From the FOLSOI Blog

Elks Golfers Score Again for Local Charities

L-R: Ron Serbin, Dan Serbin, FOLSOI President Carol Brolley, Chip Ellis, Rick Fuller

by Patricia Langer | Donating money to help local charities is par for the course for the Oak Island Elks Lodge. After all, “Elks Care, Elks Share” is their motto.  Over the last several years, the OKI Elks have donated approximately $12,000-$18,000 annually to such charities as Communities in Schools, Samara’s Village, Matthew’s Ministry, and Oak Island Water Rescue.  And for the last two years, FOLSOI has been a grateful recipient of the … read more

Hanukkah: Food, Folks and Fun

by J.M. Levine | Hanukkah, like all Jewish holidays land in accordance to the lunar calendar. This year it started on Sunday, November 28th at sunset (all Jewish holidays begin at sunset). The dates change yearly, although it is always observed … read more

Ready, Set, Read! It’s the Battle of the Books Student Competition

by Beth Klahre | It’s a battle like no other! And while history has provided us with lots of battles to study, none of them may be as important to the children in Brunswick County than the North Carolina School Library Media Association’s (NCSLMA) Battle of the Books, starting in January. Battle of the Books is a national reading incentive program for students in third through 12th grades … read more

Donor news …

Our big news this month is that both branches are now offering Launchpads and Wonderbooks, thanks to a generous $4,000 grant from Dollar Literacy Foundation. See the flyer below for all the details.

Special thanks to our Giving Tuesday donors

The first Tuesday after Thanksgiving is designated as #GivingTuesday, and we are grateful to the following friends who donated so generously that day, and throughout last month:

  • Doug and Kim Ausbury – $250
  • Lynn Byers – $100
  • Nancy Flanagan – $50
  • Linda Kammer – $50
  • Jayne Kirk – $100
  • Barbara Lemos – $100
  • Donna Richards – $1,000
  • Barbara Rittinger – $50 membership and $50 donation

And a very special thank you to the lovely lady who brought in a 4.5 lb. bag of quarters she had been collecting over the year and donated it on “Giving Tuesday” at the bookstore!

For our young readers …

Following the success of Harper Library’s Libre Loot subscription boxes, Barbee Library is now offering Read Away Loot Boxes, a free monthly subscription program for local elementary and middle school readers. Sign up your child or someone you know and help making reading extra special.

News from FOLSOI …

Monthly membership update

We had 37 new and renewing members in the past month! 16 were new FOLSOI members. We now have 173 members for a total of $4,600 and getting ever closer to our goal of 400 members and $12,000!

Thank you and Welcome:

Mike & Pat Anderson, Kim Bandera, Tommy Boone, Laurie Boyce, John Brookhart, Pauline Burkhart, Lee & Diane Butzin, Deborah Cease, Carolyn & Dan Chrisman, Mary Kay Dean, Lois Ellis, Dennis & Phyllis Falkenstein, Wolfgang Furstenau, Sandra J. Gordon, Carol Gryson, Julie Hackett, Martha Johnson, Joyce John, Linda & Bill Jenkins, Jayne Kirk, Ginny Kunkel, John Leeson, Levine Family, Nancy Leoncavallo, Mark & Susan Long, Geri Margin, Linda Meudt, Glen Overbeck Britt, John & Carol Pearson, Robert Plassman, Ellena Reda, Ronald & Deborah Serbin, Diane Schuster, Annette Simon, Debra Thompson, Jane & Don Warren, Kate & Gary Westhausen

A special thank you to Pauline Burkhart for her Lifetime Membership!

Volunteer update

Our volunteers have been busy this past month, logging more than 390 hours spent on book sales, programming, publicity, outreach and membership management. We are so grateful for everything you do to support our libraries!

Book sale updates!

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