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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (April 20, 1998 - PACNEWS/Tohi)---A long awaited building project, the Feleti Barstow Public Library, was dedicated last week.

The two story, 12,000 square foot building was constructed by Fletcher Construction at a cost of $US 1.7 million, using funds provided by the U.S. Department of Interior, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Although the facility has been dedicated, it will not be open to the public until furnishings are completed in early June.

The library is named after Fred (Feleti) Barstow, a philanthropist from Hawaii who fell in love with American Samoa after making several visits during his childhood.

When he died in 1931, while still young, his family established a foundation for American Samoa in his name.

The foundation has pledged $US 50,000 a year for three years to buy books for the new library.

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