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Reading Colors Your World

byJerri Heid

Summer reading and activities are back at your Ames Public Library! Thanks to technology the Library has continued reading challenges and activities throughout the pandemic, but this summer will be more like a normal summer.

For youth, a normal summer means school’s out. It means time for activities, reading, and exploring and learning in a different way than they do in a classroom. After a hectic school year, participating in special Library events and the reading challenge can help your family relax, return to a familiar routine, and refocus.

This year’... Read Full Blog

Planned Changes to Deer Housing Facility at 1920 Dayton Ave.

The USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is planning to construct a new site entrance guard shelter to replace the current guard structure and construct a new deer housing facility within the current fence line and site of the facility located at 1920 Dayton Ave. in Ames, IA. The Project locations are depicted on the site map, Figure 1. This Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared to identify, analyze, and document the potential physical, environmental, cultural, and socioeconomic effects associated with this Proposed Action. 

Read the Environmental Assessment >... Read Full Blog

Exterior Property Maintenance Code Workshop to be Held on June 15

The Ames City Council will listen to the public input regarding proposed exterior property maintenance standards at a workshop scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15 in the City Hall City Council Chambers, 515 Clark Ave.

More than a decade ago, the City of Ames established standards applied to the exterior condition of rental housing in Chapter 13 of the Ames Municipal Code entitled "Rental Housing." However, these ordinances do not apply to owner-occupied residential, industrial, and commercial properties. The lack of standards has created concern from property owners who feel ... Read Full Blog

Armchair Adventures

by Ashley Wilson

There are a million good reasons to go on an armchair adventure. You probably already travel in your armchair a few or more times a week without even thinking about it! Maybe it’s armchair dining with your favorite food channel, space exploration with the latest issue of “National Geographic,” or revisiting your favorite trip with a photo album. All of these are great ways to explore from—and with—the comforts of home. However, if you're like me and have found yourself wanting to explore something new, be sure to stop by the Ames Public Library as there is plenty more to... Read Full Blog

Summer Reading Begins!

Ames Public Library's annual Summer Reading Challenge is here!

Read for Prizes

Do you love free stuff? Are you between the ages of 0 and 120? Then join our Summer Reading Challenge starting Tuesday, June 1!

Three Ways to Play

Visit Download the Beanstack Tracker app Or pick up a Summer Reading Challenge gameboard at the Library

Find out more at

Events for Everyone

We have a summer full of fun and learning planned for all ages, incl... Read Full Blog

To Hear the Story Told

by Tracy Briseño

I love to read books. I love having old favorites lined up on a shelf ready to open. I love the feel of the paper and the fun of using a special bookmark to mark my progress. I love being able to lend a favorite to a friend.

I also love e-books. I enjoy having a selection of items ready to read depending on my whim. I love the convenience of reading while eating with my phone propped up. I love being able to check out the next book in the series from the library at 11pm when I must know what happens next.

But, I have to say, there is something sp... Read Full Blog

Books for the Newly Adults and the In-between Ages

by Keirra McFadden

Reading has always been a part of my life. For as long as I can remember I have been able to bring the words in a novel to life in my head. In elementary school I started off with Junie B. Jones books and never looked back. Between middle school and high school, I found some of the best young adult novels, and I have continued to read them ever since. Now that I am 20 and in college, I have started to notice a problem; I feel slightly too old for young adult books and slightly too young for most adult books.

Before I continue, I want to say I don’t belie... Read Full Blog

Free Walk-in COVID-19 Vaccinations

Ames Public Library will host free walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations:

Saturday, May 15, from 10am to 3pm Tuesday, May 18, from 10am to 3pm Saturday, May 22, from 10am to 3pm Thursday, June 3, from 3 to 7pm

Mary Greeley Medical Center staff will administer the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) single-dose vaccine for ages 18 and older.

CyRide will offer free rides to these vaccination events.

For more information visit

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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

by Megan Klein-Hewett

Each May the Library honors Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Heritage months provide us with an opportunity to reflect on our own cultural experiences, or learn from experiences that are unlike our own. Here are some great books to help you navigate the Asian American experience through literature. Take some time this month to explore the world through these titles!

You are probably familiar with Celeste Ng, author of “Little Fires Everywhere,” but you may not have read her debut novel, “Everything I Never Told You.” Set in the 1970... Read Full Blog

Star Wars: The Fan Awakens

by Jillian Ocken

Hello there! It’s Star Wars day, and what a day for a Star Wars fan to be alive! With a new Star Wars series launching and many more projects already announced, it looks like the galaxy far, far away is getting bigger every day.

Before we continue, I have a confession to make; until recently, I had only really watched the Star Wars movies. I knew there were animated TV shows, books, and games out there, but I didn’t pay too much attention to them.

Like many casual Star Wars fans, “The Mandalorian” opened my eyes to some of the stories happening off th... Read Full Blog

Departing from the Canon

by Brianne Anderson

How many of you have heard a version of the phrase, “The world is a different place than it used to be”? I can hear my grandparents saying this to me as I was growing up and learning to drive and navigate adolescence. My parents have spoken thus numerous times while discussing my parenting choices as they babysit their grandchildren. And last week, I used a similar phrase to explain life before the internet to my own young children.

Change happens and the world evolves with it. Change can be good, but it also brings struggles to adapt and adjust. Our wo... Read Full Blog

Move over, Nancy Drew!

by Anastasia Tuckness

One day last fall, I came to work and noticed a stack of books on my desk. Hmm, I thought, those are those dusty teen detective novels I never got around to reading. Why the sudden interest? Turns out a new show on Netflix featuring Enola Holmes was prompting lots of holds. One of my coworkers surveyed the books and determined—they need to be moved from teen to juvenile! And they need to be catalogued as a series! And we need a whole bunch of new copies! And thus began a flurry of activity to meet the demand.

Enola Holmes herself was an original creat... Read Full Blog

Iowa Climate Action Planning

by Ellen Wanamaker

Ames Public Library invites you to attend an Iowa Climate Action Planning meeting on Wednesday, April 14th at 7:00 pm via Zoom. To join the meeting, go to the calendar on the Ames Public Library website.

The meeting seeks to educate the public on what a climate action plan is, why a community needs one, and what goals might be included in Ames’ specific plan. You’ll have a chance to learn from climate action experts from neighboring cities. The moderator for the event is Vivian M. Cook, ISU graduate student in Community Development and Sustainable Agricu... Read Full Blog

Better Together

by Jill Philby

When kids ask for help finding books here at the library, it seems as if they fall into one of two camps.  They like either fiction or non-fiction, and there isn’t much overlap.  Once in a while someone will ask for non-fiction books about dragons or some other magical creature—which always makes me chuckle—but in general, it’s a definite one or the other. 

But the few kids who ask for both are on to something.

When you pair fiction with nonfiction, you learn better.

Reading fiction works on your emotional brain.  Fict... Read Full Blog

Twenty Twenty-One

by Max Gulden

If someone were to ask you to pick out a single notable thing about the year 2021, what would you say? I’m going to go out on a limb and choose something a bit controversial: it ends in a one. As a nod to this endearing attribute of this most endearing year, let’s look back to some memorable films set in years that also end in a one that are—or will soon be—available through your Ames Public Library.

2011. “Nomadland.” This critically-acclaimed film follows the experiences of Fern (Frances McDormand) as she turns to the road following the death of her spouse ... Read Full Blog