About Us

The Fort Ashby Public Library began in 1974 when the Keyser-Mineral County Library loaned the community a bookmobile that was no longer in service. Volunteers from the Lions and Lioness clubs, headed by Joe Gross operated it. From there the library moved into one room of the Lions community center (the first schoolhouse in the town - renovated by the Lions). Jimmie Owings became the first paid librarian, working three days a week.

In 1984 construction started on an "instant" library building. This was done with county, state and federal funds. Grand opening was May 19, 1985. Jimmie Owings left in February 1986. Jane Howser and Mabel Wagoner were hired to share the position. Mabel left in 1987 to work elsewhere. Anne Hyde began at this time as substitute. In 1989, the library started operating 37 hours per week. Anne Hyde was hired at this time as full time Library Assistant. In 2004, Jane Howser retired from her position as Branch Manager and Cindy Shanholtz was hired to take her place. In 2014, Cindy Shanholtz retired from her position as Branch Manager and April DeWitt was hired to take her place.  Anne Hyde retired in 2016 and Krista Price took her place as full time Library Assistant.  In 2019, Wendi Getz was hired as our children's librarian.   April, Krista, and Wendi comprise our current staff.

Early in 1996 the "Friends" of the library, having saved a little money, decided to begin an expansion project. Thinking they would add one room at a time. Local contractor, Brad Pyles, told the Friends they probably had enough money for materials for both rooms, but not labor. He agreed to be volunteer contractor to oversee the expansion. Jane Howser, Carol Stawicki and Mr. Pyles met with the Lions Club who volunteered labor for the project. The Lions and Lioness Club in Fort Ashby have always supported the library with funds for storytime and summer reading program as well as helping with other needs. A children's room and a reference room were added and dedicated May 17, 1997. This doubled the size of the existing building. The project turned out to be a true community effort. Everything from backhoe, block laying, electrical to painting, etc. was donated by members of the community, many of whom were not members of the Lions Club.
It has been inconceivable by many as to how this project, including shelving and paving of the parking lot was accomplished with less than $17,000. We are proud of our community and library.

In 2013, we were able to complete the repair and replacement project on the roof. Our Friends of the Library and our patrons have once again done a phenomenal job in helping us raise the needed funds for that endeavor.

In 2015, an office was added to the back of the library making it possible to move the manager's office and the circulation desk to make more room in the library.  This same year, the inside of the library received a new coat of paint and Friend of the Library, Amy Reckley, painted children's book characters on the wall in our children's room.  

Our goal is to keep growing and improving this library so it stays in tip-top shape and we can continue to provide the best  possible services and resources to our patrons and community. Stop in and visit us anytime, we are always happy to see you!


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 Monday: 9 am to 5 pm

 Tuesday: 9 am to 6 pm

 Wednesday: 9 am to 5 pm

 Thursday: 9 am to 5 pm

 Friday: Closed

 Saturday: 9 am to 1 pm

 Sunday: Closed



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