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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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, November...
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!   Friday, November 13, 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, 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 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 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, 11/20/2020 - 12:29pm by kkazlauskas
Welcome to Miss Jess Suggests! In each episode of this series, Head of Youth Services Jessica Block recommends three books for you to try (plus some bonus titles!). Different episodes will focus on...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids
Posted on Fri, 11/20/2020 - 10:00am by jblock
Take your remote schooling to a whole new level! AFL has a new database to support your academics.  Brainfuse HelpNow offers on-demand, personalized tutoring for K-12 students and adult learners. Log...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids, Category: Teen
Posted on Fri, 11/13/2020 - 10:45am by jblock
November is flying by, but there’s still fun to be had from Youth Services! Zoom storytimes with Miss Jess continue weekly through November. No advance registration is required. All storytimes start...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids
Posted on Thu, 11/05/2020 - 10:00am by jblock
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...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Teen
Posted on Fri, 10/30/2020 - 10:30am by jblock
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...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids
Posted on Mon, 10/26/2020 - 12:14pm by kkazlauskas
Queset House's roof has been restored! Check out the restoration's progress, courtesy of Paul E. Dutelle Co., Inc.!
Category: AFL Videos
Posted on Mon, 10/26/2020 - 11:51am by kkazlauskas
Community Forum is hosted by Priscilla Almquist-Olsen. This episode features Ames Free Library Executive Director Uma Hiremath.
Category: AFL Videos
Posted on Mon, 10/26/2020 - 11:45am by kkazlauskas
What is invisible about you? What stories are untold about you and others? What stories are missing from our culture? What would happen if we tried to make them visible? Why might it be important to...
Category: AFL Videos
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