Ames Free Library

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The Ames Free Library will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

Library Blog

Friday, February 11
Today is a mild, sunny day, one of those days when the library patrons are smiling and the birds are singing. It’s quite a contrast to last Friday’s ice storm which challenged anyone who ventured (or...
Tuesday, February 08
I began my last post talking about the snowstorm that was heading our way. That storm turned out to be just an appetizer for the one that dumped over two feet of snow on the area just before we...
Friday, February 04
“Trees in Winter” was a “before” quiz, an assessment of what you already know or can aim to learn. It limited the selection of trees to those living at the Ames Free Library, a manageable group...
Friday, January 28
When the leaves fell off this young tree, they left large heart-shaped leaf scars with buds nestled above them.  These scars and buds offer clues to a leafless tree’s identity, as do those little...
Wednesday, January 26
Now that we're a couple of months into winter storytimes, we are really getting into our routines! We're still looking ahead to lovely weather and to moving back outside, but in the meantime, please...
Friday, January 21
Winter is a great time to learn how to recognize trees, now that all those leaves are out of the way!  Bark, buds, and the tree's shape offer helpful clues. Why not try your hand at tree...
Friday, January 14
If you are familiar with poison ivy, you probably think of it when it is green and leafy as in this photo from Queset Garden:   Young Poison Ivy Plant, June 25, 2020   This is to be expected since...
Monday, January 10
There's nothing better than working together! Last month, we put out a huge sticker mosaic in Youth Services for everyone to work on. It took up our entire central work table, and everyone who came...
Monday, January 10
Ever been curious what your neighbors are reading or watching? Here are just some of their suggestions! As we receive more recommendations, we'll post them here on the AFL Blog. If you would like to...
Friday, January 07
As I’m writing this, the first big snowstorm of the season is heading our way. I’d be lying if I said I wasn't looking forward to it. After all, a snowstorm is a perfect excuse to curl up with a cup...

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