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Baisley Park

Celebrate the Holidays at Queens Library!

Gather your family and friends and celebrate the holiday season at the Library!

Join us for Christmas tree decorating, Kwanzaa celebrations, Hanukkah crafts, concerts, movies, and more.

Plus, you can view our collections of recommended holiday books and holiday movies, available to borrow from your community ...

It’s Time for Kind

It’s time for kind at the Library and beyond this holiday season.

At all Queens Library locations, you can join us for many special programs for people of all ages.

You can also donate to our canned food drive in partnership with the Food Bank For NYC from November 19 to 30, share ...

Double Your Impact This Holiday Season!

You have a special opportunity to double the impact of your gift to Queens Library this holiday season!

Thanks to a generous donor who wishes to motivate others in the Queens community to support our Library, your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $25,000.

Your gift right now goes twice as ...

Holiday Recipes from Jamaica FEASTS!

Jamaica FEASTS is Queens Library’s FREE training program to provide knowledge, tools, and resources to people who want to start and run their own food businesses in Queens.

Several talented students have graduated from Jamaica FEASTS, and we’re very pleased to share their holiday recipes with you!

Our next ...

All of Us Deserve Palaces

Eric Klinenberg, author of the new book Palaces for The People, advocates for libraries as part of social infrastructure that promotes interactions between people from all walks of life.

“I became a scholar because I learned to love libraries,” Klinenberg says. While working on ...

Winter Health & Safety Tips

As the temperatures drop in New York City, it’s important to focus on health and safety when braving the cold this season.

Dr. David Slotwiner, chief of Cardiology, and Dr. Jeffrey Rosen, chairman, Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, and their fellow physicians from ...

QI 2018: Celebrate Queens Artists in the Library

Queens International 2018: Volumes (QI 2018) opened at the Queens Museum in October, and on Saturday, November 10, for the first time ever, the Queens International will extend offsite, with art installations in three Queens Library branches: Lefrak City, Flushing, and Central Library in Jamaica.

Since it ...

Discover Your City With Culture Pass!

Start planning your winter 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, ...

Dec
17
3:00PM

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6:00PM

It’s Time for Kind: Kids’ Box Challenge

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Ages 5-12, join us at the Baisley Park Library as we spread kindness! Every half hour, we will choose a child to pick from our kindness box and perform an act of kindness. Children will learn empathy skills and the importance of being kind.


Dec
19
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


Dec
19
2:00PM

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6:00PM

Reading Specialist Sessions

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Join us at the Baisley Park Library, where children can sit down with our reading specialist. Children in first grade to sixth grade can build their reading readiness and literacy skills. Children may attend anytime from 2-6pm on Wednesdays and from 10-5pm on Saturdays. Call 718-529-1590 for more information.

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

Additional Dates


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Dec
19
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.


Dec
20
4:00PM

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5:15PM

Tree Ornament

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Join us at the Baisley Park Library for a tree ornament craft! Children ages 4-12 will use beads, glue, glitter, popsicle sticks, and pipe cleaners!


Dec
21
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


Dec
21
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


Dec
22
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 visit the library and play cards, do a puzzle, draw a picture, read stories, or color a coloring sheet with each other in the Children's Public Area.
All ages

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

Additional Dates


Dec
22
10:00AM

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3:00PM

Reading Specialist Sessions

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Join us at the Baisley Park Library, where children can sit down with our reading specialist. Children in first grade to sixth grade can build their reading readiness and literacy skills. Children may attend anytime from 2-6pm on Wednesdays and from 10-5pm on Saturdays. Call 718-529-1590 for more information.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
26
4:00PM

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5:00PM

It’s Time for Kind: Storytime and Craft

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Join us at the Baisley Park Library for a kindness storytime for ages 2-12! Children will have the opportunity to listen to read-alouds about kindness and discuss the importance of being kind to one another. Children will participate in a kindness chain craft after storytime.


Jan
9
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 in grades K-5 will listen to a read-aloud, and conduct a writing activity that enhances their reading comprehension and writing skills.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
10
4:00PM

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5:15PM

Popsicle Stick Snowflakes

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Join us at the Baisley Park Library and make a snowflake! Children ages 5-12 will use paint, glitter, and popsicle sticks to create a snowflake.


Jan
12
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Weekend Crafts: Create Your Own Superhero Cape

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Join us at the Baisley Park Library for weekend crafts! Children ages 4-12 can create their own superhero cape! Limited materials and space; please arrive early.


Jan
17
4:00PM

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5:15PM

Baisley STEM Makerspace: Snowman Challenge

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Join us at the Baisley Park Library for some STEM fun! Children ages 6-12 will break into teams, discuss a plan, and build a snowman! Children will have to construct their snowman by using their critical thinking skills, their imaginative skills, tape, newspaper, and cotton balls.


Jan
19
3:30PM

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4:45PM

Weekend Crafts: Color Your Own Backpack

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Join us at the Baisley Park Library for weekend crafts! Children ages 6-12 can color their own backpack! Limited materials and space; please arrive early.


Jan
24
4:00PM

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5:15PM

Beginner Crochet Class at Baisley Park

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Children ages 9-12 can learn basic crochet terminology, how to make a slip knot and crochet a chain, and how to single crochet and make a fun beanbag! Call 718-529-1590 to register. Space is limited.
Children must be able to attend both sessions.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
24
5:30PM

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7:00PM

Pearl Bracelet and Earring Workshop for Adults

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

Melody Burns leads this craft class where participants learn how to create a beautiful pearl bracelet and earring set.


Jan
29
4:00PM

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5:15PM

Baisley Relay Smash!

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Children ages 8-12 will participate in relay games for prizes and bragging rights!


Jan
31
4:00PM

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5:15PM

Baisley STEM Makerspace: Let's Make it Snow!

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Let it snow! Join us at the Baisley Park Library where children will discuss how snow is formed and where it comes from. Children ages 5-12 will have the chance to use household ingredients to create their own snow! Space is limited. Please arrive early. Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by a grown-up.


Feb
1
12:15PM

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1:00PM

My Baby and Me

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Babies age 6 months to 2 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


Feb
14
4:00PM

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5:15PM

Heart Craft

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Ages 5-12, visit the Baisley Park Library and make a heart craft! Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by a grown-up.


Feb
21
4:00PM

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5:15PM

Water Resistant Hat Craft

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Ages 5-12, join us as we use crayons and watercolors to create a water resistant masterpiece.


Feb
23
3:30PM

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4:45PM

Weekend Crafts: Color Your Own Beach Ball

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

It's cold outside! Children ages 5-12 can take an imagination vacation to a warm place, with our color your own beach ball craft! Children will discuss the places they would like to visit for a vacation and color their beach balls. Limited supplies and materials; please arrive early. Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by a grown-up.


Feb
25
4:00PM

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5:15PM

Baisley Relay Smash!

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

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


Feb
28
4:00PM

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5:15PM

Baisley STEM Makerspace: DIY Paper Plate Roller Coasters

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Children ages 8-12 will learn engineering and architectural techniques through a fun building activity! Join us at the Baisley Park Library for our Paper Plate Roller Coaster STEM workshop.


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