Thursday, July 16, 2020

"Imagine Your Story" Queens Library Summer Reading 2020 Project

This year, our Summer Reading theme is Imagine Your Story. We are inviting children in grades 2-6 to participate in our Tell Your Tale: Share Your Stories program. Every week, we’ll share creative prompts that children can respond to by submitting 400 words or less on our website. Every Thursday at 5pm, we’ll share some of the stories we receive on our Facebook Live program! This week’s prompts are:

Option 1: 
In older stories, the characters don't have the cool technology we do today. Think of a story in which you could save the day with our tech!

Option 2: 
You have access to a time machine and you can go anywhere at any time (future or past). Where (and when) do you go? What do you do when you get there?

We can’t wait to read your children’s imaginative responses and to share them with our community!

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Strictly Germ-Proof

April is Poetry Month and we definitely need a poem that puts a smile on our face.

         Strictly Germ-Proof

The Antiseptic Baby and the Prophylactic Pup
Were playing in the garden when the Bunny gamboled up;
They looked upon the Creature with a loathing undisguised;—
It wasn't Disinfected and it wasn't sterilized.

They said it was a Microbe and a Hotbed of Disease;
They steamed it in a vapor of a thousand-odd degrees;
They froze it in a freezer that was cold as Banished Hope
And washed it in permanganate with carbolated soap.

In sulphurated hydrogen they steeped its wiggly ears;
They trimmed its frisky whiskers with a pair of hard-boiled shears;
They donned their rubber mittens and they took it by the hand
And elected it a member of the Fumigated Band.

There's not a Micrococcus in the garden where they play;
They bathe in pure iodoform a dozen times a day;
And each imbibes his rations from a Hygienic Cup—
The Bunny and the Baby and the Prophylactic Pup.

Arthur Guiterman

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Celebrate Earth Day 2020

Haitian Born Artist and Naturalist James Audubon   

After 50 Years of celebrating Earth Day we see pollution rising and the earth replenishing itself. While a pandemic has made us realize we have a lot to learn about ourselves and the planet we live on, let us celebrate that change is possible.

Happy Earth Day 2020!

Monday, April 20, 2020

During this time when home should be a place of safety and  refuge many women and children maybe experiencing violence and fear for their safety. If you or anyone you know is experiencing mental or physical abuse please reach out for help for your own safety. 

The Hotline provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to empower victims and survivors to find safety and live free of abuse. They also provide support to friends and family members who are concerned about a loved one. Resources and help can be found by calling 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). 

If it’s not safe for you to call, or if you don’t feel comfortable doing so, another option for getting direct help is to use our live chat service here on this website. You’ll receive the same one-on-one, real-time, confidential support from a trained advocate as you would on the phone. Chat is available every day from 24/7/365.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Queens Library Celebrates: It's Time For Kind

Hunters Point Library*

Join the Queens Library's  It’s Time for Kind  – during this holiday season, they will focus on acts of kindness at the library.  From November 18 to December 31, the library will be hosting a food drive, having kindness story times, and offering ways for you to take action and be kind to your family, friends, neighbors, and everyone you meet.

Activities include making a kindness chain, writing cards for the homebound, participating in a memory kaleidoscope activity and kindness read-alouds on December 4. All Queens Public Library branches, are participating in a canned food drive in partnership with Food Bank from November 18 to December 7.  Share your acts of kindness, and get involved in programs for all ages.

*After much delays and controversy, families can visit and enjoy the newly opened Hunters Point Library

Friday, November 15, 2019

Town Square's Santa Brunch

Town Square's Annual Santa Brunch
Sunday, December 8th | Seatings at 9:30 AM, 11:30 AM & 1:30 PM
PSC, 176 Java Street, Brooklyn

Hey kids, what's that sound? Is it the jingle of Santa's bells? Yes, kids! Santa's coming to Greenpoint/Williamsburg! So ready your list with all your wishes, to whisper to Santa with all your kisses!

$20 pp online ($30 at door if any are available) includes a delicious homemade pancake brunch with Santa, fun crafts, live music, Queen Elsa and, of-course, precious moments and photos with Santa! Cash bar wtih yummy-licious holiday drinks for moms & dads.

Bring your camera and take your own family photos with Santa for FREE! A fabulously talented professional photographer will also be on hand to take photos for purchase along with gorgeous face paintings. What a fun low-key way to kick off your holiday season.

Tickets sold out last year...and the years before. In fact, there weren't any available for purchase at the door. So hurry and get those tickets before they sell out.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Yayoi Kusama Will Debut A New Ballon At The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Yayoi Kusama the artist known for whimiscal and quirky designs will debut a new ballon at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov 28.  Kusama’s Love Flies Up to the Sky balloon will join in the annual holiday spectacle in front of more than 3.5 million spectators and more than 50 million viewers nationwide, as the latest entry in the Parade’s Blue Sky Gallery series, which invites celebrated contemporary artists to contribute artworks to the high flying lineup.

"The Love Flies Up to the Sky balloon was developed by the artist from face motifs that appear in her My Eternal Soul series of paintings—a body of work that she began in 2009. Vibrant and animated, the paintings embody Kusama’s innovative exploration of form and revolve around a tension between abstraction and figuration. " The 90 year old artist will also feature her signature polka dots.

You can also see Kusama's work in the upcoming solo exhibition at the David Zwirner Gallery, EVERY DAY I PRAY FOR LOVE, which opens on Saturday, November 9, from 6–8 PM at 537 West 20th Street, New York. 

Other new balloons at the parade include the beagle Snoopy, which Macy’s says got an “out-of-this-world makeover” as an astronaut this year, Guy and Sam from Netflix’s “Green Eggs and Ham” and Smokey the Bear celebrating the advertising icon’s 75th birthday.