Because Queens is the most multiethnic area in the entire nation and the Queens Library has the highest circulation of any public library system in America there are plans for an innovative new Library for children.The Children’s Library Discovery Center will be a new two story, 14,000 square foot children’s library with sixteen foot ceilings that is being built next to Queens Library’s Central Branch in Jamaica. The CLDC is a totally new concept in children’s libraries which has the potential to become a national model for helping children learn in a library environment. It will use interactive discovery exhibits and learning labs to teach children ages 3-12 how to find information they want and need and inspire their interest in books and reading.
Access to useful information is a critical skill in today’s rapidly changing, computerized world. The CLDC will not be just a place to check out books; it will be a learning center which uses new ways to help children become interested in learning and discover how to find quality print and electronic resources.
The CLDC’s interactive museum-quality exhibits are being designed in by the San Francisco Exploratorium. The New York Hall of Science is providing training for Discovery Teens who will assist children in understanding and learning from the exhibits and the Brooklyn Children’s Museum has provided planning assistance. Prototype exhibits for the Center are currently being tested at Queens Library’s Central Library and Corona Community Library. Information Plazas and Learning Labs will excite children and introduce them to math, science, engineering, and technology as part of a library experience.
Because Queens is the most multiethnic area in the entire nation and the Queens Library has the highest circulation of any public library system in America. The Center will include innovative spaces for children from pre school to pre-teen. The Center is expected to open in early 2010. You can log on to the Queens Library’s site for more info
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