Ames Free Library

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Kids Events

Wednesday, December 08
10:30am - 11:00am
Babytime will meet inside the Queset House through the winter. Best for infants and prewalkers, Babytime is storytime for littles - and their grownups! This session is full of songs, rhymes, and lap games - and maybe a short book - to fire up those babies' brains. Babytime meets every Wednesday at... Read more
Thursday, December 09
10:00am - 8:00pm
We’re making community art! Swing by after your half day of school to find some good books - and be a part of our project! Help us create a snowflake sticker mosaic to hang in Youth Services for the winter. When you come into the Youth Services department, ask for a sticker strip, then add yours to... Read more
Thursday, December 09
10:30am - 11:00am
Family Storytime is perfect for preschoolers but fun for the whole family! This group will meet inside the Queset House through the winter. Learn (or re-learn!) favorite songs & rhymes and enjoy a few stories each week. This program meets every Thursday at 10:30 AM and runs for about 30 minutes... Read more
Friday, December 10
10:00am - 5:00pm
The Library will be closed all day on Friday, December 10 for our annual Staff Development Day. The Library will reopen for its regular hours the following day, Saturday, December 11 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday, December 13
10:00am - 8:00pm
Ever wanted a fantasy friend? Make your dreams come true with this paper hand puppet craft. You’ll get materials & instructions to make both the dragon and unicorn, or modify them to make two of your favorite creature. Craft kits will be available to pick up in the Children’s Room starting on... Read more
Monday, December 13
5:30pm - 7:30pm
All ages are invited to make festive holiday gnomes! Drop in for the whole time, or just part. We provide everything - all you need to do is cut and glue, no sewing needed.
Tuesday, December 14
10:30am - 11:00am
Wiggleworms will meet inside the Queset House through the winter. Best for mobile toddlers, Wiggleworms features songs, rhymes, and a story or two to keep little ones engaged. This program meets every Tuesday at 10:30 AM and runs for about 25 minutes. Siblings welcome. Bring your storytime kits!... Read more
Wednesday, December 15
10:30am - 11:00am
Babytime will meet inside the Queset House through the winter. Best for infants and prewalkers, Babytime is storytime for littles - and their grownups! This session is full of songs, rhymes, and lap games - and maybe a short book - to fire up those babies' brains. Babytime meets every Wednesday at... Read more
Thursday, December 16
10:30am - 11:00am
Family Storytime is perfect for preschoolers but fun for the whole family! This group will meet inside the Queset House through the winter. Learn (or re-learn!) favorite songs & rhymes and enjoy a few stories each week. This program meets every Thursday at 10:30 AM and runs for about 30 minutes... Read more
Saturday, December 18
1:00pm - 4:00pm
On Saturday, December 18th, spend the afternoon in Queset House making fun, winter crafts. You'll paint and bead and glue your way through the house making decorations, ornaments, and maybe even gifts for mom and dad. The crafts are intended for kids 6 and older. Please register... Read more
Tuesday, December 21
10:30am - 11:00am
Wiggleworms will meet inside the Queset House through the winter. Best for mobile toddlers, Wiggleworms features songs, rhymes, and a story or two to keep little ones engaged. This program meets every Tuesday at 10:30 AM and runs for about 25 minutes. Siblings welcome. Bring your storytime kits!... Read more
Wednesday, December 22
10:30am - 11:00am
Babytime will meet inside the Queset House through the winter. Best for infants and prewalkers, Babytime is storytime for littles - and their grownups! This session is full of songs, rhymes, and lap games - and maybe a short book - to fire up those babies' brains. Babytime meets every Wednesday at... Read more
Thursday, December 23
10:30am - 11:00am
Family Storytime is perfect for preschoolers but fun for the whole family! This group will meet inside the Queset House through the winter. Learn (or re-learn!) favorite songs & rhymes and enjoy a few stories each week. This program meets every Thursday at 10:30 AM and runs for about 30 minutes... Read more
Friday, December 24 to Saturday, December 25
10:00am - 5:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed Friday, December 24th and Saturday, December 25th in observance of Christmas.
Monday, December 27
1:30pm - 2:00pm
Pop in on Zoom for some book recommendations! Youth Services librarians will share a few new or popular items from the Youth collection at the library. Come prepared to tell us about a book or series that you have enjoyed. You’ll tell us the title & author, and then a few things you liked about... Read more
Monday, December 27
2:00pm - 2:30pm
Pop in on Zoom for some book recommendations! Youth Services librarians will share a few new or popular items from the Youth collection at the library. Come prepared to tell us about a book or series that you have enjoyed. You’ll tell us the title & author, and then a few things you liked about... Read more
Tuesday, December 28
11:00am - 12:00pm
Try your hand at painting with Ms. Sandy Churchill! She’ll walk you through creating your own winter landscape. All materials provided. Remember to dress for a mess! Registration is required and will open on Tuesday, December 14. Space is limited!  Open to all students in Kindergarten through 6th... Read more
Wednesday, December 29
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Some of us look forward to snow more than others… but don’t worry, this program is “SNOW” problem for anyone! At the Snow STEM event, we’ll read about Snowflake Bentley, make snowflake art, observe crystals, and do a snowball toss! Space is limited and registration is required. Registration will... Read more
Thursday, December 30
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Beat the winter blues with a rousing game of BINGO! The squares on your BINGO card will be filled with book titles; as we call out squares, we’ll also tell you a little about that book! BINGO winners will receive a Book Buck or a hot chocolate packet (to make at home) - everyone will leave with... Read more
Friday, December 31 to Saturday, January 01
10:00am - 5:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed Friday, December 31, 2021 and Saturday, January 1, 2022 in celebration of the new year!
Saturday, January 08
11:00am - 12:00pm
Mothers and their little ones are invited to a reading of Said the New Mom by Emily Malaquis, on Saturday, January 8th at 11 am. Emily is a health and wellness professional, who after having her first daughter earlier this year, had the opportunity to experience motherhood... Read more
Wednesday, January 26
3:30pm - 4:30pm
The MCBA book club is for students in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade. We are reading through books that have been nominated for the Massachusetts Children's Book Award. It's not too late to join the book club - or read enough books to... Read more
Wednesday, February 23
3:30pm - 4:30pm
The MCBA book club is for students in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade. We are reading through books that have been nominated for the Massachusetts Children's Book Award. It's not too late to join the book club - or read enough books to... Read more
Wednesday, March 23
3:30pm - 4:30pm
The MCBA book club is for students in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade. We are reading through books that have been nominated for the Massachusetts Children's Book Award. It's not too late to join the book club - or read enough books to... Read more
Monday, September 05
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed in observance of Labor Day.
Monday, October 10
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed for Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples' Day.
Friday, November 11
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed in observance of Veterans Day.
Wednesday, November 23
10:00am - 5:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closing at 5:00 p.m. to allow certain turkeys to receive their last meal.
Thursday, November 24
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving.
Saturday, December 24
10:00am - 1:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closing at 1:00 p.m. in observance of Christmas.

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