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Library News

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...

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Library Notes

Living the Van Life!

by Ellen Wanamaker

Library books are free, of course. What’s not free is the trip you take because you read about it in a library book and JUST HAD TO GO THERE.

Last spring I was feeling restless (like everyone else) and picked up a copy of Lonely Planet’s “The Vanlife Companion” by ...

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Road Trip!

by Jillian Ocken

Who’s ready for vacation? It’s almost time to pack up the family, hop in the car, and head out in search of adventure!

If you haven’t picked a destination yet, be sure to check out Ames Public Library’s Adventure Passes. There are a lot of great places to visit ...

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Upcoming Events

Branches:
Ames Public Library
Description:
Ames Public Library will be closed May 30. ...
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:
  Beginning in October, Ames Public Library is partnering with The Bridge Home to provide easy access to critical services. Staff from The Bridge Home will be available in the Library to assist individuals and families on the verge of—or ex...


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 "Adults" group.
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Dale H. Ross Board Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Language Learning, Meetup
Program Details:
  Gather (in person or online) for casual conversations in Spanish. Chat in your native language or get comfortable speaking in another language. To join via Zoom, click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84042020863?pwd=U2F2UGdlWXJxVU...


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.
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Vestibule
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Exhibit
Program Details:
"Degrees of Freedom'' by Jordan "KNWSLF" Brooks is an inquiry-based art installation as part of Ames Public Library's Juneteenth celebration. All are encouraged to participate by identifying ways the United States has restricted freedom for Black...


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 "Adults" group.

Mystery Lovers Book Club

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Rotary Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Discussion, Meetup
Program Details:
  Mystery readers, come talk about books by a selected author or on a theme! June - Tana French July - Agatha Christie August - A mystery featuring a junior sleuth   ...


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 "Adults" group.

ACCESS at the Library

1:00pm - 4:00pm
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Study Room #3 - 2nd Floor
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Meetup
Program Details:
  Staff from ACCESS will be available in the Library to provide services that enhance safety, and empower survivors of domestic abuse or sexual assault. If you are dealing with sexual harassment, domestic abuse (emotional or physical), or s...


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.

Art Sale

1:00pm - 9:00pm
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Lobby
Age Group: Family, Teens
Program Type: Book Sale
Program Details:
  Stop by Literary Grounds used bookstore for a special Art Sale in celebration of the Downtown Ames Art Walk! Shop for great deals on everything related to the arts: architecture, photography, writing, etc. starting at 1pm Thursday and con...


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.

Teen Videogames

3:30pm - 6:00pm
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Teen Space
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Meetup
Program Details:
  Need a brain break? Teens are invited to hang out and play videogames on our big screen Thursdays after school!   ...


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

4:00pm - 7:00pm
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Lisa Fawcett Nilsson Study Room - 2nd Floor
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Special Event
Program Details:
  Beginning in October, Ames Public Library is partnering with The Bridge Home to provide easy access to critical services. Staff from The Bridge Home will be available in the Library to assist individuals and families on the verge of—or ex...


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.