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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.

Jul
10
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Tesla and His Inventions: Spark Fest!

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

We will celebrate the work of Nikola Tesla, New York City's brilliant Serbian immigrant scientist, on his birthday, July 10. Children and their families can learn about his many inventions and discoveries through stories, videos and science activities by the Discovery Team.


Jul
10
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Fizz + Boom = Invention

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Thomas Alva Edison experimented with all sorts of substances before coming up with the filament for the incandescent light bulb. Robert Fulton’s first Hudson River test run of his steamboat, ”Clermont,” was almost a flop. Award-winning storyteller Jonathan Kruk tells the captivating tales of inventors who helped launch the industrial revolution in New York.


Jul
10
5:00PM

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6:30PM

One Hour of Coding

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-12 will be taught simple concepts of computer science: drag-and-drop programming, repeat-loops, conditionals, and basic algorithms, functions and variables.


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Jul
11
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Gear Up for the ELA Exam: Grade 3

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

This 6-session program on skills required for the New York State English Language Arts Test is for children entering grade 3 this September.
Preregister June 12 at 4:00PM at the Children's Library Discovery Center. Participants should plan to attend all six sessions and bring a copy of their most recent report card.

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

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Jul
11
11:30AM

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12:30PM

Mother Goose Time

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Infants ages 6-17 months and their caregivers enjoy songs, rhymes and stories with a librarian.

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

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Jul
11
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Gear Up for the ELA Test: Grade 4

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

This 6-session program on skills required for the New York State English Language Arts Test is for children entering grade 4 this September.
Preregister June 12 at 4:00PM at the Children's Library Discovery Center. Participants should attend all six sessions and bring a copy of their most recent report card.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
11
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Fun Friday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-12 can enjoy board games, cards, puzzles, crafts and other activities.

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

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Jul
12
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Saturday Science Lab

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Discover our wild and amazing world under the guidance of the Children's Library Discovery Center's acclaimed Discovery Team! Children in grades 1-6 will execute awesome experiments, learn something new and enjoy educational fun at this wonderful weekly lab.

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

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Jul
12
5:00PM

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6:30PM

Wii Gaming

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Get fit bowling, boxing or playing tennis on our Wii system.


Jul
14
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Toddler Time

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is now closed

Children ages 18-35 months and their caregivers meet for weekly storytimes with a children's librarian and enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, learning activities and plenty of fun! Preregistration is required.

Central LibraryMon, Jul 21, 201410:00AM - 11:00AM
Central LibraryMon, Jul 28, 201410:00AM - 11:00AM
Central LibraryMon, Aug 4, 201410:00AM - 11:00AM
Central LibraryMon, Aug 11, 201410:00AM - 11:00AM

Jul
14
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Bilingual Storytime (in English and Bengali)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers meet for weekly story times with a children's librarian and enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, learning activities and plenty of fun. Tickets will be distributed at 11:30AM on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

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Jul
14
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Read and Seed: Plants, Play and Fun

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Kids ages 5-12 and their families explore the wonderful green world of plants, dirt, bugs, food and fun! This program is made possible with funds from National Grid and the Horticultural Society of New York.

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

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Jul
14
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Summer Reading Zine

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

If you're a teen with a creative edge who likes to write, draw or do any of the innumerable jobs it takes to publish a magazine, the Summer Reading Zine is for you!

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

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Jul
14
5:30PM

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6:45PM

Typing Skills

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Using the Mavis Beacon program for typing, kids ages 6-12 will discover home keys and how to type faster and more accurately.


Jul
15
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Craft Time

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Make a big splash at the library with a fun craft to take home in this weekly program for children ages 4-12. First come, first served.

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

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Jul
16
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Summer Film Fest

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Cool off with a different movie each week! Films are appropriate for ages 4-12 and children must be accompanied by a parent or other adult caregiver. Tickets will be distributed at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

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Jul
16
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Engineer It Green

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 8-12 will learn how to live green by experimenting with wind and solar energy and designing their own models of earth-friendly homes and yards using renewable materials. Come to as many sessions as you can! This program made possible by funds from National Grid.

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

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Jul
17
5:30PM

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6:45PM

Introduction to PowerPoint through Google Drive

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-12 will learn the basics of PowerPoint, a presentation app that allows them to create amazing slide shows using video embedding and GIF backgrounds. We will access the program through Google Drive accounts. Space is limited; first come, first served.


Jul
28
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Summer Reading Craft

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 7 openings

Have lots of creative fun at this YA summer reading craft program for teens.


Aug
1
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Meet Science Fiction Author Georgia Clark

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Georgia Clark, author of the thrilling young adult science fiction novel "Parched," will discuss her work.


Aug
7
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Jason and His Portable Menagerie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Touch, observe, learn! You won't want to miss our friend Jason and his amazing collection of critters, in a program made possible by funding from National Grid.


Aug
13
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Bento Box

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Bento boxes for carrying lunch can be simple or quite elaborate, with contests held for the most beautiful. Teens will assemble and decorate their own bento boxes to take home.