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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
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.


Jul
23
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 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

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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
24
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Free Citizenship Classes

Location: Broadway
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 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.

BroadwayWed, Jul 31, 201910:00AM - 1:00PM
BroadwayWed, Aug 7, 201910:00AM - 1:00PM
BroadwayWed, Aug 14, 201910:00AM - 1:00PM
BroadwayWed, Aug 21, 201910:00AM - 1:00PM
BroadwayWed, Aug 28, 201910:00AM - 1:00PM
BroadwayWed, Sep 4, 201910:00AM - 1:00PM
BroadwayWed, Sep 11, 201910:00AM - 1:00PM
BroadwayWed, Sep 18, 201910:00AM - 1:00PM

Jul
24
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
24
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Fall Prevention for Seniors

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

If you have an aging parent, grandparent, or neighbor in your life, helping them reduce their risk of falling is a great way to help them stay healthy and independent. Dr. Yongzeng Ding from Association of Chinese American Physicians will host a seminar and share valuable tips on fall prevention for seniors.


Jul
24
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.


Jul
25
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.


Jul
25
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
25
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Immigrant 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
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. 2-3pm 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


Jul
31
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Legends and Myths of Latin America and Crafts

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

In this interactive program, we will read out loud a selection from Latin American mythology, featuring a particular motif. To bring the story to life and to connect generations and cultures, we will create artwork featuring traditional designs and themes. In this hands-on program, families will have a chance to celebrate rich Latin American heritage and its folklore. This program is in Spanish.


Aug
5
9:00AM

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3:00PM

Citizenship Clinic

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

In this citizenship clinic we will assist you in filling out and reviewing your naturalization (N-400) application. To sign up for an appointment, call or email Olaiza Castillo at 718-990-0730/olaiza.castillo@queenslibrary.org or
Simi Solanke at 212-714-7357/ ssolanke@nylag.org


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
8
3:30PM

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5:00PM

NYCitizenship Information Session

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come to an information session with NYCitizenship staff to find out how to apply for U.S. citizenship, and learn about the benefits of becoming a citizen and receiving financial counseling.

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

Additional Dates


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
13
10:00AM

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3:00PM

Free Immigration Legal Consultation

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This clinic is an opportunity for immigrants to ask attorneys and counselors questions about pending immigration filings, potential opportunities for relief, and more. These consultations will be for brief advice. If a person is eligible for further services or representation, CMS may refer them back to their offices in Brooklyn and Queens.


Aug
14
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Celebrate Korean Independence Day with a Healthy Korean Food Preparation Workshop

Location: Bayside
Registration: Not required

Celebrate Korean Independence Day with healthy and delicious japche. It will be accompanied by aromatic and savory roasted barley tea. Korean chef Soh Young Lee-Segredo will be the instructor. Japche is made with starch noodle, scrambled eggs, and different vegetables: onion, carrots, scallions, a variety of mushrooms, spinach, and chives.


Sep
12
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.