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Florida city to rename library after Obama

The former President Barack Obama named a library after him.

(Reuters)

The public library in St. Petersburg, Fla., is renamed, in honor of the 44th President of the United States. This fall, the building will receive a major facelift as the President of the Barack Obama community library.

Mayor Rick Kriseman, who received confirmation from Obama, says other roads and buildings in Florida are starting to bear the name of the former President, so it is time for St. Pete to do the same.

“He is the man who served with honor for two semesters and has already rank of historians,” Kriseman said in an announcement on Monday.

The new name will be paid for with a $16-million price tag with funds from Penny for Pinellas account.

The current mid-century modern structure, built in the early 60s is redesigned to be more accessible for wheelchair users. The terrace is being renovated to host community events and parties, and more technology is added to the entire building.

It is no coincidence that Kriseman made the announcement on the morning of Presidents Day to celebrate in the middle of Black History Month, the nation’s first African American president.

The library plan, is expected to pass the city Council vote on the permit. Only parts of the library will be work hazards during the renovation.

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