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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.

Sep
18
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Drama Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Are you an aspiring actor or actress? Are you curious about what it’s like to perform on stage? Have you ever dreamed of becoming a movie star? This 7-week program will give you a chance to learn about theater, explore the art of acting and perform in a final showcase. Participation in the showcase is voluntary. Help put on the show or be in the show yourself!

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This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Sep
19
11:00AM

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1:30PM

Sewing Lab

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

We explore a variety of sewing techniques in a creative space while visiting, inspiring and helping each other. Several sewing machines are provided. Adults and teens at all levels of experience are welcome. We meet every Friday except holidays.

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

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Sep
19
5:00PM

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6:00PM

JobMap Orientation

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 25 openings

JobMap is Queens Library’s online tool that provides customized recommendations for job-search help and computer training. Learn how to use it to preregister for job-search workshops and computer-training classes, store your resumes and cover letters online and get your resume reviewed online. For more information, call 718-990-8625 or visit the Job Information Center. Class code: CC170

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This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Sep
23
4:00PM

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5:15PM

Tween Time

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Tween Time, for grades 7 and 8, includes games, crafts, surprises and light snacks, every Tuesday after school.

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

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Sep
27
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Teen Craft

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

This monthly program is for teens in grades 7-12. All materials are provided. Space is limited!


Sep
28
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Sunday Movie @ Central

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In "RoboCop," a powerful multinational conglomerate attempts to bring robotic law enforcement to the United States by transforming a critically injured police officer into a cyborg cop in this remake of the subversive 1987 sci-fi classic.


Oct
1
3:00PM

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6:00PM

Health Benefits of Vegetarianism

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Have you ever wondered what being a vegetarian is all about? Is a vegetarian diet healthy? Learn more about this lifestyle With Jenné Claiborne, a NYC-based private chef, health coach and the creator of the 21-Day Vegan Blueprint.


Oct
3
5:00PM

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6:00PM

JobMap Orientation

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 25 openings

JobMap is Queens Library’s online tool that provides customized recommendations for job-search help and computer training. Learn how to use it to preregister for job-search workshops and computer-training classes, store your resumes and cover letters online and get your resume reviewed online. For more information, call 718-990-8625 or visit the Job Information Center.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
9
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Teen Job Skills

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Teens learn job-hunting skills, resume tips and workplace etiquette.


Oct
9
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Stop Suicide: Save a Life

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) is a simple educational program that teaches ordinary citizens how to recognize a mental health emergency and get an at-risk person the help needed. It is also an action plan that can result in lives saved, based on three simple steps that anyone can learn.


Oct
10
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Graffiti Art Workshop

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

This two-part workshop introduces the art of graffiti to teens, who will begin with small sketches and then work together on a larger mural.

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

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Oct
12
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Open Mic

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Thomas Fucaloro's latest book, published by Three Rooms Press, is "It Starts from the Belly and Blooms." He is a founding editor of Great Weather for Media and an editor at Staten Island's new literary magazine, "NYSAI." He teaches poetry workshops at the NEON Bronx Probation Center, Writopia Lab, The Acorn Youth Treatment Center and the Staten Island LGBTQ Community Center. He received his MFA in creative writing from the New School.


Oct
16
6:30PM

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8:00PM

New York City Horse Carriages: Tradition or Travesty?

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

A representative from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals will discuss and answers questions on this timely topic.


Oct
18
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Halloween Craft for Teens

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Teens in grades 7-12 work on projects with a Halloween theme. All materials are provided. Space is limited.


Oct
20
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Teen Advisory Board

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

If you enjoy coming to the Teen Space and want to help make it better, come to our monthly meeting! We will discuss potential programs, issues, books and other important topics. Teens in in grades 7-12 are welcome.

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

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Oct
24
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Origami and Paper Engineering: Build a Geodesic Dome with Karen Wellington

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Origami instructor and former math teacher Karen Wellington will demonstrate how to construct a spherical container for storing personal items. Space is limited; first come, first served.

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

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Oct
26
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Sunday Movie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Tom Cruise stars as a soldier from the future who is killed during a battle with alien invaders and lives out the last day of his life over and over again, in "Edge of Tomorrow" (2014), rated PG-13, director Doug Liman's adaptation of the popular Japanese novel "All You Need Is Kill."


Oct
30
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Learning Reiki

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Reiki is an ancient healing technique that involves the use of healing touch to restore balance, ease stress and unblock energy. Learn how it is used in our modern, stress-filled world.


Oct
31
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Halloween Monster Mash

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Teens are invited to have fun at the library at our Monster Mash!


Nov
17
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Jewelry-Making

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Teens learn to make beautiful jewelry. Materials will be provided.