Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"

LIBRARY BUILDING CLOSED FOR GENERAL USE

Our service hours are Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Email us at info@amesfreelibrary.org or call 508-238-2000

Our phones are very busy! If you are having trouble reaching us via phone, send us an email or use the chat box on the left.

CURRENT SERVICES AVAILABLE:

Appointment-based window pickups of reserved material and external book drop

Reservation-based, 45-minute computer, printer, and scanner use

Online programs, plus eBooks, audiobooks, and databases for all ages

Returns: Book drop (located near handicapped parking spaces) is now open for all returns - returned items will be quarantined for several days prior to check-in. Fines for materials due 3/1/2020 - 7/31/2020 are waived.

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Posted on Tue, 03/31/2020 - 12:59pm by kkazlauskas
Need to de-stress? We've got weekly suggestions to help you unwind.  All of these ideas are curated and brought to you by Megan Tully! Stress-Free Fridays, August 7, 2020 This week’s suggested...
Category: Daily Distractions
Posted on Thu, 03/26/2020 - 9:53am by kkazlauskas
"Ideas worth spreading" is the motto of TED Talks, an ongoing series of brief but riveting videos from experts around the globe.   Given that the spread of worthy ideas is so much more to be desired...
Category: Daily Distractions
Posted on Tue, 03/31/2020 - 1:21pm by kkazlauskas
Wild Card Wednesdays is where you'll find random fun things to learn and see! All of these ideas are curated and brought to you by Alyisha Wasilewski (a.k.a Miss Alyisha)!   Wild Card Wednesdays,...
Category: Daily Distractions
Posted on Tue, 03/31/2020 - 12:53pm by kkazlauskas
Welcome to “Travel Tuesdays,” a resource for those whose plans have been deferred and a distraction for people who enjoy armchair travel.  Each week we’ll suggest a virtual destination for you to...
Category: Daily Distractions
Posted on Tue, 03/31/2020 - 12:47pm by kkazlauskas
Welcome to Musical Mondays, a weekly blog where we share musical resources you can access from home. All of these ideas are curated and brought to you by Lily Goldstein! Musical Mondays, August 3,...
Category: Daily Distractions
Posted on Thu, 04/16/2020 - 4:47pm by idunbar
Alternating between stories, songs, and rhymes, Stories and Songs is perfect for children about age 3 to 5 working on their social skills, motor skills, and early literacy skills. The goal is to...
Category: Story Times Online
Posted on Thu, 04/16/2020 - 4:35pm by idunbar
Best for mobile toddlers, Wiggle Worms is a fast-paced storytime with songs, rhymes, and stories to keep them occupied! This a great way to engage busy bodies with early literacy and opportunities...
Category: Story Times Online
Posted on Thu, 04/16/2020 - 5:06pm by idunbar
Babytime is storytime for littles! This group is best for pre-walkers from 0 to 15 months old. Caregivers and babies will learn lap games, bounces, and rhymes which we'll repeat frequently, plus...
Category: Story Times Online
Posted on Thu, 04/16/2020 - 4:05pm by idunbar
Come one, come all! Family Storytime has stories for preschoolers, toddlers, and caregivers to enjoy together. You’ll also hear favorite songs and rhymes every week. This 30-minute storytime is great...
Category: Story Times Online
Posted on Mon, 05/04/2020 - 11:56am by jblock
If you’ve somehow missed it, here’s your reminder to check out our virtual storytimes! It’s been hard not being able to see our favorite smiling faces every week, but we’re trying to keep your kiddos...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids, Category: Story Times Online
Posted on Sat, 07/25/2020 - 10:00am by kkazlauskas
Currently Baking: Banana Bread from Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston’s Flour Bakery + Cafe  by Joanne Chang with Christie Matheson; photographs by Keller + Keller Reader/Baker: Lily Goldstein,...
Category: Staff Picks
Posted on Sat, 06/06/2020 - 10:00am by kkazlauskas
Currently Reading: The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson Reader: Uma Hiremath Image retrieved from Amazon.com   Genre: Adult Non-Fiction Format: Large Print Book Bibliographic Citation: Larson,...
Category: Staff Picks
Posted on Sat, 05/16/2020 - 10:00am by kkazlauskas
Currently Watching: Escape to the Country Watcher: Alyisha W. Image retrieved from: https://www.amazon.com/Escape-to-the-Country/dp/B07FTTQQKJ   I was scrolling through my Facebook feed the other...
Category: Staff Picks
Posted on Sat, 05/09/2020 - 10:00am by kkazlauskas
  Finances can be a difficult topic right now, but there are many areas of positive news for us to find. Here in this series of blog posts, Mary Silva will share some links and information that show...
Category: Staff Picks
Posted on Sat, 05/09/2020 - 10:00am by kkazlauskas
Book Review: Followers by Megan Angelo Reviewer: Alyisha W.  Cover design by Tosello, J.R.. Art design by Craig, E. (2020). Image retrieved from: https://www.refinery29....
Category: Staff Picks
Posted on Fri, 08/07/2020 - 10:45am by jblock
Some public athletic facilities are open for limited play – how about mixing up your routine a little with some basketball? It’s OK if you think you’re the worst b-ball players ever (sorry, but my...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids
Posted on Wed, 08/05/2020 - 10:45am by jblock
You can’t come in to check out what’s new, so we’ll bring the browsing to you! All of these items are newly arrived in the Teen Den and are available for placing holds. Rage and Ruin by Jennifer L....
Category: Youth Services, Category: Teen
Posted on Tue, 08/04/2020 - 10:30am by jblock
When it comes to encouraging literacy skills, outdoor play is just as important for babies and little ones as indoor book- and toy-based play. When we think “early literacy,” we think of books, and...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids
Posted on Mon, 08/03/2020 - 10:30am by jblock
Watch Rosalita’s Puppets presentation of a Sea Story on Zoom tonight, Monday, August 3, at 6:00 PM! In this puppet show, Miranda the mermaid saves a pirate! Rosalita’s Puppet show features beautiful...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids
Posted on Fri, 07/31/2020 - 10:30am by jblock
Camping can feel like such an adventure for a kid – and such a chore for parents! How about a compromise? Set yourself up for some backyard camping this weekend. You can create the same experience...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids
Posted on Wed, 07/15/2020 - 11:39am by kkazlauskas
The Ames Free Library and Hockomock Film Festival recently announced the winners of our Three-Minute Film Contest!   The winners are:   Natalie Clouser "Finding the Fun" 1st Prize, Adult    Kayley...
Category: AFL Videos
Posted on Mon, 07/13/2020 - 2:02pm by kkazlauskas
Welcome to the fourth episode in Ames Free Library's new video series, “Stepping Out.” These short, Library-produced nature videos will, we hope, enrich your outdoor experiences and increase your...
Category: AFL Videos
Posted on Mon, 06/29/2020 - 1:42pm by idunbar
Mansfield native and Broadway set designer David Korins talks about his life and work, which includes Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Beetlejuice, Mrs. Doubtfire, and other hits!
Category: AFL Videos
Posted on Mon, 06/29/2020 - 1:37pm by idunbar
Category: AFL Videos
Posted on Mon, 06/29/2020 - 1:34pm by idunbar
Kevin Friend and Kate Klise* discuss the makings of their documentary Borderland: The Life & Times of Blanche Ames Ames. Kevin and Kate will discuss how they told the story of this remarkable...
Category: AFL Videos
Mon, Aug 10
10:00am - 5:00pm
Ahoy, mateys! Come prepared to puzzle out this edition of the kids’ virtual escape room - or be prepared to walk the... Read More
Mon, Aug 10
10:00am - 5:00pm
Calling all Harry Potter fans! You have to head over to... Read More
Tue, Aug 11
2:00pm - 3:00pm
For kids and families! Join Miss Jess on Zoom every Tuesday at 2 p.m. for some creative, hands-on summer STEM... Read More
Wed, Aug 12
10:30am - 11:00am
Miss Jess is hosting a variation of our weekly storytimes! These sessions will look a little different than our library... Read More
Wed, Aug 12
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Pop in on Zoom for some book recommendations! Miss Courtney will share a few new or popular items from the Teen Den.... Read More
Thu, Aug 13
3:00pm - 4:30pm
The Ames Free Library in collaboration with the MMAS Academy is proud to present  DEVISING... Read More