Orange Grove community
to get new library
The Orange Grove Community will get a new branch library with construction possibly beginning in late summer, according to Bill Finkbiner, acting Gulfport-Harrison County librarian.
Finkbiner said the board voted to construct a new library in the Orange Grove community because of population growth in the area. Plans are proceeding, he noted, for a suitable location and financing.
"we will try to open a temporary facility in the orange grove area early this summer," said Finkbiner, "until a permanent branch library can be constructed." He pointed out there are approximately 7,000 school-age children in the area now and a permanent library is needed. In other action, the library board of trustees retained Gulfport attorney Owen Palmer as legal representative for the board. Finkbiner said the action was taken duel to the growth of library’s county-wide responsibility.
In addition, the board voted to establish an interlibrary reference system in which a book requested at one of the county libraries will be located and brought to the desired location. Finkbiner noted such a system has been needed for a long time and will add a valuable service to library patrons.
Zondell Gardner of Gulfport was awarded a contract to recarpet the library’s center stairwell on a bid of $835.
Finkbiner noted the board will henceforth meet on the third Tuesday of each month instead of the second Tuesday.