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Smithfield Branch
255 James Street
Smithfield, VA 23430
Ph: 757.357.2264 | Fax: 757.357.0883

Branch Manager: Chris Thompson
Email: cthompson@blackwaterlib.org
Hours of Operation
Monday 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am - 8:00pm
Thursday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 1:00pm
Sunday Closed

Branch History:
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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

10/21/14 (Tuesdays, 10:30 am) - On My Own storytime for ages 3-5 will begin today! See calendar for dates.


ONGOING PROGRAMS

Knit @Night - 2nd & 4th Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 pm of every month

Medicare Benefits Counseling & Informational Sessions

  • Thursdays, 1-3 pm | 10/23, 11/6, 11/20

Resume Workshop - bimonthly, must register at least 3 days prior to workshop

  • Thursdays 3-4:30 pm ( 11/13, 12/11)
  • Mondays 6-7:30 pm ( 11/17, 12/15)

Smithfield Book Club - 11/18/14 @ 1pm


UPCOMING EVENTS

10/7 - 11/20 (Tues/Thurs 6-7 pm) - Autumn Evening Computer Classes. Registration required. For dates and topics, see flyer.



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