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, NC

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Randy Aldridge

Hosted by Friends of Library

Southport Book Festival: Authors We Adore At the Shore

Join Us for a Q & A with Four Award Winning Local Authors & Master of Ceremonies Randy Aldridge, Former WWAY News Anchor

SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, September 13th 1 – 3 pm

Watch for RSVP Info Coming Mid-August

Southport Community Building, 223 East Bay Street


Child Reading to Therapy Dog

Harper & Barbee Library

Read to Bailey the Therapy Dog

Improve your child’s confidence & literacy skills by reading to therapy dog Bailey, a collie like Lassie!  Children must be able to read independently.  Sign up for a 20-minute time slot:

Thursdays,  August 4th & 18th 10 – Noon at Harper

Wednesdays, August 10th & 24 10 – Noon at Barbee

Register at the library or call:

910-278-4283 (Barbee)  910-457-6237 (Harper)


Pirate with loot and parrot on his shoulder

Barbee Library presents 

Max and Sarah Williams Lifelong Learners

The Great Courses via Zoom

The Real History of Pirates

Thursdays 10 – Noon:

August 4th Buried Treasure and Pirate Economics – Pirates as Freedom Fighters 

August 11th: Pirates and Enslavement – Sea Dogs of Elizabeth I

Continuing Series Through October 13 2022 

Register at the library or call 910-278-4283. 

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

At Barbee Library

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

Thursday, August 4th & 18th from 4:30 – 5:30pm 

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

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

Barbee Library presents

Family Fun & Games!

Thursdays, August 11 & 25th
4:30 – 5:30 pm

Join us for a variety of board games, card games, educational games and other fun games.

Registration required, call 910-278-4283, or stop by Barbee Library

Chess Class

FOLSOI and Harper Library present

Beginner Chess Class

Tuesday, August 23rd  2 – 3 pm

Join instructor Jeff Mount for a fun beginner’s chess class. Recommended for grades 3 and above.

Registration is required, parents, so call (910-457-6237) or stop by the library

Harper Library presents

Tinkergarten at Keziah Park

Friday, August 12th at 10 am

Harper is teaming up with the local Tinkergarten leader to offer a nature-based storytime. It’s the perfect combination of nature and literacy! Bring yourself, your kids, and a water bottle to Keziah Park!

Register by email:

Lego Logo and Blocks

At Harper Library

Lego Mania

Thursday, July 28, from 10am-Noon 

Join us in the Kids’ room for fun Lego Building!

All are welcome! No registration Needed!

At Harper Library

S.T.E.A.M. Team

Thursday, July 28, from 1-2pm 

Join us for fun S.T.E.A.M. activities. July features Osmo: Magformers, Marble Circuits and more. . Age-appropriate activities will be chosen for your kids Ages 3+ 

All are welcome! No registration Needed!

FOLSOI and Barbee and Harper Libraries present

 Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Program

 Barbee: Tuesdays at 11am | Harper: Mondays at 11 am

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.

FOLSOI’s bookstore has a new name!

Announcing: ‘Once More Bookstore’!

Congratulations to Patty Langer, winner of the name-the-FOLSOI-bookstore contest! Her winning entry and the new name of the bookstore is Once More Bookstore! The bookstore is located at Southport Realty, 727 North Howe Street, Southport. Hours are M-F from 1-3pm; and every Saturday 10am-12noon. Come on down!

Barbee Library presents

Elementary Book Club

Wednesdays from 1-2:30pm

Recommended for students in grades 3, 4 and 5; join us to talk about fun Chapter Books! Books provided by FOLSOI.

Space is limited so register now by calling 910-278-4283.

Harper Library presents

River Readers Middle School Book Club

Hosted by Southport Woman’s Club

Thursdays at 2pm 

Register by calling 910-457-6237 (First five participants receive complimentary copies of all four books in the series!)

FOLSOI, Kiwanis Club of Southport-Oak Island and Harper Library present

LEGO WeDo Robotics Class!

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). 

Harper Library, FOLSOI and St. James Artisans (for Crafts 4 Kids) present

Hey Kids! Get Creative!

‘Crafts 4 Kids’

Wednesdays @2pm June 29; July 13, 27 (Ages 1-5) with the St. James Artisans

‘Craft and Create’

Tuesdays, 2-4pm to 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)

Barbee and Harper Library patrons

More Free e-Books and Audiobook Choices!

The Brunswick County Public Library now offers more ebook and e-audiobook choices! Libby by OverDrive  is here. Find ebooks to check out at or download the Libby app to get started today!

Barbee Library presents

Socrates Cafe Discussion Group

Monday, July 11, 9:30am at Barbee Library

Topic: Trust or Lack of Trust in the Media

All are welcome!

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Barbee Library and FOLSOI present

Kids: Read Away!

Free montly subscription boxes for elementary and middle school students!

Register and tell us your favorite types of books. Sign up for monthly ‘Loot Box’ with books and fun items selected just for you!

Call 910-278-4283 or stop by Barbee Library to register today! Image: rawpixel

Barbee Library presents

S.M.ART Kids! (Science, Math & the Arts)

Thursdays 4:30-5:30pm

Students of all ages are invited to join in a variety of games and projects involving robotics, arts and crafts, and construction.

Registration encouraged; to register call 910-278-4283

At Harper Library

S.T.E.A.M. Team

Thursday, June 30, from 1-2pm 

Join us for fun Lego-creating, as well as stations featuring a variety of STEAM activities. May will feature Osmo: Magformers, Marble Circuits and more. Call Harper Library now (910-457-6237) to schedule a private family STEAM session in January with Mrs. Tammy. Age-appropriate activities will be chosen for your kids. All are welcome! No registration!

Teens in Grades 6-12:

‘Libre Loot’ is Really Cool!

Returns in September; Subscribe now to receive boxes when it returns.

 Call for pre-selected juvenille/Young Adult books and loot each month (returning September) in brand-new Libre Loot monthly subscription boxes (see a sample of the first boxes, left) from Harper Library. Select your three favorite genres when you subscribe; return the books after 3 weeks but the “loot’ is yours to keep!

CALL Harper Library 910-457-6237

From Harper Library

Join the 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 (910-457-6237).          Image: starline

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.


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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