Harrison libraries raising money with ‘Katrina & Biloxi’

Public libraries throughout Harrison County are now raising money through sales of the city’s award-winning “Katrina & Biloxi” documentary and companion photo album.

The 11 libraries — in Biloxi, D’Iberville, Gulfport, Long Beach, Pass Christian and Saucier — are now selling the “Katrina & Biloxi” package for $20. Each library earns $5 off each sale.

“Katrina & Biloxi” the DVD, which was named best documentary of 2006 by the Southeast Alabama Advertising Federation, tells the story of Biloxi’s encounter with Katrina through 50 minutes of vignettes from Biloxi residents, city leaders and weathercaster Jim Cantore; original scoring and the song “Heavens Cry” by songwriter Brad Jerkins of Dothan, Ala.; and storm footage from Biloxi City Hall, east Biloxi and the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

The DVD also features bonus aerial photography, pre-Katrina photos, and an interview with Mayor A.J. Holloway filmed on the afternoon of Aug. 29, as storm winds began to subside outside City Hall.

The 52-page photo album contains dozens of color photographs showing Biloxi points of interest and landmarks immediately before and after the storm, as well as photos into the recovery.

The libraries now selling the “Katrina & Biloxi” DVD and companion photo album are:

Biloxi: East Biloxi Temporary Library, in parking lot behind Biloxi Community Center, Howard Avenue; Biloxi Public Library’s Local History and Genealogy Department, U.S. Post Office, Main Street; Margaret Sherry Memorial Library, Popp’s Ferry Road; West Biloxi Library, Pass Road; Woolmarket Temporary Library, Woolmarket Road.

D’Iberville: Jerry Lawrence Memorial Library, Auto Mall Parkway.

Gulfport: Gulfport Temporary Library, 47 Maples Drive Trailer # 1; Orange Grove Public Library, Mobile Avenue.

Long Beach: Long Beach Public Library, Jeff Davis Avenue.

Pass Christian: Pass Christian Public Library, East 2nd Street, War Memorial Park.

Saucier: Saucier Children’s Library, First Street, near elementary school.

More online

Some background on the “Katrina & Biloxi” project:

Trailer: To see the original 60-second promotional trailer, click here.

The premiere: To see photographs from the world premiere in January 2006 at the Saenger Theater, click here.

The initial reaction: To read the unsolicited responses from those who purchased “Katrina & Biloxi” when it was released in 2006, click here.

New spot: To see the new 30-second TV commercial filmed by “Katrina & Biloxi” videographer Scott Lancaster, click here.

Order online: To order your copy of “Katrina & Biloxi” from our secure web site, click here.

News and notes

Parents night: Parents of junior high and high school students will have a chance to learn more about their child’s day and meet teachers in meeting tonight. Biloxi High School and Biloxi Junior High School will host parents nights beginning at 6 this evening. For more about Biloxi Public Schools, click here.

Swimming: Swimming lessons for Biloxi residents and others are coming up at the Biloxi Natatorium and Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center. Registration is Monday and Tuesday at the Natatorium. For details, click here.