Pass Christian needs $200,000 to furnish new library

By Danielle Thomas - bio | email

PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - Librarians in Pass Christian are gearing up for the opening of a new library. Along with the excitement of a new state-of-the-art building comes the concern that hundreds of thousands of dollars are still needed to furnish it.

The 12,000 square foot Pass Christian library now under construction will replace the library Katrina destroyed.

Sharon Bonck and her sons Steven and Jack love checking out books and movies at the Pass Christian library. They say they look forward to the day the library moves out of a temporary trailer.

"The more space and the more sitting areas and for everybody to enjoy," said Bonck. "Tables for you sit and read with your kids on separate from the adults. Oh, it's going to be great."

The city of Pass Christian is building a brand new library that librarians say is scheduled to be complete around the end of the year. When the construction phase is over, librarians will have to begin working to get the library ready to serve patrons.

"We're going to need a large number of book shelves," said Head Librarian Sally James. "We're going to need racks to hold paperbacks. We're going to need other desks and other furniture. We're going to need computer tables to hold the computers and just anything that you can think of that you would see in a library is something we're going to have to try to raise money to buy."

Pass Christian librarians say it will take another $200,000 to buy all the furnishings and equipment needed for the new building. James says since the Harrison County Library system has other libraries to be built and restock, money is tight. The Pass Christian Library plans to sell engraved plaques and similar items to raise funds.

"At some point, I'll start selling a lot of different stuff in the library," said James. "If you want your name on something, come find me because I'll find something affordable for you to have your name on. "

Pass Christian librarians ask people to remember them the next time they shop at Barnes and Noble in Gulfport. The store is holding a book fair for the library. Barnes and Nobles officials say through Thursday of this week customers can ask to help the Pass Christian library at check out. A portion of the sale will go to the library.

Andrea Yeager is a Barnes and Noble spokesperson.

"This is just one way at Barnes and Noble that we can give back to the community. Because the community on the coast has been really good to us," Yeager said. "This is one way we can participate in the community."

People can also buy books off of Pass Christian library's wish list and Barnes and Nobles will make sure that the donated books are delivered.

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