Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"

The Ames Free Library will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

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  • The Kidd Brothers bring you raucous acoustic music, inspired by bluegrass, Americana, folk, and rock & roll (with a little smattering of Irish music every once in a while)...
  • The Ames Free Library is pleased to announce that on July 13th, a new sculpture will be installed on the library's campus. Sculptor Phoebe Knapp, of Billings Montana, created '...
  • The Ames Free Library will be closed in observance of Independence Day.
  • Enjoy an evening of swinging jazz, sultry tango and cabaret instrumentation performed by this diverse musical ensemble. This event is for all ages, bring a picnic if you`d like...
  • Summer Reading 2022 will be kicking off SOON! This summer, Read Beyond the Beaten Path with AFL. There are reading programs for all ages, with beads for the kids and raffle...
  • Help support the library while you shop! For the entire month of July, Ames Free Library will receive a $1 donation from each purchase of a $2.50 'Give Back Where It Counts'...

What's Happening

Thu, Jun 30
3:00pm - 4:00pm
“Finlay Donovan is killing it . . . except, she's really not. She's a stressed-out single-mom of two and struggling... Read More
Fri, Jul 01
11:00am - 12:00pm
Have you always wanted to research your family tree? Did you have your DNA tested and want help understanding the... Read More
Sat, Jul 02
1:00pm - 5:00pm
The Friends of the Ames Free Library is a nonprofit organization integral to promoting and supporting Library... Read More
Tue, Jul 05
1:00pm - 2:30pm
We are a group of fiber enthusiasts of all abilities who meet every Tuesday afternoon. Come when you can and with... Read More
Wed, Jul 06
10:30am - 11:30am
Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system benefiting the body and mind, similar to Tai Chi. It integrates slow... Read More
Wed, Jul 06
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Learn basic photography with award winning photographer Eric Lothrop.   Put down that iPhone and shoot like a pro.... Read More
Thu, Jun 30
10:30am - 11:00am
This Summer, Family Storytime will meet outside in the Queset Garden. No registration is required and all families are... Read More
Thu, Jun 30
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Since Mr. Wayne's original performance was rained out, we've rescheduled a special show for today (Thursday, 6/30)! Our... Read More
Tue, Jul 05
10:30am - 11:00am
This Summer, Wiggleworms will meet outside in the Queset Garden. No registration is required and all families are... Read More
Tue, Jul 05
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Messy Masterpieces is a time to make something beautiful…and get a little dirty! Register for a 4-week session, dress... Read More
Wed, Jul 06
10:30am - 11:00am
This Summer, Babytime will meet outside in the Queset Garden. No registration is required and all families are welcome... Read More
Wed, Jul 06
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lego your boredom and come to the coolest block party in town! Each weekly meeting will begin with a frenzied quick-... Read More
Thu, Jun 30
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Color Me Calm is a weekly opportunity for teens to wind down and chill. It's all about art, ambient music, and good... Read More
Wed, Jul 06
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Learn basic photography with award winning photographer Eric Lothrop.   Put down that iPhone and shoot like a pro.... Read More
Thu, Jul 07
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Color Me Calm is a weekly opportunity for teens to wind down and chill. It's all about art, ambient music, and good... Read More
Thu, Jul 07
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Coming soon…from Off the Beaten Path Productions: Teen Summer Movie Nights at the Ames Free Library! We’re offering a... Read More
Thu, Jul 07
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Join the Queset House board games club and be board out of your mind! Roll dice, draw cards, take damage, and... Read More
Thu, Jul 07
6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library is delighted to present a writing workshop with our 2022 Author-in-Residence, Joseph Davis! Mr.... Read More
Thu, Jun 30
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Since Mr. Wayne's original performance was rained out, we've rescheduled a special show for today (Thursday, 6/30)! Our... Read More
Mon, Jul 04
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed in observance of Independence Day.
Wed, Jul 06
6:30pm - 8:00pm
The Kidd Brothers bring you raucous acoustic music, inspired by bluegrass, Americana, folk, and rock & roll (with a... Read More
Thu, Jul 07
6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library is delighted to present a writing workshop with our 2022 Author-in-Residence, Joseph Davis! Mr.... Read More
Mon, Jul 11
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Calling all animal lovers! Animal Adventures, a Family Zoo and Rescue Center, will be bringing live animals for... Read More
Tue, Jul 12
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Welcome to the Queset House for an evening with The Ames Free Library's 2022 Author-in-Residence, Joseph Davis! Mr.... Read More
Thursday, June 30
Have you signed up for summer reading yet? We’re just over a week into our program, so there’s still plenty of time to join in the fun! Kids can earn beads and teens and adults can earn raffle...
Wednesday, June 29
I have a complicated relationship with JK Growling – not with the bear herself, of course (she’s my BFF!), but with her name. First, a bit of history: When I began working at the Ames Free Library,...
Friday, June 24
    If you brought home seeds from the library this spring -- and planted them -- now's the time to report your rate of germination. The "Sprouting Report" has three easy questions, and one of them...
Tuesday, June 21
 Most visitors to the Ames Free Library know and love Queset Garden’s reflecting pool which is a lovely spot to visit in all seasons.      Reflecting Pool at Queset Garden As we’ve previously noted...
Friday, June 17
This Summer, families can "Read Beyond the Beaten Path" and play Nature Bingo! We have five themed bingo cards waiting for you in the Children's Room: Flora, Fauna, Sky, Water, and Rainbow. You can...