Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"

LIBRARY OPEN FOR HOLDS PICKUP, QUICK BROWSING, AND COMPUTER USE!

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 info@amesfreelibrary.org, or call 508-238-2000.
  • Check out our list of online programs here!

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  • An overabundance of caution continues to be the order of the day as the Library continues to expand services. ...
  • Self-checkout is now available using your SAILS mobile app! No contact, no waiting. After you've browsed and picked out your Ames Free Library items, just select "Self-Check."...
  • Tune in each week in October for Miss Alyisha's gently creepy Fall storytimes! These storytimes are perfect for preschool and early elementary-aged children. During each storytime...
  • Need inspiration? Looking for a friendly community of writers? Join the Ames Free Library Zoom Writing Group, moderated by Beverly Post, and spark your creative energies.  For...
  • Halloween may look a little different this year, but there are still plenty of ways to spread some holiday spirit! The Ames Free Library is happy to present our Fall Festivities...
  • The Ames Free Library is fundraising with Dutch Mill Bulbs to bring you beautiful spring bulbs! They are a lovely sign of things to come. For details, visit our ...

What's New

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!   Friday, October 23, 2020 This week’s suggested resource is:...
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, October 19...
Category: Daily Distractions
Posted on Thu, 04/16/2020 - 4:05pm by idunbar
Family Storytime is LIVE on Zoom starting in November 2020! (And in case you missed them, you can also catch Miss Alyisha's special October storytimes, S'More Stories.) You'll find all of our...
Category: Story Times Online
Posted on Thu, 04/16/2020 - 5:06pm by idunbar
Babytime is LIVE on Zoom starting in November 2020! (And in case you missed them, you can also catch Miss Alyisha's special October storytimes, S'More Stories.) You'll find all of our storytimes on...
Category: Story Times Online
Posted on Thu, 04/16/2020 - 4:47pm by idunbar
Storytime break! We are taking a break from posting new Stories and Songs, but you can still enjoy our previously recorded sessions below. Be sure to tune in for our other LIVE Zoom storytimes...
Category: Story Times Online
Posted on Thu, 04/16/2020 - 4:35pm by idunbar
Wiggle Worms is LIVE on Zoom starting in November 2020! (And in case you missed them, you can also catch Miss Alyisha's special October storytimes, S'More Stories.) You'll find all of our storytimes...
Category: Story Times Online
Posted on Tue, 09/29/2020 - 11:36am by kkazlauskas
Starting Friday, October 2, 2020, tune in for Miss Alyisha's gently creepy Fall storytimes! These storytimes are perfect for preschool and early elementary-aged children. Check here each week in...
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, 10/23/2020 - 10:30am by jblock
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...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids
Posted on Wed, 10/21/2020 - 11:00am by jblock
I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson Available on Overdrive/Libby A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Teen
Posted on Mon, 10/19/2020 - 9:24am by jblock
Things feel a little like they’re getting back to normal… until you realize that it’s now “normal” to do everything on your screen! It’s been a big adjustment for everyone – including us at the...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids
Posted on Fri, 10/16/2020 - 10:30am by jblock
This week’s Family Fun is brought to you by Adult Services Librarian Megan. Learn more about using the free Creativebug database to get really fun craft ideas!  The weather outside may not be...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids
Posted on Wed, 10/14/2020 - 11:00am by jblock
Now that school is back in session it’s time to bring back TAB! Our first meeting will be Wednesday, October 21st at 4pm. Join us on Zoom here: https://zoom.us/j/98314449561?pwd=...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Teen
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