Get Involved

Get Involved


Volunteering at the Library
The AFL’s part-time librarians offer full services for 36 hours a week but it’s difficult to accomplish everything they would like to for the community. Over the years, the Library
has been fortunate to have teens and adults donate their time and skills to enhance the Library’s ability to serve the community. Volunteers can be involved with many different kinds of activities: technology tutoring, sorting donated books, book shelving and repair, story telling, craft workshops, book and plant sales, organizing fundraising events, maintenance of building and grounds, and more. You may be interested in joining the Board of Trustees to help make decisions on the future of the Library. Please call 377-2770 and talk with the Librarian about your interests and available time.

The Ashaway Free Library is a non-municipal library that receives some funds from the town of Hopkinton and the State of Rhode Island. However, a major portion of essential funding comes from contributions from individuals, memorial donations, community businesses and philanthropic foundation grants.

Annual Fund
The American Library Association calls the Annual Fund the cornerstone of all fundraising. Since the AFL must raise about $30,000 yearly to meet operating expenses, the Annual Fund makes all the difference in the world. The Library formally requests donations in the Fall and in the Spring, and donations are accepted any time of the year. Your tax deductible gifts will be promptly acknowledged.

You also have the option of having a small monthly donation automatically charged to your credit card or PayPal account.

Checks can be mailed to: The Ashaway Free Library, PO Box 70, Ashaway RI 02804

Donations of Goods and Services

Donations of frequently used consumables such as reams of copy paper, toilet tissue, and liquid hand soap are always welcome.
Donations of time and services from local builders and craftspeople have been greatly appreciated over the years.

Library Gifts to Honor Someone Special
When you make a gift in someone’s honor, the honoree will receive notice from the Library as you instruct. This is an innovative way to honor a favorite teacher, friend, or relative; to remember Mothers Day and Fathers Day and other special occasions.

Memorial Funds and Bequests

Members of our community often remember a loved one with a gift in their name. Examples of memorial donations are the purchase of a book with a memorial book plate, funds to enhance part of the Library’s collection or programming, funds to purchase a bench for the property or other interior or exterior Library improvements. Contact the Librarian for more information.

If you would like to include the AFL in your estate planning, please contact the Librarian.

Gifts of Securities and Property are always welcome. Call the Librarian for more information.