‘Books Unite Us’ Is Theme of Banned Book Week


by Patricia Langer

How would you feel if someone said you couldn’t read the Bible because it was banned due to its religious content? What would your book club do if it was blocked from reading The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, also because of fears about religion?

Think about the missed opportunities for intellectual and emotional growth… read more

FOLSOI Annual Membership Meeting: Good News in the Storm

by Barbara Lemos

On a dark and stormy afternoon, several dozen FOLSOI members braved flooded streets and donned their masks to attend our 31st Annual Membership Meeting at the Southport Community Building.. read more

Don’t Stress! Try Meditation, Zentangle, and Other Cool Ways

by Carolyn Bowers

So, who’s stressed out? This week at Barbee Library, Kate Kusterback, RN and certified Health and Wellness Coach, got our attention really quickly, first by her delightful, dynamic personality, and next by asking how many of us in the group were stressed… read more

Donor news

Heard the latest? Lions Club Donates $1,200 in New AudioBooks!

Great news! Lots of hot new audiobooks have been donated by the Southport Lions to Harper Library! Featuring books by James Patterson, Mike Lupica, Stephen King, Debbie Macomber, Elin Hilderbrand, Lisa Jewell, etc, etc, etc. See the list of titles here! Thank you, Southport Lions Club!

Thank you to our generous donors!

  • Scott Ern – $50 to the FOLSOI general fund
  • Cathie Lemon – $50 to Barbee Library
  • Patricia Woods – $10 to Harper Library
  • Eileen De Serio – a generous donation to Harper Library in honor of Suzanne Petino.
  • Stan and Mary Shelton – $100 to Barbee Library
  • Roseann Luipersbeck – $100 to the FOLSOI general fund
  • Judith Kurzer – $200 to the FOLSOI general fund for the collection
  • Jandy Lundy – $100 to the FOLSOI general fund
  • Lauren Englehart – $100 to the FOLSOI general fund
  • Glenda Raynor – $100 toward a new flag for Barbee Library in memory of her husband, Donald Lynn Raynor, a Veteran
  • The Levine Family – Libre Loot supplies for Harper Library
  • Netflix – $125 for use of the bike rack during filming
  • Ginger Harper – $1,000 to the Harper Library for the collection

For our younger readers

Join the Holiday Book Club!

Celebrate a child in your life and support Harper Library! With your $20 donation per child, our librarians will choose a new book that matches your child’s age and preferred holiday theme. A bookplate dedicating the book in your child’s honor will be placed inside, and a special holiday card will be sent to your child! Just call Harper Library at (910) 457-6237!

News from FOLSOI

Our volunteers are amazing!

Wow! Our volunteer hour numbers just keep increasing! Our total hours for September was just over 440, with so much work happening in Programs & Events, Ways & Means and of course Book Sales! We are so grateful to all our volunteers!

Open volunteer positions

Programs & Special Events Co-Chair
As part of a dynamic board of directors, lead a terrific team of 4-5 volunteer library program coordinators for popular programs like Let’s Talk About It, Opera Sunday, and Meet the Author. Also arrange and present educational or entertainment programs for FOLSOI’s Annual Meeting and initiate Friends of the Library community events with library managers.

Program Coordinator for Harper Library – Communicates with authors and library branch managers to help plan Meet the Author programs.

Gardening Volunteer for Harper Library
Interested in volunteering with FOLSOI? Email friendsoflibrary910@yahoo.comor contact us through our website at www.folsoi.org.

It’s Membership Renewal Time!

A big FOLSOI thank you and welcome to our *new members* and those who have renewed their 2021-2022 membership:

*John Allen*
Richard Armistead
Diane Batounis
Bonnie Bray & John Keiffer
Mary Elaine Caffrey
*Vicki Higgins Cook*
David & Mory Conrad
Catherine Dolan
*Carolyn Dosher*
Cynthia Easton
Madonna Falk
Michael Fotinatos & Maia Hutt
Chris Geering
*Worthy Keener*
*Jayne Kirk*
Bethia Jane Korczynski
Vivian Maynor
John & Vicki Morrison
Dale Mullarkey
Emily Noe
Judy Norris
Clarissa Owenby
Julie Paladino
Glenda Parham
Betty Phillips
Katrina Schwartzkopf
Deborah Schoch
Diana Shannon-Brown
Donald Shoultz
Betsy Smith
Judith & Hank Steffens
*Larry & Kay Talbott*
Chuck & Barbara VanSlyke

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 at the sale on Saturday Oct. 30!