East Hancock Library celebrates grand opening
By Jennifer Lenain
Mar 15, 2013, 19:02
More than one hundred guests were present Thursday for the grand opening of Hancock County's newest library in Diamondhead.
Members of the Hancock County Board of Supervisors and Diamondhead Mayor Charles Ingraham had the honor of cutting the ribbon at the first county building in the city.
The river-life themed Hancock East Library is 7,000-square-feet and has more than 20,000 items in its collection of books and movies.
The theme is carried throughout the library with local art, sculptures and the Mark Twain children’s library.
Hancock County Board of Supervisors President Lisa Cowand said that she had been anxiously waiting for the day the library opened.
“The Hancock East Library is a tremendous asset to the community and county,” she said. “This is one of our many successes to come.”
Former chair of the Hancock County Library System Board of Trustees Elizabeth “Betty” Claggett, 90, spoke at the ribbon cutting and said, “The only disappointment is that they aren’t calling it the Diamondhead Library.”
She recalled a time when Diamondhead was nothing but a residential area.
“Anything we wanted, we had to go to Bay St. Louis to get it,” she said. “The library card is still the most important card in your wallet.”
Ingraham said, “It’s high time that we have a library in East Hancock. I hope it will be well utilized.”
Ingraham also pointed out the new golf cart entrance at the rear of the library.
The library will host children’s reading hour on Fridays and the program will gear up in April.
Hours for the library will be Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call (228) 255-6337 or visit, www.hancocklibraries.info.