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Friends of the Library

Welcome to FRIENDS OF ASTORIA

Apr
24
11:30AM

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12:45PM

Computer Class for Beginners

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

This is a beginner's computer class. Come in for a one-on-one computer session. Lessons include introduction to the computer, Microsoft Word, email, and Internet.


Apr
24
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Chess, Board and Card Games

Location: Astoria
Registration: Not required

Everyone is invited to play chess and various board games at the Astoria Library. Card games include Yu-Gi-Oh and Dominion. Beginners are welcome - open to all ages.

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

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Apr
24
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Little Orchestra Society

Location: Astoria
Registration: Not required

Join us every Tuesday this spring where we will be "Bringing Stories to Life through Music."

"What Charlie Heard" by Mordicai Gerstein
Charlie listened all through his boyhood, and as he grew into a man, he found he wanted to re-create in music the sounds that he heard every day. But others couldn't hear what Charlie heard. They didn't hear it as music - only as noise. At this workshop, children experiment with sounds all around them to create new music with graphic scores.


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Apr
26
4:00PM

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5:00PM

STEAM Explorers

Location: Astoria
Registration: Not required

Children 5-12 years old enjoy learning STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) concepts through simple science experiments, art & crafts, and more. This program is limited to 15 children and is on a first come first served basis.

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

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Apr
26
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Astoria Classic Book Club

Location: Astoria
Registration: Not required

Join us for a discussion of "The Age of Innocence" by Edith Wharton, an early (and classic) Pulitzer Prize winning novel. Will this year's recently announced winner join this New York society based novel in its elevated status? Stay tuned (for the next 80 years).


Apr
27
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Picture Book Storytime

Location: Astoria
Registration: Not required

Join us for a fun time of finger rhymes, games, stories, and more. This program is for children up to 5 years old and their caregivers. Walk-ins welcome.

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

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Apr
27
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Arts and Crafts

Location: Astoria
Registration: Not required

Arts and Crafts: Follow the seasons and the holidays, explore mediums, and develop individual creativity.

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

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Apr
30
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Minecraft Mondays

Location: Astoria
Registration: Not required

If you build it, they will come. Join us every Monday for Minecraft Mondays, to build, to explore, to gather... to Minecraft.

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

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May
1
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Little Orchestra Society

Location: Astoria
Registration: Not required

Join us every Tuesday this spring where we will be "Bringing Stories to Life through Music."

"Trombone Shorty" by Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews
Hailing from the Treme neighborhood in New Orleans, Trombone Shorty got his nickname by wielding a trombone twice as long as he was high. A prodigy, he was leading his own band by age six, and today he headlines the legendary New Orleans Jazz Fest. Like in the book, children get to build their own instruments and make their own band.


May
2
4:00PM

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4:30PM

Family Coloring Time

Location: Astoria
Registration: Not required

Come enjoy and relax coloring time with your children. This is a free program and includes children up to 11 years old.

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

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May
5
12:00PM

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1:30PM

Full Circle Actor/Writers Workshop

Location: Astoria
Registration: Not required

Start the new year by taking part in a creative writing and performance workshop that will run every two weeks from January to June 2018. Bring your short written or performance pieces (less than 5 minutes) to share! All genres welcome.

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

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May
7
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Allergic to Salad Cooking Class

Location: Astoria
Registration: Not required

Come join the STACKS program and learn about healthy, vegetarian cooking. Many people claim they are "allergic to salad" - a convenient and understandable excuse in the era of industrialized food and pre-packaged, uninspiring food choices. This class will help combat this widespread "allergy" while increasing skills, technique, and familiarity with healthy foods.

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

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May
7
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Little Orchestra Society

Location: Astoria
Registration: Not required

Join us every Tuesday this spring where we will be "Bringing Stories to Life through Music."

"Mama Don't Allow" by Thatcher Hurd
Saxophone-playing Miles and his Swamp Band find a bevy of sharp-toothed, long-tailed alligators who love to listen to their music. But little do Miles and his band know what the alligators plan for them! Children will learn about wind instruments and learn to build their own saxophone! Children also learn how to improvise in the style of jazz.


May
7
5:30PM

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6:45PM

It's Just An Illusion!

Location: Astoria
Registration: Not required

Do you believe in magic? Come to the library and see three great magicians baffle, bewilder, and entertain you. You will leave the show a believer.

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

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May
8
11:30AM

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12:45PM

Computer Class For Beginners

Location: Astoria
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 3 openings

Learn the basics on how to navigate the internet; how to create and use email; and how to use Microsoft World 2010.

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

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May
8
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Mad Science Robotics

Location: Astoria
Registration: Not required

Come join the STACKS Program and build your very own robot hand to take home in this series of workshops that focus on technology. Explore how robots can be used to make our lives easier. Experiment with robots that can do some extraordinary tasks, infrared robots, robotic arms, and even soccer playing robots.

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

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May
14
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Little Orchestra Society

Location: Astoria
Registration: Not required

Join us every Tuesday this spring where we will be "Bringing Stories to Life through Music."

"Henry the Steinway: A Star Is Born" by Sally Coveleskie
Ana, Alec, Lilly, and Buzzy see where Henry was born when they visit the factory and learn how pianos are made. Manager Mike takes them on a tour to all the departments that make piano parts and puts them together to make beautiful music! Children will learn about the history of music made right in Astoria and other part of Queens.


May
21
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Little Orchestra Society

Location: Astoria
Registration: Not required

Join us every Tuesday this spring where we will be "Bringing Stories to Life through Music."

"Can You Hear It?" by William Lach
In this book, young readers are introduced to great music through great works of art. Beloved music is illustrated by great works of art. Text and accompanying music urge young readers to listen for certain instruments. As each piece of music is played, young readers will stop, look, and listen as never before.


May
29
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Little Orchestra Society

Location: Astoria
Registration: Not required

Join us every Tuesday this spring where we will be "Bringing Stories to Life through Music."

"Zin Zin Zin a Violin" by Lloyd Moss
Then a trumpet joins in to become a duet; add a French horn and you have a trio, until an entire orchestra is assembled on stage. On our journey to learning all the musical instruments, we meet Millie on violin who plays in a duo with Ms. Katie on flute. Students will be introduced to different sounds of the violin and hear two instruments play together.


May
31
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Magic Show with Speedo the Clown

Location: Astoria
Registration: Not required

Clown around with Speedo the Clown! Children will be amazed with this fun-filled magic show and for an extra treat get your face painted before you leave.


Jun
2
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Woodside Players of Queens Summer Play Festival

Location: Astoria
Registration: Not required

Enjoy short plays by these talented local writers: Nancy Kelton (Finding Mr. Rightstein); J. Gulotta (The Adventures of Lil Ms. Buckaroo..); Nelson Diaz-Marcano (El Yunque-in English); Lane Northcutt (Secretary); Fernando Segall (Soft Water); Barry Morris (Scared); Ellen Abrams (Relations); Joe Passarella (God and the Book Publisher); Zan Hall (The Mysterious Luggage); Alison Lowenstein (A Sinking Star); and Brysen Boyd (Elephant). Bring a lunch!


Jun
4
4:00PM

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5:00PM

The Music, Bubble, and Comedy Show: Born To Read

Location: Astoria
Registration: Not required

“WE WERE BORN TO READ!” That's why libraries rock. Join Queens Library and Turtle Dance Music in this music, bubble, and comedy show where children will be engaged with songs, comedy, bubbles, music technology, and original stories about why libraries rock! For children 6-12.

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

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Jun
4
5:30PM

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7:00PM

What a Wonderful World At Queens Library

Location: Astoria
Registration: Not required

Queens Library in Partnership with The Louis Armstrong House Museum and The Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Louis Armstrong’s original recording of the iconic song ‘What a Wonderful World.’ This is a song inspired by the Great Satchmo’s life in Queens – a song that still inspires millions of people around the world!


Jun
6
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Bilingual Story Time (English/spanish)

Location: Astoria
Registration: Not required

Storytime for children under 5 years old and their caregivers. Walk-ins welcome.

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

Additional Dates


Thank you for your interest in the Friends of the Library at Queens Library.

We currently do not have a Friends group at this location, however, kindly contact the Friends Administrator (friends@queenslibrary.org) to find an active Friends group near you. 

Friends Chapters enrich community life around their community library. You will meet other people who care, and you will benefit your neighborhood by:

• Increasing community awareness and library use.
• Acting as liaisons between community and your library.
• Sponsoring programs that enhance the cultural life of your community.

As a Friend, you will:

• Educate your community about Queens Library’s vital services.
• Contribute your time towards programs and special activities at your library.
• Advocate for better library service to your own community through outreach, legislative contact, and fundraising. 

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