Ames Free Library

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LIBRARY CLOSED TO PUBLIC & STAFF THROUGH APRIL 7, 2020 - Please check back for updates

 

The Town of Easton and Easton Select Board have declared a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, March 23, the Governor of Massachusetts issued an order for non-essential businesses to close their physical buildings to workers and the public, while encouraging those businesses to operate remotely. Given that proactive flattening of the contagion will serve Easton in the long run:

 

  • The Ames Free Library and Queset House will be closed to the public and to staff through April 7, 2020.
  • All public programming and private group meetings at the Library and Queset House are suspended until further notice.
  • "Holds pickup" window is now closed, based on the direct recommendation of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).
  • Please do not return any materials while the Library remains closed. All items are now due April 15, and there will be no late fines accruing during the period the Library remains closed.
  • As always, a range of online resources are available here on the website, 24/7, including our online reference services and brand-new, online Storytimes!  You may also register for a library card online. Library staff are continuing to work hard on increasing innovative online programs, so keep checking back for updates.

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  • The Town of Easton and Easton Select Board have declared a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, March 23, the Governor of Massachusetts issued an...
  • Good news, Hoopla fans! During these unprecedented times, we want to make sure you and your family have access to great entertainment while you're staying at home.   When you use...
  • We know you all are missing Storytime with Miss Jess right about now, so we're getting creative: we're now offering Storytimes ...
  • Can't get to the Library? No problem! You can access everything you need from home: Renew items...
  • Prevention Recommendations: Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Clean things that are frequently...

Upcoming Events

Mon, Mar 30
11:00am - 11:30am
Our physical buildings may be closed, but the Ames Free Library is happy to provide you with some regular online... Read More
Tue, Mar 31
11:30am - 12:00pm
Our physical buildings may be closed, but the Ames Free Library is happy to provide you with some regular online... Read More
Wed, Apr 01
12:00pm - 12:30pm
Our physical buildings may be closed, but the Ames Free Library is happy to provide you with some regular online... Read More
Thu, Apr 02
12:30pm - 1:00pm
Our physical buildings may be closed, but the Ames Free Library is happy to provide you with some regular online... Read More
Fri, Apr 03
1:00pm - 1:30pm
Our physical buildings may be closed, but the Ames Free Library is happy to provide you with some regular online... Read More
Mon, Apr 06
11:00am - 11:30am
Our physical buildings may be closed, but the Ames Free Library is happy to provide you with some regular online... Read More
Mon, Mar 30
10:30am - 11:00am
Miss Alyisha is hosting a variation of our weekly storytimes! These sessions will look a little different than our... Read More
Tue, Mar 31
10:30am - 11:00am
Miss Jess is hosting a variation of our weekly storytimes! These sessions will look a little different than our library... Read More
Wed, Apr 01
10:30am - 11:00am
Miss Jess is hosting a variation of our weekly storytimes! These sessions will look a little different than our library... Read More
Thu, Apr 02
10:30am - 11:00am
Miss Jess is hosting a variation of our weekly storytimes! These sessions will look a little different than our library... Read More
Mon, Apr 20
10:00am - 8:00pm
In celebration of the Patriot's Day holiday, the Ames Free Library will be closed.
Thu, May 07
10:30am - 11:30am
Karen from Self Help Inc (Coordinated Family and Community Engagement) hosts a toddler play group in Easton once a... Read More
Mon, Mar 30
11:00am - 11:30am
Our physical buildings may be closed, but the Ames Free Library is happy to provide you with some regular online... Read More
Tue, Mar 31
11:30am - 12:00pm
Our physical buildings may be closed, but the Ames Free Library is happy to provide you with some regular online... Read More
Wed, Apr 01
12:00pm - 12:30pm
Our physical buildings may be closed, but the Ames Free Library is happy to provide you with some regular online... Read More
Thu, Apr 02
12:30pm - 1:00pm
Our physical buildings may be closed, but the Ames Free Library is happy to provide you with some regular online... Read More
Fri, Apr 03
1:00pm - 1:30pm
Our physical buildings may be closed, but the Ames Free Library is happy to provide you with some regular online... Read More
Mon, Apr 06
11:00am - 11:30am
Our physical buildings may be closed, but the Ames Free Library is happy to provide you with some regular online... Read More
Submitted by: kkazlauskas on 03/30/2020 - 10:01am
Welcome to Musical Mondays, a weekly blog where we share musical resources you can access from home.  With so many concerts and tours canceled, musicians are hosting virtual concerts on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and more. This article from NPR compiles a list of live performances and where to find them. It’s updated...
Submitted by: jblock on 03/30/2020 - 11:04am
Missing the library about now? We are too! But you can keep reading – there are always old favorites to revisit, maybe new books at home you’ve never read, and, of course, ebooks through Hoopla, Overdrive, and Libby. We want to support your at-home reading and learning right now, so we’re starting a Spring Reading Challenge for kids! Similar to the Summer Reading Program, you’...
Submitted by: jblock on 03/27/2020 - 10:58am
Our first featured author spotlight is on Kate Klise, AFL favorite and frequent visitor! Each summer, Ms. Klise visits Easton and stays in the library’s own Queset House. She offers writing workshops for all ages, and sometimes might even get a little of her own writing done during her stay! Ms. Klise writes for a wide variety of audiences, so if you haven’t experienced her books yet, there are so many choices for you to check...
Submitted by: kkazlauskas on 03/27/2020 - 10:44am
Need to de-stress? We've got weekly suggestions to help you unwind. This week's suggested resource is: Live Jelly Cam - Monterey Bay Aquarium Take a few minutes to watch the jellyfish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and let them teach you to “go with the flow.”
Submitted by: kkazlauskas on 03/26/2020 - 9:53am
"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 than the viral spread we are currently facing, take some time off your worries to think about our situation in a different way.   In the first 8 1/2 minute video from 2015,...
Submitted by: jblock on 03/25/2020 - 11:15pm
We all need a little getaway about now, so try escaping with a Romance! You can find these titles in our Teen Den – although for now you’ll have to check our the ebook editions! Click here to find information on accessing these titles as ebooks, or email teens@amesfreelibrary.org for more book recommendations.   ...
Submitted by: kkazlauskas on 03/25/2020 - 10:11am
Wild Card Wednesdays is where you'll find random fun things to learn and see! This week's suggested resource is: Jelle's Marble Runs   Wondering what the trending game is today? Competitive marble racing! Lose your marbles over some of these photo finishes.
Submitted by: kkazlauskas on 03/24/2020 - 10:11am
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 visit. Today, we spotlight America’s National Parks which can be explored through Google Earth.  Toggle between the aerial view and street view to get the most out of your trip.  Surely these...
Submitted by: jblock on 03/24/2020 - 10:31am
Welcome to our new weekly blog series: Early Literacy Activity Ideas. Literacy is so much more than reading a book - or even learning how to read. All the things babies and toddlers do that make connections in their brains that will later help them learn how to read is called Early Literacy. These pre-reading skills look nothing like reading, and in fact often don't have anything to do with a book! Check here on the children's blog each week for...
Submitted by: kkazlauskas on 03/23/2020 - 11:34am
If you’re cooped up at home and seeking out free access to arts and culture, we have some good news! You can now stream a different opera every night through the Metropolitan Opera’s website and apps. Tune in every night at 7:30pm EDT to stream encore recordings. The public has free access to these recordings until 3:30pm the next day. You can find these recordings on the Metropolitan’s website...

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