Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library Southport & Oak Island (FOLSOI) supports the mission and programs of the Margaret & James Harper, Jr. Library in Southport and the G.V. Barbee, Sr Library on Oak Island. FOLSOI is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization registered under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Become a Friend

Providing support for Harper Library in Southport & Barbee Library in Oak Island, NC

FOLSOI and Harper Library present

Meet the Author: Charles Oldham

Thursday, Sept. 29 @2pm

Charles Oldham is the author of Ship of Blood, a tale of homicidal rampage on the high seas. In 1905, a distress beacon shining from the four-masted schooner Harry A. Berwind about 30 miles off Cape Fear indicated something was terribly wrong. What happened? Registration is required and begins Sept. 12; call 910-457-6237 or stop by Harper Library to register. 

Chess Class

FOLSOI and Harper Library present

Beginner Chess Class

Thursday, Sept. 29  4:30-6 pm

Join instructor Jeff Mount for a fun beginner’s chess class. Recommended for grades 3 and above.

Registration is required, parents, so call (910-457-6237) or stop by the library

FOLSOI and Harper Library present

Meet the Author: Donna Bunting Flake

Her latest: The Haunted Life of Lura

Thursday, Oct. 20 @2pm

Family secrets, ghosts, mysterious old sisters in a crumbling mansion. Meet the Author, Donna Bunting Flake, and hear more about her latest novel, The Haunted Life of Lura! Registration begins Oct. 12. Call 910-457-6237 or stop by Harper Library.

Lego Robot

FOLSOI and Barbee Library present

LEGO WeDo Robotics Class

For Kids Grades 3-6

Thursday, Oct. 20 |  4-5pm

Your child will use his or her listening and cooperation skills in working in teams of 2 to create fun LEGO projects. Program is limited to 12 studentss, so be sure to register! Call Barbee at 910-278-4283 or stop by to register.


Harper Library presents

Lifelong Learners: George Orwell, Sage for All Seasons

Wednesdays @10am

More than just a writer, George Orwell was a political and social sage who valued, above all else, individual freedom. His works aren’t just entertainment – they’re cautionary tales and red flags of warning. All are welcome! No registration required.

Pirate with loot and parrot on his shoulder

Barbee Library presents 

Max and Sarah Williams Lifelong Learners

The Great Courses via Zoom

The Real History of Pirates

Thursdays 10a – Noon 

Continuing Series Through October 13 2022 

Register at the library or call 910-278-4283. 

Child Reading to Therapy Dog

Harper & Barbee Library

Books for Bailey

.Improve your child’s confidence & literacy skills by reading to therapy dog Bailey, a collie like Lassie!  Children must be able to read independently.  Sign up for a 20-minute time slot:

Friday, Oct. 14 & 28 @4 – 5:40 pm at Harper

Wednesday Oct. 5 & 19 @4 – 5:30pm at Barbee

Register at the library or call:

910-278-4283 (Barbee)  910-457-6237 (Harper)


Harper Library presents

Writers Group

Thursday, Oct. 27 @1pm

Looking to grow as a writer and join a community of writers? Bring a piece you’ve written (1,000 words max) to share with the group. It can be fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, etc. For adults age 17+. Registration required and space is limited; call (910-457-6237) or stop by the library. Image: raw pixel

Barbee Library presents

Family Fun & Games!

Thursday, Oct. 6
4:30 – 5:30 pm

Join us for a variety of board games, card games, educational games and other fun games.

Registration required, call 910-278-4283, or stop by Barbee Library

Barbee Library presents

Socrates Cafe Discussion Group

Monday, Sept. 26 @9:30am

Topic: Human Life: When does it begin?

All are welcome; the Cafe meets every other Monday from 9:30-11am.

S.M.Art - Kid's Science Math & Art

At Barbee Library

S.M.Art Kid’s Club (Science, Math & the Arts)

Thursday, Sept. 29 from 4:30-5:30pm 

Join us for games and hands-on activities in subjects such as electricity, magnets and robotics as well as arts and crafts projects!

Registration Required.  Stop in at Barbee or call 910-278-4283

Barbee Library presents

S.M.ART Kids! (Science, Math & the Arts)

Thursdays, Sept. 15 and 29, 4:30-5:30pm

Students of all ages are invited to join in a variety of games and projects involving robotics, arts and crafts, and construction.

Registration encouraged; to register call 910-278-4283

Lego Logo and Blocks

Harper Library presents

LEGO Programs for Kids

LEGO Mania: Every Thursday in October, 4-5pm

LEGO Pro: Wednesday, Oct. 19,, 4-5:30pm (Kids ages 10+)

Join us for fun LEGO building and team-building projects!

Registration required (except for LEGO Mania); call 910-457-6237 or stop by Harper Library

Harper Library presents

River Readers Middle School Book Club

Thursdays, Oct. 6 & 20, 4:30-6pm

Hosted by Southport Woman’s Club, grab your friends and join us for our new, six-session middle school book club! Registration required; call 910-457-6237 or stop by Harper Library to register.


Teens in Grades 6-12:

‘Libre Loot’ is Really Cool!

 Call for pre-selected juvenille/Young Adult books and loot each month (returning September) in brand-new Libre Loot monthly subscription boxes (see a sample of the first boxes, left) from Harper Library. Select your three favorite genres when you subscribe; return the books after 3 weeks but the “loot’ is yours to keep!

CALL Harper Library 910-457-6237

From Harper Library

Join the Birthday Book Club!

Celebrate a child’s birthday AND support Harper Library

 Create lasting memories by sponsoring the purchase of exciting new kids’ books for Harper Library that will celebrate your child! Your child’s birthday month, librarians will choose a new book matching your child’s age range. A bookplate dedicating the book in your child’s honor will be placed inside; your child will get a birthday card acknowledging the gift made in his or her name. Birthday Club donations are $20 per child. Contact Tammy Tackett (910-457-6237).          Image: starline

Great Resources Online

Now you don’t have to go to a library to have a library, 24/7! Your Brunswick County Library system has cool stacks of books online:

Axis 360 — free with your card (download the app); ebooks, audiobooks, latest titles!

NC Live — ebooks, periodical archives, historical information, genealogy databases, etc.


Support FOLSOI on Amazon Smile

Every purchase made through our Amazon Smile link will help our mission of supporting both libraries in Oak Island and Southport! Thank you for supporting FOLSOI with your Amazon purchases!

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See Our 2021-2022 Annual Report

Goals met, grants received, and purchases made on behalf of our libraries, are many of the accomplishments during 2020-21.

Our Impact

Our mission is to serve our community by supporting excellence in collection and program development and more at Harper and Barbee Libraries.

$ Raised from Grants

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$ Raised from Our Book Sales


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