ArtWalk
Jun
2
4:00 pm16:00

ArtWalk

The annual ArtWalk is a great event that showcases downtown businesses as well as community artists. Discover the artworks of painters, jewelry makers, photographers, woodworkers, potters, sculptors and much more. Join us June 2nd from 5-8pm on Main Street for the ArtWalk and see creativity in action!  

Jun
3
8:00 am08:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Jun
4
2:00 pm14:00

Hoggatt Summit Kickoff

Location: Hoggatt School, 18th & Burnett

Celebrate the beginning of summer events at Hoggatt with lemonade and ice cream, soap-making demonstration, and 1860s music!

Contact information: Visit www.AmesHistory.org for more information.

Jun
8
4:00 pm16:00

Sip 'N Sew Thursday

  • Quilting Connection

Presented by Quilting Connection:  

This is a one day mini-retreat. Attendees are encouraged to BYOB and BYOP--Bring your own beverage and bring your own project!! It is an open sew for 6 hours from 4PM to 10PM, so come in whenever you can and leave whenever you'd like to. Pre-registration is required.

Cost: $10.00
Includes a $10 voucher to be spent that night--Basically a free night of sewing!

Jun
10
8:00 am08:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Special Event: Joyful Colorz with Free Face Painting

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Jun
11
2:15 pm14:15

Hoggatt in Context: Early Ames History

Location: Hoggatt School, 18th & Burnett

By Casie Vance, Ames Historical Society Executive Director

The community of Ames was not platted until 1864 – two years after Hoggatt opened. This program covers the history of the area during the years Hoggatt was open.

Contact information: Visit www.AmesHistory.org for more information.

Jun
17
8:00 am08:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Jun
17
12:00 pm12:00

Community Ice Cream Social

Location: Ames History Center

Our annual ice cream social during Iowa Museum Week is our way of thanking the community for supporting us. Join us for free ice cream sundaes and kids' activities!
Contact information: Visit www.AmesHistory.org for more information.

Jun
18
2:00 pm14:00

Hands-on Buttermaking

Location: Hoggatt School, 18th and Burnett

Experience how to make butter the way it was done in the days of Hoggatt School with a hands-on demonstration. Then see how it tastes!

Contact information: Visit www.AmesHistory.org for more information.

Jun
18
2:00 pm14:00

Who Is That Hoggatt Guy Anyways?

Location: Hoggatt School, 18th and Burnett

By Kathy Svec, Ames Historical Society Researcher

Of all the names closely associated with the early development of Ames, few rank ahead of the very colorful Col. Lucian Q. Hoggatt. This program tells the story of this “bigger than life” character!

Contact information: Visit www.AmesHistory.org for more information.

Jun
24
8:00 am08:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Jun
24
10:00 am10:00

Sew 'N Sew Saturday

  • Quilting Connection

Presented by Quilting Connection:   

A monthly retreat-style workshop from 10AM to 4PM. Bring a project or two and ask for help if you need it, or just relax and sew with some new friends! We'll serve a light lunch (included in class fee) and you can spend the day any way you choose. Please sign up in advance so we can plan lunch and space accordingly. 

Cost: $ 25.00

 

Jun
28
7:00 pm19:00

Ames Historical Socitey Lecture Series-Prehistoric Story County

Location: Ames Public Library Auditorium

By Matt Donovan, Iowa D.O.T. Archeologist and Historian

Matt will present the pre-history of Story County and Ames, starting with the ice age and continuing through time to native cultures and early historic settlements.  He’ll mix together topics on Iowa archaeology in general and the specific archaeology and history of Story County with maps, pictures and artifacts. Presented in partnership with the Ames Public Library.

Contact information: Visit www.AmesHistory.org for more information.

Jul
1
8:00 am08:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Special Event: Joyful Colorz with Face Painting

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Ames 4th of July Parade!
Jul
4
9:00 am09:00

Ames 4th of July Parade!

The 4th of July Parade and festival is a city sponsored Main Street Cultural event. This is one of the largest events of the summer, and attracted thousands of attendees last year! What a great connection between Main Street and the city of Ames!

Questions concerning parade line-up can be emailed to director@amesdowntown.org. Click the link below to see the parade route.

PARADE ROUTE 

Bill Riley Talent Competition - 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on July 4th at Main and Burnett. the winner of the ames competition goes on to compete at the state fair.  To enter the Bill Riley Talent Competition email Sarah Buss at the Chamber of Commerce. sarah@ameschamber.com

The Parade will begin imediatly after the Bill Riley Talent Competition at 11:00am.

PARADE ENTRIES WILL BE TAKEN UNTIL JULY 1ST OR UNTIL WE REACH OUR MAXIMUM ENTRIES. 

GET YOUR ENTRY IN TODAY!

CLICK HERE TO PRINT THE PARADE ENTRY FORM.

Jul
8
8:00 am08:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Jul
9
2:15 pm14:15

Where are we?: Geography at Hoggatt

Location: Hoggatt School, 18th and Burnett

By Glenn Sibbel, Hoggatt School Docent

This 1860s geography lesson discusses the prairie, the village of Ames, and the states of that time, ending with a geography word game of only places established by 1860.

Contact information: Visit www.AmesHistory.org for more information.

Jul
15
8:00 am08:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Special Event: Iowa Games Walk begins at the Farmer's Market.

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Jul
22
8:00 am08:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Special Event: Hovick Petting Zoo from 9 am - 12 pm.

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Jul
25
7:00 pm19:00

World War II History Talk: B17 Bomber Crash in Story County 1944

Location: Ames Public Library Auditorium

By Matt Donovan, Iowa DOT Archeologist and Historian
In March 1944, a B17 bomber based in Kearney, NE crashed near Maxwell, IA, lost while flying in a snow and wind storm and taking the lives of seven crew members. A mail carrier was the first to reach the scene on the Cleat Donahoo farm 40 miles from Des Moines. The Donahoos witnessed the crash from their bedroom, seeing an explosion before the ship fell. The speaker has researched aviation archaeology in Iowa and will provide interesting details about this WWII-era tragedy. Presented in partnership with the Ames Public Library. Supported by the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau Community Grant Program.
Contact information: Visit www.AmesHistory.org for more information.

Main Street Summer Sidewalk Sale
Jul
27
10:00 am10:00

Main Street Summer Sidewalk Sale

The Summer Sidewalk Sale is an semi-annual sale held in Downtown Ames. These sales attract people to the District and promote shopping local in the streets of Downtown Ames. 

Discounts, promotions, sales and many other good deals! Take a stroll in Downtown Ames and check out what our local businesses have to offer. 

Get ready... Set... Shop local!

Main Street Summer Sidewalk Sales
Jul
28
10:00 am10:00

Main Street Summer Sidewalk Sales

The Summer Sidewalk Sale is an semi-annual sale held in Downtown Ames. These sales attract people to the District and promote shopping local in the streets of Downtown Ames. 

Discounts, promotions, sales and many other good deals! Take a stroll in Downtown Ames and check out what our local businesses have to offer. 

Get ready... Set... Shop local!

Jul
29
8:00 am08:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Main Street Summer Sidewalk Sale
Jul
29
10:00 am10:00

Main Street Summer Sidewalk Sale

The Summer Sidewalk Sale is an semi-annual sale held in Downtown Ames. These sales attract people to the District and promote shopping local in the streets of Downtown Ames. 

Discounts, promotions, sales and many other good deals! Take a stroll in Downtown Ames and check out what our local businesses have to offer. 

Get ready... Set... Shop local!

Jul
30
2:15 pm14:15

What They Wore: Corsets, Bustels, and More

Location: Hoggatt School, 18th and Burnett

Join Sharon Wirth to learn about what people of the Civil War era wore.  Try on bustles, corsets, and hoop skirts to see how these then-common items feel and restrict your everyday activities

Contact information: Visit www.AmesHistory.org for more information.

Foodies and Brew
Aug
4
6:30 pm18:30

Foodies and Brew

Join us on Friday, August 4th in downtown Ames for Foodies & Brew – a special evening event that features local cuisine and regional craft beer sampling! 

Local restaurateurs and chefs will showcase their talents by providing samples of unique food creations. Event attendees will be encouraged to visit each station and vote for the People’s Choice Award. A selection of craft beers will also be available for sampling, and each attendee will receive a souvenir glass. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 day of the event.  

• 6:30-8:30pm Tasting Event

• 8:30pm Beer Garden and Live Concert

• Corner of Douglas and Main in downtown Ames

• Tickets are $30 in advance ($35 day of the event) Click the link below to buy now!  

Foodies & Brew is a fundraiser for the Main Street Cultural District to support beautification and growth of the downtown business district.   

Aug
5
8:00 am08:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Aug
6
2:00 pm14:00

Hoggatts Game Day

Location: Hoggatt School, 18th and Burnett

Come play the simple but energetic games that school children played in the 1860s!

Contact information: Visit www.AmesHistory.org for more information.

Aug
12
8:00 am08:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Special Event: Salsa Contest

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Aug
19
8:00 am08:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Special Event: Free Watermelon Day

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Aug
26
8:00 am08:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Aug
29
7:00 pm19:00

World War II History Talk:

Location: Ames Public Library Auditorium

Presented by Dr. Lisa Payne Ossian
The home front contributions of Iowans and Americans divided into four historical fronts: the farm front, the production front, the community front, and the kitchen front. Food for Freedom directed American farmers in the all-out production needed for the war effort and the Allies’ relief, and Iowa farmers led the nation in crop and livestock production. Iowa’s small businesses and industries such as Maytag added to the “Arsenal of Democracy” by filling many military sub-contract orders while the two newly constructed ordnance plants in Burlington and Ankeny produced thousands of bombs and millions of machine gun bullets. Iowa’s small towns and cities matched and exceeded records in the eight War Bond Drives as well as the numerous scrap drives for iron, paper, rubber, and tin, and Iowa’s women met the rationing and production requirements demanded from the federal government in all home kitchens. Presented in partnership with the Ames Public Library. Supported by the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau Community Grant Program. Made possible by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Contact information: Visit www.AmesHistory.org for more information.

Sep
2
8:00 am08:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Sep
9
8:00 am08:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Special Event: Joyful Colorz with Face Painting 9 am - 12 pm.

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Sep
16
8:00 am08:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Sep
16
1:00 pm13:00

Main Street Cultural District Oktoberfest

Join us Saturday, September 16, 2017, in downtown Ames for the 5th Annual Main Street Oktoberfest celebration presented by First National Bank of Ames!  Enjoy live polka music, dancing, great German Food, "Guten Tag" games, and much more!  Under 21 must be accompanied by parent.

Beer will be sold by the glass from 1-10pm with a special craft beer sampling from 10 Iowa breweries 2-5pm. 

Sep
23
8:00 am08:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Sep
26
7:00 pm19:00

World War II Talk: Working With The Enemy: German, Italian, Japanese, Prisoners in Iowa of the Second World War

Location: Ames Public Library Auditorium

Presented by Dr. Chad W. Timm
As part of a relatively quiet and underpublicized government program, thousands of enemy soldiers invaded Iowa in 1943. With the hugely successful 1942 Allied campaign against Adolf Hitler’s vaunted Afrika Corps in North Africa, the number of enemy prisoners of war (POW) needing interment grew dramatically. Great Britain, no longer able to accommodate the increasing number of POWs, looked to the United States for help. Helping with the detainment of enemy POWs made sense, as American cargo vessels were returning home after delivering war materials with empty hulls. What began as an experiment in isolated locations in the south and southwest eventually led to more than 500 camps and 400,000 enemy soldiers interned in the United States, including two camps in the state of Iowa. Due to a severe shortage of agricultural laborers coupled with increased War Food Administration quotas for farm goods, Iowa’s farmers needed help doing their part to assist the United States in winning the war. This talk will focus on the creation of two POW camps in Iowa during the Second World War: one in the Northern Iowa town of Algona and one in the Southwestern Iowa town of Clarinda. Some of the topics discussed will be life in a prisoner of war camp, community relations, the POW labor program, branch camps in more than 30 Iowa communities, and the arrival of Japanese prisoners at Camp Clarinda in early 1945. Camp Clarinda was one of only two camps in the country to house Japanese soldiers. The story of POW interment in Iowa is a fascinating story of Iowans being confronted by the enemy; an enemy they not only needed to help them meet their wartime goals, but that also challenged them to find the humanity in the eyes of the enemy. Presented in partnership with the Ames Public Library. Supported by the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau Community Grant Program. Made possible by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Contact information: Visit www.AmesHistory.org for more information.

Sep
30
8:00 am08:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Oct
7
9:00 am09:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Special Event: Chili Cook Off, Joyful Colorz with Face Painting

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Oct
14
9:00 am09:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Special Event: Hovick Petting Zoo

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Oct
21
9:00 am09:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Oct
27
10:00 am10:00

Main Street Trick - or - Treat

Are you a fan of trick-or-treating? Or maybe your kids are! Trick-or-Treating in Downtown Ames is always a fun, family-friendly event. Babies, toddlers, kids and parents... everyone is encouraged to dress up! 

Our friendly businesses in Downtown Ames enjoy a fun afternoon with the kids and in getting to know our community. We're excited to see your funny and creative Halloween costumes! 

Oct
28
9:00 am09:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Snow Magic Kickoff
Nov
10
5:00 pm17:00

Snow Magic Kickoff

The Snow Magic begins in November with the community Tree Lighting ceremony and holiday season kick-off events. Small Business Saturday is a promotion that reminds the community and visitors of the local benefits of shopping small. 

Downtown Ames is a festive area to spend time during Holiday season!

Come experience the Snow Magic of the holiday season at our Downtown Businesses from 5-8 pm! Free carriage rides will take you around Downtown throughout the evening.  At 6 pm, Mayor Ann Campbell will light the official Snow Magic Christmas Tree in Tom Evans Park. We will then have our official Light Up Downtown Kickoff for the stream of lights atop the Main Street buildings.

Octagon Center for the Arts will host Santa and kick off their annual Festival of Trees.

Small Business Saturday
Nov
25
9:00 am09:00

Small Business Saturday

Celebrate all that is unique about the small businesses of Ames by shopping "Small" on the Saturday after Thanksgiving on Main Street!   There will also be special events including:

*Many businesses open at 9am
*Free swag bags for the first 200 shoppers
*Cookies & Milk with Santa (Depot Deli) 10am-Noon


May
27
7:00 pm19:00

Main Street Building Secrets: Ames Historical Society Lecture Series

Location:

By Sharon Wirth and Judy Gilger, Historical Plaque Project researchers

While researching for the recent downtown historical plaque project, Sharon Wirth and Judy Gilger uncovered many intriguing facts about downtown structures, businesses and the people who built them.  You will hear interesting tidbits that were discovered but could not be used on the small surface of the plaques. Presented in partnership with the Ames Public Library.

Contact information: Visit www.AmesHistory.org for more information.

May
27
10:00 am10:00

Sew 'N Sew Saturday

  • Quilting Connection

Presented by Quilting Connection:   

A monthly retreat-style workshop from 10AM to 4PM. Bring a project or two and ask for help if you need it, or just relax and sew with some new friends! We'll serve a light lunch (included in class fee) and you can spend the day any way you choose. Please sign up in advance so we can plan lunch and space accordingly.

Cost:
$25.00
Includes light lunch

May
27
8:00 am08:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Special Event: Hovick Petting Zoo from 9 am to 12 pm. 

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

May
21
2:00 pm14:00

Workshop: Mixology 101

  • Little Woods Herbal

LITTLE WOODS HERBAL PRESENTS: 

Learn how to blend your own teas from the two who make all of Little Woods' recipes Kristin M Roach and Andrea Mauton (production manager). We'll walk you through single infusions of a selection of botanicals, and then assist you in blending your own creation. This is not an herbalism course, it is purely a exploration in taste.

$50 per person. Register and pay in advance.

May
20
10:00 am10:00

Annual Book Sale

Location: Ames History Center

Join us for our annual book sale and gift shop sale! Proceeds help us continue to fulfill our mission. Many books only $1. Regular gift shop items 10% off. Have books to donate? Books will be accepted April 24 - May 17. Please call ahead if you have more than two boxes.
515-232-2148
Contact information: Visit www.AmesHistory.org for more information.

May
19
10:00 am10:00

Annual Book Sale

Location: Ames History Center

Join us for our annual book sale and gift shop sale! Proceeds help us continue to fulfill our mission. Many books only $1. Regular gift shop items 10% off. Have books to donate? Books will be accepted April 24 - May 17. Please call ahead if you have more than two boxes.
515-232-2148
Contact information: Visit www.AmesHistory.org for more information.

May
13
1:00 pm13:00

Cookies & Corks

  • Della Viti

Directions: Della Viti

Event Description: Join us for the first annual "Cookies & Corks" on Saturday, May 13, at Della Viti (323 Main St.). A fundraiser to benefit the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa, participants will receive six wine and Girl Scout Cookie pairings for $30. The first 100 registrants also will receive a commemorative wine glass. Brad & Kate will provide live music and a silent auction and raffle (including a basketball signed by ISU head men's coach Steve Prohm, I-Cubs tickets, Blank Park Zoo tickets, gifts from salons, restaurants, health clubs, hotels and much more) will offer plenty of fun! The adult event begins at 1 p.m., right after the Farmers’ Market wraps up for the day, and will last until 4 p.m. Online pre-registration is encouraged, but same-day registration is available. Must be 21 to attend. 
 

May
11
4:00 pm16:00

Sip 'N Sew Thursday

  • Quilting Connection

Presented by Quilting Connection:

This is a one day mini-retreat. Attendees are encouraged to BYOB and BYOP--Bring your own beverage and bring your own project!! It is an open sew for 6 hours from 4PM to 10PM, so come in whenever you can and leave whenever you'd like to. Pre-registration is required.

Cost: $ 10.00
Includes a $10 voucher to be spent that night--Basically a free night of sewing!

 

Apr
30
2:00 pm14:00

Ames Reads Leopold

  • Ames Public Library

2-4pm, Auditorium

Join guest readers as we review the writings of Aldo Leopold, widely acknowledged as the father of wildlife conservation in America. His most famous work, “A Sand County Almanac,” published in 1949, is still popular with naturalists and writers alike.

Provided in partnership with the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

Apr
30
2:00 pm14:00

Great Books

  • Ames Public Library

2pm, Board Room

This group discusses literary classics using the Great Books Foundation's Short Story Omnibus. To sign up and find out the monthly selection, visit the Library's Adult Services Desk or call (515) 239-5646 ext. 4.

Apr
29
1:00 pm13:00

Veterans Writing Class

  • Ames Public Library

1-3pm, The Studio

Veterans and their families are invited to a free writing class led by Debra Marquart and Shane Griffin of Iowa State University's Department of English. We'll read and talk about creative writing and do writing exercises to help participants express themselves creatively through any genre. Guarantee your spot in a class preregistering online or calling (515) 239-5646, ext. 4.

Provided in partnership with Iowa State University's MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment.

Apr
29
10:30 am10:30

Saturday Family Fun

  • Ames Public Library

10:30am, Storytime Room

Join us for special events to boost early literacy skills and have fun! This week’s program is “App with Me!”

Apr
29
10:00 am10:00

Genealogy Basics: Fundamentals for Family Historians

  • Ames Public Library

Auditorium

Alice Hoyt Veen, Certified Genealogist, will lead us through the basics of organizing your research materials as well as effective research skills and processes. In the afternoon sessions, Alice will present two of the basic and critically important research areas for American genealogy: Census and Courthouse records. Please pre-register online at www.storygenes.com/scgs-spring-conference.

Provided by the Ames Public Library Friends Foundation in partnership with the Story County Genealogical Society.

Apr
28
10:00 am10:00

Toddler Time

  • Ames Public Library

Join Dewey Bear and library staff for 20-25 minutes of music, books, and interactive early literacy activities.

Apr
27
12:00 pm12:00

Dementia 101

  • Ames Public Library

12pm, Rotary Room

Join Laurie Yocum, Director of Heartland Adult Day Center in Ames, for an informal conversation about Dementia. Topics will include early signs and symptoms, communication techniques, coping strategies, tips on daily cares, and more.

Apr
27
10:00 am10:00

RootsMagic: Getting Started

  • Ames Public Library

10am-12pm, Danfoss Room

Dennis Allen will lead you through the basics of RootsMagic genealogy software. Computers will be available, or you may bring your laptop loaded with the RootsMagic software. Please RSVP by e-mailing bonnie.samuel@icloud.com.

Provided in partnership with Story County Genealogical Society.

Apr
26
7:00 pm19:00

"A Powerful Noise"

  • Ames Public Library

Presented by Worldly Goods and the Ames Public Library in the Auditorium:

Celebrate 30 years of Worldly Goods with a free screening of “A Powerful Noise,” a documentary about women changing the world. Worldly Goods will share delicious fair trade snacks.

Provided in partnership with Worldly Goods.

Apr
26
12:00 pm12:00

Books at Noon

  • Ames Public Library

12pm, The Studio

Drop in to share what you’ve read recently – fiction or nonfiction – and hear about what everyone else is reading. Be prepared to give a brief description and your opinion about one or two books you’ve listened to or read.