Architect John Gaisford of Memphis designed the Carnegie Library in Okolona in 1914. The building was completed in 1915, with one large room and a full basement that contained four small rooms and two baths (Okolona, Mississippi Carnegie Library). Carnegie provided $7,500 toward the construction. An addition in 1986 added a conference room and more shelf space. It is currently under renovation again.
The “storytelling” labyrinth in the front has interesting symbolic meaning. You can read the full piece at the link, but I particularly liked the final few words:
The project will hopefully be seen by the community as a landmark of not only something that happened in the past, but of a positive step taken by the townspeople towards an openness concerning the town’s history and the possibility of a united future. (The Carnegie Library Story Labyrinth, retrieved from City of Okolona website)
Gaisford also designed the Como Methodist Church. The last building before his death in 1918 was the Paramount Theater in Clarksdale. The Paramount was originally named the Marion when it opened in 1918. Its most recent reincarnation was as the Super Soul Shop.