Hancock County Library System Recieves National Award

The Hancock County Library System has come a long way from its humble beginnings 68 years ago. Back then there was just one library with one employee. Now the system includes four state of the facilities and 30 employees. Congressman Gene Taylor says he's watched the metamorphosis of the Hancock County Library System ever since he was a child.

"They've done a remarkable job. Their instantaneous rate of change has just been phenomenal with the addition of the Pearlington Library, the Kiln Library... really first class." said Taylor, who was so impressed he nominated the Library System for the award.

The Library's ability to offer programs to meet the communities needs is one of the reasons it's being honored. Library System Director Prima Plauche' says even those who don't know how to read can learn at the facility. "We have programs for all age groups everything from our 'Born to Read' service where we give a reading package to mothers of newborns. We also have programs for senior citizens."

The Institute of Museum and Library Services gives the awards once a year. A committee chosen by First Lady Laura Bush selected the Hancock County Library System and two others across the nation for the high honor.

Just before a reception, local leaders gave the Library System another big honor by proclaiming Thursday September 27th, 2001 "Public Library Day."