The Friends of the Library Southport & Oak Island are pleased to sponsor many educational and adult programs at both the Barbee Library and the Harper Library.
All programs are free and open to the public; some may require prior registration.
Barbee Library Events – For current calendar of events, click here
Harper Library Events – For current calendar of events, click here
Winter, 2018
The Friends of the Library of Southport Oak Island (FOLSOI) has received a “Let’s Talk About It” grant for a series of talks entitled “Law and Literature:  The Eva R. Rubin Series.”  The series will begin this month at the Margaret and James Harper, Jr. Library, 109 West Moore Street, Southport.

This project is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Summer, 2017
The Build a Better World 2017 summer reading programs at Barbee and Harper were funded by Friends of the Library Southport & Oak Island. Both libraries reported good attendance and many books read. From learning how to build a story through plot and characterization to what it takes to make wetland habitats healthy to balloon magic and fun, students enjoyed the process of outside the classroom education. Our community is enriched when families are motivated to read for pleasure, when school-aged children maintain their reading skills, and when our libraries partner with schools to further the love of reading. Your generosity helps us all build a better world!
Summer, 2016
For the first time, Children’s Book Week was celebrated with a live presentation at both libraries.  Thanks to a grant from the Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation, Barbee and Harper hosted the Bright Star Theater group, performing “Happily Ever After.”  Some 70 children and adults engaged with performing artists as the Grimm Brothers iconic works came to life before them.  Stories of Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Rumpelstiltskin, and The Elves and the Shoemaker took on a new meaning for those in attendance.  The grant also enabled the purchase of special book bags and bookmarks for each child.  Many filled their bags with reading material checkout out from each library.  Thank you BEMC and the librarian with the sharp eye who discovered this wonderful resource.
 Summer, 2015
Traveling Teacher ShowThe Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation awarded a grant to the Friends of the Library Southport and Oak Island. The proceeds were used to help fund the Children’s Summer Reading Program at Harper Library in Southport on July 20, 2015 and at Barbee Library on July 21, 2015. A very special presentation— the Traveling Teacher Show— was given by teachers Stefanie Boon and Melissa Stewart. The show enriched the lives of the children attending by teaching them their role in saving the earth. This was no ordinary lecture—it was highly interactive and full of easy ways children can make their homes, schools, community and the planet more environmentally friendly. The “reuse – recycle – reduce” motto was demonstrated through various activities involving role-playing, dress-up, moving to musical chants, and interacting with engaging characters.