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Know Your Rights Week: Legal Help for Immigrants

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and her Immigration Task Force are hosting “Know Your Rights Week”, a series of free informational workshops and confidential legal clinics for immigrants from June 25 to 29 in various neighborhoods throughout Queens.

The first event, “Screenings and Legal ...

Queens Library's Battle of the Bands!

The Battle of the Bands is back and better than ever!

For the fourth 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 Saturday, June 30!

Gifted musicians ages ...

Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Flushing Library's New Building!

Queens Library at Flushing keeps growing and improving!

To better serve you, Flushing Community Library was renovated and reopened its doors in 1998. We have been offering amazing programs and services in the twenty years since then and look forward to celebrating this anniversary with you.

Flushing Library will have ...

Battle of the Bands Spotlights!

The 4th Annual Battle of the Bands is less than two weeks away, and here's where you can learn about our talented contestants.

Our latest spotlights include bands The Fourth Power, trickBlue, Foreign Trees, and Attitude, and have links to their live videos, ...

Celebrate Pride Month at Queens Library!

June is LGBTQ Pride Month, and we're proud to announce that we are marching along with the New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library in the NYC Pride March on Sunday, June 24!

You can join us for activities at our libraries throughout the month, including special film screenings, and check out our ...

Summer Reading: Libraries Rock!

Summer reading is here, and our theme this year is Libraries Rock!

We can’t wait for you to rock and roll with us at our music-themed events all summer long, from making your own instruments to sing-alongs!

Get your reading groove on this summer and track your reading progress through fun activities at your ...

We Did It!

Thanks to your social media posts, your postcards, letters and calls, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Speaker Corey Johnson, and the New York City Council on June 14, 2018 agreed on a budget for Fiscal Year 2019 that includes at least $60 million in capital funds and a $16.7 million increase in ...

Support Queens Library with Your 2018 Annual Fund Gift

The last day of school is just a few weeks away—and we’re already hard at work preparing programs, signing kids up for summer reading, and ensuring that we can meet the needs of the 52,000 children and young adults who are expected to visit Queens Library this summer.

The thousands of programs we offer are made ...

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 ...

Summer Meals For Kids & Teens

For children and teens up to 18 years old, free, nutritious Summer Meals will be available from Wednesday, June 27 through Friday, August 31.

Meals will be provided Monday through Friday, from 1pm to 2pm, at 35 Queens Library locations. Enrollment is not required.

Queens ...

Jun
25
3:00PM

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STACKS Afterschool

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Join us at the library for a free after-school program! STACKS is a curriculum based after-school program that assists children with their homework assignments and projects, and do a curriculum based writing activity or craft after homework hour. Ages 6-14. Hours are 3:00-5:30pm. Transportation not provided.

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

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Jun
25
4:00PM

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Nutrition Workshop

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Children learn healthy eating and exercise habits that support their growing bodies. Children will have the opportunity to create and eat a healthy meal! Children with allergies should be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Space is limited.


Jun
26
4:00PM

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Queens Library Rocks! with Drum Beats Percussionist Freddy Dugard

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

This upbeat and engaging three session drum workshop will have children rocking to the beat. Percussionist Freddy Dugard will kick-off Summer Reading "Library Rocks" with musical style and rhythmic patterns. Beginners and experinced participants are welcome. For children 8 to 12. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.


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Jun
27
11:00AM

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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, finger plays, music, 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


Jun
27
4:00PM

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Literacy Inc.

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Literacy connects children with opportunity. Literacy Inc. (LINC) engages families and community members to support young readers. Children listen to a read aloud and write a reader's response. LINC staff members assist children in the development of a strong reader's response. K-4th grade.


Jun
29
12:15PM

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My Baby and Me

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Babies 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. Ages 6mo-2yrs.


Jun
29
4:00PM

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5:15PM

Summer Reading: Fun Friday

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Join us at the library for Fun Friday. Children will use various craft materials to create a masterpiece! Space and materials are limited; please arrive early. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Childcare centers with more than 5 children must call to register. Call 718-529-1590.

6/1- Design Your Own Backpack
6/8- Crystal Sun Catchers
6/15- Native American Drums
6/22- Summer Reading Info Session
6/29- Garden Club


Jul
6
2:30PM

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4:15PM

Summer Reading Fun Friday

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-12 are invited to join us on Fridays, when we play games, watch movies, or create a craft! Children younger than seven years old must be accompanied by a grown-up. Childcare centers with four or more children must register for every summer program. Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
11
2:30PM

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3:45PM

Summer Reading Kids Creative Crafts

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Children ages 4-12 are invited to have fun at the library during the summer! Children will use various materials such as feathers, origami paper, pastel crayons, sand, and more to create a masterpiece! Children younger than seven years old must be accompanied by a grown-up.
Wednesdays @ 2:30PM (Grades Pre- K - 4th)
Thursdays @ 2:30PM (Grades 4th-6th)

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

Additional Dates


Jul
26
2:30PM

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3:45PM

Baisley STEM Makerspace: Architect Building

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Children ages five to twelve are invited to become an architect at the library! Children will use masking tape, popsicle sticks, and their imagination to create an architectural structure. Children younger than seven must be accompanied by a grown-up.


Jul
31
2:30PM

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3:45PM

Baisley STEM Makerspace: Moon Sand

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Children ages five to twelve can come to the library and make moon sand! Children will use household ingredients to create moon sand. Children younger than seven must be accompanied by a grown-up.


Aug
8
4:00PM

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Google CS First Programming and Coding

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Join us at the library for a free computer programming class. Children ages 8-12 years old will create animations, interactive artwork, photograph filters, and other exciting artistic projects. This is a continuous four-week program, two days a week (Wed./ Thurs.). Seats are limited. Must be able to attend all sessions. Registration is required. Call 718-529-1590 to register.

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
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