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Solar-Powered Bench Offers Charging Stations

There's a new bench in front of Ames Public Library, and this one's powered by the sun!

Made by SELS - Smart Era Lighting Systems, the new new seating option offers wireless and USB charging stations for phones and electronic devices, including USB ports and wireless. It also has b...

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Recorded Events

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Program Proposals

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Library Notes

Dog Days of Summer

By Alissa Dornink

In a couple weeks, I will join the almost 70 million households in the US that have a dog, specifically a golden retriever puppy tentatively named Sylvie. Or possibly Poe. Or maybe Din Djarin. I’m still working on the perfect name. I have been watching updates of her with her...

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Summer Discoveries

by Anastasia Tuckness

Summertime as an 11- or 12-year-old can be very unpredictable. The rhythms of the school year are thrown off. You meet new people, unearth deep family secrets, or simply learn more about yourself. For this column, I’ve selected some of my very favorite summer stories...

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Upcoming Events

This event is in the "Family" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Ames Public Library
Age Group: Family, Teens, Adults
Program Type: Reading Incentive Program
Program Details:
  Read Beyond the Beaten Path this summer with a reading challenge for all ages! Read what you like to earn prizes and tickets in our end-of-summer prize drawing! Get started on the reading challenge website or find out more at www.amesp...


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 www.amespubliclibrary.org/programproposal.

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

Camp Smyles Escape Room

3:00pm - 5:00pm
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Storytime Room
Age Group: Family, Teens
Program Type: Special Event
Program Details:
  Can you beat Ames Public Library's summer Escape Room? Team up and work cooperatively with your group to collect clues, solve challenges, and escape from Camp Smyles! This free escape room experience is for families or groups of 2-7 pe...


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 www.amespubliclibrary.org/programproposal.

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

Terrific Tuesdays

10:00am - 11:00am
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Farwell T. Brown Auditorium
Age Group: Family, Adults
Program Type: Class/Workshop, Concert, Reading Incentive Program, Special Event
Program Details:
Terrific Tuesdays features performers from all over the Midwest in a variety of acts. Families of all ages are encouraged to come participate and watch these amazingly talented artists and performers.   This week's feature: Magician Rick...


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 www.amespubliclibrary.org/programproposal.

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

The Bridge Home

11:00am - 2:00pm
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Jonie & John Fitzsimmons Study Room - 1st Floor
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Special Event
Program Details:
  Ames Public Library is partnering with The Bridge Home to provide easy access to critical services in our community. Staff from The Bridge Home will be available in the Library to assist individuals and families on the verge of—or experie...


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 www.amespubliclibrary.org/programproposal.

This event is in the "Family" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Farwell T. Brown Auditorium
Age Group: Family, Teens
Program Type: Special Event
Program Details:
  Having a full stomach of good food is important! Eat a free lunch weekdays starting June 6 from 11:30am-12:30pm in the Library's Auditorium. Lunch is free to all youth 18 years and younger; meals for adults accompanying youth are $3.50...


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 www.amespubliclibrary.org/programproposal.

This event is in the "Family" group.

Tech Tuesdays

1:00pm - 2:00pm
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Danfoss Room
Age Group: Family
Program Type: Class/Workshop, Technology
Program Details:
  Kids going into grades 1st-5th can come explore with different tech devices and theories. Explore what technology does and how it has changed from the past to the present. Consider how inventors use the engineer design process and look...


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 www.amespubliclibrary.org/programproposal.

This event is in the "Family" group.

Baby Time

1:30pm - 2:00pm
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Storytime Room
Age Group: Family
Program Type: Meetup, Storytime
Program Details:
  Bring your pre-walker to the Library for stories, songs, and baby sign language. Join with other caregivers and older siblings for 20 minutes of fun and learning. Feel free to bring a stuffed animal or doll for the older sibling to learn ...


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 www.amespubliclibrary.org/programproposal.

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

Magic Class

2:00pm - 3:00pm
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Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Farwell T. Brown Auditorium
Age Group: Family, Teens
Program Type: Class/Workshop
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Program Details:
  Third graders and older are invited to learn magic tricks from magician Rick "Eugene" Brammer.  Each participant will receive a magic kit with supplies to learn 5 different tricks. Registration is required.   Sponsored ...


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 www.amespubliclibrary.org/programproposal.

This event is in the "Family" group.

Read with APL-Y

3:00pm - 3:30pm
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Storytime Room
Age Group: Family
Program Type: Meetup
Program Details:
  Children of all ages are invited to drop in and read with an APL-Youth volunteer. Readers can practice their skills reading to a teen or older child. Pre-readers can enjoy being read to.  We will have lots of books to choose from,...


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 www.amespubliclibrary.org/programproposal.