Events & News

Ames Public Library’s lobby is currently open for limited “grab and go” services.

Reopening Details

See more information about the reopening, including special hours and restrictions, here.

 

Regular Closings

New Year's Day
Presidents Day
Easter
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving and the Day After Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
New Year's Eve (Close at 5pm)

Program Proposals

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Library News

Library Shifts to Curbside Service

In response to increased community spread of COVID-19, Ames Public Library will shift from “grab and go” lobby service to curbside service starting Sunday, November 22.

Curbside Holds Pickup will allow Library cardholders to request physical items like books and DVDs, then pick the...

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Library Enters New Strategic Plan

Ames Public Library has entered into a new Strategic Plan.

The process of creating this plan began in the fall of 2019. Library staff gathered community input, analyzed data, reviewed library best practices, and looked at overall societal trends. 

“Our goal was to have an...

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Upcoming Events

This event is in the "Family" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

"Ebenezer Duke" A Holiday Musical

All Day 12/1 - 12/31
Family, Teens, Adults
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Family, Teens, Adults
Program Type: Special Event
Program Details:
Watch Duke Otherwise's family-friendly adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" told through original songs, storytelling/acting, and dance! Watch Ebenezer Duke here: https://youtu.be/uJ8jmzAHlVA ...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

This event is in the "All Ages" group.
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Special Event
Program Details:
Take a walk through downtown Ames and discover The Napping House by Audrey Wood! Enlarged pages from this beloved picture book will be displayed in windows on Main Street for all ages to read and enjoy. Presented in partnership with Ames Publi...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

This event is in the "Family" group.

Storytime Online

10:00am - 10:30am
Family
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Family
Program Type: Storytime
Program Details:
Join us for a storytime with your Ames Public Library friends on Facebook! You can also watch past storytimes on our YouTube channel.   ...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Great Books 2

1:00pm - 3:00pm
Adults
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Discussion, Meetup
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 4
Program Details:
Come discuss classic short stories and essays recommended by the Great Books Foundation. Call (515) 239-5646 ext. 4 to register or learn more. Supported by the Ames Public Library Friends Foundation. ...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

This event is in the "Adults" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Movie, Presentation
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 34
Program Details:
Monday, December 7, at 7pm, via Zoom: Moonlight Join us for a film discussion series centering on African Americans and their experiences. Participants will watch each film on their own time using the Library's free Kanopy streaming service...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

This event is in the "Family" group.

Storytime Online

10:00am - 10:30am
Family
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Family
Program Type: Storytime
Program Details:
Join us for a storytime with your Ames Public Library friends on Facebook! You can also watch past storytimes on our YouTube channel.   ...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Boundary Waters: Past, Present, & Future

7:00pm - 8:00pm
Teens, Adults
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Presentation
Program Details:
Learn about the past, present, and future of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA). This million acre wilderness area is known for its pristine water but is being threatened by the development of sulfide-ore copper mining within ...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

This event is in the "Adults" group.
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Danfoss Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Boards/Government


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

028: Real Reads

7:00pm - 9:00pm
Adults
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Discussion, Meetup
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 2
Program Details:
This month's discussion will be about The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson 028 focuses on recently published, popular nonfiction on a variety of topics. Join us for an online discussion u...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.