Summer Reading is in full swing, the AC is cranking, and we are happy to welcome you back to the library! And did you know we are so much more than books? Audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, magazines, and newspapers- there is so much media to choose from! Our Library of Things continues to grow as well. You may check out board games, puzzles, albums, record players, Chromebooks, and cake pans, all with your library card.
Our hours for July/August will be:
- Tuesday 10am-5pm
- Wednesday 10am-5pm
- Thursday 1pm-8pm
We have missed our patrons and look forward to seeing you soon! Please call the library 978-386-5377 or email Tiffany at email@example.com with any questions.
Tiffany Call, Director
Ashby Free Public Library
Earn Prizes in our Summer Reading Program
Our Summer Reading Program 2021, Tails and Tales is off to a good start! Be sure to check our Events calendar for upcoming dates, participate in reading challenges, and earn tickets for prizes!
Museum Passes Available
Did you know the Library has museum passes available to borrow with your library card? Plan your visit to either the Franklin Park Zoo or Stone Zoo with the Zoo New England Pass, the Butterfly Place in Westford MA, or Tower Hill Botanical Garden 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.
AFPL Food Pantry Has Been Relocated
The AFPL Food Pantry has been relocated to INSIDE the library side entrance and is available to access during regular library hours: Tuesday 10-5, Wednesday 10-5, and Thursday 1-8.
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.
Volunteer Positions Available
The Ashby Library loves to have volunteers! We have opportunities for shelving, cleaning, and other indoor tasks, as well as landscaping and outdoor opportunities for volunteers to take advantage of. Contact the Ashby Library (978) 386-5377 for more info. Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community or complete community service hours.