Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"


Current hours: Monday - Wednesday & Friday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 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, or call 508-238-2000.
  • Check out our list of online programs here!


What's New

Mon, Apr 19
10:00am - 8:00pm
In celebration of the Patriots' Day holiday, the Ames Free Library will be closed.
Tue, Apr 20
10:00am - 5:00pm
Are you ready for warmer weather? Sunshine, flowers, and ice cream? We are too! April's Teen Take and Make project is... Read More
Tue, Apr 20
10:30am - 11:00am
Wiggle Worms is now live! Best for mobile toddlers, Wiggle Worms features songs, rhymes, and a story or two to keep... Read More
Tue, Apr 20
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Youth Services will be hosting a Zoom Room for Pokémon fans (ages 13 and under) to log in to play a round with other... Read More
Wed, Apr 21
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
Wed, Apr 21
10:30am - 11:00am
We're back, babies! Babytime is storytime for littles - and their grownups. Best for infants and prewalkers, Babytime... Read More
Tuesday, February 09
The Ames Free Library Board of Directors doesn’t just love the library…they love reading, too! Check out the link below to see some of the books they read and loved in 2020. AFL 2020 Board of...
Tuesday, January 19
Wondering what books AFL staff read and loved in 2020? Click the link below to see some of our favorite fiction and nonfiction titles. Click on any book cover and get directed to the AFL catalog to...
Saturday, July 25
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,...
Saturday, June 06
Currently Reading: The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson Reader: Uma Hiremath Image retrieved from   Genre: Adult Non-Fiction Format: Large Print Book Bibliographic Citation: Larson,...
Saturday, May 16
Currently Watching: Escape to the Country Watcher: Alyisha W. Image retrieved from:   I was scrolling through my Facebook feed the other...
Thursday, November 05
Kiersten White is a writer of young-adult fiction covering a variety of genres (fantasy, historical fiction, paranormal); and she also wrote a middle-grade novel of funny fairy tales. She lives with...
Friday, October 30
This month’s featured author is homegrown! Local author Anna Staniszewski’s books span from tween novels to picture books, with a new chapter book series in between! Visit Ms. Staniszewski’s website...
Wednesday, October 28
Practice self-love and take care of yourself with some YOGA! Check out the links below to get started!
Monday, October 26
Election Day is just a week away, and we hope you’re all planning to get out to the polls (if you haven’t already voted early!). Your voice counts – be heard! Find out more about voting in Easton...
Friday, October 23
Halloween is a hugely social celebration; many people participate by trick or treating in their neighborhoods, pumpkin patch hayrides, or visiting haunted houses. Whether you’re celebrating Halloween...
Posted on Mon, 10/26/2020 - 11:42am by kkazlauskas
Whether your child is working on a hybrid or a fully remote schedule, this workshop will help you set your student up for success! Hosted by Dr. David Murphy, of Effective Effort Consulting, this...
Category: AFL Videos
Posted on Mon, 10/26/2020 - 11:36am by kkazlauskas
So many of us are artists, and yet the energy and talent we use to produce our work are only the beginning. In this video (filmed Thursday, June 11 at 11 a.m.), join author, artist and educator Stacy...
Category: AFL Videos
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