Book Sale & Events Update

Due to the COVID-19 related closure of the Ashland Branch of the Pamunkey Regional Library to the public, the Friends on-going used book sale has been shut down for the foreseeable future. We are not accepting donations of used books or other items. If you need to dispose of books or other items, you can take them to Goodwill or another charity shop (call first to confirm they are accepting donations) or contact Junkluggers of Central VA. You can also check with the Friends of the Richmond Public Library, Friends of the Central Rappahanock Library (Fredericksburg) and the Friends of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library (Charlottesville). These groups may be accepting book donations for their upcoming or on-going book sales.

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Upcoming Events at the Ashland Library

Selected in-person events and programs have restarted at the Ashland Branch and other branches of the Pamunkey Regional Library system. Virtual events are also happening on a regular basis, including storytimes for both kids and adults and many¬† others. Check the Pamunkey Regional Library’s home page for updates and ways to participate. Or, drop by the library to pick up a schedule and flyers on programs that interest you from the tables in the hallway. For more information on any upcoming event or program, please call the Library at 804-798-4072.

Annual Membership Meeting

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

Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Meeting will be held in the multipurpose room at the Ashland Branch of the Pamunkey Regional Library, 201 S. Railroad Ave., Ashland VA 23005. Masks are required and social distancing will be encouraged.

The Friends of the Richard S. Gillis, Jr. (Ashland ) Library holds an Annual General Membership Meeting each year. 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. Other LFL’s can be found at the Carter Park Pool (east side of the building) and at the intersection of Omni Road and N. Cottage Green Drive. These latter two were installed by Girl Scout troops but are maintained by community members.

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.