October 15-21 marks United for Libraries’ 18th annual “National Friends of Libraries Week.” Here in Brunswick County and across America, libraries compete for funding against other priorities. “Friends” groups help to close the gap between reality and aspiration through advocacy, fundraising, sponsorship of library programs and initiatives, and volunteer work. 

Beyond providing fiction and nonfiction books, references, periodicals, and audiobooks, libraries are vital gathering places for individuals and families. Your library card – and the Overdrive “Libby” app – can open up a world of reading opportunities, whether hardcopy or electronic, including access to materials available beyond library walls. 

Our libraries support child literacy and a love of learning, from infants through teens with free programs incorporating science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and the arts. Adults interested in hobbies or professional advancement can access library resources including the use of computers and Wi-Fi connections. 

The Friends of the Library Southport & Oak Island (FOLSOI) group is proud to have over 300 members – your friends, neighbors, and colleagues who agree with Andrew Carnegie that, “A library outranks every other thing that a community can do to benefit its people.”  

So… What can YOU do to support FOLSOI? 

  • Join FOLSOI or renew your membership or make a donation in honor or in memory of your favorite reader
  • Bring your child or grandchild to a children’s event at Barbee or Harper Library 
  • Thank your Brunswick County library staff and library trustees for all they do to provide valuable services to our residents 
  • Attend a FOLSOI “Meet the Author” event and support local writers 
  • Buy a brick to support our Harper Library Commemorative Reading Garden project 
  • Tell your friends and neighbors about FOLSOI – in person and on social media 
  • Volunteer with FOLSOI at the library, at events, or from your home 
  • Shop for (or donate!) books, vinyl records, CDs, and DVDs at our “Once More Bookstore” inside Southport Realty at 727 N. Howe St. to benefit library programs