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It’s Back-to-School Time!

It’s back-to-school time! Summer may be over, but a year of exciting growth and discovery awaits you. Prepare at the library by making crafts, enjoying giveaways, previewing our fall programs, and participating in a scavenger hunt. Come learn about all of our resources that can help you have a successful year, including databases for kids, Samsung Galaxy tablets to check out, and so much more! 

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Check our complete back-to-school listings for programs at your nearest library branch.

East Flushing 
196-36 Northern Boulevard 
(718) 357-6643

Back-to-School Fun Times at East Flushing Library 
Children ages 3 and up will make a bookworm pencil in the children's room at the East Flushing Library.  This activity is to welcome them back to school!  
Wednesday, September 18, 4pm

Back-to-School at East Flushing 
Please join us for back-to-school fun at East Flushing library by making your own bookmark.  This program is for children ages 3 and up.  
Tuesday, October 1, 4pm

Far Rockaway
1003 Beach 20th Street 
(718) 327-2549

NYPD 101st Precinct Explorers and The Far Rockaway Branch Present: Back-to-School Giveaway 
NYPD 101st Precinct Explorers and Queens Libraries Far Rockaway Branch Back-to-School Giveaway will take place Saturday September 7 at D.O.T Plaza 10-39  Beach 20th Street in Far Rockaway. There is a maximum of two giveaways per family and the child must be present to receive the giveaways. 
Saturday, September 7, 12pm

41-17 Main Street 
(718) 661-1200

ABC Club 
Get ready to read with alphabet awareness! Children ages 4-6 years with their caregivers will have fun getting to know the A-B-Cs and will hear inspiring ideas for at-home activities that foster early literacy and prepare children for preschool and kindergarten. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.  
Thursdays, September 5, 12, 19, 26, 4pm

A Day of Information and Fun for the Whole Family 
Informational workshops help families navigate educational stages for their children such as universal Pre-K enrollment; New York State tests for grade 3-8; and general high school application processes. Also, sample an array of programs and services offered by the library to educate and entertain.   
Saturday, September 21, 11am

Forest Hills 
108-19 71 Avenue  
(718) 268-7934

Back-to-School Tour & Scavenger Hunt 
Join us as we introduce children and parents to our educational resources and provide a tour of the library, followed by a scavenger hunt. Preregistration is not required, but the program is limited to 15 children and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Get a ticket at the Children’s Room reference desk before the start of the program.  
Thursdays, September 5, 12, 19, 4pm

Back-to-School Tabling Event 
Tables will be set up in the Children’s Room with printed information on programs, services, and resources for children, parents, and caregivers; there will a staff member available to answer questions. Children: Vote for your favorite subject on our “Favorite Subjects Display” and put your “Wish for the New School Year” in our raffle box; three of you will win a free book! 
Thursdays, September 5, 12, 19, 5pm

Friday Craft  
Learn to make your own book covers (bring your textbooks!), Thing 1 and Thing 2 pens, and pocket folder and notebook covers for use in the new school year! First-come, first-served.  
Friday, September 6, 4:15pm

Fresh Meadows 
193-20 Horace Harding Expressway 
(718) 454-7272

Kindergarteners, Welcome to School! Free Gifts & Library Card Sign Up 
Kindergarteners, welcome to school! Join us for free gifts (first-come, first-served) & library card sign ups.  
Wednesday, September 4, 3pm

Back-to-School Celebration 
Come join Fresh Meadows for a back-to-school celebration with fun and games. 
Thursday, September 5, 3pm

I Can Make That: Back-to-School 
Make a locker whiteboard and a duct tape pencil/pen case, and decorate a notebook to get back to school in style. 
Wednesday, September 18, 3:30pm

Glen Oaks 
256-04 Union Turnpike
(718) 831-8636

Friday Kids' Club 
Celebrate going back to school every Friday in September by making your own pencil case, key chain, folder, and book cover! Get information about the library's programs and resources to help you during the school year. 
Fridays, September 6, 13, 20, 27, 3:30pm

Back-to-School Bingo 
Celebrate going back to school with Bingo.  Winners receive school supplies! Families welcome. 
Saturday, September 7, 2:30pm

Prenda Code Club for Teens 
Join us in the weekly coding club for teens. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.  
Thursdays, September 12, 19, 26, 3:30pm

187-05 Union Turnpike
(718) 454-2786

Grades 3 & 4 Book Club at Hillcrest  
Each month we will read a different book & meet to discuss our favorite and least favorite parts, main plot points, and important topics raised by that month's book. Books available at the circulation desk; please leave your name & phone number so we can tell you when the next book has arrived!  
Tuesdays, September 3, October 1, November 5, December 3, 5pm

Back-to-School Music and Play Hour  
Children ages 0-5, enjoy songs, make music with baby instruments, and join us for free play afterwards.  
Wednesday, September 4, 10:30am

Wednesday Craft  
Come decorate two pocket folders for a fun, fresh start to the new school year! 
Wednesday, September 4, 4pm

Pajama Storytime!  
Children ages 3-6 can come dressed in their pajamas, ready to listen to stories, sing songs, and dance.  
Thursday, September 5, 5:30pm

Get Ready for Volunteering Tweens and Teens  
Looking for your first job? Need to complete service credit hours for school? Find out the steps for job searching and volunteering opportunities.  This program is for teens ages 14 to 18. 
Thursday, September 12, 5pm

Come and join us to make your very own pencil/pen holder for ages 7 & up. 
Monday, September 16, 4pm

Grades 5 & 6 Book Club at Hillcrest  
Each month we will read a different book & meet to discuss our favorite and least favorite parts, main plot points, and important topics raised by that month's book. Books available at the circulation desk; please leave your name & phone number so we can tell you when the next book has arrived! 
Tuesdays, September 24, October 22, November 26, December 17, 5pm

Back-to-School Hillcrest Library Open House  
Caregivers & kids, come to the library and hear about all the things the library has to offer to support you in the coming school year. Kids & teens can participate in our library scavenger hunt, and learn about the online resources for homework, educational games, books, & library programs. There will be free giveaways and $5.00 off adult fees for each parent/caregiver that attends the meeting. This is designed for those caring for children ages 4-18. 
Thursday, September 26, 2:30pm

202-05 Hillside Avenue
(718) 465-7355

Library Scavenger Hunt  
Join us for a fun back-to-school library scavenger hunt. 
Thursday, September 5, 3pm

Spelling Bee for Kids and Teens 
Kids and teens from 1st through 8th grade are invited to test your brain power at the Hollis Library Spelling Bee!  
Tuesdays, September 10, 17, 24, 3pm

Get to Know Your Library 
Tables will be set up in our Children’s Room with printed information on programs, services, and resources for children, parents, and caregivers. Take a guided tour of the children's room.  
Wednesday, September 11, 2:30pm

Back-to-School Craft  
Kids are invited to join us for a fun back-to-school craft.  
Thursday, September 12, 3pm

Howard Beach 
92-06 156 Avenue
(718) 641-7086

Bingo for Kids  
Join us for a fun way to get ready for back-to-school!  Winners will receive backpacks and school supplies. 
Wednesday, September 4, 3:30pm

Crayon Collage  
Break in those new back-to-school crayons by coloring in our Giant Howard Beach Crayon.  We will supply the crayons. 
Friday, September 13, 3:30pm

QPL Website Tutorial 
Learn to navigate the library's website.  We will show you how to access databases, which programs and services we provide, and many new features. 
Monday, September 9, 5pm

Message Board 
Beat the back-to-school blues! Students will write or draw motivational messages to encourage fellow classmates.  All supplies will be provided. 
Wednesday, September 11, 3:30pm

Jackson Heights 
35-51 81 Street  
(718) 899-2500

Decorate School Supplies  
Decorate your notebook, folder, or pencil case.  Please bring your own as supplies are limited. 
Friday, September 13, 4pm

Library Tour  
Enjoy a tour of library resources and learn how the library supports your child's academic success. 
Friday, September 13, 4pm

Kew Gardens Hills 
72-33 Vleigh Place, Flushing 
(718) 261-6654

Lava Lamps  
Pretend you come from the groovy '60s--or the far future--and make your own lava lamp. You'll also get some supplies to take home that will help you during the coming school year. This is suggested for ages six and up. 
Thursday, September 5, 5pm

Make a Tiny Book  
If you don't like the books your teachers have assigned this year, write and draw your own book that's small enough to fit in your pocket. This program is suggested for ages 5-12. 
Monday, September 9, 6pm

Langston Hughes 
100-01 Northern Boulevard, Corona 
(718) 651-1100

Photo Frame Craft 
Commemorate your first day or return to school with a photo and bring it to the library to create a foam "Back-to-School" frame for it. 
Friday, September 13, 4:30pm

DIY Fall Canvas Tote Craft  
Decorate a canvas tote for school or library visits, using fabric paint pens and fall-themed stencils. 
Friday, September 20, 4:30pm

134-26 225 Street
(718) 528-2822

Back-to-School Open House 
Come and find out about various cultural and educational programs for students in the fall.  
Thursday, September 5, 3pm
Friday, September 6, 1pm
Saturday, September 7, 12pm