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

25 January 2007

Burrillville Residents Invited to Sign "Topping Off" Beam

With work progressing at a rapid pace on the new Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library, town residents, library patrons, and all other interested people are invited to be a part of history by signing the steel beam that will be used to complete the frame of the new building.

Topping-off marks a significant milestone in the project, which began last summer. Once the steel frame is complete, workers will move immediately to building the floors, walls and roof.

The beam is expected to be hoisted into place on Tuesday, January 30, 2007, during a traditional "topping-off" ceremony.

The beam will be available for signing from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, January 29th, and again on Tuesday until it is actually hoisted into place. The exact time of the hoisting will not be determined until sometime Monday.

The beam— and its signatures— will last as long as the library, which has a life expectancy of several decades. An American flag that will be used in the topping-off ceremony will also be preserved for future generations.

For history of the new-library project, along with photographs, design plans, at-least-weekly construction reports, the Stillwater Memories page, and much more, please use the links on this page.