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Howard Beach

A Message from Ethan Hawke

“Just last night, my 16-year-old son asked me, ‘Do people really still use libraries?’ I was happy to be able to tell him yes. It's a fact: More people than ever are visiting their neighborhood branches and using the myriad free resources the Library provides,” writes Ethan Hawke in a new ...

Get Free Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park!

Shakespeare in the Park is one of New York City's most beloved summer traditions—and now you can get your tickets at Queens Library!

Free ticket vouchers for Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s (Jitney, The Piano Lesson) sumptuous new production of Shakespeare’s "Othello," performed ...

Support Queens Library with Your 2018 Annual Fund Gift

The last day of school is just a few weeks away—and we’re already hard at work preparing programs, signing kids up for summer reading, and ensuring that we can meet the needs of the 52,000 children and young adults who are expected to visit Queens Library this summer.

The thousands of programs we offer are made ...

Tweet to Your Council Member in Support of Libraries!

Stand with your library on Twitter!

Our city officials are now deciding the amount of funding that New York City’s libraries will receive in the upcoming fiscal year.

Click the links below to find the Twitter handles of your city leaders and the New York City Council Member that represents your community library ...

Drag Queen Story Hour At The Library!

We hope you will join us at several community libraries for Drag Queen Story Hour, a unique storytime for children ages 3-8 that raises awareness of gender diversity, promotes self-acceptance, and builds empathy through an enjoyable literary experience.

Created by Michelle Tea and RADAR Productions in San Francisco, DQSH now ...

Queens Library Magazine

The new issue of Queens Library Magazine is out now!

Queens Library Magazine combines great library-themed feature stories and two months' worth of information about our free programs, services, and special events, and it's available at your neighborhood library or ...

Mental Health Awareness Month at Queens Library

Mental health challenges impact people across all demographics of society. This May, for Mental Health Awareness Month, we’re bringing you programming to both help you take care of your own mental health and teach you how to help someone else in crisis.

From programs on stress and self-care to information about the ...

May
25
3:00PM

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5:30PM

Family Movie Afternoon

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Join us for Friday movie afternoon.
May 4 - Glass Castle (2017, PG-13)
May 11 - Justice League (2017, PG-13)
May 18 - Coco (2017, PG)
May 25 - Thor: Ragnarok (2017, PG-13)


May
26
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Adult Coloring Club

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Come to adult coloring and enjoy a relaxing environment to color and chat!

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

Additional Dates


May
29
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Science Fun

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Children ages 7 & up are welcome to join us for fun, hands-on S.T.E.A.M activities.

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

Additional Dates


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Jun
1
3:00PM

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5:30PM

Family Movie Afternoon

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Join us for Friday movie afternoon.
June 1 - Professor Marston & the Wonder Women (2017, R)
June 8 - Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017, PG-13)
June 15 - Paddington 2 (2017, PG)
June 22 - Pitch Perfect 3 (2017, PG-13)
June 29 - Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017, PG-13)

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

Additional Dates


Jun
4
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Playdate for Babies and Toddlers

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Early development fun with board books, toys, and space for everyone!

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

Additional Dates


Jun
4
5:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Family Game Night

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Join us for some family fun and games!

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

Additional Dates


Jun
9
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Technology 101

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Technology 101

June 9, 2018: Need help using your own mobile device?
Bring in your own mobile device or tablet and learn some tips and tricks to make the best of its use.

June 30, 2018: What is Facebook?
Wanted to sign up for Facebook but don't know how? Come join us and learn how to sign up and navigate Facebook.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
20
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Family Mini Golf

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

It's tee time at the library! Bring the family for a round of mini-golf. Equipment will be provided.


Jun
23
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Long Island Sound Performs Hits of the '50s and More

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Take a trip down memory lane with classic tunes by Johnny Mathis, Connie Francis, great Motown artists, and more.


Jul
2
1:00PM

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1:30PM

Playdate for Infants and Toddlers

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Bring your babies! Join us for early development fun and socialization using board books and toys. Space for everyone.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
2
1:30PM

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2:00PM

Let's Listen, Learn, and Rock!

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Infants and toddlers are invited to explore, build ,and rock on along with their grown-ups as the librarian reads and sings to your little ones.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
5
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Teens: Together We Are Music

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

By using musical notes and notations, we invite teens to express what music means to them. They can write recommendations, draw how the music makes them feel, and recommend music to one another.


Jul
12
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Teens: Make Your Own Instrument

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

We will give teens hands-on experience with another culture by making their own castanets, mbira and/or zamponas.


Jul
14
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Adult Karaoke

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Sing along with popular vocal and instrumental tracks. Join us and rock on!


Jul
18
2:30PM

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3:30PM

DIY Adults: Rock Terrariums

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Fill a jar with rocks, foliage plants, or succulents for a super low-maintenance garden.


Jul
19
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Teens: Around the World in Ten Snacks

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Munch on exotic snacking options from around the world while listening to a variety of world music.


Jul
26
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Teens: Sheet Music Art

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Teens can create a unique piece of art incorporating sheet music.


Jul
28
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Storytime for Grown-Ups

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

We welcome you to a read-aloud session for grown-ups. You may share short stories or poetry or just listen.


Aug
2
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Teens: The Stacks are Alive with the Sound of Music

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

We are celebrating music by hosting a sing-along movie program. We will feature a range of musicals that teens can sing-along with. After all...Libraries Rock!


Aug
6
1:00PM

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1:30PM

Playdate for Infants and Toddlers

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Bring your babies and join us for early development fun using board books and toys. There is space for everyone!

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

Additional Dates


Aug
9
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Teens: Name that Musical Matching Game

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

How's your knowledge of musicals? Participants will match the song with its source. We will cover a range of classic and current musical theater.


Aug
11
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Music Trivia

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

How good is your music history? Can you name that tune? Bring a friend and test your skills with us!


Aug
15
3:30PM

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4:00PM

Recycled CD Coasters

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Transform CDs into durable, useful beverage coasters.


Aug
16
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Teens: Music Journalism

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

We invite our teens to consider the music they enjoy and write about it. They are welcomed to share their thoughts and feelings on artists and albums.


Aug
18
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Family Science: Musical Edition

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Families could come and explore hands-on activities, such as setting up music- or sound- based experiments.


Aug
23
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Teens: Book Discussion

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

We will discuss a book selection from our "Libraries Rock" suggested summer reading list.