100 Tinkham Lane, Harrisville, Rhode Island 02830
Phone 401-710-7800
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Directions to the Library

Library Hours

  • Monday - Thursday
    10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday
    10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday Winter
    10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Winter Hours begin Sept 10th
  • Saturday Summer
    10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Summer Hours begin June 25th

Next Scheduled Closings

  • Memorial Day
    Monday, May 30th

Weather Closing &
Cancellation Information

During inclement weather, the Library may close early, delay opening time, or be closed all day when weather conditions warrant. If you are in doubt, please call ahead (401-710-7800) or check online here or on Facebook.

We also send closing information to the Rhode Island Broadcasting Association so check your favorite television news station.

Whenever the library closes early, fines are suspended for materials which were due but could not be returned on that day. All materials due on the day of closing then become due on the next open day.

Children's Programs Cancellations —

All children’s programs will be cancelled if classes in the Burrillville Public Schools are cancelled, even if the library elects to remain open.


Quick Library Links

Search the OSL Online Catalog —

Library Programs & Events

Check out our new and improved Calendar.

Weekly Preview
of Programs & Events

Click on the event
to go to the
Main Calendar
and learn more.

As ever, be sure to check out our Newsletter and Facebook and Twitter for additional programming and event information.

May Programs & Events

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The Color of Water

Book Discussion

Wednesday, May 11th
11:00 a.m.

This month's selection is The Color of Water, by James McBride. Copies are available at the Circ Desk. Please plan to join us!

Who is Ruth McBride Jordan? A self-declared "light skinned" woman evasive about her ethnicity, yet steadfast in her love for her twelve black children.

James McBride, journalist, musician, and son, explores his mother's past, as well as his own upbringing and heritage, in this powerful book.

The library's adult book discussion group is open to those interested in reading and discussing a book together. Books are chosen ahead of time. Multiple copies are available at the library's check-out desk. Readers may also place their own holds on the book, e-book, or audiobook.

Friends of the Jesse Smith Library

Annual Spring Book Sale
Saturday, May 14
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Members Only Sale begins at 9:00 a.m.
Come early and purchase a membership at the door!

Earth Day Poster Contest Awards Ceremony
Tuesday, May 17th at 6:00 p.m.
Library Community Room
All welcome!

Come cheer the winners of the 2016 poster contest sponsored by the Burrillville Parks & Recreation Department, Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library, and Pascoag Utility District.

On Exhibit
at JMS Library
May 18 - June 6

You are invited!

The students of the Watercolor and Drawing classes at the Glocester Senior Center, and their teacher, Adele Karbowski, invite you to a small reception in celebration of the opening of their special art exhibition at the library. Light refreshments will be served.

Reception on Thursday, May 19th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
All welcome!


Meet Our Local Musicians

A little about them: HERE

Their Websites:

Billy Mitchell

The Whodos

Jacob Haller

Jan Luby

Joanne Lurgio

Amy Hererra

Tammy Laforest

Blackstrap Molasses

At the Coffeehouse on Friday, May 20: Tammy Laforest. Please plan to join us!

Project Chick is Back!


Saturday, May 21
10:30 a.m.
Library Community Room

Historic New England presents this hour long program showing how chickens are raised at Casey Farm in Saunderstown, Rhode Island.

Learn about the life cycle of chickens, hold and touch a variety of eggs from hummingbird to ostrich, observe and touch a live Dominique chicken, and learn how to properly hold a baby chick!

Recommended for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Saturday, May 21 at 12:00 p.m.
Library Community Room
All welcome!

Author and Illustrator Lauren Scheuer will discuss her adventures in backyard chicken keeping which were chronicled in her blog scratchandpeck, which in turn became her book Once Upon a Flock: Life with My Soulful Chickens.

Lauren will have a few of "the girls" with her and will have copies of her book available to purchase. If you're considering getting your own chickens, or are just interested in learning more, come and chat chilckens— she has a wealth of knowledge on these feathery friends!

JMS Library FanFiction Writing Contest

Attention all writers!

The library is hosting a writing contest this spring! The twist is that all entries need to be works of fanfiction— they should use places and/or characters from your favorite books, movies, TV shows, and such. No fandom is too small!

Enter for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Taco Shop!
Winners will be chosen in both adult and teen categories.

Further details are available here: Entry Form    Entry deadline is May 21!

If you have questions, email Katherine at lib.writing.contest@gmail.com

Artisan Cheese-Making Demonstration


Monday, May 23
6:00 p.m.

Award winning chefs Phillip Griffin and Malinda Coletta, founders of the Professor Chef Cooking School, present their artisan cheese-making demonstration.

Learn to make mozzarella, ricotta, and a yogurt cheese. No special Equipment is needed, just a few simple ingredients.

Registration is required. Space is limited.
Sign up today at the Circulation Desk, or by phone (401) 710-7800.


Check the Online Calendar for these Activities:

Friends of the Library
Meet 1st Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

3rd Tuesday Trivial Pursuit
Meets 3rd Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Teens Meet @ the Hangout
Wednesdays from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Writers Group
Meets Alternate Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Knitting Group
Meets Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.

Trivial Pursuit
Meets Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.



Library Notes

Spring 2016

Silent Auction
April 25 — May 7

Themed baskets make great gifts
Get your bidder number today! Don't miss out!

Spring Book Sale
Saturday, May 14
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Friends Only pre-sale sale starts at 9:00 a.m. Come early and purchase a membership at the door!

Support Your Library!

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The Friends of the Jesse Smith Library invite you to shop Amazon Smile and support the library. Every time you make an eligible Amazon Smile purchase, the Library gets 5% of the purchase price!