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.


Islam: Common Misconceptions
Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

What is the true story?   Islam is the largest religion in the world, yet most of us know very little about this growing faith.  Come and learn more from two practicing Muslim women  who will share   information and talk about common misconceptions about this world faith.


Let’s Recycle with R3 and CVWMA
Saturday, April 21, 2018, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Have you ever wondered what happens to your recycling after you take it to the curb? Come learn from the pros at R3 and CVWMA! They’ll teach you what can be recycled, how the process works, and what is made from your recyclables!


Naked Eye Astronomy
Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

See the stars in the night sky as Trevor McGuire, a member of the Richmond Astronomy Society teaches us, young and old, how to view the night stars just using our own eyes. This will be a fun night for the whole family to share .


Train Day
Saturday, November 3, 2018 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Ashland Library and Friends of the Ashland Library will celebrate Train Day by hosting a model train exhibit in the library. The popular entertainer, Matthew Dodd, will sing railroad and American hobo songs in the multi-purpose room. Outside the library, the Friends will be offering free cookies and cider to visitors. For more info about Train Day activities in Ashland, visit the Train Day website or the Train Day Facebook page.


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

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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 2017 will be on Saturday, November 4. 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?

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How about DONATING them to the Friends of the Ashland Library for our ongoing book sale?

Guidelines: We much prefer books from 2010 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-2010) in good condition can be donated to Goodwill or put in our Little Free Libraries (space permitting).

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!