Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library Southport & Oak Island (FOLSOI) supports the mission and programs of the Margaret & James Harper, Jr. Library in Southport and the G.V. Barbee, Sr Library on Oak Island. FOLSOI is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization registered under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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Providing support for Harper Library in Southport & Barbee Library in Oak Island, NC

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December FOLSOI Fundraising Drive

A generous individual has agreed to match up to $5000 of December donations if we reach or exceed our $5000 fundraising goal.

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Your donation will go further in December, so DONATE NOW!

Chess Class

Children’s Story Time

Every Monday in December 10 am at Harper (No story time Dec 26 – library closed)

Every Tuesday in December 10 am at Barbee (No story time Dec 27 – library closed)

Join us for fun stories, songs, dancing and crafts! Ages 0 to 5.

 Special  Holiday Story Time Monday Dec 19th at Harper.

 No Registration Required. 


Chess Class

FOLSOI and Barbee Library present

Beginner Chess Class

Saturday November 19th 9:30 am – 10:45 am

Join instructor Jeff Mount for a fun beginner’s chess class and learn this classic strategy game. Recommended for grades 3 and above.

Registration Required. Call 910-278-4283 or stop by Barbee Library to Register


FOLSOI and Harper Library present

Meet the Author: Jean Heller

Author of Maximum Impact and
the Deuce Mora Mystery Series

Monday, December 5th 2  pm

Jean Heller has won multiple awards, including eight nominations for the PulitzerPrize. In her literary life, Jean wrote two stand-alone thrillers then moved to the Deuce Mora Mystery series. Registration required and starts Nov. 21st. Stop in or call 910-457-6237

Print or save the MTA Jean Heller flyer  for full details!

S.M.Art - Kid's Science Math & Art

FOLSOI & Barbee Library Present

S.M.Art Kid’s Club (Science, Math & the Arts)

Thursday, December 1st from 4:30 – 5:30 pm 

Join us for games and hands-on activities in subjects such as electricity, magnets and robotics as well as arts and crafts projects! Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Registration Required.  Stop in at Barbee or call 910-278-4283

FOLSOI and Barbee Library present

Meet the Author: Annette Dauphin Simon

Author of Spine Poems: An Eclectic colection of Found Verse for Book Lovers

An author and illustrator of books for young readers, Simon first found spine poetry as a bookseller in anindie bookshop in Florida, but this book began in Southport.

Friday, December 9th 11 am

Registration required. Stop in or call 910-278-4283

Print or save the MTA Simon flyer  for full details!

Lego Robot

FOLSOI and Barbee Library present

LEGO WeDo Robotics Class

For Kids Grades 3-6

Friday, December 16th, 4:15 – 5:45 pm

Join other Lego fans and work together to create fun and interactive LEGO projects! Open to students in 3rd through 6th grade.

Registration required & space is limited!  Call 910-278-4283 or stop by Barbee Library to Register


Lego Robot

FOLSOI and Barbee Library present

Christmas with Santa!

Thursday, December 20th, 10:00 am

Join N.C.’s own Bright Star Theatre for their fun Christmas with Santa show featuring carols, Santa Claus and the story of two elves who misplace some of Santa’s presents!

Registration required & space is limited!  Call 910-278-4283 or stop by Barbee Library to Register


View, Print or Save the Full December Harper & Barbee PDF Schedules:

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Adult Activities

Great Resources Online

Now you don’t have to go to a library to have a library, 24/7! Your Brunswick County Library system has cool stacks of books online:

Axis 360 — free with your card (download the app); ebooks, audiobooks, latest titles!

NC Live — ebooks, periodical archives, historical information, genealogy databases, etc.


Support FOLSOI on Amazon Smile

Every purchase made through our Amazon Smile link will help our mission of supporting both libraries in Oak Island and Southport! Thank you for supporting FOLSOI with your Amazon purchases!

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See Our 2021-2022 Annual Report

Goals met, grants received, and purchases made on behalf of our libraries, are many of the accomplishments during 2020-21.

Our Impact

Our mission is to serve our community by supporting excellence in collection and program development and more at Harper and Barbee Libraries.

$ Raised from Grants

$ Raised from Donations

$ Raised from Memberships

$ Raised from Our Book Sales


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