The good people of Harrison County got hit hard: Biloxi, Gulfport, Pass Christian, D'Iberville, Saucier...the list goes on...took a beating, and their libraries were badly damaged, when they were left standing at all.
Four of the thirteen Harrison County libraries are listed as still closed, and of the nine that remain open, three are temporary libraries set up in trailers.
Happily, it seems that the downtown Biloxi Library may be salvageable, and Harrison County just received a grant to help with the reconstruction of the Gulfport library. Still, they've got a long way to go.
The pictures to the left are of the Biloxi (top) and Pass Christian (bottom) libraries. Breaks my heart.
So thanks again, donors, for helping out. Me, I'll be visiting that neck of the woods in the coming months for dissertation research...mmmmmm, archives...but more about that later tonight. Here's a hint though.