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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

Aug
22
10:00AM

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1:30PM

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, July 11 at 10AM 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 to attend the entire 12 week class series. Candidates must be green card holders. The first day of class is registration day where they should have a copy of their green card.


Aug
22
2:30PM

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4:30PM

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.


Aug
22
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Alzheimer’s Movie “ Please Remember Me”-- In Chinese

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

A love story reminiscent of Feng and Lou from award-winning documentary “Please Remember Me," directed by ZHAO Qing, following the fight of a Shanghai-based old couple against failing physical condition and memory loss.


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Aug
23
9:30AM

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4:30PM

Apply For U.S Citizenship: Free legal help at a library near you

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

* Meet with a free, trusted lawyer
* Apply for citizenship easily
* Find out if you can apply for free
* Get free, confidential financial counseling

Make your appointment today!
Call 311 and say "Citizenship Appointment"

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

Additional Dates


Aug
23
12:00PM

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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


Aug
25
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 our programs and services and other available resources.


Aug
25
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Korean Calligraphy Workshop

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Learn calligraphy from a Korean master and experience the beauty and art of this traditional art form done on special traditional Korean paper. Write your name. Do you want to keep it? Please join us!


Aug
28
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Free Citizenship Classes

Location: Elmhurst
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 Tuesday, July 10 at 10AM 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 to attend the entire 12 week class series. Candidates must be green card holders. The first day of class is registration day where 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


Sep
4
10:00AM

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5:00PM

Naturalization Workshop (in English and Spanish)

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

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 for the workshop call 718-990-0730 or go online: https://www.citizenshipworks.org/info/vieweventdetail/1623 or text Catholic Migration Services at 718-866-3687.


Sep
5
4:00PM

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5:30PM

NYCitizenship Information Session

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Come to an information session with NYCitizenship staff to find out how to apply for U.S. citizenship, and learn about the benefits of becoming a citizen and receiving financial counseling.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
6
6:30PM

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8:30PM

Introduction to Microsoft Word (in Spanish)

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 September 6, 2018
Availability: 1 openings

Learn how to create a document and work with tables.
Participants should have basic computer skills and must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Central Library Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning Thursday, August 29 at 10:00 am or by calling 718-990-0769.

Central LibraryThu, Sep 13, 20186:30PM - 8:30PM
Central LibraryThu, Sep 20, 20186:30PM - 8:30PM

Sep
8
10:00AM

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12:30PM

Computers for Beginners (In Spanish)

Location: Flushing
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 September 8, 2018
Availability: 1 openings

Learn how to turn on your computer and write an email. Participants must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Flushing Library Cyber Reference desk beginning Saturday, September 8 at 10 a.m. or by calling 718-661-1280.

FlushingSat, Sep 15, 201810:00AM - 12:30PM
FlushingSat, Sep 22, 201810:00AM - 12:30PM

Sep
8
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Computer Course (in Bengali)

Location: Hollis
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 September 8, 2018
Availability: 1 openings

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 the Hollis Library reference desk at 718-465-7355.

HollisSat, Sep 15, 201810:30AM - 12:00PM
HollisSat, Sep 22, 201810:30AM - 12:00PM

Sep
8
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Microsoft Excel for Spanish Speakers

Location: Langston Hughes
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 September 8, 2018
Availability: 1 openings

Learn how to create a worksheet and perform calculations. Participants should have basic computer skills, such as being able to use the keyboard and mouse and to open and close applications. Participants must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Langston Hughes Reference Desk beginning Saturday, September 8 at 10 a.m. or by calling 718-651-1100.

Langston HughesSat, Sep 15, 20182:00PM - 4:30PM
Langston HughesSat, Sep 22, 20182:00PM - 4:30PM

Sep
8
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Pathway to US Citizenship: Becoming a US Citizen and Building Your Civic Knowledge

Location: Richmond Hill
Registration: Not required

Are you ready to become a U.S. citizen? Sessions are in English and include a workshop and basic civics education. 9/8 - Are you ready to be a U.S. citizen?/Introduction to American history; 9/15 - Required documents and more/Introduction to American government and politics; 9/22- Common barriers to naturalization/American culture and geography; 9/29- 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


Sep
10
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Sewing Workshop by Bangladeshi Ladies Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Hands-on Sewing Workshop in Bengali—Part I
Learn to cut simple pattern of Salwear & Kameez. Two-hour hands-on workshop conducted by Hafiza Hossain, member of Bangladeshi Ladies Club.

Hands-on Sewing Workshop in Bengali---Part II
Learn to cut simple patterns of blouse. This is a two-hour hands-on workshop conducted by Hafiza Hossain, member of Bangladeshi Ladies Club.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
13
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Join Katya & Friends For A Wonderful Evening Of Your Favorite Russian & American Songs

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Join Katya & Friends for a wonderful evening of your favorite Russian & American songs:
"It was in the Early Spring" by Tchaikovsky; "On the Hills of Georgia" by Rimsky-Korsakov; "Santa Lucia," "Oh, Lady be Good" by Gershwin; "Wouldn't It Be Loverly" from My Fair Lady by Loewe;
famous duets "La ci darem la mano" from Don Giovanni by Mozart, and "Love Unspoken" from The Merry Widow, & many more.


Sep
16
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Alzheimer’s Support Group (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Alzheimer’s Support Group in 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. 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


Sep
17
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Understanding Knee Pain and Knee Arthritis in Chinese

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Presenter: Dr. Hongwei Zhang.
Knees are the most important parts of the human body. They play an important role in daily walking and exercising. However, they are also the most vulnerable joints that get injured due to fall and bumps. Elderly people are especially prone to knee pain and knee arthritis. ACAP has invited Dr. Hongwei Zhang to help you to understand knee pain and knee arthritis treatments and how to protect your knees.


Sep
19
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Resources for Immigrant Seniors In Chinese

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Understand the eligibility and process of entitlement programs such as Food Stamps (SNAP), Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption(SCRIE), Home Energy Assistance Program(HEAP), Senior Citizen Homeowners Exemption(SCHE), MTA Reduced-Fare Metrocard, three important health and financial documents, and more.
Organizer: CaringKind & Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE)


Sep
21
3:30PM

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5:00PM

Celebre el Mes de la Herencia Hispana con la chef peruana Ana Tinco

Location: Corona
Registration: Not required

Learn about and savor some of the delicious dishes of Peru with Chef Ana Tinco.


Sep
22
3:00PM

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4:30PM

The Benefits of Organic Food for Your Family! (in Bengali)

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

Learn what organic food is and how to distinguish it from non-organic food, and get recipes and tips
on how to incorporate nutrient-packed “superfoods” into your daily meal plan.


Sep
26
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Mariachi Tapatío de Álvaro Paulino

Location: Broadway
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.


Sep
27
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Know Your Rights: Keep Your Family Safe and 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.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
28
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Chinese Musicians Cunyi Liu and Cheng-Han Huang Perform Traditional Music from China

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Please join Chinese musicians Cunyi Liu and Cheng-Han Huang who will perform traditional music from China using the hulusi, huqui, and electronic wind instruments.


Oct
1
4:00PM

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5:00PM

My Grandfather Don Quixote

Location: Astoria
Registration: Not required

Two children used to modern technology are taught by their grandfather that if they use their imagination, reading can be a lot of fun.


Oct
1
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Chef Margarita Larios

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Learn to prepare delicious enchiladas made of a corn tortilla rolled around and filled with chicken or vegetables, we will use three different types of sauces, sprinkled with lettuce, cheese and cream. Limited Supplies, on a first come, first-served basis. Queens Library is not responsible for any illnesses resulting from tasting the food.


Oct
2
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Free Citizenship Classes

Location: Elmhurst
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 Tuesday, October 2 at 10AM 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; 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


Oct
3
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Free Citizenship Classes

Location: Flushing
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 Flushing Library 3rd Floor IRC on Wednesday, October 3 at 10:00 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 to attend the entire ten-week class series. 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


Oct
4
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Building Peaceful Communities Speaking Out Against Hate: Interfaith Breakfast

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Please join us at the Queens Library for an interfaith breakfast with Communities against Hate. Ms. Sulekha Prasad from the New York City Commission on Human Rights will be speaking. All are welcome.


Oct
4
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Celebrate Italian Cultural Heritage Month with the vibrant music of Sicily & Southern Italy

Location: Maspeth
Registration: Not required

Celebrate Italian Cultural Heritage Month with the vibrant music of Sicily & Southern Italy. Join Rosa Tatuata ( and Michela Musolino; Phil Passantino; Charlie Rutan; & JP Panettieri ) for an afternoon concert of folk and roots music from Sicily and Southern Italy: songs to make your heart sing and your feet dance!


Oct
4
6:30PM

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9:00PM

Microsoft Excel for Spanish Speakers

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.

Learn how to create a worksheet and perform calculations. Participants should have basic computer skills and must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Central Library Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning Thursday, September 27 at 10:00 a.m. or by calling 718-990-0769.

Central LibraryThu, Oct 11, 20186:30PM - 9:00PM
Central LibraryThu, Oct 18, 20186:30PM - 9:00PM

Oct
6
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Pathway to US Citizenship: Becoming a US Citizen and Building Your Civic Knowledge

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Are you ready to become a U.S. citizen? Sessions are in English and include a workshop and basic civics education. 10/6- Are you ready to be a U.S. citizen?/Introduction to American history; 10/13 - Required documents and more/Introduction to American government and politics; 10/20- Common barriers to naturalization/American culture and geography; 10/27- 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


Oct
11
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month: Quinoa Superfood, healthy and delicious with Christina Camacho

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Please join nutritionist Christina Camacho for a food preparation and tasting workshop. We will be preparing a healthy and delicious adaptation of traditional fried rice using quinoa, vegetables, and scrambled eggs.


Oct
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 three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Flushing Library Cyber Center reference desk beginning Saturday, Ocotber 6 at 10:00 a.m. or by calling 718-661-1280.

FlushingSat, Oct 20, 201810:00AM - 12:30PM
FlushingSat, Oct 27, 201810:00AM - 12:30PM

Oct
13
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Microsoft Word (in Bengali)

Location: Hollis
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 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 the Hollis Library reference desk at 718-465-7355.

HollisSat, Oct 20, 201810:30AM - 12:00PM
HollisSat, Oct 27, 201810:30AM - 12:00PM

Oct
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.
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 turn on your computer and write an email. Participants must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Langston Hughes Library Reference Desk beginning Saturday, October 6 at 10 a.m. or by calling 718-651-1100.

Langston HughesSat, Oct 20, 20182:00PM - 4:30PM
Langston HughesSat, Oct 27, 20182:00PM - 4:30PM

Oct
18
3:30PM

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5:00PM

Positive Attitude

Location: Corona
Registration: Not required

Positive Attitude
-- The positive attitude is a decision
- You know who your mood depends on
- The incongruities of live.


Oct
22
10:00AM

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3:00PM

Citizenship Workshop

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

Receive free assistance with citizenship application and fee waiver!
To register call 888-839-8682 or go online: https://bit.ly/2sbMVYv
For more information, please call: 718-990-0730
For more information, please call: 718-990-0730


Oct
27
2:00PM

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4:30PM

How End-of-Life Planning Can Give Your Life New Meaning Now

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

When Fay Hoh Yin expressed her end-of-life wishes to daughter, Monona, in 2015 their relationship and lives improved. Miraculously, she recovered from near-death and the two have since published Fay’s memoirs, "Riding with the Wind," which they will share, followed by an interactive session to discuss end of life issues. We will be playing the “Go Wish” game.


Nov
4
1:00PM

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2:30PM

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.

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

Additional Dates


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.