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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.

Feb
11
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Tech Thursdays

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 7-12 will learn to use Microsoft Word and Excel, create animations, print in 3D, and much more!

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

Additional Dates


Feb
12
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Fun Friday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us for board and video games, crafts, Jeopardy, movies, and more for ages 6-12.

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

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Feb
13
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Saturday Science Lab

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn about science through fun and interactive science experiments with our Discovery Team! Children age 12 and under with their families are welcome.

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

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Feb
16
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Calling All Engineers!

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

It's National Engineering Week! Kids ages 6-12, along with their families, can join us for hands-on, fun activities, designing, building, tinkering, and testing their own creations.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
17
2:00PM

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5:00PM

HAKS Engineering Presents: Discover Day Engineering Fair

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-12 enjoy lots of STEM activities such as building bridges and making domes and towers at this Engineering Fair.


Feb
19
2:00PM

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3:00PM

African-American Stories

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children age 12 and under and their families celebrate African American History Month with storyteller Christine Campbell. There will be stories, learning, and fun for everyone. Space is limited.


Feb
26
11:30AM

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12:15PM

Mother Goose Time

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Please join us for for Mother Goose Time in the Early Childhood Area. There will be stories, songs, finger-plays, and all types of fun. Registration is not required. This program is for children from birth to 2 years old and their their caregiver.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
26
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Amazing Readers Kids' Book Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 8-12 will discuss Jeff Kinney's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul" at this session of Amazing Readers. Participation will count toward the Read Down Your Fines program.


Mar
3
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Family Place

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.

Children from crawlers to toddlers and their caregivers are invited to this early learning program featuring interactive play at the Children's Library Discovery Center. Preregistration is required beginning Thursday, February 18.

Central LibraryThu, Mar 10, 201610:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryThu, Mar 17, 201610:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryThu, Mar 24, 201610:30AM - 11:30AM

Mar
5
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Documentary Premiere: "Mo's Bows"

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5-12 and their families are invited to see a short documentary about 6th grade entrepreneur Moziah Bridges, the creative founder of Mo's Bows, meet the film's producers, and make their own bow tie!


Mar
7
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Introduction to Laptop Computers

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 7-12 learn how to use a laptop computer. Space is limited!


Mar
11
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Fun Friday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5-12 join us for arts and crafts, games, and general fun, learning through interactive play. Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
14
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Introduction to Microsoft Word

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Young people ages 7-12 learn the basics of working with Microsoft Word, along with a few tips and tricks. Make that school report look terrific! Space will be limited.


Mar
21
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Introduction to PowerPoint for Kids

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 7-12 learn the basics of how to use PowerPoint to make class reports impressive. Space is limited!


Mar
22
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Online Laptop Games

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 7-12 try their skills at 8 Ball Pool, Tanki, and Agar.io! Space limited.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
25
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Amazing Readers: Kids' Book Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 8-12 will discuss Gary Paulsen’s "My Life in Dog Years." Participation will count toward the Read Down Your Fees program.


Mar
28
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Introduction to Excel

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Young people ages 7-12 learn the basics of using Excel. Space is limited.


Apr
2
12:00PM

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2:30PM

Nano Days Festival

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children of all ages are invited to discover awesome, tiny science. Explore our new Nano exhibits, and get your hands on some Nano science with the Discovery Team.


Apr
4
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Typing Skills

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-12 learn how to type or practice their skills. Space is limited.


Apr
11
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Introduction to the Internet

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-12 will learn how to surf the web, browse online, and find safe and useful information for that school report! Space is limited.


Apr
16
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Spelling Bee Final

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Welcome to the Queens Library Spelling Bee Final, where winners of the community library spelling bees in grades 4-6 will face off against each other. May the best speller win!


Apr
18
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Internet Dos and Don'ts

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-12 learn how to protect their safety and privacy on the Internet. Topics include what not to post on social media, who to trust, and how to conduct themselves properly online. Space is limited.


Apr
25
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Earth Day Program

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 12 and under and their families celebrate Earth Day all week with a different activity each day!

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

Additional Dates


Apr
25
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Earth Day Movie: The Arctic and Antarctic

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 12 and under and their families are invited to see an exciting and informative film about the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Space is limited!


Apr
26
3:00PM

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3:45PM

Earth Day Movie: Rainforests

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children age 12 and under and their families celebrate Earth Day all week with exciting and informative films. Tuesday's movie is about the rainforests. Space will be limited.


Apr
27
3:00PM

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3:45PM

Earth Day Movie: Insects

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children age 12 and under and their families celebrate Earth Day all week with exciting and informative films. Wednesday's movie is about insects. Space will be limited.


Apr
28
3:00PM

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3:45PM

Earth Day Movie: Deserts

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children age 12 and under and their families celebrate Earth Day all week with exciting and informative films. Thursday's movie is about deserts. Space is limited.


Apr
29
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Amazing Readers: Kids' Book Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 8-12 will discuss "Becoming Naomi Leon" by Pam Muñoz Ryan. Participation will count toward the Read Down Your Fees program.


Apr
30
11:00AM

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4:00PM

Earth Day Family Fest

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children age 12 and under and their families celebrate our beautiful planet with activities and films. Movies are at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.