Ames Free Library

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Kids Events

Wednesday, July 06
10:30am - 11:00am
This Summer, Babytime will meet outside in the Queset Garden. No registration is required and all families are welcome! 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... Read more
Wednesday, July 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-build to get brains and fingers fired up. Kids will spend the rest of the hour making wild creations in response to a themed challenge. Every child will receive a personal kit of... Read more
Thursday, July 07
10:30am - 11:00am
This Summer, Family Storytime will meet outside in the Queset Garden. No registration is required and all families are welcome! Family Storytime is perfect for preschoolers but fun for the whole family! Learn (or relearn!) favorite songs & rhymes and enjoy a few stories each week. This program... Read more
Thursday, July 07
1:00pm - 2:00pm
This Summer, we’ve got the ulti-mutt program for animal lovers: Paws to Read! Each week in July & August, Regan and her therapy dogs, Cali and Laddie, will be visiting the Library. And what do her Anatolian Shepherds love more than anything else in the world (except maybe treats)? They adore... Read more
Thursday, July 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. Davis is a native of Easton who now lives in Sweden. A bilingual author, translator, and writing coach, his original Swedish-language fantasy series Kampen om Tusenvärld ... Read more
Monday, July 11
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Minions are back! Build a tower of minions with this month’s take & make craft! Then, challenge your friends and family. Who can knock down the most minions? Beanbag not included. Craft kits will be available to pick up in the Children’s Room starting on Monday, July 11th for as long as... Read more
Monday, July 11
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Calling all animal lovers! Animal Adventures, a Family Zoo and Rescue Center, will be bringing live animals for families to learn about, ask plenty of questions, and get up close and personal! Meet the animals, hear interesting stories, and enjoy controlled petting and touching at the discretion of... Read more
Tuesday, July 12
10:30am - 11:00am
This Summer, Wiggleworms will meet outside in the Queset Garden. No registration is required and all families are welcome! Best for mobile toddlers, Wiggleworms features songs, rhymes, and a story or two to keep little ones engaged. This program meets every Tuesday at 10:30am with Miss Alyisha and... Read more
Tuesday, July 12
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 for a mess, listen to stories, and create some unconventional art projects. As Bob Ross said, “We don’t really know where this goes – and I’m not sure we really care…every day is a... Read more
Tuesday, July 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. Davis, an Easton native who now lives in Sweden, will talk about his adventures abroad and how he became a bilingual fantasy author, writing coach and translator. He will read from... Read more
Wednesday, July 13
10:30am - 11:00am
This Summer, Babytime will meet outside in the Queset Garden. No registration is required and all families are welcome! 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... Read more
Wednesday, July 13
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-build to get brains and fingers fired up. Kids will spend the rest of the hour making wild creations in response to a themed challenge. Every child will receive a personal kit of... Read more
Wednesday, July 13
6:30pm - 7:30pm
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 and bring your own blanket or chair. No registration is required. This Garden Concert is sponsored by the Friends of... Read more
Thursday, July 14
10:30am - 11:00am
This Summer, Family Storytime will meet outside in the Queset Garden. No registration is required and all families are welcome! Family Storytime is perfect for preschoolers but fun for the whole family! Learn (or relearn!) favorite songs & rhymes and enjoy a few stories each week. This program... Read more
Thursday, July 14
1:00pm - 2:00pm
This Summer, we’ve got the ulti-mutt program for animal lovers: Paws to Read! Each week in July & August, Regan and her therapy dogs, Cali and Laddie, will be visiting the Library. And what do her Anatolian Shepherds love more than anything else in the world (except maybe treats)? They adore... Read more
Friday, July 15
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Pack your picnic blanket along with some lunch and join Miss Alyisha in the Walled Garden at Queset House! She'll be reading aloud from a few of her favorite chapter books. If you're looking for new ideas about what to read this Summer, this could be your chance to find a bunch...while you munch!... Read more
Monday, July 18
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Welcome to Camp Ocean, little guppies! Mr. Sharky, your snaggle-toothed camp counselor, has planned a fish-fact-filled voyage to the bottom of the sea. Learn the ropes: how to puff like a puffer fish, flop like a flounder, and fence like a swordfish. You'll search for buried treasure and dive into... Read more
Tuesday, July 19
10:30am - 11:00am
This Summer, Wiggleworms will meet outside in the Queset Garden. No registration is required and all families are welcome! Best for mobile toddlers, Wiggleworms features songs, rhymes, and a story or two to keep little ones engaged. This program meets every Tuesday at 10:30am with Miss Alyisha and... Read more
Tuesday, July 19
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 for a mess, listen to stories, and create some unconventional art projects. As Bob Ross said, “We don’t really know where this goes – and I’m not sure we really care…every day is a... Read more
Wednesday, July 20
10:30am - 11:00am
This Summer, Babytime will meet outside in the Queset Garden. No registration is required and all families are welcome! 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... Read more
Wednesday, July 20
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-build to get brains and fingers fired up. Kids will spend the rest of the hour making wild creations in response to a themed challenge. Every child will receive a personal kit of... Read more
Thursday, July 21
10:30am - 11:00am
This Summer, Family Storytime will meet outside in the Queset Garden. No registration is required and all families are welcome! Family Storytime is perfect for preschoolers but fun for the whole family! Learn (or relearn!) favorite songs & rhymes and enjoy a few stories each week. This program... Read more
Thursday, July 21
1:00pm - 2:00pm
This Summer, we’ve got the ulti-mutt program for animal lovers: Paws to Read! Each week in July & August, Regan and her therapy dogs, Cali and Laddie, will be visiting the Library. And what do her Anatolian Shepherds love more than anything else in the world (except maybe treats)? They adore... Read more
Friday, July 22
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Join the Super Secret Slime Society to squeeze and squish a new variety of slime each month! You’ll need to solve a riddle to access the slime recipe, then work with your squad to create that satisfying slimy stuff. Spaces are limited, so please register ahead of time. Once each... Read more
Monday, July 25
2:00pm - 2:30pm
Parachute Play is a burst of color, sound, and energy! Designed with 3-6 year-olds in mind, this 30-minute program isn't just fun, it also helps with the development of gross motor skills, imaginative & cooperative play, relationship-building, social skills, and a sense of rhythm. With music... Read more
Monday, July 25
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Robert Rivest is a Comic Mime who sees the world in a very funny way! Known as “the human cartoon” (because of his highly expressive face and flexible body), Rivest combines classic mime artistry, hilarious character voices, comedy, illusion, and audience participation to bring interactive stories... Read more
Tuesday, July 26
10:30am - 11:00am
This Summer, Wiggleworms will meet outside in the Queset Garden. No registration is required and all families are welcome! Best for mobile toddlers, Wiggleworms features songs, rhymes, and a story or two to keep little ones engaged. This program meets every Tuesday at 10:30am with Miss Alyisha and... Read more
Tuesday, July 26
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 for a mess, listen to stories, and create some unconventional art projects. As Bob Ross said, “We don’t really know where this goes – and I’m not sure we really care…every day is a... Read more
Wednesday, July 27
10:30am - 11:00am
This Summer, Babytime will meet outside in the Queset Garden. No registration is required and all families are welcome! 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... Read more
Wednesday, July 27
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-build to get brains and fingers fired up. Kids will spend the rest of the hour making wild creations in response to a themed challenge. Every child will receive a personal kit of... Read more

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