ABOUT STACKS

Developed by Queens Public Library, STACKS After-School is a free enrichment program for children ages 6–14. STACKS After-School was created to enhance your child’s learning experiences through age-appropriate activities in a safe and welcoming environment that helps school-age children build their social and academic skills.

STACKS After-School offers your child both homework assistance and enrichment programming every day. Each daily session will begin with group homework help, facilitated by qualified and caring staff, supervised by your children’s librarian.

During the second half of the day, your child will participate in a variety of enrichment activities that are informative, hands-on, and fun! These activities include weeklong learning projects that allow students to use all the resources Queens Public Library has to offer, as well as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and literacy-based activities that complement your child’s school day curriculum.

STACKS After-School operates throughout the school year (including school holidays) Monday - Friday, 3pm - 5:30pm.

QUALIFIED AND CARING STAFF

STACKS After-School staff receive more than 20 hours of training annually in youth development, homework help, group management, and evidence-based learning strategies that enhance literacy and STEM learning. Every STACKS After-School location is staffed by a STACKS Leader with a minimum of one year of college experience. Larger programs have additional staff in the form of STACKS Assistants.

A SAFE AND NURTURING ENVIRONMENT

STACKS After-School builds upon the Queens Public Library’s historic role as a primary after-school destination for children to study, read, and explore with their peers. STACKS After-School will offer evidence-based learning projects that spark children’s curiosity and help them discover the joys of learning in a library setting.

ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS

In addition to standard support, additional enrichment programs are available to students participating in STACKS After-School. Particular emphasis is placed on STEM learning, with Queens Public Library running programs in conjunction with community-based and other organizations pioneering innovative learning experiences. These programs will take place at STACKS After-School locations throughout the 2018-2019 school year.

LOCATIONS

  • Arverne
  • Astoria
  • Baisley Park
  • Bayside
  • Briarwood
  • Cambria Heights
  • Corona
  • Flushing
  • Jackson Heights
  • Laurelton
  • Lefferts
  • Lefrak City
  • McGoldrick
  • Poppenhusen
  • Queens Village
  • Richmond Hill
  • Ridgewood
  • St. Albans
  • South Hollis
  • South Jamaica
  • Woodside

REGISTRATION DETAILS

STACKS After-School is a yearlong program. Each library has a limited number of openings. If you are interested in having your child participate in STACKS After-School, please contact your nearest STACKS After-School library branch. To register:

Children must be in grades 1-8, with a valid Queens Public Library card.

Participants must commit to a year in the program attending a minimum of three days/week.

The signature of a parent or guardian is required.

For more information, contact your nearest STACKS After-School library location.