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  • The Defenders Concert Corps. will play it all!
  • Be Inspired Counseling can help you prepare for a Less Stress Back to School!
  • Join the Queset House board games club and be board out of your mind! Roll dice, draw cards, take damage, and immerse yourself in so many fun board and tabletop games....
  • Summer Reading 2022 is here! This summer, Read Beyond the Beaten Path with AFL. There are reading programs for all ages, with beads for the kids and raffle drawings for teens and...
  • Have you been participating in AFL's Great Seed Experiment? Find out how your fellow gardeners are faring and get the details on some upcoming programs!
  • Help support the library while you shop! For the entire month of August, Ames Free Library will receive a $1 donation from each purchase of a $2.50 'Give Back Where It Counts'...

What's Happening

Fri, Aug 19
11:00am - 12:00pm
Have you always wanted to research your family tree? Did you have your DNA tested and want help understanding the... Read More
Sat, Aug 20
1:00pm - 5:00pm
The Friends of the Ames Free Library is a nonprofit organization integral to promoting and supporting Library... Read More
Mon, Aug 22
10:30am - 11:30am
Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system benefiting the body and mind, similar to Tai Chi. It integrates slow... Read More
Mon, Aug 22
3:00pm - 4:30pm
The Zoom Writing Group is a friendly group of new and experienced adult writers, all genres. We meet twice a month on... Read More
Tue, Aug 23
1:00pm - 2:30pm
We are a group of fiber enthusiasts of all abilities who meet every Tuesday afternoon. Come when you can and with... Read More
Tue, Aug 23
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Be Inspired Counseling can help you prepare for a Less Stress Back to School!   Parent-and-child workshops will... Read More
Fri, Aug 19
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Pack your picnic blanket along with some lunch and join Miss Hannah in the Walled Garden at Queset House! She'll be... Read More
Mon, Aug 22
2:00pm - 2:30pm
Parachute Play is a burst of color, sound, and energy! Designed with 3-6 year-olds in mind, this 30-minute program isn'... Read More
Mon, Aug 22
6:00pm - 7:00pm
They’re baaaack! The Toe Jam Puppet Band returns to help us end our summer entertainment series on a high note! If you'... Read More
Tue, Aug 23
10:30am - 11:00am
This Summer, Wiggleworms will meet outside in the Queset Garden. No registration is required and all families are... Read More
Tue, Aug 23
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Messy Masterpieces is a time to make something beautiful…and get a little dirty! Register for a 4-week session, dress... Read More
Tue, Aug 23
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Be Inspired Counseling can help you prepare for a Less Stress Back to School!   Parent-and-child workshops will provide... Read More
Tue, Aug 23
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Is there an amazing manga series you can’t stop talking about? Have you run out of comic books and you don’t know what... Read More
Wed, Aug 24
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Learn basic photography with award winning photographer Eric Lothrop.   Put down that iPhone and shoot like a pro.... Read More
Wed, Aug 24
5:30pm - 7:30pm
One Book, One Town is a community-wide program organized by Raising Multicultural Kids, the Human Rights Committee,... Read More
Thu, Aug 25
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Color Me Calm is a weekly opportunity for teens to wind down and chill. It's all about art, ambient music, and good... Read More
Thu, Aug 25
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Coming soon…from Off the Beaten Path Productions: Teen Summer Movie Nights at the Ames Free Library! We’re offering a... Read More
Thu, Aug 25
6:30pm - 8:00pm
The Defenders Concert Corps. will play it all! From Glenn Miller to Chicago, the Beatles to Styx, their show provides a... Read More
Mon, Aug 22
6:00pm - 7:00pm
They’re baaaack! The Toe Jam Puppet Band returns to help us end our summer entertainment series on a high note! If you'... Read More
Tue, Aug 23
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Be Inspired Counseling can help you prepare for a Less Stress Back to School!   Parent-and-child workshops will provide... Read More
Tue, Aug 23
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Be Inspired Counseling can help you prepare for a Less Stress Back to School!   Parent-and-child workshops will... Read More
Wed, Aug 24
5:30pm - 7:30pm
One Book, One Town is a community-wide program organized by Raising Multicultural Kids, the Human Rights Committee,... Read More
Thu, Aug 25
6:30pm - 8:00pm
The Defenders Concert Corps. will play it all! From Glenn Miller to Chicago, the Beatles to Styx, their show provides a... Read More
Mon, Sep 05
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed in observance of Labor Day.
Thursday, August 18
  For those of you who avoided our recent dragonfly quiz, and for those who played the game but felt uneasy, here is an observation primer. As with all new subjects, it takes time to get one’s...
Monday, August 15
Welcome to AFL Staff Stories! Every month we'll introduce you (or REintroduce you!) to a different member of the AFL Staff and tell you a little about their favorites. This month, meet AFL's Youth...
Friday, August 12
Here’s the latest news. Part 1:  The Robin. If you recall, last Friday a dramatic thunderstorm passed through our region. It began to sprinkle as I headed to my car; soon there was a deluge. As I...
Monday, August 08
Ever been curious what your neighbors are reading or watching? Here are just some of their suggestions! As we receive more recommendations, we'll post them here on the AFL Blog. If you would like to...
Friday, August 05
As I was watering the library’s tomatoes and fall greens, I spotted a small object just outside the entrance. It was new, and its color stood out from the gray and pink masonry. Here’s a closer look...