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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.

Feb
19
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Energy Transfer Lab

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In this exciting lab activity, students learn basic energy concepts including forms of energy, conservation of energy, and how energy transforms. Children then rotate through five mini experiment stations in which they investigate various types of energy transformations. No registration is required, but space is limited. Don't miss it!


Feb
19
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.

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Feb
20
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Building Batteries

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children can investigate how batteries work and explore the challenges of storing energy and renewable resources. Learn then how to make your own battery and run a small motor with it! No registration required, but space and materials will be limited. This program is first-come, first-served.


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Feb
21
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Wind Turbine Design Lab

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Get wind of this exciting program for kids. Learn about the benefits of wind power and how wind energy works. In a hands-on experiment, design and construct model wind turbines, and measure the power they produce. No registration is required; however, space and supplies will be limited. Don't miss out!


Feb
21
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


Feb
22
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Building Solar Race Cars

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Steer yourself towards this fun and educational program for children. Design, build, and test your own mini solar-powered race car. No registration will be required however space and supplies will be limited. (It is recommended that younger children be accompanied by an adult or older sibling to help with the building process.)


Feb
22
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.


Feb
22
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.


Feb
23
11:00AM

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2:00PM

Saturday Science Lab Family Festival

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us for a special edition of Saturday Science Lab. It's Saturday Science Lab Family Festival with a focus on engineering! There will be all sorts of activities, learning, and fun about engineering. No registration is required. Children up to age 12 and their families are welcome!


Feb
25
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.

Enjoy songs, finger plays, and simple story books for toddlers ages 18-35 months and their caregivers. Registration will begin on January 22nd. Space is limited so don't miss out!

Central LibraryMon, Mar 4, 201910:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryMon, Mar 11, 201910:30AM - 11:30AM

Feb
26
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


Mar
1
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Bengali Storytime

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 1-3 are invited to enjoy our very special storytime in Bengali! Enjoy stories, songs, and all types of fun. No registration required, but space will be limited. Don't miss out!

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

Additional Dates


Mar
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


Mar
1
5:30PM

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6:45PM

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


Mar
5
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Laptop Time: Microsoft Paint

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Use your imagination and increase your tech skills while creating your own work of art using Microsoft Paint on the laptop.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
7
5:30PM

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6:30PM

Chess Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come and learn how to improve your chess skills with your friends over at the Children's Library Discovery Center!

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

Additional Dates


Mar
26
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Bangladesh Independence Day

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Celebrate Bangladesh Independence Day with this fun and educational program. There will be drawing, coloring, and all sorts of fun for children up to age 12. No registration is required!


Apr
2
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.

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.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
5
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Teen Code Club

Location: Cambria Heights
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


Apr
5
5:30PM

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6:45PM

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


Apr
8
5:00PM

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6:30PM

SAT Tutoring

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.

Come for free SAT tutoring to help you prepare for your SAT exam. Registration is required. Online registration begins Saturday, March 9th. There will be 7 sessions every Monday beginning Monday April 8th.

Central LibraryMon, Apr 15, 20195:00PM - 6:30PM
Central LibraryMon, Apr 22, 20195:00PM - 6:30PM
Central LibraryMon, Apr 29, 20195:00PM - 6:30PM
Central LibraryMon, May 6, 20195:00PM - 6:30PM
Central LibraryMon, May 13, 20195:00PM - 6:30PM
Central LibraryMon, May 20, 20195:00PM - 6:30PM

Apr
30
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Microsoft Word for Kids

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Have a big report due soon? Boys and girls ages 7-12, come learn how to use Microsoft Word. Get that report done quick and most of all get it done right! No registration required, but space is limited. Don't miss out!


May
8
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Origami: Mother’s Day Flowers

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 7 and up are invited to join Miss Sue in creating a colorful Mother's Day bouquet in this fun and exciting origami program.


May
14
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Introduction to PowerPoint for Kids

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Big project due at school? Make that report look even better once you can use PowerPoint! Children ages 7-12 can learn this incredible tool. No registration required. This program is first-come, first-served.

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

Additional Dates