Events & News

Reopening Phase 1

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 visitors and staff.

Please do not come into the Library if you or a member of your household are sick or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 2 weeks. 

Visitors are required to wear masks covering their nose and mouth and maintain 6 feet of distance from staff and other visitors.

Reopening Details

See more information about the reopening, including special hours and restrictions, here.

 

Regular Closings

New Year's Day
Presidents Day
Easter
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving and the Day After Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
New Year's Eve (Close at 5pm)

Program Proposals

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Free Books For Students at Grab and Go Meal Sites

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...

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Reopening the Library: Phase 1

***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, ...

Read full blog post

Upcoming Events

This event is in the "Family" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Summer Reading Challenge

All Day 6/1 - 8/14
Family, Teens, Adults
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Family, Teens, Adults
Program Type: Reading Incentive Program
Program Details:
This year our summer reading challenge for all ages is designed to develop a reading habit and connect everyone to the world of ideas through the Ames Public Library. Read and complete challenges to earn virtual badges. See how many you c...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

This event is in the "Teens" group.

Stamped: Antiracism Teen Book Club

7:00pm - 8:00pm
Teens
Closed
Registration
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Book Discussion
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 1
Program Details:
“What I mean by that is we—all of us—have to fight against performance and lean into participation. We have to be participants. Active.” ― Jason Reynolds, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped fro...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

This event is in the "Adults" group.
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Farwell T. Brown Auditorium
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Boards/Government


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

This event is in the "Teens" group.
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts/Crafts, Presentation
Program Details:
Still life art is more than just paintings of fruit. Still life art can become a form of self expression that can communicate to others something about yourself and what's important to you.  Artist Jordan Brooks will talk about th...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

028: Real Reads

7:00pm - 9:00pm
Adults
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Discussion, Meetup
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 1
Program Details:
This month's title: Influenza: The Hundred-Year Hunt to Cure the Deadliest Disease in History by Jeremy Brown 028 focuses on recently published, popular nonfiction on a variety of topics. Join us for an online discussion using Zoom. Plea...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

This event is in the "Family" group.

Storytime Online

10:00am - 10:30am
Family
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Family
Program Type: Storytime
Program Details:
Join us for a storytime with your Ames Public Library friends on Facebook Live! You can also watch past storytimes on our YouTube channel.   ...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

(Virtual) Vegan Curious

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Teens, Adults
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Health/Fitness, Presentation
Program Details:
Ever thought about becoming vegetarian or vegan but didn't know how to start? Or just interested in learning how to incorporate more vegetarian or vegan meals into your life? Join Lyssa Wade of Veggie Thumper food truck and Shania Peralta f...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

This event is in the "Teens" group.

Teen Advisory Group (TAG)

7:00pm - 8:00pm
Teens
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Boards/Government, Meetup
Program Details:
Help plan exciting library events for teens, share what you’re reading, and make new friends.  E-mail trastogi@amespubliclibrary.org for more information or to participate in the online meeting. Supported by the Ames Public Library Frien...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

This event is in the "Teens" group.

Stamped: Antiracism Teen Book Club

7:00pm - 8:00pm
Teens
Closed
Registration
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Book Discussion
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 1
Program Details:
“What I mean by that is we—all of us—have to fight against performance and lean into participation. We have to be participants. Active.” ― Jason Reynolds, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped fro...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.