From the FOLSOI Blog:

The Five Laws of Library Science | by Barbara Lemos

National Librarian’s Day in India on August 12 celebrates the life’s work of a great mathematician. Wait, what? Yes, Shiyali Ramamrita (S. R.) Ranganathan, born in 1892 in British-ruled India, earned degrees in Mathematics, intending to teach, but he would make his mark in the world of words, rather than the world of numbers … read more


FOLSOI’s 30th Anniversary is “One for the Books!” | by Beth Klahre

Did you know that FOLSOI marked its 30th anniversary in September, 2020? Disappointingly, COVID-19 cancelled the annual meeting where the party (complete with cake and ice cream!) was to be held. The 12-person volunteer board of directors is just not going to let the milestone pass without fanfare. Kicking off the festivities, the summer issue of South Brunswick Magazine published “One for the Books,” an article highlighting how FOLSOI … read more


Happy National Book Lovers Day!| by Patricia Langer

Books, books, and more books!  Books that educate us, books that entertain us, books that raise our awareness and increase our empathy toward others. Who can get enough of them?  If you are one of those people, then National Book Lovers Day is a day for you!  … read more


Donor News:


Donation of travel books has us packing our bags!

We are so grateful for the generous donation of travel books made by Lynnette Lowrimore. Check out these beautiful books that are now part of our library collections:

At Harper Library

  1. Rick Steve’s Germany
  2. Rick Steve’s Scotland
  3. Rick Steve’s England
  4. Fodor’s Travel Best Weekend Road Trips
  5. Moon Asheville & The Great Smoky Mountains
  6. Fodor’s Prague
  7. Fodor’s Pacific Northwest
  8. Rick Steve’s Ireland
  9. Where Should We Camp Next
  10. Rick Steve’s Greece, Athens & the Peloponnese
  11. Universal Orlando 2021
  12. Fodor’s Essential Italy 2020
  13. Fodor’s Travel Boston
  14. Fodor’s 25 Best New York City
  15. Moon USA National Parks
  16. Fodor’s Travel The Carolinas & Georgia
  17. Rick Steve’s London
  18. Rick Steve’s Paris
  19. Rick Steve’s Spain
  20. Moon – Japan
  21. Canada’s Best Trips

At Barbee Library

  1. Fodor’s in Focus Santa Fe
  2. Fodor’s Oahu: with Honolulu, Waikiki and the North Shore
  3. Fodor’s Maui: with Molokai and Lanai
  4. Fodor’s Essential France
  5. Fodor’s In Focus Florida Keys: with Key West, Marathon and Key Largo
  6. Lonely Planet Canada’s Best Trips (2)
  7. DK Eyewitness Mexico
  8. Rick Steves Mediterranean Cruise Ports
  9. Rick Steves Paris 2020
  10. Rick Steves London 2020
  11. Fodor’s Belize: With a side trip to Guatemala
  12. Fodor’s Essential New Zealand
  13. Fodor’s US and British Virgin Islands
  14. Fodor’s Essential India
  15. Fodor’s Essential Switzerland
  16. Fodor’s Essential Spain 2020
  17. Frommer’s Thailand
  18. Fodor’s Essential Costa Rica

For our young readers …

First shipment of ‘Libre Loot’ goes out!

Harper Library’s “Libre Loot” boxes are heading out this month to local kids who signed up for the FREE subscription box program. Each box contained two cataloged books to read and return, plus snacks, bookmarks and other fun loot to keep!

Want to get your young reader in on the fun? Just call Harper Library at (910) 457-6237!


Don’t forget the Harper Library Birthday Club!

Create lasting memories and celebrate a special child in your life by sponsoring the purchase of exciting new kids’ books for Harper Library! During your child’s birthday month, the librarians will choose a new book matching your child’s age range. What a great way to celebrate! Sign up here!


News from FOLSOI:

Our volunteers are amazing!

Wow! Our volunteer hour numbers just keep increasing! Our total hours for June was just over 460, with so much work happening in Programs &  Events, Ways & Means and of course Book Sales! We are so grateful to all our volunteers!

Interested in volunteering with FOLSOI? Email


Mark your calendar:

FOLSOI’s Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 21 from 1-3 pm. More details coming soon!


A big FOLSOI welcome and **thank you** to our newest members: Janet Grubber | Sally Spalding

Book Sale Updates:

Our Used Booksales are back and better than ever! Click here for upcoming sale dates and times, and our UPDATED safety guidelines. See you there!