July 4th Book Sale

BryanThe Friends of the Library biggest annual event is our July 4th Book Sale.  We will hold our book sale at the Ashland Library during Ashland’s 4th of July celebration. The sale includes a wide variety of hardback and paperback books, CD’s, DVD’s, and audio books.  All proceeds support the Ashland Library.

Thursday, July 4, 2019, 9 am to 2 pm
Multipurpose Room of the Ashland Library
201 S. Railroad Ave.
Ashland VA 23005.
(The Library is closed on July 4th, but the Multipurpose Room will be open during the sale hours.)

The Friends of the Library Book Sale has become a traditional part of Ashland’s 4th of July celebration event sponsored by the Hanover Arts & Activities Center. Don’t miss it!

Upcoming Events at the Ashland Library

Check the Pamunkey Regional Library’s Calendar page for a complete list of Upcoming Events at the Ashland Library. Below are events we think will be of particular interest to Friends of the Ashland Library Members and their families. For more information on any of these events or programs, please call the Library at 804-798-4072.

 July 4th Book Sale – Call for Donations & Volunteers

Our Annual July 4th Book Sale is fast approaching. It is time to search your shelves for books, audiobooks, CDs, and DVDs that you are ready to donate to support your local library. Drop off your donations at the Ashland Library during regular library hours. Storage space is tight, so please bring only clean, gently used items, no textbooks or encyclopedias. (Please read our guidelines.) The limit is 2 boxes/bags per family per day. Thank You!

Volunteers are needed to help out at our Annual July 4th Book Sale. We need volunteers on Wed., July 3, from 2-4pm to help move books from storage to the library and set up the sale. On Thurs., July 4, we need volunteers for the second and third shifts and for packing up remainders. We need help from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm; 12:30 – 2:30 pm at the sale and from 2 – 3 pm for packing and moving books from the Ashland Library to our storage locker. For set up on July 3 and last shift on July 4, we especially need people that can lift and move boxes of books. Please fill out our Contact Form if you want to help out at the sale. Thank You!

Book Clubs & Recurring Programs: Please call or visit the library for program information.

The Morning Book Club – meets every third Friday at 10:00 a.m.
The Afternoon Book Club – meets every third Monday at 1:00 p.m.
The Evening Book Club – meets every third Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

Little Free Libraries



In partnership with local re-purposed creations store, Refunkit, and the Ashland Branch of the Pamunkey Regional Library, the Friends have installed two Little Free Libraries (LFL) in our town. At the Ashland/Hanover Visitors Center, 112 N Railroad Ave., you’ll find a LFL shaped like a freight car. This spot is also Ashland’s Amtrak stop. In Pufferbelly Park on Randolph St. between England St. and Myrtle St., you’ll find a LFL shaped like a house. These LFLs were built by volunteer, Ed Hazelwood. Refunkit has also created their own unique LFL – a repurposed newspaper box with robot head and arms – and installed it outside their shop.

The purpose of LFLs is: to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations. Find out more at the Little Free Library web site.

Visitors to Little Free Libraries are encouraged to Take a Book, Return a Book. The Friends will maintain our LFLs, stocking them with good quality books. We hope that the entire community will make our job easy by sharing books with others through the LFLs.

Friends of the Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Ashland Library maintains a continuous book sale at the Ashland Branch Library. You will find bargain fiction and non-fiction, audio books, and videos in the area around the copy machine and in the entrance hallway of the library. You can donate your gently used, unwanted books, audio books and videos to the Friends at the library circulation desk for the on-going sale. Proceeds from the sale are used to fund some of the library’s programs and sponsor special events. Please donate only clean, gently used books and do not donate encyclopedia sets, Reader’s Digest, or textbooks over 5 years old. (Those items can be taken to the Goodwill store.) See more donation guidelines below in Got (too many) Books?

Read about our huge annual July 4th book sale.

Got (too many) Books?


How about DONATING them to the Friends of the Ashland Library for our ongoing book sale?

Guidelines: We much prefer books from 2000 or later, unless they are timeless classics. No textbooks or encyclopedias. Please make sure your books are clean and in good condition. We cannot accept books that are dusty/dirty, musty/moldy, have water damage, torn pages, heavy highlighting , broken spines or smell of cigarette smoke. These won’t sell. Please recycle or discard them. Older books (pre-2000) in good condition can be donated to Goodwill or put in our Little Free Libraries (space permitting). Speaking of space, our storage space is very limited. We can only take in 2 boxes/bags per family per day.

To help the Friends and your Library, donate your gently-used books, CDs, DVDs and recorded books at the Library Circulation Desk. (Receipts are available for tax-deduction purposes.)

THANK YOU for helping the Ashland Library!