Early Learning Services at Queens Public Library
Play Today@ Queens Public Library Programs*: These are location-initiated programs that happen in English and Spanish consistently and have happened in Bengali, Russian, Polish, and Mandarin when the children’s librarian can facilitate.
- Mother Goose Storytime: birth to crawlers (birth- ~6 months)
- Toddler Storytime: crawlers to early walkers (~6-18 months)
- Picture Book Storytime: early walkers to runners (~18-36 months)
- Story Hour: runners to jumpers (~3-5 years)
- Wednesdays at all locations
Toddler Learning Center (TLC)* is open to young children ages 18 – 38 months. This special program is presented several times a year in more than 30 Queens Public Library locations. Parents will learn about nutrition, speech development, early literacy, and parenting skills, while toddlers become familiar with social environments at a young age. Each TLC runs a five-session term, and each session is led by an early learning professional. To register, please contact any participating library. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited.
- Twice a year- Fall and Spring
- 5 weekly sessions
- Currently in 39 locations
- Dual learning design- children develop social skills while parents receive valuable information
- 5 professionals in the fields of:
- Creative Movement
Kick Off to Kindergarten (K2K) - Children typically begin Kick Off to Kindergarten at ages 3 – 4. K2K is currently being offered virtually, and runs for eight consecutive weekly sessions. Enrolled parents and students must attend every session. To prepare children for kindergarten, K2K classes emphasize knowledge of letters and numbers, as well as promoting at-home literacy and conflict analysis strategies for parents. Classes are run by teaching professionals and teaching assistants. Email K2K@queenslibrary.org for more information.
Family Place Libraries*: This is a nationwide network of children's librarians who embrace the fact that literacy begins at birth and libraries can help build healthy communities by nourishing healthy families. The Family Place Libraries network currently includes more than 450 sites in 29 states and continues to grow.
A proven change agent, Family Place Libraries transform libraries into community centers for early literacy & learning, parent education and engagement, family support and community connectivity helping to ensure all children enter school ready and able to learn. Current branches (7) are:
- Richmond Hill
- Ozone Park
Early Learning Spaces*: These are fun and welcoming environments where children along with their caregivers can play, learn, and grow together. These specially designed spaces feature interactive materials for very young children and parents including board and picture books, age appropriate toys, puzzles, dramatic play items, blocks and drawing stations providing a rich space for little ones to explore. Current branches include all the Family Place Libraries as well as:
- Glen Oaks
Universal Pre-K is open to children when they become 4 years old by December 31 of the school year in which they are enrolled in the program. UPK gives children the foundations they need to succeed academically and socially once they begin elementary school. Classes are run by highly qualified teaching professionals, and free nutritious lunches and snacks are provided. Queens Public Library's UPK* has been rated in the top 10% of UPK programs in NYC by the WNYC Schoolbook. Click here to learn more about UPK.
* These programs are not currently available.