Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"

Special Events

Tuesday, February 19
11:00am - 12:00pm
Stop in at the Queset House from 11 AM - noon 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 formal instruction. If you're new, watch and chat with more experienced players to learn a thing or two!... Read more
Wednesday, February 20
10:00am - 7:00pm
Playing board games is a great way to spend time with your kids. While you're having fun playing the game, they're also building literacy skills, math, and spatial concepts... not to mention social skills such as cooperation, patience, and good sportsmanship!  Family Game Day is for families with... Read more
Wednesday, February 20
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Soap making expert and artist Gariné Arakelian will lead us in making a glycerin-based soap you can take home. Add your favorite color, some scent, and a fun toy (monkeys, penguins, foxes, and more!) This program is for teens 13 - 18 years old. Space is limited and registration is... Read more
Thursday, February 21
11:00am - 12:00pm
Celebrate the best of best friends: Elephant & Piggie! We'll have crafts, activities, and games. This program is fun for Elephant & Piggie fans of all ages. 
Thursday, February 21
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Chat with local author Anna Staniszewski about her newest book, Secondhand Wishes, and learn about writing stories of your own!  No registration is required. This workshop is open to all students in grades 3 and above. 
Thursday, February 21
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Flashback February: don your best 80s gear, grab your Walkman, and head over to the Queset House for a totally rad 80s movie night with Footloose! We'll provide the popcorn.  Open to teens ages 13 to 18. 
Friday, February 22
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Learn a bit about owls with the Museum of American Bird Art, then work on an owl-themed clay craft! This program is best for ages 3-10, but siblings are welcome. Space is limited and registration is required.
Saturday, February 23
11:00am - 12:00pm
PetSense mascot Barkdown will visit us to share a story about pet nutrition, along with other silly pet stories! Storytime starts at 11:00; stick around after to meet Barkdown. Families with children of all ages are welcome!   Registration is not required, but is suggested so the presenter can... Read more
Wednesday, February 27
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Back by popular demand!   In Book 4 of the Coyote War series, FBI agent Carlos Sullivan is assigned to a gruesome cult case with the expectation that he will fail. Have his personal enemies found a way to derail his new career, or does he have the grit and skill to battle an elusive and twisted... Read more
Wednesday, March 13
3:00pm - 4:00pm
It’s fun. It’s healthy. It’s social. It keeps your brain sharp. It improves your sense of balance. It does not need any fancy equipment. It is gentle on your body. And ANYONE CAN DO IT! Spend an hour finding your groove, with Mary Lou Almeida as your guide. If you already have dance skills, share... Read more
Monday, March 18
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join Dr. Peter Rappo on Monday, March 18, 2019 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. for a fascinating talk and discussion on the history and implementation of a federal children’s health initiative instituted during WWI. The relevance of that century-old initiative continues to inform child health issues of today... Read more
Friday, April 05
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Learn about monarch butterflies and their migration with the Museum of American Bird Art, then work on a clay craft! This program is best for ages 3-10, but siblings are welcome. Space is limited and registration is required. Registration will open one month before the program.... Read more
Wednesday, April 10
3:00pm - 4:00pm
It’s fun. It’s healthy. It’s social. It keeps your brain sharp. It improves your sense of balance. It does not need any fancy equipment. It is gentle on your body. And ANYONE CAN DO IT! Spend an hour finding your groove, with Mary Lou Almeida as your guide. If you already have dance skills, share... Read more
Monday, April 15
10:00am - 8:00pm
In celebration of the Patriot's Day holiday, the Ames Free Library will be closed.
Wednesday, May 08
3:00pm - 4:00pm
It’s fun. It’s healthy. It’s social. It keeps your brain sharp. It improves your sense of balance. It does not need any fancy equipment. It is gentle on your body. And ANYONE CAN DO IT! Spend an hour finding your groove, with Mary Lou Almeida as your guide. If you already have dance skills, share... Read more
Friday, May 10
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Just in time for Mother's Day - learn a bit about baby birds and their moms, presented by the Museum of American Bird Art. Followed by a hands-on clay craft! This program is best for ages 3-10, but siblings are welcome. Space is limited and registration is required. Registration will... Read more
Wednesday, May 22
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Ted Reinstein is a longtime reporter for Boston’s celebrated nightly TV news-magazine, Chronicle, and author of several books on New England.    Written with his wife, former ABC journalist Anne-Marie Dorning, New England's General Stores looks at how the humble general store... Read more
Monday, May 27
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.
Wednesday, June 12
3:00pm - 4:00pm
It’s fun. It’s healthy. It’s social. It keeps your brain sharp. It improves your sense of balance. It does not need any fancy equipment. It is gentle on your body. And ANYONE CAN DO IT! Spend an hour finding your groove, with Mary Lou Almeida as your guide. If you already have dance skills, share... Read more
Thursday, July 04
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed in observance of Independence Day.
Wednesday, July 10
3:00pm - 4:00pm
It’s fun. It’s healthy. It’s social. It keeps your brain sharp. It improves your sense of balance. It does not need any fancy equipment. It is gentle on your body. And ANYONE CAN DO IT! Spend an hour finding your groove, with Mary Lou Almeida as your guide. If you already have dance skills, share... Read more
Wednesday, August 14
3:00pm - 4:00pm
It’s fun. It’s healthy. It’s social. It keeps your brain sharp. It improves your sense of balance. It does not need any fancy equipment. It is gentle on your body. And ANYONE CAN DO IT! Spend an hour finding your groove, with Mary Lou Almeida as your guide. If you already have dance skills, share... Read more
Monday, September 02
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed Monday, September 3 in observance of Labor Day.
Wednesday, September 11
3:00pm - 4:00pm
It’s fun. It’s healthy. It’s social. It keeps your brain sharp. It improves your sense of balance. It does not need any fancy equipment. It is gentle on your body. And ANYONE CAN DO IT! Spend an hour finding your groove, with Mary Lou Almeida as your guide. If you already have dance skills, share... Read more
Wednesday, October 09
3:00pm - 4:00pm
It’s fun. It’s healthy. It’s social. It keeps your brain sharp. It improves your sense of balance. It does not need any fancy equipment. It is gentle on your body. And ANYONE CAN DO IT! Spend an hour finding your groove, with Mary Lou Almeida as your guide. If you already have dance skills, share... Read more
Monday, October 14
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed for Columbus Day.
Monday, November 11
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed in observance of Veterans Day.
Wednesday, November 13
3:00pm - 4:00pm
It’s fun. It’s healthy. It’s social. It keeps your brain sharp. It improves your sense of balance. It does not need any fancy equipment. It is gentle on your body. And ANYONE CAN DO IT! Spend an hour finding your groove, with Mary Lou Almeida as your guide. If you already have dance skills, share... Read more
Wednesday, November 27
10:00am - 5:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closing at 5:00 pm to allow for adequate brining.
Thursday, November 28
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving.

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