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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.

Dec
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.

Additional Dates


Dec
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.


Dec
20
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Holiday Craft

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

This month our teen craft for grades 7-12 will have a holiday theme. All supplies will be provided but space is limited.


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Dec
28
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Sunday Movies @ Central

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," rated PG-13, a growing nation of genetically evolved apes is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. The fragile peace they reach proves short-lived and both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species.


Jan
5
3:30PM

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5:00PM

Design, Build, Sit! Chair Masters Design Studio

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn fundamentals of structure, force and resistance as you design and construct a life-size model chair out of cardboard, capable of supporting the weight of a person. This program made possible by funding from National Grid.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
10
2:00PM

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3:30PM

A Saturday Afternoon with Rock Radio Legend Ken Dashow

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Meet veteran New York rock radio personality Ken Dashow, who worked at WNEW-FM for 17 years and then joined Q-104, where his afternoon drive-time show is rated Number 1 in New York City. He also hosts Q-104’s popular Sunday morning show “Breakfast with the Beatles,” where he plays requests, shares stories about the Fab Four, and has interviewed everyone from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to Yoko Ono and May Pang.


Jan
11
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Open Mic for Poets

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Featured reader Audrey Dimola is the author of “Decisions We Make While We Dream” (2012) and “TRAVERSALS” (2014) and founder of the reading/live writing series Nature of the Muse, which BORO Magazine called “one of the most exciting literary events in the city.”


Jan
25
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Sunday Movie: "Calvary"

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

A priest must confront troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish and wonders if has the courage to prevail. Starring Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly; 2014; 102 minutes; rated R


Jan
27
5:00PM

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6:30PM

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 10-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!

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

Additional Dates


Jan
29
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Healthy Snack Workshop

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn about healthy snacking and become a new you in the new year!