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

29 December 2006

Going up!

A strange new piece of equipment arrived on site around December 20- it looked like a giant Erector Set project. Soon it became clear that it was the automatic scaffolding for building the elevator shaft.

The first shot taken 12/21 shows only a few feet of block having been set.

By December 27 they were almost to the top.

December 28:
All done!! The Erector Set is gone

21 December 2006

The outline of our future...

December 19
With the foundations pretty much finished, we can now see what the New Library will look like - at least in outline form.

Space to grow!

16 December 2006

Dec 15- a busy site...

Lots of action on the site this week. The crusher is still crushing material to create new clean fill, front end loaders are moving the fill into place, cement trucks are pouring more foundations and, in the background, work is progressing on placement of drain lines.

The yellow tape marks the water table soil test pits which will be refilled as soon as the all-clear comes back from DEM.

Dec 6 - It's taking shape...

With the foundation walls going in we can start to identify the new library spaces . The east and north foundations are up and work started on placing forms for the south and west sides.

In this last picture you can see the space where the River Walk, benches and landscape beds will be located between the library and the river.

08 December 2006

Cookbook sales commence

To help defray the cost of the New Library, one of the fundraising projects of the Library Capital Campaign Committee is a "Northwest Corner Cookbook" containing recipes contributed by our friends and neighbors throughout Burrillville.

While the cookbook won't be published until sometime in February we are now accepting advance payment for those who would like to give a cookbook as a holiday gift this year. The gift certificate can be redeemed when the books arrive later this winter.

The Committee would also appreciate any advance sales or payment for books you may have reserved so that those funds can help defray the up-front printing costs. The book will have a handsome hard-cover, spiral binding featuring a picture of the New Library and a logo reflecting the Committee's slogan for the library project: "Cornerstone of the Community".

With brisk sales of the cookbook, as much as $10,000 could be realized for the Building Fund.

The Cookbook sells for $10.95 with checks payable to -JMS Library Capital Campaign-. Purchases can be made at the library or mail payment with a SASE to P.O.Box 306, Harrisville, RI 02830.

A firm foundation...

Forms are being installed to pour the New Library's foundations. Here we see what will be the main stack room area from East Avenue and from the approach to the new library on the Main Street side.

Work is progressing faster than this photographer can keep up. See our Clerk-of-the-Works', Dan Joubert's, weekly Site Reports for more up-to-date news and photos!