PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - They were celebrating in Pass Christian Friday morning. But it wasn't Mardi Gras related, that happens with Sunday's parade.
Friday's happy occasion was a long awaited ground breaking for a brand new library.
"The main door is going to be there," said library director Robert Lipscomb, as he proudly showed off the new Pass Christian library that's already under construction.
Picture perfect weather welcomed the crowd for the official ground breaking.
"This is the first project where we're actually rebuilding. And we're happy about that. We're happy to be a part of the revitalization of Pass Christian," said Lipscomb.
The new library will adjoin the new city hall and municipal court buildings.
County supervisor and former history teacher Marlin Ladner stirred memories of a beloved, longtime English teacher at Pass High, Mrs. Broadus.
"She would absolutely be amazed, surprised and probably the best word would be "shocked" to see me and Chipper McDermott dedicating a library," said Ladner, as the crowd erupted in laughter.
"We also know that the people in school who always made the highest grades and always did the most on the ACTs and SATs are the ones that stayed in the library and read all the time. Wish I could say I was one of them, but I'm not," admitted a smiling, Mayor Chipper McDermott.
Library manager Sally James was thanked for pushing the project and getting a temporary library up and running.
"She took control of things. She got the Dupont Corporation of loan us the building we're in now, the temporary building. She had it open within a few weeks, which was amazing," Lipscomb said.
"You're going to see something wonderful up here. And I hope everybody enjoys it," said Sally James, who did much to push for and promote the new project.
The new library should be finished by the end of this year.
The new library is located on the same site as the old one. The City of Naperville, Illinois has a special partnership with Pass Christian and presented library leaders with a four thousand dollars check.