Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"

LIBRARY OPEN FOR HOLDS PICKUP, QUICK BROWSING, AND COMPUTER USE!

Current hours: Monday - Wednesday & Friday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

  • Visits are limited to a maximum of 45 minutes per person.
  • Total occupancy in the building is limited to 10 visitors at any given time, so short waits outside may be necessary.
  • Please go here for more information on what services are currently available.
  • Email us at info@amesfreelibrary.org, or call 508-238-2000.
  • Check out our list of online programs here!

Family Fun: Outdoor Activities

The clock is ticking, and regardless of what school looks like for you this year – the unofficial End of Summer (Labor Day weekend) is upon us! So whether you’re jumping into school right away, or still have a couple of weeks, now is the time to squeeze in that last-minute family fun! The weather’s cooperating a little better these days for outdoor activities, and it’s usually pretty easy to social distance while you’re outside. Here are a few ideas for these last days of summer.

  • Go fruit picking. Berries are done, peaches are past, but apples are just getting started!
  • Pack up a picnic lunch and take a walk. Explore some of our local natural gems, like Borderland State Park, NRT’s Sheep Pasture, or even the Governor Ames Estate. Bonus: bring a book to read aloud together while you picnic!
  • Take a bike ride! If you’re not comfortable with your kids on the neighborhood streets, check out the kid-friendly rail-trail bike path in Mansfield. Borderland is also a great place to explore on bikes, or if you’re up for a drive, check out the Cape Cod Canal path.
  • Do a nature scavenger hunt. Play “I Spy” style as you take a walk, or print out bingo sheets like this one ahead of time to look for specific things. (There are plenty of other sheets online too; you can find something for any age!)
  • Get a ball and just kick it around!
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