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 Sept to June
  • Saturday Summer
    10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Summer Hours June to Sept
    begin June 24th, 2017

Next Scheduled Closings

  • Memorial Day
    Monday, May 29th
  • Staff Training Day
    Friday, June 2nd

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

Weekly Preview List
of Programs & Events


Be sure to check out our Newsletter and Facebook for additional programming and event information.

Teens should check out our Teen Page and @jessesmithteens on Instagram

Kids and Parents should check out
Facebook @Jesse Smith Kids

Activities for Babies, Kids, Teens,
Adults, Seniors, & Families

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


April & May at the Library

It's Fishing Season!

Project Chick is Back!


Wednesday, April 19
2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Library Community Room

Historic New England's Casey Farm of Saunderstown, RI, proudly presents the Project CHICK Children's Library Program.

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

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


Friends of the JMS Library Spring Silent Auction

The Llama is Back!


Saturday, May 6
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Library Community Room

Dandy Acres Llamas will bring one of their wonderful llamas for a visit!

Get up close to pet, hug, or maybe even kiss a llama. Learn about these beautiful animals— and don't forget your camera!

Recommended for all ages. Bring the whole family!


Fly Tying Classes & a Fishing Event

Fly Tying Classes: Mondays May 8, 15, & 22 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
You may attend one or all sessions. We will make a different fly each class..

Fly Tying Event: Sunday, July 9th
No experience is necessary, and no fishing license is required to participate in the fishing event. Equipment will be provided or you may bring our own.

Registration is Necessary. To Register and get more information CLICK HERE.

Dicsussion Book cover

Reading Across Rhode Island
selection Just Mercy
by Bryan Stevenson

This NY Times bestseller is a powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us. It is also a call to us to fix our broken system of justice.

Copies are available at the Circ Desk. Please plan to join us!


Book Discussion

Wednesday, May 10th
11:15 a.m.

"...Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn't commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship— and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever."

"Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer's coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice."

The library's adult book discussion group is open to all who are 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.

To find out about upcoming book discussion titles see our Selection List 2017.

Friends of the Jesse Smith Library

Spring Craft & Vendor Fair

Saturday, May 13
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


This is your one stop shopping opportunity
to discover unique gifts for
Mother's Day — Father's Day — Graduations — Weddings — Showers

——  Enter to Win Free Raffle Prizes  ——
Raffle items donated by Crafters & Vendors

All proceeds benefit the Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library— and you!

Ongoing Library Programs

Knit & Crochet Group
Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.
Ages 10 to 100 and all skill levels welcome!

Enjoy an evening of knitting or crocheting with others. Share your skills, ask questions, grow your craft. Whether you're just learning, sharpening your skills, or have years of experience, we urge you to join us! Yarn and needles are available!

Writing Group for Adults
Alternate Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

This group provides a supportive atmosphere where participants can share ideas and experiences as they pursue their personal development of the craft of writing. Open to all adult writers! Please call to confirm dates of meetings.

Trivial Pursuit Group
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to Noon
3rd Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Are you a trivia nut? Join this group of like-minded adults who test their wits with the game of Trivial Pursuit. This group meets most Saturday mornings and also on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. All welcome. Please call ahead to confirm that there is a game!

Library Notes

Job Opportunities

The Library has an opening for a Reference Librarian. For more information about the position and how to apply: Reference Librarian Position

The Library has an opening for a Library Page in the Children's Department. For more information about the position and how to apply: Library Page Position

Go to the Friends Flower Power Fundraiser web site.
Fundraiser ends May 1st.

Upcoming Events
Click for more information

Project CHICK Returns
Wednesday, April 19th

Ongoing Library Programs
JMS Writing Group
Trivial Pursuit Groups
JMS Knitting Group

Book Discussion
Wednesday, May 10th

Friends of the Library
First Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Spring Silent Auction
Spring Craft & Vendor Fair

Tax Time Help

Go to the Library's Tax Time Help Page. Tax Filing Deadline is April 15th!

Tax forms are here! Please ask at Reference if you have questions.

And please check out our Tax Help Page for information about how to get tax forms and instructions, how to get assistance for filling out your forms, how to file your return, and how to get a tax filing extension, too!

Need to Print?

Print from Anywhere

Is your printer down? Do you need to print from a wireless device?

If you need to print, you can print to the JMS Library's printer from inside the Library, from home, from work— or from anywhere!

Go to: tinyurl.com/jmsprint in any browser, and you can send your documents to print at the Library's printer.

You can print in black & white or color; single pages or double-sided. Cost is the same as in-Library printing, and your print job will remain available for printing for up to 5 days from the time you submit it.

To get your job printed, come to the JMS Library during regular hours, and staff at the Reference Desk will release your print jobs.

To find out more about printing from anywhere, go to PrinterOn where you can search for a PrintSpot and download free Mobile Apps.

PrinterOn Print Simply Anywhere

Support Your Library!

Shop Amazon and support the Jesse Smith Library!

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 Friends of the Library get .5% of the purchase price!