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Enjoy summer with Queens Library!

Whether you’re a kid or an adult, you don’t need to be a victim of the summer slump. Bring your kids and teens to your local library for fun ways to track their summer reading progress, rock out with the Battle of the Bands winners on August 4, or enjoy a pop-up science exhibit. Plus, we'll also be serving free lunch to kids ages 0 to 18 at 35 of our libraries in July and August. There’s something for everyone this season, including author talks for adults.

Summer Reading

Libraries Rock! Throughout the summer we will have programs ranging from making your own instruments to book discussions – and we will have a contest for each library branch to track reading progress plus a weekly Battle of the Books. Visit our Summer Reading website to learn more about all of our activities and about how to keep track of your reading.

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Summer Meals

Queens Library, in partnership with the NYC Department of Education, will provide free lunches for kids and teens all summer. Summer meals are open to all children ages 18 and younger. Registration is not required and there is no cost for the meals. Meals will be served Monday through Friday from 1-2pm beginning Wednesday, June 27 and ending Friday, August 31.

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Battle of the Bands

Come out to hear the winner alternative rock band Foreign Trees and the second place runner-up punk rockers trickBlue perform full sets at the Battle of the Bands Winner Concert at 4pm on Saturday, August 4 at the Forest Park Band Shell.

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In Search of Earth’s Secrets: A Pop Up Science Encounter

Learn what the seafloor’s core can teach us about Earth’s past, present, and history at this exhibit on drilling ship JOIDES Resolution. Individual kiosks will explore different topics ranging from microfossils to single-celled living organisms known as microbes, while an inflatable replica of the ship will be present on September 8 at Central Library.

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Culture Connection

Make this summer unforgettable with Central Library’s Culture Connection. Culture Connection provides celebrated programming from the worlds of music, publishing, theater, film, and much more to Queens, showcasing the work of emerging artists and renowned masters.

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Culture Pass

It’s summer in the city and NYC libraries are making it easier for you to explore local museums, public gardens and other cultural attractions with your library card. 

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Shakespeare in the Park 

Get free tickets to see Twelfth Night at Central Park! The Public Theater will distribute ticket vouchers on Friday, July 27th at Flushing Library and Friday, August 10th at Long Island City Library from 12-2pm. Limited number of vouchers available. Each person (age 5+) may receive up to two (2) tickets, while supplies last.

Older Adults 

Join Mail-A-Book teleconferences for lively discussions about your favorite books, art history, and culture; get health advice, and play Bingo! All of these activities and plenty more are available for our Older Adult members looking to stay social this summer.

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Harry Potter’s birthday 

It’s Harry Potter’s birthday this month – and we’re also celebrating the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Join us to enjoy watching all of the films, discovering what Hogwarts house you belong to, making wands and other crafts, and competing in trivia contests!

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