Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"

Special Events

Monday, July 23
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Tom Sieling comes all the way from Newfield, New York, to entertain us with his singing and guitar, banjo, and drum machine playings! "Take a Tromp Through the Swamp" is a fun lineup of humorous and participatory kids' songs, along with lots of cool facts about area animals. Tom also strongly... Read more
Wednesday, July 25
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Use a simple script and basic props to act out a short play! We'll practice for an hour, then perform for family and friends at 3:00. Basic reading skills are required. No memorization or acting experience is necessary. This program is for readers ages 6-12. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED... Read more
Friday, July 27
12:00pm - 2:00pm
One Genre One Community is delighted to present: THIS BOY'S LIFE Friday, July 27, 2018 12 pm Queset House... Read more
Monday, July 30
6:00pm - 7:00pm
The Hampstead Stage Company presents shows using only two actors! This summer they'll bring Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island" to life on our Queset Garden stage! It is a fantastical tale of pirates, adventure, and buried treasure! Through this swashbuckling tale, we will learn about the... Read more
Tuesday, July 31
6:00pm - 8:00pm
"Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer." IMDB This film is rated PG and runs for 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Friday, August 03
11:00am - 1:00pm
Test your library knowledge in a Lemoncello-style Scavenger Hunt right here in Youth Services! Working in a small group, you'll get puzzle clues to solve and books to find in order to decipher the final answer! Registration is required and will open on Friday, July 20. This program... Read more
Monday, August 06
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Keith Munslow is a musician, storyteller, cartoonist, and standup comedian for kids. His storytelling will incorporate elements of each for a wholly enjoyable family evening! In case of rain, event will be held at Oakes Ames Memorial Hall, 3 Barrows Street. for families with children of... Read more
Wednesday, August 08
9:00am - 4:00pm
The One Genre One Community is delighted to partner with the library in presenting a series on memoir writing. On Wednesday, August 8 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., we will be taking a bus trip to Concord. Tour locations include Orchard House (Louisa May Alcott) and The Old Manse (... Read more
Thursday, August 09
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Stop in at the Queset House from 1 - 3 PM to play the Pokémon card game or just chat with other Pokémon trainers! Bring your own deck. Beginners are welcome, but there will be no formal teaching. If you're new, watch and chat with more experienced players to learn a thing or two! There will be a... Read more
Saturday, August 11
10:00am - 5:00pm
Pick up a craft kit to take and make and home. Any specialty supplies and directions to complete the craft are included. You may need to provide crayons, scissors, tape, or glue. Pick up a kit anytime while the library is open (10 AM - 5 PM), while supplies last. Crafts are appropriate for children... Read more
Monday, August 13
6:00pm - 7:00pm
The Creature Teachers specialize in environmental and animal education. See and learn about the wonders and diversity of the animals that share our planet, near and far!  Best for ages 5 and up In case of rain, event will be held at Oakes Ames Hall, 3 Barrows St.
Wednesday, August 15
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Jumpin' Juba mixes regional blues and roots-y rock styles from Chicago, Memphis, and New Orleans. Steve Hurl's guitar playing draws from the roots-y string benders of the 1950's and 60's. Jan Kowalski honks a mean sax, and drummer Fry Blanchard knocks out a solid beat. Their latest CD of original... Read more
Wednesday, August 22
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Calling all young writers! Here's a chance to sharpen your writing skills before the school year starts. Come to Queset House for a fun, no-pressure writing workshop with Kate Klise, guaranteed to jumpstart your creative writing skills before the first day of school.
Monday, August 27
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Looking for a great way to end the summer? Come see local band, Urban Lunchmeat, perform live in the Queset Garden!!! Urban Lunchmeat is a teen rock band from Easton, MA that plays classic and alternative rock. Musical inspirations include Green... Read more
Wednesday, August 29
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Now's the time to start the college application process. Rising high school seniors struggling with those dreaded college essays are invited to join Kate Klise for a group workshop on how to create a compelling college essay. Private consultations with Kate are also available until September 10.... Read more
Friday, August 31
12:00pm - 2:00pm
One Genre One Community is delighted to present: CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND Friday, August 31, 2018 12 pm Queset House, ... Read more
Monday, September 03
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed Monday, September 3 in observance of Labor Day.
Wednesday, September 05
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Kate Klise invites anyone ready to tackle a longer writing project to join her for a discussion and writing workshop. Bring your work-in-progress, outline, or blank pages. We'll discuss plotting, character development, and strategies for publishing. All ages welcome.
Wednesday, September 12
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Anyone who loves children's literature will enjoy this workshop on the art and craft of writing for young readers. After publishing more than 30 books for children, Kate Klise has plenty of tips and tricks to share for aspiring authors. Bring a favorite children's book to open the conversation. All... Read more
Monday, October 08
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed for Columbus Day.
Monday, November 12
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed in observance of Veterans Day.
Wednesday, November 21
10:00am - 5:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closing at 5:00 pm to allow for adequate brining.
Thursday, November 22
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving.
Monday, December 24
10:00am - 1:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closing at 1:00 pm to accommodate festive caroling.
Tuesday, December 25
10:00am - 8:00pm
The Ames Free Library will be closed Tuesday, December 25 in observance of Christmas.
Monday, December 31
5:00pm - 5:00pm
The Ames Free Library will close early at 5:00PM on Monday, December 31 in observance of New Year's Eve and will not reopen until Wednesday, January 2, 2019.