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It's #BookTuesday!

Every Tuesday, Queens Library will introduce you to a great book!

Our #BookTuesday pick is The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli.

Why do we remember the past and not the future? What does it mean for time to "flow"? Do we exist in time or does time exist in us? Carlo Rovelli invites us to consider ...

Older Adults Day at Glen Oaks!

Queens Library's Older Adult Services Program is proud to present Older Adults Day, which will feature FREE health screenings, live entertainment, and information on healthcare, benefits, and other important topics specifically for adults age 50 and older.

In addition to special seminars and activities, there will be more ...

Library Open Houses!

On Saturday, September 29, every Queens Library location will host a Fall Open House so students, families, and others can learn about all our resources and services! All are welcome.

Stop by your community library that day to find everything you and your family need to succeed—from millions of books to ...

Hispanic Heritage Celebrations!

Hispanic Heritage Month 2018 begins September 15, and we’re celebrating with programs and events all month long!

Help us honor the histories and cultures of Hispanic Americans with concerts, dance performances, crafts, cooking classes, and much more!

Hispanic Heritage Celebrations will take place at multiple ...

Discover Your City With Culture Pass!

Start planning your fall adventures! NYC’s libraries are making it easier for you to explore local museums, public gardens, and other cultural attractions for FREE with your friends and family!

Queens Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and the New York Public Library are excited to announce Culture Pass, a ...

Back-To-School: Get Ready At The Library!

It’s back-to-school time, and a new year of discovery and growth is about to begin.

Come to the Library to get ready for the school year with crafts, storytimes, tours, giveaways, and previews of our fall programs, such as our STACKS after-school program.

Our Back-to-School Guide, with tips on healthy eating, ...

The 13th Annual StartUP Business Plan Competition!

Got a great idea for a business?

You can get the tools you need to launch your own business and enter a contest to win $10,000 in seed funding!

Thanks to the generous support of Resorts World Casino New York City, the Queens Economic Development Corporation is holding its ...

Queens Library’s Back-to-School Guide!

It’s time for kids to go back to school—and we’ve got the perfect guide to help you prepare for a successful school year!

From tips on healthy eating and sleeping to how to talk to your child about their day, our Back-to-School Guide will help smooth the transition from summer to school.

Our guide is ...

Join Us for Banned Books Week!

It’s almost time for Banned Books Week, the annual event celebrating the freedom to read—and we will be hosting all kinds of great events at the Library!

Banned Books Week (September 23 to 29) brings together the entire literary community—librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers ...

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 ...

Sep
19
10:15AM

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10:45AM

Baby and Me

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Children and their accompanying grown-up can enjoy stories, music, nursery rhymes, toys, and peer interaction! Families will have the opportunity to connect with each other for support and resources.

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

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Sep
19
10:45AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Storytime

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Join us for toddler storytime! Children ages 18 months to 3 years with a parent/adult caregiver may join us for stories, songs, nursery rhymes, and other activities.

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

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Sep
19
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Kidz Build!

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Children can use their creative side to build and create.

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

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Sep
20
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Teen Time

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Come and join your fellow teens at our Teen Time!


Sep
20
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Computer Class for Beginners

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Adults are introduced to basic computer programs: the Internet, email, and Microsoft Word.


Sep
21
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Teen Board Games

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Teens could relax at the end of the week with fun board and card games!

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

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Sep
21
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Fun Fridays

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Come join us for a fun activity every Friday!

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

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Sep
22
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Saturday Family Movie

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Families are invited to join us for our Saturday afternoon movie screening.

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

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Sep
24
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Air Hockey Mondays

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Get a good start to the week with our Air Hockey Mondays – battle your friends for the top spot!

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

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Sep
24
5:00PM

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7:00PM

Monday Night Movie

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Adults are invited to join us for the screening of our Monday night movie.

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

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Sep
24
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Book Discussion Group

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Book lovers, please come and join the Arverne Book Club! Each month we will select, read and discuss a particular book. Upcoming book titles will be selected at our monthly meetings.

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

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Sep
25
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Teen Video Gaming

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Come and join your fellow teens as we play the latest video games on our PS 2, Xbox One and Wii video systems. You will have fun while building your hand-eye coordination.

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

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Sep
25
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Kool Science Buddies - STEM

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Each week children ages 6-12 will participate in STEM enrichment activities that are exciting, stimulating, and fun.

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

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Sep
29
2:00PM

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5:00PM

Open House for NYC Schools and Student Success

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Please join Arverne Library to learn how libraries can be a vital partner in your child's academic success! Families will learn about the valuable resources and services that Queens Library has to offer. Parents/guardians can learn how they can gain free Internet access at home for their NYC public school child! Giveaways will be available!


Oct
4
3:00PM

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7:00PM

Superheroes and Graphic Novel Day

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Are you a fan of comic books and/or graphic novels?
Come and enjoy a variety of graphic novels you love to read, color your favorite comic legends, create storyboard and panels, and your own book!


Oct
6
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Spooktopia: Saturday Family Movie

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Come and join us for afternoon movies to get to the mood for the Halloween.
10/6: "Hocus Pocus" (1993, PG)
10/13: "Monsters, Inc." (2001, G)
10/20: "Scooby-Doo 2" (2004, PG)
10/27: "Hotel Transylvania" (2012, PG)

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

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Oct
11
10:00AM

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11:30AM

Ready, Set, Bank! - Financial Literacy

Location: Arverne
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

This four-session series is a program of financial literacy where users will learn how to download and navigate financial and banking applications. They will also learn how to deposit checks from your phone, pay bills online, and gain knowledge about credit reports. This program will be in Spanish. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 718-990-8625 and to register visit queenslibrary.org.

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

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Oct
26
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Spooky Celebration!

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Start the Halloween fun early! Enjoy scary stories, creepy crafts, and ghostly games! For children ages 5-12. Costumes optional. Enjoy small treats while supply lasts!!


Nov
12
5:00PM

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7:00PM

Documentary Film Club

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Documentary film lovers, please come and join the Arverne Documentary Film Club! We will meet every 2nd Monday of each month.

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 Arverne Community Library has:

  • 18 public computers.
  • One early literacy station
  • Free internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • limited free printing.

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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International Language Collections at the Arverne Community Library include:

  • Spanish

 

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

  • Black Experience
  • Graphic Novels
  • Study Aid
  • Test Prep
  • Jobs & Careers
  • Citizenship
  • Parenting
  • Computers
  • Nollywood
  • Bollywood

 


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
Lucille Rose Day Care Center
148 Beach 59 Street
Arverne NY , 11692
phone: (718) 634-0331
Peach Tree Day Care
612 Beach 65 Street
Arverne NY , 11692
phone: (718) 634-1670
Rockaway Corp. Head Start
7205 Beach Channel Drive
Arverne NY , 11692
phone: (718) 945-3077

Community Board
Community Board District # 14
19-31 Mott Avenue
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 471-7300
fax: (718) 868-2657
  

Community Organizations & Services
Far Rockaway Adult Day Center
23-55 Healey Avenue
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 327-2809
Madison Square Boys & Girls Club
426 Beach 40 St.
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 471-5453
Rockaway Family Resource Center
19-31 Mott Avenue
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 337-9428
Rockaway Food Pantry
323 Beach 37 Street
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 327-4730
  

Fire Department
Ladder 121
Rockaway Beach Boulevard & Beach 49 Street
Engine 265
Rockaway Beach Boulevard & Beach 49 Street
Battalion 47
Rockaway Beach Boulevard & Beach 49 Street
Emergency Medical Services 47
Rockaway Beach Boulevard & Beach 49 Street
  

Local Hospitals
Peninsula Hospital
5115 Beach Channel Drive
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 734-2000
St. John’s Episcopal Hospital
1624 Central Avenue
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 869-7367
 

Local Newspapers
  

Parks and Playgrounds
Arverne Playground
Beach 54 St & Arverne Boulevard
Cardoza Playground
Beach 57 St. & Arverne Boulevard
 

Police Department
100th Precinct-Satellite
343 Beach 54 Street
Arverne NY , 11692
phone: (718) 318-1294
100th Precinct
92-24 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Rockaway Park NY , 11693
phone: (718) 318-4200
101st Precinct
16-12 Mott Avenue
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 868-3400

Post Office
Arverne Post Office
329 Beach 59 Street
Arverne NY , 11692
phone: (800)275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Daytop Village HS
316 Beach 65 Street
Arverne NY , 11692
phone: (718) 474-3800
  

Public Elementary Schools
PS42 Robert Vernam School
488 Beach 66 Street
Arverne NY , 11692
phone: (718) 634-7914
PS 105
420 Beach 51 Street
Arverne NY , 11692
phone: (718) 474-8615
PS 106
180 Beach 35 Street
Arverne NY , 11692
phone: (718) 327-5828
P.S. 256 ANNEX
360 Beach 53 Street
Arverne NY , 11692
  

Public High Schools
Beach Channel HS
100-00 Beach Channel Drive
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 945-6900
Far Rockaway HS
821 Bay 25 Street
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 327-6000
 

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Goldie Maple Academy
365 Beach 56 Street
Arverne NY , 11692
phone: (718) 945-3300
  

Senior Centers
Seaview Manor for Adults
210 Beach 47 Street
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 471-1311
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Donovan Richards
DRichards@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 1931 Mott Avenue, Suite 410
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 471-7014
fax: (718) 327-4794
Legislative Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1731
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-7216
fax: (212) 227-1210
NYS Assembly
Hon. Michele R. Titus
TitusM@nyassembly.gov
District Office 19-31 Mott Avenue, Room 301
Far Rockaway NY, 11691
phone: (718) 327-1845
fax: (718) 327-1878
Albany Office LOB, Room 522
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-5668
fax: (518) 455-3892
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: 518-426-0529
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

The first arrivals in the area were fisherman, among them a NY attorney named Remington Vernam. He was very interested in the prospects for real estate development in Rockaway. He was persistent in buying land owned by William Amerman’s heirs. After several years he was successful in acquiring the land that now makes up the section they named Arverne. According to legend, it was Mrs. Vernam who suggested this name when she observed her husband’s signature, “R. Vern,” with the last letters “am” almost illegible.

In 1884 he incorporated Ocean Front Improvement Company where he wanted to open a new vacation village. Essential to this was the construction of a large hotel, completed in 1888. Despite a good start, Vernam’s hotel did not share in the general success of the community. Financial difficulties came early on. In January 1899 he filed for bankruptcy. He died unexpectedly in 1907, and his son Clarence continued his father’s work. In 1916, Clarence sold the last sizable open tract of land to investors.

Arverne began to decline in the 1950’s and by the 70’s, most of the buildings had been leveled. Recently, the “Arverne by the Sea” project has been revitalized.

The library was initially housed in a drug store from November 10, 1914 through 1929. It was temporarily relocated to PS 42 for one year when in 1930 it was replaced by a bookmobile stop. In 1951, the branch was established in small quarters in a housing project, and on October 23, 1964 a newer rental facility opened for service at the present site. A new title was vested with the City and was designated for Library use on September 6, 2000.

Sources:

History of the Rockaways by Alfred Bellot

Old Rockaway, New York in Early Photographs by Vincent Seyfried

Special Services

Queens Library HealthLink

 

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately one of two American men and one of three American women will have some type of cancer at some point during their lifetime. Queens Library HealthLink seeks to increase access to cancer screening and cancer treatment among medically underserved communities in Queens. Queens Library HealthLink is a partnership between Queens Library, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Queens Cancer Center of Queens Hospital and the American Cancer Society.