Learning Commons at Queset House: 10th Anniversary

Celebrate 10 years of learning, crafting, and more at the Learning Commons at Queset House! exterior view of Queset House at Ames Free Library

Come see how the Learning Commons continue to inspire and excite patrons 10 years on! Queset House is going strong to host events and gatherings, bring in speakers for public presentations, facilitate crafting groups, and just provide a place to get together for groups of all interests and ages. Join Ames Free Library, the Easton community, and the library community for a ribbon cutting celebration and rededication of our Digital Media Lab on April 11, 2024 - ten years to the day of our original opening!

Queset House is known for its variable-use spaces, and within its four walls are activities of all sorts. Check the program listings below to see just a few of the programs we have this month, highlighting Queset House’s many uses. Click each link to learn more, including age ranges, locations, and details.

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Get Crafty! @Queset House

Explore the Makerspace and experience some of our craft-based offerings at Queset House.

Monday, April 1 at 4:30 PM: One-on-One Sewing Machine Basics (offered weekly on Monday; appointment required)

Tuesday, April 2 at 6:30 PM: Design with Dana: Felted Peeps

Wednesday, April 3 at 5:00 PM: Astronaut Art

Wednesday, April 17 at 2:00 PM: Teen Art: Mixed-Media Sun and Moon

Monday, April 29 at 6:00 PM: Library Beaders Group

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Get Techy! @Queset House

Explore the Digital Media Lab, featuring new computers donated by the Friends of the Library, and experience our technology- and software-based learning sessions at Queset House.

Monday, April 1 at 4:00 PM: One-on-One Podcasting (offered weekly on Monday; appointment required)

Thursday, April 11 at 5:00 PM: Queset House 10th Anniversary Celebration and Digital Media Lab rededication

Saturday, April 13 at 1:00 PM: Technology Petting Zoo

Friday, April 12 at 4:00 PM: One-on-One Adobe Design (offered every other Friday; appointment required)

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Get Smart! @Queset House

Attend a lecture, workshop, or author event, or visit the ongoing Friends' book sale to expand your mind at Queset House.

Saturday, April 6 at 3:00 PM: From Mansion to Learning Commons with former library directors Uma Hiremath and Madeline Holt

Tuesday, April 16 at 6:30 PM: Winthrop Ames, Queset House and Their Role in American Theatre, presented by Ed Hands

Friday, April 19 at 6:00 PM: Hockomock Film Club, featuring an original film by Winthrop Ames (title TBD)

Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 PM: Author Talk: An Evening with Joanna Schaffhausen

Saturday, April 27 at 10:00 AM: Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale

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Get in Touch with Nature! @Queset House

Learn more about our historic Gardens, bring a picnic, or just spend a little time in Queset Garden and at Queset House.

Wednesday, April 17 at 6:30 PM: A Garden of Eastonly Delights: Traveling through Time in Queset Garden

Monday, April 22 at 6:30 PM: Drop-in Daffodils

Saturday, April 27 at 9:00 AM: Tai Chi in Queset Garden

Tuesday, April 30 at 6:00 PM: What to Grow: Fresh & Unique Garden Ideas

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More Fun! @Queset House

Drop in any time throughout April for these bonus activities at Queset House.

  • participate in a self-directed Scavenger Hunt
  • stage a reading shot at our Queset House Photo Booth (BYO camera, no printer available)
  • purchase a commemorative Queset House ornament