Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"


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, or call 508-238-2000.
  • Check out our list of online programs here!

Let's Make Fidget Mats

What is a Fidget Mat?

It is a unique work of art whose purpose is to provide entertainment and to safely stimulate and/or calm persons with Dementia. We will use buttons, zippers, loops, laces, beads, toys and other bits & pieces to be sewn onto a lap-size piece of fabric, which will be quilted. By incorporating various fibers, textures and colors, the Fidget Mat becomes an individual treasure, which is reminiscent of a toddler’s “Busy Box."

Do you prefer to knit or crochet? If so, another project with the same purpose is the Twiddle Muff, which is created in a circular design, enhanced with the same charms as Fidget Mats, and worn as a sleeve.

Our Fidget Mats and Twiddle Muffs will be donated to memory units within area treatment centers.

Event Location: 
Queset House, 2nd Floor Conference Room