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Now is a Great Time to Support the Queens Library!

Spring is an exciting time of growth and renewal—and a great time to give to the Queens Library Foundation!

The thousands of programs we offer are made possible by the generous support of donors like you.

Your gift today means we can continue to meet the needs of our diverse community.

With your gift, we ...

One Book, One New York: Cast Your Vote!

Imagine all New Yorkers reading and talking about the same book at the same time!

The NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and New York Magazine have announced the return of One Book, One New York, the exciting city-wide initiative that brings book-loving New Yorkers together to read the same book at the same ...

Celebrate Earth Day at Queens Library!

April 22 is Earth Day, and we're marking the occasion with crafts, celebrations, movies, a time capsule, and more!

Join us for our special programs before and after Earth Day and help us raise awareness about protecting the planet we all call home (and have a lot of fun at the same ...

Celebrate National Poetry Month At The Library

April is National Poetry Month and we’ve got something planned for the poet in everyone.

We’ve gathered our list of recommendations from our collections, including books by poets and films about poets.

We also invite you to come to our poetry open mics and poetry slams, join in poetry writing events at your ...

Queens Library Magazine

The new issue of Queens Library Magazine is out now!

Queens Library Magazine combines great library-themed feature stories and two months' worth of information about our free programs, services, and special events, and it's available at your neighborhood library or ...

Young Adult Literacy Program: Pre-Register Now!

Are you interested in getting your High School Equivalency, but not sure where to start?

The Young Adult Literacy Program (YALP) is here to help!

This program is open to students ages 16–24, and offers four days of classes per week, as well as one day of service learning and job shadowing to help build your ...

Apr
20
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Job Search Strategies

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Beginning a job search can be overwhelming. Prepare yourself for success! In this workshop you will learn about general and career-specific websites and how to find and apply for jobs online safely, create an account at a major job search website, post your resume online, and email a resume.


Apr
23
10:00AM

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11:30AM

Stay Well

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Special Services and New York City Department for the Aging-Health Promotion Unit presents
Stay Well Program for New Yorkers 60 and older.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Apr
23
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Online Job Searching with Indeed

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 18 openings

As the world's #1 job site, with over 200 million unique visitors every month. Indeed helps companies of all sizes hire the best talent and offers the best opportunity for job seekers to get hired In this workshop learn how to use Indeed, upload your resume, and apply for various positions in this database. It is strongly recommended to have an electronic copy of your resume in your email or USB flash on hand for the workshop. Register online or call 718-990-8625 for more information.


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Apr
23
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Online Job Applications

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Online job applications have become the standard for applying to many jobs and they can be difficult to navigate if you’re not prepared. Participants will learn how to prepare information to make online applications easier; common online application sections; and how to get noticed and how to avoid rejection! For further information, please call 718-990-8625.


Apr
23
1:00PM

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3:00PM

The Basics of Alzheimer's/Dementia: Memory loss, Dementiona and Alzeimer's

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

When someone has a diagnosis of Alzheimer's or other dementia, relatives and friends may have many questions as the disease progresses. Learn not only the disease and its stages but also about programs and services available:
Living With Alzheimer's/Dementia
Early Stage Part I: April 9th
Early Stage Part 2: April 23rd
Middle Stage Part I: April 30th
Middle Stage Part 2: May 7th
Advanced Stage: May 14th

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Apr
23
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Wurzweiler Care Cafe Parents’ Rights in Schools: Help Your Child to Succeed and Thrive

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

School in New York City can be confusing. What are your rights as parents? How can you best help your kids? Learn practical strategies and get resources and friendly support with immigrant advocate, Angelo Cabrera, MPA, and experienced mom Antelma Espejel-Mena. Join us for a relaxed cafe presented by Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University. All are welcome. We don’t just want to help you survive…we want to help you thrive. (An interpreter who speaks Spanish will be on site).


Apr
23
5:00PM

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8:00PM

Beginners PowerPoint

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Create awesome presentations and slideshows with PowerPoint 2010. Topics covered will include creating and editing slides, changing the design and colors, inserting pictures and illustrations, and presenting your slide show. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required.


Apr
23
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Haitian Creole Class for Beginners

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. If you wish to register, check availability for program date April 23, 2018
Availability: 18 openings

This course is for people with little or no prior knowledge of Haitian Creole (Kreyòl). Participants will learn speaking, reading, writing, and listening comprehension within a Haitian cultural context. Core concepts of grammar, phonetics and other aspects of language structure will be covered. At the end of the course, participants will be able to conduct simple conversations and write at the basic level in Kreyòl. Space is limited.

Central LibraryMon, Apr 30, 20186:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryMon, May 7, 20186:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryMon, May 14, 20186:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryMon, May 21, 20186:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryMon, Jun 4, 20186:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryMon, Jun 11, 20186:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryMon, Jun 18, 20186:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryMon, Jun 25, 20186:30PM - 8:00PM

Apr
24
10:30AM

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1:30PM

Council for Airport Opportunities

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Take flight into an exciting career within the aviation industry. Council for Airport Opportunities will be available to answer questions and provide information on positions available at the airport.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Apr
24
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Tuesday Afternoon Movie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Tuesdays in April, we will screen the following movies at 2PM:

4/3/2018: The Elephant Man (1980, G) Customer Suggestion
4/10/2018: Collateral (2004, R) Customer Suggestion
4/17/2018: Enchanted April (1992, PG)
4/24/2018: Taken 2 (2012, PG-13) Customer Suggestion


Apr
25
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Mistake Free Interviewing

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 9 openings

So, you’ve landed an interview for a wonderful job…now what? It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions, and follow up properly afterwards. Preregister online or for more information call 718-990-8265


Apr
25
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Mock Interviews

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is now closed

Preparation and practice make perfect when it comes to job interviews. In this two-part workshop, participants will learn about different types of interviews, how to prepare for an interview, different interview techniques and common questions, how to successfully respond to difficult questions, and how to follow up properly after an interview. For further information, please call 718-990-8625.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Apr
25
5:00PM

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8:00PM

Digging for Job Leads

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Are your resume and cover letters ready? How do you search for jobs? What are the most effective ways to find open jobs? In this two-part series, participants will learn traditional and creative ways to find jobs, how to network for job leads, and how to use online tools to find job leads. For further information, please call 718-990-8625.


Apr
25
6:00PM

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8:15PM

Movie Night Wednesday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Wednesdays in April, we will screen the following movies at 6PM.

4/4/2018: The Big Sick (2017, R) Customer Suggestion
4/11/2018: Wonder (2017, PG) Customer Suggestion
4/18/2018: Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017, PG-13) Customer Suggestion
4/25/2018: Darkest Hour (2017, PG-13) Customer Suggestion


Apr
25
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Cultivate Your Personal Power Through Meditation

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. If you wish to register, check availability for program date April 25, 2018
Availability: 22 openings

Please join us for six weeks of relaxation and meditation. Achieve peacefulness, happiness and increase energy. Create the life you want and become more joyful.

Central LibraryWed, May 2, 20186:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryWed, May 9, 20186:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryWed, May 16, 20186:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryWed, May 23, 20186:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryWed, May 30, 20186:30PM - 8:00PM

Apr
26
10:00AM

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12:00PM

LinkedIn

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 21 openings

Refresh and revive your online professional persona! In today’s world of social media, it’s more important than ever to ensure that your online profile and resume are fresh, current, and discoverable by your colleagues. Come to this LinkedIn workshop and learn how to create a professional profile that puts your best foot forward and shows off your abilities and accomplishments. Call 718-990-8625 for more information.


Apr
26
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Mock Interviews

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is now closed

Preparation and practice make perfect when it comes to job interviews. In this two-part workshop, participants will learn about different types of interviews, how to prepare for an interview, different interview techniques and common questions, how to successfully respond to difficult questions, and how to follow up properly after an interview. For further information, please call 718-990-8625.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Apr
26
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Bingo for Adults

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

We have Bingo for Adults every other week at Central Library. Listen to the balls rattling in the cage as they go round and round. Will you be the lucky winner? Come in out of the cold for an hour of fun, prizes, and making new friends.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Apr
26
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Introduction to Proposal Writing

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 13 openings

Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don’t want to miss one of our most popular classes! This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation. It will include:
• The basic elements of a proposal
• The “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal
• How to follow up whether the answer is yes or no


Apr
27
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Interview Preparation

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Preparation and practice make perfect when it comes to job interviews. In this two-part workshop, participants will learn about different types of interviews, how to prepare for an interview, different interview techniques and common questions, how to successfully respond to difficult questions, and how to follow up properly after an interview. For further information, please call 718-990-8625.


Apr
28
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Intro to Microsoft Excel

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 9 openings

Learn how to create and use an email account for keeping in touch with family, finding a job, or maintaining your business! Register online or by calling 718-990-8625. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop.


Apr
28
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Microsoft Excel

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 12 openings

Join these classes to learn how to use Excel to your advantage. Topics include inserting charts and graphs, using formulas, and more! Topics vary from class to class. Register online or by calling 718-990-8625. Basic computer skills and knowledge of Excel are required; it is recommended to bring your own USB flash drive.


Apr
29
1:00PM

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2:30PM

Spanish Beginner Conversation Class

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is now closed

This course introduces the basic elements of the Spanish language within a cultural context. Emphasis is on the development of basic vocabulary related to greeting, how to introduce oneself, how to express likes and dislikes, how to speak about a present action, and more. Develop basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

Central LibrarySun, May 6, 20181:00PM - 2:30PM
Central LibrarySun, May 13, 20181:00PM - 2:30PM
Central LibrarySun, May 20, 20181:00PM - 2:30PM
Central LibrarySun, May 27, 20181:00PM - 2:30PM
Central LibrarySun, Jun 3, 20181:00PM - 2:30PM
Central LibrarySun, Jun 10, 20181:00PM - 2:30PM
Central LibrarySun, Jun 17, 20181:00PM - 2:30PM

Apr
30
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Sewing Club - Open Lab

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Need to sew? Do you have a project you would like to work on? We provide the sewing machines and accessories, you bring your own project and fabric. *There is no instruction during the Lab.*
No registration is required but space is limited. Adults 18 and over only.


Apr
30
5:00PM

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8:00PM

Online Job Applications

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Online job applications have become the standard for applying to many jobs and they can be difficult to navigate if you’re not prepared. Participants will learn how to prepare information to make online applications easier; common online application sections; and how to get noticed and how to avoid rejection! For further information, please call 718-990-8625.


May
1
2:00PM

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4:15PM

Tuesday Afternoon Movie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Tuesdays in May, we will screen the following movies at 2pm:
5/1: "The Theory of Everything" (2014) Rated: PG-13
5/8: "The Joy Luck Club" (1993) Rated: R
5/15: "The Last of the Mohicans" (1992) Rated: R
5/22: "Witness" (1985) Rated: R Customer Suggestion
5/29: "The Last King of Scotland" (2006) Rated: R Customer Suggestion

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


May
1
5:30PM

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8:00PM

Introduction to Photoshop

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Take the first steps to becoming a digital artist. Learn how to use the industry’s leading image editing tool to create graphics, edit photos, and composite works of art. We’ll train you in the basics of Photoshop and give you the skills to bring your imagination to life. Pre-registration is required in person or call the Cyber Center at 718-990-0769.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


May
2
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to Computers

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Learn the basics of using computers: logging on and off, using a keyboard and mouse, opening and closing “windows,” and using tool bars and scroll bars. Preregistration is required by phone or in person at the Cyber Center Desk. For details, please call 718-990-0769.


May
2
5:00PM

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8:00PM

Interview Preparation

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Preparation and practice make perfect when it comes to job interviews. In this two-part workshop, participants will learn about different types of interviews, how to prepare for an interview, different interview techniques and common questions, how to successfully respond to difficult questions, and how to follow up properly after an interview. For further information, please call 718-990-8625.


May
2
6:00PM

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8:15PM

Movie Night Wednesday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

5/2/2018: The Shape of Water (2017, R) Customer Suggestion
5/9/2018: Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri (2017, R) Customer Suggestion
5/23/2018: Phantom Thread (2017, R) Customer Suggestion
5/30/2018: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017, PG-13) Customer Suggestion

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


May
3
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Networking

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 openings

Networking is the development of professional relationships. In today’s competitive job market, it is also one of the best ways to find a job. Through networking, you can exchange information with others about job opportunities, interesting organizations, or up-and-coming industries. Learn about the basics of networking and improve your job search techniques at this workshop! For more information, call 718-990-8625.


May
3
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Mock Interviews

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is now closed

Preparation and practice make perfect when it comes to job interviews. In this two-part workshop, participants will learn about different types of interviews, how to prepare for an interview, different interview techniques and common questions, how to successfully respond to difficult questions, and how to follow up properly after an interview. For further information, please call 718-990-8625.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


May
3
6:00PM

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8:30PM

Computers for Beginners (In Spanish)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Learn how to turn on your computer and write an email. Participants must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Central Library Cyber Center beginning Saturday, April 26 at 10 a.m. or call at 718-990-0769.

Central LibraryThu, May 10, 20186:00PM - 8:30PM
Central LibraryThu, May 17, 20186:00PM - 8:30PM

May
4
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to Tablet Using Samsung Galaxy Tab 4

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

In this single-session workshop, you will learn how to navigate the web using a tablet device, the differences between a PC and a tablet, how to start up programs on your tablet, how to connect wirelessly to the internet, and how to navigate using a virtual keyboard. Preregistration is required in person or by phone. Please call (718)-990-0769.


May
5
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Intro to Microsoft Word

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 23 openings

Make your documents stand out with Microsoft Word. In this beginner's class, you will learn how to create and save Word documents; format and edit text; copy, cut, and paste items; and use the basic functions and commands of Word. Register online or by calling 718-990-8625. Basic computer skills are required. It is recommended to bring your own USB Flash Drive.


May
5
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Skills Identification

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In this competitive job market, it is vitally important not only to know your job skills, but to be able to market those skills to potential employers during a job search. This workshop will explain the benefits of knowing your job related skills and how to identify them. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, please visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625.


May
6
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Sunday Concerts @ Central: Andrea Brachfeld & Son Charanga

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

American jazz and Latin jazz flutist, composer, arranger, producer and educator Andrea Brachfeld and her ensemble take the stage with charanga, salsa, and Latin jazz.


May
7
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Microsoft Word Workshop

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 25 openings

Build upon your basic knowledge of Microsoft Word in these workshops. Learn how to format your Word document; insert tables and charts; format bibliographies; and insert headers and footers. Register online or by calling 718-990-8625. Basic computer skills and knowledge of MS Word are required. It is recommended to bring your own USB flash drive.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


May
7
5:00PM

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8:00PM

Mock Interviews

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Preparation and practice make perfect when it comes to job interviews. In this two-part workshop, participants will learn about different types of interviews, how to prepare for an interview, different interview techniques and common questions, how to successfully respond to difficult questions, and how to follow up properly after an interview. For further information, please call 718-990-8625.


May
8
10:00AM

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6:00PM

Naturalization Workshop (in English and Spanish)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

This workshop is for legal permanent residents to fill out the N-400 application for naturalization and a full or partial fee waiver, if eligible. To register call 718-990-0893 or go online:
https://www.citizenshipworks.org/portal/vieweventdetail/1593


May
8
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Job Skills Identification

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 13 openings

In this workshop you will learn how to define and categorize job skills, identify your own job skills, understand the difference between job skills and job duties, market your job skills, and become aware of the most sought-after job skills.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


May
9
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to Email

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

We'll help you feel comfortable and confident in managing your own email account! Learn about sending and receiving email and get a general overview of email etiquette. Students must possess basic mouse and keyboarding skills. Preregistration is required by phone by calling 718-990-0769 or in person at the Cyber Center Desk.


May
9
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Resumes

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

Make your resume the best it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn about types of resumes, how to get started, what to include and not include, and tips for making a resume stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information call 718-990-8625.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


May
10
9:00AM

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5:00PM

Mental Health First Aid

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

As part of the City's ThriveNYC initiative, the NYC Health Department is offering free Mental Health First Aid training to all New Yorkers. This eight-hour training will take place at First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica, located at 89-60 164th St, Jamaica, NY 11432. Please register at https://www.timetap.com/appts/mmKGtDg8T5.


May
10
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Facebook

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 25 openings

Learn how to use Facebook to stay in touch with loved ones, keep up with the news, and expand your job search. We will help you set up a Facebook account and answer your questions. Basic computer and Internet skills and a valid email account are required. Call 718-990-8625 for more information.


May
12
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Microsoft Powerpoint

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 24 openings

Take your PowerPoint presentations to the next level! Topics covered will include creating transitions, emphasizing your information with animations, inserting charts, and inserting multimedia. Register online or by calling 718-990-8625. Basic computer skills and knowledge of PowerPoint are required. It is recommended to bring your own USB Flash Drive.


May
14
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Microsoft Powerpoint

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 25 openings

Take your PowerPoint presentations to the next level! Topics covered will include creating transitions, emphasizing your information with animations, inserting charts, and inserting multimedia. Register online or by calling 718-990-8625. Basic computer skills and knowledge of PowerPoint are required. It is recommended to bring your own USB flash drive.


May
15
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Resumes

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Make your resume the best it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn about types of resumes, how to get started, what to include and not include, and tips for making a resume stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information call 718-990-8625.


May
15
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Choosing Entrepreneurship

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 30 openings

This class provides an overview of the dynamic world of entrepreneurship. It helps participants assess their skills and aptitudes, allows participants to explore the right type of business for them based on aptitude and interest, and generally charts a path to success. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information.


May
16
11:30AM

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1:00PM

Central Library Book Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Pick up our next selection at the Central Library's reference desk and join us to share your thoughts!


May
17
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Salary Negotiations

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

Have you been offered a new job? If so, do you know the best way to conduct salary negotiations? Before you start negotiating with a prospective employer about salaries, you need to find out how much you and the job are worth. Learn how to negotiate salaries in this workshop! Preregister at 718-990-8625.


May
17
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Songs of the Guitar

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

John Lehmann-Haupt has played guitar since he was five years old. As a guitarist, he has built a distinctive solo repertoire, interweaving classical selections with his own arrangements of popular and traditional songs. Join him as he combines classical works with his fluently voiced arrangements of popular and traditional songs in a way that delivers both contrast and continuity.


May
18
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to the iPad

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

In this single-session workshop, you will learn how to navigate the web using a tablet device, the differences between a PC and a tablet, how to start up programs on your tablet, how to connect wirelessly to the internet, and how to navigate using a virtual keyboard. Preregistration is required in person or by phone. Please call (718)-990-0769.


May
19
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Intro to Microsoft Excel

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 25 openings

Learn how to create and use an email account for keeping in touch with family, finding a job, or maintaining your business! Register online or by calling 718-990-8625. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop.


May
19
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Job Search Strategies

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Beginning a job search can be overwhelming. Prepare yourself for success! In this workshop you will learn about general and career-specific websites and how to find and apply for jobs online safely, create an account at a major job search website, post your resume online, and email a resume.


May
20
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Open Mic for Poets

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Jody-Ann Buckle is a blogger, author, freelance writer and an aspiring novelist. She launched her blogging website www.bucklewithjo.com in 2016, sharing stories of personal development, travel, and living your best life daily. Jody-Ann published her first poetry book, Reflections of a Queen Rising, in June 2017.


May
21
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Online Job Applications

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Online job applications have become the standard for applying to many jobs and they can be difficult to navigate if you’re not prepared. Participants will learn how to prepare information to make online applications easier; common online application sections; and how to get noticed and how to avoid rejection! For further information, please call 718-990-8625.


May
22
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Personal Branding Online

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Find out how to monitor your online reputation, use social media while job seeking, and create a strong LinkedIn profile. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, call 718-990-8625 or visit the Job Information Center. Basic computer skills are required.


May
22
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Cover Letters

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Are you ready to apply for jobs? Does your cover letter stand out from the crowd? Make it the best possible by learning how to get started, what to include and not include, and tips for making it stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information, please call 718-990-8625.


May
22
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Building Extraordinary Relationships in Business

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

This class is geared toward developing networking strategies in order to foster partnerships and build relationships that lead to motivation, connections, resources, and investment opportunities. Attain new skills in an accessible and low-pressure setting.


May
23
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Medical and Consumer Health Database Workshop

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

This class will provide information on medical and consumer health databases and websites available on the Queens Library homepage. An overview of the medical librarian services available at Queens Library will also be discussed. Pre-registration is required in person or call the Cyber Center at 718-990-0769.


May
23
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Cover Letters

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Are you ready to apply for jobs? Does your cover letter stand out from the crowd? Make it the best possible by learning how to get started, what to include and not include, and tips for making it stronger. Preregister online or for further information, please call 718-990-8625.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


May
24
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Microsoft Excel

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Join these classes to learn how to use Excel to your advantage. Topics include inserting charts and graphs, using formulas, and more! Topics vary from class to class. Register online or by calling 718-990-8625. Basic computer skills and knowledge of Excel are required, it is recommended to bring your own USB flash drive.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


May
26
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Interview Preparation

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Preparation and practice make perfect when it comes to job interviews. In this two-part workshop, participants will learn about different types of interviews, how to prepare for an interview, different interview techniques and common questions, how to successfully respond to difficult questions, and how to follow up properly after an interview. For further information, please call 718-990-8625.


May
29
3:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Online Job Applications

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Online job applications have become the standard for applying to many jobs and they can be difficult to navigate if you’re not prepared. Participants will learn how to prepare information to make online applications easier; common online application sections; and how to get noticed and how to avoid rejection! For further information, please call 718-990-8625.


May
29
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Basics of Business Planning

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Are you tired of being confused about how to write your business plan? Are you stuck on writing it? In the Basic Business Planning course, we will cover what a business plan is, why we need it, the basic structure of a business plan along with some of the various formats, and how/where you can research and start building you plan right away. Call 718-990-8625 for more information.


May
30
9:30AM

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11:00AM

How to Navigate the Queens Library Website

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Learn how to navigate the Queens Library website at www.queenslibrary.org. Search the catalog for books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, and more. Browse our library programs and events for all ages as well as a multitude of valuable services. Pre-registration is required in person or call the Cyber Center at 718-990-0769.


May
31
5:30PM

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8:30PM

Web Design Using Wix

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Learn how to build/create a free website without coding and in very simple and easy steps with WIX! Register now online or in person at the Cyber Center or by calling 718-990-0769. Dates and times: March 15, 2018 at 12:30-5 pm, March 22, 2018 at 5:30-8:30 pm, April 5, 2018 at 12:30-5 pm, April 19, 2018 at 12:30-5 pm, May 31, 2018 at 5:30-8:30 pm Class Level: Beginner Requirements: Previous knowledge of Microsoft Office, web browsing.


Jun
1
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Crafty Hands: A Season Story

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Please join us in June for Crafty Hands and develop your artistic skills! Each week participants will create a craft celebrating the season of spring and the beginning of summer.

June 1st: Spring is Here Decorative Wreath
June 8th: My Garden 3-D Painting
June 15th: Egg Carton Tulips Bouquet
June 22nd: Dyed Rice Summer Fest Craft

Central LibraryFri, Jun 8, 201811:00AM - 12:00PM
Central LibraryFri, Jun 15, 201811:00AM - 12:00PM
Central LibraryFri, Jun 22, 201811:00AM - 12:00PM

Jun
2
11:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Rhythm is Gonna Get You

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Seniors, seniors and more seniors! If you enjoy fun and music with healing techniques that help alleviate arthritis and joint paint, come with your walkers or canes and sit or stand. Join us as we sing, dance, socialize, and share a few laughs.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Jun
3
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Sunday Concerts @ Central: LA Blacksmith & Jazz Plus

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Gifted saxophone and vocal artist LA Blacksmith and his ensemble Jazz Plus perform classics from Motown, Reggae, Earth Wind & Fire, Blues and then some.


Jun
4
10:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

Sexual and Reproductive Justice Film and Discussion

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Sexual and reproductive justice (SRJ) exists when all people have the power and resources to make healthy decisions about their bodies, sexuality, and reproduction. Join us for a video and discussion around SRJ and how our lives are impacted when lack of access, injustices, racism, and oppression have occurred when accessing health care. Please note that the video discusses sexual assault, reproductive oppression, and coercion, which may be triggering for some people who have experienced trauma.


Jun
7
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Mock Interviews

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Preparation and practice make perfect when it comes to job interviews. In this two-part workshop, participants will learn about different types of interviews, how to prepare for an interview, different interview techniques and common questions, how to successfully respond to difficult questions, and how to follow up properly after an interview. For further information, please call 718-990-8625.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Jun
7
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Skills Identification

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In this competitive job market, it is vitally important not only to know your job skills, but to be able to market those skills to potential employers during a job search. This workshop will explain the benefits of knowing your job related skills and how to identify them. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, please visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625.


Jun
7
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Alzheimer's/Dementia: Legal and Financial Planning

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The diagnosis of Alzheimer's or other dementia disease makes planning for the future more important than ever. This program discusses important legal and financial issues to consider. You will need to be able to put plans in place and know how to access legal and financial resources near you.


Jun
7
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Healthy Woman: Coping with Stress

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Women’s health can be impacted by the stresses of marriage, motherhood, and career. In this workshop, participants will learn how stress affects the body, and how natural treatments can alleviate it.


Jun
7
6:00PM

--to--

8:30PM

Introduction to Microsoft Word (in Spanish)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Learn how to create a document and work with tables. Participants should have basic computer skills and must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Central Library Cyber Center reference desk beginning Thursday, May 31 at 10am or call at 718-990-0769.

Central LibraryThu, Jun 14, 20186:00PM - 8:30PM
Central LibraryThu, Jun 21, 20186:00PM - 8:30PM

Jun
9
10:30AM

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3:30PM

Community Health Conference

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

We all want healthy bodies and thriving communities. Come learn from experts from Community Healthcare Network about some steps you can take to improve your health and the health of your loved ones. Conference presenters will share information and action steps to help improve your health in areas including chronic disease prevention and management as well as mental health improvement and accessing local resources. All are welcome. Registration is required and lunch will be provided.


Jun
9
12:00PM

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12:45PM

Jazz for your Health

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come hear a 45-minute live jazz music concert! Following the concert there will be free health information!


Jun
11
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

LinkedIn

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Refresh and revive your online professional persona! In today’s world of social media, it’s more important than ever to ensure that your online profile and resume are fresh, current, and discoverable by your colleagues. Come to this LinkedIn workshop and learn how to create a professional profile that puts your best foot forward and shows off your abilities and accomplishments. Call 718-990-8625 for more information.


Jun
11
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Resumes

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Make your resume the best it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn about types of resumes, how to get started, what to include and not include, and tips for making a resume stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information call 718-990-8625.


Jun
14
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Conquer Your Fear of Public Speaking with Robin Richie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

This 3-part masterclass series offers a comprehensive creative approach to provide the essentials you need to become and engaging, highly effective and memorable public speaker. Robin Richie is an independent cable television producer and on-air host.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Jun
18
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Cover Letters

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Are you ready to apply for jobs? Does your cover letter stand out from the crowd? Make it the best possible by learning how to get started, what to include and not include, and tips for making it stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information, please call 718-990-8625.


Jun
20
11:30AM

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1:00PM

Central Library Book Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Pick up our next selection at the Central Library's reference desk and join us to share your thoughts!


Jun
21
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Job Search Strategies

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Beginning a job search can be overwhelming. Prepare yourself for success! In this workshop you will learn about general and career-specific websites and how to find and apply for jobs online safely, create an account at a major job search website, post your resume online, and email a resume.


Jun
22
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Mistake Free Interviewing

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

So, you’ve landed an interview for a wonderful job…now what? It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions, and follow up properly afterwards. Preregister online or for more information call 718-990-8265.


Jun
24
2:00PM

--to--

4:15PM

Sunday Movie: Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

When an attack on the Kingsman headquarters takes place and a new villain rises, Eggsy and Merlin are forced to work together with the American agency Statesman to save the world. (2017, R)
Cast: Taron Egerton, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Mark Strong, Edward Holcroft, Colin Firth, Jeff Bridges, Sophie Cookson, Pedro Pascal


Jun
25
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Online Job Applications

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Online job applications have become the standard for applying to many jobs and they can be difficult to navigate if you’re not prepared. Participants will learn how to prepare information to make online applications easier; common online application sections; and how to get noticed and how to avoid rejection! For further information, please call 718-990-8625.


Jun
28
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Interview Preparation

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Preparation and practice make perfect when it comes to job interviews. In this two-part workshop, participants will learn about different types of interviews, how to prepare for an interview, different interview techniques and common questions, how to successfully respond to difficult questions, and how to follow up properly after an interview. For further information, please call 718-990-8625.


Jun
28
6:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Introduction to Fundraising Planning

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a roadmap to success.
This introductory class will provide you the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan, including tips on:
• Making your case for support
• Diversifying your organization’s fundraising base
• Creating a plan of action


Sep
8
10:30AM

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12:00PM

QEDC: Business Plan Competition

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The Queens Economic Development Corporation’s Annual Queens StartUP! Business Plan Competition begins in September 2018. The competition gives entrepreneurs a chance to strengthen their business knowledge, learn about business trends, and gain insights into starting and growing a business while also introducing them to the vast resources available to them at Queens Library. Learn more at these information sessions and watch for more news about classes starting in October.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Central Library in Jamaica has:

  • 100 public computers in the Cyber Center
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  • 18 computers in the Children's Library Discovery Center for children 12 and under
  • 4 computers for toddlers
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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Child Care / Preschools
Community Board
Community Organizations & Services
Fire Department
Local Hospitals
Local Newspapers
Parks and Playgrounds
Police Department
Post Office
Private / Parochial Schools
Public Elementary Schools
Public High Schools
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
A Special Place for Kids
89-14 163rd St
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 739-1601
Afro American Parents Day Care Center Incorporated
117-16 Sutphin Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 322-2030
All My Children Day Care
175-44 Mayfield Rd
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 658-1563
All Our Children Family Daycare
148-07 111th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 739-5930
Early Sunrise Daycare
187-08 Hillside Ave
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 736-9064
Head Start
161-06 89th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 523-1888
Kids Circle Daycare
164-04 Goethals Ave
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 380-1280
Queens Child Guidance Center
161-06 89th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 558-8657
Sensational Kids Incorporated
176-21 Wexford Terrace
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-0851
Allen Christian Pre-School
114-32 Merrick Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11434
Gil-Blu Nursery - Kindergarten
120-02 Merrick Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
Kids Porta Bright Horizon Center
Bldg 350 JFK Airport
Jamaica NY , 11430
Little Flowers Early Childhood
23410 Merrick Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11422
Rochdale Village Nursery & Kindergarten
170-30 130th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
Treehouse Day Nursery
168-40 127 Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434

Community Board
Community Board District #12
90-28 161st Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 658-3308
fax: (718) 739-6997
  

Community Organizations & Services
Greater Jamaica Development Corporation
90-04 161st Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 291-0282
fax: (718) 658-1405
Jamaica Chamber of Commerce
90-25 161st Street, Suite 505
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 657-4800
Jamaica Business Development Center
90-33 160th Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 206-2255
fax: (718) 206-3693
Community Mediation Group
89-64 163rd Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 523-6868
BFFY Jamaica Family Youth Center
90-11 160th St
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 526-5151
Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning
161-04 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 658-7400
fax:
York College Performing Arts Center
94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 262-3750
fax:
King Manor Museum
King Park, 153rd Street and Jamaica Ave.
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 206-0545
fax: (718) 206-0541
Afrikan Poetry Theatre
176-03 Jamaica Ave.
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 523-3312
fax:
Black Spectrum TheatreRoy Wilkens Park
177th St. & Baisley Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 723-1800
fax:
Chung-Cheng Art Gallery St. John's University Visual Arts
Sun Yat Sen Hall
Jamaica NY , 11439
phone: (718) 990-6583
fax: (718) 990-1881
 

Fire Department
Engine 275, Battalion 50:
111-36 Merrick Blvd.
Engine 298, Battalion 50:
153-11 Hillside Ave.
Engine 315, Battalion 50:
Engine 315, Battalion 50:
Engine 315, Ladder 125, Battalion 50:
159-06 Union Tpke.
Ladder 127, Battalion 50:
153-11 Hillside Ave.
 

Local Hospitals
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
8900 Van Wyck Expressway
Jamaica NY , 11418
phone: (718) 206-6000
Queens Hospital Center
82-70 One Hundred Sixty-Fourth Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-3000
 

Local Newspapers
Jamaica Times
Queens Chronicle
Queens Tribune

Parks and Playgrounds
Rufus King Park
Jamaica Avenue from 150th to 153rd Street
Major Mark Park
Hillside Avenue, from 173rd to 175th Street
Captain Tilly Memorial Park
Bordered by Highland Ave, Upland Pkwy, Gothic Pkwy
Harvard Playground
179th Place, north of Jamaica Ave
  

Police Department
103rd Precinct
168-02 Police Officer Edward Byrne Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 657-8181
  

Post Office
Jamaica Post Office
88-40 164th Street
Jamaica NY , 11432-9997
phone: (718) 990-1090
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Allen Christian School
171-10 Linden Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
Archbisop Molloy High School
83-53 Manton Street
Jamaica NY , 11435
Bethel Mission Junior Academy
10615 154th St
Jamaica NY , 11433
Ideal Montessori School
87-41 165th St
Jamaica NY , 11432
Immaculate Conception School
179-14 Dalny Road
Jamaica NY , 11432
Jamaica Day School of St Demet
84 35 152nd St
Jamaica NY , 11432
Jamaica Montessori
90-01 Merrick Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11432
Jamaica Seventh-day Adventist Busy Bee Learning
88-28 163rd St
Jamaica NY , 11432
New Dawn Elementary School
90-34 161st Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
Nativity B V M School
92nd St & Rockaway Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11416
St Clement Pope School
120-27 141st Street
Jamaica NY , 11436
St Peter Claver School
149-18 Jamaica Ave
Jamaica NY , 11435
St Nicholas of Tolentine School
80-22 Parsons Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11432-1096
The Mary Louis Academy
176-21 Wexford Terrace
Jamaica NY , 11432
United Nations International School
173-53 Croydon Road
Jamaica NY , 11432

Public Elementary Schools
PS 086 Queens (Q086)
87-41 Parsons Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 291-6264
fax: (718) 297-0298
PS 131 Abigail Adams (Q131)
170-45 84 Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 739-4229
fax: (718) 658-5690
PS 095 Eastwood (Q095)
179-01 90 Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 739-0007
fax: (718) 658-5271

Public High Schools
Hillcrest High School (Q505)
160-05 Highland Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 658-5407
fax: (718) 739-5137
Jamaica High School (Q470)
167-01 Gothic Drive
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 739-5942
fax: (718) 739-4826
Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School (Q620)
165-65 84th Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 297-6580
fax: (718) 658-0365
Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School (Q680)
60-20 Goethals Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 969-3115
fax: (718) 969-3552
  

Senior Centers
Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults, Inc.
162-04 Jamaica Ave.,
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 657-6500
fax: (718) 523-7746
Robert Couche Senior Center
137-57 Farmers Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 978-8352
Senior Citizens Center
123-10 143rd St
Jamaica NY , 11436
phone: (718) 657-6500
Senior Citizens Center
166-01 Linden Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 658-0980
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. I. Daneek Miller
IDMiller@council.nyc.gov
District Office 172-12 Linden Boulevard
St. Albans NY, 11434
phone: (718) 776-3700
fax: (718) 487-3580
Manhattan Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1810
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-7084
fax: (212) 788-7093
NYS Assembly
Hon. Alicia Hyndman
HyndmaA@nyassembly.gov
District Office 232-06A Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica NY, 11434
phone: (718) 723-5412
fax: (718) 723-5465
Albany Office LOB, Room 820
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4451
fax: (518) 455-5522
NYS Senate
Hon. Tony Avella
Avella@nysenate.gov
District Office 38-50 Bell Boulevard, Suite C
Bayside NY, 11361
phone: (718) 357-3094
fax: (718) 357-3491
Albany Office Room 902, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2210
fax: (518) 426-6736
US Congress
Hon. Gregory W. Meeks

District Office 153-01 Jamaica Ave., Suite 204
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 725-6000
fax: (718) 725-9868
Legislative Office 2234 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20516
phone: (202) 225-3461
fax: (202) 226-4169
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Community History

 

Jamaica was a former town and capital of Queens County. The first European settlers were probably New Englanders from Hempstead. They were granted a patent by Peter Stuyvesant, governor of New Netherland, on March 21, 1656. The settlement was initially called Rusdorf. After the English conquest in 1664 the name was changed to Jameco, after the Indians who were the earliest inhabitants of the area. In 1680, the present name was adopted.

On May 17, 1686, New York governor Thomas Dongan issued a charter to the landowners of Jamaica. The Dongan Charter consolidated the various hamlets into the town of Jamaica and set its boundaries. (The Dongan Charter is on display in the Long Island Division of the Central Library.)

In 1702 Jamaica briefly served as the capital of the New York Colony during a Yellow Fever outbreak in Manhattan.

Important to the history of Jamaica is Prospect Cemetery. The cemetery, which is the oldest cemetery in Queens, dates back to 1668 and includes the graves of some of the earliest inhabitants of Jamaica.

Two of Jamaica’s important landmarks are King Manor and Grace Episcopal Church. King Manor is named after Rufus King, a Massachusetts delegate to the Continental Congress, one of the two first New York Senators to Congress, a diplomat, and anti-slavery advocate. Grace Church was founded in 1702 and served as the official church of the British colonial government during the Revolutionary War. Rufus King is among those buried in the Church’s graveyard.

In 1898 Queens became part of the City of New York of which Jamaica was the county seat.

Jamaica owes its strength as a major shopping area to transportation. Jamaica Avenue was once a toll road between the ferry in Brooklyn and Hempstead. The Long Island Rail Road in Jamaica developed into a major hub. King Kullen, the first self service supermarket in the U.S., opened on Jamaica Avenue in 1930. In the 1960s, interest in Jamaica as a major shopping district began to decline. However, in recent years there has been a coordinated effort, through the work of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, to revitalize Jamaica.

Library History

The first Central Library was located on Parsons Boulevard. It opened in 1930 and was expanded with WPA funds in 1941. The current building on Merrick Boulevard was dedicated on April 11, 1966. The new building was the result of the unwavering efforts of Library Director Harold Tucker. It was designed by the architects York & Sawyer, Kiff, Colean, Voss and Souder. The new Central Library was the first major branch of an urban library to place all public services on one floor. The library cost $5,700,000 and contained 195,000 square feet of floor space. The library was renovated and expanded in 1989. Additional renovation and expansion has begun and is expected to be completed in the next few years, and will include the new Children’s Library and Discovery Center.

The Queens Library’s online catalog, InfoLinQ (Information online at Queens Library) was unveiled at the Central Library in October 1993. In January 1999 the Cyber Center opened at the Central Library. The Cyber Center has 48 computers for customer use, allowing access to the Internet and word processing. The Cyber Center, along with additional computers in the library, has helped to close the gap between the technology “haves” and “have-nots.”

Bibliography

“Libraries” by Phyllis Dan in The Encyclopedia of New York City.
Lighting the Way: The Centennial History of the Queens Borough Public Library 1896-1996 by Jeffrey A. Kroessler.

Suggested Reading on Jamaica’s History (available at the Central Library)

“Jamaica” by Vincent Seyfried in The Encyclopedia of New York City.
The Origin and History of Grace Church, Jamaica, New York by Horatio Oliver Ladd.
Recollections of Old Jamaica: 1655-1887.
Records of the Town of Jamaica Long Island: 1656-1751 edited by Josephine C. Frost.

Queens Poet Laureate 2007 – 2010

The Queens Borough President’s Office has announced the Fourth Poet Laureate to serve from 2007 to 2010:

Julio Marzan
Queens Poet Laureate

An honorary position, the Queens Poet Laureate promotes an appreciation of poetry throughout the borough and writes poetry that is inspired by, or relate to, the borough of Queens.

To learn more about the Queens Poet Laureate, go to http://www.queensbp.org/content_web/cultural_affairs
/cultural_poet2007.shtml