“There is no problem that a library card cannot solve.” —Eleanor Brown

The free Ames library is open for quick browsing, allows for pickup and use of the computer for a maximum of one hour per user per day. For more information, email [email protected] or call 508-238-2000 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Articles can be returned to the external book depot, in front of the disabled parking spaces.

All library events are free and open to everyone. For more information, visit https://amesfreelibrary.org, email [email protected] or call 508-238-2000, ext. 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday, plus 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Ames Free Library open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 14

The library will close early at 4 p.m. on June 14 and reopen for regular hours on June 15.

Take and Make Craft: CD Peacock

Each month, the library will provide a new craft kit for residents to take home and create art with their child. In June, get a kit that kicks off the summer reading theme, Tails and Tales, and create a peacock on CD, complete with flourishes and feathers. Craft kits will be available to pick up in the kids’ room starting June 14, while supplies last. Specialized supplies and instructions for completing the craft are included. Participants may be required to provide crayons, markers, scissors, glue or tape. One kit per child. Available while supplies last.

Qi Gong community online

10:30 am-11:30am June 14 and 16

Qigong is an ancient Chinese health system for the body and mind, similar to tai chi. It incorporates slow movements, breathing techniques and focused intention. Qigong practice is suitable for all ability levels and ages and you can join my classes anytime. Dvora Eisenstein has studied Tai Chi and Qigong from Master Yang Jwing-Ming for over 33 years and has been teaching for over 20 years. His practice is focused on smoothness and centering. Visit https://amesfreelibrary.org/events/adult to find the Zoom links for these courses. For more information, send an email to [email protected]

AFL Zoom Editorial Group

3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. June 14

The Zoom Writing Group is a friendly group of new and experienced adult writers across all genres. They meet twice a month, on the second and fourth Mondays from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., to discuss writing, read about what participants are working on, and support and provide feedback. Each meeting there will be a 15 minute free writing based on a prompt and a short discussion on an element of the writing.

To find out how to join the next Zoom meeting, email Beverly at [email protected]

AFL Adolescent Advisory Council

4-5 p.m. June 16

Teens between the ages of 12 and 18 who want to have a say in what goes on at AFL should consider joining the AFL Teen Advisory Council. By joining the AFL Adolescent Advisory Council, teens can help plan events and programs at the library; see what’s new in the YA collection; help choose library materials, such as books, movies, and games; and promote awareness of libraries. Teens between the ages of 12 and 18 can earn hours of volunteer or community service by helping the library plan, promote, and deliver programs.

To join the Zoom meeting, visit https://amesfreelibrary.org/events/teen.

Family trees, genealogy and DNA online

11 a.m.-12 p.m. June 18

Participants will receive help in understanding the basics of DNA and genealogy. The group will share helpful tips, find new resources, and share success stories and brick walls. The group is moderated by Chris Murphy Delano. The class takes place at 11am every Friday on Zoom. To register, visit https://amesfreelibrary.org/events/adult.

Tails and Tales Summer Reading Launch

11 a.m.-12 p.m. June 19

Much of this year’s summer reading program will take place in person. Families can celebrate the library’s return to event planning by visiting the library between 11 a.m. and noon on June 19. Kids can decorate the front walkway with sidewalk chalk, dance to music with streamers, and snap a photo with Miss Jess’s friend HodgePodge, the life-size puppet. Residents can also come in to grab a summer reading necklace and tag and some good books.