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!

All Upcoming Events Events

Monday, October 26 to Saturday, October 31
10:00am - 5:00pm
Thank you for getting creative and submitting your photos of your 2020 Halloween costumes, home decor, and pumpkins between October 1 - October 25!  Now, from OCTOBER 26 - OCTOBER 31, the community can vote for their favorites! Winners in each category will receive a gift card to a... Read more
Monday, October 26 to Saturday, October 31
10:00am - 5:00pm
Thank you for getting creative and submitting your photos of your 2020 Halloween costumes, home decor, and pumpkins between October 1 - October 25!  Now, from OCTOBER 26 - OCTOBER 31, the community can vote for their favorites! Winners in each category will receive a gift card to a... Read more
Monday, October 26 to Saturday, October 31
10:00am - 5:00pm
Thank you for getting creative and submitting your photos of your 2020 Halloween costumes, home decor, and pumpkins between October 1 - October 25!  Now, from OCTOBER 26 - OCTOBER 31, the community can vote for their favorites! Winners in each category will receive a gift card to a... Read more
Monday, October 26 to Saturday, October 31
10:00am - 5:00pm
Thank you for getting creative and submitting your photos of your 2020 Halloween costumes, home decor, and pumpkins between October 1 - October 25!  Now, from OCTOBER 26 - OCTOBER 31, the community can vote for their favorites! Winners in each category will receive a gift card to a... Read more
Monday, October 26
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Need inspiration? Looking for a friendly community of writers? Join the Ames Free Library Zoom Writing Group, moderated by Beverly Post, and spark your creative energies. The group is free and open to everyone over the age of 18. We meet on Zoom the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, 3 - 4:... Read more
Thursday, October 29
3:00pm - 4:00pm
A Best Book of the Year: Kirkus, Library Journal, New York Times Book Review A Book of the Month Club selection | An Indie Next Pick FROM THE CREATOR OF THE HIT TELEVISION SHOW THE KILLING, “a full-throttle thriller in the tradition of classic Stieg Larsson” (A.J. Finn)—SOON TO BE... Read more
Friday, October 30
10:00am - 11:00am
Starting Friday, October 2, 2020, tune in for Miss Alyisha's gently creepy Fall storytimes! These storytimes are perfect for preschool and early elementary-aged children. Each week in October, you'll hear about ghosts, mummies, and more!... Read more
Friday, October 30
10:00am - 11:00am
Starting Friday, October 2, 2020, tune in for Miss Alyisha's gently creepy Fall storytimes! These storytimes are perfect for preschool and early elementary-aged children. Each week in October, you'll hear about ghosts, mummies, and more!... Read more
Friday, October 30
10:00am - 11:00am
Starting Friday, October 2, 2020, tune in for Miss Alyisha's gently creepy Fall storytimes! These storytimes are perfect for preschool and early elementary-aged children. Each week in October, you'll hear about ghosts, mummies, and more!... Read more
Tuesday, November 03
10:30am - 11:00am
Wiggle Worms is back - live! Best for mobile toddlers, Wiggle Worms features songs, rhymes, and a story or two to keep little ones engaged. We'll be able to interact and sing together in these Zoom sessions, so tune in at 10:30 a.m. to join in with Miss Jess! Join Zoom Meeting... Read more
Tuesday, November 03
10:30am - 11:00am
Wiggle Worms is back - live! Best for mobile toddlers, Wiggle Worms features songs, rhymes, and a story or two to keep little ones engaged. We'll be able to interact and sing together in these Zoom sessions, so tune in at 10:30 a.m. to join in with Miss Jess! Join Zoom Meeting... Read more
Wednesday, November 04
10:30am - 11:00am
We're back, babies! Babytime is storytime for littles - and their grownups. Best for infants and prewalkers, Babytime is full of songs, rhymes, and lap games - and maybe a short book - to fire up those babies' brains! Sessions are live at 10:30 a.m., so you can sing along with Miss Jess and learn... Read more
Wednesday, November 04
10:30am - 11:00am
We're back, babies! Babytime is storytime for littles - and their grownups. Best for infants and prewalkers, Babytime is full of songs, rhymes, and lap games - and maybe a short book - to fire up those babies' brains! Sessions are live at 10:30 a.m., so you can sing along with Miss Jess and learn... Read more
Thursday, November 05
10:30am - 11:00am
Fun for all ages is now LIVE at Family Storytime! Zoom in for a storytime perfect for preschoolers, but fun for the whole family. You'll learn favorite songs & rhymes, in addition to hearing fresh stories each week, and because we're LIVE you'll be able to interact with Miss Jess during these... Read more
Thursday, November 05
10:30am - 11:00am
Fun for all ages is now LIVE at Family Storytime! Zoom in for a storytime perfect for preschoolers, but fun for the whole family. You'll learn favorite songs & rhymes, in addition to hearing fresh stories each week, and because we're LIVE you'll be able to interact with Miss Jess during these... Read more
Monday, November 09
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Need inspiration? Looking for a friendly community of writers? Join the Ames Free Library Zoom Writing Group, moderated by Beverly Post, and spark your creative energies.  The group is free and open to everyone over the age of 18. We meet on Zoom the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, 3 - 4:... Read more
Tuesday, November 10
10:30am - 11:00am
Wiggle Worms is back - live! Best for mobile toddlers, Wiggle Worms features songs, rhymes, and a story or two to keep little ones engaged. We'll be able to interact and sing together in these Zoom sessions, so tune in at 10:30 a.m. to join in with Miss Jess! Join Zoom Meeting... Read more
Tuesday, November 10
10:30am - 11:00am
Wiggle Worms is back - live! Best for mobile toddlers, Wiggle Worms features songs, rhymes, and a story or two to keep little ones engaged. We'll be able to interact and sing together in these Zoom sessions, so tune in at 10:30 a.m. to join in with Miss Jess! Join Zoom Meeting... Read more
Wednesday, November 11
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed in observance of Veterans Day.
Wednesday, November 11
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed in observance of Veterans Day.
Wednesday, November 11
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed in observance of Veterans Day.
Wednesday, November 11
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed in observance of Veterans Day.
Thursday, November 12
10:30am - 11:00am
Fun for all ages is now LIVE at Family Storytime! Zoom in for a storytime perfect for preschoolers, but fun for the whole family. You'll learn favorite songs & rhymes, in addition to hearing fresh stories each week, and because we're LIVE you'll be able to interact with Miss Jess during these... Read more
Thursday, November 12
10:30am - 11:00am
Fun for all ages is now LIVE at Family Storytime! Zoom in for a storytime perfect for preschoolers, but fun for the whole family. You'll learn favorite songs & rhymes, in addition to hearing fresh stories each week, and because we're LIVE you'll be able to interact with Miss Jess during these... Read more
Thursday, November 12
6:30pm - 7:30pm
"Understanding someone who belongs to another species can be transformative. No one knows this better than author, naturalist, and adventurer Sy Montgomery. To research her books, Sy has traveled the world and encountered some of the planet’s rarest and most beautiful animals. From tarantulas to... Read more
Monday, November 16
1:30pm - 2:30pm
*This meeting of the AFL Book Club has been rescheduled due to the holiday the preceding week* "The bestselling author of A Man Called Ove returns with a dazzling, profound novel about a small town with a big dream—and the price required to make it come true.... Read more
Tuesday, November 17
10:30am - 11:00am
Wiggle Worms is back - live! Best for mobile toddlers, Wiggle Worms features songs, rhymes, and a story or two to keep little ones engaged. We'll be able to interact and sing together in these Zoom sessions, so tune in at 10:30 a.m. to join in with Miss Jess! Join Zoom Meeting... Read more
Tuesday, November 17
10:30am - 11:00am
Wiggle Worms is back - live! Best for mobile toddlers, Wiggle Worms features songs, rhymes, and a story or two to keep little ones engaged. We'll be able to interact and sing together in these Zoom sessions, so tune in at 10:30 a.m. to join in with Miss Jess! Join Zoom Meeting... Read more
Wednesday, November 18
10:30am - 11:00am
We're back, babies! Babytime is storytime for littles - and their grownups. Best for infants and prewalkers, Babytime is full of songs, rhymes, and lap games - and maybe a short book - to fire up those babies' brains! Sessions are live at 10:30 a.m., so you can sing along with Miss Jess and learn... Read more
Wednesday, November 18
10:30am - 11:00am
We're back, babies! Babytime is storytime for littles - and their grownups. Best for infants and prewalkers, Babytime is full of songs, rhymes, and lap games - and maybe a short book - to fire up those babies' brains! Sessions are live at 10:30 a.m., so you can sing along with Miss Jess and learn... Read more

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