About East Smithfield Public Library

Library Mission

To engage and strengthen our community by providing materials and programs that satisfy their informational, educational, cultural and recreational needs, using traditional and innovative methods. Explore, create and discover at your library.

Library History

The current-day East Smithfield Public Library began as two separate libraries: The Bernon Library and the Esmond Library. Both libraries were originally established by local manufacturing companies, a reflection of Smithfield’s industrial past.

The Bernon Library was founded in the village of Georgiaville in 1872 by the Bernon Manufacturing Company. It closed after about ten years, but was reopened in 1903 through the cooperation of interested citizens and the Manville-Jenckes Company. It eventually moved to the gallery of a former Baptist Church, and in 1919 it moved again to a refurbished grocery store.

The Esmond Library was established in 1916, when Esmond Mills contributed space and funding for a library. Esmond Mills closed in 1948 due to labor troubles, and the library closed along with it. Numerous books were destroyed when water pipes burst in the abandoned building. The Rhode Island-based conglomerate Textron eventually acquired the building, and after considerable time and effort the Smithfield Recreational Association persuaded Textron to deed the building to the town for recreational purposes. The Smithfield Recreational Association rejuvenated the library, and Elodie Blackmore was appointed librarian in 1954. She catalogued and prepared approximately 2,500 books for circulation. Today, the library’s collection totals approximately 70,000 books.

The East Smithfield Public Library was born in 1967, when the boards of the Bernon and Esmond libraries decided to consolidate. Bernon Library was designated as a reading center, and one librarian managed both buildings. Sadly, in 1973, budget cuts forced the decision to close the Bernon reading center and transfer its collection to the East Smithfield Public Library.

In 1982, the library was asked to submit a proposal to the Town Council on the feasibility of renovating and utilizing part of the former Dorothy T.P. Dame School as a possible solution to the overcrowding that came as a result of combining both libraries. The Board of Trustees and library staff jumped at the opportunity to secure almost three times more operating space. The Town Council granted the use of the first floor to the library in August 1982, and finally, in 1985, after a tremendous volunteer effort by the entire Smithfield community, the contents of the library were moved to its present location at 50 Esmond Street.

During the past 25 years – with help from the Champlin Foundations and the Town of Smithfield – the library has renovated the second floor to provide much needed space for a computer area, media room and storage space, conference room, administration offices, and technical services work area. The library continues to thrive and serve the greater Smithfield community with services and resources for all ages.

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Coffee, Cake & Conversation Tuesdays
01/24/2023    
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Drop by our new morning book group "Coffee, Cake & Conversation” Tuesday mornings at 10:30. If you enjoy a casual atmosphere, where you can discuss [...]
Introduction to Sphero Edu
01/24/2023    
6:30 pm
Tuesday, January 24 @ 6:30pm. Sphero Robots are wireless robots that you can control from a smartphone or ipad. What these robots do is up [...]
January Story Times: Preschool
01/25/2023    
10:30 am - 11:00 am
$0.00
This story time will be for children ages 3 to 5 and will be held held on Wednesday mornings from 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. [...]
Beanstack Reading Challenge: Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.
01/27/2023 - 01/31/2023    
All Day
Jan 1, 2023 - Jan 31, 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired our nation as a prominent leader of the Civil Rights Movement. Each [...]
Anime Club (Teen Program)
01/27/2023    
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
We meet monthly to watch 2-3 episodes of an anime and enjoy a few snacks. Screenings vary from classic anime to new releases and are [...]
Come & Create in the MakerSpace
01/28/2023    
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Join us in our MakerSpace every fourth Saturday from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm!
Creative Writing Workshop (Teen Program)
01/28/2023    
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
$0.00
At this casual, beginner’s workshop, learn ways to start a story, try on different craft techniques, peer review work, and share your own work. Don’t [...]
Drop-In Tech Help
01/30/2023    
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Stop by the library on Mondays at 11 am for drop in tech help. Have a more complicated question? Email tech@myespl.org before you come in.
Fantasy Book Club
01/30/2023    
6:00 pm
$0.00
Title: Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas Description: In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, Celaena, an assassin, is [...]
INTRODUCTION TO 3-D PRINTING
01/30/2023    
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$0.00
INTRODUCTION TO 3-D PRINTING – The East Smithfield Public Library is excited to announce our acquisition of a Dremel DigiLab 3DPrinter. You may have seen [...]
Coffee, Cake & Conversation Tuesdays
01/31/2023    
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Drop by our new morning book group "Coffee, Cake & Conversation” Tuesday mornings at 10:30. If you enjoy a casual atmosphere, where you can discuss [...]
January Story Times: Tiny Tots Story Time
01/31/2023    
10:30 am - 11:00 am
$0.00
This story time is for children ages 18months to 3 years old and will be held on Tuesdays mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. [...]
Knitting and Crochet Group
01/31/2023    
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us every other Tuesday evening for an informal knitting and crochet group where we will work on our own projects and support each other. [...]
January Story Times: Preschool
02/01/2023    
10:30 am - 11:00 am
$0.00
This story time will be for children ages 3 to 5 and will be held held on Wednesday mornings from 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. [...]
Walk & Talk Book Chat
02/02/2023    
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
$0.00
Drop in any Thursday morning to enjoy nature and chat about the books that you’ve been reading. Weather permitting - we will email at 10 [...]
Bookworms Book Group: 2022 -2023 School Year
02/02/2023    
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Any child in 2nd or 3rd grade along with their parent/caregiver may join us for this book group. In February, we will meet on Thursday, [...]
Card Club
02/02/2023    
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
$0.00
February is the perfect time for card making. We will be learning some fun watercolor techniques to make backgrounds for an array of Valentine themed [...]
Virtual Game Night
02/02/2023    
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us on Discord every Thursday night from 6-8 pm for game night! Whether you typically play board games or are an avid video gamer [...]
Painting Party (Teen Program)
02/03/2023    
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
$0.00
Create a painting by following along with a step-by-step Bob Ross video. Bob Ross was an American painter and the host of the show The [...]
Playdough Fun
02/04/2023    
10:30 pm - 11:15 pm
$0.00
Come to the library to explore the benefits of playing with playdough. Playdough is fun for all ages, but this program will be for children [...]
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Drop-In Tech Help
30 Jan 23
Fantasy Book Club
30 Jan 23
INTRODUCTION TO 3-D PRINTING
30 Jan 23
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Playdough Fun
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