Ames Free Library

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We are available by phone at 508-238-2000, Ext. 3, Monday - Saturday between 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.;

or email us at info@amesfreelibrary.org. Check out our list of online programs here!

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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! Stress-Free Fridays, July 10, 2020 This week’s suggested...
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 - 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, 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 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, July 6,...
Category: Daily Distractions
Posted on Thu, 04/16/2020 - 4:47pm by idunbar
Alternating between stories, songs, and rhymes, Stories and Songs is perfect for children about age 3 to 5 working on their social skills, motor skills, and early literacy skills. The goal is to...
Category: Story Times Online
Posted on Thu, 04/16/2020 - 4:35pm by idunbar
Best for mobile toddlers, Wiggle Worms is a fast-paced storytime with songs, rhymes, and stories to keep them occupied! This a great way to engage busy bodies with early literacy and opportunities...
Category: Story Times Online
Posted on Thu, 04/16/2020 - 5:06pm by idunbar
Babytime is storytime for littles! This group is best for pre-walkers from 0 to 15 months old. Caregivers and babies will learn lap games, bounces, and rhymes which we'll repeat frequently, plus...
Category: Story Times Online
Posted on Thu, 04/16/2020 - 4:05pm by idunbar
Come one, come all! Family Storytime has stories for preschoolers, toddlers, and caregivers to enjoy together. You’ll also hear favorite songs and rhymes every week. This 30-minute storytime is great...
Category: Story Times Online
Posted on Mon, 05/04/2020 - 11:56am by jblock
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...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids, Category: Story Times Online
Posted on Sat, 06/06/2020 - 10:00am by kkazlauskas
Currently Reading: The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson Reader: Uma Hiremath Image retrieved from Amazon.com   Genre: Adult Non-Fiction Format: Large Print Book Bibliographic Citation: Larson,...
Category: Staff Picks
Posted on Sat, 05/16/2020 - 10:00am by kkazlauskas
Currently Watching: Escape to the Country Watcher: Alyisha W. Image retrieved from: https://www.amazon.com/Escape-to-the-Country/dp/B07FTTQQKJ   I was scrolling through my Facebook feed the other...
Category: Staff Picks
Posted on Sat, 05/09/2020 - 10:00am by kkazlauskas
  Finances can be a difficult topic right now, but there are many areas of positive news for us to find. Here in this series of blog posts, Mary Silva will share some links and information that show...
Category: Staff Picks
Posted on Sat, 05/09/2020 - 10:00am by kkazlauskas
Book Review: Followers by Megan Angelo Reviewer: Alyisha W.  Cover design by Tosello, J.R.. Art design by Craig, E. (2020). Image retrieved from: https://www.refinery29....
Category: Staff Picks
Posted on Sat, 04/25/2020 - 6:30pm by mtully
Still waiting for that OverDrive hold to be ready for you? Are you looking for a book that you can start reading right now? It's time to give Hoopla a try!   Hoopla offers ebooks and audiobooks -...
Category: Staff Picks
Posted on Fri, 07/10/2020 - 10:00am by jblock
Kitchen exploration is a fun way to spend time with your kids! They might try new foods.They will learn lifelong skills.They can practice reading by reading recipes.They can work on math (fractions,...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids
Posted on Wed, 07/08/2020 - 11:00am by jblock
Stephenie Meyer is an American novelist. She is best known for her vampire romance series Twilight, which has sold over 100 million copies, with translations into 37 different languages. Read more...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Teen
Posted on Tue, 07/07/2020 - 10:30am by jblock
Many of us native English speakers don’t think twice about the language we use with our children – but if your native language is anything other than English, use it! Encourage grandparents,...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids
Posted on Mon, 07/06/2020 - 10:00am by jblock
Watch DinoMan’s DINOSAURS show on Zoom tonight, Monday, July 6, at 6:00 PM! Fossils, magic, and science are blended into a fun 35- to 40-minute program. You’ll be taken on a trip through the Mesozoic...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids
Posted on Fri, 07/03/2020 - 10:00am by jblock
Looking for a different kind of family activity? Check out our virtual quizzes and escape rooms based on our summer Imagine Your Story theme!  Every other Monday, there will be a new quiz focused on...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids
Posted on Mon, 06/29/2020 - 1:42pm by idunbar
Mansfield native and Broadway set designer David Korins talks about his life and work, which includes Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Beetlejuice, Mrs. Doubtfire, and other hits!
Category: AFL Videos
Posted on Mon, 06/29/2020 - 1:37pm by idunbar
Category: AFL Videos
Posted on Mon, 06/29/2020 - 1:34pm by idunbar
Kevin Friend and Kate Klise* discuss the makings of their documentary Borderland: The Life & Times of Blanche Ames Ames. Kevin and Kate will discuss how they told the story of this remarkable...
Category: AFL Videos
Posted on Mon, 06/29/2020 - 1:30pm by idunbar
Trainer extraordinaire Georgina Englishby provides a fun and interactive workout from the comfort of your chair at home. She will take you through a series of strengthening and relaxing stretch...
Category: AFL Videos
Posted on Mon, 06/29/2020 - 1:26pm by idunbar
Karen Roche, a breast cancer survivor, who passionately develops products that do the job without hurting your skin or the environment. She'll demonstrate some simple to make and use products as you...
Category: AFL Videos
Mon, Jul 13
10:00am - 5:00pm
Imagine Your Story – with super powers! This week, see if you can save the world. You’ll read part of a story, then... Read More
Mon, Jul 13
10:00am - 5:00pm
Are you a fan of the show Stranger Things? Can you and your friends escape from the Upside Down before time... Read More
Tue, Jul 14
2:00pm - 3:00pm
For kids and families! Join Miss Jess on Zoom every Tuesday at 2 p.m. for some creative, hands-on summer STEM... Read More
Wed, Jul 15
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, Jul 15
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Pop in on Zoom for some book recommendations! Miss Courtney will share a few new or popular items from the Teen Den.... Read More
Fri, Jul 17
11:00am - 12:00pm
For students entering Grades K - 3! Pop in on Zoom for some book recommendations! Miss Alyisha will share a few new or... Read More