Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"

Selected Websites

Arts & Entertainment

Books & Reading

Read reviews and find out about upcoming books.

Patrons of the Perkins Library have access to a world of resources - from braille and audio books to accessible magazines and museum passes. Readers with visual impairment, blindness or physical disability are able to read independently in a format most comfortable to them.


View detailed information about what to consider when conducting business in different countries. 

Free business and mentoring and education resource.

Inc. Magazine's annual list of the top 5000 fastest growing private companies in America.

Learn about starting and managing a small business, search for loan and grant opportunities, find information about contracting, and more.

Career & Employment

Find helpful resources for career research, job searches, resumes, cover letters, and interviews.

Explore different types of careers, find job training, and search for your next job.  Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Information about how to protect yourself from job scammers.

Resources for job seekers and employers from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD).

Career information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Includes helpful tips, sample resumes and a sample cover letter.


Websites recommended by the American Library Association on Animals, The Arts, History and Biography, Literature & Languages, Mathematics and Computer, Reference Desk, Sciences, and Social Sciences.

Find award-winning picture books.

The Multnomah County Library Homework Center organizes thousands of carefully reviewed K-12 education and homework resources for students, teachers, media specialists, and librarians.

Annotated searchable directory of websites created for kids by librarians. Searchable by subject, reading level and degree of picture content.

General Reference sites for homework help and interesting information.

View PBS Kids videos, play games, and enter contests.

A comprehensive resource addressing many aspects of bullying.  Includes a "Get Help Now" button to provide quick assistance to victims.

Community Information

A program that helps victims of crime, and families of homicide victims with civil legal problems that may result from the crime..

On the Town of Easton, Massachusetts Website

Low income Massachusetts residents can create an account on the secure website, then log in and post their legal questions.  Volunteer lawyers answer the questions through the same website.  There is no charge to use this service. You can access the site from anywhere that you have internet access, including smart phones.  All information is confidential.

MARE finds "a permanent place to call home" for children in foster care, including sibling groups and children who are traditionally harder to place. We do this by recruiting and supporting families throughout the adoption process, while targeting recruitment efforts to find families for specific children. So far, MARE has helped over 6,300 children join their "forever families."

Homeless information for Massachusetts, including help hotlines, shelters, and other Massachusetts resources for homeless persons.


American Graphics Institute’s digital book collection provides access to books, video tutorials, and lesson files for self-paced learning of many popular design technology topics ranging from Adobe software applications, digital video editing tools, web design and coding skills, and office applications. The collection also includes training videos created by the authors as well as lesson files. More than one million of these books are in print, and Ames Free Library patrons can access current and past digital versions of these book titles while on the library's network. Access is limited to Ames Library patrons on the library’s network.


Learn about money management, using credit and loans, protecting personal identity, and avoiding financial scams.

Useful tips for evaluating the reliability of print and online information sources from the Purdue Online Writing Lab.

A free government site to report identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission, build a step-by-step personalized recovery plan, and put that plan into action.

The Simple Dollar's in-depth blog focuses on teaching financial literacy skills, along with lifelong personal finance strategies.

Cooking & Nutrition

Science-based, accessible information to help consumers make smart seafood choices.

Search for goverment information about food and nutrition.

Find recipes and how-to videos.

WIC is a free nutrition program that provides healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to healthcare and other services to Massachusetts families who qualify.

Information about food marketing, public policy, nutrition and childhood obesity.


Find information about adult & community learning services and the High School Equivalency Testing (HST) Program (formerly the GED).

"Find scholarships, other financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs, totaling nearly $6 billion."

Search for early education and child care programs near you.

Learn math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more on your own time.  

Search for local Head Start programs.

"This database contains more than 7,000 accredited post-secondary schools in the United States. Universities, colleges, community colleges, junior colleges, career schools and teaching hospitals are all represented. The schools are accredited by the 7 Regional Accrediting Organizations and 69 National, Professional and Specialized Accrediting Organizations."


The "Encyclopedia of American Politics" with nonpartisan entries from a professional staff of writers, editors and researchers.  

Read the Transcript of the Bill of Rights - The National Archives.

The Boston Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service (BBA LRS) is a public service provided by the Boston Bar Association. This website makes referrals to lawyers or other resources that specialize in the area of law related to your specific situation.

More than 223,000 hours of C-SPAN videos, including debates, speeches and rallies.  

Find registration deadlines, absentee voting guidelines, designated poling locations, information about U.S. elections, and other voting information from the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS).

Learn about the CIA's history, use the World Factbook to obtain up to date information about other countries, read declassified documents, and have fun in the Kids' Zone.

Includes histories of presidential debates, transcripts from some debates, and links to the C-SPAN video library for recent debate footage from the CPD, which is a nonpartisan corporation that organizes the presidential debates.  

Read the Transcript of the U.S. Constitution - The National Archives

The official website of the European Union.

"The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever. Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family’s history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching an historical topic that interests you."

Reputable statistics compiled by regions, states, and cities in the United States.

Unbiased information on elections, U.S. candidates and elected officials.  


This page provides links to several sites that contain advice for finding reliable health information on the Internet. Topics range from general advice to information about specific conditions and for specific groups.

The National Library of Medicine's guide to understanding genetic conditions.

American Academy of Pediatric's resource for parents and families.  Includes information about health, safety and development. 

We are excited to announce that the Healthy Easton community resource website is LIVE! This website is a hub for community resources related to physical activity and nutrition, as well as information for the Healthy Stops Initiative and upcoming Bike Share!

This is a community website, and we want you to be involved! Feel free to share resources or learn more about how to get involved at

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' database of common household products and their health effects.

Resources guides with information about DMH and other statewide services and programs.

Massachusetts' health insurance marketplace.

Research care options, find nursing facilities and learn about the care planning process.

Search for substance abuse services and find helpful resources.

The official U.S. government site for medicare.

Health information for patients and families from the U. S. National Library of Medicine.

Consumer health information from Merck.

Resources for older adults, professionals and advocates.

Patient education resources from the National Library of Medicine.  Also, includes the latest statistics, clinical trials, and journal articles from PubMed.

Resources to understand addiction, overdose, opioid drugs, treatment, and recovery.  Also, includes topic related searches of the biomedical journal literature.

Find substance abuse treatment facilities in the United States.


This site provides access to thousands of images, documents, and sound recordings that have been digitized by member institutions so that they may be available to researchers, students, and the general public.

Language & Writing

Pronunciations of over 2.5 million words, crowdsourced from native speakers.

Includes resources on resume writing, properly citing sources, avoiding plagiarism, basic letter writing and more. 

Math & Science

Movies & TV


Search for schools, learn about financial aid and start planning for college.

Practice the SAT for free.

U.S. Department of Education Office for Federal Student Aid.

American Library Association award winners and teen selected young adult books, graphic novels and audiobooks.