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

New Video! Tour the Friends Bookstore:

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

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

Selected May 2023 Library Events:

Scroll down to access complete library schedules in PDF form

FOLSOI and Harper Library present

Meet the Author: Robert Remail

Add three parts country music, two parts love, and one part insanity to get The Diary of Dusty Fisher

Thursday, May 18th  2:00 pm
Harper Library, 109 W Moore Street

Registration required. Stop in at Harper or call 910-457-6237

Print or save the MTA Robert Remail flyer for full details!

FOLSOI and Barbee Library present

Meet the Author: Dana Sachs

Dana will discuss her book All Else Failed, the chronicle of unlikely volunteers at the heart of the migrant aid crisis that developed in 2015 when Middle Eastern refugees flooded Greece

Monday May 22, 2023 at 2 pm
801 Ocean Event Center
801 Ocean Drive Oak Island, NC

Registration requested, but walk-ins welcome. Stop in at Barbee or call 910-278-4283 to reserve your seat

Print or save the MTA Dana Sachs flyer for full details!

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

May 2023 Barbee Library Schedule:
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May 2023 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.


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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


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