255 James Street
Smithfield, VA 23430
phone (757) 357-2264
fax (757) 357-0883
Hours of Operation
|Monday ||9am - 9pm |
|Tuesday ||9am - 9pm |
|Wednesday ||9am - 9pm |
|Thursday ||9am - 5pm |
|Friday ||9am - 5pm |
|Saturday ||9am - 3pm |
|Sunday ||CLOSED |
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.
05/23/2013 - Storytimes will end on May 23rd. A special combined Summer Storytime will last from June 17 - August 5 for ages 2-5.
Art in Black & White: April 1 - July 1, 2013
- Isle of Wight Art League & Smithfield Branch partnership. All exhibitions are located in the library's Community Room. This month's exhibit features local artists and includes photographs, pen and ink, and acrylic drawings. All items are available for purchase. The Smithfield Branch receives a percentage of sales from the display.
Smithfield Book Club - 06/18/2013, 1:00 pm.
- June 18 - The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
- July 16 - Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
- August 20 - Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Movie Mondays in July - 1:30pm
06/19/2013 - (Wed., 7-8:30pm) Smithfield Chess Club