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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

May
30
1:00PM

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2:30PM

ESOL Conversation Group

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

Join us for an ESOL Conversation Group.

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

Additional Dates


May
30
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This four-class series will give you a brief introduction to the history and evolution of Chinese calligraphy. Participants will be able to learn basic techniques of calligraphy structure and layout.


May
31
10:00AM

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11:30AM

ESOL Conversation Group

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

ESOL Conversation Group at Easy Flushing Library.


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May
31
11:00AM

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2:30PM

Free Citizenship Classes

Location: Broadway
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 Wednesday, March 29 at 11:00 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 attend the entire 12 week class series. Candidates must be Green Card holders. 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


May
31
12:30PM

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2:00PM

ESOL Conversation Group

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Join us for an ESOL conversation group.

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

Additional Dates


May
31
1:00PM

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2:30PM

ESOL Conversation Group

Location: North Hills
Registration: Not required

Join us for an ESOL conversation group.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
1
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


Jun
1
12:30PM

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2:00PM

ESOL Conversation Group

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

Join us for an ESOL conversation group.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
1
5:00PM

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7:00PM

ESOL Conversation Group

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Join us for an ESOL conversation group.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
1
5:00PM

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6:30PM

ESOL Conversation Group

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join us for conversation practice!

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

Additional Dates


Jun
1
5:30PM

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7:00PM

Learn how to make Mi Yuk Nang-che (Sea Weed Soup)

Location: Douglaston/Little Neck
Registration: Not required

Come and learn how to make Mi Yuk Nang-che (Sea Weed Soup) . Mi Yuk Guk, a summer soup, is served cold or at room temperature and is made with seaweed and cucumber. This dish is full of vitamins and minerals. Korean salad will be made with many well-known Korean vegetables and served with homemade dressing. Come and cool yourself with healthy taste of Korea!

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

Additional Dates


Jun
1
6:00PM

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8:30PM

Computers for Beginners (In Spanish)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 1 openings

Learn how to turn on your computer and write an email. Participants must attend all 3 classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Central Library Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning Thursday, May 25 at 10 a.m. or by calling 718-990-0769.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
2
1:00PM

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2:15PM

ESOL Conversation Group

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

Join us for an ESOL conversation group.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
3
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Pathway to U.S Citizenship: Becoming a U.S. Citizen and Building Your Civic Knowledge

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Are you ready to become a U.S. citizen? Sessions are in English and include a workshop and basic civics education. 6/03- Are you ready to be a U.S. citizen?/Introduction to American history; 6/10- Required documents and more/Introduction to American government and politics; 6/17- Common barriers to naturalization/American culture and geography; 6/24- 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


Jun
4
2:00PM

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4:00PM

The Beauty of Guqin (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The Guqin, or "ancient stringed instrument,” is also called "the father of Chinese music." Members of the New York Guqin Association will introduce the audience to the history and repertoire of the instrument and perform some famous pieces. For more information in English and Chinese, call 718-990-8569.


Jun
4
2:00PM

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4:00PM

First Anniversary and Showcase for Summer 2017 by SinoArtists Center

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

To celebrate the first anniversary of the SinoArtist Center, their members will perform a variety of Chinese folk dances and music.


Jun
5
10:30AM

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12:00PM

ESOL Conversation Group at South Jamaica CL

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

ESOL Conversation Group at South Jamaica CL.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
5
12:00PM

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2:00PM

Poems of Light: A Photography Workshop

Location: Langston Hughes
Registration: Not required

Come and learn lighting concepts for digital photography and how to use this increasing the expression of your photographs.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
5
12:30PM

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2:00PM

Elementary Korean

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

Elementary Korean teaches the Korean alphabet using a method that enables non-Korean speakers to read independently in a short time, and encourages learning through repetition of daily expressions, with a cultural component providing insights into Korea and its society. Preregistration is required. Please preregister online or call in English 718-429-4700. First come; first served.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
5
2:00PM

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3:30PM

ESOL Conversation Group

Location: Mitchell-Linden
Registration: Not required

Join us for conversation practice!

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

Additional Dates


Jun
5
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Elementary Korean

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

Elementary Korean teaches the Korean alphabet using a method that enables non-Korean speakers to read independently in a short time, and encourages learning through repetition of daily expressions, with a cultural component providing insights into Korea and its society. Preregistration is required. Please preregister online or call in English 718-429-4700. First come; first served.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
5
6:00PM

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7:30PM

ESOL Conversation Group

Location: Bayside
Registration: Not required

Join the English Conversation Group at Bayside Community Library. Preregistration is not required, just walk-in.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
5
6:00PM

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7:30PM

ESOL Conversation Group at Bayside CL

Location: Bayside
Registration: Not required

ESOL Conversation Group at Bayside Community Library.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
5
6:00PM

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7:00PM

ESOL Conversation Group at Fresh Meadows

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

ESOL Conversation Group at Fresh Meadows.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
8
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Stroke Prevention (in Russian)

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

National health statistics indicate that hypertension increases the risk of stroke, and the incidence of stroke has drastically increased in the last decade. In this presentation, Dr. Irina Belman, M.D., will discuss how to reduce the risk of stroke and review advances in treatment.


Jun
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.

Learn how to create a worksheet and perform calculations. Participants should have basic computer skills and must attend all 3 classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Flushing Library Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning June 3 at 10:00 a.m. or by calling 718-661-1280.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
10
11:00AM

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1:00PM

Chinese Tea Culture

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

You will learn a brief history of tea and the role it plays in Chinese society. You will also have an opportunity to taste it.


Jun
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.

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

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

Additional Dates


Jun
10
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Financial Planning for Retirement (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Mr. Benjamin Li, Board Member, former President of the Chinese American Insurance Association, will discuss the basics of retirement planning, how to maximize your social security benefits and health insurance options after retirement, and common mistakes to avoid.


Jun
10
3:30PM

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5:00PM

Microsoft Word (in Bengali)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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 718-990-0769 at the Central Library Cyber Center reference desk.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
12
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Conozca Su Derecho: Beneficios y Recursos Públicos en Español

Location: Langston Hughes
Registration: Not required

Topics:
• Human Rights Law
• Public Benefits and Resources
• Education, Healthcare, Language Access


Jun
13
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Know Your Rights: Immigration Services & Tenants Rights

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

*Rights and protections for immigrant communities as well as resources for those seeking immigration related assistance

*Rights all tenants in New York City should be familiar with.


Jun
15
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Coronary Artery Disease: Prevention and Treatment (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths. Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is the most common type of heart disease in the United States, killing over 370,000 people annually.
Dr. Qian Zhao M.D. will discuss the prevention and treatment of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD).
Qian Zhao, M.D, F.A.C.C.


Jun
15
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Accent Reduction for Everyday Success

Location: Sunnyside
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? A Speech-language pathologist 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


Jun
18
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Alzheimer’s Support Group (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

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. The group will meet on Sundays, April 16, May 21, June 18.
Please call 646-744-2951 for registration.


Jun
22
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Haitian Storytelling, Songs and Movement with Goussy Célestin

Location: South Hollis
Registration: Not required

Haitian Storytelling, Songs and Movement with Goussy Célestin, a Brooklyn-born Haitian American artist, seamlessly weaves the roles of pianist, composer, arranger, vocalist, and dancer.


Jun
22
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Indian Storytelling through Classical Dance: “Kathak”

Location: Ozone Park
Registration: Not required

Celebrate the re-opening of the Ozone Park Library with Abha Bhatnager Roy and an evening of “kathak.” Kathak is a North Indian form of storytelling through classical dance.


Jun
22
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Indian Storytelling through Classical Dance: “Kathak”

Location: Ozone Park
Registration: Not required

Celebrate the re-opening of the Ozone Park Library with Abha Bhatnager Roy and an evening of “kathak.” Kathak is a North Indian form of storytelling through classical dance.


Jun
23
1:00PM

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3:00PM

We Are New York at Glen Oaks

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

We Are New York conversation group at Glen Oaks Library.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
24
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Teenage Sexual and Character Development (Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Teenage years are a time for growth and discovery. With proper guidance throughout this journey, young people will be prepared to develop healthy self-esteem in order to lead a meaningful, productive, and happy life.


Jun
25
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Welcoming Summer with Chinese Folk Dance

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

To welcome a beautiful summer season, the members of Ginger's Dance Studio will perform a variety of Chinese folk dances. Ginger's Dance Studio was created in 2003 to promote arts, culture and health in the Chinese community.


Jun
26
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Know Your Rights: Immigration Services & Human Rights:

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

*이민 관련 도움을 찾고 있는 사람들을 위한 자료는 물론, 이민자 커뮤니티의 권리와 보호 장치
*차별 대우를 금지하는 뉴욕시의 법과 그 법을 유지시키는 기관들에 대해 배우십시요


Jun
28
6:00PM

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8:00PM

A Celebration of Gay Pride Month: Screening of "The Danish Girl"

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Danish artist Einar Wegener (played by Eddie Redmayne) challenges science and society to become the woman trapped inside of him, Lili Elbe. Winner of multiple international and national awards including an Oscar, "The Danish Girl" is based on the first sex confirmation surgery in recorded history [1930].

[Parental discretion advised: adult subject matter and brief nudity]


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.