Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"

Kids Events

Saturday, December 14
10:00am - 4:00pm
On Saturday, December 14th during the Artisans Faire at Queset House, the Friends of the Ames Free Library will hold a Book Sale & Silent Auction from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm! Come visit us on the second floor in the Digital Media Lab, where we will be offering a large selection of new and gently... Read more
Monday, December 16
10:30am - 11:00am
Alternating between stories, songs, and rhymes, Stories and Songs is perfect for children about age 3 to 5 working on their social skills, motor skills, and early literacy skills. The goal is to provide fun and rich experiences that build on a love of books, libraries, and reading that will stay... Read more
Tuesday, December 17
10:30am - 11:00am
Best for mobile toddlers, Wiggle Worms is a fast-paced storytime with songs, rhymes, and stories to keep them occupied! This a great way to engage busy bodies with early literacy and opportunities for play. Crawlers and pre-walkers are also welcome. This program will run for about 20 minutes,... Read more
Wednesday, December 18
10:30am - 11:00am
Babytime is storytime for littles! This group is best for pre-walkers from 0 to 15 months old. Caregivers and babies will learn lap games, bounces, and rhymes which we'll repeat frequently, plus share a couple of books each week. Build your child's appreciation for books & reading at Babytime! ... Read more
Thursday, December 19
10:30am - 11:00am
Alternating between stories, songs, and rhymes, Stories and Songs is perfect for children about age 3 to 5 working on their social skills, motor skills, and early literacy skills. The goal is to provide fun and rich experiences that build on a love of books, libraries, and reading that will stay... Read more
Thursday, December 19
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Alex Manthous is a student at Oliver Ames High School. He is offering tutoring services for students in grades 5-9, in the following subjects: Algebra I Biology Chemistry Physics I        Homework Tutoring sessions take place on Thursdays in the First Floor Information Cafe at Queset House, and... Read more
Friday, December 20
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Kick off winter break with the ultimate winter movie - Frozen! (We'll show the original. Maybe you can catch up with the sequel at the movie theater with all your time off school!) "When the newly-crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite... Read more
Saturday, December 21
10:00am - 5:00pm
Grab a prepared craft kit to take home and make a snowflake holiday card for a loved one! Specialty supplies and directions to complete the craft are included. You may need to provide crayons, markers, scissors, glue, or tape. Available 10 AM - 5 PM, or as long as supplies last. One kit per... Read more
Monday, December 23
10:30am - 11:30am
Pop Up Playtime is an unstructured time for your child to get out some energy while using gross and fine motor skills and practicing social interactions. There will be a pop up tunnel and tent as well as plenty of toys for all ages to choose from! Playtime will take place during regular storytime... Read more
Monday, December 23
2:00pm - 3:00pm
"Throw" a little STEAM into your vacation with paper airplanes! Follow the instructions to learn to fold a simple paper airplane, or try a challenging design to make something new! Read a bit about aerodynamics, lift, and thrust while you're folding. We'll provide the folding paper and printed... Read more
Tuesday, December 24
10:00am - 1:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closing at 1:00 pm to accommodate festive caroling.
Tuesday, December 24
10:30am - 11:30am
Pop Up Playtime is an unstructured time for your child to get out some energy while using gross and fine motor skills and practicing social interactions. There will be a pop up tunnel and tent as well as plenty of toys for all ages to choose from! Playtime will take place during regular storytime... Read more
Wednesday, December 25
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed Wednesday, December 25 in observance of Christmas.
Thursday, December 26 to Friday, December 27
10:00am - 5:00pm
Drop in anytime on Thursday, December 26 or Friday, December 27 for some quiet coloring. There will be a large community coloring table, individual coloring pages, and instructional Zentangle books for creating your own designs.  This program is open to all children ages 6 - 13. No sign up is... Read more
Thursday, December 26
10:30am - 11:30am
Pop Up Playtime is an unstructured time for your child to get out some energy while using gross and fine motor skills and practicing social interactions. There will be a pop up tunnel and tent as well as plenty of toys for all ages to choose from! Playtime will take place during regular storytime... Read more
Friday, December 27
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Drop by the Queset House between 1 - 2:30 PM to play the Pokémon card game or just chat with other Pokémon trainers! Please bring your own deck. Beginners are welcome, but there will be no instruction. If you're new, watch and chat with more experienced players to learn a thing or two! There will... Read more
Monday, December 30
10:30am - 11:30am
Pop Up Playtime is an unstructured time for your child to get out some energy while using gross and fine motor skills and practicing social interactions. There will be a pop up tunnel and tent as well as plenty of toys for all ages to choose from! Playtime will take place during regular storytime... Read more
Monday, December 30
2:00pm - 3:00pm
READO (our book version of Bingo) is a fun way to wind down your year! Open to all school-aged children and their siblings. The winner of each round gets to pick a free book from our prize collection, and gets to be the caller for the next game! We start at 2; stop in when you can.
Tuesday, December 31
10:00am - 5:00pm
The Ames Free Library will close early at 5:00PM on Tuesday, December 31 in observance of New Year's Eve and will not reopen until Thursday, January 2, 2020.
Tuesday, December 31
10:30am - 11:30am
Pop Up Playtime is an unstructured time for your child to get out some energy while using gross and fine motor skills and practicing social interactions. There will be a pop up tunnel and tent as well as plenty of toys for all ages to choose from! Playtime will take place during regular storytime... Read more
Wednesday, January 01
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed Wednesday, January 1, 2020 in celebration of the new year! We will resume our normal hours of operation the following day, Thursday, January 2 at 10:00AM.
Thursday, January 02
10:30am - 11:30am
Karen from Self Help Inc (Coordinated Family and Community Engagement) hosts a toddler play group in Easton once a month. Toddler Play and Learn is a parent child program designed to introduce young children to group activities. Children participate in floor time free play, gather for a quick... Read more
Thursday, January 02
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Alex Manthous is a student at Oliver Ames High School. He is offering tutoring services for students in grades 5-9, in the following subjects: Algebra I Biology Chemistry Physics I        Homework Tutoring sessions take place on Thursdays in the First Floor Information Cafe at Queset House, and... Read more
Saturday, January 04
10:00am - 12:00pm
Come and join us on the 1st Saturday of the month from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm as we get creative having fun building with LEGO. Plenty of free play space and LEGOs will be provided, just bring your imagination! For all ages, free and open to all! No unattended child drop-offs are allowed.
Monday, January 06
10:30am - 11:00am
Alternating between stories, songs, and rhymes, Stories and Songs is perfect for children about age 3 to 5 working on their social skills, motor skills, and early literacy skills. The goal is to provide fun and rich experiences that build on a love of books, libraries, and reading that will stay... Read more
Monday, January 06
6:30pm - 7:00pm
Pajama storytime is fun for the whole family! We'll share books, rhymes, & songs to help wind down your evening. This storytime is designed to engage children of various ages, so families with children of any age are welcome! Pajama Storytime will last about 30 minutes, wrapping up with a... Read more
Tuesday, January 07
10:30am - 11:00am
Best for mobile toddlers, Wiggle Worms is a fast-paced storytime with songs, rhymes, and stories to keep them occupied! This a great way to engage busy bodies with early literacy and opportunities for play. Crawlers and pre-walkers are also welcome. This program will run for about 20 minutes,... Read more
Tuesday, January 07
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Harris Shilakowsky, Violinist, Music Educator & owner of MusicStoreUSA.com will be teaching a performance class for violinists and violists. This is for intermediate players of any age. You should already know how to play a couple of scales & first position pieces, however... Read more
Wednesday, January 08
10:30am - 11:00am
Babytime is storytime for littles! This group is best for pre-walkers from 0 to 15 months old. Caregivers and babies will learn lap games, bounces, and rhymes which we'll repeat frequently, plus share a couple of books each week. Build your child's appreciation for books & reading at Babytime! ... Read more
Thursday, January 09
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Alex Manthous is a student at Oliver Ames High School. He is offering tutoring services for students in grades 5-9, in the following subjects: Algebra I Biology Chemistry Physics I        Homework Tutoring sessions take place on Thursdays in the First Floor Information Cafe at Queset House, and... Read more

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