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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

Sep
20
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, July 5 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 attend the entire 13 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


Sep
20
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Healing Learning Circle for Women! (in Bengali)

Location: Woodside
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


Sep
21
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Eating the Right Way Makes Gout Go Away (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This lecture will discuss what causes gout, and how to make changes in your diet to help control it.


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Sep
21
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


Sep
21
5:00PM

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8:00PM

Learn English With The Computer!

Location: Woodside
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.

Join us for a class where you'll use a computer to learn English! Participants will work in groups.

WoodsideMon, Sep 25, 20175:00PM - 8:00PM
WoodsideThu, Sep 28, 20175:00PM - 8:00PM
WoodsideMon, Oct 2, 20175:00PM - 8:00PM
WoodsideThu, Oct 5, 20175:00PM - 8:00PM
WoodsideMon, Oct 9, 20175:00PM - 8:00PM
WoodsideThu, Oct 12, 20175:00PM - 8:00PM
WoodsideMon, Oct 16, 20175:00PM - 8:00PM
WoodsideThu, Oct 19, 20175:00PM - 8:00PM
WoodsideMon, Oct 23, 20175:00PM - 8:00PM
WoodsideThu, Oct 26, 20175:00PM - 8:00PM
WoodsideMon, Oct 30, 20175:00PM - 8:00PM
WoodsideThu, Nov 2, 20175:00PM - 8:00PM
WoodsideMon, Nov 6, 20175:00PM - 8:00PM
WoodsideThu, Nov 9, 20175:00PM - 8:00PM
WoodsideMon, Nov 13, 20175:00PM - 8:00PM
WoodsideThu, Nov 16, 20175:00PM - 8:00PM
WoodsideMon, Nov 20, 20175:00PM - 8:00PM
WoodsideThu, Nov 23, 20175:00PM - 8:00PM
WoodsideMon, Nov 27, 20175:00PM - 8:00PM
WoodsideThu, Nov 30, 20175:00PM - 8:00PM
WoodsideMon, Dec 4, 20175:00PM - 8:00PM
WoodsideThu, Dec 7, 20175:00PM - 8:00PM
WoodsideMon, Dec 11, 20175:00PM - 8:00PM
WoodsideThu, Dec 14, 20175:00PM - 8:00PM

Sep
21
6:00PM

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8:30PM

Introduction to Microsoft Word (in Spanish)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 11 openings

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 Central Library Cyber Center reference Desk beginning Thursday, August 31 at 10:00 a.m. calling 718-990-0769

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

Additional Dates


Sep
21
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Know Your Rights for Immigrants: What to Do If You Encounter ICE (in Spanish)

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Are you concerned about your rights in case you come in contact with immigration officers? This workshop in Spanish presented by a lawyer will help you understand what to do if stopped by ICE; what your rights are when faced with ICE; arrest tactics used; and creating a safety plan for your family. Presented in collaboration with The NYS Office for New Americans and the NYS Liberty Defense Project.


Sep
21
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Community Information Forum: DACA- Know Your Rights Workshop (in English and Spanish)

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Have questions about your DACA status considering recent policy changes? Come ask an immigration attorney your legal questions.


Sep
22
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Information Session on DACA and Immigration Options: Know Your Rights Workshop

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Do you have questions about your DACA status in light of recent policy changes? Come learn the facts and ask an immigration attorney your legal questions.


Sep
23
10:00AM

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11:30AM

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


Sep
23
10:00AM

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12:30PM

Computers for Beginners (In Spanish)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

Learn how to turn on your computer and write an email. Participants must attend all 3 classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Flushing Library Cyber Center beginning Saturday, September 9 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


Sep
23
10:00AM

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2:00PM

Learn English with the Computer!

Location: Rego Park
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.

Join us for an English class that uses the computer to learn English!

Rego ParkSat, Sep 30, 201710:00AM - 2:00PM
Rego ParkSat, Oct 7, 201710:00AM - 2:00PM
Rego ParkSat, Oct 14, 201710:00AM - 2:00PM
Rego ParkSat, Oct 21, 201710:00AM - 2:00PM
Rego ParkSat, Oct 28, 201710:00AM - 2:00PM
Rego ParkSat, Nov 4, 201710:00AM - 2:00PM
Rego ParkSat, Nov 11, 201710:00AM - 2:00PM
Rego ParkSat, Nov 18, 201710:00AM - 2:00PM
Rego ParkSat, Nov 25, 201710:00AM - 2:00PM
Rego ParkSat, Dec 2, 201710:00AM - 2:00PM
Rego ParkSat, Dec 9, 201710:00AM - 2:00PM
Rego ParkSat, Dec 16, 201710:00AM - 2:00PM
Rego ParkSat, Dec 23, 201710:00AM - 2:00PM

Sep
23
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Microsoft Excel for Spanish Speakers

Location: Langston Hughes
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 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 Langston Hughes Library Reference Desk beginning Saturday, September 9 at 10 a.m

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

Additional Dates


Sep
23
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Ebru Art Classes with Mustafa Yasar (In Turkish and English)

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

Learn the Turkish art of ebru. Paper marbling (ebru) is the art of creating colorful patterns by sprinkling and brushing color pigments on a pan of oily water and then transferring this pattern to paper. Individual sessions every Saturday, 6/24, 7/22, 8/26, 9/23, 10/28, 11/25 @ 2:30 p.m. Participants must register for each session starting two weeks ahead of the program date either in person at Sunnyside or by calling 718-784-3033. Limited to the first 10 applicants per session.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
23
2:30PM

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4:30PM

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

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Are you ready to become a U.S. citizen? Sessions are in English and include a workshop and basic civics education. 9/9- Are you ready to be a U.S. citizen?/Introduction to American history; 9/16 - Required documents and more/Introduction to American government and politics; 9/23- Common barriers to naturalization/American culture and geography; 9/30- 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
25
12:30PM

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2:00PM

Elementary Korean III

Location: Woodside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 18 openings

This course is designed for those who have taken Elementary Korean I & II, or have some knowledge of Korean. Basic communication skills, vocaburary and grammar will be covered in this 10 weeks program.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
25
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Elementary Korean III

Location: Bayside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 openings

This course is designed for those who have taken Elementary Korean I & II, or have some knowledge of Korean. Basic communication skills, vocabulary and grammar will be covered in this 10 week program.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
25
6:30PM

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8:30PM

Haegeum workshop [In Korean and English]

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The haegeum (Hangul: 해금) is a traditional Korean string instrument, resembling a fiddle. In this workshop, our instructor, MinKyung Park, will introduce you to the haegeum.


Sep
28
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Yung Shing Le Shadow Puppet Theater Troupe Workshop: Shadow Puppets

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

The Yung Shing Le Shadow Puppet Theater Troupe Workshop will help you make shadow puppets that you get to keep. You will have a choice of the Monkey or Ox Devil King. Supplies are strictly limited. On a first-come, first-served basis to the first 30 guests.


Sep
28
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Workshop: Making of Hanji (Traditional Korean Paper)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Hands-on Hanji (traditional Korean paper) workshop at Flushing Library.
Not ordinary paper, Hanji has a life span of a 1,000 years!
Artist Youngmi Chang will not only teach you how to make Hanji- you will als, learn how the different processes have an impact on the finished product and the way the paper should be used.


Sep
28
5:30PM

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6:30PM

Music from Santo Domingo with Berto Reyes and his Band!

Location: South Jamaica
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.


Sep
30
2:30PM

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4:00PM

How to Get Into College with a Scholarship (in Spanish)

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

In this workshop in Spanish you will learn what you need to know in high school in order to become the best candidate for the nation's top colleges and scholarships! Learn about the college process, how to apply for the best scholarships out there, and learn a strategy that could help you get into the Ivy Leagues.


Sep
30
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Flamenco and la Ida y Vuelta (Round Trip)

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Flamenco Latino will present a program of dance and music called “Flamenco and La Ida y Vuelta (Round Trip),” which includes traditional styles from Andalucia such as Sevillanas, Alegrias and Bulerias. The “Ida y Vuelta” genre includes tangos, flamencos and rumba flamenca, significant components of contemporary flamenco. These styles brought syncopation and Caribbean melodies into flamenco.


Sep
30
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Radio Jarocho

Location: Corona
Registration: Not required

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Radio Jarocho. They bring to life the music of the swampy Mexican countryside around Veracruz, with original songs that capture the spirit of the popular "son jarocho." This New York City-based band has performed along the east coast of the United States since 2003.


Oct
1
1:00PM

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4:00PM

Chinese Author Talk XIII

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Professor Jialu Mi’s two books The Dao and the Routes: Mirage and Transfiguration in East-West Poetics and The Dao and the Routes: Hallucinogen and Spectrality in East-West Poetics were published by Show we Publishing House in Taiwan. The two books consist of critical essays on world literature, cinema, arts, new media, critical theory and philosophy the author wrote in his past 30 years of research.


Oct
2
4:30PM

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6:00PM

How to Get a Business Loan in Your Community Bank (in Spanish)

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

Attend this seminar and learn the many options for getting small business loans and funding. In this workshop in Spanish you will learn about how to increase business with social media, the importance of the email for your business, how to increase sales and RSVP list for your events, strategies to promote your business online and free advertisements and other ways to promote your business.


Oct
3
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 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 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


Oct
4
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, October 4 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 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


Oct
5
4:30PM

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6:30PM

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month: Workshop on Mexican Appetizers with Margarita Larios [en español]

Location: Astoria
Registration: Not required

Margarita Larios will instruct participants on the fine art of Mexican cuisine with a workshop on the preparation of Mexican appetizers. The chef will provide the instructions and the ingredients for you to prepare it in the library and boil it at home. Finished appetizers will be available for tasting!


Oct
5
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.

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, September 28 at 10a.m. or by calling at 718-990-0769

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

Additional Dates


Oct
6
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Know Your Rights: Public Benefits and Resources in Bengali

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

We will discuss:
o Getting a job in the U.S.
o Human rights law
o Education, healthcare, language access
o Resources for immigration victims of domestic violence

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

Additional Dates


Oct
7
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Pathway to U.S Citizenship: Becoming a U.S. 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. 10/7- Are you ready to be a U.S. citizen?/Introduction to American history; 10/14 - Required documents and more/Introduction to American government and politics; 10/28- Common barriers to naturalization/American culture and geography; 11/04- 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
7
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Guillermo and Gabriel Ariza Perform Rumba Flamenca and Other Latin Rhythms

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Guillermo and Gabriel Ariza where born in Cartagena, Colombia. As children, the gifted twins performed in local gigs and as they grew, so did their interest and passion for music. They moved to New York to pursue their dreams and have entertained audiences here in various venues, including Univision’s "Sabado gigante" and "El Show de Cristina."


Oct
10
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month: Workshop on Mexican Appetizers with Margarita Larios [en español]

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Margarita Larios will instruct participants on the fine art of Mexican cuisine with a workshop on the preparation of Mexican appetizers. The chef will provide the instructions and the ingredients for you to prepare it in the library and boil it at home. Finished appetizers will be available for tasting!


Oct
12
11:00AM

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1:00PM

NYCitizenship Information Session

Location: Central Library
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


Oct
14
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.

Learn how to create a document and work with table. Participants should have basic computer skills and must attend all 3 classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Flushing Library Cyber Center at the Reference Desk beginning Saturday, October 7 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


Oct
14
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Microsoft Word (in Bengali)

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

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


Oct
14
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 Reference Desk beginning Saturday, October 7 at 10 a.m.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
15
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.
Please call 646-744-2951 for registration.


Oct
19
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Current Treatment of Parkinson's Disease (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Our experienced expert will help you understand Parkinson Disease's symptoms and current treatments.


Oct
19
7:00PM

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8:00PM

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

Location: Auburndale
Registration: Not required

Celebrate Italian Cultural Heritage Month with the vibrant music of Sicily & Southern Italy. Join Rosa Tatuata ( 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
21
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Sugar Skull Workshop with Margarita Larios [En Español é Inglés]

Location: Auburndale
Registration: Not required

Use sugar to create your own edible skull, a traditional Day of the Dead treat in Mexico that can also be used as a Halloween prop. Materials are limited and available on a first come, first-served basis.
[En Español é Inglés]

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

Additional Dates


Oct
26
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Accent Reduction for Everyday Success

Location: Jackson Heights
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? Speech-language pathologists will teach you everyday tips and techniques to help you approximate an American English speaking style.


Nov
4
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Celebrate the Indian Festival of Lights with Crafts and Indian Classical Kathak and Folk Dance

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

1:30-3:30 p.m.
Henna Hand Painting Workshop with Anowara Ahmed. *Limited to the first 25 guests. On a first-come, first-served basis.
3:00-4:00 p.m.
Indian Storytelling through Classical Dance, “kathak”

Please join Abha Bhatnager Roy for an afternoon of “kathak.” Kathak is a North Indian form of storytelling through classical dance.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
18
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Celebrate Diwali with Subhra Goswami and the Ranjanee Group

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

1:00 p.m. Henna Handpainting with Anowara Ahmed*. 3:00 p.m. Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, celebrates the victory of virtue over the darkness of evil. With a focus on the festive mood of Diwali, Ranjanee Inc. will perform classical, contemporary & folk songs and dances showcasing the diversity of India. Ranjanee Inc. has performed has performed in India and across the United States.
*First 25 guests, on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
20
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Author Talk: "The German Girl" [In English]

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

This stunningly beautiful debut novel tells the story of Hannah Rosenthal, a twelve-year-old girl who flees Nazi Germany with her family and best friend only to discover the asylum they have been promised is an illusion.


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.