Google + Queens Library = Free Coding For Kids


Queens’s youngsters interested in coding will be able to learn from the best when Google begins teaching free coding classes this fall at twenty-six Queens Library locations.  This is the first time Google has partnered with a library to offer these free classes.

“Computer science skills are critical to for the success of our youth and our country,” said William Floyd, Google’s head of public affairs for New York. “ By 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts there will be 1 million more computer science jobs than graduating students who qualify to fill them. Google is proud to work with the Queens Library to educate and empower this next generation through CS education.”

The CS First clubs were created for students ages 9 to 14 and offer about 10 hours’ worth of coding lessons and activities. Students will be exposed to a curriculum following seven different themes including art, music and sound and game design to apply coding in a real-world context, according to a press release.

Children participating in the CS First club will be instructed in a vast variety of topics;

High Seas  – High Seas is an introductory activity designed for use in a classroom setting or at a conference, hackathon, or other event.  It is a one-time, standalone activity and not part of a regular CS First theme or club, so it does not use/provide printed materials, usernames, or passwords.

Storytelling – Students use computer science to tell fun and interactive stories. Storytelling emphasizes creativity by encouraging club members to tell a unique story each day.

Friends – Students are encouraged to sign up with a friend or make a new friend in the club. Friends emphasizes teamwork by allowing club members to tell the story of how their friendship started and imagine a company together.

Fashion & Design- Students learn how computer science and technology are used in the fashion industry while building fashion-themed programs, like a fashion walk, a stylist tool, and a pattern maker.

Art -Students create animations, interactive artwork, photograph filters, and other exciting, artistic projects.

Social Media – Students create fun social media style applications and games while learning about the computer science concepts that enable these programs to work.

Sports – Students use computer science to simulate extreme sports, make their own fitness gadget commercial, and create commentary for a big sporting event.

Music & Sound – Students use the computer to play musical notes, create a music video, and build an interactive music display while learning how programming is used to create music.

Game Design – Students learn basic video game coding concepts by making different types of games, including racing, platform, launching, and more!

Animation – BETA Advanced is an advanced curriculum, which means it teaches new concepts that are recommended for students who have already participated in at least two other CS First themes. – Students create fun and complex animated projects.

Twenty high school students will be recruited to become apprentices and will receive high school credit through an ExpandEd program.

“Offering children computer science activities in a relaxed, informal setting will stimulate their natural curiosity and help develop skills that will be useful to them throughout their academic and professional lives,” said Dennis M. Walcott, president and CEO of Queens Library. “The public library is the perfect place for exploring. Queens Library appreciates Google’s partnership in bringing digital literacy to library users, young and old.”

Queens Library hopes to sign up more than 300 kids. Children must pre-register and will be chosen randomly.  Check the Rego Park Library for more information, including start-up date.



Let’s Rock!

1465611925_13418547_10154276186794485_5705518325760298417_oThe 2nd Annual Battle of the Bands is heating up. This year the competition is fiercer than ever, and bands of every musical genre will rock out at the 2,100-seat Colden Auditorium at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts to win the Best Band in Queens title.


  • Chiv Culture
  • Global Warming
  • Noise on 93rd
  • Noni Rene and The Village
  • Psychonaut Underground
  • Roslyn School of Rock House Band
  • Summer Haze

Ralph McDaniels from Video Music Box will be the official MC for this free event.  

Queens Library programs are a free to the public; however tickets are limited to 4 per individual. Free parking is available at the parking lot adjacent to Colden Auditorium.  Parking is first come, first served.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

6:00 pm – 8:00pm

Queens College

Colden Auditorium at Kupferberg Center for the Arts

65-30 Kissena Boulevard

Flushing, NY 11367

Community Board 6 is Pushing for the Expansion of the Rego Park Library

Queens_Library.svgLocal officials have stepped up their efforts to secure funds for a new building to replace the Rego Park library, as the local population continues to grow.  The branch is approximately 7,5000 square feet, whereas newer libraries are being constructed with a minimum of 10,000 square feet.

Frank Gulluscio, district manager at Community Board 6, which covers Forest Hills and Rego Park, spoke on the issue during a public hearing on Queens budget priorities, during which community boards present their most urgent needs.  “Close to 700 people go in there on any given day.  This branch is bursting at the seams.”

Today, libraries are no longer used only to borrow books.  In a sense, they function as a community center in that residents of all ages flock to utilize the many opportunities available inside the building. .  . Moms bring their children for ‘story hour’, school kids do research here, and some go to use the computers, while others attend the variety of free classes and special activities offered there.  Other services can be had without even stepping foot into the Rego Park site.  You can request library materials like books, videos, & more, browse and register for events and download e-books, audio books, E-magazines, & music – all you need is a library card and a mobile device.

With support from local Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz and the Queens Borough President, about six million dollars has already been earmarked for a larger Rego Park library, although it will take a great deal more money to complete the project.  Ms. Koslowitz noted the need is urgent, as the local population continues to grow due to new residential housing in the area, including The Alexander, a luxury rental development housing 312 apartments in a 20-story tower, now under construction at the Rego Park Center.

With the focus of the Borough President, local Councilwoman and district manager at Community Board 6 in keeping ahead of the growth and needs of the community they represent, Rego Park is the place to live.  Stay tuned – we will keep you posted when we have additional information to share…

Queens Library – Rego Park

91-41 63 Drive

Rego Park, NY 11374