In response to increased community spread of COVID-19, Ames Public Library will shift from “grab and go” lobby service to curbside service starting Sunday, November 22.
Curbside Holds Pickup will allow Library cardholders to request physical items like books and DVDs, then pick them up in front of the Library safely and easily. “We’ve got a new, flexible curbside system,” says Library Director Sheila Schofer. “Instead of making an appointment, you can come by when it’s convenient for you.”
After requesting items using the Library’s online catalog, customers need to ... Read Full Blog
Ames Public Library has entered into a new Strategic Plan.
The process of creating this plan began in the fall of 2019. Library staff gathered community input, analyzed data, reviewed library best practices, and looked at overall societal trends.
“Our goal was to have an open and inclusive process,” said Ames Public Library Director Sheila Schofer. Library staff read the results of 1,000 completed surveys, held staff and board input sessions, and hosted six community stakeholder meetings. The arrival of the pandemic cancelled another meeting, but Library staff reac... Read Full Blog
An Internet connection is more essential than ever, and a recent donation to First National Bank, Ames is making it more accessible than ever!
For the past few years, Ames Public Library has offered Wi-Fi Hotspots for checkout, allowing families a week of free Internet connection. Demand has been high, to say the least. Now, First National Bank, Ames has donated $10,000 to the Ames Public Library Friends Foundation to increase the Library’s number of available Hotspots to 100! This generous gift will also allow the Library to extend the checkout time.
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Ames families will again have access to free books on Fridays at four grab and go meal sites: Meeker, Mitchell, Sawyer, and the Ames Public Library. The location for Ames Public Library is at the south end of the alley behind the Library. Vehicles enter the alley from 6th Street. Pedestrians should approach from 5th Street between Douglas Avenue and Kellogg.
One book per week per student will be distributed for students in grades pre-K through 12. Scheduled dates are July 17, 24, 31 and August 7, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Books were purchased by the Ames Public Library ... Read Full Blog
***UPDATE: Face coverings are now required in City buildings including the Library.
Starting July 1, Ames Public Library’s lobby will be open for limited “grab and go” services.
We’re excited to welcome the community back into the building!
However, this first phase is a limited reopening of only the lobby for quick holds pickup and checkouts. The focus is on short visits and reduced interaction with staff for the health and safety of visitor and staff.
Please do not come into the Library if you or a member of your household are sick ... Read Full Blog
In response to the tragic killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the Ames Public Library and the Board of Trustees reaffirms that we stand against racism and social injustice.
Ames Public Library’s mission is to connect our community—all of our community—to the world of ideas. We are committed to creating that connection through diverse resources, programs, and opportunities that foster learning, self-reflection, and community dialog—be it thought-provoking book recommendations, conversations through our View from the Margins book club, workshops that foster community discussion,... Read Full Blog
Ames Public Library has introduced a new, contact-free Curbside Holds Pickup service. Curbside Holds Pickup will allow Library cardholders to request physical items like books and DVDs, then schedule an appointment to pick them up in front of the Library.
Director Sheila Schofer says staff is excited to get materials moving out the door again. “We’ve been working hard to safely provide as many of our services as possible to as many people as possible. We were able to ramp up our online offerings quickly when this started, but we wanted to be very thoughtful in planning a safe way ... Read Full Blog
How many holds can the holds shelf hold? A holds shelf can only hold as many holds as the holds shelf currently holds!
We're sending out information to people with holds on these shelves to sign up for curbside pickup starting May 19. Once we've got a little breathing room, we'll open it up so anyone can place new holds and schedule curbside pickup!... Read Full Blog
We're ready for you to start returning your Library items!
If you're ready to get the Library books out of your house, drop them off in the drive-up drop box in the alley behind the Library. (The drop box by the front door is also available.)
Please continue to hold onto oversize items, puppets, or anything else that shouldn't go in the drop box. We'll quarantine returned items before re-shelving them as a precaution.
Stay tuned for updates as we get ready to reintroduce some library services!... Read Full Blog
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ames Public Library is closed for the safety of our visitors, staff, and community.
We are working with the City of Ames and health officials to plan for a gradual reintroduction of services.
Watch for updates as we approach mid-May.... Read Full Blog
New York Times Online
You asked for it! Ames Public Library now offers free access to The New York Times online! Connecting you with news and information sources is more important than ever.
Did someone say free books? Kids can pick up a free book along with their Grab & Go lunch from Ames schools thanks to the Ames Public Library Friends Foundation, United Way of Story County, and Ames Community School District!
Little Free Libraries
Working with Raising Readers in Story County, the Ames Public Library Friends F... Read Full Blog
There are lots of new ways to connect with your librarians online!
Watch for videos, book recommendations, and more on our Facebook page and our YouTube channel
Hear us on Reading Radio on KHOI Community Radio Wednesdays at 12pm.
Catch storytime on Facebook Live Tuesdays and Fridays at 10am. (Many are available on our YouTube channel.)
Try the weekly Stay Inside & Thrive Challenges.... Read Full Blog
As always, Library staff are hard at work behind the scenes. We're still ordering books, movies, and music and getting them ready for you to check out when we reopen. We're shelving any returned items and packing the holds shelves as new books come in. (If you don't need an item you've put on hold, please be sure to cancel it online or by calling us.)
We're also answering questions by phone and e-mail and rearranging some collections to prepare for our reopening. We can't wait to see you again!
Ames Public Library will be closed starting Tuesday, March 17 through May 15 for the safety of our visitors, staff, and community. During this time, please take advantage of our e-books and other online resources.
Please keep all materials you currently have checked out until the library re-opens. No items will be due and no fines will accrue while the Library is closed. Held items will not expire, and will be available when we reopen.
Home delivery, deposit collections, Project Smyles, and Bookmobile stops are also suspended during this time.
We will cont... Read Full Blog
Did you know that Ames Public Library is part of an exciting research program about brain development in babies?
Small Talk Story County is a program that not only trains parents how to help their child’s brain development through talk, but also performs research on the outcomes of the training! The program uses an innovative “talk pedometer” to give parents feedback on how much they are talking with their baby.
We’ll have a special event Thursday, August 15, at 7pm in the Library’s Auditorium to share what the research tells us educating parents to better... Read Full Blog