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.


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.

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.

Friends of the Ashland Library Annual Book Sale
Saturday, July 4, 9:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m.
Browse hundreds of gently used books to find the ones just right for your summer reading list. You may also find CDs, DVDs and recorded books. Donate your unwanted items for the sale by bringing them to the circulation desk at the library.

What’s on Your Plate?
Thursday, July 30, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Find out how to focus on choosing the healthiest foods for you and your family.
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.


Summer Reading Programs for kids –
The theme this year is “Read to the Rhythm”.


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.

Summer Break Movie Matinee
Wednesday, July 8, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Beat the heat with a cool movie on the big screen!
Snacks provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

Jesse Joyner, Juggler
Thursday, July 9, 11:00 a.m.
Everyone will enjoy Jesse’s highly skilled performance full of wonderful surprises and humor. He juggles! He rides a unicycle! He juggles while riding a unicycle! It’s a balancing act you have to see to believe.

Rhythms ‘Round the World
Thursday, July 16, 11:00 a.m.
Take a musical tour around the world and play along to a variety of dances and rhythmical styles performed with an array of familiar and exotic musical instruments.

Charlotte’s Web, presented by the Chesterfield Children’s Theatre
Saturday, July 18, 2:00 p.m.
The Chesterfield Children’s Theatre is back with their adaptation of the perennial favorite children’s story – “Charlotte’s Web.”

Martial Arts Demos for Teens
Thursday, July 16, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Ages 11-18.  See live demos of various martial arts techniques and styles.
Snacks provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

Zumba Kids: A Music & Motion Party
Saturday, July 25, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Ages 3-10. Learn new ways to move to fun music at our Zumba party.
Healthy snacks 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.