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Children’s Library Discovery Center

The Children's Library Discovery Center opened in 2011. It includes hands-on interactive exhibits and learning labs with our very own Discovery Team to enable children ages 3-12 to find information and to inspire interest in books, reading, and learning.

Come and meet our Discovery Team!


Check out our Science Fair Handbook, a simple guide that explains the steps to successfully complete a science fair assignment. It includes explanations for each step, dozens of project ideas, and a list of helpful websites. Good luck with your project. Check out your local library for books on your chosen topic!

Another new tool available for children through the library is the PowerKids Life Science database. This great resource is specifically designed for learners in grades 3 to 6. PowerKids Life Science promotes digital literacy and 21st century learning skills while offering research, report, and homework help.

The library has two great new resources for children. Ideal for school or for year around learning. BookFlix and TrueFlix are two of our databases that help children with literacy. Check them out now!

Click on the pictures below to find out what books we have on the subjects!

Bug Viewer Instruction Game
    Discover Bugs: Bug Viewer             Discover Perception: Instruction Game
Magnetic Spinner Mirror Movement
      Discover Magnets: Magnetic Spinner  Discover Mirrors: Mirror Movement
Sound Puzzle  
Discover Sound: Sound Puzzle  

Exhibits are funded by the National Science Foundation. To learn more about this state-of-the-art project, click here.

May
29
3:30PM

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6:30PM

Compass Explorer (Teen Radio Podcast Program)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The Teen Podcast Career Training program will help you get familiar with what it takes to hold a career in Broadcast Journalism, Audio Engineering, News Reporting, Radio Disc Jockeying and much more. Come be apart of the QL Teen Radio Podcast and learn how to produce your own podcast!

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This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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May
29
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Crafty Tuesdays

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Boys and girls, join us for Crafty Tuesdays! We will do something different every week which gives you an opportunity to be creative. No registration required; supplies may be limited. Children up to age 12 are welcome!

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May
31
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Creative Writing Workshop

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Have you ever wanted to write a novel, a comic, or both? Do you find yourself thinking about different characters and the worlds they belong to? Not sure where to start? Join us for our creative writing workshop! Each week, we will cover a different topic in creating your novel, from world building to character development.

Space is limited. For ages 12-19.

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Jun
1
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Teen Graphic Novel and Anime Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Like manga? Enjoy graphic novels? Love anime? Then join us for our Anime and Graphic Novel Club! We'll watch new and old favorites, read amazing titles, and discuss what we liked and what we didn't.

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This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Jun
1
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Teen Code Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn to code at Queens Library! Our code club has no lectures: you’ll learn to make websites, animations, apps, and games by actually making them, step by step. You’ll learn Scratch, HTML/CSS, JavaScript, and Python at your own pace. You can prepare for a tech career and learn skills you can use in the real world right now to make whatever you can dream up.

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This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Jun
2
12:30PM

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4:00PM

ProjectArt: Children's Library Discovery Center

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Would you like to learn how to create different art projects with a talented artist?
On the following dates we will have ProjectArt at the Children's Library Discovery Center:
January 27.
February 3, 10, 17, & 24th.
March 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31st.
April 7, 14, 21, & 28th.
May 5, 12, 19, & 26th.
June 2 & 9th.
Time: 12:30-1:30pm Ages: 4-7, 1:45-2:45pm Ages: 8-12 & 3:00-4:00pm Ages 8-12

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Jun
4
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Timeless Tales

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

The weather is finally warming up and so that means the spring session of Timeless Tales is returning. Children ages 3-5 years old are invited to hear stories, sing songs, and partake in a variety of fun! Registration begins April 23rd. Space will be limited so don't miss it!


Jun
5
6:00PM

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7:00PM

paint time on the laptop

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come explore Paint software! Learn new ways to express yourself and create your own work of art! Children ages 7 to 12 are invited to join us. No registration is required, but space is limited. Don't miss out!

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Jun
7
11:00AM

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3:00PM

Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Kickoff 2018

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Preregistration: 11:30am in the Children's Library Discovery Center
Sciencetellers: 12pm (Auditorium)
Mr. Chris' Musical Experience: 1:15-2:15pm (2nd Floor Reading Area)
Libraries Rock Art Program! 2-4pm (Multipurpose Room)
Rock the Library with Emily: 2-3pm (Early Childhood Area)


Jun
14
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Creative Movement & Art at the Children's Library Discovery Center

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come and jump for joy at our Creative Movement and Art program. Children and their caregivers will get moving and create their own art project.

Ages 3-5 years old.
Time: 10:30 AM
Multipurpose Room

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Jun
16
2:00PM

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3:45PM

Toy Inventions

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The Children's Library Discovery Center welcomes the Toy Museum of New York and an informative and fun production about the history of toy inventions! Children ages 7-12 can watch a fun show, learn a few things, and design their own toy idea! No registration is required; however, space is limited. Toy around with the idea of coming!


Jun
21
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Sand Art

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come join us at the Children's Library Discover Center for our Summer Sand Art series. Children ages 6-12 will have the chance to participate in making their own sand art bottle and Jewlery.

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Jun
29
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Amazing Readers' Kids Book Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 8-12 will discuss R.J. Palacio’s "Wonder" at this session of Amazing Readers. Participation will count toward the “Read Down Your Fines” program.


Jun
29
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Movie Time for Amazing Readers

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Read the book; check out the movie. The Amazing Readers between ages 7-12 will watch the movie "Wonder" together after discussing the book written by R.J. Palacio.


Jul
5
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Library Jeopardy

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The answer is: A fun way for children to show how much they know and even learn a few things while having fun. And the question is...What is Library Jeopardy? Boys and girls ages 8-12 are welcome to join us! No registration is required; however, space is limited. Program begins on July 5th and runs until August 23rd.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Jul
10
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Summer Reading: Origami

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children age 6 and up are invited to join Ms. Sue to learn the ancient art of paper folding known as origami. Each week in this six-week series, children will learn a new origami that they can take home and enjoy.

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This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Jul
13
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Summer Reading: Stop Motion Friday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to join us in the Children's Library Discover Center for Stop Motion Friday. This program will take place every Friday between July 13 and August 24 from 2PM to 3PM. Children will create their own claymation characters and learn how to produce their own stop motion movie staring their clay creations. No registration is required, but space and materials are limited.

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This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Jul
18
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Summer Reading: Crafty Wednesday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Summer is such a fun time of year to roll your sleeves up and get crafty! Join us each Wednesday for a new fun-filled activity.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Jul
27
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Amazing Readers' Kids Book Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 8-12 will discuss Thomas Rockwell’s "How to Eat Fried Worms" at this session of Amazing Readers. Participation will count toward the Read Down Your Fines program.


Jul
27
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Movie Time for Amazing Readers

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Read the book; check out the movie. The book club members between ages 7-12 will watch the movie "How to Eat Fried Worms" together after discussing the book written by Thomas Rockwell.


Jul
31
12:00PM

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3:00PM

Harry Potter Birthday Bash

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Teens, your Hogwarts acceptance letter has finally arrived! Come celebrate the boy who lived at the library for our Harry Potter Birthday Bash! We will have an assortment of activities, including make your own Butterbeer and wand crafting! Hogwarts robes are encouraged, but not required.


Aug
31
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Amazng Readers' Kids Book Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 8-12 will discuss Roald Dahl’s "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" at this session of Amazing Readers. Participation will count toward the Read Down Your Fines program.


Aug
31
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Movie Time for Amazing Readers

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Read the book; check out the movie. The book club members between ages 7-12 will watch the movie "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" together after discussing the book written by Roald Dahl.