Friends of the Library

A message from the President of the Friends

It is November 2020 and the leaves are waiting on the ground to be rakes! But isn't reading a great book more compelling?

I want to say a quick hello and tell you about a big change in the Friend's group. Our dedicated leader for the past ten plus years, Joanne Fico, has asked to move to the position of Treasurer. She does deserve a pause in her responsibilities as President! I can not begin to fill Joanne's shoes, but I will do my best.

The plan is to send out emails as Joanne did, about events and news in our library and community. If at any time you are getting too much email from us, please let me know that you want one quarterly email, or no emails at all.

Thank you for reading!

Susan Ash

Friends of the Library Board Members

Susan AshPresident
Ruby TurnerSecretary
Joanne FicoTreasurer
Bruce Behringer
Board Member
Deanna Coffey
Board Member
Tonya Cooper
Board Member
Patricia Cox
Board Member
Grace Ganiard
Board Member
Patricia Meek
Board Member
April Szymkowski
Board Member

A Great Library Needs Great Friends!

The Friends of the Powhatan County Public Library is a group of dedicated community members that help to expand, enhance, and promote the public image of the library. The Friends raise funds that are used to supplement the library budget for programming, staff enrichment, and other activities that engage patrons.

Friends also advocate for the library by:

  • Writing letters of support
  • Volunteering at events
  • Promoting library services
  • Voting to support building projects or funding measures for the library


We are not accepting book donations at this time.

Friends accept donations of "gently" used books, DVDs, music CDs, and audiobooks. Unfortunately we cannot accept:

  • Books that are damaged, mildewed, stained, or musty
  • Reader’s Digest Condensed books
  • Encyclopedias
  • Textbooks
  • Magazines


The Friends are in need of (and always welcome) a few able-bodied volunteers who can help set sort and shelve for the Friends Book Shop among other things. This work may involve lifting and stacking heavy boxes of books. Please email if you’re interested in helping!

  1. Book Shop
  2. Meetings
  3. Membership
  4. Business Friends

Beginning in early summer of 2018 the Friends of the Library began a small permanent bookstore located in the library in lieu of their biannual book sale. The Friends of the Library Book Shop is located between the main circulation desk and the library's deck door.