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

Help us Build the Harper Library Commemorative Reading Garden
with our Brick Fundraising Campaign

Libraries use outdoor spaces to fulfill their mission and more effectively serve their community. By improving the outdoor space at the Harper Library in Southport, we will create a special place that will add a host of benefits for patrons of all ages.

 The purchase of a commemorative engraved brick financially supports the Margaret and James Harper, Jr. Library outdoor space. These bricks will be placed in a beautiful garden behind the Library to be enjoyed by the community for years to come.  Visit our Brick Fundraising Page for details or to purchase a brick.

Meet the Author:

Mystery Writer Kate Francis

Four Good Reasons, the third book in the Kenna Devlin mystery series, finds the savvy detective searching to find a missing security guard at a pharmaceutical company who “ghosted” her friend.

Wednesday, November 15th, 2023 at 4:00pm
Harper Library 109 W Moore Street

Seating is limited!  Stop by Harper Library to register or call (910) 457-6237. Registration opens Wednesday, November 1, 2023

View the Kate Francis Flyer

 Tour the Friends Bookstore:

Thanks to Southport Realty for their generous donation of this video.

November 2023 Library Events:

View, Print or Save the Complete Harper or Barbee PDF Schedules:

November 2023 Barbee Library Schedule:
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Kids Programs

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:

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

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


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Our Impact

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

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