February is Library Lovers Month! How much do you love your library? Does it feel like your long-time partner, who you know as well as you know yourself? Is it more like a high-school flame that you haven’t seen in ages? Maybe more like an old fling whose copy of “Jurassic Park” is still sitting on your shelf? Whatever your relationship, now’s the perfect time to stop by the Library and fall in love again!
No matter how often you visit, there’s always something new to discover. There’s constant turnover in books, movies, music, and videogames as we bring in new best-sellers and hidden gems. (Check the media box if you can’t find a popular movies on the shelf and don’t want to wait in the hold queue!) There are new storytimes each week, several monthly book clubs, and one-of-a kind special events.
This month will kick off a series of local author events. We’ll start Tuesday, February 10 at 7pm with Neil Nakadate, author of “Looking After Minidoka.” History buffs and genealogists will find his presentation especially interesting; Nakadate’s memoir reflects on three generations of his family using the WWII Japanese American internment camp years as a prism for understanding their American experience.
There will also be two new series of storytimes starting in February. “Storytime PLUS” will feature local moms with experience in education on the second and fourth Friday of each month at 10:30am. Working parents will love our new Saturday storytimes every week at 10:30am: “Play With Me!” (first Saturday), “Read With Me!” (second Saturday), “Sign and Dance With Me!” (third Saturday) and “Talk and Write With Me!” (fourth Saturday).
Romance lovers will have a great opportunity to expand their home libraries at the Romance Book Sale February 13-15. Stop by Literary Grounds for great deals on romance books, plus a selection of books commemorating President’s Day.
Jerry Barlow will finish Library Lovers Month on a high note with a free concert Saturday, February 28 at 2pm. Barlow is a Celtic fingerstyle guitarist and storyteller who plays a synthesis of traditional music from the British Isles and his own original Celtic-inspired compositions.
Stop by for one of the events, browse the shelves in your down time, or find a favorite spot to sit with your book or tablet. I’m positive you’ll find something to love at the Library!
Ames Public Library
515 Douglas Ave.
Mon. – Thur.: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri. – Sat.: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 1-5 p.m.