Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"

LIBRARY BUILDING CLOSED FOR GENERAL USE

Our service hours are Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Email us at info@amesfreelibrary.org or call 508-238-2000

Our phones are very busy! If you are having trouble reaching us via phone, send us an email or use the chat box on the left.

CURRENT SERVICES AVAILABLE:

Appointment-based window pickups of reserved material and external book drop

Reservation-based, 45-minute computer, printer, and scanner use

Online programs, plus eBooks, audiobooks, and databases for all ages

Returns: Book drop (located near handicapped parking spaces) is now open for all returns - returned items will be quarantined for several days prior to check-in. Fines for materials due 3/1/2020 - 7/31/2020 are waived.

Mystery Book Club - Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History by Yunte Huang

"Winner of the 2011 Edgar Award for Best Critical/Biographical Book and Shortlisted for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography: 'An ingenious and absorbing book…It will permanently change the way we tell this troubled yet gripping story.' ―Jonathan Spence

Hailed as 'irrepressibly spirited and entertaining' (Pico Iyer, Time) and 'a fascinating cultural survey' (Paul Devlin, Daily Beast), this provocative first biography of Charlie Chan presents American history in a way that it has never been told before. Yunte Huang ingeniously traces Charlie Chan from his real beginnings as a bullwhip-wielding detective in territorial Hawaii to his reinvention as a literary sleuth and Hollywood film icon. Huang finally resurrects the 'honorable detective' from the graveyard of detested postmodern symbols and reclaims him as the embodiment of America’s rich cultural diversity. The result is one of the most critically acclaimed books of the year and a 'deeply personal . . . voyage into racial stereotyping and the humanizing force of story telling' (Donna Seaman, Los Angeles Times). 35 black-and-white illustrations." - Amazon.com

The Mystery Book Club meets the last Thursday of every month at 3:00 pm, 1st Floor Presentation Room, Queset House, 51 Main Street. We welcome all new members! Subscribe to the "Mystery Book Club" e-newsletter to receive book club reminders and updates.


Event Location: 
Queset House, 1st Floor Presentation Commons