Library News


Donations & Volunteering for MLK Day Project

Ames Public Library is organizing a day of service to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The public is encouraged to participate by donating materials or volunteering time.



Through January 16, bring donations of new/unused containers of the ...

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Library Door Upgrade

The Library's front doors are being upgraded for better accessibility!

The doors at the Library's main entrance are being replaced by automatic motion-sensing doors. One set of doors will remain available for entry and exit during the construction. The Library will remain open regular h...

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Library Notes

Resources for the New Year

by Jonathan Tostado-Marquez

With the New Year comes new beginnings, new adventures and, for some, new resolutions and goals. Whether you are interested in finally finishing up that small project you keep putting off or picking up a new skill or hobby, the Ames Public Library has a wide ra...

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It Comes Down to Empathy

by Ellen Wanamaker

Two times recently I’ve had that bittersweet experience of reading a book I couldn’t bear to finish. Of course I finished both, and have been raving about them ever since.

A few years ago I read Anthony Doerr’s “All the Light You Cannot See.” That story, set i...

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A Reading Habit

by Jillian Ocken

“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” - W. Somerset Maugham

January is a time for starting fresh, setting goals, and building good habits. While many of us focus on starting a healthier life...

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