Mound Bayou opens library at new site
by Rory Doyle
Oct 12, 2012 | 2491 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Trena Robinson (left) and Dwana Lyles explore the shelves at the Mound Bayou Public Library, which was opened at its new location at 301 E. Martin Luther King Drive, Suite B on Thursday.
Trena Robinson (left) and Dwana Lyles explore the shelves at the Mound Bayou Public Library, which was opened at its new location at 301 E. Martin Luther King Drive, Suite B on Thursday.
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The Bolivar County Library System announced the official reopening of the Mound Bayou Public Library on Thursday.

Community members and local officials gathered for an open house at the new location at 301 E. Martin Luther King Drive, Suite B.

"It's been a long time coming, but we're certainly happy to hold the official reopening of the Mound Bayou branch," said Lynn Shurden, Bolivar County Library System director.

Mound Bayou Mayor Kennedy Johnson, several Mound Bayou alderman and Bolivar County Library Board Chair Geraldine Grammer were in attendance.

The library closed over a year ago when St. Gabriel’s Mercy Center, where the library was previously housed, was closed for renovations.

The branch was scheduled to reopen when St. Gabriel’s once again opened its doors last spring, but the need for a new location resulted in a much longer closure.

"The mayor (Johnson) wanted a more permanent place to truly offer library services to the people," said Shurden.

Upon completion of renovations at the new site, the Mound Bayou Public Library opened for business in July, but the official reopening was delayed to allow for improvements to interior refurnishing.

In addition to books, the library has the same resources and services as all the branches in the county, including: four public access computers, free Internet access, copying, printing and faxing.

Everyone is invited to visit the library at its new location. Branch hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 1-5 p.m.

Call Mound Bayou branch librarian Jamial Jackson for more details at 662-741-3299.