Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"

LIBRARY CLOSED TO PUBLIC & STAFF THROUGH APRIL 7, 2020 - Please check back for updates


The Town of Easton and Easton Select Board have declared a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, March 23, the Governor of Massachusetts issued an order for non-essential businesses to close their physical buildings to workers and the public, while encouraging those businesses to operate remotely. Given that proactive flattening of the contagion will serve Easton in the long run:


  • The Ames Free Library and Queset House will be closed to the public and to staff through April 7, 2020.
  • All public programming and private group meetings at the Library and Queset House are suspended until further notice.
  • "Holds pickup" window is now closed, based on the direct recommendation of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).
  • Please do not return any materials while the Library remains closed. All items are now due April 15, and there will be no late fines accruing during the period the Library remains closed.
  • As always, a range of online resources are available here on the website, 24/7, including our online reference services and brand-new, online Storytimes!  You may also register for a library card online. Library staff are continuing to work hard on increasing innovative online programs, so keep checking back for updates.

1883 Honor Roll

 1883 Society members are stakeholders who care about and believe in the enormous importance of libraries, and the Ames Free Library in particular. It is with great appreciation we honor their membership in the 1883 Society; their belief in the Library truly sustains us as we continuously strive to reach for the sun, moon, and stars of excellence.
Thanks to the help of these esteemed members, the AFL has been voted twice in five years as one of the Best Small Libraries in America by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Library Journal. We are one of only two libraries in the entire nation to have received this honor twice, and the first in Massachusetts!
We send the following 1883 Society members our deepest gratitude: