Richard S. Gillis, Jr. Library

The Richard S. Gillis, Jr. Library is located right on the railroad tracks in historic Ashland, Virginia.  Also known as the Ashland Branch Library, it joined the Pamunkey Regional Library in 1975.  The current home of the Ashland Library opened its doors in 1997, bearing the name of long-time library advocate and Board of Trustees Member, Richard S. Gillis, Jr.


201 S. Railroad Avenue
Ashland, VA 23005
(804) 798-4072
Monday through Thursday - 10am to 9pm
Friday and Saturday - 10am to 6pm
Ashland Library Website

The Library on the Tracks

Library

About Us

The Ashland Friends of the Library is a nonprofit, community-based support group for the Richard S. Gillis Jr. Library, a Branch of the Pamunkey Regional Library. The Advisory Board meets quarterly, and the membership meets annually. The Friends group supports library programs and community events, and purchases items needed by the library. For more details, read about our history and  our contributions to the Ashland Library.

Our Contributions

The Advisory Board of the Friends of the Library works with the Ashland and Pamunkey Regional Library staff to determine library needs that cannot be funded under the current budget. Past contributions include special programs for children, teens and adults, new shelving and chairs.  We also contributed major funding to renovate the multipurpose room, entry hallway and bathrooms.

Help Us Grow

There are Many Ways you can support the Friends of the Library, and in turn, Support the wonderful services and resources of the Richard S. Gillis, Jr. Library.

Please use our Contact Us form if you are interested in participating or have a suggestion. See our Membership page for information about joining the Friends of the Ashland Library.

  • Become a Member
  • Join Our Advisory Board
  • Suggest a Program or Speaker
  • Donate to Special Causes

News and Events

Check the Calendar here or at the Library’s web page for Upcoming Events at the Ashland Library. Below are a few listings we think will be of particular interest to Friends of the Ashland Library Members. For more information on any of these events or programs, please call the Library at 804-798-4072.

Dental Health for Kids
Saturday, February 7, 11:00 a.m. – noon
All ages. Celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month with a special Storytime and students from the VCU School of Dentistry. Find out how to keep those grins looking great with healthy brushing and flossing habits.

 

Teen Movie Night
Friday, February 13, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (new time!)
Ages 11 & up. See a great movie at the library. Pizza & beverages provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

 

Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Party
Monday, March 2, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Ages 0-10. Listen to Seuss-ical stories, sing songs, and decorate “birthday” cookies. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

 

CD Art 4 Teens
Friday, March 13, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Ages 11-16. Sign-ups required by March 10! Pizza provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

 

Spring Garden Seed Giveaway
Wednesday, March 18, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Are you and your family going to do a garden this year?  Hanover Master Gardeners will have a selection of open pollinated, easy-to-grow seeds than can be saved from year to year. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.



Book Clubs

The Morning Book Club
meets every third Friday at 10:00 a.m.
Please call or visit the library for program information.

The Afternoon Book Club
meets every third Monday at 1:00 p.m.
Please call or visit the library for program information.

The Evening Book Club
meets every third Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
Please call or visit the library for program information.



Storytimes

Mondays
Mother Goose Storytime 10:15 a.m.
Family Storytime 11:00 a.m.

Tuesdays
Toddler Storytime 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime 10:30 a.m.


For teens:

Teen Movie Night
Second Friday of the month, 5:30pm-7:30pm Ages 11 & up. See a great movie at the library. Pizza & beverages provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.