Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"

Library Groups

*Please note that in-person Library meetings and activities are suspended until further notice due to the COVID-19 outbreak. For library service updates, please check our home page or subscribe to our weekly or monthly newsletters.*

The Ames Free Library is proud to be a collaborative resource and meeting space for a number of Library Groups that are free and open to all! Each group's members are drawn together by their passion for things like knitting, reading, genealogy and food. For your convenience, below is a list of our current groups and a description of each. This list, much like the library, is a living breathing thing, and as such will morph and change periodically. Feel free to check back again as it will update as changes are made.

Ames Free Library Groups:

Book Clubs

The Ames Free Library hosts several book clubs that meet regularly. For more information on when they meet and what they are scheduled to read next, go HERE.

BC Crafting Group*

We are a small group who meets informally each Tuesday to craft. Although originally beaders, we now work with different mediums and embrace any crafter interested in joining. We find things like color and design are not craft specific and most of us have interest in several areas.  If you are looking for input, inspiration, or just pleasant company, please bring a project and join us. 

Community Meditation*

Welcome to an open, peer-to-peer meditation sangha, where we will sit together for 30 minutes followed by a 30 minute tea where we can connect. Anyone with a meditation practice in any tradition is welcome, as well as people who are new and curious to try meditation in a low key, supportive environment. This groups meets on Friday mornings at Queset House.

Dancing for Fun*


It’s fun. It’s healthy. It’s social. It keeps your brain sharp. It improves your sense of balance. It does not need any fancy equipment. It is gentle on your body. And ANYONE CAN DO IT! Every second Wednesday of the month, spend an hour finding your groove, with Mary Lou Almeida as your guide. If you already have dance skills, share them with your neighbors. Singles and couples welcome. Dress comfortable. Free and open to all. Let’s dance! 

Easton Genealogy Club*

Stuck on a tough "puzzle" in your family tree? Join Ed Hands and the Easton Genealogy Club where you can use the Ames Free Library's resources to solve the riddle. The Easton Genealogy Club meets the 2nd Saturday of each month. To view current  & past Genealogy Club Newsletters, go HERE.

English for All

"English for All" is a class for immigrants who want to improve their English. During class time we practice speaking, pronunciation, listening, reading, vocabulary, and basic writing skills. We also learn about American geography and culture. Each class ends with a word game, so we have time to laugh and relax together. Students are encouraged to work outside of class on homework and books that the library provides and the instructor chooses based on the student's level and interests. After class is dismissed, the instructor stays to answer questions or review problem areas with individual students. Enrollment is limited; If you are interested, please contact Julie Un at 

Family Trees, Genealogy, & DNA Online

Have you always wanted to research your family tree? Did you have your DNA tested and want help understanding the results or how to use the DNA results in your family search? Would you like support from others who are also working on their genealogy? Get help understanding the basics of DNA and genealogy. Share helpful hints; find new resources; share successes and brick walls!

Join us on Zoom every Friday at 11 am for basic information, help and support from others who enjoy genealogy. Hosted by Chris Murphy Delano.

Knitting Group*

A group of fiber enthusiasts of all abilities who meet on the first and third Thursdays of the month. Sit, stitch, enjoy a snack (if you or someone else brings one) and great conversation! 

LEGO Club*

Come and join us on the 1st Saturday of the month from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm as we get creative having fun building with LEGO. Plenty of play space and LEGOs will be provided, just bring your imagination! No unattended child drop-offs are allowed. For all ages, free and open to all! 

Library Beaders*

Join the Library Beaders on the fourth Monday of each month as we explore the infinite variety of ways to assemble beads of every size, shape, and color. Bring a piece in progress or an idea for something you'd like to create. Our goal is to have fun while being inspired by fellow artisans, sharing tips, techniques, and resources.

Needleworker's Group*

Come spend a couple of hours every first and third Wednesday of the month with like minded stitchers and work on your current W. I. P. (work in progress). Be inspired by others' work and inspire others with yours. All skill levels are encouraged to join!

Tai Chi in the Garden with Vince*

Come join us on the last Saturday of every month (April through September) to practice and learn the 24 Posture Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan Form. Tai Chi is an excellent, low impact exercise to promote decreased stress and better health.  No previous experience required. 

TED Talk Thursdays*

Expand your horizons with TED Talk Thursdays on the 2nd Thursday of the month. TED Talks are recorded presentations that last 20 minutes or less on wide variety of topics including from science and technology to culture and arts. During each TED Talk Thursday, we will watch three TED talks on a common theme and discuss the talks.  

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

Are you between the ages of 12 and 18? Do you want to have a say in what happens at YOUR library? If you answered yes to these questions, please consider joining the AFL Teen Advisory Board! By joining the AFL Teen Advisory Board you can earn volunteer or community service hours, help plan events and programs at your library, help choose library materials like books, movies, and games; help promote library awareness, and eat snacks...lots and lots of snacks. The AFL Teen Advisory Board meets on Zoom the 3rd Wednesday of each month, 4 - 5 p.m., until further notice. 

Quilting Group*

The Ames Free Library Quilting Group meets on the second Monday and second Tuesday of every month. The general format will allow for ideas, inspiration and quilt chatter. 

Zentangle Group*

Zentangle is a relaxing drawing method utilizing structured patterns to create beautiful images. Participants are encouraged to teach one pattern to the rest of the group, but if you don't want to do this, and just want to learn new patterns or zentangle on your own in a group environment, that is fine. Please come join us anyway; no pressure, that's the zentangle way! During each meeting, on the third Tuesday of every other month, Debbie Adduci will teach one new pattern of this meditative and mindful drawing technique. All materials will be provided by the library. Free and open to all! 

Zoom Writing Group


The Zoom Writing Group is a friendly group of new and experienced adult writers, all genres. We meet twice a month (the 2nd and 4th) Mondays from 3-4:30 p.m. to discuss writing, read what we are working on, as well as give each other support and feedback. Each meeting we have a 15 minute free-write based on a prompt and a short discussion on some element of writing.

If you’re looking for a friendly group of writers to meet with regularly, come join us! Email Beverly at to find out how to join our next Zoom meeting.

 *Please note that in-person Library meetings and activities are suspended until further notice due to the COVID-19 outbreak. For library service updates, please check our home page or subscribe to our weekly or monthly newsletters.*