Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"

LIBRARY CLOSED TO PUBLIC & STAFF THROUGH MAY 4, 2020 - Please check back for updates

 

The Town of Easton and Easton Select Board have declared a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, March 23, the Governor of Massachusetts issued an order for non-essential businesses to close their physical buildings to workers and the public, while encouraging those businesses to operate remotely. Given that proactive flattening of the contagion will serve Easton in the long run:

 

  • The Ames Free Library and Queset House will be closed to the public and to staff through May 4, 2020.
  • All public programming and private group meetings at the Library and Queset House are suspended until further notice.
  • "Holds pickup" window is now closed, based on the direct recommendation of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).
  • Please do not return any materials while the Library remains closed.  Library items will not be due until June 4. There will be no late fines accruing during the period the Library remains closed.
  • As always, a range of online resources are available here on the website, 24/7, including our online reference services and brand-new, online Storytimes!  You may also register for a library card online. Library staff are continuing to work hard on increasing innovative online programs, so keep checking back for updates.

Websites for Kids

The following websites were designed with kids in mind, helping parents to navigate the (often tricky) waters of media, digital literacy, and age-appropriate materials.

 

Children

Find award-winning picture books.

Common Sense Media is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. It helps families make smart media choices using the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music. Their Parent Concerns and Parent Blog help families understand and navigate the problems and possibilities of raising children in the digital age.

For families of children with special health needs, chronic illness, or disability. This resource offers a directory of Early Intervention programs, as well as information on services and community resources. It also provides emotional support through a parent-to-parent matching program.  Family TIES is a project of the Federation for Children with Special Needs, funded by and in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition, Division for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs.

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

The goal of the International Children's Digital Library (ICDL) Foundation is to build a collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world.  Ultimately, the Foundation aspires to have every culture and language represented so that every child can know and appreciate the riches of children's literature from the world community.

The purpose of kids-in-mind.com is to provide parents and other adults with objective and complete information about a film's content so that they can decide, based on their own value system, whether they should watch a movie with or without their kids.

Created by the Association for Library Service for Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association. The Notable Children’s Digital Media list includes real-time, dynamic, and interactive media content for children 14 years of age and younger that enables and encourages active engagement and social interaction while informing, educating, and entertaining in exemplary ways. 

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.

Teens

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

Apply for financial aid through the U.S. Department of Education, and get help preparing for college, and managing and repaying your student loans.

Practice the SAT for free.

YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) has launched its new Teen Book Finder, a free database and app that can access nearly 4,000 titles. The app is Android and iOS compatible and features: the ability to search for books by author, title, award/list year, genre, by award, and by book list; a "Find It!" button, powered by the OCLC WorldCat Search API, that will show users where to find the book in a nearby library; a "Favorites" button, to create an individualized booklist; and the ability to share books from the Teen Book Finder on Twitter and Facebook.