Library destroyed in Katrina reopens Tuesday
METAIRIE, La. (AP) - The Lakeshore branch library reopens Tuesday to the public, with a grand opening celebration set for Jan. 7.
The rebuilt 7,700-square-foot library in Metairie will house more than 28,000 new items, including books, digital video discs, magazines and reference materials.
The new facility replaces the library destroyed in 2005's Hurricane Katrina. It's surrounded by floor-to-ceiling glass and includes specially-designed areas for adults, teenagers and children.
The Times-Picayune reports the children's department has a special area called the Lakeshore Cove that includes a replica of a 6-foot alligator that children can sit in and play learning-style games via a built-in video screen.
Most of the $4 million budget was spent on demolition, construction and outfitting of the new library. About $1.2 million went toward books, computers, shelving and furniture.