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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.

Jul
20
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
20
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.

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

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Jul
20
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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Jul
21
11:00AM

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4:00PM

Queens Library Environmental Fair

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Don't miss the Queens Library Environmental Fair, a small detour from the weekly Saturday science lab. There will be plenty of fun and food (for thought, that is) for children up to age 12. It's certain to be a great environment!


Jul
23
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Time

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 summer session of Toddler Time is coming so don't miss out. Children 18 months to 3 years along with their caregiver are invited to enjoy stories, songs, finger plays, and more! Registration will begin on June 25th.

Central LibraryMon, Jul 30, 201810:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryMon, Aug 6, 201810:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryMon, Aug 13, 201810:30AM - 11:30AM

Jul
23
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Library Rocks Craft!

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Get rockin' this summer with our weekly Library Rocks craft! No registration required, but if you wanna get rocked make sure you get here before space runs out!

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

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Jul
24
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Vinny Voltage Super Science Show

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Bored this summer? That's shocking to hear! Vinny Voltage is back this summer and has some exciting stuff in store for boys and girls. Space is limited, so don't miss out!


Jul
24
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.

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

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Jul
24
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Rock Star Artistry

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

Join the Teen Space for our Rock Star Artistry program where you can show off your artistic skills and make your very own canvas art! Make a silhouette of the stars, an instrument, or even your favorite performer! All young adults ages 12-19 years old are invited to attend but space is limited!


Jul
25
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Summer Film Fest

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Enjoy a family movie! Every week we will have a different film for everyone to enjoy in our auditorium. No registration is required, but seating will be limited so 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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Jul
25
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.

Summer's here, and the time's right...for Timeless Tales! Children ages 3-5 and their caregiver are invited to enjoy stories, songs, and all sorts of fun. Registration begins on June 27th so don't miss out!

Central LibraryWed, Aug 1, 201810:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryWed, Aug 8, 201810:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryWed, Aug 15, 201810:30AM - 11:30AM

Jul
25
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
25
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Soundation

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-12, come and learn how to create your own music using web-based software. Create your own tracks and even work on them from home if you like! You own email address is not required, but recommended. No registration is required, but space is limited!

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

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Jul
26
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Craft Time

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Boys and girls 6-12 years of age, beat the heat with our cool summer craft time program. Come and create something new and fun each week. No registration is required, but space is limited. Don't miss it!

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

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Jul
26
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
26
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.


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
28
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Saturday Science Lab

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Boys and girls to age 12 are invited to join us (almost) every Saturday for a hands-on science experiment. Observe, learn, and...most importantly...DO! Families are welcome too. No registration is required so 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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Jul
30
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Spelling Bee for Kids

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

What's all the buzz about? It's the Spelling Bee! Boys and girls in grades 3 through 6 are invited to test their spelling skills and compete in an exciting friendly competition. Space will be limited so please register in person beginning July 2nd. Note: the spelling bee will take place over 4 sessions so do not register unless you are able to attend ALL of them! May the best speller win!

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

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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.


Jul
31
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Underwater Watercolors

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The New York Aquarium returns with another program for children to dive right into: Underwater Watercolors for children up to age 12. Families are welcome too.


Aug
2
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.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
3
4:00PM

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5:15PM

Tie-Dye Shirts

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Check out this totally groovy activity. Boys and girls ages 8-12 can make your very own tie-dyed T-shirt that you can take home with you. Space and supplies will be limited. Online registration will start on July 20th so don't miss this activity. You must bring your own plain white T-shirt!


Aug
6
3:00PM

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4:00PM

SAT or ACT Information Session

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Need Information about which test is right for you the SAT or the ACT? Please come to this information session, questions about the SAT and ACT will be answered.


Aug
6
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Teen Space Video Games

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

All teens ages 12-19 years old are invited to join the Teen Space staff for Video Game Mondays! Want to ball like Lebron or have a true need for speed? How about you come and show your skills on the PS4 and Xbox? Or do you like the Wii U? Well, we do too! See you there at 3PM.

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

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Aug
9
3:00PM

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4:30PM

SHSAT Information Session

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Parents, teen and tweens, questions about the SHSAT? Please come to this informative program and have all your questions answered about the SHSAT.


Aug
13
12:00PM

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4:00PM

SAT Practice Test

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 22 openings

Free SAT practice test.


Aug
15
12:00PM

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3:00PM

SHSAT Practice Test

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 27 openings

Free SHSAT practice test


Aug
20
5:00PM

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6:30PM

SHSAT Tutoring

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.

Free SHSAT Tutoring.

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Aug
21
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Typing Class

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

School will be back before you know it (sorry kids), but that big report you have to do won't take as long! Learn typing skills and get finished quicker. It's a skill you can use forever!

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

Additional Dates


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.