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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.

Nov
21
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Learning Center

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In this five-week program, children ages 18-38 months will learn and play with their caregivers. Each week parents will speak with a different specialist in the following categories: parenting, nutrition, speech, creative movement, and reading. Space will be limited and preregistration is required. In person sign-ups begin on October 10.


Nov
21
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.

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Nov
21
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Tinkercad

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

TInkercad allows students to create free three-dimensional models that can be translated over to .sla files and printed out using a 3D printer. The site allows for users to save their files for free with an email or create files without one.

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

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Nov
23
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Mother Goose

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Good old Mother Goose returns for the fall/winter session! Boys and girls from 6 months to 2 years and their caregiver are invited to join us for stories, songs, and fun. No registration is required for this program. Just bring yourselves!

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

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Nov
23
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. 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


Nov
26
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Time

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.

Boys and girls 18 months to 3 years are invited to join us for Toddler Time with their caregiver for stories, songs, finger plays, and all kinds of fun. Registration will begin on November 5th. Space is limited, so don't miss out!

Central LibraryMon, Dec 10, 201810:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryMon, Dec 17, 201810:30AM - 11:30AM

Nov
26
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Teen Space Youth Court

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Hey teens! Are you interested in finding out more about the civic opportunities for young adults in the borough of Queens? Are you looking to study or start a career in criminal justice? Maybe you would just like some experiential knowledge in the juvenile justice system. Well, we have the perfect program for you! Join the Teen Space at the Central Library in Jamaica, Queens for Teen Space Youth Court.


Nov
27
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


Nov
27
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!


Nov
29
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Youth Leadership Council

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Make your voice heard! You’ll advocate for your community and make real change in this yearlong program. Community service credit available! Visit queenslib.org/youthcouncil18 for more information.


Dec
3
10:30AM

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11:30AM

It's Time for Kind: Toddler Time

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Boys and girls 18 months to 3 years who have already registered for the November/December Toddler Time are invited to join us for this very special session. We will enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, and all kinds of fun with a special focus on kindness. If you are already registered for November/December's Toddler Time, you do not need to register again. All other participants will be on a first-come, first-served basis.


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.

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Dec
5
10:30AM

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11:30AM

It's Time for Kind: Kindness Read-Aloud

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

We invite children ages 18 months to 3 years to join us for a bilingual story in Bengali and English! It will be followed up with a coloring page activity. No registration is required for this activity, but space will be limited. Don't miss it! For more It’s Time for Kind programming, visit queenslib.org/itstimeforkind2018.


Dec
6
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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Dec
6
11:00AM

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12:30PM

It's Time for Kind: Kids' Box Challenge

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

A fun program for children ages 3 to 5 we're certain they'll kind of enjoy. Children can have fun and learn about kindness at the same time! No registration is required; however, space may be limited. Don't miss it! For more It’s Time for Kind programming, visit queenslib.org/itstimeforkind2018.


Dec
6
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Youth Leadership Council

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Make your voice heard! You’ll advocate for your community and make real change in this yearlong program. Community service credit is available! Visit queenslib.org/youthcouncil18 for more information.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
7
11:00AM

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12:00PM

It's Time for Kind: Mother Goose

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Boys and girls age 6 months to 2 years along with a caregiver are invited to join us for a very special edition of Mother Goose. There will still be the same fun, stories, songs, and more, but with a special focus on kindness. No registration is required for this program. For more It’s Time for Kind programming, visit queenslib.org/itstimeforkind2018.


Dec
7
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. 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


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.


Dec
27
12:00PM

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2:00PM

It's Time For Kind: Sewing Kindness

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

Let's make it a warm holiday season for everyone. Learn how to sew a reversible blanket; make one to give and one to keep. For more It’s Time for Kind programming, visit queenslib.org/itstimeforkind2018.


Jan
4
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. 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