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Earth Week at Your Library

by Megan Klein-Hewett

As the City of Ames makes progress in the Climate Action Plan (CAP) process, Earth Day provides an opportunity for each of us to learn about and engage in actions that will lead to greater environmental sustainability in our community. Whether you wish to learn in person, change your habits locally, or read up on climate change, the Library has something to connect you to climate action in our community.

Ames Public Library is again working with the City of Ames to present EcoChats, a series of presentations featuring local experts on topics focused o... Read Full Blog

Climate Action Plan “Six Big Moves” Survey Available on City Website until March 16

A survey to generate feedback from Ames residents on actions they would be willing to take to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) as part of the City’s community climate action planning is now available on the City’s website. Participants are asked to take the survey one time to share their thoughts.

The survey is available at  and will remain available through 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16. Paper copies of the survey will be available at the Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave. by the end of the week.... Read Full Blog

Applicants Sought for Police Advisory Board

Applications for the newly formed Ames Resident Police Advisory Committee (ARPAC) are being accepted through 5 p.m. on Friday, March 25. Ames Mayor John Haila and the Ames City Council created ARPAC to provide a resident perspective to the Chief of Police regarding Ames Police Department policies and practices.

Some responsibilities for ARPAC members would include

providing a citizen perspective on the evaluations of complaints developing thoughtful recommendations regarding policies and practices of the Ames Police Department creating an annual report of activities ... Read Full Blog

Public Input Meetings Scheduled for Ioway Creek Brookside Park Project

The public is invited to a series of informational meetings scheduled for March 10, March 21, and April 5, about the proposed Ioway Creek Restoration Project in and along Brookside Park. All meetings will be held at Ames City Auditorium, at 520 Sixth St.

The purpose of the project is to restore stream function and stabilize the Ioway streambanks on a section of the creek between Sixth and 13th streets in Brookside Park and on adjoining private properties on the east side of the creek. The revised conceptual plan for the creek corridor will be presented and discussed at the meeting... Read Full Blog

Financial Assistance Available to Ames Residents Affected by COVID-19

The City of Ames has funds available to support Ames residents who have been affected by COVID-19 (including the Delta variant) and need rent, mortgage, or utility assistance. 

“We continue to take applications from Ames residents, and we encourage people to apply for help,” said Vanessa Baker-Latimer, Housing Coordinator. “We know this has been a very difficult year for so many people, and we have financial aid available for those struggling with basics like paying for housing or utilities.”

More information, including an application, is available at www.CityOfAmes... Read Full Blog

Ames Public Library Grieves

Ames Public Library is committed to the City of Ames values shared by Mayor Haila in support of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. (

Ames Public Library staff and Trustees grieve for the recent acts of violence in our nation, and our hearts go out to the victims' families and communities. To our friends in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, please know that we stand with you. We pledge to continue our work toward greater equity and inclusion in the Library and in our community.

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