Ames Free Library

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Kids Events

Friday, August 19
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Pack your picnic blanket along with some lunch and join Miss Hannah in the Walled Garden at Queset House! She'll be reading aloud from a few of her favorite chapter books. If you're looking for new ideas about what to read this Summer, this could be your chance to find a bunch...while you munch! We... Read more
Monday, August 22
2:00pm - 2:30pm
Parachute Play is a burst of color, sound, and energy! Designed with 3-6 year-olds in mind, this 30-minute program isn't just fun, it also helps with the development of gross motor skills, imaginative & cooperative play, relationship-building, social skills, and a sense of rhythm. With music... Read more
Monday, August 22
6:00pm - 7:00pm
They’re baaaack! The Toe Jam Puppet Band returns to help us end our summer entertainment series on a high note! If you've never experienced a TJPB show, now is your chance! This variety show features interactive songs, stories and puppets, and lots of silly voices. You’re sure to be dancing along…... Read more
Tuesday, August 23
10:30am - 11:00am
This Summer, Wiggleworms will meet outside in the Queset Garden. No registration is required and all families are welcome! Best for mobile toddlers, Wiggleworms features songs, rhymes, and a story or two to keep little ones engaged. This program meets every Tuesday at 10:30am with Miss Alyisha and... Read more
Tuesday, August 23
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Messy Masterpieces is a time to make something beautiful…and get a little dirty! Register for a 4-week session, dress for a mess, listen to stories, and create some unconventional art projects. As Bob Ross said, “We don’t really know where this goes – and I’m not sure we really care…every day is a... Read more
Tuesday, August 23
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Be Inspired Counseling can help you prepare for a Less Stress Back to School!   Parent-and-child workshops will provide your family with tools to deal with common sources of anxiety and stress associated with the start of the new school year. They will discuss specific skills and tips for how to... Read more
Tuesday, August 23
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Be Inspired Counseling can help you prepare for a Less Stress Back to School!   Parent-and-child workshops will provide your family with tools to deal with common sources of anxiety and stress associated with the start of the new school year. They will discuss specific skills and tips for how to... Read more
Wednesday, August 24
10:30am - 11:00am
This Summer, Babytime will meet outside in the Queset Garden. No registration is required and all families are welcome! Best for infants and prewalkers, Babytime is storytime for littles - and their grownups! This session is full of songs, rhymes, and lap games - and maybe a short book - to fire up... Read more
Wednesday, August 24
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lego your boredom and come to the coolest block party in town! Each weekly meeting will begin with a frenzied quick-build to get brains and fingers fired up. Kids will spend the rest of the hour making wild creations in response to a themed challenge. Every child will receive a personal kit of... Read more
Wednesday, August 24
6:00pm - 6:45pm
The sun sinks lower in the sky; shadows extend. and the long night approaches. How should you prepare for the coming dark? Gather 'round the fire...if you dare! Campfire Tales is Storytime for brave, big(ger) kids! Hear tales of (minor) terror and (major) humor performed in front of the flickering... Read more
Thursday, August 25
10:30am - 11:00am
This Summer, Family Storytime will meet outside in the Queset Garden. No registration is required and all families are welcome! Family Storytime is perfect for preschoolers but fun for the whole family! Learn (or relearn!) favorite songs & rhymes and enjoy a few stories each week. This program... Read more
Thursday, August 25
1:00pm - 2:00pm
This Summer, we’ve got the ulti-mutt program for animal lovers: Paws to Read! Each week in July & August, Regan and her therapy dogs, Cali and Laddie, will be visiting the Library. And what do her Anatolian Shepherds love more than anything else in the world (except maybe treats)? They adore... Read more
Thursday, August 25
6:30pm - 8:00pm
The Defenders Concert Corps. will play it all! From Glenn Miller to Chicago, the Beatles to Styx, their show provides a mix of dance music, Movie Themes, sing-a-longs, and a patriotic tribute. This event is for all ages. Bring your family & friends, along with a blanket or chair, or even a... Read more
Friday, August 26
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Join the Super Secret Slime Society to squeeze and squish a new variety of slime each month! You’ll need to solve a riddle to access the slime recipe, then work with your squad to create that satisfying slimy stuff. Spaces are limited, so please register ahead of time. Once each... Read more
Monday, September 05
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed in observance of Labor Day.
Tuesday, September 06
10:30am - 11:00am
This Fall, Wiggleworms will meet outside in the Queset Garden. In the event of rain, we will meet inside the library in the Children’s Room. No registration is required and all families are welcome! Best for mobile toddlers, Wiggleworms features songs, rhymes, and a story or two to... Read more
Wednesday, September 07
10:30am - 11:00am
This Fall, Babytime will meet outside in the Queset Garden. In the event of rain, we will meet inside the library in the Children’s Room. No registration is required and all families are welcome! Best for infants and prewalkers, Babytime is storytime for littles - and their... Read more
Thursday, September 08
10:30am - 11:00am
This Fall, Family Storytime will meet outside in the Queset Garden. In the event of rain, we will meet inside the library in the Children’s Room. No registration is required and all families are welcome! Family Storytime is perfect for preschoolers but fun for the whole family!... Read more
Thursday, September 08
4:00pm - 4:45pm
Experience the joy of snail mail with our monthly Correspondence Club! At each meeting, children will compose a letter to a recipient of their choosing, responding to a themed writing prompt presented by Miss Alyisha. We’ll have special stationery, writing utensils, stamps, and stickers for kids to... Read more
Tuesday, September 13
10:30am - 11:00am
This Fall, Wiggleworms will meet outside in the Queset Garden. In the event of rain, we will meet inside the library in the Children’s Room. No registration is required and all families are welcome! Best for mobile toddlers, Wiggleworms features songs, rhymes, and a story or two to... Read more
Wednesday, September 14
10:30am - 11:00am
This Fall, Babytime will meet outside in the Queset Garden. In the event of rain, we will meet inside the library in the Children’s Room. No registration is required and all families are welcome! Best for infants and prewalkers, Babytime is storytime for littles - and their... Read more
Thursday, September 15
10:30am - 11:00am
This Fall, Family Storytime will meet outside in the Queset Garden. In the event of rain, we will meet inside the library in the Children’s Room. No registration is required and all families are welcome! Family Storytime is perfect for preschoolers but fun for the whole family!... Read more
Thursday, September 15
4:00pm - 4:30pm
Join Miss Alyisha for a snack while she reads aloud from some of her favorite new titles. If you need book suggestions, this is a great way to find a bunch…while you munch! Copies of all featured selections will be available for check-out immediately following the program.  Chapter 1: Book Tasting... Read more
Monday, September 19
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Join naturalist and AFL staff member, Lorraine Rubinacci, on a walk to observe the wildflowers of early autumn on Monday, September 19th at 3:00-4:30 p.m. We will practice basic plant identification skills using several tools including field guides and phone apps. This will be a group effort to... Read more
Tuesday, September 20
10:30am - 11:00am
This Fall, Wiggleworms will meet outside in the Queset Garden. In the event of rain, we will meet inside the library in the Children’s Room. No registration is required and all families are welcome! Best for mobile toddlers, Wiggleworms features songs, rhymes, and a story or two to... Read more
Wednesday, September 21
10:30am - 11:00am
This Fall, Babytime will meet outside in the Queset Garden. In the event of rain, we will meet inside the library in the Children’s Room. No registration is required and all families are welcome! Best for infants and prewalkers, Babytime is storytime for littles - and their... Read more
Wednesday, September 21
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lego your boredom and come to the coolest block party in town! Drop-by the Queset House on the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 4:00-5:00pm to free-play, topple, and construct with a variety of building materials. Blocks for older children, in the 1st Floor... Read more
Wednesday, September 21
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lego your boredom and come to the coolest block party in town! Drop-by the Queset House on the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 4:00-5:00pm to free-play, topple, and construct with a variety of building materials. Blocks for younger children, in the 2nd Floor... Read more
Thursday, September 22
10:30am - 11:00am
This Fall, Family Storytime will meet outside in the Queset Garden. In the event of rain, we will meet inside the library in the Children’s Room. No registration is required and all families are welcome! Family Storytime is perfect for preschoolers but fun for the whole family!... Read more
Thursday, September 22
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Paws to Read is the ulti-mutt program for animal lovers! On the 4th Thursday of every month, from 4:30-5:30pm, Regan and her therapy dogs, Cali and Laddie, will be visiting the Library. And what do her Anatolian Shepherds love more than anything else in the world (... Read more

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