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Branch Activities

In the spirit of rock and roll, each library will receive a stand-up cutout in the shape of a guitar. Based on achieving their reading goals – measured in books read or hours read – students will be able to affix a dot sticker to the guitar. The goal is to cover the guitar in as many stickers as possible over the summer. Each branch library will come up with its own summer reading goal and the libraries that meet their goals will receive a prize.

The Battle of the Books will feature two books facing off each week. Children and teens will be able to vote for their preferred title. The title that wins moves on to the next round of the battle. Read all of the contenders and cast your votes at your branch to be a part of the Battle of the Books!

Kickoff Events

Summer Reading Kickoff!

Let's start the summer off rocking! Play Plinko, win prizes, make your very own stuffed bear (while supplies last), and participate in a drum circle! 

Thursday, June 7
2pm
Woodhaven

85-41 Forest Parkway


Summer Reading Kickoff: Fine Feathered Friends

Come to the library, create a foam feathered friend, and learn a fact or two about birds at this kickoff to the 2018 Summer Reading Program at Langston Hughes. 

Thursday, June 7
2:30pm
Langston Hughes

100-01 Northern Boulevard, Corona


Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Kickoff Party

Rock out with us at our Summer Reading Kickoff program! Join us for crafts, music, face painting (starting at 3PM), and a comedy magic show (starting at 4PM)! No registration required. 

Thursday, June 7
3pm
Forest Hills

108-19 71 Avenue


Summer Reading 2018 Kickoff Event

Libraries Rock! is our Summer Reading theme for this year! Come join us in singing along to and visiting American and Asian musicians from the past and present! These musicians are Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Selena Quintella, BTS, NSYNC, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, and many, many, more! 

Thursday, June 7
4pm
Queensboro Hill

60-05 Main Street, Flushing


Summer Reading Kickoff Program/Drum Workshop Event

Join us at South Hollis! 

Thursdays, June 7, 14 and 21
4pm
South Hollis

204-01 Hollis Avenue


Summer Reading Toddler / Family Kickoff Party at Briarwood

Come join us for Toddler/Family Summer Reading Party at Briarwood Community Library. For ages 18 Months - 36 Months with caregivers at 10am. There will be playtime followed by entertainment at 10:30am. There will be goodies to go home at the end of the party.  

Friday, June 8
10am
Briarwood

85-12 Main Street


Summer Reading Kickoff Party at Briarwood

Come join us for a Summer Reading Party at Briarwood Community Library. For ages 6-12 and Teens. There will be snacks, drinks, and arts & crafts followed by entertainment at 3:30pm. 

Friday, June 8
3pm
Briarwood

85-12 Main Street


Glitter Face Painting and Animal Balloons for Summer Reading Kickoff

Celebrate Summer Reading at the Family Day at Windsor Park library with face painting and animal balloons. 

Saturday, June 9
3pm
Windsor Park

79-50 Bell Boulevard, Bayside


Summer Reading Kickoff

Join us for our annual Summer Reading Kickoff event. An exciting day of events for children and their families! No registration is required. 

Monday, June 11
2pm
Arverne

312 Beach 54 Street


Summer Reading Kickoff with the Friends of the Court Square Library

Join the Friends of the Court Square Library at Murray Park to kick off the Libraries Rock summer reading program. Learn more about the Friends group and the library, and enjoy activities for children of all ages! 

Saturday, June 16
10am
Court Square

25-01 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City


Sidewalk Chalk and Summer Reading Sign-Up

Meet us outside in front of the library to have fun with sidewalk chalk and to sign up for our exciting Summer Reading program. 

Friday, June 29
3pm
Lefrak City

98-30 57 Avenue, Corona


Kickoff to Summer Reading!

We will discuss the benefits of reading over the summer and provide information on how to participate in our Summer Reading program. At the end of the program, we will have a fun ice cream social. All children are welcome. Supplies are limited. Let’s get ready to read and rock! 

Friday, June 29
3pm
Peninsula

92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach

Other Programs

Queens Library Rock! with the Rappin' Fireman

The "Rappin' Fireman" John Ruiz engages and teaches children about fire prevention and fire safety. This event for ages 6-12 encourages audience participation. For ages 6 to 12. 

Monday, June 4
4pm
South Ozone Park

128-16 Rockaway Boulevard

Wednesday, June 6
4pm
Lefrak City

98-30 57 Avenue, Corona

Friday, June 8
4pm
Jackson Heights

35-51 81 Street

Tuesday, June 12
4pm
Laurelton

134-26 225 Street

Tuesday, June 19
3:30pm
Hollis

202-05 Hillside Avenue

Tuesday, June 26
4pm
Hillcrest

187-05 Union Turnpike, Flushing


Summer Reading: Fun Friday

Join us at the library for Fun Friday. Children will use various craft materials to create a masterpiece! Space and materials are limited; please arrive early. An adult must accompany children under age 7. Childcare centers with more than five children must call to register. Call 718-529-1590. 

6/1 - Design Your Own Backpack
6/8 - Crystal Sun Catchers
6/15 - Native American Drums
6/22 - Summer Reading Info Session
6/29 - Garden Club 

Fridays, June 1 – 29
4pm
Baisley Park

117-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica


The Music, Bubble, and Comedy Show: Born to Read

“WE WERE BORN TO READ!” That's why libraries rock. Join Queens Library and Turtle Dance Music in this Music, Bubble and Comedy Show where children will be engaged with songs, comedy, bubbles, music technology, and original stories about why libraries rock! 

Monday, June 4
4pm
Astoria

14-01 Astoria Boulevard

Tuesday, June 5
4pm
Broad Channel

16-26 Cross Bay Boulevard

Wednesday, June 6
4pm
Whitestone

151-10 14 Road

Thursday, June 7
3:30pm
North Forest Park

98-27 Metropolitan Avenue, Forest Hills

Friday, June 8
3:30pm
Briarwood

85-12 Main Street

Monday, June 11
3pm
Woodside

54-22 Skillman Avenue

Tuesday, June 12
4pm
Bellerose

250-06 Hillside Avenue

Tuesday, June 19
4pm
Mitchell-Linden

31-32 Union Street, Flushing

Wednesday, June 27
2pm
Corona

38-23 104 Street

Friday, June 29
2pm
McGoldrick

155-06 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing


Children’s Summer Movie Series

Children ages 5-12 years old are invited to join us for a different children's film. A parent or guardian must be present. 

Monday – Friday, June 4 – August 31
1pm
Ridgewood

20-12 Madison Street


Queens Library Rocks! With Drum Beats Percussionist Freddy Dugard

This upbeat and engaging three-session drum workshop will have children rocking to the beat. Percussionist Freddy Dugard will kick off Summer Reading "Library Rocks" with musical style and rhythmic patterns. Beginners and experienced participants are welcome. For children 8 to 12. Space is limited. Preregistration is required. 

Monday – Wednesday, June 4, 5, and 6
4pm
Cambria Heights

218-13 Linden Boulevard

Thursdays, June 7, 14, and 21
4pm
South Hollis

204-01 Hollis Avenue

Tuesdays, June 12, 19, and 26
4pm
Baisley Park

117-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica

Fridays, June 15, 22, and 29
4pm
Sunnyside

43-06 Greenpoint Avenue, Long Island City


Summer Reading Poetry Time with Charles Waters

Charles Waters leads children ages 6-12 in an appreciation of the sound of poetry. Participants will snap their fingers and clap their hands to the rhythm of poems read aloud, and will echo words in a call-and-response pattern. 

Monday, June 4
4pm
Richmond Hill

118-14 Hillside Avenue

Thursday, June 7
3:30pm
Rosedale

144-20 243 Street

Monday, June 11
3:30pm
Auburndale

25-55 Francis Lewis Boulevard, Flushing

Tuesday, June 12
3:30pm
Bay Terrace

18-36 Bell Boulevard, Bayside


Queens Library Rocks! With Mr. Chris’s Musical Experience

Children ages 6-12 will engage in a high energy and interactive show with Mr. Chris featuring music, song, and dance with an educational twist. Come kick off Summer Reading and pick out great books to read over the Summer. Space is limited. 

Wednesday, June 6 
4pm
South Ozone Park

128-16 Rockaway Boulevard

Monday, June 11
4pm
Arverne

312 Beach 54 Street

Friday, June 15
3:30pm
Rosedale

144-20 243 Street

Monday, June 18
4:30pm
Pomonok

158-21 Jewel Avenue, Flushing

Saturday, June 23
4pm
Queensboro Hill

60-05 Main Street, Flushing

Tuesday, June 26
3pm
Hollis

202-05 Hillside Avenue

Thursday, June 28
2pm
Seaside

116-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Park

Thursday, August 2
2pm
Lefferts

103-34 Lefferts Boulevard, Richmond Hill


Comedy Magic Show

Join Adam Auslander in this fun-filled family literacy event that promotes reading in the summer. Children and their families will enjoy an hour filled with laughter and excitement. 

Thursday, June 7
4pm
Forest Hills

108-19 71 Avenue

Wednesday, June 13
4pm
Seaside

116-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Park


Libraries Rock! with Nick The Balloonatic

Award-winning balloon artist Nick the Balloonatic has twisted balloons all over the world. The Balloonatic interacts with children ages 6-12 as he is sculpting balloons, laughing, joking, and making everyone feel special. This program is free. Space is limited. Preregistration is required. 

Thursday, June 7
4pm
Elmhurst

86-07 Broadway

Monday, June 11
3:30pm
Queensboro Hill

60-05 Main Street, Flushing

Monday, June 18
4pm 
Laurelton

134-26 225 Street

Wednesday, June 20
4pm
Broadway

40-20 Broadway, Long Island City

Friday, June 22
3:30pm
Maspeth

69-70 Grand Avenue

Monday, June 25
3:30pm
Queens Village

94-11 217 Street


Queens Library Rock! with Alexair Dreams

All of the cool kids know that libraries rock! There are so many wonderful activities and books to read. Every day holds a new adventure at the library. Join Alexair Dreams Storytelling as we sing, dance, and tell stories about our awesome library! For ages 6 to 10. 

Thursday, June 7
2pm
Fresh Meadows

193-20 Horace Harding Expressway

Wednesday, June 13
4pm
Lefrak City

98-30 57 Avenue, Corona

Thursday, June 14
4pm
Long Island City

37-44 21 Street

Monday, June 18
4pm
Windsor Park

79-50 Bell Boulevard, Bayside


Jam: Summer Reading Jumpstart

Sign up for summer reading and jam with us on a musically inspired collaborative art piece. 

Thursday, June 7
4:30pm
Flushing

41-17 Main Street


Animals Rock! with Queens Library Summer Reading

This animal show will rock your library with many creatures. Discover why frogs sound like a drum, how some bugs sing, and how animals make music. Meet frogs, bugs, a bunny, guinea pigs, reptiles, birds, and more. Everyone is encouraged to dance our version of the Crazy Chicken Dance with Feathers our chicken. 

Thursday, June 7
4:30pm
Kew Gardens Hills

72-33 Vleigh Place, Flushing

Monday, June 11
3:30pm
Hillcrest

187-05 Union Turnpike, Flushing

Tuesday, June 12
4pm
Lefferts

103-34 Lefferts Boulevard, Richmond Hill

Thursday, June 14
3pm
North Hills

57-04 Marathon Parkway, Little Neck

Friday, June 15
3:30pm
Auburndale

25-55 Francis Lewis Boulevard, Flushing

Tuesday, June 19
4pm
Woodhaven

85-41 Forest Parkway


The Music, Bubble, and Comedy Show: Born To Read

“We were born to read!” That's why libraries rock. Join Queens Library and Turtle Dance Music in this music, bubble, and comedy show where children will be engaged with songs, comedy, bubbles, music technology, and original stories about why libraries rock! For children 6-12. 

Monday, June 11 
3pm
Woodside

54-22 Skillman Avenue


Libraries Rock! Design your own Album Covers!

Design (or re-design) classic album covers while listening to great music! 

Friday, June 15
3pm
Jackson Heights 

35-51 81 Street


Libraries Rock! Movie Night

Come in and get ready to sing and laugh with Pitch Perfect (2012, PG-13). 

Friday, June 22
3pm
Jackson Heights

35-51 81 Street


Summer Reading Info Session

Join us at the Baisley Park Library for our Summer Reading Info Session! Prevent the summer reading slide. Parents and families will learn about the wonderful prizes they can earn as they read during the summer. Parent/guardians will be able to register their child at the info session. We will have many giveaways and freebies to take home. Families with children 0-12 years old are welcome. 

Friday, June 22
4pm
Baisley Park

117-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica


Libraries Rock! End of School Party!

Rock out with us at our our end-of-school party! Join us for crafts, music, and fun! No registration required, all ages welcome! 

Tuesday, June 26
3:30pm
Richmond Hill

118-14 Hillside Avenue


Summer Craft

Children ages 4 to 12 are welcome to make summer crafts. 

Wednesday, June 27
3:30pm
Queens Village

94-11 217 Street


Beginning of Summer Vacation Spectacular

Join us for an afternoon of fun, games, and music as we celebrate the beginning of summer vacation. 

Wednesday, June 27
4pm
Ozone Park

92-24 Rockaway Boulevard


Queens Library Rocks: Reading Buddies

Come read with a friend or mentor! 

Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 28 – August 23
2pm
South Hollis

204-01 Hollis Avenue

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