Per the Board of Health and Select Board, masks are required when inside the library. This is effective as of October 5, 2021, thank you. Masks are available at the circulation desk if necessary.
Fall is a great time to visit the library. Stock up on books and movies for the weekend, grab a few board games or puzzles for family game night, or perhaps borrow a cake pan for some baking fun!
We look forward to seeing you soon! Please call the library 978-386-5377 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Volunteer Positions Available
Are you a member of the Senior Tax Work-off Program looking for hours? A student looking for community service hours? Or just someone who enjoys helping out your community? The library is looking for volunteers to commit to an hour or 2 each week during available time slots: Tuesdays 2-5pm, Wednesdays 2-5pm, Thursdays 2-5pm and 5-8pm. Please call the library 978-386-5377 or stop by the circulation desk for more information.
Museum Passes Available
Did you know the Library has museum passes available to borrow with your library card? Plan your visit and be sure to stop by the library to borrow your passes giving you access to discounted tickets. Thanks to the Ashby Cultural Council and Friends of the Library for Sponsoring these passes.
We’ve expanded our Wi-Fi range!
The AFPL’s Free Wi-Fi may now be accessed 24/7 from the parking lot and benches out front! We also have laptops available for patrons to use while in the library, or borrow for a week to use at home.
Juggling Show at the AFPL Thursday Nov 18th!
Henry the Juggler (AKA Henry Lappen) is wanted! He is wanted by audiences everywhere for his zany attempts to defy the laws of gravity. He juggles any number of balls, clubs, rings, members of the audience . . . He balances strange items on the tip of his nose. Everything is accomplished wordlessly as Henry uses body language (and road signs!) to express himself. Caution: Henry is known to use innocent bystanders in his act.
Visit his website www.HenryLappen.com
This show is supported in part by a grant from the Ashby Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Join the Discussion at our monthly Book Group!
Do you enjoy reading a variety of books and discussing with others? Our Book Group meets monthly on the 4th Thursday at 7pm. Monthly book selections are available to borrow at the circulation desk.
AFPL is Fine-Free!
Did you know that we no longer charge overdue fines for library materials that are returned late? Your past overdue fines for Ashby items will also disappear! *You will still be charged for the replacement cost of damaged or lost items, and items borrowed from other libraries may still accrue overdue fines.
Download E-Books & Audiobooks
Did you know we have thousands of ebooks and audiobooks? You can borrow them, instantly, for free, using just the device in your hand. Get the Libby by Overdrive app for your phone or tablet!
For more information on ebooks, follow the link on the Resources page.
Apply Online for an Ashby Library Card
New to town or just never had a library card? To obtain a library card you will need to fill out an application, and photo identification must be shown. Sign up online and begin enjoying the benefits of the Ashby Free Public Library. Fill out the online form here and we will send your card in the mail.
- available to all Ashby residents and any Massachusetts residents with the exception of those from towns/cities whose libraries have been decertified.
- All out-of-state patrons will be required to pay an annual library membership fee of $30.00 per card. The annual fee will be waived for any out-of-state resident who works or owns property in Ashby – supporting documentation will be required.
Don’t Let Your Library Card Expire!
When your library card “expires” it’s just a way for us to make sure we verify your current account information is correct. You do not need to get a new card, and it only takes a few minutes to update your account at the library. You should receive an email 2 weeks before your card expires. Expired library accounts can only be updated in person or by calling the library at 978-386-5377
If you have books that are in good condition and LESS THAN 5 years old, we may be able to add them to our collection or sell in the Friends of the Library’s Annual Book Sale. Please call the library to schedule a drop-off time. Books OLDER THAN 5 years old may be deposited in the Discover Books Donation Bin located in the library parking. Thank you!
Become a Friend of the Library
The Friends of the Library is always looking for more active members. The Friends is under new leadership and looking for help building out the group.
The Friends is a non-profit group of volunteers who support and fund the needs of the library’s education programming. Sitting with Santa, the Pumpkin Festival and Summer Reading all occur because of the Friends. If interested in volunteering or learning more, check out the Friends page or come to the next meeting.