Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"


We are available by phone at 508-238-2000, Ext. 3, Monday - Saturday between 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.;

or email us at Check out our list of online programs here!

Kids Homepage

Welcome to the Youth Services Department

We are committed to giving you, children birth through fifth grade, and your parents and caregivers of all ages personalized attention.

Books, magazines, and multi-media materials selected for ages birth through fifth grade can be found in the William Hadwen Ames Memorial Room. Puzzles for pre-schoolers, and personal computers for children’s use can also be found in this area.  

Kids Blogs

Posted on Fri, 07/03/2020 - 10:00am by jblock
Looking for a different kind of family activity? Check out our virtual quizzes and escape rooms based on our summer Imagine Your Story theme!  Every other Monday, there will be a new quiz focused on...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids
Posted on Tue, 06/30/2020 - 10:30am by jblock
When a child is engaging in dramatic play, she is also learning how to tell a story. The older she gets, the more elaborate her stories become - but even toddlers who start to create make-believe...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids
Posted on Mon, 06/29/2020 - 10:00am by jblock
Have you signed up for summer reading yet? Do it now! It’s all online, so you can sign up, record your reading, and select your prize beads (kids up to age 12) or raffle tickets (teens and adults)...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids
Posted on Fri, 06/26/2020 - 10:30am by jblock
Kwame Alexander is a multi-award-winning poet/author known for his middle-grade books about basketball, and more recently for the Caldecott Award winning book The Undefeated, but these are just two...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids
Posted on Tue, 06/23/2020 - 10:30am by jblock
Writing…the most difficult to understand of the pre-literacy skills. How can I work on writing when my baby can’t even hold her own bottle? Writing definitely comes later when preschoolers have...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids

Storytimes & Events

Mon, July 06
10:30am - 11:00am
Tue, July 07
10:30am - 11:00am

Purchase Request

Is there a book, CD or DVD you would like us to own?  Let us know by filling out a purchase request.

Kids Homepage