Library Blog

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 Wed, September 21, 2022 - 08:00pm
Fall may be announcing itself with a dreary deluge, but all this rain can’t dampen my spirits. This month I get to share a special summer reading wrap-up edition of the Librarian’s Lounge with you! Keep reading for highlights from this year’s summer reading program, including a list of books that…
Category: Staff Picks
Tags: Book Recommendations, Librarian's Lounge
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 Tue, June 28, 2022 - 08:00pm
I have a complicated relationship with JK Growling – not with the bear herself, of course (she’s my BFF!), but with her name. First, a bit of history: When I began working at the Ames Free Library, back in the Fall of 2019, I found a slightly mangy, decidedly grumpy, and hugely adorable bear…
Category: Youth Services, Kids
Tags: Book Recommendations, Kids Book Recommendations
Posted on Thu, June 16, 2022 - 08:00pm
This Summer, families can "Read Beyond the Beaten Path" and play Nature Bingo! We have five themed bingo cards waiting for you in the Children's Room: Flora, Fauna, Sky, Water, and Rainbow. You can check off at least one square on each card by reading a book from the list on the back of your bingo…
Category: Youth Services, Kids
Tags: Book Recommendations, Kids Book Recommendations, Summer Reading, Kids Summer Reading
Posted on Thu, June 16, 2022 - 08:00pm
This Summer, families can "Read Beyond the Beaten Path" and play Nature Bingo! We have five themed bingo cards waiting for you in the Children's Room: Flora, Fauna, Sky, Water, and Rainbow. You can check off at least one square on each card by reading a book from the list on the back of your bingo…
Category: Youth Services, Kids
Tags: Book Recommendations, Kids Book Recommendations, Summer Reading, Kids Summer Reading
Posted on Thu, June 16, 2022 - 08:00pm
This Summer, families can "Read Beyond the Beaten Path" and play Nature Bingo! We have five themed bingo cards waiting for you in the Children's Room: Flora, Fauna, Sky, Water, and Rainbow. You can check off at least one square on each card by reading a book from the list on the back of your bingo…
Category: Youth Services, Kids
Tags: Book Recommendations, Kids Book Recommendations, Summer Reading, Kids Summer Reading
Posted on Thu, June 16, 2022 - 08:00pm
This Summer, families can "Read Beyond the Beaten Path" and play Nature Bingo! We have five themed bingo cards waiting for you in the Children's Room: Flora, Fauna, Sky, Water, and Rainbow. You can check off at least one square on each card by reading a book from the list on the back of your bingo…
Category: Youth Services, Kids
Tags: Book Recommendations, Kids Book Recommendations, Summer Reading, Kids Summer Reading
Posted on Thu, June 16, 2022 - 08:00pm
This Summer, families can "Read Beyond the Beaten Path" and play Nature Bingo! We have five themed bingo cards waiting for you in the Children's Room: Flora, Fauna, Sky, Water, and Rainbow. You can check off at least one square on each card by reading a book from the list on the back of your bingo…
Category: Youth Services, Kids
Tags: Book Recommendations, Kids Book Recommendations, Summer Reading, Kids Summer Reading
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 Wed, April 27, 2022 - 08:00pm
From the aesthetically pleasing, to the historical, to the mundane, to the downright ridiculous, many of us are obsessed with picture taking. Why do I have 10,000 photos of the same sunrise?  Do I really need to share what I had for breakfast with the whole world? And is anyone’s life enriched by…
Category: Staff Picks
Tags: Book Recommendations
Posted on Wed, April 20, 2022 - 08:00pm
Are you interested in learning more about sustainable living or climate change? The Ames Free Library has resources for all ages! Take few minutes to browse this virtual room created by staff member California Muratore to learn more.
Category: Staff Picks
Tags: 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 Mon, March 21, 2022 - 08:00pm
Hello – and Happy Spring!  I’m Alyisha, the Youth Services Specialist at the Ames Free Library. Though I’m most often found in the Children’s Room, surrounded by glitter, googly eyes, and Mo Willems books, my literary interests are (perhaps surprisingly) diverse and far-flung. I can recommend the…
Category: Staff Picks
Tags: Book Recommendations