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Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Pittsylvania County Public Library is a group of volunteers that provides financial support to Pittsylvania County libraries. Friends groups meet to support each of the library’s branches—the main library in Chatham as well as Gretna, Brosville, and Mt. Hermon. They provide funding to assist with programs and services such as Summer Reading Program, the most popular library program, which encourages children and families to read while school is not in session. In addition to children’s programs, Friends have, in recent years, sponsored

  • an appearance by a Ben Franklin interpreter in the local schools
  • a performance by a recognized guitarist
  • two programs featuring winners of the Virginia Women in History 2009 award, Claudia Emerson and Mary Sue Terry

They have purchased materials and equipment enabling the library to extend its reach to teens as well.

Friends raise much of their funding through used book sales. You can find great bargains at these sales. Held in spring and fall, book sales in Chatham offer thousands of used books categorized for easy shopping, as well as audio books, CDs, videotapes, and DVDs. Sales at the branch libraries are offered at varying points throughout the year. Prices start at 25 cents.

Friends can help make the difference between a good library and a great library. Our dues structure is one of the lowest around, but becoming a dues-paying member of the Friends can make a big impact. To become a member, and receive the library’s quarterly newsletter, @your library, click here.

We are always looking for good people to serve on the Friends board. Board members attend meetings quarterly, participate on a board committee, and work at the Friends book sales. If you are interested in being on the Friends board, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Download a Friends of the Library application [PDF] if you would like to join this important group of library supporters.