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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.

Jul
28
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Discovery Team Tuesdays

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Meet with our Discovery Team and learn something new about science at this program, open to children of all ages.

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This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Jul
28
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Teen Mentoring

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Using a variety of academic and social resources and experiences, we'll help you figure out how to realize your potential. Some of our topics include building leadership skills, college readiness, developing creativity and finding hobbies that fit your needs.

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This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Jul
29
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Summer Filmfest

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children up to age 12 and their families will all have fun at our Family Filmfest, Wednesday mornings this summer.

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This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Jul
29
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Timeless Tales

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 3-5 and their caregiver are welcome to join us for fun stories, songs, fingerplays, and all types of fun. A great way to keep cool this summer! Preregistration will be required.

Central LibraryWed, Aug 5, 201510:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryWed, Aug 12, 201510:30AM - 11:30AM

Jul
29
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading Club

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5-12 celebrate all kinds of heroes with stories, crafts, games, competitions and more! Materials and space are limited; first come, first served.

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

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Jul
29
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Library Jeopardy

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Library Jeopardy is a fun trivia game about the library for children ages 7-12. Join us and see how many questions you get right!

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

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Jul
29
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Dream Writers

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Is the next bestselling book stuck between some doodles in your notebook? If so, come join other Dream Writers, as we work together to make your short stories, essays and poems the next big literary work.

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

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Jul
30
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Family Place Playtime

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 age 3 and under, with their caregivers, have fun, play games and learn. Preregistration is required.


Jul
30
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Science Thursdays

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children age 12 and under will learn something new about the amazing world of science through hands-on activities at this weekly summer science program.

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

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Jul
30
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Summer Reading: Art Camp

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Let's get creative! Each session of Art Camp has a different theme and each week will be a unique experience.

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

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Jul
30
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Read and Seed

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5-12 are invited for a science activity and an accompanying story.


Jul
30
6:00PM

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7:15PM

Tech Thursdays

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us to explore the basics of computers, from typing skills to Microsoft Office programs.


Jul
31
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Gear Up for the ELA Test: Grade 4

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children entering grade 4 in September can get a head start on fourth grade reading skills at this 6-session program, presented by Nikki Chamblee, a New York City educator certified in general education, special education and ESL.

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

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Jul
31
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 Louis Sachar's "Holes" at this session of Amazing Readers. Participation will count toward the Read Down Your Fines program.


Jul
31
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Dance Fitness

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Dance Fitness uses dance as a way to inspire teens to live healthier lifestyles. Also allowing students an outlet to build self confidence, social awareness, and promoting personal development and achievement. Dance Fitness is taught by Certified Dance Instructor, Delicia B. Davis.

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This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Aug
3
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Craft Time

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-12 make something different each week. It's creative and it's fun!

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This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Aug
7
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Fun Fridays

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Boys and girls ages 6-12 are welcome to join us for something different every week: arts and crafts, games, movies, or...who knows? You'll have to stop in to find out!

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

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Aug
28
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 "Middle School: Get Me out of Here" by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts. Participation will count toward the Read Down Your Fines program.


Sep
9
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Teen Talk

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Young people ages 13-19 laugh, talk, share and learn while discussing social issues and all things affecting teens.

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

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Sep
10
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Creative Writing for Teens

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Is the next bestseller stuck between doodles in your notebook? At our creative writing workshop, you can share your work with other teens aspiring to write the next "Hunger Games," "Divergent" or "insert your book title here"!

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

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Sep
11
3:30PM

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4:30PM

TLA: Teen Leadership Academy

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

TLA is a series of workshops designed to instill leadership skills in our youth. There will be motivational speakers, leadership exercises, small group sessions, interactive workshops, interviews with business professionals and an end-of-year recognition ceremony.

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Oct
6
3:00PM

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4:00PM

College Prep

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

College Prep is designed to generate the skills and motivation necessary for success in education beyond high school, among students attending NYC schools. This program specializes in assisting high school juniors and seniors in meeting the requirements for college admission, completing financial aid documentation, scholarship and grant research, and more.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
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