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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  • An overabundance of caution continues to be the order of the day as the Library continues to expand services. ...
  • 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...
  • Back by popular demand, the Ames Free Library is once again fundraising with Dutch Mill Bulbs to bring you beautiful Spring and Summer flowers! They are a lovely sign of things to...
  • May 2021 is Hoopla Bonus Borrows month! Choose from over 600 titles that you can borrow in addition to your four monthly borrows! Just browse your preferred format, and then...
  • Are you (or someone you know) unemployed? If you are looking for work and need a home Internet connection, computer, or computer skills training, register with ...
  • If you have questions about COVID-19 current practices, vaccinations, or news, we’ve gathered some useful links for you to use! Visit our...

What's New

Tue, May 18
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, May 19
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, May 19
10:30am - 11:00am
We're back, babies! Babytime is storytime for littles - and their grownups. Best for infants and prewalkers, Babytime... Read More
Wed, May 19
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Are you between the ages of 12 and 18? Do you want to have a say in what happens at YOUR library?   If... Read More
Thu, May 20
10:30am - 11:00am
Fun for all ages is now LIVE at Family Storytime! Zoom in for a storytime perfect for preschoolers, but fun for the... Read More
Fri, May 21
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
Monday, April 26
We've all spent so many hours in front of screens in the past year - let's cut the cord and break free! Screen-Free Week is observed during the first week of May; this year it's May 3 through 9....
Wednesday, April 21
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...
Tuesday, April 13
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...
Monday, April 12
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...
Tuesday, April 06
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...
Monday, May 04
If you’ve somehow missed it, here’s your reminder to check out our virtual storytimes! It’s been hard not being able to see our favorite smiling faces every week, but we’re trying to keep your kiddos...
Tuesday, September 29
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...
Friday, October 02
It’s getting dark earlier… perfect for stories and snuggles under a blanket, or if you’re feeling brave… slight scares around a campfire! Starting tonight, throughout the month of October, check our...
Tuesday, December 01
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...
Saturday, March 06
Miss Alyisha and the Ames Free Library celebrate National Correspondence Month with this very special Storytime! Miss Alyisha is joined by JK Growling and a host of animal friends as they read...
Wednesday, March 24
Time MARCHes on (haha, see what we did there?), and though you still can't get into the Teen Den, you can find great new reads on our temporary YA shelf in the corner of the Fiction Room on the first...
Monday, February 01
Have you been in to the library lately? We're open, and even though the Teen Den isn't open for browsing, we're still curating a great collection for you. Check out what's new below, then place a...
Tuesday, December 01
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...
Friday, November 20
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...
Friday, November 20
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...
Posted on Fri, 02/05/2021 - 3:16pm by idunbar
Debra Britt tells the history of the National Black Doll Museum, a rare non-profit institution established in 2004. As one of the founders of this one-of-a-kind institution, she presents and...
Category: AFL Videos
Posted on Fri, 02/05/2021 - 3:12pm by idunbar
Easton's very own Nora Yousif walks us through our rapidly changing and turbulent financial landscape to understand social security and medicare.  Originally presented on September 24. 2020.
Category: AFL Videos
Posted on Fri, 02/05/2021 - 3:06pm by idunbar
Tina Kanter, Sommelier of Happy Being Clean, speaks with the Ames Free Library in a virtual wine Master Class focusing on Fall and Winter wines. Learn about exceptional wines to select for whatever...
Category: AFL Videos
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.! Chimneys are all copper clad. Copper flashing on eaves, valleys, down spouts and...
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.
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