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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
23
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.

Please pick up old job# 14218-- Selina
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 10am or by calling 718-661-1280.


Jun
23
10:00AM

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11:30AM

Microsoft Word (in Bengali)

Location: Hollis
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 718-465-7355.


Jun
23
1:00PM

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2:30PM

Eid Milan! Celebrate Pakistani Eid with Henna Hand Painting, Music, Song, and Traditional Sweets

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Join the holiday celebration with Henna hand painting from 1-2:30pm (first-come, first-served). 2:30-3pm: Eid sweets presentation with samples available (first come, first-served). 3pm: Pakistani music.

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

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Jun
23
1:00PM

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4:30PM

Eid Mubarak: A Celebration with Performances and Sweets

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

Members of the Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts will entertain the audience with cheerful songs and dances. On this joyous occasion, they will offer samples of traditional Bangladeshi sweets and demonstrations of henna hand painting. Food and supplies are limited; first-come, first-served.


Jun
23
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Come and Practice your English Skills

Location: Corona
Registration: Not required

During the class, students will learn conversational English, speech and diction (pronunciation), and grammar. They will also learn figurative language to be able to compose a one-page poem about the immigration experience. One class will be allocated for students to learn to make collages with a focus on verbs used for a creative process.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
23
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 2 at 10am or by calling 718-651-1100.


Jun
26
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Free Citizenship Classes

Location: Elmhurst
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 Tuesday, April 10 from 1pm to 4 pm. or call 718-278-4303 to preregister in advance. Classes will be beginning from Tuesday, April 17 every Tuesday from 10 am to 1 pm at the Adult Learning Center . Students should have a copy of their green card when they come to register. Participants must attend the entire 12 week class series.


Jun
27
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, April 11 at 10AM 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 12 week class series.


Jun
27
12:00PM

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2:00PM

ESOL Conversation Group at CEL (NAP-ESOL)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us for conversation in an ESOL Conversation Group!


Jun
27
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Korean for Beginners III

Location: McGoldrick
Registration: Not required

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 II is NOT required.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
27
4:00PM

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6:00PM

ESOL Conversation Group at CEL (Wed 4-6 PM) (NAP-ESOL)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us for conversation in an ESOL Conversation Group!


Jun
28
10:00AM

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12:00PM

ESOL Conversation Group at CEL (Thurs 10 AM - 12 PM) (NAP-ESOL)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us for conversation in an ESOL Conversation Group!


Jun
28
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.


Jun
28
3:45PM

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5:15PM

Korean for Beginners III

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

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 the language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Completion of Korean for Beginners II is NOT required.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
28
4:00PM

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6:00PM

ESOL Conversation Group at CEL (Thurs 4-6 PM) (NAP-ESOL)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us for conversation in an ESOL Conversation Group!


Jun
29
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Inauguration of Burmese Langauge Collection at Elmhurst Library

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Everyone is welcome to celebrate the new collection of Burmese language books for children and adults at the Elmhurst Library. Join Queens Library President & CEO Dennis M. Walcott, local elected officials and the Burmese community to inaugurate the newest addition to the International Collection at Queens Library.


Jun
29
4:30PM

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6:00PM

Korean for Beginners III

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

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 II is NOT required.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
30
3:00PM

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3:30PM

LGBTQ Pride Month: Film Screenings

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Please join Queens Library as we celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month with two separate film screenings:
"Paper Dolls" at the Flushing Library June 20th at 6 p.m. and "Queens at Heart" at the Jackson Heights Library June 30 at 3pm.


Jul
5
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
5
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Arirang Workshop

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Are you tired? Do you miss your home and your family? Do you want to know what Korean people love to do when they feel homesick? Have you ever heard “Arirang”? This workshop will be suitable for anyone who is interested in the Korean language and culture.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
9
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Korean Traditional Hat “GAT” Making

Location: McGoldrick
Registration: Not required

Don’t miss the opportunity to make traditional hats from all around the world including the Korean scholar hat known as “GAT” [black horsehair hats]. A “GAT” is a type of traditional Korean hat worn by men to accompany the Korean traditional dress known as "Hanbok."

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

Additional Dates


Jul
10
10:00AM

--to--

1:00PM

Free Citizenship Classes

Location: Elmhurst
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 Tuesday, July 10 at 10AM 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 12 week class series. Candidates must be green card holders. The first day of class is registration day where 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
10
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 go online: https://bit.ly/2sbMVYv

For more information, please call: 718-990-0730


Jul
11
10:00AM

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1:30PM

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 11 at 10AM 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 12 week class series. Candidates must be green card holders. The first day of class is registration day where 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
11
2:30PM

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3:30PM

What's Kimbap? It’s not Sushi

Location: McGoldrick
Registration: Not required

Kimbap (sometimes spelled gimbap) is made with steamed white rice and dried seaweed, which is of course similar to the Japanese version.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
12
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Need to Know How to Boost Your Nutrition in Spanish

Location: Corona
Registration: Not required

Part I: Thurs. 7/12, 1-2 pm
*Boost your nutrition know-how
* Nutrient synergies:how to pair nutrients in various foods to maximize absorption.

Part II Mon. 8/13, 3-4 pm
* Nutrient preservation: how to best preserve the nutritional content of foods via various cooking methods.
* Nutrient-dense seasonings: enhance your food's flavor while adding beneficial nutrients/without adding harmful ones.

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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3:30PM

Financial Planning for Retirement (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Mr. Benjamin Li, board member and former president of the Chinese American Insurance Association, will discuss the basics of retirement planning, how to maximize your social security benefits and health insurance options after retirement, and common mistakes to avoid.


Jul
15
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Alzheimer’s Support Group (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Caringkind offers a monthly support group 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 15 and August 19. 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
16
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the US --in Chinese

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the US. By age 80, more than half of all people in the United States either will have cataracts or have had cataract surgery. Dr. John Kim, an Assistant Clinical Professor from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, will give a discussion on “What you need to know about Cataracts”.


Jul
18
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Access to Capital for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs--in Spanish

Location: Steinway
Registration: Not required

The Inventors Foundation assists organizations in New York City and Long Island that invigorate their local communities focused on the arts, education, health and human services, youth programs, and more. In addition, learn strategies to promote your business online, free apps, free advertisements, and other ways to promote your business.


Jul
19
5:30PM

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7:00PM

What You Need to Know About Glaucoma--- in Russian

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Please come and join us to know about the signs, symptoms, and causes of glaucoma. You will also learn the early signs of glaucoma. If you have any questions, Dr. Irina Belman will answer.


Jul
21
2:00PM

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3:30PM

College Financial Aid Process (in Chinese)

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

• What is college financial aid?
• How do colleges determine your eligibility for aid?
• A closer look at the two important aid formulas.
• How do colleges calculate the values of your house and property?
• What is the composition of financial aid awards?
• How can you maximize your aid eligibility?


Jul
28
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Afro-Peruvian Dance Class

Location: Corona
Registration: Not required

DanzAfro is an Afroperuvian dance class that will teach you the most representative Afroperuvian folk dances such as Festejo, Zamacueca, Landó and Son de los Diablos. Our class is designed to introduce you to the Afroperuvian folk music through dance and music as well as being an effective cardio training and a stress antidote.


Jul
28
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Financial Application Process in Spanish

Location: Corona
Registration: Not required

• What is FAFSA?
• When should you apply for FAFSA?
• Who needs to file a FAFSA?
There will be time for questions and answers.


Aug
8
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Korean Calligraphy Workshop

Location: McGoldrick
Registration: Not required

Learn calligraphy from a Korean master and experience the beauty and art of this traditional art form done on special traditional Korean paper. Write your name. Do you want to keep it? Please join us!

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

Additional Dates


Aug
8
3:00PM

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5:00PM

How to Do Business with the NYC Department of Education--in Spanish

Location: Steinway
Registration: Not required

For small business owners and minority women business owners this presentation will give your business insight into opportunities to sell your goods and services to the nation’s largest school system with 1,700 schools, 1.1 million students, and 138,000 employees. NYCDOE contracts with a vast array of vendors to purchase the goods and services necessary to ensure that students will have all they need to receive the quality education they deserve.


Aug
9
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Author Talk: Partha Banerjee Presents Music Box and Moonshine

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Partha Banerjee is a human rights activist, writer, educator, media critic, and musician. Born in Kolkata, India, he now lives in Brooklyn, New York and has published books in both Bengali and English. His latest book, Music Box and Moonshine, is a collection of 18 short stories from both undivided and partitioned Bengal, translated from Bengali to English. This book is a part of his lifelong quest to bring Bengali literature to all parts of the world.


Aug
11
2:00PM

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3:30PM

College Admissions Process (in Chinese)

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

In this workshop in Mandarin Chinese you will learn about college aid formulas, how colleges calculate income and assets, how to determine your eligibility for aid, and the composition of financial aid awards, with case studies.


Aug
11
3:00PM

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4:30PM

How to Apply For College and Scholarships! (in Spanish)

Location: Langston Hughes
Registration: Not required

If you are a student in high school, this workshop is for you! We invite you to learn everything you need to know to become the best candidate for the college of your choice. You will also learn how to apply for scholarships beginning in the ninth grade!


Aug
19
10:30AM

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12:30PM

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 our programs and services and other available resources.


Aug
20
4:00PM

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5:30PM

What You Need to Know About Hepatitis—in Russian

Location: Rego Park
Registration: Not required

Please come and join us to know about the signs, symptoms, and causes of hepatitis. You will also learn which types of hepatitis are fatal. If you have any questions, Dr. Irina Belman will answer them.


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.