GALVESTON, Texas The Rosenberg Library on Wednesday will reopen its first floor after nearly five years of planning, fundraising and renovations to repair the historic building s bottom level, which was damaged by Hurricane Ike in 2008.

The $4.5 million project at the library, 2310 Sealy Ave., was paid for by the Federal Emergency Management Agency funds, flood insurance and the library s own fundraising efforts.

The new first floor includes a nautical-themed children s department, the circulation department, renovated meeting rooms and several technology upgrades.

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