The Friends of the Ashland Library was honored to receive a Proclamation from Ashland Town Council recently, recognizing our service to the community. The Proclamation also noted that this week, October 20-26, is Friends of the Library week. You can see the Proclamation on the wall as you enter the library. Take this opportunity to support your library with a Friends membership or renewal!

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.

Ashland Train Day
Sat., Nov. 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Friends of the Ashland Library are bringing storyteller Matt Dodd to the library as part of Ashland’s Train Day festivities. We’ll have three performances in the library at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. for a fantastic “train-centric” day in the Center of the Universe!


Train Day was started by Ashland Branch Library staff of the Pamunkey Regional Library system in 2003. The Friends of the Ashland Library (Friends of the Richard S. Gillis, Jr. Library) have been vital supporters of Train Day from the beginning.

Annual Membership Meeting

Friends of the Richard S. Gillis, Jr. (Ashland) Library

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Friends of the Richard S. Gillis, Jr. (Ashland ) Library holds an Annual General Membership Meeting each year in the Multipurpose Room of the Ashland Library. The purpose of the meeting is to conduct appropriate business as required by the By-Laws of the organization, such as the election of new Board officers and Board members and to update the general membership on current projects. All are welcome to attend. Only current Members of the Friends of the Ashland Library organization are eligible to vote.

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!