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2015 Summer Reading Program

Join the action this summer and have a blast at the Summer Reading Program at Queens Library. This summer celebrate real-life and fictional heroes, cool books, popular fantasy and graphic novels to the latest in your favorite series.

Summer Reading 2015 begins Thursday, June 4.

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Thank Your Elected Officials With #YouInvested!

Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Mark-Viverito, Finance Chair Ferreras, Majority Leader Van Bramer, outgoing Libraries Subcommittee Chair Constantinides, incoming Libraries Subcommittee Chair King and the New York City Council have made an historic investment in our city’s libraries.

We're thanking them for their ...

Rockaways Summer of Health

Rockaways Summer of Health is a series of programs and events designed to educate and get the Rockaways fit and healthy. Participate in a variety of classes and workshops for a healthy lifestyle such as stress reduction, nutrition and exercise classes.

Get Fit! Get Healthy!

Visit the web page for more ...

Lincoln Center Local is LIve at Queens Library!

Please join us during Saturdays in August, when Lincoln Center Local will bring free live concerts at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to select Queens Library locations.

These include performances by the Brazilian-American group Nation Beat, the New Orleans band Cha Wa, ...

Alicia Olatuja, Soul and R&B Concert

Alicia Olatuja sings with a strong, lustrous tone, and mixes elements of classical, jazz, gospel, and pop into her fluid vocalism.  She has played alongside giants like Chaka Khan, Christian McBride, and Bebe Winans.

Free tickets are available on Eventbrite

Submit Your eBook to Library Journal's eBook Awards Contest

The Library Journal will honor the best self-published ebooks in the following genres: Romance, Mystery, Science Fiction, Fantasy.  There will be a winner in each genre and each winner will receive $1,000.00 USD from Library Journal.  

Visit our Self Publish page for more information.

Queens Library Magazine

Welcome to our brand-new publication!

Queens Library Magazine combines great library-themed feature stories and information about all our programs and special events, and it's available now at your neighborhood library or ...

Free Summer Meals

Queens Library is partnering with the NYC Department of Education to provide FREE meals for kids and teens all summer long.

Summer meals are open to all children, 18 and younger, from now until September 4 at twenty-one Queens Library locations.

Enrollment is not required. Meals will be provided ...

Aug
4
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading Club: Grades 1-3

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

Children will talk about books they've read, play games, do craft projects and participate in our Pen Pal Club! Preregistration for the series is required. Preregister in person or by phone beginning Thursday, June 4.

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

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Aug
4
4:15PM

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5:15PM

Summer Reading Club: Grades 1, 2 and 3—Session Two

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

Children entering grades 1, 2 and 3 will talk about books they've read, play games and do crafts. This session is only for children who were not able to register for the 2:30 session due to space limitations. Preregistration for the series is required. Please sign up in person or by phone with the librarian.

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

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Aug
5
10:30AM

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11:45AM

"Read to Me" Club

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

Children ages 3½ to 5 accompanied by a parent or caregiver listen to stories, learn songs and fingerplay rhymes, and do simple crafts. Preregistration for the series is required. Preregister in person or by telephone beginning on Thursday, June 4.

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

Additional Dates


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Aug
5
2:30PM

--to--

4:00PM

Summer Reading Club: Grades 4-6

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

Children entering grades 4, 5, and 6 will discuss books they've read, play games, and do craft projects and other hands-on activities. Preregistration for the series is required in person or by telephone beginning June 4.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
6
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Magic Show with Magical Productions

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

This fun-filled, high energy, laugh-out-loud comedy show will include thrilling illusions and loads of audience participation to end our Summer Reading Club program.

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

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Aug
14
10:30AM

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11:15AM

Toddler Story and Activity Time

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

Toddlers ages 2 through 3 1/2 years, with a parent or caregiver, enjoy simple stories, learn songs and rhymes, and color pictures or do simple craft activities. Preregistration for the series is required, and begins on Thursday, June 4, in person or by telephone.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
25
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Family Film Event

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

Children and their caregivers will enjoy the family-friendly film "Beethoven's Treasure Tail," rated PG.


Aug
26
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Lego Building Club

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

Children in grades 1-6 have fun being creative with Legos!

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

Additional Dates


Aug
28
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Board Game Time

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

Children in grades 3-6 play a variety of board games.

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 Bellerose Community Library has:

  • 7 public computers
  • Wireless access(For wireless access information see Wireless Policy)
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing
  • Live homework help online through Tutor.com. Please contact the library for more details.

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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International Language Collections at the Bellerose Community Library include:

  • Spanish
  • Chinese
  • Hindi
  • Gujarati
  • Malayalam
  • Punjabi

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Bellerose Community Library include:

  • Extensive musical CD collection
  • Collections of Hindi magazines, Videos, CDs, and DVDs

 


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
Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
Bright Beginnings
80-45 Winchester Blvd.
Queens Village NY , 11427
phone: (718) 264-3860
Cross Island YMCA ECC
238-10 Hillside Avenue
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718) 479-0505
Cross Island YMCA After-school –PS186
252-12 72nd Avenue
Queens NY , 11426
phone: (718)479-0505
Cross Island YMCA A.S. Glen Oaks Campus
74-30 Common Wealth Blvd
Glen Oaks NY , 11426
phone: (718) 465-1665
Kashet PS/Young Israel/NHP
264-15 77 Avenue
Queens NY ,
Life-Line Center Child Development
80-09 Winchester Blvd.
Queens NY ,
Our Little Angel Day Care Preschool
86-29 Commonwealth Blvd.
Bellerose NY , phone: (718)347-7377
So Big Pre-School Nursery
4 Belmont Avenue
Floral Park NY , phone: (516) 352-1173
St. Gregory The Great Roman Catholic Church
87 Avenue & Cross Island Parkway
Bellerose NY , phone: (516) 437-8753
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
6 Commonwealth Blvd.
Bellerose Village NY , phone: (516) 354-6866
Star’s Day Care
246-46 86th Avenue
Bellerose NY ,
 

Community Board
Community Board 13Q
219-41 Jamaica Avenue
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718)464-9700
fax: (718)264-2739
  

Community Organizations & Services
Bellerose Commonwealth Civic Association BCCA
P.O. Box 260225
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (516) 859-1169
Creedmoor Civic Association
PO Box 260143
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718) 464-3369
Bellerose Hillside Civic Association
80-20 242 Street
Bellerose NY , 11426
Bellerose Business District Development Corporation
50 Superior Road
Bellerose Village NY , 11001
Cill Cais Players
242nd Street & 88th Street
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718) 347-0025
Cross Island YMCA
238-10 Hillside Avenue
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718) 479-0505
Queens Village/Hollis/Bellerose Volunteer Ambulance
235-01 Braddock Avenue
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 464-2424
Green Meadows Farm
73-50 Little Neck Parkway
Floral Park NY , 11428
phone: (718) 470-0224
Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway
Floral Park NY , 11004
Veterans of Foreign Wars John F. Prince Post 6478
242-37 Braddock Avenue
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718) 347-9662
ESL Classes for Parents
248-05 86 Avenue
Bellerose NY , 11426
Beacon Program at MS 172
81-14 257th Street
Floral Park NY , 11004
phone: (718) 347-3279
Natural Occurring Retirement Community Without Walls
58-20 Little Neck Parkway
Little Neck NY , 11362
phone: (718) 225-6750
  

Fire Department
Engine 251
254-20 Union Turnpike
Queens NY , 11004
Engine 313 Ladder 164
44-01 244 Street
Queens NY , 11363
 

Local Hospitals
Creedmoor Psychiatric Center
80-45 Winchester Blvd.
Queens Village NY , 11427
phone: (718) 264-4000
Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park
270-05 76th Avenue
Queens NY , 11040
phone: (718) 470-7100
Schneider Children's Hospital
269-01 76th Avenue
Queens NY , 11040
Zucker Hillside Hospital
75-59 263rd Street
Queens NY , 11004
  

Local Newspapers
Queens Courier
38-15 Bell Blvd.
Bayside NY , 11361
phone: (718)224-5863
Gothem Gazette|
299 Broadway, Suite 700
NY NY , 10007
phone: (212) 227-0342
Queens Chronicle
62-33 Woodhaven Blvd
NY , 11421
phone: (718) 441-1411
Queens Tribune
174-15 Horace Harding Expressway
NY , 11365-1527
phone: (718) 357-7400
Times Ledger
41-02 Bell Blvd. Suite 2
Bayside NY , 11361
phone: 718-260-4545
fax: (718) 229-7177
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Breininger ParkCreedmoor Farm Park
Braddock Avenue & 240th Street
NY ,
Creedmoor Farm Park
Little Neck Parkway & Commonwealth Blvd
NY ,
Douglaston Golf Club
63-20 Marathon Parkway
Douglaston NY , 11362
phone: (718)224-6566
  

Police Department
105th Precinct
92-08 222nd Street
Queens Village NY , 11428
  

Post Office
Bellerose Post Office
237-15 Braddock Avenue
Bellerose NY , 11426-9997
phone: (800) 275-8777
Glen Oaks Post Office
256-29 Union Turnpike
Glen Oaks NY , 11004-9997
phone: (800) 275-8777
Floral Park Post Office
35 Tulip Avenue
Floral Park NY , 11001-9998

Private / Parochial Schools
St. Gregory The Great School (K-8)
244-44 87th Avenue
Bellerose NY , 11426-0114
phone: (718) 343-5053
  

Public Elementary Schools
PS 018 Winchester (K-5)
86-35 235 Court
Queens Village NY , 11427
phone: (718) 464-4167
PS-IS 208 (K-7)
74-30 Commonwealth Blvd.|
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718)468-6420
PS-IS 266 (K-8)
74-10 Commonwealth Blvd
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718) 479-3920
PS 133 Queens School (PreK-5)
248-05 86th Avenue
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718) 831-4016
PS 191-Mayflower School
85-15 258 Street
Floral Park NY , 11001
phone: (718) 831-4032
PS 186 Castlewood
252-12 72nd Avenue|
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718) 831-4024

Public High Schools
Queens High School of Teaching (Q566)
74-20 Commonwealth Blvd.
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718)736-7100
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
PS 186 Castlewood
252-12 72nd Avenue
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718) 831-4024
PS-IS 266 (K-8)
74-10 Commonwealth Blvd.
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718) 479-3920
 

Senior Centers
St Gregory The Great Community Counseling Service Center
88-19 Cross Island Parkway
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718) 343-5938
St. Gregory The Golden Age Leisure Club
87 Avenue & Cross Island Parkway
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718) 347-7079 or (718) 347-3908
Service Now for Adult Persons, Inc
80-45 Winchester Blvd. CBU 29 Building 4
Queens Village NY , 11427
phone: (718) 786-7110

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Mark Weprin
MWeprin@Council.NYC.gov
District Office Address 73-03 Bell Boulevard, Suite 1N
Oakland Gardens NY , 11364
phone: (718) 468-0137
fax: (718) 468-0178
Manhattan Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1807
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-6984
fax: (212) 608-6382
NYS Assembly
Hon. Barbara M. Clark
Clarkb@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 97-01 Springfield Boulevard
Queens Village NY, 11429
phone: (718) 479-2333
fax: (718) 464-7128
Albany Office LOB, Room 547
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4711
fax: (518) 455-3740
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 504, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2210
fax: (518) 426-6736
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Bellerose traces its roots back to 1906, when a Massachusetts real estate developer named Helen M. Marsh purchased 77 acres of gladiola fields in Long Island for $155,000. Ms. Marsh dreamed of developing a model community which contained modestly priced homes. In the Panic of 1907, the mortgage on one of the properties was called and Ms. Marsh pledged $50,000 of her own securities to prevent foreclosure.

Construction on the first home began in 1910. Ms. Marsh lived in this home while supervising construction on the remaining properties. She worked with an architect to lay out streets and houses around circular flower bed islands. During a drought, she was known to drive around the neighborhood watering the plants and in the wintertime, she also went from home to home to keep the furnaces burning.

Transportation was already provided by the Long Island Railroad at the nearby Floral Park and Trolley service along Jericho Turnpike. In 1911, Ms. Marsh convinced the LIRR to build a station in Bellerose.

In 1917, the property owners ratified the name of “Bellerose”. According to some sources, the name derives from the Rose farm that was found south of the area and their daughter “Belle”. Ms. Marsh always replied that she chose the name merely because it sounded “euphonious”.

Today, there are three communities with the name Bellerose —the Queens section of Bellerose, and the Incorporated Village of Bellerose and Bellerose Terrace, which are both part of Nassau County. Bellerose, Queens, is bordered by Little Neck Parkway on the East, Grand Central Parkway on the West, the Creedmoor State Hospital grounds on the north and Braddock and Jamaica Avenues on the south. Bellerose Queens is known for the state-run Queens Children’s Psychiatric Center and the New York City-owned, but privately operated Queens County Farm Museum.

In recent years, Bellerose continues to grow and thrive. According to the 2000 census, the population was 18,687 comprised of Irish, Italian, German, Polish, Scottish, Hispanic, Asian Indians, Filipino and Chinese. One example of the diversity of Bellerose can be seen from the different Southeast Asian shops and grocery stores that have opened around the community.

The Bellerose Library opened its doors on February 27, 1978 with Ms. Jean Dickerson as the Branch Library Manager, a small staff, 20,000 books and various periodicals on order. The idea of opening a branch library in Bellerose was conceived in 1975 and accomplished through the work of local community leaders and civic leaders, including then-State Senator Frank Padavan, Councilman Matt Troy, Jr. and Borough President Donald R. Manes.