Sherry dedication is Friday afternoon

Mayor A.J. Holloway will join state and local library leaders and others Friday afternoon to formally dedicate the new-and-improved Margaret Sherry Library.

The 3-to-6 p.m. ceremony, which is open to the public, will feature free refreshments and hors d’oeuvres, and a chance for the public to tour the facility, which re-openedx its doors after a $640,000 project that more than doubled its size.

Among those scheduled to speak besides Holloway are Melissa Wright, representing the Biloxi Library Commission; Robert Lipscomb, head of the Harrison County Library System; Connie Rockco, District 5 supervisor; Charlene Longino, Biloxi’s head librarian; and Kathy Sparkman, Sherry librarian.

The library, named for the late Ward 7 councilmember, had been closed for several months while more than 7,200 square feet were added to the 6,800-square foot library. Additions include a children’s room, a new circulation desk, two private study areas suitable for group discussion, three public access computers and two PCs geared to children.

The $640,000 project was funded by the city and Mississippi Library Commission, with funding for furnishings provided by Harrison County. The expansion meets the library’s increasing walk-in traffic, which had been steadily growing since the opening of North Bay Elementary and the year-old Biloxi High School.

To take your own online tour of the library, courtesy of our online Photo Gallery, click here.