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Library News

Small Talk Builds Babies' Brains

Did you know that Ames Public Library is part of an exciting research program about brain development in babies?

Small Talk Story County is a program that not only trains parents how to help their child’s brain development through talk, but also performs research on the outcomes of...

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Experiment with a MERGE Cube

Would you like to hold the sun in the palm of your hand? Try it out at the Library!

Visit Ames Public Library's children's area this summer to explore a MERGE Cube. Using an app and the camera on one of our tablets, you can interact with a virtual object that moves, tilts, and rotates w...

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Dog Man Wins March Madness

After a month-long, no-holds-barred brawl, Dog Man (along with Cat Kid) has claimed the title of most popular children's book at Ames Public Library.

The Library's annual March Madness bracket invited visitors to vote on their favorite book in four weeks of match-ups. Mo Willems' Don't ...

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Upcoming Events

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Winter Reading Challenge

All Day12/26 - 1/31
Family, Teens, Adults
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Lobby
Age Group: Family, Teens, Adults
Program Type: Reading Incentive Program
Program Details:
All ages are invited to sign up at the Library, Bookmobile, or online at amespubliclibrary.beanstack.org. Supported by the Ames Public Library Friends Foundation. ...


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.

Conversations in Russian

January 18, 2020
10:00am - 11:00am
Adults
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: The Studio
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Language Learning, Meetup
Program Details:
Native and non-native Russian speakers are invited to gather for some casual conversation in Russian. ...


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.

Write in the Heart of Iowa

January 18, 2020
10:00am - 12:00pm
Adults
Cancelled
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Rotary Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Author/Writing, Meetup
Program Details:
Write in the Heart of Iowa is a community critique group dedicated to helping writers reach their goals. This drop-in writing group is open to writers of all genres. Bring up to 5 pages (double-spaced) of your manuscript, a pen, and be read...


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.

Saturday Play Date: Write with Me

January 18, 2020
10:30am - 11:00am
Family
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Storytime Room
Age Group: Family
Program Type: Meetup
Program Details:
Join other children and their adult caregivers and play with us as we learn through books, songs, crafts, and games! Use your imagination and creativity to tell stories of all kinds. We'll use puppets, books, iPads, and more to help us with...


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)

January 18, 2020
11:00am - 12:30pm
Teens
Cancelled
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Dale H. Ross Board Room
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. There’s free pizza, too! Supported by the Ames Public Library Friends Foundation. ...


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.

Chinese Storytime

January 18, 2020
11:15am - 12:15pm
Family
Cancelled
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Storytime Room
Age Group: Family
Program Type: Storytime
Program Details:
Join us for stories and song in a Chinese family storytime. ...


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.

THE FUSION CUP: A POKÉMON GO PVP TOURNAMENT

January 18, 2020
11:30am - 2:30pm
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Danfoss Room
Purpose of Meeting
We are excited to host our January Pokémon GO tournament, the Fusion Cup, at the Ames Public Library! If you haven't participated in a cup before please visit our discord and we will do our best to help get you setup and ready for the tournament: ...
This event is in the "Family" group.

Harry Potter Read-in and Craft

January 18, 2020
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Family
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Storytime Room
Age Group: Family
Program Type: Arts/Crafts, Storytime
Program Details:
Get in the mood for our upcoming annual Harry Potter Yule Ball! Elementary aged students are invited to enjoy a read-in of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Listen to the first chapter while enjoying snacks and then make your own mini ...


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.