Events & News

Reopening Phase 1 Begins July 1

Starting July 1, Ames Public Library’s lobby will be open for limited “grab and go” services.

We’re excited to welcome the community back into the building!

However, this first phase is a limited reopening of only the lobby for quick holds pickup and checkouts. The focus is on short visits and reduced interaction with staff for the health and safety of visitors and staff.

Please do not come into the Library if you or a member of your household are sick or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 2 weeks. 

Visitors are expected to wear masks covering their nose and mouth and maintain 6 feet of distance from staff and other visitors.

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

Reopening the Library: Phase 1

Starting July 1, Ames Public Library’s lobby will be open for limited “grab and go” services.

We’re excited to welcome the community back into the building!

However, this first phase is a limited reopening of only the lobby for quick holds pickup and checkouts. The focus is on...

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Now Offering Curbside Holds Pickup

Ames Public Library has introduced a new, contact-free Curbside Holds Pickup service. Curbside Holds Pickup will allow Library cardholders to request physical items like books and DVDs, then schedule an appointment to pick them up in front of the Library.

Director Sheila Schofer says st...

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How many holds can the holds shelf hold?

How many holds can the holds shelf hold? A holds shelf can only hold as many holds as the holds shelf currently holds!

We're sending out information to people with holds on these shelves to sign up for curbside pickup starting May 19. Once we've got a little breathing room, we'll open i...

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Returning Library Items

We're ready for you to start returning your Library items! 

If you're ready to get the Library books out of your house, drop them off in the drive-up drop box in the alley behind the Library. (The drop box by the front door is also available.)

Please continue to hold onto...

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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.

Summer Reading Challenge

All Day 6/1 - 8/14
Family, Teens, Adults
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Family, Teens, Adults
Program Type: Reading Incentive Program
Program Details:
This year our summer reading challenge for all ages is designed to develop a reading habit and connect everyone to the world of ideas through the Ames Public Library. Read and complete challenges to earn virtual badges. See how many you c...


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.

Outrage to Change Exhibit

7/1 @ 4:00pm - 7/31 @ 5:00pm
All Ages
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Ames Public Library
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts/Crafts
Program Details:
Come see some amazing art by Jill Wells in the Library's Southeast windows! This exhibit is part of Octagon Center for the Arts #outragetochange project, which is a pop-up art show featuring and supporting BIPOC artists. Jill Wells ...


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.

Terrific Tuesday: Fairy Tales Forever

10:00am - 10:30am
Family
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Family
Program Type: Special Event
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 981
Program Details:
Join us every Tuesday for a fun online event for families featuring a special presenter! This week, Jester Puppets will share Fairy Tales Forever with JoustEvolution and the Renaissance Faire at Sleepy Hollow, bringing enormous...


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: 49
Program Details:
This month's title: The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer 028 focuses on recently published, popular nonfiction on a variety of topics. Join us for an online discussion using Zoom. Pl...


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 Live! 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.
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Dale H. Ross Board Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Discussion
Program Details:
Check out this book discussion group exploring social and cultural topics through the lens of fiction and nonfiction. The goal is to encourage deep reflection and nuanced discussion about how the topics' impacts manifest and resonate in modern soci...


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.

Terrific Tuesday: Absolute Science

10:00am - 10:30am
Family
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Family
Program Type: Special Event
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 988
Program Details:
Join us every Tuesday for a fun online event for families featuring a special presenter! This week, watch the Absolute Science Laser show and some awesome magic with Rick Eugene. Register to receive the event link by e-mail (around 9:45am the d...


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.
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Special Event
Program Details:
Join our panelists for a conversation and hear how menstruation ​connects to gender identity and race, learn about the different types of period products that exist, and discuss stigmas surrounding menstrual health. Participants can enter to win priz...


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.