Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"

LIBRARY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

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!

Adult Events

Wednesday, July 15
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Hello Foodies, the group decided on:   SUMMER SALADS for the next round on Wednesday, July 15 at 4 pm.!  Light. Fresh. Flavorful. There is nothing quite as cool and elegant as a Summer Salad for warm-weather meals! In our July meet, let's swap... Read more
Thursday, July 30
3:00pm - 4:00pm
"In this vivid and atmospheric mystery, Commissario Brunetti is visited by a young bureaucrat investigating the lack of official approval for the construction of Brunetti’s apartment years before. What began as a red tape headache ends in murder when the bureaucrat is later found dead after a... Read more
Wednesday, August 12
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Announcing a special summer book club series!   This summer at AFL, BYOB stands for "Bring Your Own Book"! On the second Wednesdays of July and August at 1:30 p.m., join fellow readers to chat about your recent reads or an all time favorite. We'll get together online to swap recommendations and... Read more
Thursday, August 13
6:30pm - 7:30pm
"In 1690, the dour New England Primer, thought to be the first American children’s book, was published in Boston. Offering children gems of advice such as 'Strive to learn' and 'Be not a dunce,' it was no fun at all. So how did we get from there to 'Let the wild rumpus start'? And now that... Read more
Thursday, August 27
3:00pm - 4:00pm
WINNER OF THE CWA INTERNATIONAL DAGGER AWARD"A murder in Paris brings Commissaire Adamsberg out of the Icelandic mists of his previous investigation and unexpectedly into the region of Nîmes, where three old men have died of spider bites. The recluse has a sneaky... Read more
Monday, September 07
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed Monday, September 2 in observance of Labor Day.
Wednesday, September 09
1:30pm - 2:30pm
"Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all... Read more
Thursday, September 10
6:30pm - 7:30pm
"This memoir is the chronicle of a life's work to find happiness. It is a book full of stories: about a girl locked out of her home, sitting on the doorstep all night; about a religious zealot disguised as a mother who has two sets of false teeth and a revolver in the dresser drawer; about growing... Read more
Monday, September 14
6:30pm - 7:30pm
"Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all... Read more
Tuesday, September 22
1:00pm - 2:00pm
"Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all... Read more
Thursday, September 24
3:00pm - 4:00pm
"Perveen Mistry, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, has just joined her father's law firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India. Armed with a legal education from Oxford, Perveen also has a tragic personal history that makes women's legal rights especially important to her... Read more
Thursday, October 08
6:30pm - 7:30pm
"The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and... Read more
Monday, October 12
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed for Columbus Day.
Wednesday, October 14
1:30pm - 2:30pm
"Another New York Times bestseller from the author of The Good Good Pig, this “fascinating…touching…informative…entertaining” (Daily Beast) book explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus—a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature—and the... Read more
Monday, October 19
6:30pm - 7:30pm
*This meeting of the AFL Book Club has been rescheduled due to the holiday the preceding week* "Another New York Times bestseller from the author of The Good Good Pig, this “fascinating…touching…informative…entertaining” (Daily Beast) book... Read more
Tuesday, October 27
1:00pm - 2:00pm
"Another New York Times bestseller from the author of The Good Good Pig, this “fascinating…touching…informative…entertaining” (Daily Beast) book explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus—a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature—and the... Read more
Thursday, October 29
3:00pm - 4:00pm
"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... Read more
Monday, November 09
6:30pm - 7:30pm
"The bestselling author of A Man Called Ove returns with a dazzling, profound novel about a small town with a big dream—and the price required to make it come true. People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever-... Read more
Wednesday, November 11
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed in observance of Veterans Day.
Thursday, November 12
6:30pm - 7:30pm
"Understanding someone who belongs to another species can be transformative. No one knows this better than author, naturalist, and adventurer Sy Montgomery. To research her books, Sy has traveled the world and encountered some of the planet’s rarest and most beautiful animals. From tarantulas to... Read more
Wednesday, November 18
1:30pm - 2:30pm
*This meeting of the AFL Book Club has been rescheduled due to the holiday the preceding week* "The bestselling author of A Man Called Ove returns with a dazzling, profound novel about a small town with a big dream—and the price required to make it come true.... Read more
Thursday, November 19
3:00pm - 4:00pm
*The date of this Mystery Book Club has been changed due to the Thanksgiving holiday next week.* "It is the time of the Great Terror. Inspector Pekkala - known as the Emerald Eye - was the most famous detective in all Russia. He was the favourite of the Tsar. Now he is the prisoner of the... Read more
Tuesday, November 24
1:00pm - 2:00pm
"The bestselling author of A Man Called Ove returns with a dazzling, profound novel about a small town with a big dream—and the price required to make it come true. People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever-... Read more
Wednesday, November 25
10:00am - 5:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closing at 5:00 pm to allow for adequate brining.
Thursday, November 26
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving.
Wednesday, December 09
1:30pm - 2:30pm
"'In my reckless and undiscouraged youth,' Lillian Boxfish writes, 'I worked in a walnut-paneled office thirteen floors above West Thirty-Fifth Street…' She took 1930s New York by storm, working her way up writing copy for R.H. Macy’s to become the highest paid advertising woman... Read more
Thursday, December 10
6:30pm - 7:30pm
"From the acclaimed, best-selling memoirist, novelist and host of the hit podcast Family Secrets, comes a memoir about the staggering family secret uncovered by a genealogy test: an exploration of the urgent ethical questions surrounding fertility treatments and DNA testing, and a profound... Read more
Monday, December 14
6:30pm - 7:30pm
"'In my reckless and undiscouraged youth,' Lillian Boxfish writes, 'I worked in a walnut-paneled office thirteen floors above West Thirty-Fifth Street…' She took 1930s New York by storm, working her way up writing copy for R.H. Macy’s to become the highest paid advertising woman... Read more
Tuesday, December 22
1:00pm - 2:00pm
"'In my reckless and undiscouraged youth,' Lillian Boxfish writes, 'I worked in a walnut-paneled office thirteen floors above West Thirty-Fifth Street…' She took 1930s New York by storm, working her way up writing copy for R.H. Macy’s to become the highest paid advertising woman... Read more
Thursday, December 24
10:00am - 1:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closing at 1:00 pm to accommodate festive caroling.

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