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  • Queset Under the Stars is an interactive series of outdoor events planned for the late spring. Join us on Tuesday evenings for a series of fun and relaxing programs under the...
  • Planning for Medicare As you approach Medicare eligibility, you may have a lot of questions. Planning for Medicare-Countdown to 65 is a comprehensive seminar that can help you...
  • A monthly exploration into mythology! We’ll look at old myths and new interpretations. Book discussion hosted by Angelina Avedano. Angelina is an author and professor of...
  • In early 2020, the Ames Free Library received a collection of seed packets from the University of Rhode Island. Our intention was to promote home gardening. Then came Covid. So...
  • TEENS! Looking for service hours? The Ames Free Library is looking for VolunTEENs (teen volunteers) this summer! VolunTEENs will help children register for the summer reading...
  • Looking for a new and exciting way to connect with nature at the Sheep Pasture property? Girl Scout Gold Award candidate Reilly Clark of Girl Scout Troop 65049 has developed four...

What's Happening

Wed, May 18
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
Thu, May 19
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Do you have a talent? Do you sing, write poems, write stories, or play an instrument? Come share your skills at the... Read More
Fri, May 20
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
Sat, May 21
11:00am - 5:00pm
The Friends of the Ames Free Library is a nonprofit organization integral to promoting and supporting Library... Read More
Mon, May 23
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
Mon, May 23
3:00pm - 4:30pm
The Zoom Writing Group is a friendly group of new and experienced adult writers, all genres. We meet twice a month on... Read More
Wed, May 18
10:30am - 11:00am
In May, Storytime will be moving outside full-time! Babytime will meet in the Queset Garden this month. No registration... Read More
Thu, May 19
10:30am - 11:00am
In May, Storytime will be moving outside full-time! Family Storytime will meet in the Queset Garden this month. No... Read More
Tue, May 24
10:30am - 11:00am
In May, Storytime will be moving outside full-time! Wiggleworms will meet in the Queset Garden this month. No... Read More
Wed, May 25
10:30am - 11:00am
In May, Storytime will be moving outside full-time! Babytime will meet in the Queset Garden this month. No registration... Read More
Thu, May 26
10:30am - 11:00am
In May, Storytime will be moving outside full-time! Family Storytime will meet in the Queset Garden this month. No... Read More
Tue, May 31
10:30am - 11:00am
In May, Storytime will be moving outside full-time! Wiggleworms will meet in the Queset Garden this month. No... Read More
Wed, May 18
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Teens - do you want to have a say in what happens at YOUR library? We're seeking members... Read More
Wed, May 18
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Beat James Pires, professional e-sports coach & collegiate-level competitor, who was once ranked in the top 0.2% of... Read More
Thu, May 19
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Color Me Calm is a weekly opportunity for teens to decompress, wind down, and chill. It's all about art, ambient music... Read More
Tue, May 24
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Learn basic photography with award winning photographer Eric Lothrop.   Put down that iPhone and shoot like a pro.... Read More
Tue, May 24
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Do you like scary stories? Join us for the final meeting of our horror-themed book club for teens! We'll be discussing... Read More
Wed, May 25
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Beat James Pires, professional e-sports coach & collegiate-level competitor, who was once ranked in the top 0.2% of... Read More
Mon, May 30
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.
Mon, Jun 20
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed in observance of Juneteenth National Independence Day.
Wed, Jun 22
6:30pm - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library is delighted to present:   The 60+ member Sharon Concert Band plays a wide... Read More
Mon, Jul 04
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed in observance of Independence Day.
Thu, Jul 07
6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library is delighted to present a writing workshop with our 2022 Author-in-Residence, Joseph Davis! Mr.... Read More
Tue, Jul 12
4:00pm - 5:00pm
The Ames Free Library is delighted to host a public meet-and-greet with our 2022 Author-in-Residence, Joseph Davis! Mr... Read More
Friday, May 13
Good things take time to grow:  A Glimpse of Nature will return next week with the promised post on spring ephemerals.  In the meantime, here’s this week’s challenge: Go for a walk in the woods. 2...
Monday, May 09
Welcome to AFL Staff Stories! Every month we'll introduce you (or REintroduce you!) to a different member of the AFL Staff and tell you a little about their favorites. This month, meet AFL's...
Monday, May 09
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...
Friday, May 06
Which flowers have you seen lately?  Read about Lorraine’s botanical adventures in next week’s A Glimpse of Nature.            
Thursday, April 28
 “The Great Seed Experiment” is off to a vigorous start!  Hundreds of patrons have picked up seeds for their home gardens, as well as helpful factsheets and seed journals to record their observations...