255 James Street
Smithfield, VA 23430
phone (757) 357-2264
fax (757) 357-0883
Hours of Operation
|Monday || 12pm - 8pm |
|Tuesday ||9am - 5pm |
|Wednesday ||9am - 8pm |
|Thursday ||9am - 5pm |
|Friday ||9am - 5pm |
|Saturday ||10am - 1pm |
The Smithfield Branch had its origin in 1924 when members of the Shakespeare Class and the Women's Club of Smithfield approached the Smithfield Town Council to request their assistance in establishing a community library. Council allowed one room of the Community Building to be converted and gave $2.50 a month in support. With donations of books and money from state and local citizens, the Smithfield Public Library opened its doors on January 26, 1925. In 1942 the library moved to the Main Street Courthouse, and, in 1945, Miss Cora Leigh Chapman left her home on Church Street to house the library 'as long as it was suitable.' Our name became the Benjamin P. Chapman Memorial Library. The library joined the Walter Cecil Rawls Regional Library System (now known as Blackwater Regional Library) in 1974 and remained on Church Street until our move in 1989 to its current location on James Street.
April 8 - July 14, 2014 - Stop by the Library and see the Isle of Wight Arts League Exhibition, "The Animal Kingdom: Creatures Great and Small Portrayed by Local Artists."
4/15/14 - The Friends of the Smithfield Library group is seeking a new President, Secretary, and Treasurer! Help your library foster partnerships between the library and the community, participate in fundraising projects, and improve the quality of life in Smithfield by supporting educational, cultural, and economic development initiatives. Call us for more information!
Smithfield Book Club - 4/15/14 @1pm
Knit @Night - 2nd & 4th Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 pm of every month
- starting 4/9, we will start a project on "Beginning Sock Knitting!"
04/17/2014 - (Thu., 10-11am) Spring EGGstravaganza! Registration is required.
04/18/2014 - (Fri.) - 2014 Middle School Essay & Writing Contest presented by the Smithfield Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. entries due.
05/14/2014 - (Wed., 3-4pm) Stuffed Dog Show! Registration is required.