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New Americans Program

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Events for New Americans

We celebrate Queens resident’s cultures, and also help newcomers to understand life in the United States. Come to our programs!

New Americans Program

May
1
9:30AM

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11:30AM

WANY Group at Hillcrest CL

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

We Are New York English conversation group.

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

Additional Dates


May
1
10:30AM

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11:45AM

Lower Back Pain (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

As part of the Community Health Education Partnership series, Dr. Greg Gao will discuss the most common causes of lower back pain, its prevention and physical therapy intervention.


May
1
12:30PM

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2:00PM

Elementary Korean

Location: Woodside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 19 openings

Elementary Korean teaches the Korean alphabet using a method that enables non-Korean speakers to read independently in a short time, and encourages learning through repetition of daily expressions, with a cultural component providing insights into Korea and its society. Preregistration is required. Please preregister online or call in English 718-429-4700. 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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May
1
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Elementary Korean

Location: Bayside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 17 openings

Elementary Korean teaches the Korean alphabet using a method that enables non-Korean speakers to read independently in a short time, and encourages learning through repetition of daily expressions, with a cultural component providing insights into Korea and its society. Preregistration is required. Please preregister online or call in English 718-429-4700. First come; first served.

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

Additional Dates


May
1
5:30PM

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7:30PM

Pathway to U.S Citizenship: Becoming a U.S. Citizen and Building Your Civic Knowledge

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Are you ready to become a U.S. citizen? Sessions are in English and include a workshop and basic civics education. 4/10- Are you ready to be a U.S. citizen?/Introduction to American history; 4/17- Required documents and more/Introduction to American government and politics; 4/24- Common barriers to naturalization/American culture and geography; 5/1- Naturalization interview and beyond/Review of 100 questions.


May
1
6:00PM

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7:30PM

ESOL Conversation Group

Location: Bayside
Registration: Not required

Join the English Conversation Group at Bayside Community Library. Preregistration is not required, just walk-in.

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

Additional Dates


May
3
10:00AM

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11:30AM

ESOL Conversation Group

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

ESOL Conversation Group at Easy Flushing Library.

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

Additional Dates


May
3
11:00AM

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2:30PM

Free Citizenship Classes

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Learn everything you need to know about American history, government and culture to pass the citizenship exam. Register in person at the library on Wednesday, March 29 at 11:00 AM or call 718-278-4303 to preregister in advance. Students should have a copy of their green card when they come to register. Participants must attend the entire 12 week class series. Candidates must be Green Card holders. The first day of class is Registration day when they should have a copy of their Green Card.

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

Additional Dates


May
3
12:30PM

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2:00PM

ESOL Conversation Group

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Join us for an ESOL conversation group.

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

Additional Dates


May
3
1:00PM

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2:30PM

ESOL Conversation Group

Location: North Hills
Registration: Not required

Join us for an ESOL conversation group.

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

Additional Dates


May
4
12:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

WANY Group at Baisley Park CL

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

We Are New York English conversation group.


May
4
12:00PM

--to--

1:00PM

French Club

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

Do you speak French? Don’t forget this beautiful language! Join us at Club Français to talk about family, friends, and vacations; listen to music and songs; and discuss current events, art, films, cooking, and any other subject that might interest you. These will be real tête-à-têtes among friends.

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

Additional Dates


May
4
12:30PM

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2:00PM

ESOL Conversation Group

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

Join us for an ESOL conversation group.

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

Additional Dates


May
4
5:00PM

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7:00PM

ESOL Conversation Group

Location: Poppenhusen
Registration: Not required

Join us for an ESOL conversation group.

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

Additional Dates


May
4
5:00PM

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6:30PM

ESOL Conversation Group

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join us for conversation practice!

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

Additional Dates


May
4
6:00PM

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8:30PM

Microsoft Excel for Spanish Speakers

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. If you wish to register, check availability for program date May 4, 2017
Availability: 1 openings

Learn how to create a worksheet and perform calculations. Participants should have basic computer skills and must attend all 3 classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Central Library Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning Thursday, April 27 at 10 a.m. or by calling 718-990-0769.

Central LibraryThu, May 11, 20176:00PM - 8:30PM
Central LibraryThu, May 18, 20176:00PM - 8:30PM

May
5
1:00PM

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2:15PM

ESOL Conversation Group

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

Join us for an ESOL conversation group.

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

Additional Dates


May
6
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Pathway to U.S Citizenship: Becoming a U.S. Citizen and Building Your Civic Knowledge

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Are you ready to become a U.S. citizen? Sessions are in English and include a workshop and basic civics education. 5/6- Are you ready to be a U.S. citizen?/Introduction to American history; 5/13 - Required documents and more/Introduction to American government and politics; 5/20- Common barriers to naturalization/American culture and geography; 5/27- Naturalization interview and beyond/Review of 100 questions.

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

Additional Dates


May
8
10:30AM

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12:00PM

ESOL Conversation Group at South Jamaica CL

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

ESOL Conversation Group at South Jamaica CL.

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

Additional Dates


May
8
2:00PM

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3:30PM

ESOL Conversation Group

Location: Mitchell-Linden
Registration: Not required

Join us for conversation practice!

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

Additional Dates


May
8
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Information on How to Enroll in New York State of Health Market Place--- In Arabic

Location: Steinway
Registration: Not required

Information on how to enroll in New York State of Health Market Place.
-Medicare for Adults and Children
-Child Health Plush
-Essential Plan
-Qualified Health Plan ( Obama Care)


May
8
6:00PM

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7:30PM

ESOL Conversation Group at Bayside CL

Location: Bayside
Registration: Not required

ESOL Conversation Group at Bayside Community Library.

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

Additional Dates


May
8
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Mariachi Tapatío de Álvaro Paulino

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Founded in 1983, Mariachi Tapatio de Álvaro Paulino, under the direction of Puebla-born Mexican Álvaro Paulino, is considered one of the finest mariachi bands in New York City. The band's music includes “corridos,” a form of storytelling in song that is enjoyed by young and old.


May
9
2:00PM

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6:00PM

Naturalization Workshop ( in English and Spanish)

Location: Central Library
Registration: By phone or in person

This workshop is for legal permanent residents to fill out the N-400 application for naturalization and a full or partial fee waiver, if eligible. To register call 718-990-0893 or go online:
https://www.citizenshipworks.org/portal/vieweventdetail/1427


May
9
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This four-class series will give you a brief introduction to the history and evolution of Chinese calligraphy. Participants will be able to learn basic techniques of calligraphy structure and layout.

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

Additional Dates


May
13
10:00AM

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12:30PM

Introduction to Microsoft Word (in Spanish)

Location: Flushing
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.

Learn how to create a document and work with tables.
Participants should have basic computer skills and must attend all 3 classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Flushing Library Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning Saturday, May 6 at 10:00 a.m. or by calling 718-661-1280.

FlushingSat, May 20, 201710:00AM - 12:30PM
FlushingSat, May 27, 201710:00AM - 12:30PM

May
13
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Computers for Beginners (In Spanish)

Location: Langston Hughes
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Learn how to turn on your computer and write an email. Participants must attend all 3 classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Langston Hughes Library beginning Saturday, May 6 at 10 a.m.

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

Additional Dates


May
13
3:30PM

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5:00PM

Computer Course (in Bengali)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn how to turn on your computer and write an email. Part I - Introduction to the computer; Part II - Navigating the Internet; Part III- Creating your own email account. Participants are encouraged to attend all three classes. Preregistration is required. Please call at 718-990-0769 at the Central library Cyber Center reference desk.

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

Additional Dates


May
13
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Storytelling Workshop for Bengali Speakers!

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

In this workshop Ms. Dilara Begum will discuss storytelling techniques, tips, and how to tell an interactive story with digital tools. She will teach you how to create characters that relate to your audience, how to create a mood for storytelling, and how to construct a plot with realistic dialogue.


May
15
12:00PM

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2:00PM

Poems of Light: A Photography Workshop

Location: Langston Hughes
Registration: Not required

Come and learn lighting concepts for digital photography and how to use this increasing the expression of your photographs.

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

Additional Dates


May
17
3:30PM

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5:00PM

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: How to Keep our Family Together! ----In Bengali

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

In this workshop you will learn how to have a healthy relationship, get a job in the U.S. and learn about your rights for legal options and immigration remedies for victims of domestic violence.


May
17
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Know Your Rights: Immigration Services & Tenants Rights

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

*Rights and protections for immigrant communities as well as resources for those seeking immigration related assistance
*Rights all tenants in New York City should be familiar with.


May
18
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Growing Plants in Your Apartments (in Spanish)

Location: Langston Hughes
Registration: Not required

Learn how to repot a plant, make a one-pot indoor herb garden, keep plants healthy, use hanging pots for air plants and grow a mint plant.


May
19
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Know Your Rights: Immigration Services and Human Rights

Location: Broadway
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

*Rights and protections for immigrant communities as well as resources for those seeking immigration related assistance
*Learn the laws of New York City that protect against discrimination and the agency that upholds those laws.


May
20
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Understanding Dementia: What You Need to Know and Where to Go (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This workshop will provide information on Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias, discuss the different stages of the disease and what to expect, and include an overview of the programs and services and other available resources provided by Caringkind.


May
20
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Challenges of Parenting a Hyperactive or ADHD Child (in Spanish)

Location: Corona
Registration: Not required

Este taller en español presentado por un psicoterapista y educador ayudara a padres mejorar el comportamiento, la concentración y el auto-control de sus niños.


May
21
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Alzheimer’s Support Group (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Mandarin Chinese for people caring for a person with Alzheimer’s or any of the other dementias. Our support group is a secure and safe place to share your experiences. The group will meet on Sundays, April 16, May 21, June 18.
Please call 646-744-2951 for registration.

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

Additional Dates


May
22
3:00PM

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4:00PM

How to Get Access to Capital-- in Spanish

Location: Corona
Registration: Not required

• What are some of the lending requirements?
• What are some of your financing options?
• What are some of the best practices to get approved


May
25
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Superfoods: Healthy and Delicious Eating Plans for Families (in Spanish)

Location: Corona
Registration: Not required

Nutritionist Christina Camacho will present recipes and tips on how to incorporate nutrient-packed "superfoods" into your meals and snacks, and how to introduce them to your family.


May
25
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Demonstration Lecture: The Expression of Emotion in Traditional Chinese Music

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Lecturer: Huang, Chen-Ming with Chai-Found Music Workshop Musicans
Huang will introduce different characters of six iconic instruments in traditional sizhu: erhu ( fiddle), pipa ( lute), guzheng ( zither), yangqin ( Chinese hammered dulcimer), ruanxian ( or ruan, lute), and dizi ( flute). The musicans will also present a piece of works that demonstrate the characters of each instrument.


May
26
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Understanding and Managing your Credit-- In Spanish

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

• Understanding credit report & score
• How to build good credit
• How to rebuild you credit, make disputes


Jun
1
6:00PM

--to--

8:30PM

Computers for Beginners (In Spanish)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Learn how to turn on your computer and write an email. Participants must attend all 3 classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Central Library Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning Thursday, May 25 at 10 a.m. or by calling 718-990-0769.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
3
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Pathway to U.S Citizenship: Becoming a U.S. Citizen and Building Your Civic Knowledge

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Are you ready to become a U.S. citizen? Sessions are in English and include a workshop and basic civics education. 6/03- Are you ready to be a U.S. citizen?/Introduction to American history; 6/10- Required documents and more/Introduction to American government and politics; 6/17- Common barriers to naturalization/American culture and geography; 6/24- Naturalization interview and beyond/Review of 100 questions.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
4
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

The Beauty of Guqin (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The Guqin, or "ancient stringed instrument,” is also called "the father of Chinese music." Members of the New York Guqin Association will introduce the audience to the history and repertoire of the instrument and perform some famous pieces. For more information in English and Chinese, call 718-990-8569.


Jun
8
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Stroke Prevention (in Russian)

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

National health statistics indicate that hypertension increases the risk of stroke, and the incidence of stroke has drastically increased in the last decade. In this presentation, Dr. Irina Belman, M.D., will discuss how to reduce the risk of stroke and review advances in treatment.


Jun
10
10:00AM

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12:30PM

Microsoft Excel for Spanish Speakers

Location: Flushing
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Learn how to create a worksheet and perform calculations. Participants should have basic computer skills and must attend all 3 classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Flushing Library Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning June 3 at 10:00 a.m. or by calling 718-661-1280.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
10
2:00PM

--to--

4:30PM

Introduction to Microsoft Word (in Spanish)

Location: Langston Hughes
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Learn how to create a document and work with tables. Participants should have basic computer skills and must attend all 3 classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Langston Hughes Library Reference Desk beginning Saturday, June 3 at 10:00 a.m.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
10
3:30PM

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5:00PM

Financial Planning for Retirement (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Mr. Benjamin Li, Board Member, former President of the Chinese American Insurance Association, will discuss the basics of retirement planning, how to maximize your social security benefits and health insurance options after retirement, and common mistakes to avoid.


Jun
10
3:30PM

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5:00PM

Microsoft Word (in Bengali)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn to create documents and work with tables.
Part 1-Introduction to Microsoft Word; Part 2- Creating
and saving documents; Part 3-Working with tables and
printing. Participants should have basic computer skills
and must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required.
Please call at 718-990-0769 at the Central library
Cyber Center reference desk.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
12
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Conozca Su Derecho: Beneficios y Recursos Públicos en Español

Location: Langston Hughes
Registration: Not required

Topics:
• Human Rights Law
• Public Benefits and Resources
• Education, Healthcare, Language Access


Jun
15
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Accent Reduction for Everyday Success

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Do people have difficulty understanding you? Is your accent keeping you from reaching your goals? Does it make it difficult to find work? A Speech-language pathologist will teach you everyday tips and techniques to help you approximate an American English speaking style.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
22
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Indian Storytelling through Classical Dance: “Kathak”

Location: Ozone Park
Registration: Not required

Celebrate the re-opening of the Ozone Park Library with Abha Bhatnager Roy and an evening of “kathak.” Kathak is a North Indian form of storytelling through classical dance.


Jun
23
1:00PM

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3:00PM

We Are New York at Glen Oaks

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

We Are New York conversation group at Glen Oaks Library.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
24
3:00PM

--to--

4:30PM

Teenage Sexual and Character Development (Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Teenage years are a time for growth and discovery. With proper guidance throughout this journey, young people will be prepared to develop healthy self-esteem in order to lead a meaningful, productive, and happy life.


Jun
28
6:00PM

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8:00PM

A Celebration of Gay Pride Month: Screening of "The Danish Girl"

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Danish artist Einar Wegener (played by Eddie Redmayne) challenges science and society to become the woman trapped inside of him, Lili Elbe. Winner of multiple international and national awards including an Oscar, "The Danish Girl" is based on the first sex confirmation surgery in recorded history [1930].

[Parental discretion advised: adult subject matter and brief nudity]


Welcome to the Queens Library's New Americans Program

Queens Library’s New Americans Program (NAP) was established in 1977 to provide special services to the area’s many new immigrants. NAP organizes workshops (in the languages spoken by Queens' immigrant communities) that assist new immigrants in adapting to life in America and programs that celebrate the culture of the diverse ethnic groups in Queens. The program works closely with the Adult Learner Program, the Job and Business Academy, and community libraries to assess local needs and link residents with existing system-wide library and social services to enhance civic engagement.

Language and Learning

Essential Services for Newcomers

Information Resources

Cultural/Enrichment Programming

International Language Collections

 

Do You Want to be a New Americans Program Volunteer?

Volunteer and give the gift of reading, help us break down language barriers and open doors for immigrants and newcomers to be productive citizens of Americans society. For additional information, please click here, or contact Shelley Ennett, New Americans Program Volunteer Advisor, at 718-480-4270 or shelley.ennett@queenslibrary.org.

 

Learning Resources

Rocket Languages
Transparent Language Online
Scholastic Encyclopedia
eBooks, eAudio, and eVideo

 

For more information on the New Americans Program, please contact:

Cathy (Xi) Chen
Assistant Director of Programming and Operations
Queens Library, Library Services
E-mail: napref@queenslibrary.org

To submit a program proposal, visit this page and click the Submit Your Program Proposal link.