Sure, you can come to the library to check out a book or movie, do some research, and jump on a computer. But Queens Library has plenty of other hidden secrets you might not know about. And the best part? All of our programs are free.
1. eBooks, audiobooks, music and digital magazines
A few clicks will lead you to our digital media library, which consists of more than 7,000,000 items. Stream or download through your browser, or download the third party apps to read and rock out on the go. Find out more here.
2. Movie nights
This one is fun for the whole family. New releases and much-loved classics are shown at several branches, so you can turn it into a group hang or strike up a conversation with other film buffs. Plus, Queens Library shows screenings of acclaimed Lincoln Center performances, so you can watch high-quality cultural programming without ever leaving the borough.
3. Job search help
Programs for job-seekers are some of Queens Library’s most popular. The Job & Business Academy (JBA) is a one-stop shop if you’re new to the workforce, pivoting careers, or easing back into work. Among other services, they provide interview coaching, résumé writing assistance, online job search workshops and even a Tiebrary (at Central, South Jamaica, Arverne and Laurelton) to ensure you’re kitted out professionally.
4. Exercise classes
Zumba, Tai Chi, yoga… no, it’s not your local gym. Queens Library community branches offer a range of different exercise options, including classes specifically for Older Adults.
5. Tax season help
Wait, don’t tear up that tax form in frustration – bring it to Queens Library instead. In the months approaching the filing deadline, Queens Library community branches will become your most trusted resource thanks to our partnerships with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), which enable us to provide assistance with tax preparation. The heating inside is a delightful bonus.
6. Activities for Kids
Kids are spoiled for choice. Toddlers and preschoolers – with their parents – are welcome to attend Toddler Time, Mother Goose Time and Picture Book Time, while older kids can come along for games, Summer Reading, arts and crafts and plenty more. Plus, homework help is available for all school-aged kids and teens.
7. Database access
This is especially useful if you’re no longer at college (or maybe you’re in high school and want your research to go above and beyond) and don’t have the privilege of a university-affiliated login. Speak to your librarian to find out just what databases and journals you can peruse with a Queens Library card.
8. Computer classes
Brush up your skills! Whether you’re a raw beginner or just need a booster class, we can help you out. The Microsoft Office suite, social media and even introductory coding classes are popular among all age groups.
9. Readings and book discussions
Meet your favorite author at Queens Library. We host several author talks and readings, where you can ask the author questions and even get your book signed.
10. Live performances
Plus, performances by Broadway stars, cultural groups, up-and-coming musicians, spoken word poets and many more will keep your social calendar full year-round.