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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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, April 13
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...
Monday, April 12
Ever been curious what your neighbors are reading or watching? Here are just some of their suggestions! As we receive more recommendations, we'll post them here on the AFL Blog. If you would like to...
Tuesday, April 06
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...
Monday, April 05
A Tisket, A Tasket, Poetry in a Basket April is National Poetry Month! Celebrate this all-ages event by picking up a goodie bag at the Circulation Desk beginning on Monday, April 5th. Inside, you'll...
Tuesday, March 30
On March 16th the governor signed legislation – An Act further providing Early Voting by Mail – that allows registered voters to qualify to vote by mail for 2021 elections held on or before June 30th...
Tuesday, December 08
Pajama storytime is fun for the whole family! We'll share books, rhymes, & songs to help wind down your evening. This storytime is designed to engage children of various ages. Pajamas are...
Thursday, April 16
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...
Thursday, April 16
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...
Thursday, April 16
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...
Thursday, April 16
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...
Thursday, April 15
Spring is in the air! New buds on the trees, new flowers in the yard... new teen books in the library!   The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris  Sixteen-year-old Alex Rufus's curse of seeing the...
Monday, April 05
Becky Albertalli is an American author of young adult fiction, known for Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, which was adapted into the 2018 film Love, Simon and inspired the spin-off television...
Monday, April 05
A Tisket, A Tasket, Poetry in a Basket April is National Poetry Month! Celebrate this all-ages event by picking up a goodie bag at the Circulation Desk beginning on Monday, April 5th. Inside, you'll...
Friday, April 02
Teens! Do you know... *How do you apply for financial aid?*What types of financial aid are available?*What is the FAFSA?*What is the deadline for the FAFSA?*Who qualifies for the FAFSA?   If these...
Wednesday, March 24
Time MARCHes on (haha, see what we did there?), and though you still can't get into the Teen Den, you can find great new reads on our temporary YA shelf in the corner of the Fiction Room on the first...
Posted on Thu, 03/18/2021 - 2:22pm by idunbar
Sylvia True talks about her second novel, Where Madness Lies, a story about hope and redemption, about what we pass on, both genetically and culturally. It is about the high price of repression, and...
Category: AFL Videos
Posted on Fri, 02/12/2021 - 4:41pm by kkazlauskas
Tina Kanter, Sommelier of Happy Being Clean, presents this virtual wine Master Class! We will learn more about the amazing, delicious world of sparkling wines, including what makes them all so...
Category: AFL Videos
Posted on Fri, 02/12/2021 - 4:37pm by kkazlauskas
This entry in our Master Class series is a book reading with author and Stonehill College adjunct professor, Kerri Mullen. Ms. Mullen, a former resident of Easton, recently published a children's...
Category: AFL Videos
Posted on Fri, 02/05/2021 - 3:23pm by idunbar
School and business closings, social distancing, no vaccine, and the biggest impact felt by the poorest citizens? Sound familiar? It's America in 1918 as the country confronts the Spanish Influenza...
Category: AFL Videos
Posted on Fri, 02/05/2021 - 3:16pm by idunbar
Debra Britt tells the history of the National Black Doll Museum, a rare non-profit institution established in 2004. As one of the founders of this one-of-a-kind institution, she presents and...
Category: AFL Videos