Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"
The Queset House driveway will be closed to all traffic from Friday 5/18/18 through Thursday, 5/24/18, while it is being paved. Visitors may park in the Main Library parking lot. Additional public parking is available just up the street, next to the Rockery, and behind the Children’s Museum.

May's Featured Artist at the AFL

On the Wall: Eric Lothrop.

Eric is a Boston based photographer who grew up in Easton, Massachusetts. He migrated west to Los Angeles in 1990. Southern California certainly was a far cry from Main Street U.S.A. He returned to Easton a short time ago and has been causing a stir with his beautiful and unusual works of art. “A photographic journey of two cities began in 2012, from the east coast to the west coast, with a few stops in between to connect the dots. The skylines and landscapes depicted are in a headspace like the one where you think you’re moving but you’re’s what’s outside of you that’s moving. Eric captures the darkness of Saturday night and wakes early (or stays awake) to capture the light of Sunday morning. The same objects or places can look and feel so diverse in the twilight of night or the dawning of morning than they do at other times, and these are the moments he seems to seize with style and grace.”


In the Glass Case & Around the Building: Celebrating 135 years of the Ames Free Library

During the Spring of 2018 we are continuing to celebrate the 135th Anniversary of the opening of the Ames Free Library.  The erudite and foresighted founders of our library would surely be amazed (but we hope pleased and proud) to see our 21stcentury library of today!

When you visit the library during May, please notice the Timeline of 35 Events highlighting some of the changes, achievements, and the people behind them, at the AFL during the past 135 years.  Also displayed, throughout the Main Library, Queset House and Queset Garden are 35 Items of significance from the history of the library.

Some of these events and items are of real historical importance.  Some are just nostalgic or anecdotal, but they combine to help illustrate the continuing story of the AFL, still growing and evolving in 2018.

Donna Richman,
President, Board of Directors
Ames Free Library


Artists’ works are brought to you by the Artist on Display Program sponsored by the Easton Shovel Town Cultural District.


Learn more about previous artists that have displayed at the Ames Free Library HERE