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  • Each month we will come together to heal ourselves through a myriad of practices while gaining a deeper sense of community and connection.
  • Join a panel of Easton Garden Club members for a Vegetable Gardening 101 presentation. 
  • Join the Queset House board games club and be board out of your mind! Roll dice, draw cards, take damage, and immerse yourself in so many fun board and tabletop games....
  • Summer Reading 2022 is here! This summer, Read Beyond the Beaten Path with AFL. There are reading programs for all ages, with beads for the kids and raffle drawings for teens and...
  • Have you been participating in AFL's Great Seed Experiment? Find out how your fellow gardeners are faring and get the details on some upcoming programs!
  • Help support the library while you shop! For the entire month of August, Ames Free Library will receive a $1 donation from each purchase of a $2.50 'Give Back Where It Counts'...

What's Happening

Tue, Aug 09
1:00pm - 2:30pm
We are a group of fiber enthusiasts of all abilities who meet every Tuesday afternoon. Come when you can and with... Read More
Tue, Aug 09
5:00pm - 7:00pm
We are a small group who meets informally on the second Tuesday of each month to craft. Although originally beaders, we... Read More
Wed, Aug 10
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, Aug 10
1:30pm - 2:30pm
AFL's special summer book club series is back! This summer at AFL, BYOB stands for "Bring Your Own Book"! On the second... Read More
Wed, Aug 10
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Interested in learning how to use PowerPoint? Already know the basics and want to strengthen your skills for your next... Read More
Wed, Aug 10
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Learn basic photography with award winning photographer Eric Lothrop.   Put down that iPhone and shoot like a pro.... Read More
Tue, Aug 09
10:30am - 11:00am
This Summer, Wiggleworms will meet outside in the Queset Garden. No registration is required and all families are... Read More
Tue, Aug 09
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Messy Masterpieces is a time to make something beautiful…and get a little dirty! Register for a 4-week session, dress... Read More
Tue, Aug 09
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Robert Rivest is a Comic Mime who sees the world in a very funny way! Known as “the human cartoon” (because of his... Read More
Wed, Aug 10
10:30am - 11:00am
This Summer, Babytime will meet outside in the Queset Garden. No registration is required and all families are welcome... Read More
Wed, Aug 10
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lego your boredom and come to the coolest block party in town! Each weekly meeting will begin with a frenzied quick-... Read More
Wed, Aug 10
4:00pm - 4:30pm
Have you ever wondered what happens overnight at the Library? JK Growling is cordially extending an invitation to your... Read More
Wed, Aug 10
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Learn basic photography with award winning photographer Eric Lothrop.   Put down that iPhone and shoot like a pro.... Read More
Thu, Aug 11
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Color Me Calm is a weekly opportunity for teens to wind down and chill. It's all about art, ambient music, and good... Read More
Thu, Aug 11
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Coming soon…from Off the Beaten Path Productions: Teen Summer Movie Nights at the Ames Free Library! We’re offering a... Read More
Thu, Aug 11
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join a panel of Easton Garden Club members for a Vegetable Gardening 101 presentation. They will share an overview as... Read More
Tue, Aug 16
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Teens - do you want to have a say in what happens at YOUR library? We're seeking members... Read More
Wed, Aug 17
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Learn basic photography with award winning photographer Eric Lothrop.   Put down that iPhone and shoot like a pro.... Read More
Tue, Aug 09
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Robert Rivest is a Comic Mime who sees the world in a very funny way! Known as “the human cartoon” (because of his... Read More
Wed, Aug 10
4:00pm - 4:30pm
Have you ever wondered what happens overnight at the Library? JK Growling is cordially extending an invitation to your... Read More
Fri, Aug 12
2:00pm - 2:30pm
This is the second half of a two-part, registered event. Registration and details for part one (taking place Wednesday... Read More
Mon, Aug 15
6:00pm - 7:00pm
John Higby is the Yo-Yo Guy! He has performed his unique, high-energy comedy yo-yo show in 26 countries from New... Read More
Tue, Aug 16
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Welcome to Camp Ocean, little guppies! Mr. Sharky, your snaggle-toothed camp counselor, has planned a fish-fact-filled... Read More
Mon, Aug 22
6:00pm - 7:00pm
They’re baaaack! The Toe Jam Puppet Band returns to help us end our summer entertainment series on a high note! If you'... Read More
Friday, July 15
On a quiet June afternoon, I was scouting the grounds to see what might be seen and, truth be told, hoping to get another look at the painted turtle . . . or any turtle, for that matter. I didn’t. It...
Monday, July 11
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, July 08
Hello Gardeners, We have a winner for the first round of The Great Seed Experiment!  Congratulations to Connor, Nathan, and Trenton Forth (and their parents) for winning the prize for “Sprouting...
Thursday, July 07
Welcome to the special summer reading edition of the Librarian’s Lounge! I wrote a little bit about the preparations for the program last month, but now that summer reading is officially underway, I...
Friday, July 01
When was the last time you saw a turtle?  Where was it and what was it doing? Perhaps it was swimming in a local pond or perched on a muddy bank ready to slip into the water in response to a...