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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.

Jun
19
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Bengali Storytime

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Bengali storytime is back! Join us for songs, stories, and fun in Bengali. No registration is required. Don't miss out.

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Jun
21
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Teen Code Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn to code at Queens Public 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.

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Jun
21
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.

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Jun
22
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Saturday Science Lab

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children up to age 12 and their families are invited to join us for Saturday Science Lab. This is a fun and hands-on science experience you're sure to enjoy! Learn and do a different science program every week!

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

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Jun
24
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.

Join us for the June session of Toddler Time! Enjoy songs, finger plays, and simple story books for toddlers ages 18-35 months and their caregivers. Registration will begin on May 20th. Space is limited so don't miss out!


Jun
27
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Amazing Readers Summer Movie Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Read the book; then watch the movie "The House With a Clock in Its Wall" written by John Bellairs. No registration is required (2018, PG).


Jun
27
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 John Bellairs' "The House with a Clock in Its Wall" at this session of Amazing Readers. Participation will count toward the “Read Down Your Fines” program.


Jun
28
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Summer Sand Art Series

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come join us for this year's Summer Sand Art Series at the Children's Library Discovery Center! Each week children ages 4-12 will make a different sand art creation. There is no registration required; however, space and materials are limited. Due to limited quantities, materials will be distributed to children only, but parents are encouraged to help! We hope to see you there!

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

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Jul
1
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Video Game Trivia

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come and test how much you truly know about your favorite games with our Video Game Trivia program in the Children's Library Discovery Center!


Jul
8
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Summer Reading: Interactive Story Hour

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come join us at the Children's Library Discovery Center for interactive story hour! Children will get to listen to classic children's stories including Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Billy Goats Gruff, and will have a chance to act out these stories out, followed by a story-related take-home craft activity! No registration is required, but space is limited!

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Jul
9
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Origami

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Every week during the hot summer, we will have a cool different theme for children ages 5-12. No registration required; however space will be limited. Don't miss it!

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Jul
9
4:00PM

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5:15PM

Spelling Bee for Kids

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us for our spelling bee summer program for 3rd to 6th graders.

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

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Jul
10
10:00AM

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12:00PM

A Universe of Stories - Summer Reading Film Fest 2019

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Please join the Children's Library Discovery Center for our 2019 Summer Reading Film Fest.
• 7/10: "Hotel Transylvania 3" (2018, PG)
• 7/17: "Incredibles 2" (2018, PG)
• 7/24: "The House With A Clock In Its Walls" (2018, PG)
• 7/31: "Smallfoot" (2018, PG)
• 8/7: "Ralph Breaks The Internet" (2018, PG)
• 8/14: "Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse" (2018, PG)
All movies will begin at 10am in the auditorium. Tickets will be given out at 9:15am on the day of the movie.

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Jul
10
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.

Hot town, summer in the city, Timeless Tales will keep your children busy! Children ages 3-5 along with a caregiver are invited to join us for stories, songs, and more. Registration will begin on June 26th so don't miss out.

Central LibraryWed, Jul 17, 201910:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryWed, Jul 24, 201910:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryWed, Jul 31, 201910:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryWed, Aug 7, 201910:30AM - 11:30AM

Jul
10
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Library Jeopardy

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us if you are between 8-12 years old to show off your knowledge by playing Jeopardy. No registration is required.

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Jul
11
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Discovery Team Summer STEM: Wired!

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn all about electricity! Make conductors and insulators; create electrical circuits all using everyday materials: 1) squishy circuits with conductive and insulating dough; 2) scrappy circuits using simple materials to learn the essentials of wiring our world. Space is limited; first-come first-served. This program is for children in grades 6 and up. Major funding provided by NY Life Foundation, the city-wide sponsor of summer reading.


Jul
12
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Summer Reading: Mother Goose Time

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-18 months are welcome to join us for Mother Goose time! Come sing songs, listen to stories, and participate in lap bounces for tons of giggles and laughs, starring all kids' favorite.... BUBBLES!

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Jul
18
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Discovery Team Summer STEM: Body Works: Physiology

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

We’ll go more than skin deep to figure out what makes our bodies work, exploring blood and guts and bones and muscles. Be prepared for some dissection and assembling a mockup of body systems. This is for children in grades 6 and up. No registration will be required; however, space is limited. Major support provided by NY Life Foundation, the city-wide sponsor of summer reading.


Jul
25
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Discovery Team Summer STEM: Renewable Energy

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

We’ll explore some renewable energy strategies and the importance of sustainable energy for a cleaner city. Kids will use the design and testing process to explore wind and solar energy, plus create and race some super fun, sun powered vehicles. For grades six and up, No registration is required, but space will be limited. Major funding provided by NY Life Foundation, the city-wide sponsor of summer reading.


Jul
25
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Amazing Readers Summer Movie Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Read the book; check out the movie. The book club members between ages 8-12 will watch the movie "Bridge to Terabithia" together before discussing the book written by Katherine Paterson.


Jul
25
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Summer Reading: Amazing Readers Kids Book Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 8-12 will discuss Katherine Paterson's "Bridge to Terabithia" at this session of Amazing Readers. Participation will count toward the “Read Down Your Fines” program.


Aug
1
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Discovery Team Summer STEM: Shine a Light

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Kids will learn the basics of how light works with lenses, including our eyes. We’ll dissect sheep eyes and compare biological lenses to glass lenses. Extending this exploration, kids will learn how the physics of light and lenses is applied to visual aids – eye glasses, microscopes and telescopes. For grades 6 and up. No registration required; first-come, first-served. Major funding provided by NY Life Foundation, the city-wide sponsor of summer reading.


Aug
8
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Discovery Team Summer STEM: The Big Wide Food Web

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

A fun and educational program you can...sink your teeth into! Investigate who eats what and how we fit into the grand scheme of energy flow. Learn all about food chains through a hands on program for children in grades 6 and up. No registration required, but space will be limited. Don't miss it! Major funding provided by NY Life Foundation, the city-wide sponsor of summer reading.


Aug
15
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Discovery Team Summer STEM: Cover Ups: Fashion Design

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Our designers will be thinking in 3D as they measure, imagine, design, and think about how to create, cut, and connect fabric shapes to fit our bodies. They will learn about different types of fabrics and different methods to combine them in wearable fashion. This is for children in grades 6 and up. No registration required but space is limited, so don't be...fashionably late! Major funding provided by NY Life Foundation, the city-wide sponsor of summer reading.