Smyrna Public Library Library
Plan Reference Department
The Smyrna Public Library was established in 1936 and is celebrating
its 70th anniversary this year. Scroll down to learn about
its history and growth over the years.
Smyrna Public Library was opened in 1936 by the Smyrna Women's
Club - with which it shared space. The initial collection
consisted of 50 books on one shelf. Boy Scouts and other children
went door-to-door with wheelbarrows collecting donated books
to stock the shelves after it opened. By 1938 the collection
had grown to 1,400 items - approximately 1% of the size of
the overall collection today.
The picture above is circa the late 1930s. Look closely and
you will notice the icicles from an ice storm. The library
operated in this building that was located on Atlanta Road
near the location of the present Village Green until a new
facility opened in 1961.
(Click photo to
photo above is of the official checking account statement
from May, 1954. Balance - $159.19.
square foot library building shown above was located at 2873
King Street. It was constructed during the first term of Mayor
George Kreeger (1960-1961) for a cost of $54,000. Additions
were made in 1969 and 1973.
new library on the Village Green was opened in August 1991,
the Smyrna Fire Department converted the old library into
a training center and fire prevention bureau. It also served
as the Smyrna Museum until the new museum was built on Atlanta
First Baptist Church acquired the building and part of a city
parking lot in a land swap that provided additional parking
for the new City Hall, which opened in August 1996. The church
used the facility for storage purposed until is was demolished
in 2002 to construct additional parking space and a landscaping
tank in the background was constructed in 1927 at a cost of
approximately $2,800. It was demolished in in the early 1980's
for $10,000. The photo was taken from King Street looking
northwest to what is now the Market Village.
Public Library celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1986.
here to ready THE CONDENSED HISTORY OF THE SMYRNA LIBRARY©
as it appeared in the 1983 issue of Lives & Times.
Mid to Late 1980s
mid to late 1980s, Smyrna government officials began laying
plans for the Village Green redevelopment project. Unlike
other city renewal efforts, Smyrna officials chose to have
a new library, community center and green space as the project's
centerpiece instead of the common retail center option. The
picture above is of the 1961 library as it appeared in the
spring of 1989 when those plans were being finalized.
Ground is broken for the $15 million Village Green Project.
Friends of Smyrna Library held their first organizational
meeting April 5, 1990. Charter board members elected on June
19, 1990 were Barbara Bixby, Janet Cook, Diana Duell, Claudia
Eisenburg, Donna Huemann, Corrine Schulzke, Liz Snow and Tim
Vaughan . The news clipping above is one of the earliest announcements
for the group as it was being organized.
current Smyrna Public Library was constructed in 1990 and
1991 - photo circa early 1991.
August 3, 1991
new library and adjacent community center were dedicated before
a crowd numbering in the thousands at 5 PM on August 3, 1991.
The picture above is of a commemorative fan that was distributed
to all attendees. The ceremony was followed by a concert of
leading bands of the time and a spectacular fireworks show.
to read the grand opening announcement and invitation to the
public as it appeared in the July/August 1991 issue of Lives