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. LFL’s can also 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 newest LFL in town is at the north end of the Amtrak platform on the west side, near the street. It was installed by the Town of Ashland, using another repurposed newspaper box.
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.