A Serpent at the Operaby Jill Philby
Birds sing. Whales sing. Cicadas, mice, and katydids sing. But did you know that serpents sing? The one and only Sid the Serpent will be singing here at Ames Public Library in OPERA Iowa and Des Moines Metro Opera’s family-friendly production of “Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing” on Saturday, March 4, at 2:00pm in the Farwell T. Brown Auditorium.
Wait. Opera? Family-friendly? Sure! After all, what is opera but good story-telling, music, theater, art and dance all rolled into one. And a good opera does what a... Read Full Blog
Embracing Graphic Novels!by Ethan Atwell
As a librarian, I frequently have caregivers come in with a child asking to help them find a “real” book, because the child primarily reads graphic novels. Graphic novels are one of the most amazing formats to enjoy reading. Below are benefits of reading graphic novels.Graphic novels are accessible. According to Louise Baigelman (2022) at Understood.org, the blend of images and words allows struggling readers to have more context while reading and not be overwhelmed by text. They also feel accomplished because they are able to finish a book. Graphic nove... Read Full Blog
Winter Reading Challenge
This year's winter reading challenge is already in full swing. If you haven't signed up yet, no is the time! All ages can join the Winter Reading Challenge, from adults to babies.
To participate, just read 30 days before the end of January. It doesn't matter what you read or how long you read—just read! Track your days online at amespubliclibrary.beanstack.org or pick up a paper reading challenge at the Library or Bookmobile.
Once you're done, you can pick up your free prize (courtesy of Ames Public Library Friends Foundation) at the Library or Bookmobile!... Read Full Blog
Come to the Library for Storytimes and More!
by Ben Schrag
From Christian Robinson’s “You Matter”:
“The small stuff too small to see. Those who swim with the tide and those who don’t. The first to go and the last. You matter.”
While the phrase “back to normal” may not feel entirely correct, this fall the Youth Services department returns to a full schedule of in-person offerings for our youth and families. And we are excited to share them with you!
Baby Time takes place Tuesdays at 1:30pm, Wednesdays at 11:00am, and Thursday evenings at 6:30pm.
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Tools for School
Get homework help with the Library's free online resources, check out a Wi-Fi hotspot for Internet access, and use our space for quiet study time!
Your Library card gets you free access to premium online resource, like Brainfuse Homework Help, TumbleBookLibrary, Britannica Library, and many more to help students reach their educational goals. Best of all, they're available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
You the library also lends many helpful resources, from books to Wi-Fi hotspots to STEM learning kits. All you need is a Library card.
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Voting for all Ages at the Ames Public Library
September is the month of school, apples, and even the start of pumpkin spice. But it also has National Voter Registration Day on September 20th. The League of Women Voters will be here at the Ames Public Library from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm to register people to vote.
Adults may know what voting is and why we should do it. But how do we teach kids and young people? The best way is for you to vote yourself and talk about how and why you vote. But another great way is to read books about voting and government with them!
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The Little TheaterA One-of-a-Kind Treasure
Written in 2018 by Christina Robinson
Did you know Ames Public Library’s Youth Services employees, in addition to their other duties, do window cleaning? On any given day upon entering the youth area, children and adults alike stop to peer into the window of the Little Theater. That is the name given to the display case that features a children’s book diorama. And yes, we wipe down the window at least once daily. Children like to get really close. We love it when they do!
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Summer Reading Challenge Begins June 1
Ames Public Library's 2022 summer reading challenge, "Read Beyond the Beaten Path," will begin for all ages on June 1. Participants will earn prizes just for keeping track of their reading! Head over to www.AmesPL.org/summer2022 to get signed up on the Reading Challenge website or to download the Beanstack app, so you'll be ready to go on June 1! You can also pick up a reading challenge gameboard from the Library or Bookmobile starting June 1 to track your reading on paper.
We also have a summer full of fun events planned for all ages to help you go beyond the beaten path! Kids an... Read Full Blog
All the World’s a Stage at the Ames Public Libraryby Danielle Ziegler
Do you know kids and teens aged 7 to 14 years old who are interested in theater? Is your family’s summer filling up already, with no time for months of rehearsals and shows? Or maybe your child has never been in a show before and you’re not sure if they’d love it or not. Why not try Prairie Fire Theater’s “Peter Pan” at your Ames Public Library this summer?
Prairie Fire Theater is a professional theater company out of Barrett, MN. How it works is that they send two professional actors/directors to a community where, in just one week, they will put on a... Read Full Blog
The Magic of Story TimeBrianne Anderson
“When I say to a parent, "read to a child", I don't want it to sound like medicine. I want it to sound like chocolate. " — Mem Fox
Mem Fox is a hugely prolific Australian author whose picture books have graced our library shelves for years. Her quote above perfectly describes what we strive for every day at the Library- to make reading a fun and enjoyable activity for children (and parents!) instead of something prescribed.
Even before your child is born, you become their most important teacher. It doesn’t matter how prepared you are, or how mu... Read Full Blog
A Reading Habitby Jillian Ocken
“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” - W. Somerset Maugham
January is a time for starting fresh, setting goals, and building good habits. While many of us focus on starting a healthier lifestyle for our bodies, there’s a lot to be said for exercising your mind regularly!
As a child I was always reading. As an adult, not so much. Until now. Enter the Winter Reading Challenge. Okay, so it started a few weeks ago, but there’s over a month left! Just enough time to complete the ... Read Full Blog
Winteringby Tracy Briseño
It is becoming colder and darker. I am not excited about winter. I don’t like being cold, and I thrive in the sunshine. This is a time that my introvert self likes to hibernate at home. If you are like me, here are some suggestions for how the library can help you enjoy this season of chilliness.
Checkout the library’s online options for reading, listening to music, or watching movies, films, and TV shows. The library’s Winter Reading Challenge is for all ages and runs from December 15th - Feb 14th. You can sign up online or through the Beanstack app. Thro... Read Full Blog
Musical Memoriesby Jill Philby
Coming back to Iowa from Thanksgiving this year, the car was packed tightly. My parents were passing on some items they no longer used, so my daughter was the lucky recipient of my dad’s old stereo system--the kind with a turntable that you could stack with records. While I remember my dad occasionally listening to classical music, what really comes back to me is my own little red portable record player. I played all sorts of records–anything we had in the house. Captain Kangaroo, Cowboy Bob and Janie, and, yes, even back then, Disney records.
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Back to Schoolby Danielle Ziegler
It’s almost fall! Soon the world will become crisp in the mornings, the leaves will change color, and I will start to look longingly at my sweaters and cardigans. And, of course, kids and adults start to head back to school. Whether it’s a book or a DVD preparing you for the start of the school year, we can help you out at Ames Public Library.
Starting school can be a big change for young children, whether it’s preschool, kindergarten, or even a new daycare. We have board books that can help introduce little ones to what is happe... Read Full Blog
Next Generation of Homeschooling Resourcesby Brianne Anderson
At the end of last school year, most of us parents were celebrating a return to “normal” over the summer. The pool was opening again, the summer reading program was back at the Library, and we could again look forward to spending time outside with our families at summer concerts and fun events.
I don’t know about you, but the fact that we are not totally back to pre-COVID normal is still a hard pill for me to swallow. Masks are again donning faces as cases surge and social distancing is definitely still an important part of being out in society. Our are... Read Full Blog