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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.

Oct
23
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Kickoff to Kindergarten

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.

Parents and other caregivers can help young children 3-4 years old learn the skills they need to be successful in school before they start kindergarten. During eight weekly sessions, Library staff and early childhood teachers will teach parents and caregivers how to use games, book-reading and hands-on activities to help build the most important language and social skills. Materials will be provided to the participants to use them at home. Preregistration is required. Space is limited.

Central LibraryTue, Oct 30, 201810:30AM - 12:00PM
Central LibraryTue, Nov 6, 201810:30AM - 12:00PM
Central LibraryTue, Nov 13, 201810:30AM - 12:00PM
Central LibraryTue, Nov 20, 201810:30AM - 12:00PM

Oct
23
3:30PM

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6:30PM

The "Voices of Queens" Teen Radio Podcast

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn how to create your very own radio podcasts in this free workshop program! Come along and learn how to produce fun and engaging podcast episodes. Completion of this course gives you scholarship opportunities, enhances your resume, and can even get you started on the road to a rewarding career in broadcast journalism, audio engineering, news reporting, radio presentation, and beyond. This program series is for teens ages 12 – 19 years old and preregistration is required.

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

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Oct
24
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Learning Center

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In this five-week program, children ages 18-38 months will learn and play with their caregivers. Each week parents will speak with a different specialist in the following categories: parenting, nutrition, speech, creative movement, and reading. Space will be limited and preregistration is required. In person sign-ups begin on October 10.

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

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Oct
25
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Family Playtime

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

An exciting program for children ages birth to 5 years old. Learn and have fun at the same time. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. No registration is required, but space will be limited. Don't miss it!

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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5:00PM

Paper Masks

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

It's almost time for Halloween! Be ready for a treat...with our fun and SPOOKtacular paper mask craft. Boys and girls ages 5-12 are welcome. No registration required, but space is limited so don't miss out!


Oct
25
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Youth Leadership Council

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Make your voice heard! You’ll advocate for your community and make real change in this yearlong program. Community service credit available! Visit queenslib.org/youthcouncil18 for more information.


Oct
26
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Bengali Storytime

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 1 1/2 to 3 years are invited to join us for Bengali Storytime. Stories, songs, activities, and more. No registration is required, but children must be accompanied by a caregiver.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
26
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Teen Code Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn to code at Queens Library! Our code club has no lectures: you’ll learn to make websites, animations, apps, and games by actually making them, step by step. You’ll learn Scratch, HTML/CSS, JavaScript, and Python at your own pace. You can prepare for a tech career or learn skills you can use in the real world right now to make whatever you can dream up.


Oct
27
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Saturday Science Lab

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Boys and girls to age 12 are invited to join us (almost) every Saturday for a hands-on science experiment. Observe, learn, and...most importantly...DO! Families are welcome too. No registration is required so don't miss out!


Oct
29
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Ghost Craft

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Here's a treat: a ghost craft program for kids! Get in the spirit and join us if you're ages 6-12. Make your own ghost. No registration is required, but space will be limited so don't miss it!


Oct
30
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Search Queens Library Database

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us to learn how to search the Queens Library databases. Improve your research skills and discover all the resources available for free at your local library!


Oct
31
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Halloween Party!

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come and celebrate Halloween at the Children's Library Discovery Center with fun, games, music, and more. Come in costume if you want! This is guaranteed to be a spooktacular time for girls and boys up to age 12. Don't miss it!


Nov
1
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Youth Leadership Council

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Make your voice heard! You’ll advocate for your community and make real change in this yearlong program. Community service credit available! Visit queenslib.org/youthcouncil18 for more information.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
5
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Letters to Veterans

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children of all ages, please join us for our Letters to Veterans program in honor of Veterans Day. Write a letter to our men and women serving our country overseas. They will love to hear from you. No registration required for this program.


Nov
6
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Laptop Time

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Ages 7-12, explore Microsoft software. Find new ways to express yourself and create your own works of art!

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

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Nov
7
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Tinkercad

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

TInkercad allows students to create free three-dimensional models that can be translated over to .sla files and printed out using a 3D printer. The site allows for users to save their files for free with an email or create files without one.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
15
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Turkey Craft

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Girls and boys ages 5-12 are invited to join us to get ready for Thanksgiving with an exciting and easy turkey craft. No registration required but space and supplies will be limited. We'll be "stuffing" you with fun!


Nov
19
10:30AM

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11:30AM

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.

Boys and girls 18 months to 3 years are invited to join us for Toddler Time with their caregiver for stories, songs, finger plays, and all kinds of fun. Registration will begin on November 5th. Space is limited, so don't miss out!

Central LibraryMon, Nov 26, 201810:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryMon, Dec 10, 201810:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryMon, Dec 17, 201810:30AM - 11:30AM

Nov
19
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Turkey Origami

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

This is a fun Thanksgiving program you'll be sure to "gobble up." Come by and make your own origami turkey. It's an activity that boys and girls ages 5-12 are sure to be thankful for. No registration required, but space and supplies will be limited.


Nov
20
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Thanksgiving Fill Your Plate Collage

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Boys and girls ages 6-12 are welcome to join us to make a Thanksgiving collage. No registration will be required for this cornucopia of fun!


Nov
23
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Mother Goose

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Good old Mother Goose returns for the fall/winter session! Boys and girls from 6 months to 2 years and their caregiver are invited to join us for stories, songs, and fun. No registration is required for this program. Just bring yourselves!

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

Additional Dates


Dec
4
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Typing Class

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Presenting a fun and educational program that will be...just your type! Children ages 6-12 are invited to learn how to type. This two-part class will show you how the keyboard is set up, let you practice typing, and teach you a skill you will use always! No registration is required, but space is limited. Please make sure you attend both sessions.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
7
11:00AM

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12:00PM

It's Time for Kind: Mother Goose

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Boys and girls age 6 months to 2 years along with a caregiver are invited to join us for a very special edition of Mother Goose. There will still be the same fun, stories, songs, and more, but with a special focus on kindness. No registration is required for this program.


Dec
14
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Bangladesh Victory Day

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Mohan Bijoy Dibosh is a glorious day in the history of Bangladesh. This is called December 16th in Bangladesh. In English, it is the victory day of Bangladesh. More than 40 years ago, to the day, Bangladesh was free from Pakistan. You could call it the birthday of Bangladesh.
No registration required; children up to age 12 are welcome.