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This Weekend at Queens Library

Join us at the Library for great Earth Day events; a Bangla New Year celebration; music from around the world, including our concert with Angela Wildflower; author talks with Vijay R. Nathan, Jacqueline Carr, and Carol Lynn Lustgarten; a community conversation with Queens Library President & CEO Dennis Walcott; a poetry workshop for ...

Comment on Our FY2018 Budget

Queens Library is preparing its operating budget for Fiscal Year 2018, and we'd like you to share your thoughts. Your comments online and by mail are welcome through Saturday, May 20.

Please visit our budget feedback webpage to read our Budget Priorities for Fiscal Year 2018 and fill out our ...

Saving Jamaica Bay: Film Screening

Please join us on Saturday, April 22 at Central Library in Jamaica for a screening of this new documentary about one of our city's most unique and important natural resources.

"Saving Jamaica Bay" tells how the Bay's neighbors—residents of working-class Brooklyn and Queens ...

Policy Makers Need to Hear Your Voice

Queens Library, in partnership with the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College CUNY, presents A Public Voice: Safety and Justice Forum.

The purpose of "A Public Voice" is to have community members engage in conversations to inform local, regional, and national policymakers on the topics of ...

Young Bosses of Queens

Calling all Young Bosses—go get the money!

This new and innovative program at Arverne Community Library is open to residents in all 5 boroughs, ages 14-24, and will consist of hands-on interactive workshops, held over the course of 8 weeks.

You will learn the "soft skills" and ...

Battle of the Bands 2017

The Battle of the Bands is back and better than ever, and we're looking for performers!

For the third year running, New York bands will have the opportunity to bring the house down at the 2,100-seat Colden Auditorium at Queens College’s Kupferberg Center for the Arts on Thursday, July 27.

Queens ...

Help Shape the Future of Queens Library

Queens Library is planning for its future, and we want to hear from you.

Please help us understand how to serve our customers and communities better by sharing your views and ideas at a community conversation with Dennis M. Walcott, President and CEO of Queens Library.

We hope you can join us at one of ...

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 ...

Free UPK at Ravenswood

If you didn't get a chance to sign up before, Round 2 of applications for Queens Library’s Universal Pre-K at Ravenswood is now open!

Queens Library’s UPK program now offers free after-school care, available until 6 p.m., in addition to an outstanding pre-K education; free ...

Celebrate Immigrant Heritage!

This April, Queens Library is celebrating the heritage and legacy of immigrants in America!

Join us for craft workshops, concerts, dance, and theater from around the globe.

Learn about the evolution of Bollywood with the Payalia Dance Company; explore culture and tradition with Pablo Mayor’s Folklore Urbano El ...

Apr
24
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Time

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.

*Children ages 18 months to 36 years are welcome to join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and other types of fun! Online registration begins April 3rd. Space is limited so don't miss out!*

Central LibraryMon, May 1, 201710:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryMon, May 8, 201710:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryMon, May 15, 201710:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryMon, May 22, 201710:30AM - 11:30AM

Apr
24
4:00PM

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5:00PM

CLDC Children's Chorus

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to join the Children's Library Discovery Center's (CLDC) Children's Chorus. The Chorus will sing tradition chorus songs, along with a selection of todays hits. The program will culminate with a performance at the Queens Central Library. Space is limited to 25 children. To register please email Suzanne.casasnovas@queenslibrary.org.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
25
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Kickoff to Kindergarten

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

*Parents and caregivers can help children learn the key skills they need to succeed in school before they start kindergarten. During 8 weekly sessions, library staff and early childhood teachers will “teach” and “coach” parents and caregivers how to use books, educational games, and a variety of hands-on activities to help build language skills. For ages 3 - 5 and the child MUST turn 3 on or before 4/25/2017. Preregistration required and begins on 4/11/2017.*

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

Additional Dates


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Apr
26
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Timeless Tales

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 26, 2017
Availability: 4 openings

*Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and fun! Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers are welcome. Space is limited and registration begins April 12th! Don't miss out.*

Central LibraryWed, May 3, 201710:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryWed, May 10, 201710:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryWed, May 17, 201710:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryWed, May 24, 201710:30AM - 11:30AM

Apr
27
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Toddler Learning Center

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In this five-week class children will learn and play with their caregivers. Ages 1-3 years. In person registration begins April 6th. Preregistration is required, beginning on Monday, February 13, 2017.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
27
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Coding Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

*Come and check out Coding Club! Learn about introductory coding where you can create your very own interactive story, build characters, create a plotline, and most of all...have fun! This program is for children ages 8-14. Registration begins on March 23rd in person. You must be able to attend all sessions!*

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

Additional Dates


Apr
28
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Amazing Readers Kids' Book Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 8-12 will discuss Andrea Davis Pinkney's "The Red Pencil" at this session of Amazing Readers. Participation will count toward the Read Down Your Fines program.


May
6
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Hands on Math

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 3-5 will learn about counting, organizing and sequencing while creating their very own masterpiece.
May 6, 13, 20 & 27
11:00 AM
Multipurpose Room
Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


May
6
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Spelling Bee Final

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Welcome to the Queens Library Spelling Bee Final, where winners of the community library spelling bees in grades 3-6 will face off against each other. May the best speller win!


May
12
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Mother's Day Charm Bracelet and Card Making

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

Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to join us on Friday May 12 at 4PM in the Multipurpose room for a Mother's Day Jewelry and card making craft. Children will be able to select from a variety of charms the personalize a bracelet for their mothers.


May
16
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Learn to Search Queens Library Databases

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn to search the many databases available on the Queens Library Website. Improve your research skills! Children ages 7-12.


May
23
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Downloading the Queens Library App

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn how to download the Queens Library Mobile App. Children and their parents are encouraged to bring their personal devices. Learn to search the catalog, reserve books and pay library fees. All are welcome, space is limited.


Jun
8
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Nick the Balloonatic Show

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In this fun-filled balloon show, children will see characters that they can relate to being sculptured right before their eyes. Children will take own a sculptured balloon made especially for them. Audience participation is encouraged.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
10
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Music and Movement Mondays

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-12 are invited to join us at the Children's Library Discovery Center for Music and Movement Mondays. Children will participate in group singing, dancing, karaoke and Zumba activities.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
11
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Origami - Summertime is Funtime!

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Summertime is here and it's time for some fun crafts with Miss Sue! Create your own works of art while learning the ancient art of origami. There is no end to what you can create with your two hands and a little piece of paper!

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

Additional Dates


Aug
4
3:00PM

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3:45PM

Tie Dye T-Shirts

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

*Brighten up your summer even more with our far out tie dye t-shirts program! Children ages 8-12 are invited to make your very own groovy design and take your shirt home with you. Space is limited and registration will begin July 28th. You must bring your OWN plain white t-shirt!*


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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The Central Library @ Queens Library contains nearly one million volumes of materials in comprehensive subject collections, and more than 800 titles of academic and professional journals and magazines, as well as professional indices and abstracts. For more information, see:


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. James Sanders, Jr.
Sanders@nysenate.gov
District Office Address 142-01 Rockaway Boulevard
South Ozone Park NY , 11436
phone: (718) 523-3069
fax: (718) 523-3670
Albany Office Room 508, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY , 12247
phone: (518) 455-3531
fax: (718) 523-3670
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
NYS Senate
Hon. Leroy Comrie
Comrie@nysenate.gov
District Office 113-43 Farmers Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 454-0162
fax: (718) 454-0186
Albany Office Room 617, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2701
fax: (518) 455-2816
US Congress
Hon. Gregory W. Meeks

District Office 153-01 Jamaica Ave., 2nd Floor
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 725-6000
fax: (718) 725-9868
Legislative Office 2234 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
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