The New Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library
"Cornerstone of the Community"

22 September 2006

When was the last time both U.S. senators were in town?

At the last minute, U.S. Senator Lincoln Chafee has rearranged his schedule so that he can attend Sunday's groundbreaking! This is exciting news, and the senator will speak on a program with Senator Jack Reed. It is the opinion of your humble library correspondents that this is indeed a high honor -- and to the best of our memory, it has been a very long time (if ever???) since the two most powerful politicians in Rhode Island were in Burrillville together. We view this as further confirmation that the new library is much more than a solution to an overcrowded facility. It is the spearhead for revitalizing this central piece of real estate in town. And we thank Senator Chafee!