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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

Jul
26
10:00AM

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12:00PM

WANY Group at East Flushing CL

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

We Are New York English conversation group.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
26
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. Register in person at the library on Wednesday, July 5 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 attend the entire 13 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.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
26
10:00AM

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1:00PM

ESOL Conversation Group at South Hollis

Location: South Hollis
Registration: Not required

English conversation group.

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

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Jul
26
1:00PM

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2:30PM

ESOL Conversation Group

Location: North Hills
Registration: Not required

Join us for an ESOL conversation group.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
27
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


Jul
27
12:00PM

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1:00PM

ESOL Conversation Group

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

Join us for an ESOL conversation group.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
27
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Resources for Immigrant Seniors--- In Chinese

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Topics:
• Understand the eligibility and process of entitlement programs such as SNAP, SCRIE, HEAP, reduced fare MetroCard, etc.
• Learn the benefits of applying for U.S. Citizenship/Naturalization and how to apply for a fee waiver, language waiver and medical waiver
• The difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
阿茲海默症和老人失智症的區別
Presenters names: Betsy Chau, Winnie Fung, Weijing Shi


Jul
27
6:00PM

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7:30PM

ESOL Conversation Group

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Join us for an ESOL conversation group.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
28
10:30AM

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12:00PM

ESOL Conversation Group at Woodside

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

English conversation group.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
28
1:00PM

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3:00PM

We Are New York at Glen Oaks

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

We Are New York conversation group at Glen Oaks Library.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
28
2:00PM

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3:30PM

The Beauty of Korean Tea Culture & Tasting

Location: Bayside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 30 openings

Join us for the Korean Tea Ceremony in the summer. Learn the art and culture of Korean Tea Ceremony. Everyone is welcome.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
29
12:00PM

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2:00PM

WANY Group at Corona CL

Location: Corona
Registration: Not required

We Are New York English conversation group.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
29
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Ebru Art Class for Children with Mustafa Yasar (In Turkish and English)

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

Learn the Turkish art of Ebru. Marbling (ebru) is the art of creating colorful patterns by sprinkling and brushing color pigments on a pan of oily water and then transferring this pattern to paper. Participants must register in person starting two weeks ahead of the program date. Open to children 5-14 years of age. Limited to the first 20 applicants. In Turkish and English.


Jul
29
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Korean Drum Workshop

Location: Woodside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 30 openings

Explore of the world of traditional Korean Drumming! The drum workshop is to allow children and families to experience and explore new types of drum, rhythms, and beats.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
29
3:00PM

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4:30PM

College Admission Series in Spanish

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

You will about what the SATs are, what role schools play in the SATs, the role the SATs play in the college application process, and how students should prepare for this standardized exam. In addition, you will learn about the college application process, the differences between early decision, early action, and regular decision, and the timeline that students should follow to get applications completed on time.


Jul
31
11:00AM

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12:30PM

ESOL Conversation Group at Sunnyside CL

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

English Conversation Group at Sunnyside Community Library.


Aug
5
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Learn how to make Rasgulla: A traditional South Asian dessert (in English and Bengali)

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Rasgulla is a special sweet in Bangladesh that people eat during Eid or other special holidays. It is made from ball-shaped dumplings of “chhena” (cottage cheese) and semolina dough cooked in light syrup made of sugar. Learn how to make this delicious treat, which is also famous in other South Asian countries. In English and Bengali.


Aug
6
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Chinese Author Talk Series (XII): Lonely Manhattan by June He

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

"Lonely Manhattan" by June He is a fictional book based on the lives of Chinese immigrants in New York City. Participants will be able to ask questions and purchase autographed books.


Aug
10
6:00PM

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7:30PM

What's Legal, What's not? Know Your Rights in New York--- in Spanish

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Topics:
• How to find out if a tenant lives in a rent stabilized/rent controlled apartment.
• How to obtain repairs from your landlord.
How to form a tenants association with your building neighbors against landlord harassment/neglect of repair work.


Aug
17
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Financial Literacy for your Business— in Nepali

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Part I:
How to Get Access to Capital
• What are some of the lending requirements?
• What are some of your financing options?
• What are some of the best practices to get approve

Monday, August 17
6:30pm.
Part II:
Understanding and Managing your Credit
• Understanding credit report & score
• How to build good credit
• How to rebuild you credit, make disputes


Aug
19
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Understanding Dementia: What You Need to Know and Where to Go (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This workshop will provide information on Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias, discuss the different stages of the disease and what to expect, and include an overview of the programs and services and other available resources provided by Caringkind.


Aug
19
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Know Your Rights: Landlord-Tenant Issues (in Bengali)

Location: Ozone Park
Registration: Not required

In this workshop in Bengali, attorney at law Soma Syed esq., will explain the rights and obligations of tenants, as well information about lease agreements, security deposits, subletting, rent control, eviction and free legal resources.


Aug
21
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Korean Calligraphy Workshop

Location: Bayside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 30 openings

Korean Calligraphy Workshop explores the tradition of artistic writing in Hanguel, the Korean alphabet.


Aug
26
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Ebru Art Classes with Mustafa Yasar (In Turkish and English)

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

Learn the Turkish art of ebru. Paper marbling (ebru) is the art of creating colorful patterns by sprinkling and brushing color pigments on a pan of oily water and then transferring this pattern to paper. Individual sessions every Saturday, 6/24, 7/22, 8/26, 9/23, 10/28, 11/25 @ 2:30 p.m. Participants must register for each session starting two weeks ahead of the program date either in person at Sunnyside or by calling 718-784-3033. Limited to the first 10 applicants per session.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
26
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Homebuyers Seminar—Chinese

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Topics:
• down payment assistance programs and first time homebuyer mortgages, Landlord/Tenant Training, Credit Repair Boot Camp, Financial Capacity Building, First Home Club, and HomeFirst Down Payment Assistance.
• how to qualify for a mortgage in today’s market
• pros and cons of renting vs. buying
• how to purchase REO properties
• how to apply for government sponsored programs


Aug
28
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Financial Literacy in Chinese

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Part I
How to Get Access to Capital for your Business—Chinese

Topics:
• What are some of the lending requirements?
• What are some of your financing options?
• What are some of the best practices to get approve

Part II:
Understanding and Managing your Credit
Topics:
• Understanding credit report & score
• How to build good credit
• How to rebuild your credit, make disputes


Sep
7
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Celebrate Brazilian Independence Day with a Lecture: Jewish Spirits in Afro-Brazilian Religions

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Dedicated to Brazilian Independence Day, this multi-media presentation will look at interaction of Jewish and Brazilian cultures through the lenses of Umbanda, the Afro-Brazilian spirit possession religion. The presentation will include excerpts from video footage of Umbanda spirit possession ceremonies and Brazilian films with Jewish themes.


Sep
18
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Love in the Springtime with Galina Gerkel

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Vocalist Galina Gergel sings classic Russian love songs dedicated to love and spring including operettas. She will, also, sing songs in other languages dedicated to the same theme. Galina will be accompanied on the violin by Eduard Nisimov.


Sep
19
10:00AM

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8:00PM

Naturalization Workshop (in English and Spanish)

Location: Central Library
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 call 718-990-0893 or go online:
https://www.citizenshipworks.org/portal/vieweventdetail/1427


Sep
28
5:30PM

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6:30PM

Music from Santo Domingo with Berto Reyes and his Band!

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Berto Reyes and his Band will perform traditional music, known as perico ripiao, on the güira, drum and accordion. They will also play merengue típico, a traditional Dominican merengue, and merenhouse, a blend of merengue with American hip-hop and rap, with the added sounds of sax, bass and conga. Come to learn about and enjoy Dominican music.


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.