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Promoting Reading from the Start

Promoting Reading from the Start

The idea started in a Brunswick Newcomers meeting when I was listening to Debbie Keener, the Executive Director of Samara’s Village (above, center, with FOLSOI's Gail Sawchuk, left; and Cindy Phillips, right), tell the audience about their mission of helping Brunswick...

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Barbee Library Hosts Joy Class from Morganton

Barbee Library Hosts Joy Class from Morganton

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 is here for a week-long work and play...

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Rescue Me: Celebrate National Rescue Dog Day May 20

Rescue Me: Celebrate National Rescue Dog Day May 20

National Rescue Dog Day, Friday, May 20, aims to raise 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,...

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FOLSOI’s May 2022 Newsletter

FOLSOI’s May 2022 Newsletter

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...

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Long Overdue, We Finally Get to ‘Meet the Authors’

Long Overdue, We Finally Get to ‘Meet the Authors’

Dennis Hetzel (above, right) a resident of Holden Beach with a distinguished career in journalism, entertained a full room at Barbee Library last week with a “Meet the Author” account of his transition into writing suspense novels. It was a welcome return for this...

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If You Plant It, They Will Come

If You Plant It, They Will Come

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: These dedicated gardeners create order from chaos to make sure our surroundings...

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Passover: A Re-telling of Exodus

Passover: A Re-telling of Exodus

"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, recalls the Israelites’ journey from enslavement in Egypt to the foot of freedom in...

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Check It Out! National Library Week April 3-9

Check It Out! National Library Week April 3-9

Way back in the late 1950s, librarians and book sellers across the country began to ring the alarm on a dramatic decrease in library usage and book purchases—at the same time America's use of a new technology called television was rising. Worried that America’s...

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Great World Religions: Understanding Islam

Great World Religions: Understanding Islam

This week's session of Barbee Library’s Max and Sarah Williams Life Long Learners covered lectures five and six in the Great World Religions course, covering “The Muslim Community – Faith and Politics” and “Paths to God – Islamic Law and Mysticism.” One might rightly...

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Take the Plunge with a Good Book on World Water Day  

Take the Plunge with a Good Book on World Water Day  

Water fascinates us, perhaps because we humans are largely made up of water and here in coastal North Carolina, we’re surrounded by it. And wherever we go, we have our bottle of water handy, reminding ourselves to stay hydrated. So, celebrate World Water Day 2022 on...

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