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Renovation and expansion ofthe
Greenville Public Library 1990 - 1991.
The Visual Record

Construction Volume One of Four, Images 1 - 50

1.

View of the Greenville Public Library around 1920

2.

Copy of old postcard view of the Library.

(Courtesy of Mrs. Virginia Miller.)

3.

View of the Library during an ice storm December 1921

(Courtesy of Mrs. Virginia Miller.)

4.

The original Library building, May 1882 - Sept.1956, as it appeared in March 1956

5.

The Children's Alcove, 1956

6.

Greenville Public Library, March 1956

7.

The Henry Jenckes homestead left to the Greenville Public Library by Mrs. Jenckes. The building was moved to the rear lot and sold. The Trustees built the present facility on the site in 1956.

8.

Shed, full of history, that is lost when building was burned by local fireman - see #9

9.

Burning an old shed on the Jenckes property.

10.

Mrs. Doris Dexter, Librarian, Greenville Public Library, 1966

11.

The Shirley Steere Children's Room added in 1966

12.

The Library in May 1990

13.

Shrubs removed just prior to construction of addition in May 1990

14. Greenville Library May 1990

15.

Hall property adjoining the Library - acquired 1986 for expansion purposes.

16.

Expansion begins! Parking area is first consideration.

17.

FMHArequired sign announcing construction.

18.

Saving rare tree for patron's enjoyment.

19.

William Armstrong, Site Supervisor, Alhambra Building Company. 6/90

20.

Remains of garage on acquired property. Five more spaces at back of parking area.

21.

Extensive work on parking area.

22.

Work continues in spite of the rain.

23.

Work continues in spite of the rain.

24.

Work continues in spite of the rain.

25.

Last obstacle to a wider driveway.

26.

Waiting for Nynex to place telephone pole so wires can be removed from tree.

27.

Yellow bands save trees from destruction. Stakes mark parking areas.

28.

State and Town required many galleys to protect the environment.

29.

Last of the galleys to be placed.

30.

Preparing the base for the parking area.

31.

National Library Relocation Van ready to move the collection on 7 May 1990

32.

Positioning the van requires skill on the part of the driver.

33.

16 May 1990 Ground Breaking

34.

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35.

Starting the renovation and the walls start tumbling down.

36.

Starting the renovation and the walls start tumbling down.

37.

Preparations begin for raising the end sections of the roof to the level of the center section.

38.

Preparations begin for raising the end sections of the roof to the level of the center section.

39.

Roof raising is completed and shingling of the roof started.

40.

Breaking up the old parking area.

41.

Workmen building a dry wall in 90 degree weather in July.

42.

Workmen building a dry wall in 90 degree weather in July.

43.

Getting ready for the viinyl siding.

44.

Hot weather continues as the workman finish this portion of the building. Color chosen by the architect.

45.

Mrs. Pauline Leaver, Children's Librarian, helping to clear the Children's Room.

46.

Library closed for a week and chaos prevailed. View of the Children's Room during this period.

47.

View of relocation process of Children's Room to Greenville Avenue.

48.

View of relocation process of Children's Room to Greenville Avenue.

49.

Upstairs workman setting up Adult Fiction shelves.

50.

Downstairs workman moving and consolidating reference material into the Meeting Room

34.

Front Row (left to right)

Bruce Daniels, Director, DSLS, Dorothy Frechette, Deputy Director, DSLS, Christopher LaRoux, Director Greenville Library, Flora Leigh-Curry, President Board of Trustees, Anthony Simeone, President Smithfield Town Council

Second Row (left to right)

Donald Ihlefeld, Alhambra Building Company, Patti Folsom, Trustee, Wm. Armstrong, Alhambra Building Company, Thomas Matt, Trustee, Walter Kloc, Trustee, Thomas Howell, Trustee, Dennis Finlay, Town Treasurer, David Presbrey, Architect