Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"

LIBRARY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

We are available by phone at 508-238-2000, Ext. 3, Monday - Saturday between 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.;

or email us at info@amesfreelibrary.org. Check out our list of online programs here!

Special Events

Monday, July 13
10:00am - 5:00pm
Imagine Your Story – with super powers! This week, see if you can save the world. You’ll read part of a story, then solve a puzzle to move on to the next part of the adventure. What happens if you don't succeed? Everyone is counting on you! Escape room puzzles and questions are designed for... Read more
Tuesday, July 14
2:00pm - 3:00pm
For kids and families! Join Miss Jess on Zoom every Tuesday at 2 p.m. for some creative, hands-on summer STEM activities. This week, bake-along with Ms. Meredith from Rosemary Fresh! Be prepared for an extra-special treat! Baker and caterer extraordinaire Meredith Bonny, from Rosemary Fresh, will... Read more
Wednesday, July 15
10:30am - 11:00am
Miss Jess is hosting a variation of our weekly storytimes! These sessions will look a little different than our library storytimes, but we want to help you keep up your regular routines. Each day will feature your familiar songs and rhymes, along with a few ideas to keep you reading at home. You... Read more
Friday, July 17
11:00am - 12:00pm
For students entering Grades K - 3! Pop in on Zoom for some book recommendations! Miss Alyisha 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... Read more
Monday, July 20
10:00am - 5:00pm
Imagine Your Story – as a wizard! These short bi-weekly quizzes are just for fun to test your knowledge about different flights of fancy. They are multiple choice, and if you get one wrong, you’ll get a clue to figure out it before moving on to the next question. Questions are designed for children... Read more
Monday, July 20
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Ed the Wizard will present a fun, energetic magic program - with a focus on reading!* Ed got into magic in part by using books to learn some tricks! For this show, he’ll join us live and share with you some of the wonder he has found in magic. This is a fun and informative program for all ages. It... Read more
Tuesday, July 21
2:00pm - 3:00pm
For kids and families! Join Miss Jess on Zoom every Tuesday at 2 p.m. for some creative, hands-on summer STEM activities. If there’s anything we all need more of these days, it’s kindness. Join Premier Martial Arts - Norton on Zoom for this anti-bullying workshop. No materials are necessary for... Read more
Wednesday, July 22
10:30am - 11:00am
Miss Jess is hosting a variation of our weekly storytimes! These sessions will look a little different than our library storytimes, but we want to help you keep up your regular routines. Each day will feature your familiar songs and rhymes, along with a few ideas to keep you reading at home. You... Read more
Monday, July 27
10:00am - 5:00pm
Witches, dragons, and magic stones…oh my! Check out the latest kids’ virtual escape room! You’ll read part of a story, then solve a puzzle to move on to the next part of the adventure. Will the hero save the kingdom - or do the beasts take over? Escape room puzzles and questions are designed for... Read more
Tuesday, July 28
2:00pm - 3:00pm
For kids and families! Join Miss Jess on Zoom every Tuesday at 2 p.m. for some creative, hands-on summer STEM activities. Everybody loves bubbles! You can try making your own solution with us, or just make your own wands. We’ll predict what kind of shapes we’ll get from different shapes of bubble... Read more
Wednesday, July 29
10:30am - 11:00am
Miss Jess is hosting a variation of our weekly storytimes! These sessions will look a little different than our library storytimes, but we want to help you keep up your regular routines. Each day will feature your familiar songs and rhymes, along with a few ideas to keep you reading at home. You... Read more
Thursday, July 30
3:00pm - 4:00pm
"In this vivid and atmospheric mystery, Commissario Brunetti is visited by a young bureaucrat investigating the lack of official approval for the construction of Brunetti’s apartment years before. What began as a red tape headache ends in murder when the bureaucrat is later found dead after a... Read more
Friday, July 31
11:00am - 12:00pm
For students entering Grades 4 - 7! Pop in on Zoom for some book recommendations! Miss Jess 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... Read more
Monday, August 03
10:00am - 5:00pm
Imagine Your Story – on a pirate ship! These short bi-weekly quizzes are just for fun to test your knowledge about different flights of fancy. They are multiple choice, and if you get one wrong, you’ll get a clue to figure out it before moving on to the next question. Questions are designed for... Read more
Monday, August 03
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Imagine Your Story and adventure under the sea with Miranda the mermaid as she saves the pirate!* Rosalita’s Puppet show features beautiful marionettes in an original story that is appropriate for all ages. This story is sure to be full of daring, bravery, kindness, and adventure! The... Read more
Tuesday, August 04
2:00pm - 3:00pm
For kids and families! Join Miss Jess on Zoom every Tuesday at 2 p.m. for some creative, hands-on summer STEM activities. Zentangle with Miss Debbie! Zentangle is a meditative guided drawing method. Tangling is simple to learn. There are no mistakes, and there is no up or down in Zentangle art. The... Read more
Wednesday, August 05
10:30am - 11:00am
Miss Jess is hosting a variation of our weekly storytimes! These sessions will look a little different than our library storytimes, but we want to help you keep up your regular routines. Each day will feature your familiar songs and rhymes, along with a few ideas to keep you reading at home. You... Read more
Monday, August 10
10:00am - 5:00pm
Ahoy, mateys! Come prepared to puzzle out this edition of the kids’ virtual escape room - or be prepared to walk the plank! You’ll read part of a story, then solve a puzzle to move on to the next part of the adventure. Escape room puzzles and questions are designed for children ages 8-12, although... Read more
Tuesday, August 11
2:00pm - 3:00pm
For kids and families! Join Miss Jess on Zoom every Tuesday at 2 p.m. for some creative, hands-on summer STEM activities. Check back later to see which project we'll be working on this week!
Wednesday, August 12
10:30am - 11:00am
Miss Jess is hosting a variation of our weekly storytimes! These sessions will look a little different than our library storytimes, but we want to help you keep up your regular routines. Each day will feature your familiar songs and rhymes, along with a few ideas to keep you reading at home. You... Read more
Wednesday, August 12
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Announcing a special summer book club series!   This summer at AFL, BYOB stands for "Bring Your Own Book"! On the second Wednesdays of July and August at 1:30 p.m., join fellow readers to chat about your recent reads or an all time favorite. We'll get together online to swap recommendations and... Read more
Friday, August 14
11:00am - 12:00pm
For students entering Grades K - 3! Pop in on Zoom for some book recommendations! Miss Alyisha 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... Read more
Monday, August 17
10:00am - 5:00pm
Imagine Your Story – in myth and legend! Take this just-for-fun quiz about MYTHICAL CREATURES! These short bi-weekly quizzes are just for fun to test your knowledge about different flights of fancy. They are multiple choice, and if you get one wrong, you’ll get a clue to figure out it before moving... Read more
Monday, August 17
6:00pm - 7:00pm
They’re baaaack! The Toe Jam Puppet Band returns to help us end the summer on a high note!* Their variety show features interactive songs, stories and puppets, and lots of silly voices. You’re sure to be dancing along…or at least tapping your toe. Will their virtual show be as fun and zany as the... Read more
Tuesday, August 18
2:00pm - 3:00pm
For kids and families! Join Miss Jess on Zoom every Tuesday at 2 p.m. for some creative, hands-on summer STEM activities. Check back later to see which project we'll be working on this week!
Wednesday, August 19
10:30am - 11:00am
Miss Jess is hosting a variation of our weekly storytimes! These sessions will look a little different than our library storytimes, but we want to help you keep up your regular routines. Each day will feature your familiar songs and rhymes, along with a few ideas to keep you reading at home. You... Read more
Monday, August 24
10:00am - 5:00pm
Imagine Your Story – in myth and legend! You’ll read part of a story, then solve a puzzle to move on to the next part of the adventure. Escape room puzzles and questions are designed for children ages 8-12, although of course everyone’s welcome to try! Virtual Escape Room link coming... Read more
Tuesday, August 25
2:00pm - 3:00pm
For kids and families! Join Miss Jess on Zoom every Tuesday at 2 p.m. for some creative, hands-on summer STEM activities. Check back later to see which project we'll be working on this week!
Wednesday, August 26
10:30am - 11:00am
Miss Jess is hosting a variation of our weekly storytimes! These sessions will look a little different than our library storytimes, but we want to help you keep up your regular routines. Each day will feature your familiar songs and rhymes, along with a few ideas to keep you reading at home. You... Read more
Thursday, August 27
3:00pm - 4:00pm
WINNER OF THE CWA INTERNATIONAL DAGGER AWARD"A murder in Paris brings Commissaire Adamsberg out of the Icelandic mists of his previous investigation and unexpectedly into the region of Nîmes, where three old men have died of spider bites. The recluse has a sneaky... Read more

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