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Run the River with Queens Library!

Once again, Queens Library is partnering with the Randall’s Island Park Alliance for Run the River, a 5K fun run on Randall’s Island, on Saturday, October 27!

Now in its ninth year, you can run to protect the waterways, wetlands, and recreational areas of Randall’s Island Park. ...

Culture Connection 5th Anniversary Concerts!

Culture Connection, the program that brings NYC’s artistic talent to Queens, is turning five this year!

To celebrate, we're hosting a star-studded series of five concerts at five different library locations this October.

Get your taste of musical magic at these exciting events featuring a Broadway star and ...

Reimagine End of Life Week

Reimagine End of Life Week is a citywide exploration of big questions about life and death through creativity and conversation.

Drawing on the arts, spirituality, healthcare, and design, this weeklong series of events from Saturday, October 27 to Saturday, November 3 will break down taboos and bring diverse ...

Drag Queen Story Hour At The Library!

We hope you will join us at our community libraries for Drag Queen Story Hour, a unique storytime for children ages 3-8 that raises awareness of gender diversity, promotes self-acceptance, and builds empathy through an enjoyable literary experience.

Created by Michelle Tea and RADAR Productions in San Francisco, DQSH now happens ...

Promote a Lifelong Love of Learning. Donate Now!

Our STACKS afterschool program provides a nurturing environment to read and to do homework. It also encourages participation in other learning activities that help develop life skills.

But we can’t offer programs like this without the support of our community.

Programs like STACKS are made possible thanks to the ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Oct
24
11:00AM

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11:45AM

Toddler Time

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Storytime is a great way to foster literacy skills and encourage reading! Children 2-4 years old accompanied by an adult, are invited to the library for read alouds, fingerplays, music, and peer interaction. Families will have the opportunity to connect with each other for support and resources.


Oct
24
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Literacy INC

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

LINC's mission is to engage families and community members to support young readers in high need neighborhoods. Children will listen to a read aloud, and conduct a writing activity that enhances their reading comprehension and writing skills. For grades K-5.


Oct
25
4:00PM

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5:15PM

Baisley STEM Makerspace: Spooky Playdough

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Participants ages 4-12 will create their own spooky playdough! They will discuss its physical and chemical properties. Children under 7 years old must be accompanied by a grown-up.


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Oct
26
12:15PM

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My Baby and Me

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Babies ages 6 months to 2 years 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.


Oct
26
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Live Green! Build a Sustainable City

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

ArchforKids and Queens Library presents STEAM at Baisley Park Library
Participants will build a model of a sustainable Queens neighborhood- one that includes a "green" library in a park setting. In these hands-on workshops, participants will collectively create structures to make up a sustainable neighborhood. Space is limited. Preregistration is required. For ages 6 to 12.


Oct
27
10:00AM

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12:00PM

On the Spot: Weekend

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Children ages 2-12 and families can play cards, do a puzzle, draw a picture, read stories, or color a coloring sheet with each other in the Children's Public Area.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
1
4:00PM

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4:45PM

Nutrition Workshop

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5-12 are encouraged to join us to learn about healthy eating habits. Children will have the opportunity to make a healthy snack! Children under 7 years old must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Children and parents should be aware of their allergies.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
1
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Nutrition Workshops for Children Ages 6-12

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6 to 12 will learn about nutrition in a fun and interactive way. This program focuses on nutritious food choices. Children will learn the five food groups and why healthy eating is important for their bodies.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
2
12:15PM

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1:00PM

My Baby and Me

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Babies ages 6 months to 2 years 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.

Additional Dates


Nov
2
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Adventures in Architecture with ArchforKids

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

Participants ages 6-12 will learn architecture design. Participants will build a headquarters for a superhero, a tabletop greenhouse, and more. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
5
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Mad Science STEM Workshops at Baisley Park

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

An educational fun and learning experience with Mad Science. Children will engage in exciting hands-on activities, watch spectacular demonstrations, participate in science discussions, and take home things that they have made themselves. Space is limited. Preregistration is required. All material is free.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
7
11:00AM

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11:45AM

Toddler Time

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Toddlers ages 2 to 4 years old 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.

Additional Dates


Nov
7
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Bilingual Birdies presents Movin' to Mandarin Storytime

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Preschool children and their parents/caregivers will enjoy a storytime class in Mandarin.


Nov
8
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Native American Blankets

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Join us as we learn about various Native American tribes. Children will learn the communication techniques Native Americans used and do a craft.


Nov
13
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Dear Kitty: Literacy Lessons of Anne Frank

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

This is a literacy focused program in which students in grades 4-6 explore Anne Frank through her writing. Students are encouraged to create a short diary with drawings that reflect themselves and the world.


Nov
14
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Baisley Relay Smash!

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Children ages 8-12 will participate in relay games for prizes.


Nov
15
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Pumpkin Slime

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Join us for some fun at the library. Children will have the opportunity to use food coloring, glue, detergent, and pumpkin seeds! Children under 8 must be accompanied by a grown-up. Limited space. Arrive early.


Nov
20
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Thankful Turkeys

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Join us at the library to celebrate our family and friends. Children will make Thankful Turkeys!


Dec
4
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Manga Comics Workshop

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

This manga comic workshop focuses on Japanese and American style comics. Participants will learn the history of this popular form of comics and make connections to their own experiences and cultures as they create their own characters for their own comics.


Dec
5
11:00AM

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11:45AM

It's Time for Kind

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Join us as we read books and sing about being kind!


Dec
7
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Fun Friday STACKS

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Children in the free STACKS After-school Program will participate in various fun activities.

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 Baisley Park Community Library has:

  • Five adult computers
  • Four teen computers
  • Four children's computers
  • One card catalog computer
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the Baisley Park Community Library include:

  • Spanish- Books, CD’S & DVD’s
  • French- Books, CD’S & DVD’s
  • Chinese- Books only
  • Haitian Creole- Books, CD’S & DVD’s
  • Bengali- Books & DVD’s
  • African- DVD’s only

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Baisley Park Community Library include:

  • Black Experience
  • Graphic Novels
  • Young Adult Books
  • Christian Fiction

 


Community Board
Community Organizations & Services
Fire Department
Local Hospitals
Local Newspapers
Parks and Playgrounds
Police Department
Post Office
Public Elementary Schools
Public High Schools
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

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

Community Organizations & Services
Afro-American Parents #2
112-06 Sutphin Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 322-9080
Afro-American Parents #1
117-16 Stuphin Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 322-2030
Quick Start Head Start
126-22 150 Street
S. Ozone Park NY , 11434
phone: (718)659-6928

Fire Department
Engine 302 Ladder 155
143-15 Rockaway Blvd.
  

Local Hospitals
Cath Medical Center Brooklyn
8825 153rd Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718)558-6900
Queens Hospital Center
82-68 164th street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 558-2000
Mary Immaculate Hospital
15211 89 Ave.
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718)558-2000
Long Island Jewish Medical Center
Merrick Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718)291-5400
  

Local Newspapers
Courier
editorial@queenscourier.com
38-15 Bell Blvd
Bayside NY, 11361
phone: (718) 224-5863
Press of Southeast Queens
150-50 14th Road
Whitestone NY, 11357
phone: (718) 357-7400
fax: (718) 357-9417
Laurelton Times Timesledger Newspapers
timesledgernews@cnglocal.com
41-02 Bell Blvd 2 fl
Bayside NY, 11361
phone: (718) 229-0300
Queens Chronicle
letters@qchron.com
62-33 Woodhaven Blvd
Rego Park NY, 11374
phone: (718) 205-8000
fax: (718) 205-0150
  

Parks and Playgrounds
Baisley Pond Park
Foch, Rockaway Boulevard
Dr. Charles Drew Memorial Park
Van Wyck, 116 Avenue, 140 Street,115 Avenue
Van Wyck Playground
Van Wyck Exwy, Rockaway Boulevard, 140 Street,

Police Department
113th Precinct
167-02 Baisley Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 712-7733
  

Post Office
Rochdale Village Post Office
165100 Baisley Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 723-1726
  

Public Elementary Schools
PS 45 - The Clarence E. Witherspoon (K-5)
126-28 150th Street
South Ozone Park NY , 11436
phone: (718) 529-1885
PS 223 - Lyndon B. Johnson School (PK-K-6)
125-20 Sutphin Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11436
phone: (718) 322-9012
PS 123 (K-5)
145-01 119 Avenue
South Ozone Park NY , 11435
phone: (718) 529-4300
P.S. 160 -Walter F. Bishop School
109-59 Inwood Street
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 526-8196
  

Public High Schools
August Martin High School (8-12)
156-10 Baisley Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-2920
Q752 - Queens School for Career Development
142-10 Linden Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11436
phone: (718) 322-3580
 

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Adrienne E. Adams
AAdams@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 165-46 Baisley Boulevard
Jamaica NY, 11434
phone: 718-723-0680
fax:
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1877
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-6850
fax: (212) 442-2729
NYS Assembly
Hon. Vivian E. Cook
CookV@nyassembly.gov
District Office 142-15 Rockaway Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11436
phone: (718) 322-3975
fax: (718) 322-4085
Albany Office LOB, Room 939
Albany NY , 12248
phone: (518) 455-4203
fax: (518) 455-3606
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 Baisley Park area was originally in the territory through which the Rockaway Indians (who spoke the Algonquin language) passed on their way to Jamaica.

Sutphin Blvd and Rockaway Blvd at present are built on much of the old Indian trail. The community was named for early Queens resident David Baisley, who sold his pond (Baisley Pond) to a Brooklyn water supply company in 1857. In 1858, a large quantity of teeth belonging to the American Mastodon were found near the pond. There was speculation that a herd of Mastodons came down to Baisley Pond to drink and were trapped by a huge wall of ice.

At the beginning of the century, Baisley Park was still farmland. The modern suburban development of Baisley Park began about 1923. The area became settled with one-family frame homes; small business and shopping centers grew up on Sutphin Blvd in the heart of the development. Churches and schools were also established.

Baisley Pond was drained to provide deeper water for residents to go boating and ice skating, and a picturesque Baisley Park was built around the pond. In the past 50 years area residents and others have put great efforts in beautifying the area, improving housing, and fighting drugs.

Community library service began on July 17th 1930, when the Queens Library Book Bus, “The Pioneer”, made its first regular stop in the neighborhood. The public response to this service was enthusiastic: in the first 6 months, 6000 books were circulated. In 1933, the Cherokee Democratic Club offered its club room for after-school children to wait for the book bus. Finally, in 1935, the Baisley Park station (as a sub-branch) was opened next to the park. It was designated as a branch in 1956.

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, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Queens Cancer Center of Queens Hospital and the American Cancer Society.

 

Cancer Action Council

The Baisley Park Cancer Action Council is a group of community leaders who discuss community health issues and make plans for action in Baisley Park. Contact (718) 990-5197 or (718) 529-1590