From the FOLSOI Blog

FOLSOI teammates Bill Chase and Anne Bailey ponder a particularly perplexing spelling challenge during the recent Adult Spelling Bee, as contest pronouncer and expediter Stephen Burns keeps a watchful eye.

Adult Spelling Bee Supports Life-Changing Literacy Skills

by Diana Fotinatos

Bibliophiles, grammarians, brainiacs, and word geeks, some in costume and some in official police uniform paired up for the 31st annual Adult Spelling Bee and silent auction event sponsored by the Brunswick County Literacy Council and held at the Odell Williamson Auditorium. Master of ceremonies Jeff Mount kicked off the fun-filled evening and introduced the … read more

The Mystery of the Long-lost Library Book

by Barbara Lemos, Roving Reporter

My grandson is a prolific reader of books acquired from family and friends, augmented by books on loan from his school library, where he is a dedicated and responsible patron. His mother was therefore shocked to get a bill from the school library for a book that he reportedly never returned … read more

How Winston Churchill Changed the World: Lessons for Life Long Learners

by Barbara Lemos, Roving Reporter

The Max and Sarah Williams Life Long Learners Program at Barbee Library (streaming live on Zoom on Thursdays at 10am) is now exploring the Great Courses series of “How Winston Churchill Changed the World.” The first session was led by Marti Fowler and attended by 30 participants eager … read more


Donor News

Many thanks to Dollar General’s Literacy Foundation … their generous grant of $4,000 will help fund playaways and launchpads through the Books Come Alive program!


Thanks also to the Orton Foundation for their generous gift of $1,000 to our library programming efforts.


Special thanks to our Friends:

  • Mimi Bach for her $50 donation to Barbee Library
  • Ann Ipock, who donated $120 to the Harper & Barbee collections
  • Lynnette Lowrimore, who generously donated 66 travel books to the library collections, in honor of her parents 66th wedding anniversary.


For Our Young 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! Email for more info;  or call 910-457-6237. Download the signup form now!

News from FOLSOI

Our Volunteers Are the Best!

We are so very grateful for the 409 volunteer hours logged by our team in October. We could never do this without you, and the work you do has a huge, positive impact on our local communities.

And our Friends are wonderful!

We had 42 new and renewing members in October, and we are at 34% of our membership goal for the 2021/2022 year! Thank you to these new and returning members:

Phyllis Amori, Patricia Artman, Diane Ballay-Foley – Lifetime member; Mary Beth Batt, William Bolding, Sandi Cash, Susan Caravelli – Lifetime member; Glenda Davis, Richard & Cecilia Farman, Diana & Perry Fotinatos, Kathleen Fox, Liz Fuller, Sean & Vicki Gavin, Kate Hardin, Ann Concetta Hazelton, Corinne Head, Suzanne Holland, Jody Housenger – Lifetime member; Vern & Ann Hunt, Linda Kammer, Kathy Kitchings, Thomas & Elizabeth Lytton Kuzenko, Ellen Lalande, Patricia Langer, Jerry Larson, Gloria Loehr, Martha Long Hozey, Donald Lyle, John & Vicki Morrison, Marsha Wood, Natalie & Herbert Maxwell, Dennis & Gail Murray, Dina Nicolaides, Ardene Noss, Tracy Rehorn, Jane Rogers – Lifetime member; Stanley & Mary Shelton, Michele Tullai, Christine Vera, Kevin Wall, Brenda Williamson, Barbara Young, Priscilla Zambor,  Tom & Diane Zilinek


Book Sale Updates!

Our Used Book Sales are back and better than ever! Click here for upcoming sale dates and times, and our UPDATED safety guidelines.


Remember Giving Tuesday!

The first Tuesday after Thanksgiving is designated as #GivingTuesday, and we encourage everyone to give your time, talents or resources as you can to a favorite charity or organization that day. We welcome your gifts to FOLSOI on Giving Tuesday … and any day!



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