Ames Free Library

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Kids Events

Monday, July 23
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Tom Sieling comes all the way from Newfield, New York, to entertain us with his singing and guitar, banjo, and drum machine playings! "Take a Tromp Through the Swamp" is a fun lineup of humorous and participatory kids' songs, along with lots of cool facts about area animals. Tom also strongly... Read more
Tuesday, July 24
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, July 25
10:30am - 11:00am
Babytime is storytime for littles! This group is best for pre-walkers from 0 to 18 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
Wednesday, July 25
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Use a simple script and basic props to act out a short play! We'll practice for an hour, then perform for family and friends at 3:00. Basic reading skills are required. No memorization or acting experience is necessary. This program is for readers ages 6-12. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED... Read more
Thursday, July 26
10:30am - 11:00am
Alternating between stories, songs, and rhymes, Songs and Stories is perfect for children about age 2 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, July 30
6:00pm - 7:00pm
The Hampstead Stage Company presents shows using only two actors! This summer they'll bring Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island" to life on our Queset Garden stage! It is a fantastical tale of pirates, adventure, and buried treasure! Through this swashbuckling tale, we will learn about the... Read more
Tuesday, July 31
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, July 31
6:00pm - 8:00pm
"Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer." IMDB This film is rated PG and runs for 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Wednesday, August 01
10:30am - 11:00am
Babytime is storytime for littles! This group is best for pre-walkers from 0 to 18 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, August 02
10:30am - 11:00am
Alternating between stories, songs, and rhymes, Songs and Stories is perfect for children about age 2 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
Friday, August 03
11:00am - 1:00pm
Test your library knowledge in a Lemoncello-style Scavenger Hunt right here in Youth Services! Working in a small group, you'll get puzzle clues to solve and books to find in order to decipher the final answer! Registration is required and will open on Friday, July 20. This program... Read more
Friday, August 03
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Incorporate coins and or small objects (1 inch or smaller) into jewelry. Bring a trinket or favorite coin (hole will be punched in it) and make a necklace or ornament out of it.  It’s a great way to cherish it. The uglier or more obscure the object, the better. Transform ugly to beautiful!  ... Read more
Saturday, August 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 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, August 06
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Keith Munslow is a musician, storyteller, cartoonist, and standup comedian for kids. His storytelling will incorporate elements of each for a wholly enjoyable family evening! In case of rain, event will be held at Oakes Ames Memorial Hall, 3 Barrows Street. for families with children of... Read more
Tuesday, August 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
Wednesday, August 08
10:30am - 11:00am
Babytime is storytime for littles! This group is best for pre-walkers from 0 to 18 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, August 09
10:30am - 11:00am
Alternating between stories, songs, and rhymes, Songs and Stories is perfect for children about age 2 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, August 14
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, August 15
10:30am - 11:00am
Babytime is storytime for littles! This group is best for pre-walkers from 0 to 18 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
Wednesday, August 15
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Jumpin' Juba mixes regional blues and roots-y rock styles from Chicago, Memphis, and New Orleans. Steve Hurl's guitar playing draws from the roots-y string benders of the 1950's and 60's. Jan Kowalski honks a mean sax, and drummer Fry Blanchard knocks out a solid beat. Their latest CD of original... Read more
Thursday, August 16
10:30am - 11:00am
Alternating between stories, songs, and rhymes, Songs and Stories is perfect for children about age 2 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, August 21
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, August 22
10:30am - 11:00am
Babytime is storytime for littles! This group is best for pre-walkers from 0 to 18 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
Wednesday, August 22
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Calling all young writers! Here's a chance to sharpen your writing skills before the school year starts. Come to Queset House for a fun, no-pressure writing workshop with Kate Klise, guaranteed to jumpstart your creative writing skills before the first day of school.
Thursday, August 23
10:30am - 11:00am
Alternating between stories, songs, and rhymes, Songs and Stories is perfect for children about age 2 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, August 28
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, August 29
10:30am - 11:00am
Babytime is storytime for littles! This group is best for pre-walkers from 0 to 18 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, August 30
10:30am - 11:00am
Alternating between stories, songs, and rhymes, Songs and Stories is perfect for children about age 2 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
Saturday, September 01
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 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, September 03
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed Monday, September 3 in observance of Labor Day.

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