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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.

Jan
30
3:00PM

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6:00PM

Homework Zone

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

*Children up to age 12 can get homework help with a teen tutor. Mondays through Fridays 3:00pm-6:00pm. Hours may vary.*

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

Additional Dates


Jan
30
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Book Discussion Group

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

We will discuss Patricia MacLachlan's classic, "Sarah, Plain and Tall" at our book discussion group for children ages 8-12. Ask about reserving a copy today! *in Multi-Purpose Room*


Jan
31
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Saturday Science Lab

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Discover the wonders of the world with the Discovery Team and hands on science.


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Jan
31
12:00PM

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2:00PM

Wii Gaming

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Kids ages 4-12 play and get fit with Wii tennis, bowling and boxing.


Feb
4
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.

Children ages 18-35 months and their caregivers join us for stories, songs and activities. Preregistration is required beginning Tuesday, December 23.

Central LibraryWed, Feb 11, 201510:30AM - 11:30AM

Feb
4
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Valentines for Vets

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-12 make Valentine's Day special for veterans by creating one-of-a-kind cards and bookmarks to show appreciation for all they have done.


Feb
5
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Unbeatable Bow

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

Wearing a bow is a trend that never goes out of style. Learn how to make an easy-to-sew one and turn it into a fashion accessory with author Lesley Ware, whose new book, "Sew Fab," is a sewing and style guide for young fashionistas.


Feb
5
7:00PM

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8:00PM

Pajama Storytime

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

It's Take Your Child to the Library Week. Enjoy stories and songs in celebration of families and libraries for families with children age 6 and under. PJs are optional!


Feb
6
11:30AM

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12:15PM

Mother Goose Time

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-18 months and their caregivers join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and more.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
7
12:00PM

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3:00PM

Darwin Day

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

It's Take Your Child to the Library Day, and we’re observing it by wishing Charles Darwin, the great scientist, reader and writer, a Happy 205th Birthday. We will celebrate the variety of Earth's living things with an iPad photo booth and special guests from the United States Department of Agriculture and Randall’s Island Park.


Feb
12
4:00PM

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4:45PM

Poof! Life in a Vacuum

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

This is a really sucky experience! Children ages 6-12 will have greater appreciation for Earth’s atmosphere when they see what happens to objects placed in containers from which the air is then extracted, mimicking the conditions of outer space. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum brings us this far-out experience.


Feb
14
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Saturday Science Lab

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Discover the wonders of the world with the Discovery Team and hands-on science!

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

Additional Dates


Feb
18
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Lunar New Year Celebration and Craft

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Children's Discovery Center with stories, crafts, music, a lion dance and small treats to take home, for children ages 6-12. Tickets will be distributed at 3:30PM the day of the event.


Feb
18
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Lunar New Year Celebration and Craft

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Our celebration of Lunar New Year, for children ages 6-12, features stories, crafts, music and a lion dance. Participants will also receive small treats.
Tickets will be distributed a half hour before the event. *in Children's Library Discovery Center Multi-Purpose Room*