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Book Club Collection

Ames Public Library has multiple copies of many books that are popular with book clubs, and they can be checked out for 6 weeks! See the Book Club Collection list in the online catalog or view the PDF.



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Latest Library Notes

The Importance of Library Programs

by Bri Martin

Libraries have long been cherished as houses of knowledge and learning, but their role extends far beyond the lending of books. Library programs play a crucial role in fostering community engagement, promoting literacy, and supporting lifelong learning.

One of the ...

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Tracy Loves Juvenile Nonfiction – And You Should Too

by Tracy Briseño

Years ago, I worked in youth services at the library. I was always excited when a kid would come in and announce “I don’t like to read”. I knew that they were giving me a chance. I knew they hadn’t found the right book yet. Challenge accepted! 

I would ofte...

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12 to Try Reading Challenge tracking sheet

Get recommendations for each month's "12 to Try" reading challenge category.  Find out more>> 

Gift Guides

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Online Resources for Readers

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