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Southport Book Festival: How a Story Becomes a Book

Southport Book Festival: How a Story Becomes a Book

Many of us have stories in our heads that never make it onto the printed page. Those who do complete this mysterious process – including Jeff Siebold, Jean Heller, John Graves, and Teri Brown, the “Authors We Adore by the Sea” – shared their methods at FOLSOI’s recent...

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FOLSOI’s September 2022 Newsletter

FOLSOI’s September 2022 Newsletter

Bienvenido to our September Newsletter! It's time to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 - October 15. ¡Colorín colorado!, a bi-lingual site for educators and families of English learners, offers a fantastic collection of resources to help...

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What Would YOU Risk to Protect Banned Books? 

What Would YOU Risk to Protect Banned Books? 

For Banned Books Week (Sept. 18-24), I want to share the experiences of my mother and her parents who lived in Berlin as the Nazis came to power. The quotations below from my mother shine a light on the intellectual darkness that soon enveloped Germany.  “On the night...

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Pirates in the Room, Pirates over Zoom

Pirates in the Room, Pirates over Zoom

The Barbee Library Max and Sarah Williams Life Long Learners have once again made history with the launch of hybrid presentation capabilities offering concurrent “in-library” and “via Zoom” participation options. This week,...

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International Literacy Day, September 8th

International Literacy Day, September 8th

As Friends of the Library, we all share a love of reading. But did you know that there are approximately 771 million people worldwide who lack basic literacy skills? In the United States, a shocking 1 in 5 adults have low literacy skills, while in NC 26% of adults...

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The Real History of Pirates

The Real History of Pirates

Today’s session of the Barbee Library Max and Sarah Williams Life Long Learners (LLL) series examined the history of pirates and the reasons why pirates capture our imaginations. Unbeknownst to your Roving Reporter, several of the Zoom series participants sported...

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Summer Reading and So Much More!

Summer Reading and So Much More!

Thanks to a generous Civic and Community Programs grant from BEMC, Barbee Library on Oak Island and Harper Library in Southport offered an array of entertaining and educational summer reading programs throughout June and July. Beyond providing books and tracking...

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