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Look for Ames Public Library's mascot, Smyles, at the Library and at special events around town! Smyles is also a big part of Project Smyles, the Library's outreach program to children in daycare and preschool.
Upcoming Family Events
A Universe of Stories- All Your Favorite Books!
Capture the FlagView Catalog Entry
Snowed in at a chaotic Washington, D.C. airport, Anna, JosT and Henry encounter a mysterious tattooed man, a flamboyant politician and a rambunctious poodle before learning that a historical U.S. flag has been stolen and that the culprits are also at the airport.
Go Sleep in Your Own BedView Catalog Entry
When Pig plops into his sty at bedtime, he finds Cow sleeping there and must send her off to her stall, setting off a chain reaction of animals being awakened to move to their own beds.
Happy Birthday, Mrs. Piggle-WiggleView Catalog Entry
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is back with a brand-new bundle of wonderfully magical cures for any bad habit—from watching too much TV to picky eating to fear of trying new things. With a little help from her pets, Wag the dog, Lightfoot the cat, and Lester the pig—and a trunk full of magnificent powders and potions—she can solve any problem, big or small. And while Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is working her magic, the children are working some of their own, planning a boisterous birthday bash for everyone's favorite problem solver! Just in time for the sixtieth anniversary of the original Mrs.
My Neighbor Totoro: A NovelView Catalog Entry
One of Studio Ghibli’s most beloved classics, Totoro celebrates its 25th anniversary! The beloved animation classic by legendary Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki, My Neighbor Totoro is now retold in novel form. This prestige, hardcover edition features original illustrations by Miyazaki himself, accompanying a story written by veteran children's book author Tsugiko Kubo. Sure to delight both existing fans and new readers! Eleven-year-old Satsuki and her sassy little sister Mei have moved to the country to be closer to their ailing mother.
The Key to ExtraordinaryView Catalog Entry
The highly anticipated new stand alone novel from rising star Natalie Lloyd! There's a lot Emma wants to tell her mother about: her job leading cemetery walking tours, her new drum set, and the fact that the town's most famous ghost, the Morning Glory, seems to be trying to send Emma a message. But Emma can't share any of this, because Emma's mom is dead. Luckily, there's a loophole. The women in Emma's family all have a special destiny that comes to them in the form of a dream, and when they finally achieve this destiny, they're rewarded with a vision of all their extraordinary ancestors.
The Lemonade WarView Catalog Entry
Evan Treski, who is people-smart, and his younger sister Jesse, who is math-smart, battle it out through competing lemonade stands, each trying to be the first to earn one hundred dollars.
In a Blue RoomView Catalog Entry
Alice wants everything in her bedroom to be blue before she falls asleep.
Humphrey's Really Wheely Racing DayView Catalog Entry
"When Mandy, one of the students from classroom 26, brings a special hamster-sized racecar to class, it means just one thing--Humphrey is going to be in a hamster race"--
Garvey's ChoiceView Catalog Entry
AKirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year ASchool Library Journal Best Book of the Year Garvey’s father has always wanted Garvey to be athletic, but Garvey is interested in astronomy, science fiction, reading--anything but sports. Feeling like a failure, he comforts himself with food. Garvey is kind, funny, smart, a loyal friend, and he is also overweight, teased by bullies, and lonely. When his only friend encourages him to join the school chorus, Garvey’s life changes.
Double TroubleView Catalog Entry
Anna Hibiscus welcomes not one but two new baby brothers in her latest picture book. It's going to be a big adjustment for everyone, especially Anna Hibiscus. Luckily, her family knows that while two babies mean double the trouble, it also means double the love.