October 2015

Robert Francis reads poetry to a group of people on the lawn outside The Jones Library

Poetry reading outside Jones Library, 1957

This group has come together to listen to Robert Francis read poetry on the lawn outside the Jones Library.

(Originally posted October 1, 2015)

Children reading at Jones Library

Children reading at Jones Library, 1950s

This is probably a school group visiting the Children’s Room – a tradition that continues to this day.

(Originally posted October 8, 2015)

Ceremony for laying the cornerstone for the Jones Library

Laying the Cornerstone

On October 18, 1927, the cornerstone was laid for the current Jones Library building. The cornerstone itself was a 900-pound slab salvaged from  the Amherst House, where the library resided until the building was destroyed by fire in 1926.

Pictured from left to right: Tony (Michael Angelo), who was in charge of stone work; Allen H. Cox, Architect; Casper Ranger Construction Company man; Mr. Moriarty, Timekeeper; another Casper Ranger Construction Company man; and Mr. Doyle, Foreman.

(Originally posted October 15, 2015)

Robert Fessenden, volunteer at Jones Library

Library volunteer Robert Fessenden, circa 1990

Robert was a longtime volunteer shelver at the Jones Library. He stands here in the basement with a cartful of books to reshelve.

(Originally posted October 22, 2015)

Mural by Steve Hamilton in Jones Library

Mural in Jones Library basement, circa 1992

This mural was painted by well-known local artist Stephen Hamilton. It was located on a wall in the basement of the Jones before the renovation in the early 1990s.

(Originally posted October 29, 2015)