Voices of Wisdom

Only you can tell the story of your life! Voices of Wisdom, free writing classes for seniors 55 and up, will help you put your memories to paper.  Participants enjoy a 2-hour class each week designed to stimulate memories and to write these stories and moments down in an artistic and professional manner. Trained writers and teachers from Manzanita Writer's Press lead the sessions and assist writers in drafting and polishing writing.


When: Fridays in March from 1-3 PM upstairs at Murphys Library (no class 3/3)
For more information, contact Instructor Sally Kaplan at 310/927-6929 

Where the Crawdads Sing

By Delia Owens

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life--until the unthinkable happens. Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder.

 Yoga & Meditation

Free Community Class
   Murphys Community Library


Tuesdays March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2  
Yoga at 3:00pm - Meditation at 4:00pm

 Thursday March 5, April 9, May 7, June 4

Yoga at 9:00 am - Meditation at 10:00am

The Honey Bus

By Meredith May

An extraordinary story of a young girl who finds solace in one of nature’s most mysterious and beguiling creatures: the honeybee. When the author Meredith May was five years old, her parents split up and suddenly she found herself in the care of her grandfather, an eccentric beekeeper who made honey in a rusty old military bus in the yard. That first close encounter with a bee was at once terrifying and exhilarating for May, and in that moment she discovered that everything she needed to know about life and family was right before her eyes, in the secret world of bees. May was drawn to the art of beekeeping as an escape from her troubled reality. The bees became a guiding force in May’s life, teaching her about family and community, loyalty and survival and the unequivocal relationship between a mother and her child. Part memoir, part beekeeping odyssey, The Honey Bus is a remarkable story about finding a home in the most unusual of places, and how a tiny, little-understood insect could save a life. 

A community member has offered to lead yoga and meditation sessions at the library! June completed her yoga training at the Yoga Loft in Sonora. She is a retired school teacher and has graciously and generously offered to share her time to help others in the community experience the benefits of yoga and/or meditation. 


These will be beginner/introductory level sessions; all are welcome. Those that have mats should bring them to yoga, but some mats will be available for those that would like to borrow one.  Nothing is required for meditation as we will use chairs.  Patrons/community members can attend one or both of the sessions on each day.

  Open Tuesday through Saturday 11:00-4:00  

March Book Club

March 5, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

The book club meets at the Murphys Volunteer Library. In March we'll be discussing two current and exciting novels.