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.

Easton History

Many resources for local history and genealogy can be found at the Ames Free Library. Although we have a strong collection of local resources, our staff is unable to offer in-depth research for you. You are welcome however to come and use any resources you need to complete your research. Here are a few titles of interest.

History of the Town of Easton Massachusetts (1886), by William Chaffin and members of the Easton Historical Society -- Vol 3 -- Vol 4

Catalogue of the Ames Free Library, North Easton, Massachusetts - Harriet Howe Ames, Ames Free Library (Easton, Mass.)
Book digitized by Google from the library of Harvard University and uploaded to the Internet Archive by user tpb.

Chronological History of the Ames Shovel Company

History of Iron Making in the Furnace Village Area

Oakes Ames Hall History and Other Information

A biographical history of Robert Randall and his descendants 1608-1909 (1909)

History of Easton Massachusetts 1886-1974 by Margaret M. McEntee and members of the Easton Historical Society

Easton's Neighborhoods by Edward Hands

A Family History; the Ames Family of North Easton, Massachusetts (52 min. film) by William Ames (videotape)

The Easton Green Flyer by the Town of Easton. This newsletter from the 1950s included a series entitled "Easton in Pictures" which included a sheet with a picture and short history of a building or geographic area. The Library has the complete set of "Easton in Pictures," but not a complete set of the Easton Green Flyer.

Easton Town Reports: 1845 - Present. These sources contain birth/death and marriage records as well as annual reports of town committees and offices.

North Easton Village Reports: 1907 - 1928. These contain interesting information about the town, such as the need for a new compressed air whistle for the fire station in 1926.

Poll Taxes: 1853, 1861, 1870-1890, 1910, 1920, 1960 and 1970. This resource gives the real estate taxes paid by Easton residents for the years listed.

Easton Journal: The Easton journal began publication in 1993. The library has most issues from 1994 to present with some gaps.

Easton Bulletin: 1931/32, 1944-1966, 1993 - Present. Current issues contain much the same information as the Easton Journal.

New England Historical and Genealogical Register: 1847 - 1920. The New Bedford Public Library has a complete set.