The Gulfport Public Library reopened at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, to cheers and applause from the Gulfport community and officials who were on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Gulfport Mayor Sam Henderson addressed the crowd, thanking Library Director Dave Mather for his work on the project. Gulfport City Council members Michael Fridovich, Daniel Liedtke and Yolanda Roman also attended.
“A library should be the focal point of the community,” said Mather. “I thank everyone from the bottom of my heart, even those who knocked on the door [during the renovation] and said ‘When the heck are you gonna open up?’”
New and updated features include new computers; a kids’ area with new furniture, dedicated computers and an interactive toddler wall; a teen room; alphabetic reorganization of DVDs, CDs, VHS and music on shelving; a meeting room; new librarians’ desk and an LGBTQ section. The flooring and the bathrooms were also completely renovated.
Library services were available from a temporary location at Scout Hall since February.