Ames Free Library

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Ames Free Library will be closed on Saturday, January 29 due to inclement weather. We will reopen on Monday, January 31, for our normal hours (10 a.m. - 8 p.m.).

Library Blog

Friday, January 28
When the leaves fell off this young tree, they left large heart-shaped leaf scars with buds nestled above them.  These scars and buds offer clues to a leafless tree’s identity, as do those little...
Wednesday, January 26
Now that we're a couple of months into winter storytimes, we are really getting into our routines! We're still looking ahead to lovely weather and to moving back outside, but in the meantime, please...
Friday, January 21
Winter is a great time to learn how to recognize trees, now that all those leaves are out of the way!  Bark, buds, and the tree's shape offer helpful clues. Why not try your hand at tree...
Friday, January 14
If you are familiar with poison ivy, you probably think of it when it is green and leafy as in this photo from Queset Garden:   Young Poison Ivy Plant, June 25, 2020   This is to be expected since...
Monday, January 10
There's nothing better than working together! Last month, we put out a huge sticker mosaic in Youth Services for everyone to work on. It took up our entire central work table, and everyone who came...
Monday, January 10
Ever been curious what your neighbors are reading or watching? Here are just some of their suggestions! As we receive more recommendations, we'll post them here on the AFL Blog. If you would like to...
Friday, January 07
As I’m writing this, the first big snowstorm of the season is heading our way. I’d be lying if I said I wasn't looking forward to it. After all, a snowstorm is a perfect excuse to curl up with a cup...
Friday, January 07
If you close your eyes and picture evergreens, I suspect that your mind’s eye will recall something like this...     ...pyramidal trees with needles.  The dwarf Alberta spruce that was highlighted...
Friday, December 31
Do you like hot cocoa, snuggly kittens, new friends, and dragonfruit? OF COURSE you do! How about frozen boogers, being told "no", stinky ghost burps, and even stinkier durian fruit?  Maybe not so...
Thursday, December 30
Houseguests are commonplace during the holiday season – at least they were prior to the coronavirus.  While most guests receive invitations, a few unexpected visitors may take up residence in your...

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