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.

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

December FOLSOI Fundraising Drive

A generous individual agreed to match up to $5000 of December donations if we reach or exceed our $5000 fundraising goal.

We exceeded our December $5000 goal, raising $6820 for the libraries!

We welcome donations in 2023 DONATE NOW!

Selected January Library Events:

Scroll down to access complete library schedules in PDF form

FOLSOI and Harper Library present

Meet the Author: Kathleen Murray Moran

Author of Life Detonated: The True Story of a Widow and a Hijacker

Thursday January 12th 2  pm

Kathleen’s life was changed on September 11, 1976 when her husband, Brian Murray, a NYPD bomb disposal expert, was killed by a terrorist’s bomb. Kathleen is a tireless advocate for family members of police officers who have experienced loss Registration required and starts January 1st. Stop in or call 910-457-6237

Print or save the MTA Kathleen Murray Moran flyer  for full details!

FOLSOI and Barbee Library present

Meet the Author: Judes Scharman Draughton

Author of 12 Fixes to Healthy

Judes inspires with high-energy wellness presentations. and is the owner of Nutritional Educational Solutions.   She is well know as Foods with Judes on Social Media

Friday, January 13th 11 am

Registration required. Stop in or call 910-278-4283

Print or save the MTA Draughton flyer  for full details!

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

FOLSOI & Barbee Library Present

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

Thursday, January 19th from 4:30 – 5:30 pm 

Join us every third Thursday for games and hands-on activities in subjects such as electricity, magnets and robotics as well as arts projects! Recommended for ages 6 and up.

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

Lego Robot

FOLSOI and Barbee Library present

New! LEGO League

Tuesdays  January 24th &31st 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Join us at Barbee Library every Tuesday starting January 24th for an hour of fun LEGO building.

No registration required.  All are welcome.


Lego Robot

FOLSOI and Harper Library present

LEGO We-Do Robotics

For Kids Grades 3-6

Wednesday, January 25th 4:15 – 5:30 pm

Join other Lego fans and work together to create fun and interactive LEGO projects! Open to students in 3rd through 6th grade.

Registration required & space is limited!  Call 910-457-6237 or stop by Harper Library to Register


Philip Gerard

FOLSOI and Barbee Library present

A Tribute to Philip Gerard

Join us for this special event celebrating Caper Fear Rising and remembering author Philip Gerard.  Best-selling author David Gessner will discuss the the Wilmington coup of 1898 and the importance of the book that helped raise awareness of the event.

Thursday, January 26th 2pm
at 801 Ocean Event Center

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

View, Print or Save the Full December Harper & Barbee PDF Schedules:

January Barbee Library Schedule:
Adults’ Activities

January Barbee Library Schedule:
Kids’s Activities

December Harper Library Schedule:
All 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.


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

$ Raised from Donations

$ Raised from Memberships

$ Raised from Our Book Sales


Volunteers/Hours Worked