DIAMONDHEAD, MS (WLOX) - The opening of the East Hancock Library in Diamondhead Thursday signifies a huge accomplishment for the community.
"Now we're there. We've been looking for this since November," said Diamondhead Mayor Chuck Ingraham.
Mayor Ingraham said people in the community are thrilled to have a library of their own.
"Up until now, we've traveled to the Kiln or down to the Bay," said Mayor Ingraham.
"I'm just thrilled beyond my wildest dreams," said Elizabeth Claggett.
At 90, Claggett is a longtime Diamondhead resident. She said a library is the living room of a community.
"I think a family with children, it's the first place they come. The library card is still the most important card in your wallet," said Claggett.
Hancock County Board of Supervisors President Lisa Cowand said people like Claggett are the inspiration behind the unrelenting drive it took to get the project off the ground.
"Well, we had some structural issues and we were trying to do a golf cart path through the area," said Cowand.
They conquered the obstacles to build a 7,000 square foot library with state of the art technology, 15 adult computers and much more. Behind the attractions is a motive to promote literacy in Hancock County.
"We can't progress if we don't have a literate population," said Mayor Ingraham.
He said progression is key, and the library is a stepping stone for the city's future.
"What's next for Diamondhead? Economic development," said Mayor Ingraham.
With all eyes forward, the people of Diamondhead are happy they can now enjoy the convenience of having a library right next door.
"It's a gem," said Claggett.
"Everybody come get a library card and come visit us," said Cowand.
The library is located beside Hancock Medical Center, behind Rouses Grocery Store.
Hours of Operation:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.