Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"
The Ames Free Library will be closing early at 5:00PM on Monday, July 3 and will be closed in observance of Independence Day on Tuesday, July 4.

Kids Events

Thursday, June 29
10:30am - 11:30am
Alternating between stories, songs, rhymes, and tales, Songs and Stories is perfect for children about age 2 to 5 working on their social skills, motor skills, and early literacy skills. The goal is to provide fun and rich experiences that build on a love of books, libraries, and reading that will... Read more
Friday, June 30
10:30am - 11:30am
Who says story times have to end when you start school? Come listen to fairy tales and folk tales with Mimsy at a story time geared toward children in kindergarten through third grade. We will read for about 30 minutes then do a small craft. No registration required; drop in when... Read more
Saturday, July 01
10:00am - 12:00pm
Come and join us on the 1st Saturday of the month from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm as we get creative having fun building with LEGO. Plenty of play space and LEGOs will be provided, just bring your imagination! For all ages, free and open to all! No unattended child drop-offs are allowed.
Monday, July 03
10:30am - 11:30am
Alternating between stories, songs, rhymes, and tales, Songs and Stories is perfect for children about age 2 to 5 working on their social skills, motor skills, and early literacy skills. The goal is to provide fun and rich experiences that build on a love of books, libraries, and reading that will... Read more
Thursday, July 06
10:30am - 11:30am
Alternating between stories, songs, rhymes, and tales, Songs and Stories is perfect for children about age 2 to 5 working on their social skills, motor skills, and early literacy skills. The goal is to provide fun and rich experiences that build on a love of books, libraries, and reading that will... Read more
Friday, July 07
10:30am - 11:30am
Who says story times have to end when you start school? Come listen to fairy tales and folk tales with Mimsy at a story time geared toward children in kindergarten through third grade. We will read for about 30 minutes then do a small craft. No registration required; drop in when... Read more
Monday, July 10
10:30am - 11:30am
Alternating between stories, songs, rhymes, and tales, Songs and Stories is perfect for children about age 2 to 5 working on their social skills, motor skills, and early literacy skills. The goal is to provide fun and rich experiences that build on a love of books, libraries, and reading that will... Read more
Monday, July 10
6:00pm - 7:00pm
This world music safari adventure takes participants around the globe in search of amazing instruments and sounds. Travel to African jungles, South American rainforests, and the Great Wall of China to discover clues from animal friends and learn about ecology. Featured instruments include Nigerian... Read more
Tuesday, July 11
10:30am - 11:30am
Lapsit story time for babies emphasizes adult-child interaction with stories, movement, rhymes, and songs. Delight and stimulate your baby while developing pre-literacy skills during this 20-30 minute story time and a free play time afterward. No sign-up required; join us when you can!
Tuesday, July 11
3:30pm - 4:30pm
The front walkway to the library has been mostly unused and forgotten about since the library reopened in 2009, so let's show it some love by covering it in our art! Bring sidewalk chalk from home or use some provided by the library, and gather with your friends to fill the empty canvas that is our... Read more
Thursday, July 13
10:30am - 11:30am
Alternating between stories, songs, rhymes, and tales, Songs and Stories is perfect for children about age 2 to 5 working on their social skills, motor skills, and early literacy skills. The goal is to provide fun and rich experiences that build on a love of books, libraries, and reading that will... Read more
Thursday, July 13
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast”... Read more
Friday, July 14
10:30am - 11:30am
Who says story times have to end when you start school? Come listen to fairy tales and folk tales with Mimsy at a story time geared toward children in kindergarten through third grade. We will read for about 30 minutes then do a small craft. No registration required; drop in when... Read more
Monday, July 17
10:30am - 11:30am
Alternating between stories, songs, rhymes, and tales, Songs and Stories is perfect for children about age 2 to 5 working on their social skills, motor skills, and early literacy skills. The goal is to provide fun and rich experiences that build on a love of books, libraries, and reading that will... Read more
Monday, July 17
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Join us as Sciencetellers make things fly, spin, move, and soar while telling you a series of stories that will energize your summer!  Throw on your lab coat and get ready to experience the science of power and energy by telling stories using several exciting, hands-on experiments that will have... Read more
Tuesday, July 18
10:30am - 11:30am
Lapsit story time for babies emphasizes adult-child interaction with stories, movement, rhymes, and songs. Delight and stimulate your baby while developing pre-literacy skills during this 20-30 minute story time and a free play time afterward. No sign-up required; join us when you can!
Thursday, July 20
10:30am - 11:30am
Alternating between stories, songs, rhymes, and tales, Songs and Stories is perfect for children about age 2 to 5 working on their social skills, motor skills, and early literacy skills. The goal is to provide fun and rich experiences that build on a love of books, libraries, and reading that will... Read more
Friday, July 21
10:30am - 11:30am
Who says story times have to end when you start school? Come listen to fairy tales and folk tales with Mimsy at a story time geared toward children in kindergarten through third grade. We will read for about 30 minutes then do a small craft. No registration required; drop in when... Read more
Monday, July 24
10:30am - 11:30am
Alternating between stories, songs, rhymes, and tales, Songs and Stories is perfect for children about age 2 to 5 working on their social skills, motor skills, and early literacy skills. The goal is to provide fun and rich experiences that build on a love of books, libraries, and reading that will... Read more
Monday, July 24
6:00pm - 7:00pm
From lizard lounges to millipede mansions, learn about a variety of different shelters animals build and use.  You will begin to understand the many ways in which they are similar to as well as different than our own homes. Event will move to Oakes Ames Memorial Hall in case of rain.
Tuesday, July 25
10:30am - 11:30am
Lapsit story time for babies emphasizes adult-child interaction with stories, movement, rhymes, and songs. Delight and stimulate your baby while developing pre-literacy skills during this 20-30 minute story time and a free play time afterward. No sign-up required; join us when you can!
Thursday, July 27
10:30am - 11:30am
Alternating between stories, songs, rhymes, and tales, Songs and Stories is perfect for children about age 2 to 5 working on their social skills, motor skills, and early literacy skills. The goal is to provide fun and rich experiences that build on a love of books, libraries, and reading that will... Read more
Friday, July 28
10:30am - 11:30am
Who says story times have to end when you start school? Come listen to fairy tales and folk tales with Mimsy at a story time geared toward children in kindergarten through third grade. We will read for about 30 minutes then do a small craft. No registration required; drop in when... Read more
Monday, July 31
10:30am - 11:30am
Alternating between stories, songs, rhymes, and tales, Songs and Stories is perfect for children about age 2 to 5 working on their social skills, motor skills, and early literacy skills. The goal is to provide fun and rich experiences that build on a love of books, libraries, and reading that will... Read more
Monday, July 31
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Whoosh! In the blink of an eye, a drab monk becomes a colorful court jester! He's light on his feet as he dazzles with his stunts and gets you howling at his gags. Alexander, King of Jesters, is ready to delight and amazing you! Event will move to Oakes Ames Memorial Hall in case of rain.
Tuesday, August 01
10:30am - 11:30am
Lapsit story time for babies emphasizes adult-child interaction with stories, movement, rhymes, and songs. Delight and stimulate your baby while developing pre-literacy skills during this 20-30 minute story time and a free play time afterward. No sign-up required; join us when you can!
Thursday, August 03
10:30am - 11:30am
Alternating between stories, songs, rhymes, and tales, Songs and Stories is perfect for children about age 2 to 5 working on their social skills, motor skills, and early literacy skills. The goal is to provide fun and rich experiences that build on a love of books, libraries, and reading that will... Read more
Friday, August 04
10:30am - 11:30am
Who says story times have to end when you start school? Come listen to fairy tales and folk tales with Mimsy at a story time geared toward children in kindergarten through third grade. We will read for about 30 minutes then do a small craft. No registration required; drop in when... Read more
Saturday, August 05
10:00am - 12:00pm
Come and join us on the 1st Saturday of the month from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm as we get creative having fun building with LEGO. Plenty of play space and LEGOs will be provided, just bring your imagination! For all ages, free and open to all! No unattended child drop-offs are allowed.
Monday, August 07
10:30am - 11:30am
Alternating between stories, songs, rhymes, and tales, Songs and Stories is perfect for children about age 2 to 5 working on their social skills, motor skills, and early literacy skills. The goal is to provide fun and rich experiences that build on a love of books, libraries, and reading that will... Read more

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