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 Library’s events page, our calendar or our Facebook 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.

Build a Balloon Workshop
Saturday, May 9, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Ages 6-10. Learn the art of balloon twisting with RVA Balloons! Puppies and flowers and swords, oh my! Twist your own fun balloon creations using ultra-skinny balloons for smaller hands and customize them with sharpie art and stickers. Parents are invited to participate in the workshop with their children! Sign-ups requested.

Forensics with the Hanover County Sheriff’s Dept.
Wednesday, June 17, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Ages 9-16. Find out more about the Hanover County Sheriff’s Dept. Explorer program and do a fingerprint activity.
Snacks provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

A Musical Evening with Gene and Gayla Mills
Thursday, June 18, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Relax with an evening of live acoustic Americana music with local musicians Gene and Gayla Mills.|
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

Zoo Pro Adventures
Monday, June 22, 1:00 p.m.
Walk on the wild side with Zoo Pro Adventures! Learn about interesting animals, what makes them special, and where they live. Meet and greet lots of furry and scaly friends.

Meet the Author: Maggie King
Tuesday, June 23, 7:00 -8:00 p.m.
Join local author Maggie King for a discussion of her latest book, Murder at the Book Group.
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.