Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"

Special Events

Monday, June 24
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Once again, our favorite Easton music man will kick off our summer family entertainment! Come see Mr. Wayne for a fun-filled time with many of your favorite songs! Dance, sing along, and have fun! This event is for families with children of all ages. In case of rain, event will be held at Oakes... Read more
Tuesday, June 25
4:00pm - 5:00pm
On Tuesday, June 25, from 4-5 p.m., come join us and "taste" new genres of books! Choose from five different genres and get a feel for something different than what you normally gravitate towards. You might just find a new favorite! Attend this event to receive ONE TICKET from our Summer Reading... Read more
Wednesday, June 26
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Your challenge: to use a straw, paper, and tape to create a rocket that will fly! Test different designs or materials, and see how far your rocket will go. This program is best for children ages 6 and up. Parents, please plan to stay on hand to experiment with your child. 
Thursday, June 27
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Give crayons a new life and turn them into unique pieces of artwork! On Thursday, June 27 from 6 - 7:30 p.m., we'll be meeting at Queset House in the First Floor Presentation Commons to get started on our masterpieces. Attend this event to receive ONE TICKET from our Summer Reading... Read more
Friday, June 28
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Drop by the Queset House between 2 - 3:30 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 formal instruction. If you're new, watch and chat with more experienced players to learn a thing or two! There... Read more
Monday, July 01
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Oh boy! What's George up to now? Let's celebrate our favorite monkey with crafts, activities, and a Curious George story! This program is fun for Curious George fans of all ages.
Monday, July 01
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Scott Jameson is bringing his extraordinary performance that will have you laughing out loud and perched on the very edge of your seat. Umbrellas will be plucked from thin air, a drawing may come to life, basketballs will be spun and juggled, and a member of the audience just may unlock telekinetic... Read more
Wednesday, July 03
6:00pm - 7:00pm
On Wednesday, July 3 from 6 - 7 p.m., come relax, color, and listen to some music!  Attend this event to receive ONE TICKET from our Summer Reading Program for Teens! This will up your chance of winning our ... Read more
Thursday, July 04
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed in observance of Independence Day.
Friday, July 05
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Stop in anytime between noon - 4 PM to make a button. Find your favorite sports team logo, book character, or draw your own! Families with children of all ages are welcome. No registration is required. Please limit to 1 button per child.
Monday, July 08
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Using giant homemade bubble wands and 30 years of funny family entertainment experience, Mr. Vinny gets kids involved in bubble chasing & bubble avoiding games. Lots of big beautiful bubbles, running around, and HAVING FUN!! (In case of rain, this event will be held next door in the Oakes... Read more
Friday, July 12
11:00am - 12:00pm
Meet Hera and her handler, Nicole! Nicole will read Raising a Hero by Laura Numeroff, then she will talk about the important of assistance dogs, and the dos and don'ts of service dogs in both home and public settings. Hera will demonstrate a few of the many commands she uses to help Nicole... Read more
Tuesday, July 16
1:00pm - 3:00pm
"A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans a new venture, Dumbo and his friends discover dark secrets beneath its shiny veneer." IMDB rated PG; 112 minutes Bring a blanket or pillow to make yourself comfy,... Read more
Wednesday, July 17
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Zentangle is a relaxing drawing method utilizing structured patterns to create beautiful images. Come learn how to create some meditative and mindful patterns from instructor Debbie Adduci, or you can zentangle on your own in a group environment. All materials will be provided by the library. Free... Read more
Wednesday, July 17
7:00pm - 8:00pm
The 60+ member Sharon Concert Band plays a wide variety of music from the symphonic band repertoire. Our summer concerts are fun for the entire family, including stirring marches, show tunes, familiar favorites, "kid stuff", and patriotic melodies. Free & Open to All! Come early and bring a... Read more
Thursday, July 18
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Try making connections with Snap Circuits and Little Bits, or take things apart to look inside and find out what makes things work at the Take Apart Table! This program is best for children ages 6 and up. Parents, please plan to stay on hand to experiment with your child. 
Saturday, July 20
10:00am - 5:00pm
Make a cheerful window hanging to display at home, or give to someone you love! Pick up a craft kit to take and make at home. Specialty supplies and directions to complete the craft are included in the bag. You may need to provide crayons, markers, scissors, glue, or tape. Crafts are available 10... Read more
Tuesday, July 23
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Looking for a fun place to act out? Use simple scripts and 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, but no memorization or acting experience is necessary. This program is for readers ages 6 to 12.... Read more
Tuesday, July 23
6:30pm - 7:30pm
MEMOIR AS AN ACT OF DISCOVERY with GRACE TALUSAN How does the act of writing about our life change our understanding of it? Come hear Grace Talusan, a graduate of OAHS, read from and speak about her award-winning... Read more
Wednesday, July 24
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Drop by the Queset House between 2 - 3:30 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 formal instruction. If you're new, watch and chat with more experienced players to learn a thing or two! There... Read more
Wednesday, July 24
6:30pm - 7:30pm
In partnership with the Easton Historical Society, the Ames Free Library is honored to present: A BEAUTIFUL IMAGE OF HISTORIC EASTON with  ROBERT J. WOOSTER AND JONATHAN JACKSON COE   Easton has waited a long time for... Read more
Thursday, July 25
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Linda Maria Steele is an artist of both words and images. Tending the Marsh is a collection of poems that emerged from a year of daily walking at the Great Sippewissett Marsh in West Falmouth on Cape Cod after the author went through a major life transition. An evocative collection of... Read more
Friday, July 26
10:00am - 4:00pm
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
Saturday, July 27
11:00am - 12:00pm
The Teen Genre Book Club will meet the 4th Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., in the Teen Den at the Main Library! Read a book that falls into the monthly genre and come prepared to discuss your thoughts with your fellow teens. This is a great way to meet other book lovers and discover... Read more
Wednesday, July 31
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ally from Premier Martial Arts in Norton will introduce kids to martial arts and demonstrate a mini-martial arts class in the Queset Garden. This interactive presentation will include some watching and listening, and some chances to get up and move a bit. In case of rain, the program will be... Read more
Friday, August 02
2:00pm - 3:00pm
You pick the song and sing along! Choose from our selection of pop music or a variety of familiar Disney tunes. You can follow the words on the big screen and sing along on the library's karaoke machine. Bring a friend or two to join in on the fun! Drop in anytime between 2 - 3 PM.
Saturday, August 10
10:00am - 5:00pm
Experiment with color and patterns when you make these old-fashioned toys but be warned: they are mesmerizing! Pick up a craft kit to take and make at home. Specialty supplies and directions to complete the craft are included in the bag. You may need to provide crayons, markers, scissors, glue, or... Read more
Friday, August 16
1:00pm - 3:00pm
We are awaiting confirmation of DVD release dates before announcing the August Family Movie Matinee! This movie will be a family-friendly new release. rated PG;  95-120 minutes Bring a blanket or pillow to make yourself comfy, and bring your own nut-free snack... Read more
Tuesday, August 20
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Drop by the Queset House between 2 - 3:30 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 formal instruction. If you're new, watch and chat with more experienced players to learn a thing or two! There... Read more
Wednesday, August 21
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Jumpin' Juba plays original and classic blues, boogie, and roots-y rock & roll.  Great piano-guitar arrangements mix with contemporary lyrics - a fresh sound for listening or dancing! This program is free and open to all! Thanks to the Friends of the Ames Free Library, and a grant from the... Read more

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