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Children’s Library Discovery Center

The Children's Library Discovery Center opened in 2011. It includes hands-on interactive exhibits and learning labs with our very own Discovery Team to enable children ages 3-12 to find information and to inspire interest in books, reading, and learning.

Come and meet our Discovery Team!


Check out our Science Fair Handbook, a simple guide that explains the steps to successfully complete a science fair assignment. It includes explanations for each step, dozens of project ideas, and a list of helpful websites. Good luck with your project. Check out your local library for books on your chosen topic!

Another new tool available for children through the library is the PowerKids Life Science database. This great resource is specifically designed for learners in grades 3 to 6. PowerKids Life Science promotes digital literacy and 21st century learning skills while offering research, report, and homework help.

The library has two great new resources for children. Ideal for school or for year around learning. BookFlix and TrueFlix are two of our databases that help children with literacy. Check them out now!

Click on the pictures below to find out what books we have on the subjects!

Bug Viewer Instruction Game
    Discover Bugs: Bug Viewer             Discover Perception: Instruction Game
Magnetic Spinner Mirror Movement
      Discover Magnets: Magnetic Spinner  Discover Mirrors: Mirror Movement
Sound Puzzle  
Discover Sound: Sound Puzzle  

Exhibits are funded by the National Science Foundation. To learn more about this state-of-the-art project, click here.

Sep
20
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Family Playtime

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

An exciting program for children ages birth to 5 years old. Learn and have fun at the same time. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. No registration is required, but space will be limited. Don't miss it!

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

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Sep
21
11:00AM

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11:45AM

Mother Goose

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Mother Goose is back! Children from 6 months to 2 years and their caregiver can join us for rhymes, stories, sing-alongs, and more! No registration is required for this program. Just stop by!

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

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Sep
21
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Teen Code Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn to code at Queens Library! Our code club has no lectures: you’ll learn to make websites, animations, apps, and games by actually making them, step by step. You’ll learn Scratch, HTML/CSS, JavaScript, and Python at your own pace. You can prepare for a tech career or learn skills you can use in the real world right now to make whatever you can dream up.

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

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Sep
22
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Saturday Science Lab

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Boys and girls to age 12 are invited to join us (almost) every Saturday for a hands-on science experiment. Observe, learn, and...most importantly...DO! Families are welcome too. No registration is required so don't miss out!

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

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Sep
24
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Time

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

School is back on, but so is Toddler Time! Children between the ages of 1 1/2 years and 3 years can join us, along with a caregiver, for stories, songs, games, and fun. Registration starts on August 27th and space will be limited. Don't miss out!

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

Additional Dates


Sep
24
5:00PM

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6:30PM

SHSAT Tutoring

Location: Central Library
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.

Free SHSAT Tutoring.

Central LibraryMon, Oct 1, 20185:00PM - 6:30PM
Central LibraryMon, Oct 15, 20185:00PM - 6:30PM

Sep
25
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Laptop Time

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Ages 7-12, explore Microsoft software. Find new ways to express yourself and create your own works of art!

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

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Sep
26
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Fall Timeless Tales

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

September is here, school's back on, and so is the fall session of Timeless Tales. Stories, songs, finger plays, and more fun is back for boys and girls ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Registration will begin online and in person starting August 29th. Space will be limited so don't miss out.

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

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Sep
26
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Chess Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

An exciting program for children ages 7-12 to...rook out for! It's our chess club. Learn about this exciting and skillful game on Wednesdays. No registration required; however, space is limited so make your move!

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

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Sep
29
10:00AM

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3:00PM

Open House for NYC Schools and Student Success

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Explore the Children's Library Discovery Center! Learn about the many resources for your children's learning and development. Between 11AM and 2PM meet the Discovery Team, with lots of awesome science fun and play Bug Bingo with our friend Plant Hero.


Oct
2
4:30PM

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5:30PM

"Voices of Queens" Teen Radio Podcast Open House

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 openings

Interested in joining the "Voices of Queens" Teen Radio Podcast held at the Central Library location? You are invited to our fall open house event! Join us for a cool introduction to our all teen produced podcast career training program. Learn all about the program and how it works and sign-up for the 2018 session on the spot!


Oct
4
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Leaf Craft

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

This is an activity you will easily "fall" into. Join us for a leaf craft. Boys and girls ages 6-12 are invited to join us. No registration required, but space is limited so don't miss it!


Oct
5
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Teen Code Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn to code at Queens Library! Our code club has no lectures: you’ll learn to make websites, animations, apps, and games by actually making them, step by step. You’ll learn Scratch, HTML/CSS, JavaScript, and Python at your own pace. You can prepare for a tech career or learn skills you can use in the real world right now to make whatever you can dream up.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
11
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Apple Craft

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

This fall, we're having fun you can take a bite out of. It's an apple craft and it's a fun and creative program for children up to age 12. No registration required. Don't miss out!


Oct
12
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Bengali Storytime

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 1 1/2 to 3 years are invited to join us for Bengali Storytime. Stories, songs, activities, and more. No registration is required, but children must be accompanied by a caregiver.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
16
3:30PM

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6:30PM

The "Voices of Queens" Teen Radio Podcast

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn how to create your very own radio podcasts in this free workshop program! Come along and learn how to produce fun and engaging podcast episodes. Completion of this course gives you scholarship opportunities, enhances your resume, and can even get you started on the road to a rewarding career in broadcast journalism, audio engineering, news reporting, radio presentation, and beyond. This program series is for teens ages 12 – 19 years old and preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
25
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Paper Masks

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

It's almost time for Halloween! Be ready for a treat...with our fun and SPOOKtacular paper mask craft. Boys and girls ages 5-12 are welcome. No registration required, but space is limited so don't miss out!


Oct
29
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Ghost Craft

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Here's a treat: a ghost craft program for kids! Get in the spirit and join us if you're ages 6-12. Make your own ghost. No registration is required, but space will be limited so don't miss it!


Oct
30
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Search Queens Library Database

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us to learn how to search the Queens Library databases. Improve your research skills and discover all the resources available for free at your local library!


Oct
31
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Halloween Party!

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come and celebrate Halloween at the Children's Library Discovery Center with fun, games, music, and more. Come in costume if you want! This is guaranteed to be a spooktacular time for girls and boys up to age 12. Don't miss it!


Dec
4
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Typing Class

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Presenting a fun and educational program that will be...just your type! Children ages 6-12 are invited to learn how to type. This two-part class will show you how the keyboard is set up, let you practice typing, and teach you a skill you will use always! No registration is required, but space is limited. Please make sure you attend both sessions.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
14
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Bangladesh Victory Day

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Mohan Bijoy Dibosh is a glorious day in the history of Bangladesh. This is called December 16th in Bangladesh. In English, it is the victory day of Bangladesh. More than 40 years ago, to the day, Bangladesh was free from Pakistan. You could call it the birthday of Bangladesh.
No registration required; children up to age 12 are welcome.