It’s summertime here in NC … and that means it’s time to dive into this great big pool of summer reading resources, including activities for teachers and families to help kids get ready for a fun, enriching summer. Find links to parent tips, themed booklists, articles on summer learning loss, and more!

From the FOLSOI Blog

Celtic History and Culture: It’s Complicated

by Barbara Lemos | The Barbee Library Max and Sarah Williams Life Long Learners program on Celtic History and Culture recently explored Celtic Britain and Roman Britain and the rise of the Celts and Picts in Scotland. Zooming in, about 30 participants listened to two lectures and shared their views on questions such as, “Were the Britons actually Celts?”. …  read more

Rescue Me: a Celebration of our Furry Friends

by Barbara Lemos | National Rescue Dog Day, Friday, May 20, raised awareness of the wonderful dogs in need of permanent homes. Dogs find themselves in shelters for various reasons. Some are surrendered by owners no longer able to care for them. Some are brought in as strays, never reunited with owners. Some dogs are removed from hoarding or abuse situations by animal control officers … read more

Barbee Library Hosts Joy Class from Morganton

by Carolyn Bowers | It was a day of fun this week when Barbee Library hosted a games party for a group of special needs adults and their caregivers from the JOY Sunday School class at Burkemont Baptist Church in Morganton, North Carolina. The group was here for a week-long work and play vacation …  read more

Library News

Libby by Overdrive (Free App) Now Available

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.


Here’s the Buzz from the 32nd BCLC Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Bill Chase and Spring Harkins who represented Southport Realty in the Brunswick County Literary Council’s recent Spelling Bee. They are the 32nd annual spelling bee champs! And a big shout out to the FOLSOI team, Liz Fuller and Lynne Sniffen, for coming in fourth place! Well done all.

Book Lovers: Don’t Forget the FOLSOI Bookstore!

Shop Monday through Friday from 1 – 3 pm, and every Saturday from 10 am – noon (closed on holidays). Here’s more info on our beautiful used bookstore, including donation information.


FOLSOI Donor News

Donations this month were all made memory of Hank Steffens, husband of former FOLSOI board member and membership chairperson, Judith Steffens. Many thanks to:

Sarah Benedict, Barbara Sammons, Francine Menor, Carolyn Bowers, Chris Geering, Judith Kurzer, Bill and Linda Jenkins, Robin L. Van Vliet, Bill and Marge Leuschner, Edward and Susan Sniffen, Jane Izod and Cape Fear A Cappella, Lynn Feehan, Anne O’Brien

Interested in making a donation in honor or memory of someone? Here’s more info.

FOLSOI Members Update

Thank You, Members!

Not sure if your membership is current? Reach out to and we’re happy to check! Annual membership renewal occurs at our annual meeting in September. Membership dollars help FOLSOI enhance Barbee and Harper library programs, collections, and resources.

Volunteer Update

Great news: We have set a new record – the volunteer hours reported by FOLSOI members for the month of May totaled an incredible 681.5 hours! The Book Sale team alone put in more than 100 hours over their April total. We have wonderful volunteers! Thanks for everything you do for FOLSOI!

For Younger Readers

Hey Kids! Get Creative with Crafts!

At Harper Library: ‘Crafts 4 Kids’ Wednesdays @2pm June 15, 29; July 13, 27 (Ages 1-5) with the St. James Artisans
‘Craft and Create’ Tuesdays, 2-4pm June 14-July 19 (Ages 10+)
Two fun, creative and inspiring classes designed just for kids to make this summer really memorable! Register by calling 910-457-6237)

LEGO WeDo Robotics Class!

FOLSOI, Kiwanis Club of Southport-Oak Island and Harper Library present: Thurs. June 16 and Thurs. July 14, 2-3:30pm. It’s back! This fun and award winning program is based on the latest science standards and was created to enhance kids’ curiosity and science skills. Note: Limited to 15 kids, grades 3-6; Registration: call or stop by Harper Library (910-457-6237).

Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Program

Barbee: Tuesdays at 11am starting June 14 | Harper: Mondays at 11 am starting June 13. Keep your kids reading this summer and introduce them to a world of fun experiences with in-person programs at the libraries! Registration is required. Call your library Barbee (910-278-4283); or Harper (910-457-6237) for more info.


Join Harper’s 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.