Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"


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

Email us at 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.


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.

Youth Summer Reading Program 2020: Bubble Exploration Tuesday STEM Activity

For kids and families! Join Miss Jess on Zoom every Tuesday at 2 p.m. for some creative, hands-on summer STEM activities.

Everybody loves bubbles! You can try making your own solution with us, or just make your own wands. We’ll predict what kind of shapes we’ll get from different shapes of bubble wands. If you’re feeling brave, we’ll walk you through making a 3D bubble wand!

You’ll need:

  • A small bowl
  • Pipe cleaners (also known as chenille stems)
  • Scissors
  • And to make the bubble solution, you’ll need 2 Tablespoons of dish soap (Dawn is reported to work best!), water, and 2 teaspoons of corn syup (optional but helpful). Alternatively, you can use any prepared bubble solution that you might already have on hand.
If you participate in this program, you can enter the code BUBBLE on your READSquared dashboard to earn a program badge! (For more information on READSquared, visit our Youth Summer Reading Program 2020 page.)

To join in the fun, please register in advance with this Zoom link:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Event Location: 
Youth Summer Reading Online