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New Americans Program

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Events for New Americans

We celebrate Queens resident’s cultures, and also help newcomers to understand life in the United States. Come to our programs!

New Americans Program

Jun
19
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Healing and Learning Circle for Women (in Hindi)

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

You will learn information about health, education, children's behavior, cultural competencies, healthy relationships, and resources for immigrant victims of domestic violence.


Jun
19
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Arts and Crafts for Adults

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Join us for arts and crafts for adults in Spanish with Marco Laria.


Jun
19
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Face Painting with Akbar Chowdhury

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Please join us for a face painting workshop for the entire family with artist Akbar Chowhury. Supplies are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.


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Jun
20
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Free Citizenship Classes

Location: Flushing
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.

Learn everything you need to know about American history, government, and culture to pass the citizenship exam. Participants must attend the entire 12-class series. Please arrive at 10 am sharp on Thursday, May 23 to register in person at the Flushing Library/ IRC Conference Room 3rd Floor (first-come, first-served) or call 718-278-4303 to preregister in advance. Candidates must be green card holders.

FlushingThu, Jun 27, 201910:00AM - 1:00PM
FlushingThu, Jul 11, 201910:00AM - 1:00PM
FlushingThu, Jul 18, 201910:00AM - 1:00PM
FlushingThu, Jul 25, 201910:00AM - 1:00PM
FlushingThu, Aug 1, 201910:00AM - 1:00PM
FlushingThu, Aug 8, 201910:00AM - 1:00PM
FlushingThu, Aug 15, 201910:00AM - 1:00PM

Jun
20
12:00PM

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1:00PM

French Club

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

Do you speak French? Don’t forget this beautiful language! Join us at Club Français to talk about family, friends, and vacations; listen to music and songs; and discuss current events, art, films, cooking, and any other subject that might interest you. These will be real tête-à-têtes among friends.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
20
6:00PM

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8:30PM

Introduction to Microsoft Word (in Spanish)

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.

Learn how to create a document and work with tables. Participants should have basic computer skills and must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Central Library Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning Thursday, May 30 at 10:00 a.m. or by calling 718-990-0769.


Jun
22
10:00AM

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12:30PM

Computers for Beginners (In Spanish)

Location: Flushing
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.

Learn how to turn on your computer and write an email. Participants must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Flushing Library Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning Saturday, June 2 at 10 a.m. or by calling 718-661-1280.


Jun
22
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Microsoft Excel for Spanish Speakers

Location: Langston Hughes
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.

Learn how to create a worksheet and perform calculations. Participants should have basic computer skills and must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Langston Hughes Library Reference Desk beginning June 1 at 10 a.m. or by calling 718-651-1100.


Jun
22
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Microsoft Word (in Bengali)

Location: Queens Village
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.

Learn to create documents and work with tables. Part 1-Introduction to Microsoft Word; Part 2- Creating and saving documents; Part 3-Working with tables and printing. Participants should have basic computer skills and must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required. Please call the Hollis Library reference desk at 718-776-6800.


Jun
24
5:30PM

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7:00PM

Korean for Beginners II

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

This class offers additional daily conversational skills and more vocabulary. This class also covers Korean grammar and sentence patterns with a solid foundation of four aspects of language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Completion of Korean for Beginners I is not required.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
29
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Create Beaded Animals with Sharen Lin

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Our artist will help you create beautiful beaded animals representing the Chinese horoscope. This is the Year of the Pig. We will create pigs and other whimsical animals. Come join us on a first-come, first-served basis. Supplies are limited.


Jul
2
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Free Citizenship Classes

Location: Elmhurst
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.

Learn everything you need to know about American history, government, and culture to pass the citizenship exam. Register in person at the library on Tuesday, July 2 at 10:00 AM or call 718-278-4303 to preregister in advance. Students should have a copy of their green card when they come to register. Participants must to attend the entire 10 week class series. Candidates must be green card holders. The first day of class is registration day when they should have a copy of their green card.

ElmhurstTue, Jul 9, 201910:00AM - 1:00PM
ElmhurstTue, Jul 16, 201910:00AM - 1:00PM
ElmhurstTue, Jul 23, 201910:00AM - 1:00PM
ElmhurstTue, Jul 30, 201910:00AM - 1:00PM
ElmhurstTue, Aug 6, 201910:00AM - 1:00PM
ElmhurstTue, Aug 13, 201910:00AM - 1:00PM
ElmhurstTue, Aug 20, 201910:00AM - 1:00PM
ElmhurstTue, Aug 27, 201910:00AM - 1:00PM
ElmhurstTue, Sep 3, 201910:00AM - 1:00PM
ElmhurstTue, Sep 10, 201910:00AM - 1:00PM
ElmhurstTue, Sep 17, 201910:00AM - 1:00PM

Jul
3
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Free Citizenship Classes

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Learn everything you need to know about American history, government, and culture to pass the citizenship exam. Participants must attend the entire 12-class series. Please arrive at 10 am sharp on Wednesday, July 3 to register in person at the Broadway Library (first-come, first-served) or call 718-278-4303 to preregister in advance. Candidates must be green card holders. The first day of class is the registration day when they should bring a copy of their green card.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
10
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Healing Learning Circle for Women! (in Bengali)

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

We will cover health, education, children's behavior, cultural competencies, healthy relationships, and resources for immigrant victims of domestic violence.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
10
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Housing Court and Tenants' Rights

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Learn about housing court, cases in housing court, non-payment and holdover, HP action/harassment/illegal lockout, tenants' rights, and have time for questions and answers.


Jul
11
12:00PM

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1:30PM

French Club

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

Do you speak French? Don’t forget this beautiful language! Join us at Club Français to talk about family, friends, and vacations; listen to music and songs; and discuss current events, art, films, cooking, and any other subject that might interest you. These will be real tête-à-têtes among friends.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
11
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Immigrants Workers’ Rights Workshop

Location: Langston Hughes
Registration: Not required

Learn about wage protection (NYS labor laws), retaliation, NYS Department of Labor Services, discrimination at work, workplace accidents or injuries, and paid family leave.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
14
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Chinese Author Talk Series #41: Sonia Hu and Vivian Tang

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Two members of the New York Chinese Women Writers Association, Sonia Hu and Vivian Tang, will introduce their new books, "Mirror Flower Water Moon" and “Once Upon a Time in the Alley.” Please join the event for the discussion and get an autographed book.


Jul
15
10:30AM

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12:00PM

How to Save Yourself From a Heart Attack

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Would you like to know how to improve your heart health and have a better quality of life? All over the world, the most common cause of death is a heart attack. A heart attack takes the life of more than 1.5 million people each year in the United States. Dr. Xuming Dai, an interventional cardiologist, will explain how to avoid a heart attack by paying close attention to certain risk factors.


Jul
20
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Celebrate Colombian Independence Day with the Ariza Brothers Guillermo and Gabriel

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Guillermo and Gabriel Ariza were born in Cartagena, Colombia. As children, the gifted twins performed in local gigs and as they grew, so did their interest and passion for music. They moved to New York to pursue their dreams and have entertained audiences here in various venues, including Univision’s "Sabado gigante" and "El Show de Cristina."


Jul
21
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Alzheimer’s Support Group (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This program is in Mandarin Chinese for people caring for a person with Alzheimer’s or any of the other dementias. Our support group is a secure and safe place to share your experiences. The group will meet on Sundays, July 21 and August 18. Please call 646-744-2951 for registration.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
24
10:00AM

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3:00PM

Naturalization Workshop (in English and Spanish)

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

This workshop is for legal permanent residents to fill out the N-400 application for naturalization and a full or partial fee waiver, if eligible. To register for the workshop, call 718-990-0730 or text Catholic Migration Services at 718-866-3687 or go online: https://www.citizenshipworks.org/info/vieweventdetail/1696


Jul
27
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Celebrate Peruvian Independence Day with Food and Music

Location: Corona
Registration: Not required

Pachamama Peruvian Arts performs traditional music from Peru. 2-3 p.m. Enjoy and savor Ceviche de Chocho beans/Tarwi from Peru. These pearly white beans are richer in protein than quinoa, have healthy fats (omega-3s), and are high in dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Dessert will include carrot cake and chicha morada. 3-4 p.m. Supplies are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
6
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Make Summer Handbags for the Beach from Recycled Jeans with Bengali Artist Shahnaz Begum

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

In this sewing project, participants will learn how to recycle pairs of old jeans into stylish summer handbags for the beach, with the option of adding fabric trims and lace. Basic sewing techniques will be reviewed. Jeans, needle, thread, and scissors will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 20 participants. Fabric trims, lace, and large beads can be brought to personalize each bag.


Aug
10
1:00PM

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4:00PM

Join Us for a Celebration of Pakistan Independence Day with Music, Food, and a Fun Lecture

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

The celebration includes a lecture with Bazah Roohi, patriotic and traditional music with Aziz and Saboor Peerzada, and a food workshop to cap off the day. You will have the opportunity to taste chick peas chaat and yogurt.
Food will be served on a first-come, first served basis. Queens Public Library is not responsible for any adverse reaction or illness as a result of tasting.


Aug
28
10:00AM

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3:00PM

Citizenship Workshop

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

Receive free assistance with citizenship application and fee waiver!
To register call 888-839-8682 or for more information please call 718-990-0730.


Welcome to the Queens Library's New Americans Program

Queens Library’s New Americans Program (NAP) was established in 1977 to provide special services to the area’s many new immigrants. NAP organizes workshops (in the languages spoken by Queens' immigrant communities) that assist new immigrants in adapting to life in America and programs that celebrate the culture of the diverse ethnic groups in Queens. The program works closely with the Adult Learner Program, the Job and Business Academy, and community libraries to assess local needs and link residents with existing system-wide library and social services to enhance civic engagement.

Language and Learning

Essential Services for Newcomers

Information Resources

Cultural/Enrichment Programming

International Language Collections

 

Do You Want to be a New Americans Program Volunteer?

Volunteer and give the gift of reading, help us break down language barriers and open doors for immigrants and newcomers to be productive citizens of Americans society. For additional information, please click here, or contact Shelley Ennett, New Americans Program Volunteer Advisor, at 718-480-4270 or shelley.ennett@queenslibrary.org.

 

Learning Resources

Rocket Languages
Transparent Language Online
Scholastic Encyclopedia
eBooks, eAudio, and eVideo

 

For more information on the New Americans Program, please contact:

Cathy (Xi) Chen
Assistant Director of Programming and Operations
Queens Library, Library Services
E-mail: napref@queenslibrary.org

To submit a program proposal, visit this page and click the Submit Your Program Proposal link.