Events & News

Reopening Phase 1

Ames Public Library’s lobby is currently open for limited “grab and go” services.

We’re excited to welcome the community back into the building!

However, this first phase is a limited reopening of only the lobby for quick holds pickup and checkouts. The focus is on short visits and reduced interaction with staff for the health and safety of visitors and staff.

Please do not come into the Library if you or a member of your household are sick or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 2 weeks. 

Visitors are required to wear masks covering their nose and mouth and maintain 6 feet of distance from staff and other visitors.

Reopening Details

See more information about the reopening, including special hours and restrictions, here.

 

Regular Closings

New Year's Day
Presidents Day
Easter
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving and the Day After Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
New Year's Eve (Close at 5pm)

Program Proposals

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Free Books For Students at Grab and Go Meal Sites

Ames families will again have access to free books on Fridays at four grab and go meal sites: Meeker, Mitchell, Sawyer, and the Ames Public Library. The location for Ames Public Library is at the south end of the alley behind the Library. Vehicles enter the alley from 6th Street. Pedestrians...

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Upcoming Events

This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Read the World Challenge

All Day 9/15 - 11/15
All Ages
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Ames Public Library
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Reading Incentive Program
Program Details:
FOR ALL AGES SEPT. 15 - NOV. 15, 2020 Supported by the Ames Public Library Friends Foundation.   At Ames Public Library, we celebrate all the ways our differences come together to make our community a better place to grow and thriv...


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.

Trick or Treat at the Library

All Day 10/25 - 10/31
Family
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Lobby
Age Group: Family
Program Type: Special Event
Program Details:
Stop by the Library in costume during our regular hours for a free treat! 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.
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Farwell T. Brown Auditorium
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Boards/Government, Special Event, Voting
Program Details:
In-person absentee voting will be available in the Library's Auditorium Saturdays, October 10, 17, 24, and 31, from 9am-4pm in the Library's Auditorium. All ballot styles for Story County will be available.  Story County voters ma...


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.

Great Books 2

1:00pm - 3:00pm
Adults
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Dale H. Ross Board Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Discussion, Meetup
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 4
Program Details:
Come discuss classic short stories and essays recommended by the Great Books Foundation. Call (515) 239-5646 ext. 4 to register or learn more. 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.

General Election

7:00am - 9:00pm
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Farwell T. Brown Auditorium
Purpose of Meeting
General Election Polling Site for Ames W1P4. ...
This event is in the "Family" group.

Storytime Online

10:00am - 10:30am
Family
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Family
Program Type: Storytime
Program Details:
Join us for a storytime with your Ames Public Library friends on Facebook! You can also watch past storytimes on our YouTube channel.   ...


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.

Mystery Lovers Book Club

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Adults
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Rotary Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Discussion
Program Details:
Mystery readers, come talk about books by a selected author. November: Anne Perry December: John Sanford ...


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 "All Ages" group.
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Special Event
Program Details:
Support Ames Public Library by shopping at Worldly Goods--online or in-store--on Project Smyles Benefit Shopping Day! During this event, a portion of your purchases will be donated to Ames Public Library’s Project Smyles.  Project Smyles is a...


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.