Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"

LIBRARY OPEN FOR HOLDS PICKUP AND COMPUTER USE!

Current hours:

Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Visits are limited to a maximum of 45 minutes per person.

Total occupancy in the building is limited to 10 visitors at any given time, so short waits outside may be necessary.

Please go here for more information on what services are currently available.

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

Check out our list of online programs here!

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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 10...
Category: Daily Distractions
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 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 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, 07/29/2020 - 10:28am by jblock
The Teen Video Challenge, sponsored by the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), is an annual national video contest open to all teens. The challenge is for teens to create a public service...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Teen
Posted on Tue, 07/28/2020 - 10:30am by jblock
Regardless of whether today’s kids will learn to print, write cursive, or type on a keyboard or screen – they’ll need to have strong fine motor skills. There are so many fun ways to build your child’...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids
Posted on Mon, 06/29/2020 - 1:30pm by idunbar
Trainer extraordinaire Georgina Englishby provides a fun and interactive workout from the comfort of your chair at home. She will take you through a series of strengthening and relaxing stretch...
Category: AFL Videos
Posted on Mon, 06/29/2020 - 1:26pm by idunbar
Karen Roche, a breast cancer survivor, who passionately develops products that do the job without hurting your skin or the environment. She'll demonstrate some simple to make and use products as you...
Category: AFL Videos
Posted on Tue, 05/19/2020 - 10:05am by kkazlauskas
Welcome to the third 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 Fri, 04/17/2020 - 4:35pm by kkazlauskas
Welcome to the second 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 Fri, 04/03/2020 - 10:00am by idunbar
The Ames Free Library is introducing a new video series entitled, Stepping Out. These short, library-produced nature videos will, we hope, enrich your outdoor experiences and increase your...
Category: AFL Videos
Thu, Aug 13
3:00pm - 4:30pm
The Ames Free Library in collaboration with the MMAS Academy is proud to present  DEVISING... Read More
Fri, Aug 14
11:00am - 12:00pm
For students entering Grades K - 3! Pop in on Zoom for some book recommendations! Miss Alyisha will share a few new or... Read More
Mon, Aug 17
10:00am - 5:00pm
Imagine Your Story – in myth and legend! Do you know all about dragons, vampires, and sphinxes? Then this mythological... Read More
Mon, Aug 17
6:00pm - 7:00pm
They’re baaaack! The Toe Jam Puppet Band returns to help us end the summer on a high note!* Their variety show features... Read More
Tue, Aug 18
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 19
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