Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"

LIBRARY BUILDING CLOSED FOR GENERAL USE

Our service hours are Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Email us at info@amesfreelibrary.org or call 508-238-2000

Our phones are very busy! If you are having trouble reaching us via phone, send us an email or use the chat box on the left.

CURRENT SERVICES AVAILABLE:

Appointment-based window pickups of reserved material and external book drop

Reservation-based, 45-minute computer, printer, and scanner use

Online programs, plus eBooks, audiobooks, and databases for all ages

Returns: Book drop (located near handicapped parking spaces) is now open for all returns - returned items will be quarantined for several days prior to check-in. Fines for materials due 3/1/2020 - 7/31/2020 are waived.

Special Events

Monday, August 10
10:00am - 5:00pm
Ahoy, mateys! Come prepared to puzzle out this edition of the kids’ virtual escape room - or be prepared to walk the plank! You’ll read part of a story, then solve a puzzle to move on to the next part of the adventure. Escape room puzzles and questions are designed for children ages 8-12, although... Read more
Tuesday, August 11
2:00pm - 3:00pm
For kids and families! Join Miss Jess on Zoom every Tuesday at 2 p.m. for some creative, hands-on summer STEM activities. Today, Georgi from georgisspace.com and the YMCA Easton is leading a kids’ animal yoga session! Learn how to hop like a bunny, stretch like... Read more
Wednesday, August 12
10:30am - 11:00am
Miss Jess is hosting a variation of our weekly storytimes! These sessions will look a little different than our library storytimes, but we want to help you keep up your regular routines. Each day will feature your familiar songs and rhymes, along with a few ideas to keep you reading at home. You... Read more
Wednesday, August 12
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Announcing a special summer book club series!   This summer at AFL, BYOB stands for "Bring Your Own Book"! On the second Wednesdays of July and August at 1:30 p.m., join fellow readers to chat about your recent reads or an all time favorite. We'll get together online to swap recommendations and... Read more
Thursday, August 13
3:00pm - 4:30pm
The Ames Free Library in collaboration with the MMAS Academy is proud to present  DEVISING OUR TIMES A virtual playwriting workshop where students ages 10 - 17 will write, rehearse, and perform their own monologues and scenes.    ... Read more
Friday, August 14
11:00am - 12:00pm
For students entering Grades K - 3! Pop in on Zoom for some book recommendations! Miss Alyisha will share a few new or popular items from the Youth collection at the library. Come prepared to tell us about a book or series that you have enjoyed. You’ll tell us the title & author, and then a few... Read more
Monday, August 17
10:00am - 5:00pm
Imagine Your Story – in myth and legend! Do you know all about dragons, vampires, and sphinxes? Then this mythological quiz is for you! These short bi-weekly quizzes are just for fun to test your knowledge about different flights of fancy. They are multiple choice, and if you get one wrong, you’ll... Read more
Monday, August 17
6:00pm - 7:00pm
They’re baaaack! The Toe Jam Puppet Band returns to help us end the summer on a high note!* Their variety show features interactive songs, stories and puppets, and lots of silly voices. You’re sure to be dancing along…or at least tapping your toe. Will their virtual show be as fun and zany as the... Read more
Tuesday, August 18
2:00pm - 3:00pm
For kids and families! Join Miss Jess on Zoom every Tuesday at 2 p.m. for some creative, hands-on summer STEM activities. Today we're making mug cakes with Miss Jess! Have you tried mug cakes yet? They’re so easy, kids can make them!* They’re quick to mix together, quick to cook, and quick to eat…... Read more
Wednesday, August 19
10:30am - 11:00am
Miss Jess is hosting a variation of our weekly storytimes! These sessions will look a little different than our library storytimes, but we want to help you keep up your regular routines. Each day will feature your familiar songs and rhymes, along with a few ideas to keep you reading at home. You... Read more
Thursday, August 20
3:00pm - 4:30pm
The Ames Free Library in collaboration with the MMAS Academy is proud to present  DEVISING OUR TIMES A virtual playwriting workshop where students ages 10 - 17 will write, rehearse, and perform their own monologues and scenes.    ... Read more
Monday, August 24
10:00am - 5:00pm
Imagine Your Story – in myth and legend! You’ll read part of a story, then solve a puzzle to move on to the next part of the adventure. Escape room puzzles and questions are designed for children ages 8-12, although of course everyone’s welcome to try! Virtual Escape Room link coming... Read more
Tuesday, August 25
2:00pm - 3:00pm
For kids and families! Join Miss Jess on Zoom every Tuesday at 2 p.m. for some creative, hands-on summer STEM activities. Check back later to see which project we'll be working on this week!
Wednesday, August 26
10:30am - 11:00am
Miss Jess is hosting a variation of our weekly storytimes! These sessions will look a little different than our library storytimes, but we want to help you keep up your regular routines. Each day will feature your familiar songs and rhymes, along with a few ideas to keep you reading at home. You... Read more
Thursday, August 27
3:00pm - 4:00pm
WINNER OF THE CWA INTERNATIONAL DAGGER AWARD"A murder in Paris brings Commissaire Adamsberg out of the Icelandic mists of his previous investigation and unexpectedly into the region of Nîmes, where three old men have died of spider bites. The recluse has a sneaky... Read more
Friday, August 28
11:00am - 12:00pm
Put your seeking caps on… we have a special guest who will be hiding (in plain sight) somewhere in town (North Easton), and it’s your job to find him! HodgePodge is a friendly, life-sized monster who will be waiting for you to find him. Once you do, you can park and hop out for a photo.  If... Read more
Monday, September 07
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed Monday, September 2 in observance of Labor Day.
Monday, October 12
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed for Columbus Day.
Wednesday, November 11
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed in observance of Veterans Day.
Wednesday, November 25
10:00am - 5:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closing at 5:00 pm to allow for adequate brining.
Thursday, November 26
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving.
Thursday, December 24
10:00am - 1:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closing at 1:00 pm to accommodate festive caroling.
Friday, December 25
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed Wednesday, December 25 in observance of Christmas.
Thursday, December 31
10:00am - 5:00pm
The Ames Free Library will close early at 5:00PM on Thursday, December 31 in observance of New Year's Eve and will not reopen until Saturday, January 2, 2020.