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!

Kids Events

Monday, July 06
10:00am - 5:00pm
Imagine Your Story – as a superhero! These short bi-weekly quizzes are just for fun to test your knowledge about different flights of fancy. They are multiple choice, and if you get one wrong, you’ll get a clue to figure out it before moving on to the next question. Questions are designed for... Read more
Monday, July 06
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Fossils, magic, and science are blended into a fun 35 to 40 minute program!* You’ll be taken on a trip through the mesozoic era to learn about which dinosaurs lived at that time, and what kind of fossil record they left behind. What is a fossil anyway, and how were they made? This is a fun and... Read more
Tuesday, July 07
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 activities. If you’re inspired by Dinoman’s show on Monday night, on Tuesday, we’ll investigate fossils hands-on! Participate at home with Miss Jess while she digs “fossils” from a... Read more
Wednesday, July 08
10:30am - 11:00am
Miss Jess is hosting a variation of our weekly storytimes! These sessions will look a little different than our library storytimes, but we want to help you keep up your regular routines. Each day will feature your familiar songs and rhymes, along with a few ideas to keep you reading at home. You... Read more
Monday, July 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 solve a puzzle to move on to the next part of the adventure. What happens if you don't succeed? Everyone is counting on you! Escape room puzzles and questions are designed for... Read more
Monday, July 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 runs out? Head to... Read more
Tuesday, July 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 activities. This week, bake-along with Ms. Meredith from Rosemary Fresh! Be prepared for an extra-special treat! Baker and caterer extraordinaire Meredith Bonny, from Rosemary Fresh, will... Read more
Wednesday, July 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 storytimes, but we want to help you keep up your regular routines. Each day will feature your familiar songs and rhymes, along with a few ideas to keep you reading at home. You... Read more
Wednesday, July 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. Come to the meeting prepared with the following info about the book (or books) you want to talk about: Title Author Plot (spoiler free!) What you liked or disliked about it (ex:... Read more
Friday, July 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 popular items from the Youth collection at the library. Come prepared to tell us about a book or series that you have enjoyed. You’ll tell us the title & author, and then a few... Read more
Monday, July 20
10:00am - 5:00pm
Imagine Your Story – as a wizard! These short bi-weekly quizzes are just for fun to test your knowledge about different flights of fancy. They are multiple choice, and if you get one wrong, you’ll get a clue to figure out it before moving on to the next question. Questions are designed for children... Read more
Monday, July 20
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Ed the Wizard will present a fun, energetic magic program - with a focus on reading!* Ed got into magic in part by using books to learn some tricks! For this show, he’ll join us live and share with you some of the wonder he has found in magic. This is a fun and informative program for all ages. It... Read more
Tuesday, July 21
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 activities. If there’s anything we all need more of these days, it’s kindness. Join Premier Martial Arts - Norton on Zoom for this anti-bullying workshop. No materials are necessary for... Read more
Wednesday, July 22
10:30am - 11:00am
Miss Jess is hosting a variation of our weekly storytimes! These sessions will look a little different than our library storytimes, but we want to help you keep up your regular routines. Each day will feature your familiar songs and rhymes, along with a few ideas to keep you reading at home. You... Read more
Monday, July 27
10:00am - 5:00pm
Witches, dragons, and magic stones…oh my! Check out the latest kids’ virtual escape room! You’ll read part of a story, then solve a puzzle to move on to the next part of the adventure. Will the hero save the kingdom - or do the beasts take over? Escape room puzzles and questions are designed for... Read more
Monday, July 27
10:00am - 5:00pm
An old bounty hunter friend needs your help to rescue someone. Head to this virtual escape room... Read more
Tuesday, July 28
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 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... Read more
Wednesday, July 29
10:30am - 11:00am
Miss Jess is hosting a variation of our weekly storytimes! These sessions will look a little different than our library storytimes, but we want to help you keep up your regular routines. Each day will feature your familiar songs and rhymes, along with a few ideas to keep you reading at home. You... Read more
Friday, July 31
11:00am - 12:00pm
For students entering Grades 4 - 7! Pop in on Zoom for some book recommendations! Miss Jess will share a few new or popular items from the Youth collection at the library. Come prepared to tell us about a book or series that you have enjoyed. You’ll tell us the title & author, and then a few... Read more
Monday, August 03
10:00am - 5:00pm
Imagine Your Story – on a pirate ship! These short bi-weekly quizzes are just for fun to test your knowledge about different flights of fancy. They are multiple choice, and if you get one wrong, you’ll get a clue to figure out it before moving on to the next question. Questions are designed for... Read more
Monday, August 03
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Imagine Your Story and adventure under the sea with Miranda the mermaid as she saves the pirate!* Rosalita’s Puppet show features beautiful marionettes in an original story that is appropriate for all ages. This story is sure to be full of daring, bravery, kindness, and adventure! The... Read more
Tuesday, August 04
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 activities. Zentangle with Miss Debbie! Zentangle is a meditative guided drawing method. Tangling is simple to learn. There are no mistakes, and there is no up or down in Zentangle art. The... Read more
Wednesday, August 05
10:30am - 11:00am
Miss Jess is hosting a variation of our weekly storytimes! These sessions will look a little different than our library storytimes, but we want to help you keep up your regular routines. Each day will feature your familiar songs and rhymes, along with a few ideas to keep you reading at home. You... Read more
Monday, August 10
10:00am - 5:00pm
Ahoy, mateys! Come prepared to puzzle out this edition of the kids’ virtual escape room - or be prepared to walk the plank! You’ll read part of a story, then solve a puzzle to move on to the next part of the adventure. Escape room puzzles and questions are designed for children ages 8-12, although... Read more
Monday, August 10
10:00am - 5:00pm
Calling all Harry Potter fans! You have to head over to this Hogwarts virtual escape room! This was... Read more
Tuesday, August 11
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 activities. Check back later to see which project we'll be working on this week!
Wednesday, August 12
10:30am - 11:00am
Miss Jess is hosting a variation of our weekly storytimes! These sessions will look a little different than our library storytimes, but we want to help you keep up your regular routines. Each day will feature your familiar songs and rhymes, along with a few ideas to keep you reading at home. You... Read more
Wednesday, August 12
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. Come to the meeting prepared with the following info about the book (or books) you want to talk about: Title Author Plot (spoiler free!) What you liked or disliked about it (ex:... Read more
Friday, August 14
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 popular items from the Youth collection at the library. Come prepared to tell us about a book or series that you have enjoyed. You’ll tell us the title & author, and then a few... Read more
Monday, August 17
10:00am - 5:00pm
Imagine Your Story – in myth and legend! Take this just-for-fun quiz about MYTHICAL CREATURES! These short bi-weekly quizzes are just for fun to test your knowledge about different flights of fancy. They are multiple choice, and if you get one wrong, you’ll get a clue to figure out it before moving... Read more

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