Older Adult Services

Community Health:

Queens Library offers health education, information and activities on topics affecting our communities to raise awareness of public health issues and guidelines and support health literacy.A list of Community Health programs can be found at: http://www.queenslibrary.org/services/health-info/healthlink/healthlink-events

Job Map:

Queens Library's Job and Business Academy has expanded job readiness and computer training available at the following locations:Central Library, Flushing, Far Rockaway, Arverne, Long Island City, Corona, Astoria, South Jamaica, Peninsula, Seaside, Broad Channel, Howard Beach and South Hollis.Please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org to register for services or call 718-990-8625 for more information

Computer Training:

The Cyber Center at Central Library (Jamaica) offers a range of classes appropriate for older learners, including beginning classes on using computers, tablets, the Internet, email, Google and other technologies.Call 718-990-0769 for more information. Other introductory classes on using Mac and PC computers, the Internet, email, Microsoft and Adobe programs, social media and eBooks and e-readers area also offered at Central Library and other select locations. Call 718-990-8625 for more information, or go to queenslibrary.org/jobhelp.

Consumer Health Resource Center:

The Consumer Health Resources Center at Central Library contains encyclopedias, sourcebooks, directories, journals and online databases that customers can use to learn more about a prescription drug, disease symptoms or a doctor's credentials and find other information to help them take care of their health.For more information, call the Medical Librarian at 718-990-5130 or go to queenslibrary.org/services/health-info/consumer-health-resource.

Ask a Librarian:

Ask-a-Librarian staff are available seven days a week (hours vary) to provide brief answers to factual questions or suggest resources to help customers find the information they seek.Customers can submit questions by phone, live chat, email or phone text.All information is kept confidential.Call 718-990-0714/28. To chat, go to queenslibrary.org/ask-a-librarian/chat. To send an email, go to queenslibrary.org/ask-a-librarian/email.To get help via text, send a message to the library at 66746 and text the keyword ASKQL in the body of the message. For more information, go to queenslibrary.org/ask-a-librarian.

Ask a Medical Librarian: 

Medical Librarian Al Piedra is available at Central Library's Consumer Health Resources Center to answer questions and help with research.All information is kept confidential.Call 718-990-5130, fax 718-990-8570 or email apiedra@queenslibrary.org/services/health-info/medical-librarian.

Adult Learner Program:

This program offers services and lifelong learning opportunities, including classes on learning and practicing English (ESOL), to adult members of all Queens communities.For information on ESOL classes, call 718-480-4231/4235

Adult Learning Centers:

Queens Library system has seven Adult Learning Centers staffed by professionals and volunteers, who tutor literacy groups, facilitate ESOL conversation groups and lead other workshops and classes. For more information call 718-480-4300 or go to queenslibrary.org/services/adult-literacy/adult-learning-centers.

Mail a Book Homebound Services:

If you are unable to get to your library due to age or disability, Queens Library will send books, movies and music to you free of charge through the US Postal Service. Return postage is provided. Telephone reference services are also provided to homebound customers. If you need help deciding what to read next, our Mail a Book Librarian will assist you. To find out more about this great service please call 718-464-0084, email us at mailabook@queenslibrary.org, or visit us on the web at http://www.queenslibrary.org/books/mail-a-book
Virtual Programming: Queens Library offers a full calendar of virtual programming via teleconference, Skype and Livestream geared toward the needs and interests of older adults, including, topical discussions, concerts, health topics in English and Chinese, art history lectures, games, poetry, history, and more. These programs are offered as an extension of the Mail a Book program; however you do not have to be homebound to participate.  Programs are open to all adults. Please register with Older Adult Services for all virtual programs 718-464-0084.

Rotating Deposit Collections:

Collections of library materials (books and movies) are maintained at nursing homes throughout Queens; they are changed and updated every 6 weeks so new materials are always available to residents.


Check with your favorite library. Many of our libraries offer clubs, such as,Sewing, Knit & Crochet, Quilting, Mahjong, Adult Coloring, Art Clubs (drawing and watercolor), Family Board Games, Chess, Scrabble.Older Adult Services can help you find a club. Call 718-464-0084 for assistance.

Discussion Groups:

Books, Short Stories, Film screenings and topical discussion groups.


Gentle Yoga, Chair Yoga, Zumba Gold

Music and Entertainment:

See our events guide for a full listing of adult programs with strong appeal to older adults.

Life-Long Learning:

Creative aging, sequential learning courses help older adults have a renewed relationship with their library, a destination for learning and socialization.Grant funded courses such as, Drawing, Watercolor, Collage, Quilting, Sewing, Acrylic Painting, Memoir Writing and other interesting creative projects are offered. For more information contact Older Adult Services at 718-464-0084 / 718-776-6800.