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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.

Aug
21
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Music and Movement Mondays

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-12 are invited to join us at the Children's Library Discovery Center for Music and Movement Mondays. Children will participate in group singing, dancing, karaoke and Zumba activities.


Aug
23
3:30PM

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5:00PM

Summer Graphic Novel and Anime Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Like manga? Enjoy graphic novels? Love anime? Then join us for our Anime and Graphic Novel Club! There will be crafts! We'll watch new and old favorites, read amazing titles, and discuss what we liked and what we didn't.

For Teens


Aug
23
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Library Jeopardy

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Please join the trivia and prove your knowledge by answering questions on various topics.


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Aug
24
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Early Literacy

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 3-7 are invited to sharpen their reading skills! Enjoy a story, practice reading, and all types of fun!

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

Additional Dates


Aug
25
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Amazing Readers' Movie Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Read the book; check out the movie. The book club members between ages 7-12 will watch the movie "James and the Giant Peach" together before discussing the book written by Roald Dahl.


Aug
25
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Amazing Readers' Kids Book Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 8-12 will discuss Roald Dahl's "James and the Giant Peach " at this session of Amazing Readers. Participation will count toward the Read Down Your Fines program.


Aug
26
11:00AM

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2:00PM

31-Hour Rockaway Summer Festival: Science at the Beach: Sun, Sand and Surf

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Science at the Beach: Sun, Sand & Surf with the Discovery Team on the Boardwalk.
Dissect the sunlight! Make a UV detection bracelet. Take a micro-scale surf safari exploring sand and the hidden habitat of the tide line beneath our feet. All ages welcome to discover with us.
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM


Aug
28
5:00PM

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6:30PM

SHSAT Tutoring

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is now closed

Free tutoring for teens taking the 2017 SHSAT.

Central LibraryMon, Sep 11, 20175:00PM - 6:30PM
Central LibraryMon, Sep 18, 20175:00PM - 6:30PM
Central LibraryMon, Sep 25, 20175:00PM - 6:30PM
Central LibraryMon, Oct 2, 20175:00PM - 6:30PM
Central LibraryTue, Oct 10, 20175:00PM - 6:30PM
Central LibraryMon, Oct 16, 20175:00PM - 6:30PM

Sep
1
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Fun Fridays

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

After a long week of school, unwind with Fun Fridays! Games, crafts, movies...something different each week. Boys and girls ages 5-12 are welcome to join us. No registration required

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

Additional Dates


Sep
5
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Back To School Book Bag Tags

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Get ready for back to school time! Children up to 12 years old are invited to create their own book bag tag with their Initials on them! Glam up your book bag with this activity!


Sep
6
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Teen Homework Help/ Tutoring

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Homework Help/ Teen Tutoring is open to all teens ages 12 to 19 years old. All tutoring is done 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


Sep
7
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Tech Thursday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us for Tech Thursdays. Learn something new and exciting about technology and the computer each week. No registration is required, but space will be limited. For boys & girls ages 8-12.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
9
11:00AM

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3:00PM

Discovery Day Street Fair

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us for the Children's Library Discovery Center's annual Discovery Day Street Fair! It's all day fun with crafts, science activities, music, giveaways, and more! No registration required and kids of all ages are welcome.


Sep
16
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Saturday Science Lab

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us on Saturdays for Saturday Science Lab. Hands-on learning while having fun. This is a free program for girls and boys up to age 12 and their families. No registration required!

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

Additional Dates


Sep
21
3:30PM

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5:00PM

Library Makers

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

A library Maker celebration! Make simple instruments using everyday materials with Kathy Ceceri, author of “Musical Inventions" and other great project books about science and technology.
No registration required but seating is limited, first come, first served.


Sep
22
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Amazing Readers

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Kids ages 6-12 are invited to join us to discuss our favorite books. A different book every month. No registration is required. Refreshments served!


Sep
26
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Microsoft Word for Beginners

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Boys and girls ages 7-12 can learn the basics of Microsoft Word. Learn how to create and save our own document and much more. Be ready next time you have a report in school! No registration required, but space is limited.


Oct
3
6:00PM

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7:00PM

E-Books For Kids

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Open up a new world of reading! Kids ages 7-12 can learn how to download e-books onto a tablet, phone, or PC using Queens Library's website and your library card. No registration will be required, but space is limited.


Oct
10
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Microsoft Word for Beginners

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Boys and girls ages 7-12 can learn the basics of Microsoft Word. Learn how to create and save our own document and much more. Be ready next time you have a report in school! No registration required, but space is limited.


Oct
16
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Toddler Time

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.

Children ages 18 months to 3 years along with their caregivers are invited to join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and more fun! Space is limited so don't miss out. Registration begins October 2nd.

Central LibraryMon, Oct 23, 201710:00AM - 11:00AM
Central LibraryMon, Oct 30, 201710:00AM - 11:00AM
Central LibraryMon, Nov 6, 201710:00AM - 11:00AM
Central LibraryMon, Nov 13, 201710:00AM - 11:00AM

Oct
24
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Origami Class

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn the exciting art of creating new worlds simply by folding paper! Boys and girls ages 6-12 are welcome to join us. No registration is required, but space will be limited. Don't miss out!


Oct
27
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Amazing Readers

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Kids ages 6-12 are invited to join us to discuss our favorite books. A different book every month. No registration is required. Refreshments served!