U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole attended the ceremonies, which included the placing of the first steel column on what will be an $8 million library.
Dole said the library will help students train for jobs.
"Here at Embassy Square, the Perry Library, which we celebrate today, will serve as a center for training the local workforce with adult literacy classes, computer and Internet access and other educational programs," she said.
Leaders said education is the key to fighting poverty. The project will be built along a new police station and a proposed new city hall.
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