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.

Cover of My Right Hand to Goodness

Meet the Author: Lynn Cook Betz

Wednesday, April 17 at 4:00 pm

Southport Community Center, 223 East Bay Street

Meet Lynn Betz, author of My Right Hand to Goodness, along with special guests “Crazy Dale” Varnam and local vigilante Roger Morton.  Discover what happened during the 1970s-1990s on and around the water bordering our communities. A cautionary tale of greed, corruption, and drug trafficking with Dale Varnam at the center of it all.  

Free and open to the public, this event is sponsored by 

FOLSOI and the city of Southport.  

Call now to reserve your seat (910) 457-6237 or register online at

View or download the Meet the Author PDF

 Tour the Friends Bookstore:

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

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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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