Library to offer hundreds of free books Saturday

Residents have their pick of hundreds of free books at the former downtown Biloxi Public Library on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“These are donated books from folks across the country,” said librarian Charline Longino, who has hosted the giveaways for several weeks at the Lameuse Street location.

“The library went through everything and chose what we could use. We’re offering everything from textbooks and encyclopedias to history to devotional ‘Chicken Soup’ titles. There are also a large number of fiction titles and quite a few paperbacks.

“People tell me that they have found books that they always meant to read and now they are taking the opportunity.”

Longino said library staff has a limited supply of boxes and bags for those wanting several books.

“One final note,” Longino said: “We’re encouraging people to wear comfortable clothing, as we have fans only to move the warm air.”

Slavic Lodge to seek zoning approval Tuesday

The Slavic Benevolent Association’s plans to construct a new lodge in the Third Street neighborhood on Point Cadet will be among the 18 issues on the agenda when the City Council meets Tuesday at City Hall.

The 1:30 p.m. meeting also includes measures that would re-name the Biloxi Community Center in honor of longtime Biloxi physician Dr. Frank Gruich Sr., set aside $1.6 million for construction of a fire station near the intersection of Cedar Lake and Popp’s Ferry roads and fund repairs at the Popp’s Ferry fire station.

To see the complete agenda and available resolutions, click here.

Fair, Slugfest among events on tap this weekend

The weekend entertainment line-up includes the Coast Coliseum’s Summer Fair, which takes place this weekend and through June 15; and Treasure Bay hosts the Ultimate Slugfest, Friday evening beginning at 6 p.m.

Meantime, City Hall staffer Tonya Hebert will discuss her artwork this afternoon at 1:30 on WTNI-AM 1640. Hebert on Saturday afternoon will kick off Negrotto Gallery’s month of meet and greet receptions.

For details on these events and others, courtesy of listings provided by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.