April is National Poetry Month, so we are featuring local poet Monika Rose! Click the menu link (under Home) to learn more about this local author.


Also be sure to visit the branch and check out the display case featuring local artists!


National Readathon Day - April 23rd: Last year's inaugural Readathon Day put the national spotlight on reading in support of the National Book Foundation's literacy programs. Individuals contributed to ALA and Every Child Ready to Read by visiting the Firstgiving Fundraising page.


This year, also visit http://readwell.penguinrandomhouse.com/ between April 17 - 23 to read free, timed excerpts from Penguin Random House books and authors; the minutes you contribute by reading will trigger book donations to help young readers in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

Thank You, Volunteers!

This year, Murphys Library was visted by a Firefighter, a Ninja Turtle, Iron Man, several lovely princesses, and others! Librarian Kris provided snacks, crafts, and games to keep everyone happily entertained. We also had special guests - a face painter and a master gardener - who volunteered their talents for the event. Thank you to all our participants for a fun-filled Earth Day! 


Dressup Day Success!

What is your librarian an expert in?  Let the world know that you appreciate your "expert in the library" during National Library Week.

April is All About Libraries!

Illustration by Dave Gano

D.E.A.R: Beverly Cleary wrote about D.E.A.R. in Ramona Quimby, Age 8. Since then, “Drop Everything and Read” programs have been held nationwide on April 12th in honor of Mrs. Cleary’s birthday. We figured, why not “drop” the “day” and celebrate our beloved author, her timeless stories, and the joy of reading for the full month. So, “drop” by this website all month long in April, and anytime you want to make reading a priority! 

School Library Month: every April school librarians are encouraged to host activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in transforming learning. Watch Andy Weir, author of the New York Times best-seller “The Martian,” as the national spokesperson for the 2017 celebration of School Library Month. 

The Murphys Volunteer Library serves our community with literature,

audio books, DVDs, free wifi, meeting space, and dynamic programming.

Murphys Library celebrated its volunteers & staff this year with a lovely Appreciation Brunch. Board members provided food & drinks, and a beautiful cake from Butter & Cream bakery. Many thanks to all who have contributed - and continue to contribute - to the success of Murphys Volunteer Library!


Post your response (can be text, a photo or a video) to Twitter, Instagram, or directly to the I Love Libraries Facebook page between Saturday, April 8 (noon CT) and Saturday, April 15 (noon CT). Be sure to include the hashtag #expertinthelibrary for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card. Extra points if you tag your library in the post!

National Library Workers Day - Tuesday, April 11th: a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. Nominate a STAR worker at your library!


​National Bookmobile Day - Wednesday, April 12th:  an opportunity for bookmobiles fans to make their support known—through thanking bookmobile staff, writing a letter or e-mail to their libraries, or voicing their support to community leaders.

Children's Day/Book Day - April 30th: a celebration of children, families, and reading, emphasizing the importance of advocating literacy for every child regardless of linguistic and cultural background. ALA's Association for Library Service to Children continues to increase public awareness of the event in libraries throughout the country and is collaborating with the Founding Partner of Día, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA).

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National Library Week: First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. Celebrations during this week include: