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Reading Radio Wednesdays @ Noon on KHOI Community Radio

Watch for videos, book recommendations, and more on our Facebook page and our YouTube channel.

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@HOME Activities for Teens

Need some ideas for fun stuff to do at home? Pick up a free @HOME Activity Kit at the Library!


Need some book recommendations?

Fill out our Personalized Picks online form to tell us about what you want to read. Our experts will put together a custom book list based on your responses and e-mail it to you!

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Teen Advisory Group

The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) helps the Library plan programs for teens and pick out books for teens.

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Upcoming Teen Events

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515 Day

All Day
Family, Teens, Adults
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Ames Public Library
Age Group: Family, Teens, Adults
Program Type: Special Event
Program Details:
  515 Day is a new spring celebration for those who live, work and play in the 515 area code on 5/15. Activities in Downtown Ames will include family-friendly activities, live music, specials and sales, and more! Be sure to check out wha...

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.

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Improved Wildlife Habitats in Ames

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Teens, Adults
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Nature/Sustainability
Program Details:
  Ames Middle School students will share why birds are essential parts of our ecosystem. Climate change has had a large effect on birds, from changing their migration patterns to preventing them from finding food. Learn how you can help ...

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.

Teen Advisory Group (TAG)

7:00pm - 8:30pm
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Boards/Government, Meetup
Program Details:
Help plan exciting library events for teens, share what you’re reading, and make new friends.  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.


Your Library Online

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Bridges: e-books, audiobooks, and videos

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Kanopy: award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema

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Hoopla: e-audiobooks, graphic novels, e-books, movies, music, and television

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Newspapers, Language Learning, and Much More!

The New York Times (NYTimes.com): Enjoy complimentary unlimited access to the world's finest journalism on NYTimes.com the world's


K-12 Databases

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ABC Mouse

Check out ABC Mouse for award-winning educational games, puzzles, books and other fun interactive learning activities for kids age 2 to 6. It’s free to use in the Ames Public Library! In Library Use Only

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Academic OneFile

Academic OneFile offers access to millions of peer-reviewed, full text articles for a variety of academic subjects.

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America's News/Ames Tribune from NewsBank

Search local job fairs, companies in the news, state and national business, economic and employment trends. Find diverse perspectives on topics related to job searching, consumer spending and the housing market. Updated daily. 

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Brainfuse Help Now

Stuck on a tough homework assignment? Looking for test prep resources? Brainfuse offers virtual live tutoring, a 24-hour writing assignment review, study groups, flashcards, and can even help create a study plan. Find test prep for college entrance exams and ASVAB. Adult learners will find tutoring and study guides just for adults, as well as computer training courses, and study guides for the U.S. Citizenship Test, TABE, TOEFL, GED, and more. 

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FirstSearch Online Database

FirstSearch is a great place to start if you're looking for a specific book or for full-text articles. You can search for books and e-books at libraries across the world and access millions of full-text, full-image articles from thousands of serials.

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GCF LearnFree

If you need a quick brush up on your Microsoft Office or other technology skills GCF LearnFree is the place to start. Check out their more than 125 self-paced tutorials for math, career, reading, every day life skills, and more. 

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Khan Academy

Khan Academy's mission is to provide free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere, and they’ve partnered with institutions like NASA and the Museum of Modern Art to do so. Create an account and you'll have access to videos, exercises, and your own learning dashboard as you study at your own pace. 

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Mango Languages

Powered by intelligent technology and an adaptive algorithm, Mango empowers you to communicate with confidence, preparing you for uncharted experiences with language and culture. Challenge yourself to discover something new. Start the conversation.

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Novelist Plus

NoveList is a fiction database that provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, and much more for over 120,000 fiction titles. It also includes other content of interest to fiction readers, such as Author Read-alikes, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, and Feature Articles. 

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Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Opposing Viewpoints is the perfect resource for anyone wanting information on today's hottest social issues, from capital punishment to immigration to marijuana. It offers pro/con viewpoints, reference articles, interactive maps, infographics, and more. Informed, differing views help you develop critical-thinking skills and draw your own conclusions.

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Want a fun, 21st century alternative to print picture books? TumbleBookLibrary has a great interactive collection of stories with sound, music, animation, and narration. Have your favorite book read as you follow along and enjoy the story. Be sure to check out their book of the day!

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Teen Rainbow Books

  • Cover image for What If Someone I Know Is Gay?

    Offers answers to questions young readers might ask about gay people, whether those questions concern a friend, a family member, or themselves.

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  • Cover image for Beautiful Music for Ugly Children

    The award-winning author of The Sky Always Hears Me and the Hills Don't Mind presents the story of teen DJ Gabe, a transgendered youth who knows himself to be a boy trapped in a girl's body and whose efforts to gain acceptance are threatened by a violent gang of bullies. Original.

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  • Cover image for Who's That Girl

    This laugh-out-loud debut is filled with hilarious awkward encounters, a supportive LGBTQ organization, and too many cheesy lyrics to count—all with the compulsive readability of Audrey, Wait! and Boy Meets Boy. Junior Nattie McCullough has always been that under-the-radar straight girl who hangs out in the cafeteria with her gay-straight alliance friends. She’s never been the girl that gets the guy, let alone the girl that gets a hit song named after her.

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  • Cover image for The Porcupine of Truth

    Spending his summer in Billings, Montana, to help care for the dying alcoholic father he never knew, Carson Smith meets a beautiful runaway and a pastor who holds a secret about Carson's long-missing grandfather. By the award-winning author of Out of the Pocket. Simultaneous eBook.

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  • Cover image for The Letter Q

    Collects letters from such famous contributors as Brian Selznick, Michael Cunningham, and Amy Bloom to offer hope and support in the face of prejudice.

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  • Cover image for The Prince and the Dressmaker

    Prince Sebastian has a secret. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia. Sebastian's secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances. But how long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend?

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  • Cover image for Lizard Radio

    Fifteen-year-old bender Kivali has had a rough time in a gender-rigid culture. Abandoned as a baby and raised by Sheila, an ardent nonconformist, Kivali has always been surrounded by uncertainty. Where did she come from? Is it true what Sheila says, that she was deposited on Earth by the mysterious saurians? Now she's in CropCamp, with all of its schedules and regs, and the first real friends she's ever had. Strange occurrences and complicated relationships raise questions Kivali has never before had to consider.

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  • Cover image for The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

    "A story set on the American border with Mexico, about family and friendship, life and death, and one teen struggling to understand what his adoption does and doesn't mean about who he is"--

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  • Cover image for Love Dares You

    "This volume reprints the comic-book series Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10, #11-15, from Dark Horse Comics"--Title page verso.

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  • Cover image for Brazen

    With her characteristic wit and dazzling drawings, celebrated graphic novelist Penelope Bagieu profiles the lives of these feisty female role models, some world famous, some little known. From Nellie Bly to Mae Jemison or Josephine Baker to Naziq al-Abid, the stories in this comic biography are sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies.

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