Now: More Free eBooks and Audiobooks!

Have you discovered Libby by Overdrive yet? The easy-to-use app connects with your library card, and lets you search and borrow audiobooks and ebooks from your phone! Just download the Libby app from your phone or tablet and follow the steps to get started. Go get it!

From the FOLSOI Blog …

If You Plant It, They Will Come

FOLSOI President Carol Brolley (left) accepts a $3,000 donation to the group from Debbie Bailey, president of the St. James Garden Club.

by Barbara Lemos |As any Carolina gardener can tell you, the challenge here is not just getting plants to grow, it’s also about keeping them from completely taking over! Enter the St. James Garden Club: Dedicated gardeners who create order from chaos  …  read more

Passover: A Re-telling of Exodus

by J. M. Levine | “Let my People go” implores Moses. The Pharaoh of Egypt strenuously and promptly says, “No!” So begins the Torah (Old Testament) Book of Exodus. Passover, an eight-day Judaic holiday, a joyous, reflective and fun time, and full of symbols.   … read more

FOLSOI Celebrates National Library Outreach Day

by Barbara Lemos | Wednesday, April 6, was National Library Outreach Day, formerly known as National Bookmobile Day, celebrating the work of library professionals looking for new ways to engage the public. Some of their key innovations include bringing library resources out into the community, and making libraries more enticing and exciting. Around the world, libraries are expanding their …  read more


New Bookstore Hours: Now 6 Days a Week!

Shop Monday through Friday from 1 – 3 pm, and every Saturday from 10 am – noon (closed on holidays). Click the button below for more info on our beautiful used bookstore, including donation information. More info

FOLSOI Donor News

BEMC to Fund Summer Reading Program

FOLSOI is proud to have been one of the nonprofits receiving a community grant from BEMC. We were awarded $1,000 supporting summer reading at both branches. Cindy Phillips, Vice President of FOLSOI, and Helen Whittaker, FOLSOI Ways & Means Committee member received the award. Thank you BEMC for supporting children’s literacy in our local libraries!

Many thanks to these generous patrons for their donations this past month. We are so grateful for your support.

Catherine Lemon – $100 FOLSOI General Fund

Amanda Merry – $50 Children’s Programs in honor of sisterhood with Amanda, Lulann, Mari & April

Sarah Benedict donated to the FOLSOI General Fund in memory of Hank Steffens

Anne Metz donated to the FOLSOI General Fund in memory of Hank Steffens

Caroline Southall donated to the FOLSOI General Fund in memory of Hank Steffens

Southport Coffee Co.’s Andrew Laing presented a check for $377.37 to Gail Sawchuk, FOLSOI membership chair, and Carol Brolley, FOLSOI president (right).

Delicious Give Back!

We are also so grateful to Southport Coffee Co., 5503 Rob Gandy Blvd. in Southport, for naming us their “Give Back Thursday” partner for March & April. Andrew Laing presented a check for $377.37 to Gail Sawchuk, FOLSOI membership chair, and Carol Brolley, FOLSOI president.

Member & Volunteer News

Monthly membership update

Thank you and welcome to: Jere Abernathy, Sharon Barr, Ronald DeLair, David Ring, Jacqueline Sasser, Marilyn Sottile, Cheryl Tresher, Linda Wilson, Barbara Rittinger

We currently have 227 members and have raised $7095 in memberships for the 21-22 membership year. Thanks to each and every one of you! Not sure if your membership is current? Reach out to and we’re happy to check! Memberships help FOLSOI enhance Barbee and Harper library programs, collections, and resources.

Volunteer Update

FOLSOI volunteers once again reported a record number of volunteer hours in the month of April: 589 hours! The Book Sale team in particular recorded a 20% increase over March hours as they initiated the “open 6 days a week” format. Thank you to all our amazing volunteers!

For Our Younger Readers …

Barbee Library and FOLSOI present

Kids: Read Away

Free montly subscription boxes for elementary and middle school students! Register and tell us your favorite types of books. Sign up for monthly ‘Loot Box’ with books and fun items selected just for you! Call 910-278-4283 or stop by Barbee Library to register today!

Teens in Grades 6-12:

‘Libre Loot’ is Really Cool!

FREE! Call now for pre-selected juvenile/Young Adult books and loot each month in brand-new Libre Loot monthly subscription boxes (see a sample of the first boxes, left) from Harper library. Select your three favorite genres when you subscribe; return the books after three weeks but the “loot’ is yours to keep!

Call Harper Library 910-457-6237

Join the Birthday Book Club!

Celebrate a child’s birthday AND support Harper Library. Create lasting memories by sponsoring the purchase of exciting new kids’ books for Harper Library that will celebrate your child! Your child’s birthday month, librarians will choose a new book matching your child’s age range. A bookplate dedicating the book in your child’s honor will be placed inside; your child will get a birthday card acknowledging the gift made in his or her name. Birthday Club donations are $20 per child.

Contact Tammy Tackett or call 910-457-6237.



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