Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"


Current hours:

Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Visits are limited to a maximum of 45 minutes per person.

Total occupancy in the building is limited to 10 visitors at any given time, so short waits outside may be necessary.

Please go here for more information on what services are currently available.

Email us at, or call 508-238-2000.

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 Tue, 08/11/2020 - 10:30am by jblock
Throughout the summer, we have discussed different areas of building early literacy knowledge for babies and toddlers, and we shared ideas of how you can do that.  Early Literacy activities consist...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids
Posted on Mon, 08/10/2020 - 10:30am by jblock
We are moving right along with our summer reading program, and a lot of you have been busy, busy readers! However, not many people have collected any beads yet, so we wanted to share a brief...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids
Posted on Fri, 08/07/2020 - 10:45am by jblock
Some public athletic facilities are open for limited play – how about mixing up your routine a little with some basketball? It’s OK if you think you’re the worst b-ball players ever (sorry, but my...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids
Posted on Tue, 08/04/2020 - 10:30am by jblock
When it comes to encouraging literacy skills, outdoor play is just as important for babies and little ones as indoor book- and toy-based play. When we think “early literacy,” we think of books, and...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids
Posted on Mon, 08/03/2020 - 10:30am by jblock
Watch Rosalita’s Puppets presentation of a Sea Story on Zoom tonight, Monday, August 3, at 6:00 PM! In this puppet show, Miranda the mermaid saves a pirate! Rosalita’s Puppet show features beautiful...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids

Storytimes & Events

Thu, August 13
10:30am - 11:00am
Fri, August 14
11:00am - 12:00pm
Mon, August 17
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