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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.

May
23
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Kickoff to Kindergarten

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

*Parents and caregivers can help children learn the key skills they need to succeed in school before they start kindergarten. During 8 weekly sessions, library staff and early childhood teachers will “teach” and “coach” parents and caregivers how to use books, educational games, and a variety of hands-on activities to help build language skills. For ages 3 - 5 and the child MUST turn 3 on or before 4/25/2017. Preregistration required and begins on 4/11/2017.*

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

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May
23
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Downloading the Queens Library App

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn how to download the Queens Library Mobile App. Children and their parents are encouraged to bring their personal devices. Learn to search the catalog, reserve books and pay library fees. All are welcome, space is limited.


May
24
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Timeless Tales

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.

*Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and fun! Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers are welcome. Space is limited and registration begins April 12th! Don't miss out.*


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May
25
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Coding Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

*Come and check out Coding Club! Learn about introductory coding where you can create your very own interactive story, build characters, create a plotline, and most of all...have fun! This program is for children ages 8-14. Registration begins on March 23rd in person. You must be able to attend all sessions!*

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

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May
27
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Hands on Math

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 3-5 will learn about counting, organizing and sequencing while creating their very own masterpiece.
May 6, 13, 20 & 27
11:00 AM
Multipurpose Room
Space is limited.


Jun
2
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Fun Friday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us on Fridays for something fun and exciting. Each week we'll do a different activity. Games, crafts, movies, and...who knows? No registration is required.

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

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Jun
3
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Saturday Science Lab

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us for Saturday Science Lab. Explore the world with the Discovery Team. Take part in fun activities, hands on learning, and fun for children up to age 12 and their families. No registration required.

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

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Jun
8
11:00AM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading Kickoff

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us for our annual Summer Reading Kickoff event. An exciting day of events and giveaways for children up to age 12 and their families! No registration is required.


Jun
8
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Nick the Balloonatic Show

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In this fun-filled balloon show, children will see characters that they can relate to being sculptured right before their eyes. Children will take home a sculptured balloon made especially for them. Audience participation is encouraged.


Jun
8
2:00PM

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2:45PM

Children Sing and Celebrate Around the World

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children and their caregivers will learn about the great variety of ways that people sing and celebrate around the world in this interactive sing a along to kick off 2017 Summer Reading.


Jun
8
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading Kickoff -Face Painting

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join the 2017 Summer Reading kickoff with a Face Painting celebration by Party Colors.


Jun
12
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Monday Art Makers Sand Art Series

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5-12 are invited to participate in June Monday Art Makers Sand Art Series. Children will get to make different types of sand art crafts over 3 sessions.

Space is limited to 30 children. First come first serve.


Jun
30
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Amazing Readers Movie Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Read the book; check out the movie. The book club members between ages 7-12 will watch the movie "Charlotte's Web" together before discussing the book written by E.B. White.


Jun
30
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 E.B. White's "Charlotte's Web" at this session of Amazing Readers. Participation will count toward the Read Down Your Fines program.
Do not forget to watch the movie that will be showing before this meeting.


Jul
5
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Library Jeopardy

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Please join the trivia and prove your knowledge by answering questions on various topics.

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

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Jul
10
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Music and Movement Mondays

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-12 are invited to join us at the Children's Library Discovery Center for Music and Movement Mondays. Children will participate in group singing, dancing, karaoke and Zumba activities.

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

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Jul
11
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Origami - Summertime is Funtime!

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Summertime is here and it's time for some fun crafts with Miss Sue! Create your own works of art while learning the ancient art of origami. There is no end to what you can create with your two hands and a little piece of paper!

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

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Aug
4
3:00PM

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3:45PM

Tie Dye T-Shirts

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

*Brighten up your summer even more with our far out tie dye t-shirts program! Children ages 8-12 are invited to make your very own groovy design and take your shirt home with you. Space is limited and registration will begin July 28th. You must bring your OWN plain white t-shirt!*