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Jan
22
3:00PM

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5:30PM

STACKS After School Program

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Developed by Queens Library, STACKS is a free after school program for children aged 6 – 14. STACKS was created to enhance your child’s learning experiences through structured and unstructured, age-appropriate activities in a safe and welcoming environment that helps school-aged children build their emotional, social and academic skills.

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

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Jan
23
10:30AM

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11:00AM

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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Jan
24
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Beginners' Computer Class

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

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

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

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Jan
26
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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Feb
1
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations - Children's Trivia

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Test your knowledge during a celebration and commemoration of Black History Month focusing on black migrations. This program is for children from 2nd-6th grade. Participants will receive small goodies. Registration is not required. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Feb
5
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migration - Creative Art

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5 & up will create, design, or sculpt art to demonstrate America's history of black migration. Let's understand our history through art! Materials will be provided. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Feb
6
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migration - Storytime

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Come and join us for a storytime and discussion about African American history and children's literature! This program is designed for children that are 5 to 10 years old. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
7
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations - Adult Trivia

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Join us for an evening of black history trivia to celebrate Black History Month. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Feb
7
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations - Young Adult Trivia

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Join us for an evening of black history trivia to celebrate Black History Month. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Feb
8
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Black History Month - 'Sock Doll Workshop'

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Children 5 years and up will participate in a 'sock doll workshop' to commemorate Black History Month. No registration required.


Feb
9
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Black History Month - Jewelry Making

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Come join us to celebrate Black History Month by making a special gift.


Feb
11
5:00PM

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7:00PM

Broken Heart Week: Monday Night Movie

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Join us for a Broken Heart Week film screening of "The Shack" (2017, PG-13). For more Broken Heart Week programming, visit https://queenslib.org/BHW2019.


Feb
14
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations - Urban Stages presents "Cathay"

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

When her town is liberated by the US Army, Cathay Williams, the daughter of a slave woman from Independence, Missouri, decides to enlist and becomes a Buffalo soldier. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Feb
15
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations - Children's Poetry Writing

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Join us for an interactive poetry writing and reading session by famous performers including black writers, poets, playwrights, and music composers for children ages 5 & up. The most creative poem takes home a small prize! For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Jun
13
4:00PM

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5:00PM

A Reptile "Edventure" with Erik Callender

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

This fun-filled educational experience gives children age 6 and up a unique opportunity to see and learn about The Reptile Guy's animal science, rescue, and awareness. Meet reptiles, amphibians, and even some large insects from around the world.


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.

 

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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.