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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.

Apr
23
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Kickoff to Kindergarten

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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. Preregistration is required. Space is limited. Registration is full, we can accept anymore participants.

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

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Apr
23
12:30PM

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1:30PM

Multicultural Stories and Songs With Bob "Bobaloo" Basey

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Enjoy a fantastic storytime with Bob "Bobaloo" Basey.


Apr
23
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.

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Apr
23
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.


Apr
24
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Cookie Mining

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Students are introduced to fossil fuel extraction and its damaging effects on the environment through this fun activity where students pretend to extract coal using chocolate chip cookies.


Apr
25
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Hello Spring Art Program

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come join the Children's Library Discovery Center for an exciting art program for ages 3-5.


Apr
25
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Solar One Energy Audit

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn about energy production and efficiency with this exciting hands-on program for children up to age 12. No registration is required, but space and supplies will be limited.


Apr
25
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 Pam Munoz Ryan’s "Esperanza Rising" at this session of Amazing Readers. Participation will count toward the “Read Down Your Fines” program.


Apr
25
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!


Apr
26
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Mother Goose

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Jack and Jill went up the hill...to come to Mother Goose at the library! Children from 6 months to 2 years and a caregiver are invited to come to this fun program of stories, songs, finger plays, and more. No registration is required. Don't miss it!

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

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Apr
26
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Solar Race Cars

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Solar One educators bring supplies for each student to design, build, and test their own mini solar-powered race car. This program is for children ages 8-12. Please note there will be a 25 car limit, although no registration is required.


Apr
26
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.


Apr
26
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.


Apr
29
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.

Spring into April with Toddler Time. Enjoy songs, finger plays, and simple story books for toddlers ages 18-35 months and their caregivers. Registration will begin on March 18th. Space is limited so don't miss out!


Apr
29
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. Registration for this program is online only, no phone calls accepted.

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
2
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 available!

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

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May
3
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Insects & Bugs

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Do you want to learn about insects and bugs? The Children's Library Discovery Center has the program for you. You will learn and create your own masterpiece.

Children's Library Discovery Center
Multipurpose Room
10:30 AM
May 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31st.

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

Additional Dates


May
3
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.

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

Additional Dates


May
3
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


May
4
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!

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

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May
8
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, April 24.

Central LibraryWed, May 15, 201910:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryWed, May 22, 201910:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryWed, May 29, 201910:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryWed, Jun 5, 201910:30AM - 11:30AM

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


May
30
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 Jason Reynolds’s "Ghost" at this session of Amazing Readers. Participation will count toward the “Read Down Your Fines” program.


Jun
7
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.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
7
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


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.

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

Additional Dates