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!

Home

  • An overabundance of caution continues to be the order of the day as the Library continues to expand services. ...
  • Did you make a resolution to read more in 2021? Or are you looking to add more variety to your reading? Join us for the Winter Reading Bingo Challenge for all ages! The Challenge...
  • Where virtual exploration = reading inspiration! Visit our Virtual Reading Rooms page here!
  • We've got tons of great reading suggestions and inspiration here for those chilly winter days and nights. Check it out here: ...
  • Brainfuse HelpNow offers on-demand, personalized tutoring for K-12 students and adult learners! All free with your Ames Free Library card. Live help is available every day from 2...
  • 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."...

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, January 15, 2021 This week’s suggested resource is:...
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 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 - 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, December...
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, 12/08/2020 - 12:31pm by idunbar
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...
Category: Story Times Online
Posted on Tue, 12/01/2020 - 11:04am by kkazlauskas
Listen to Miss Jess share Hanukkah and Christmas books during these holiday storytimes! These prerecorded storytimes can be viewed at your convenience, December 1 - 31, 2020! To see ALL of our...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids, 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 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
Fri, Jan 15
11:00am - 12:00pm
Have you always wanted to research your family tree? Did you have your DNA tested and want help understanding the... Read More
Fri, Jan 15
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Pop in on Zoom for some book recommendations! Youth Services librarians will share a few new or popular items from the... Read More
Fri, Jan 15
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Pop in on Zoom for some book recommendations! Youth Services librarians will share a few new or popular items from the... Read More
Mon, Jan 18
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Tue, Jan 19
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
Wed, Jan 20
10:30am - 11:00am
We're back, babies! Babytime is storytime for littles - and their grownups. Best for infants and prewalkers, Babytime... Read More
Posted on Tue, 12/01/2020 - 11:04am by kkazlauskas
Listen to Miss Jess share Hanukkah and Christmas books during these holiday storytimes! These prerecorded storytimes can be viewed at your convenience, December 1 - 31, 2020! To see ALL of our...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids, Category: Story Times Online
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 great 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 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