Art at the Library

Permanent Artwork

Front Courtyard

Cast bronze statue of girl and boy reading a book

A World To Teach, 1999

Jane Dedecker

Cast bronze

Donated by Mr. and Mrs. Michael Gartner in memory of their son, Christopher, 1999.

Literary Grounds

Stained glass kaleidoscope hanging in window

Kaleidoscope, 1999

Julie Flemmer-Stratton

Stained glass 

Crafted by the Stained Glass Store of Des Moines –donated in honor of Ames resident Jane Johnson by her children.

Youth Services Area

Tim Read Mural in the youth services area

Cover to Cover, 2016

Tim Read

Pencil drawings transferred to digital graphics, then colorized and reproduced as vinyl decals to form an 86 ft. wall mural.

Commissioned by the Ames Public Library Friends Foundation.

WOW Wall

WOW Wall

Grand Staircase

Quilt with geometric design hanging on wall

Title, 2016

Marny Buck / Jill Guffy

Quilted panels

Dale H. Ross Boardroom

Painting of yellow bird on a branch

Invocation, 2010

Barbara Walton

Microcrystalline wax and oil paint on canvas 

Acquired by APL Art Committee in 2016.

Rotary Room

Sealine Glass hung on window pane

Untitled, 2017

Eric Sealine

Enameled glass

Donated by Shirley J. Wood in 2017.


Painting of a deserted house on Highway 20

Deserted House, Highway 20

Mary Lou Wright  


Donated by Pat and Judy Kavanaugh in 2017.

painting of the GM&O train station in Carlinville, IL

G. M. & O., Carlinville, IL

Mary Lou Wright


Donated by Pat and Judy Kavanaugh in 2017.

Heritage Room

Girl with Book statue

Girl with Book, 1971

Isabelle Bloom

Cast concrete with mosaic chips of blue and yellow Venetian glass

Commissioned in memory of Letha Davidson, Library Director from 1929-1963, who passed away in 1968. 

Crawford art piece depicting young children dancing amidst flowers

School of Emmy Zweybrück-Prochaska, Vienna, 1900s

Helli Fritz

Lithograph reproduction 

Formerly a one-piece mural, donated by the LouiseCrawford Elementary School PTO when the school closed in 2001. For ease of transport and hanging, the original work was divided into two pieces, and subsequently framed.

Crawford art piece depicting young children walking together

Adult Services, West-facing Wall

Farwell T. Brown Photos shown in the Farwell T. Brown room

Farwell T. Brown Collection, 1860-1990


From the archives of Farwell T. Brown. Find the complete collection at

Nilsson Study Room, Adult Services

Nilsson divided canvas piece of flower pot and landscape


Elisa Racelis Boughner

Oil on canvas

Donated by the family of Lisa Fawcett Nilsson.