Upcoming Events at the Ashland Library

Check the Ashland 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.

The Presidential Election of 1832
Thursday, October 13, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Learn more about the unique history of another noteworthy election, where Republican Henry Clay faced Democrat Andrew Jackson, national political conventions appeared for the first time, and third-party candidate William Wirt threw his hat in the ring.  Greg Glassner, former editor of the Herald-Progress and author of a biography on Wirt, will speak. Co-sponsored by the Ashland Museum and the Friends of the Ashland Library.

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.

July 4th Book Sale

BryanThe Friends of the Library biggest annual event is our annual July 4th Book Sale.  We hold our book sale at the Ashland Library during Ashland’s 4th of July celebration. Hours are generally 9 am to 2 pm, but check local newspapers and posters to confirm.

The sale includes a wide variety of hardback and paperback books, CD’s, DVD’s, Audio Books and VHS videos.  All proceeds go to support and to meet needs at the Ashland Library.

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!

Train Day at the Library

Join your neighbors for a celebration of Ashland’s railroad heritage!  Train Day 2016 will be on Saturday, November 5. The Friends will be offering free cookies and cider from our booth near the rear door of the Ashland Library. Stop by and say hello!

Visit the Train Day web site, the Train Day Facebook page and watch local newspapers for announcements about the upcoming Train Day events.

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 do not donate encyclopedia sets, Reader’s Digest, or textbooks over 5 years old. (Those items can be taken to the Goodwill store.)

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?

Just leave them at the Library Circulation Desk.
(Receipts are available for tax-deduction purposes.)

THANK YOU for helping the Ashland Library!