Smyles Toys, Books, and More!

Ames Public Library offers the following items for purchase with proceeds benefitting Project Smyles.

Dog Tales: The Adventures of Smyles

Dog Tales book cover

by Kay Marner, illustrated by Gordon S. Roy


Dog Tales was written by local author Kay Marner about Ames Public Library's mascot. A librarian named Miss June has a secret - a dog named Smyles who lives in the library's garage. Follow them on their adventures as they take the bookmobile to its outdoor storytime stops.

Dogs, Frogs, and Nature Songs CD


CD cover for Dogs, Frogs, and Nature Songs

Joyful Hearts, a local music group, produced this children's CD promoting childhood and environmental literacy in collaboration with Ames Public Library, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and Iowa Learning Farms.

Songs and lyrics are available here.

Pop-Up Book Bin


Pop-up book bin

This canvas storage cube pops up and folds flat quickly with handles for easy carrying. Ames Public Library's Smyles logo is imprinted on one side in blue. It's a great place to keep your library items!

Size: 12" x 12" x 12" (folds to less than 1/2" tall)

Dog Tales Too: Old and New

Book cover for Dog Tales Too: Old and New

by Roger Kluesner and Sarvinder Naberhaus,

illustrated by Gordon S. Roy


Dog Tales Too follows Ames Public Library’s mascot, Smyles the blue dog, as he explores familiar places in Ames, from Brookside Park to the Library. It was written not only to commemorate the opening of the expanded and renovated Ames Public Library, but also to help readers celebrate the old and new all around us.

Smyles Toy


Smyles plush toy

This plush version of Smyles is a great gift or travel buddy! Comes with a red collar with his name—Smyles—on it.

(Ages 3 and up)

How to Purchase

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