Share Your Story

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We want to know...

 

what does the Library mean to you? Here at Ames Public Library we know we provide something different for everyone. We want to know more about the patrons we serve everyday and how the Library plays a role in their lives. We want to see how you view the Library and to accomplish this we are asking you to submit story and a photo.

Submit your story online during the month of October for a chance to win a $25 gift card to a downtown Ames business! Winners will be randomly selected from all the entries. 

Be on the lookout for your submissions and see what other people submitted on social media and our website.

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A Homeschool Parent

2nd grader excited for First day of homeschool

When we moved to Ames, one of the first things we did was open a library account. We turn to the library as a money-saver (borrowing as opposed to buying books and movies) and as a place to build community.

Last year, when the pandemic was in full swing, the Ames Public Library became my go-to resource for homeschooling my two kids. I'd pick a science/history subject, go to the online catalog, and put what seemed like a billion books on hold. I'd pop in, grab them off the shelf, and go home to plan my lessons. It saved me time not to have to find and pull the books myself.

My daughters pored over the books, we'd read segments together, and do activities. We made an Egyptian water clock and parachutes to throw off the roof. The library was my partner in giving my kids a great education in a mixed-up year.

This photo was my daugher's first day of homeschool. Her excitement to learn about outer space is obvious. And the library was an integral part of making her learning successful.

Nancy F.

APL - Where Community Happens

I volunteer at the library several times each week due to gratefulness for books, people, and place. Each time I am at the library I stand at the cross roads of our community. Every slice of Ames calls the library home for many different reasons.

For me, I love wandering around this literary forest to learn, engage, and act that in turn benefits me and my community. I read children’s books, watch and talk with people different than me, and take home joy and knowledge that enriches my life.

As a volunteer I feel highly valued by staff and customers. So many wonderful people helping make Ames a better place for all of us.

How lucky I am to have APL people and resources in my life! How wonderful that I get to live in Ames!

Keirra M.

Keirra taking photos for her Ames Public Library internship

My story is about my desperate, and I mean desperate, search for an internship. You see, for my degree at Iowa State University I have to rack up 400 hours of an internship to graduate. The internship also had to pass specific criteria and get approved which meant it was no easy feat. As you can imagine, finding an internship matching the criteria was nerve racking.

I had spent months searching for an internship and Ames Public Library was my saving grace. I will never forget finding out I was hired and that they would work with me to accommodate my criteria. It was such a huge relief and I got super lucky.

I love working at the Library and will be sad when it is time to go. Working here has changed my life, which I know is cliché but it’s true.

 

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