Ames Community School District families will again have access to free books at four grab and go meal sites: Meeker, Mitchell, Sawyer, and the Ames Public Library. One book per week per student will be distributed on Fridays only for students in grades pre-K through 12. Scheduled dates are July 17, 24, 31 and August 7, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Books were purchased by the Ames Public Library Friends Foundation and are individually packaged according to grade-level appropriateness.
The pick-up process for families is similar to previous book distribution at meal sites in April and May. A separate station will be arranged at each site in the parking lot area. For the Ames Public Library, this will be on the southwest side, near 5th Street. Procedures for book pick-up are:
- Remain in your car and proceed to the designated area for book pick-up.
- Please place a sign in your front passenger side window with the grade level of student(s)/book request needed (e.g. PK, 1st, 2nd, etc.)
- Roll down your window and quickly grab the resources from the volunteer at the site. Please do not exit your vehicle during pick-up.
This is a collaborative project between the Ames Community School District, Ames Public Library Friends Foundation, Rotary Club of Ames, and United Way of Story County. Leadership Ames provided many volunteers to help sort, label, and prepare books for distribution. Thanks to this wonderful partnership, during the school closure period in the spring, 4,780 books were distributed to families.