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New Americans Program

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Events for New Americans

We celebrate Queens resident’s cultures, and also help newcomers to understand life in the United States. Come to our programs!

New Americans Program

Oct
21
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Alzheimer’s Support Group (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Alzheimer’s Support Group in Mandarin Chinese for people caring for a person with Alzheimer’s or any of the other dementias. Our support group is a secure and safe place to share your experiences. Please call 646-744-2951 for registration.


Oct
22
9:30AM

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2:30PM

WIOA Intensive ESOL - Mon/Tues 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us for an intensive ESOL class.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
22
10:00AM

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3:00PM

Citizenship Workshop

Location: Flushing
Registration: By phone or in person

Receive free assistance with citizenship application and fee waiver!
To register call 888-839-8682 or go online: https://bit.ly/2sbMVYv
For more information, please call: 718-990-0730
For more information, please call: 718-990-0730


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Oct
22
5:30PM

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7:00PM

Korean for Beginners

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 24 openings

Do you want to read all Korean signs? Do you want to watch Korean dramas and movies without English captions? Do you want to say hello to your Korean neighbors? Do you want to order Korean food in Korean? Then this class is for you.
Preregistration is required. Please register by calling 718-784-3033.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
23
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Free Citizenship Classes

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Learn everything you need to know about American history, government, and culture to pass the citizenship exam. Register in-person at the library on Tuesday, October 2 at 10AM or call 718-278-4303 to preregister in advance. Students should have a copy of their green card when they come to register. Participants must attend the entire 12 week class series. Candidates must be green card holders. The first day of class is registration day; they should have a copy of their green card.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
23
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Sewing with Shahnaz

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Come learn and practice basic sewing skills with our resident artist Shahnaz. Supplies will be provided, but are limited on a first-come, first-served basis. For 6th grade and up.


Oct
24
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Free Citizenship Classes

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Learn everything you need to know about American history, government and culture to pass the citizenship exam. Register in person at the Flushing Library 3rd Floor IRC on Wednesday, October 3 at 10:00 AM or call 718-278-4303 to preregister in advance. Students should have a copy of their green card when they come to register. Participants must to attend the entire ten-week class series. The first day of class is registration day when they should have a copy of their green card.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
24
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Korean for Beginners

Location: McGoldrick
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 23 openings

Do you want to read all Korean signs? Do you want to watch Korean dramas and movies without English captions? Do you want to say hello to your Korean neighbors? Do you want to order Korean food in Korean? Then this class is for you.
Preregistration is required. Please preregister online or call in English 718-461-1616.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
25
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Free Citizenship Classes

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Participants must attend the entire 12-class series. Please arrive at 10 am sharp on Thursday, October 4 to register in person at the library (first come, first served)
or call 718.278.4303 to register in advance. Candidates must be Green Card holders. The first day of class is the Registration day when they should bring a copy
of their Green Card. Students must be able to arrive at 10 am sharp on Thursdays to be granted admission to the class.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
25
12:00PM

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1:00PM

French Club

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

Do you speak French? Don’t forget this beautiful language! Join us at Club Français to talk about family, friends, and vacations, listen to music and songs, and discuss current events, art, films, cooking, and any other subject that might interest you. These will be real tête-à-têtes among friends.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
25
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Know Your Rights: Keep Your Family Safe and Together (in Bengali)

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

In this workshop you will learn how to have a healthy relationship, get a job in the U.S., and learn about your rights for legal options and immigration remedies for victims of domestic violence.


Oct
25
6:30PM

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8:30PM

Public Information Meeting on the DV-2020 Diversity Visa (Green Card) Lottery and Immigration

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

John A. Stahl, Esq., Immigration Legal Services Director at the Emerald Isle Immigration Center (EIIC), will explain recent developments about U.S. immigration laws including the current green card lottery program and general immigration inquiries.


Oct
26
4:30PM

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6:00PM

Korean for Beginners

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 openings

Do you want to read all Korean signs? Do you want to watch Korean dramas and movies without English captions? Do you want to say hello to your Korean neighbors? Do you want to order Korean food in Korean? Then this class is for you.
Preregistration is required. Please register by calling 718-784-3033.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
27
10:00AM

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12:30PM

Introduction to Microsoft Word (in Spanish)

Location: Flushing
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.

Learn how to create a document and work with tables. Participants should have basic computer skills and must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Flushing Library Cyber Center reference desk beginning Saturday, Ocotber 6 at 10:00 a.m. or by calling 718-661-1280.


Oct
27
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Microsoft Word (in Bengali)

Location: Hollis
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.

Learn to create documents and work with tables. Part 1-Introduction to Microsoft Word; Part 2- Creating and saving documents; Part 3-Working with tables and printing. Participants should have basic computer skills and must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required. Please call the Hollis Library reference desk at 718-465-7355.


Oct
27
2:00PM

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4:30PM

How End-of-Life Planning Can Give Your Life New Meaning Now

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

When Fay Hoh Yin expressed her end-of-life wishes to daughter, Monona, in 2015 their relationship and lives improved. Miraculously, she recovered from near-death and the two have since published Fay’s memoirs, "Riding with the Wind," which they will share, followed by an interactive session to discuss end of life issues. We will be playing the “Go Wish” game. For free tickets, visit https://endoflifeplanning.eventbrite.com/?aff=listing.


Oct
27
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Computers for Beginners (In Spanish)

Location: Langston Hughes
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.

Learn how to turn on your computer and write an email. Participants must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Langston Hughes Library Reference Desk beginning Saturday, October 6 at 10 a.m. or by calling 718-651-1100.


Oct
27
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Pathway to US Citizenship: Becoming a US Citizen and Building Your Civic Knowledge

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Are you ready to become a U.S. citizen? Sessions are in English and include a workshop and basic civics education. 10/6- Are you ready to be a U.S. citizen?/Introduction to American history; 10/13 - Required documents and more/Introduction to American government and politics; 10/20- Common barriers to naturalization/American culture and geography; 10/27- Naturalization interview and beyond/Review of 100 questions.


Oct
29
3:30PM

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5:00PM

NYCitizenship Information Session

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come to an information session with NYCitizenship staff to find out how to apply for U.S. citizenship, and learn about the benefits of becoming a citizen and receiving financial counseling.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
1
6:00PM

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8:30PM

Computers for Beginners (In Spanish)

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.

Learn how to turn on your computer and write an email. Participants must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Central Library Cyber Center beginning Saturday, October 25 at 10 a.m. or call at 718-990-0769.

Central LibraryThu, Nov 8, 20186:00PM - 8:30PM
Central LibraryThu, Nov 15, 20186:00PM - 8:30PM

Nov
2
1:30PM

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3:00PM

China Today: The Art of Chinese Calligraphy

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

This series of four classes will focus on Chinese calligraphy techniques, introducing a comprehensive overview of calligraphy structure and basic layout using multimedia teaching methods. All materials will be provided. This program is limited to 20 participants and they are expected to attend all four sessions.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
3
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Celebrate Diwali Festival of Lights

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Please join the Forest Hills Library, Forest Hills Asian Association (FHAA), and Lend-A-Hand-India (LAHI) as they celebrate Diwali. There will be a special performance by "Gaurav Venkateswar“. His musical inspiration is born from his South Asian heritage as well as musical genres around the world.


Nov
3
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Chinese Author Talk Series (31): Kevin Ge and His Essays on Japan

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

"True Love with No Trace" recalled Wenchao's study abroad life in Japan and his experience in New York for many years. Please join us for the book discussion.


Nov
3
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Pathway to US Citizenship: Becoming a US Citizen and Building Your Civic Knowledge

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Are you ready to become a U.S. citizen? Sessions are in English and include a workshop and basic civics education. 11/3- Are you ready to be a U.S. citizen?/Introduction to American history; 11/10 - Required documents and more/Introduction to American government and politics; 11/17- Common barriers to naturalization/American culture and geography; 11/24- Naturalization interview and beyond/Review of 100 questions.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
4
1:00PM

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2:30PM

Understanding Dementia: What You Need to Know and Where to Go (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This workshop will provide information on Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias, discuss the different stages of the disease and what to expect, and include an overview of the programs and services and other available resources provided by Caringkind.


Nov
7
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Accent Reduction for Everyday Success

Location: Corona
Registration: Not required

Do people have difficulty understanding you? Is your accent keeping you from reaching your goals? Does it make it difficult to find work? Speech language pathologists will teach you everyday tips and techniques to help you approximate an American English speaking style.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
8
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Healing Learning Circle for Women! (in Bengali)

Location: Richmond Hill
Registration: Not required

You will learn about information about health, Education, Children's behavior, Cultural competencies, Healthy relationships and Resources for immigrant victims of domestic violence.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
10
10:00AM

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12:30PM

Microsoft Excel for Spanish Speakers

Location: Flushing
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.

Learn how to create a worksheet and perform calculations. Participants should have basic computer skills, such as being able to use the keyboard and mouse and to open and close applications. Participants must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Flushing Library Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning Saturday, November 3 at 10 am or by calling 718-661-1280.

FlushingSat, Nov 17, 201810:00AM - 12:30PM
FlushingSat, Nov 24, 201810:00AM - 12:30PM

Nov
10
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Computer Course (in Bengali)

Location: Hollis
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.

Learn how to turn on your computer and write an email. Part I: Introduction to the computer; Part II: Navigating the Internet; Part III: Creating your own email account. Participants are encouraged to attend all three classes. Preregistration is required. Please call the Hollis Library reference desk at 718-465-7355.

HollisSat, Nov 17, 201810:30AM - 12:00PM
HollisSat, Nov 24, 201810:30AM - 12:00PM

Nov
10
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Celebrate Diwali with the Glen Oaks Library!

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

Celebrate Diwali with the Glen Oaks Library: Henna hand painting* with Anowara Ahmed at 1pm and classical dances of southern India with the Sadhanalaya Dance School at 3pm.
* Supplies are limited. Available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
10
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Introduction to Microsoft Word (in Spanish)

Location: Langston Hughes
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.

Learn how to create a document and work with tables.
Participants should have basic computer skills and must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Langston Hughes Library Reference Desk beginning Saturday, November 3 at 10:00 a.m. or by calling 718-651-1100.

Langston HughesSat, Nov 17, 20182:00PM - 4:30PM
Langston HughesSat, Nov 24, 20182:00PM - 4:30PM

Nov
18
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Alzheimer’s Support Group (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Mandarin Chinese session for people caring for a person with Alzheimer’s or any of the other dementias. Our support group is a secure and safe place to share your experiences. The group will meet on Sundays, November 18 and December 16. Please call 646-744-2951 for registration.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
19
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Sailing for Longevity ( in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Healthy longevity is a common goal of many people. Several studies have shown that a healthy lifestyle may outweigh the genetic factors. Dr. Daniel Chen from Flushing Hospital will introduce the key factors in achieving longevity.


Dec
1
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Pathway to US Citizenship: Becoming a US Citizen and Building Your Civic Knowledge

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Are you ready to become a U.S. citizen? Sessions are in English and include a workshop and basic civics education. 12/01- Are you ready to be a U.S. citizen?/Introduction to American history; 12/08 - Required documents and more/Introduction to American government and politics; 12/15- Common barriers to naturalization/American culture and geography; 12/22- Naturalization interview and beyond/Review of 100 questions.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
6
6:00PM

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8:30PM

Introduction to Microsoft Word (in Spanish)

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.

Learn how to create a document and work with tables. Participants should have basic computer skills and must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Central Library Cyber Center reference desk beginning Thursday, November 29 at 10:00 am or call 718-990-0769.

Central LibraryThu, Dec 13, 20186:00PM - 8:30PM
Central LibraryThu, Dec 20, 20186:00PM - 8:30PM

Dec
8
10:00AM

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12:30PM

Computers for Beginners (In Spanish)

Location: Flushing
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.

Learn how to turn on your computer and write an email. Participants must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Flushing Library Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning Saturday, December 1 at 10am or by calling 718-661-1280.

FlushingSat, Dec 15, 201810:00AM - 12:30PM
FlushingSat, Dec 22, 201810:00AM - 12:30PM

Dec
8
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Microsoft Word (in Bengali)

Location: Hollis
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.

Learn to create documents and work with tables. Part 1-Introduction to Microsoft Word; Part 2- Creating and saving documents; Part 3-Working with tables and printing. Participants should have basic computer skills and must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required. Please call the Hollis Library reference desk at 718-465-7355.

HollisSat, Dec 15, 201810:30AM - 12:00PM
HollisSat, Dec 22, 201810:30AM - 12:00PM

Dec
8
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Microsoft Excel for Spanish Speakers

Location: Langston Hughes
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.

Learn how to create a worksheet and perform calculations. Participants should have basic computer skills and must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Langston Hughes Library Reference Desk beginning Saturday, December 1st at 10:00 am or by calling 718-651-1100.

Langston HughesSat, Dec 15, 20182:00PM - 4:30PM
Langston HughesSat, Dec 22, 20182:00PM - 4:30PM

Dec
13
3:00PM

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4:00PM

It's Time for Kind: An Italian Christmas Celebration!

Location: Maspeth
Registration: Not required

Join Rosa Tatuata for an afternoon concert celebration of Christmas songs from Sicily and Southern Italy. Enjoy the festive music and folk instruments that have been a Christmas tradition for centuries and are still a vibrant and beloved part of modern day Christmas celebrations. Come meet our zampognaro, the bagpiper whose presence is identified with Christmas music throughout Southern Italy.


Dec
15
1:00PM

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4:00PM

It's Time for Kind: Celebrate a Filipino Christmas with Queens Library!

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

1. Filipino Christmas Caroling
2. Parol making demonstration: Parol is a Christmas Lantern, a traditional iconic symbol of the Filipino Christmas Spirit.
3. Spice of Life: How to make puto maya, sweet sticky rice with fresh mangoes cooked in coconut milk.


Welcome to the Queens Library's New Americans Program

Queens Library’s New Americans Program (NAP) was established in 1977 to provide special services to the area’s many new immigrants. NAP organizes workshops (in the languages spoken by Queens' immigrant communities) that assist new immigrants in adapting to life in America and programs that celebrate the culture of the diverse ethnic groups in Queens. The program works closely with the Adult Learner Program, the Job and Business Academy, and community libraries to assess local needs and link residents with existing system-wide library and social services to enhance civic engagement.

Language and Learning

Essential Services for Newcomers

Information Resources

Cultural/Enrichment Programming

International Language Collections

 

Do You Want to be a New Americans Program Volunteer?

Volunteer and give the gift of reading, help us break down language barriers and open doors for immigrants and newcomers to be productive citizens of Americans society. For additional information, please click here, or contact Shelley Ennett, New Americans Program Volunteer Advisor, at 718-480-4270 or shelley.ennett@queenslibrary.org.

 

Learning Resources

Rocket Languages
Transparent Language Online
Scholastic Encyclopedia
eBooks, eAudio, and eVideo

 

For more information on the New Americans Program, please contact:

Cathy (Xi) Chen
Assistant Director of Programming and Operations
Queens Library, Library Services
E-mail: napref@queenslibrary.org

To submit a program proposal, visit this page and click the Submit Your Program Proposal link.