Library Blog

Posted on Mon, June 03, 2024 - 10:57am
Hey readers! We’ve officially hit summer reading season! Whether you’re reading at the beach, on a plane, or just in your own backyard, be sure to join AFL’s summer reading program. We have programs for kids, teens, and adults with great incentives to keep you reading all summer long. And if you…
Category: Staff Picks
Tags: Adult Book Recommendations, Book Recommendations, 2024 Reading Challenge
Posted on Wed, May 01, 2024 - 12:29pm
Hey readers! Sometimes a story can’t be told with words alone. Use this month’s challenge to explore stories told through words and images! May’s challenge is: A graphic novel New to this challenge hosted by Mass Center for the Book? You can learn more about the challenge from our introductory…
Category: Staff Picks
Tags: Book Recommendations, Adult Book Recommendations, 2024 Reading Challenge
Posted on Mon, April 01, 2024 - 11:24am
Hey readers! Spring is in the air and so are the proverbial April showers. Celebrate the new season and Earth Day with this month’s challenge theme. April’s challenge is: A book about nature, the environment, or climate change New to this challenge hosted by Mass Center for the Book? You can…
Category: Staff Picks
Tags: Book Recommendations, Adult Book Recommendations, 2024 Reading Challenge
Posted on Fri, March 01, 2024 - 01:34pm
Hey readers! As we get ready to turn the clocks ahead and count down the final days to spring, it’s time to kick off a new month in the Mass Center for the Book Reading Challenge. March’s challenge is: A book whose protagonist has a different culture or lifestyle from you New to the challenge?…
Category: Staff Picks
Tags: 2024 Reading Challenge, Book Recommendations, Adult Book Recommendations
Posted on Thu, February 01, 2024 - 05:09pm
Hey readers! Feeling blue about the winter weather? The grass may be greener (or at least not covered in a layer of white) in warmer climates, but the yellow, pink, and purple of spring flowers is right around the corner. Keep all those colorful thoughts in mind for this month’s Mass Center for…
Category: Staff Picks
Tags: 2024 Reading Challenge, Book Recommendations, Adult Book Recommendations
Posted on Wed, January 03, 2024 - 12:34pm
Hey readers! We hope you’re as excited to join the 2024 Reading Challenge as we are. You can learn more about the challenge from our previous blog post or the challenge website. Each month, we’ll be sharing some suggested titles on our blog, social media channels, and in displays at the library.…
Category: Staff Picks
Tags: Book Recommendations, Adult Book Recommendations, 2024 Reading Challenge
Posted on Thu, December 28, 2023 - 05:09pm
The Ames Free Library is excited to be a reading partner for the 2024 Reading Challenge hosted by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. This 12 month, 12 book challenge features a different prompt for every month of the year. Participating is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Choose a book that fits the…
Category: Staff Picks
Tags: Book Recommendations, Adult Book Recommendations, 2024 Reading Challenge
Posted on Sun, September 18, 2022 - 08:00pm
What is NaNoWriMo? An Introduction  Who, me, you say? Write a book? (NaNoWrimo-no!) You can probably come up with several reasons why you don’t want to spend the month of November writing a novel. So why do it? Participating in NaNoWriMo is an excellent way to develop discipline as a writer, an…
Category: Staff Picks
Tags: Book Recommendations, Adult Book Recommendations, National Novel Writing Month
Posted on Sun, August 21, 2022 - 08:00pm
Things have been busy since my last post! We made it through two heat waves and the library has been in full swing with all of our summer events and the summer reading program. If you’re reading this before August 27, there’s still time to log your reading and earn points to spend on raffle tickets…
Category: Staff Picks
Tags: Book Recommendations, Adult Book Recommendations, Librarian's Lounge
Posted on Sun, August 07, 2022 - 08:00pm
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 suggest something you've loved to your neighbors, fill out our Your Neighbors Recommend form! The…
Category: Staff Picks
Tags: Book Recommendations, Adult Book Recommendations
Posted on Sun, July 10, 2022 - 08:00pm
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 suggest something you've loved to your neighbors, fill out our Your Neighbors Recommend form! The…
Category: Staff Picks
Tags: Book Recommendations, Adult Book Recommendations
Posted on Sun, June 12, 2022 - 08:00pm
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 suggest something you've loved to your neighbors, fill out our Your Neighbors Recommend form!…
Category: Staff Picks
Tags: Book Recommendations, Adult Book Recommendations
Posted on Tue, June 07, 2022 - 08:00pm
Summer is in the air! Truth be told, I’ve had summer on the brain for what feels like months now, because we’re officially just weeks away from the kickoff of our 2022 Summer Reading Program! The fun starts on Wednesday, June 22nd. As always, we have programs for kids, teens, and adults. When you…
Category: Staff Picks
Tags: Book Recommendations, Adult Book Recommendations, Librarian's Lounge
Posted on Sun, May 08, 2022 - 08:00pm
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 suggest something you've loved to your neighbors, fill out our Your Neighbors Recommend form! The…
Category: Staff Picks
Tags: Book Recommendations, Adult Book Recommendations
Posted on Sun, April 10, 2022 - 08:00pm
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 suggest something you've loved to your neighbors, fill out our Your Neighbors Recommend form!…
Category: Staff Picks
Tags: Book Recommendations, Adult Book Recommendations
Posted on Mon, April 04, 2022 - 08:00pm
Happy April! As I write this I’m wrapping up a busy shift at the Reference Desk where I’ve seen a mix of new and familiar faces come by throughout the day. Anyone who thinks libraries aren’t lively places clearly hasn’t been to AFL recently! This month I’m introducing a new feature to the Librarian…
Category: Staff Picks
Tags: Book Recommendations, Adult Book Recommendations, Librarian's Lounge
Posted on Mon, March 28, 2022 - 08:00pm
Are you a bibliophile or perhaps even a bibliomaniac? If you are reading this, then chances are good that you love a good book. My name is Kim and I absolutely love the fact that on most days, working at the circulation desk, I am surrounded by books. Do you love playing word games? What’s your…
Category: Staff Picks
Tags: Book Recommendations, Adult Book Recommendations
Posted on Fri, March 25, 2022 - 08:00pm
To celebrate National Poetry Month this April, the Ames Free Library is cordially inviting you to participate in #PoemsBeforePhones! #PoemsBeforePhones is a daily practice that encourages you to begin your day with a poem rather than doom-scrolling through social media. If you’re interested in…
Category: Staff Picks
Tags: Book Recommendations, Adult Book Recommendations, Teen Book Recommendations
Posted on Fri, March 18, 2022 - 08:00pm
It’s almost spring! Although I’m not usually one to wish the days away, I’m ready for weather that’s warm enough to sit outside and enjoy some time reading in the sunshine and fresh air. Until then I’ll employ a little technological wizardry to imagine myself reading by the sea or with the…
Category: Staff Picks
Tags: Book Recommendations, Adult Book Recommendations, Librarian's Lounge
Posted on Sun, March 13, 2022 - 08:00pm
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 suggest something you've loved to your neighbors, fill out our Your Neighbors Recommend form! The…
Category: Staff Picks
Tags: Book Recommendations, Adult Book Recommendations
Posted on Sun, February 13, 2022 - 07:00pm
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 suggest something you've loved to your neighbors, fill out our Your Neighbors Recommend form!…
Category: Staff Picks
Tags: Book Recommendations, Adult Book Recommendations
Posted on Mon, February 07, 2022 - 07:00pm
I began my last post talking about the snowstorm that was heading our way. That storm turned out to be just an appetizer for the one that dumped over two feet of snow on the area just before we turned the calendars to February. If you don’t mind venturing out in the snow and ice (and it’s safe for…
Category: Staff Picks
Tags: Book Recommendations, Adult Book Recommendations, Librarian's Lounge
Posted on Sun, January 09, 2022 - 07:00pm
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 suggest something you've loved to your neighbors, fill out our Your Neighbors Recommend form! A…
Category: Staff Picks
Tags: Book Recommendations, Adult Book Recommendations
Posted on Mon, December 20, 2021 - 07:00pm
Take a look at these sparkling standouts! Click to link below to learn about some of the best books AFL staff read in 2021. Click on any book cover and get directed to the AFL catalog to learn more or place a hold.  AFL 2021 Staff Favorites
Category: Staff Picks
Tags: Book Recommendations, Adult Book Recommendations, Teen Book Recommendations
Posted on Sun, December 12, 2021 - 07:00pm
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 suggest something you've loved to your neighbors, fill out our Your Neighbors Recommend form! A…
Category: Staff Picks
Tags: Book Recommendations, Adult Book Recommendations