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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.

Dec
12
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.

Additional Dates


Dec
12
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.


Dec
13
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!


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Dec
13
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 is 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


Dec
14
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
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.


Dec
14
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. Prepare for a tech career or learn skills you can use in the real world right now to make whatever you can dream up.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
17
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!


Dec
17
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Teen Space Youth Court

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Hey teens! Are you interested in finding out more about the civic opportunities for young adults in the borough of Queens? Are you looking to study or start a career in criminal justice? Maybe you would just like some experiential knowledge in the juvenile justice system. Well, we have the perfect program for you! Join the Teen Space at the Central Library in Jamaica, Queens for Teen Space Youth Court.


Dec
27
12:00PM

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2:00PM

It's Time For Kind: Sewing Kindness

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is now closed

Let's make it a warm holiday season for everyone. Learn how to sew a reversible blanket; make one to give and one to keep. For more It’s Time for Kind programming, visit queenslib.org/itstimeforkind2018.


Jan
2
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 caregivers are welcome to join us for stories, songs, finger plays, and all kinds of fun! Preregistration is required and begins on Wednesday, December 19.

Central LibraryWed, Jan 9, 201910:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryWed, Jan 16, 201910:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryWed, Jan 23, 201910:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryWed, Jan 30, 201910:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryWed, Feb 6, 201910:30AM - 11:30AM

Jan
3
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 is 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


Jan
4
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. Prepare for a tech career or learn skills you can use in the real world right now to make whatever you can dream up.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
4
5:30PM

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6:30PM

Teen Anime and Graphic Novel Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Jan
8
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Typing Class

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn how to type up that next report quickly and (most important) correctly! No more "hunt and peck" typing. This is a free program for boys and girls ages 6-12. Space is limited so don't miss out!

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

Additional Dates


Jan
11
11:30AM

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12:30PM

Mother Goose

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Mother Goose returns in 2019! Boys and girls ages 6 months to 2 years and their caregiver are welcome to enjoy songs, stories, finger plays, and all sorts of fun. No registration is required for this program. Just bring yourselves and have fun!


Jan
31
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Amazing Readers

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The Amazing Readers book discussion group is back in the new year and has moved to Thursdays! This month, we will be discussing Christopher Paul Curtis' Newbery Honor book "The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963." Pick up your copy at the reference desk or ask a librarian for help. No registration required!


Feb
1
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. Prepare for a tech career or learn skills you can use in the real world right now to make whatever you can dream up.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
1
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Chinese New Year Celebration

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Celebrate Chinese New Year's right here at the Children's Library Discovery Center. Bring in the Year of the Pig with crafts, music, and a parade around the library! This is a fun and educational program for children up to age 12. No registration is required so don't miss it!


Feb
1
5:30PM

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6:30PM

Teen Anime and Graphic Novel Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Feb
7
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 is 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