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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

Apr
19
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


Apr
19
12:30PM

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2:00PM

ESOL Conversation Group at Bellerose

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

Join our ESOL Conversation Group at Bellerose Library!

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

Additional Dates


Apr
19
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Healing Learning Circle for Women! (in Bengali)

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

We will cover:
o Health
o Education
o Children's behavior
o Cultural competencies
o Healthy relationships
o Resources for immigrant victims of domestic violence

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

Additional Dates


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Apr
19
6:00PM

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8:30PM

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 3 classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Central Library Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning Thursday, March 29 at 10:00 a.m. or by calling 718-990-0769.


Apr
20
1:00PM

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2:30PM

ESOL Conversation Group at Glen Oaks

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

ESOL Conversation Group

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

Additional Dates


Apr
20
3:30PM

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5:30PM

NYCitizenship Information Session

Location: Astoria
Registration: Not required

Come to an information session with a NYCitizenship attorney 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


Apr
20
4:30PM

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6:00PM

Korean for Beginners II

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This class offers additional daily conversational skills and more vocabulary. Also this class covers Korean grammar and sentence patterns with a solid foundation of 4 aspects of language; listening, speaking, reading and writing. Completion of Korean for Beginners I is NOT required.


Apr
21
10:00AM

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11:30AM

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

HollisSat, Apr 28, 201810:00AM - 11:30AM

Apr
21
10:00AM

--to--

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, April 14 at 10:00 a.m. or by calling 718-661-1280.

FlushingSat, Apr 28, 201810:00AM - 12:30PM

Apr
21
1:30PM

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4:30PM

Come and learn about minipainting techniques with artist Teng Teng!

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Through the minipainting workshop participants will have unique experience of learning how to use their imagination to create an artwork on 1.1 x 1 inch frames. The teaching artist, Teng Teng, will give hands on instruction on how to paint with a size 0 brush on the miniature frames. The finished minipainting can also turn into a unique brooch, necklace or earring. All materials will be provided and no previous painting experience is required.


Apr
21
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, April 7 at 10 a.m. or by calling 718-651-1100.

Langston HughesSat, Apr 28, 20182:00PM - 4:30PM

Apr
21
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Come and Practice Your Artistic Skills by Creating Your Own Works of Art

Location: Corona
Registration: Not required

In this course, you will learn the basics of drawing by hand. From strokes to observation and hand-eye coordination, you will learn to draw things as you see them in a studio environment. You will cover still lives through pencil, pen, ink, and other materials, ultimately finishing with body parts. All drawings will be done on paper.


Apr
21
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. 4/7- Are you ready to be a U.S. citizen?/Introduction to American history; 4/14 - Required documents and more/Introduction to American government and politics; 4/21- Common barriers to naturalization/American culture and geography; 4/28- 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


Apr
23
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Know Your Rights: Public Benefits and Resources in Bengali

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Topics:
Part I:Getting a job in the U.S., human rights law, education, healthcare, language access, and resources for immigration victims of domestic violence!
Part II: Health, education, children's behavior, cultural competencies, and healthy family relationships!


Apr
23
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Korean for Beginners II

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

This class offers additional daily conversational skills and more vocabulary. Also this class covers Korean grammar and sentence patterns with a solid foundation of 4 aspects of language; listening, speaking, reading and writing. Completion of Korean for Beginners I is NOT required.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
24
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, April 10 from 1pm to 4 pm. or call 718-278-4303 to preregister in advance. Classes will be beginning from Tuesday, April 17 every Tuesday from 10 am to 1 pm at the Adult Learning Center . Students should have a copy of their green card when they come to register. Participants must attend the entire 12 week class series.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
24
1:00PM

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4:00PM

Free English Classes for Intermediate Level at Brairwood

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

In-person registration is April 24, at 1pm. For more information, call 718-658-1680/718-480-4300.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
25
10:00AM

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1:00PM

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, April 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 attend the entire 12 week class series.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
25
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Korean for Beginners II

Location: McGoldrick
Registration: Not required

This class offers additional daily conversational skills and more vocabulary. Also this class covers Korean grammar and sentence patterns with a solid foundation of 4 aspects of language; listening, speaking, reading and writing. Completion of Korean for Beginners I is NOT required.


Apr
28
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Bengali New Year Celebration: “Pahela Baisakh”

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Celebrate New Year 1424 with traditional Bangladeshi dance and music presented by The Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts.


Apr
28
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Celebrate Spring: Flower Arrangements by Anna Kao

Location: Bayside
Registration: Not required

Floral artist Anna Kao will provide instruction on the fine art of floral arranging, from simple corsages to more complicated arrangements for home, parties, and festivities. Materials are limited; participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.


May
2
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Korean for Beginners III

Location: McGoldrick
Registration: Not required

This class offers additional daily conversational skills and more vocabulary. This class also covers Korean grammar and sentence patterns with a solid foundation of four aspects of language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Completion of Korean for Beginners II is NOT required.

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

Additional Dates


May
3
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Jewish American Heritage Month

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Celebrate Jewish American Culture with a monthlong festival that will include the most talented performers around town: Hy Wolfe in Concert, 5/3; Miryem-Khaye Seigel in Concert, 5/7; Shane Baker, 5/10; Musical Salute to Molly Picon, 5/14; Allen Rickman and company, 5/21

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

Additional Dates


May
3
6:00PM

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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.
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 Central Library Cyber Center beginning Saturday, April 26 at 10 a.m. or call at 718-990-0769.

Central LibraryThu, May 10, 20186:00PM - 8:30PM
Central LibraryThu, May 17, 20186:00PM - 8:30PM

May
5
2:30PM

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4:30PM

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

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

Are you ready to become a U.S. citizen? Sessions are in English and include a workshop and basic civics education. 5/5- Are you ready to be a U.S. citizen?/Introduction to American history; 5/12 - Required documents and more/Introduction to American government and politics; 5/19- Common barriers to naturalization/American culture and geography; 5/26- 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
5
2:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

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

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

Are you ready to become a U.S. citizen? Sessions are in English and include a workshop and basic civics education. 5/5- Are you ready to be a U.S. citizen?/Introduction to American history; 5/12 - Required documents and more/Introduction to American government and politics; 5/19- Common barriers to naturalization/American culture and geography; 5/26- 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
10:00AM

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6:00PM

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 call 718-990-0893 or go online:
https://www.citizenshipworks.org/portal/vieweventdetail/1593


May
10
3:45PM

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5:15PM

Korean for Beginners III

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

This class offers additional daily conversational skills and more vocabulary. This class also covers Korean grammar and sentence patterns with a solid foundation of four aspects of the language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Completion of Korean for Beginners II is NOT required.

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

Additional Dates


May
11
4:30PM

--to--

6:00PM

Korean for Beginners III

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This class offers additional daily conversational skills and more vocabulary. This class also covers Korean grammar and sentence patterns with a solid foundation of four aspects of language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Completion of Korean for Beginners II is NOT required.

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

Additional Dates


May
12
10:00AM

--to--

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.
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, 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 Flushing Library Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning Saturday, May 5 at 10 am or by calling 718-661-1280.

FlushingSat, May 19, 201810:00AM - 12:30PM
FlushingSat, May 26, 201810:00AM - 12:30PM

May
12
10:00AM

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11:30AM

Computer Course (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 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, May 19, 201810:00AM - 11:30AM
HollisSat, May 26, 201810:00AM - 11:30AM

May
12
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Introduction to Microsoft Word (in Spanish)

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 May 12, 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 Langston Hughes Library Reference Desk beginning Saturday, May 5 at 10:00 am or by calling 718-651-1100.

Langston HughesSat, May 19, 20182:00PM - 4:30PM
Langston HughesSat, May 26, 20182:00PM - 4:30PM

May
19
11:00AM

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1:00PM

Spring Festival: Henna Painting for Teens and Adults

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

Please join the very talented henna hand painting artist Anowara Ahmed for a day of henna hand painting. Ms. Ahmed will design beautiful patterns on your hands using non-toxic natural dyes. Numbered tickets will be distributed. Open to teens and adults. First 50 guests on a strictly first-come, first-served basis.


May
19
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Asian Mask Art Workshop Taught by Artist Firoz Mahmud

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

This workshop will be on the art of South Asian mask making using paper, which is a popular medium and is seen in cultural festivals in Bangladesh and India featuring the traditional Bengali and South Asian ‘Alpona’ motif. Instructions will be given and demonstrated in the beginning of the class and students will then be allowed to express color and motif their own way. Limited to 15 students.


May
20
10:30AM

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12:00PM

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.


May
21
10:00AM

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11:30AM

Lupus Basics in Chinese

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Ms. Eliza Ngan-Dittgen, a senior program associate from Lupus Asian Network, will give a health talk in Mandarin on the causes, symptoms, and treatment of lupus, as well as services provided to the community by Lupus Asian Network.


May
26
1:00PM

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4:30PM

Chinese Author Talk Series (26): Poetry Quartets

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

New York Chinese poets Wang Yu, Yan Li, Paul Qiu, and Hong Junzhi debuts their poetry works one month after the Flushing Poetry Festival. Four poets in two generations will discuss poetry writing in their life and read poems.


May
26
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Celebrate Spring with Chef Ana Tinco! [Peruvian Dish: Causa Limeña]

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Ana Maria Tinco was born in Lima, Peru. As a small child, she learned to prepare the typical dishes of her native land. Today you will learn how to make and have the opportunity to taste Causa Limeña. This pre-columbian Peruvian dish is widely enjoyed across Peru.


May
31
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Presentación de Libro: Martí y sus versos por la libertad de Emma Otheguy

Location: Corona
Registration: Not required

Written in verse, with excerpts from Martí’s seminal Versos sencillos, this book is a beautiful tribute to a brilliant political writer and courageous fighter of freedom for all men and women.


Jun
6
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Business Findings in Grand Avenue--in Spanish

Location: Maspeth
Registration: Not required

This workshop provides business resources information for small business owners, including how to increase business with social media, the importance of email for your business, and how to increase sales and the RSVP list for your events.


Jun
7
6:00PM

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8:30PM

Introduction to Microsoft Word (in Spanish)

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 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, May 31 at 10am or call at 718-990-0769.

Central LibraryThu, Jun 14, 20186:00PM - 8:30PM
Central LibraryThu, Jun 21, 20186:00PM - 8:30PM

Jun
8
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Welcoming Summer with Chinese Folk Dance

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

To welcome a beautiful summer season, the members of Ginger's Dance Studio will perform a variety of Chinese folk dances. Ginger's Dance Studio was created in 2003 to promote arts, culture, and health in the Chinese community.


Jun
9
10:00AM

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12:30PM

Computers for Beginners (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.

Please pick up old job# 14218-- Selina
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 Center Reference Desk beginning Saturday, June 2 at 10am or by calling 718-661-1280.

FlushingSat, Jun 16, 201810:00AM - 12:30PM
FlushingSat, Jun 23, 201810:00AM - 12:30PM

Jun
9
10:00AM

--to--

11:30AM

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, Jun 16, 201810:00AM - 11:30AM
HollisSat, Jun 23, 201810:00AM - 11:30AM

Jun
9
1:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Come and Practice your English Skills

Location: Corona
Registration: Not required

During the class, students will learn conversational English, speech and diction (pronunciation), and grammar. They will also learn figurative language to be able to compose a one-page poem about the immigration experience. One class will be allocated for students to learn to make collages with a focus on verbs used for a creative process.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
9
2:00PM

--to--

4:30PM

Microsoft Excel for Spanish Speakers

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 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 Langston Hughes Library Reference Desk beginning June 2 at 10am or by calling 718-651-1100.

Langston HughesSat, Jun 16, 20182:00PM - 4:30PM
Langston HughesSat, Jun 23, 20182:00PM - 4:30PM

Jun
16
2:00PM

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3:00PM

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
16
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Music from Santo Domingo with Berto Reyes and his Band!

Location: Richmond Hill
Registration: Not required

Berto Reyes and his band will perform traditional music, known as perico ripiao, on the güira, drum, and accordion. They will also play merengue típico, a traditional Dominican merengue, and merenhouse, a blend of merengue with American hip-hop and rap, with the added sounds of sax, bass, and conga. Come to learn about and enjoy Dominican music.


Jun
23
1:00PM

--to--

2:30PM

Eid Milan! Celebrate Pakistani Eid with Henna Hand Painting, Music, Song, and Traditional Sweets

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Join the holiday celebration with Henna hand painting from 1-2:30pm (first-come, first-served). 2:30-3pm: Eid sweets presentation with samples available (first come, first-served). 3pm: Pakistani music.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
23
1:00PM

--to--

4:30PM

Eid Mubarak: A Celebration with Performances and Sweets

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

Members of the Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts will entertain the audience with cheerful songs and dances. On this joyous occasion, they will offer samples of traditional Bangladeshi sweets and demonstrations of henna hand painting. Food and supplies are limited; first-come, first-served.


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.