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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
30
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Saturday Science Lab

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn while having fun at our Saturday morning science lab! Children age 12 and under are welcome, with their families, to participate in hands-on experiments.

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

Additional Dates


May
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. Hours may vary.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
1
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 meet weekly with a children's librarian for stories, songs, fingerplays, learning activities and lots of fun. Preregistration is required.

Central LibraryMon, Jun 8, 201510:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryMon, Jun 15, 201510:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryMon, Jun 22, 201510:30AM - 11:30AM

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Jun
1
4:30PM

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5:45PM

Under the Sea

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Let's discover the fascinating undersea world and its vibrant colors and amazing creatures! With the help of a portable aquarium, preschoolers ages 3-5 will see glittering fish, dancing jellyfish and colorful turtles. Space is limited; first come, first served.


Jun
3
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.

Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers meet for weekly story times with a children's librarian. Enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, learning and lots of fun! Preregistration is required.

Central LibraryWed, Jun 10, 201510:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryWed, Jun 17, 201510:30AM - 11:30AM

Jun
4
12:30PM

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4:30PM

Summer Reading 2015: Kick-Off Event

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us to kick off Summer Reading with games, programs, activities, face painting and more!


Jun
4
1:00PM

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3:00PM

A Reptile "Edventure" with Erik Callender

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn about the most fascinating creatures on Earth!


Jun
4
2:15PM

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3:15PM

Bilingual Birdies Concert: Songs for Young Children (in English and Spanish)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children up to age 5 and their parents or other adult caregivers will learn new vocabulary at this live, interactive concert of movement and songs in Spanish and English. Space is limited and available first come, first served.


Jun
5
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Fun Friday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Boys and girls ages 6-12 are welcome to join us for something different every week: arts and crafts, games, movies, or...who knows? You'll have to stop in to find out!

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

Additional Dates


Jun
11
10:00AM

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11:00AM

The Playtime 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 up to age 3 and their caregivers have fun, play games and learn! Preregistration is required.

Central LibraryThu, Jun 18, 201510:00AM - 11:00AM

Jun
26
3:30PM

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4:30PM

The Fire Safety Show with the Rappin' Fireman

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The Rappin' Fireman and his safety friends take children ages 6-12 through an adventure in safety, rapping safety songs with robots, puppets, a smoke house and a whole lot of help from the audience.


Jun
26
4:30PM

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5:30PM

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.


Jun
29
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Summer Meals 2015

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The Summer Meals Program provides children nutritious meals when school is not in session. Queens Library will offer summer meals from June 29th to September 4th from 1 - 2 PM at select community libraries.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
9
1:45PM

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2:45PM

Vinny Voltage, Queens's Very Own Mr. Wizard

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Vinny Voltage launches our Super Summer Science series. He's a science hero who always has an "electrifying" show!