Bay St. Louis Library near completion

By Al Showers – bio | email

BAY ST LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Work crews are busy preparing the shelves for the return of more than 80,000 books at the Bay St. Louis Public Library. While the renovation work has been completed, the furniture and other features won't be installed until next month. But library leaders say it will be worth the wait.

Executive Director of the Hancock County Library System Patty Furr said, "The new library is based on a book store model, so the customers are going to find that the space is more comfortable to be in. We have some nice big comfy lounge chairs. We're going to have a coffee shop here."

Furr said library patrons will be most excited about the literacy based children's play area called "Once upon a time in Bay St. Louis."

"It has a Bay St. Louis Cottage, complete with a computer area on the front porch. Then we have a five foot wide, nine foot tall oak tree, and it is a puppet theater. And we'll have puppeteers that can get inside of the tree and do puppets shows in the branches of the tree," Furr said.

"We also have a child-sized little cottage which is Hansel and Gretal's house, and they'll be able to crawl up into it and sit in a window seat and read. The circulation desk is going to be Rapunzel's tower."

Furr thinks the kids are going to love it.

"The children here lost a lot during the storm, bowling alleys, skating rinks and pet stores and a lot of things that they use to have," Furr said. "We feel like this special room is going to fit a special need in their lives."

Teens will also have a special area with lap-tops and computer games.

The library will re-open to the public December 7th. The library's popular Holiday Tree Gala will be the first event held in the newly renovated facility. It will take place Sunday, December 6th.

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