GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - After years of delays, people in Gulfport's Orange Grove community finally have a library.
The new library is on Old Highway 49, less than a mile from the old library destroyed by Hurricane Katrina almost eight years ago. It's the last four libraries to re-open after the storm.
"We had to delay opening here because we had some problems with funding, FEMA, and getting all the furniture we needed and everything," said Library Director Robert Lipscomb. "But we felt we had enough things now that we could go ahead and open to the public."
Lipscomb said he's glad to finally see the empty bookshelves restocked and the tables filled with people. Monday's opening was just a soft opening, but the community was ready as kids stormed the shelves grabbing all the books they could hold. The grand opening is set for sometime in July
This summer, the library will be open every day, offering programs, and adding more books, DVDs, and games to check out. The building is Wi-Fi enabled and also offers more than 10 computers.
To begin using all the new resources, all you need is a library card. If you don't have one, just bring in a photo ID and proof of local residency.