pasadena, California, who didn't speak a word of French and knew nothing about the country, was steeped in the language, chatting with purveyors in the local markets, and enrolled in the Cordon Bleu. She teamed up with two fellow gourmettes, Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle, to help them with a book on French cooking for Americans. Filled with her husband's beautiful black-and-white photographs as well as family snapshots, this memoir is laced with wonderful stories about the French character, particularly in the world of food, and the way of life that Julia embraced so wholeheartedly. Read more about Murphy Book Club: My Life in France

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Murphy Book Club: The Art of Racing in the Rain

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Garth Stein
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The Art of Racing in the Rain

Nearing the end of his life, Enzo, a dog with a philosopher's soul, tries to bring together the family, pulled apart by a three year custody battle between daughter Zoe's maternal grandparents and her father Denny, a race car driver. Read more about Murphy Book Club: The Art of Racing in the Rain

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Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Mary Ann Shaffer
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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met. As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into his world, his island, his friends' taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Read more about Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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