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Children & Teens

Children & Teens

Children are our future. Queens Library’s commitment to our children ensures that no one who comes through our doors will be left behind.

  • A Teen Cyber Center opened at the Bayside Branch.
  • TeenLinQ™, a Queens Library web page for teens, was launched in the second quarter of 2003 to make resources more easily available to our young adult customers.
  • State funding was received for the Teen Enrichment Program, a collaboration with the Queens District Attorney’s Office that provides an alternative to community service for teens at risk. A replicable curriculum was developed.
  • Children and Young Adult book alerts were implemented to add the newest high-demand titles sooner and highlight their availability.
  • English conversation practice groups for children with volunteer teen discussion leaders were piloted with funds from a federal grant. A partnership with The After-School Corporation engaged the teens and provided a stipend for their participation.
  • KidsWorld Queens calendars were distributed to schools and outlets announcing Queens activities for kids.
  • The partnership with the American Museum of Natural History continues to offer kids and families free passes. Their moveable museum made ten stops at Queens Library branches.
  • 242 children’s branch programs, 74 Toddler Learning Center programs, Summer Reading Club activities and Latchkey programs had total attendance of 172,423.
  • Latchkey Enrichment Programs were offered in 36 branches and the Central Library resulting in 158,998 attendees.
  • A collaboration with the New York Police Department presented the program “Choices.” This program was designed to guide teens to avoid involvement in gangs.
  • 1,457 teen students accessed Tutor.com, a contracted homework web site, to get one-on-one tutoring customized to their topic and grade. Math was found to be the most popular topic. Access is available in Laurelton, Arverne, Ozone Park, Steinway, Flushing and Bayside.