There are many reasons to love your local library. Whether you’ve been seeing Ames Public Library for a long time or you’re thinking about your first date, here are some ideas to spice it up.
Cozy up to a book with Ames Public Library’s winter reading program for all ages. Adults can earn entries into a prize drawing just for rating the books they read. Teens can do a variety of activities to complete their winter reading punch card for a free book. Children can earn a book of their own by reading or by being read to. The reading program ends Feb. 28, so get started now if you haven’t already.
If you cherish reading (a great reason to love your library) check out the library’s many book discussion groups: Mystery Lovers, MiXed LIT, Great Books, Books @ Noon, and Let’s Talk About It. As a bonus, we will also be having a special book discussion about Louise Penny’s “Still Life.”
Book lovers will also love our President’s Day Book Sale. Stop by the library’s lobby Saturday, Feb. 15 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. for great deals on used books about presidents and history.
It may surprise you to find the library isn’t just for people who swoon over books. We have a variety of activities for all ages, and some of them have nothing to do with books. For instance, teens are invited to our Love Bites event on Valentine’s Day at 6:30 p.m. for an “uncelebration celebration” that will include party games, stuff to make and, of course, tons of candy.
You’re never too young to fall in love with your library, either. Children of all ages adore storytime, from babies on up. This month, in addition to our regular weekly storytimes we’ll have a special “Be My Valentine” storytime on Feb. 15 at 10:30 a.m.
If your kid is obsessed with “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” bring him or her to our special event in honor of Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney’s birthday on Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. We will make crafts, play games, eat birthday treats and hold a Wimpy Kid trivia contest to celebrate.
If that’s not enough to set your heart aflutter, head over to www.amespubliclibrary.org and see what else is going on at your library. There are more events for adults and teens who are passionate about writing, citizens devoted to the Ames community, people who are enamored of e-books and other technological wonders, and teens who are enchanted by roleplaying games.
Ames Public Library
620 Lincoln Way
Mon. – Thur.: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri. – Sat.: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 1-5 p.m.