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In the Mood For Love? Here Are Some Great Romantic Reads!

Valentine's Day is coming soon, and we asked our staff members to share their favorite tales of romance!

Do you have a love story to share with us? Email us today with your favorite romantic novels, poems, short stories and more—and we just might add them to this diverse ...

This Weekend at Queens Library

This weekend, join us at Queens Library for events celebrating Valentine's Day and African American History Month (including the 31st Annual Langston Hughes Celebration), as well as arts-and-crafts programs, adult coloring, family science, yoga for kids, great concerts, movies, magic shows, and much more! We hope to see you ...

Discovery Day Engineering Fair!

Please join us on Wednesday, February 17 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Children's Library Discovery Center in the Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica, for a chance for kids to learn about science, technology, and engineering — and have fun at the same ...

Upcoming Concerts to Mark on Your Calendar!

Our Culture Connection program has several upcoming concerts this February and March! Enjoy performances by singer and songwriter Charles Duke, jazz trumpet virtuoso Shareef Clayton, and more!

Click here for dates and free tickets. 

Our New Music For February!

Looking for new music? Look no further than your local Queens Library!

Every month, our expert staff will bring you the best of what's new in our physical and digital collections.

This month features music from David Bowie, Babyface, Hank Williams Jr., Tamar Braxton, Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap, G-Eazy, Young ...

Free Universal Pre-K at Ravenswood!

Registration is now open for Universal Pre-K at Ravenswood UPK in Long Island City!

FREE Queens Library Universal Pre-K offers:

  • outstanding pre-K education from 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • free nutritious lunches and snacks
  • warm, friendly, highly-qualified staff
  • the best learning ...

Get Free Help With Your Taxes!

Do you need help with your ‪tax return‬?

Queens Library, in cooperation with the New York State Tax Department, is offering free tax-preparation assistance at participating libraries from January to April!

If your income was under $62,000 in 2015, you qualify to e-file your taxes at no cost. Volunteers ...

Feb
16
1:30PM

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4:30PM

Tax Counseling

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

Taxpayers must bring a photo ID, social security card or SSA1099, last year's tax return (form 1040 for 2013), W2 forms, 1099 forms (1099INT, 1099DIV, 1099R, 1099MISC), and all documents relating to income and expenses.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
16
1:30PM

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4:30PM

Tax Preparation Assistance

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

IRS-trained counselors will help you complete your 2015 personal income tax return. Be sure to bring a copy of your 2014 income tax return(s); all W-2 forms, 1099 forms, and other documents for tax year 2015; unemployment compensation statements; your SSA-1099 form if you received Social Security benefits; a photo ID for every person listed on the return; and Social Security cards or other official documentation for yourself and all dependents.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
17
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Computer Class for Beginners

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

Learn how to use the computer, browse the Internet, and work with Microsoft Word. A valid Queens Library card is required.

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

Additional Dates


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Feb
18
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Book Discussion Group

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

We meet on the third Thursday of every month. Pick up a copy of the month's selection at the Circulation Desk and join us!

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

Additional Dates


Feb
19
4:30PM

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6:00PM

PC Computer Instruction: One-on-One for Adults

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

These classes offer one-on-one instruction to adults who need help learning how to browse the Internet, use email, work with Microsoft programs, or master other aspects of using a PC computer.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
20
10:00AM

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11:30AM

English for Speakers of Other Languages

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

Learn or improve your English in this class for those from non-English speaking countries.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
3
5:30PM

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6:30PM

Meditation Club

Location: Bellerose
Registration: Not required

Experienced or beginner, join the club and share breathing exercises and meditation techniques that may help to reduce stress.

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 Bellerose Community Library has:

  • 7 public computers
  • Wireless access(For wireless access information see Wireless Policy)
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing
  • Live homework help online through Tutor.com. Please contact the library for more details.

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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International Language Collections at the Bellerose Community Library include:

  • Spanish
  • Chinese
  • Hindi
  • Gujarati
  • Malayalam
  • Punjabi

 

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

  • Extensive musical CD collection
  • Collections of Hindi magazines, Videos, CDs, and DVDs

 


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
Bright Beginnings
80-45 Winchester Blvd.
Queens Village NY , 11427
phone: (718) 264-3860
Cross Island YMCA ECC
238-10 Hillside Avenue
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718) 479-0505
Cross Island YMCA After-school –PS186
252-12 72nd Avenue
Queens NY , 11426
phone: (718)479-0505
Cross Island YMCA A.S. Glen Oaks Campus
74-30 Common Wealth Blvd
Glen Oaks NY , 11426
phone: (718) 465-1665
Kashet PS/Young Israel/NHP
264-15 77 Avenue
Queens NY ,
Life-Line Center Child Development
80-09 Winchester Blvd.
Queens NY ,
Our Little Angel Day Care Preschool
86-29 Commonwealth Blvd.
Bellerose NY , phone: (718)347-7377
So Big Pre-School Nursery
4 Belmont Avenue
Floral Park NY , phone: (516) 352-1173
St. Gregory The Great Roman Catholic Church
87 Avenue & Cross Island Parkway
Bellerose NY , phone: (516) 437-8753
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
6 Commonwealth Blvd.
Bellerose Village NY , phone: (516) 354-6866
Star’s Day Care
246-46 86th Avenue
Bellerose NY ,
 

Community Board
Community Board 13Q
219-41 Jamaica Avenue
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718)464-9700
fax: (718)264-2739
  

Community Organizations & Services
Bellerose Commonwealth Civic Association BCCA
P.O. Box 260225
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (516) 859-1169
Creedmoor Civic Association
PO Box 260143
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718) 464-3369
Bellerose Hillside Civic Association
80-20 242 Street
Bellerose NY , 11426
Bellerose Business District Development Corporation
50 Superior Road
Bellerose Village NY , 11001
Cill Cais Players
242nd Street & 88th Street
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718) 347-0025
Cross Island YMCA
238-10 Hillside Avenue
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718) 479-0505
Queens Village/Hollis/Bellerose Volunteer Ambulance
235-01 Braddock Avenue
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 464-2424
Green Meadows Farm
73-50 Little Neck Parkway
Floral Park NY , 11428
phone: (718) 470-0224
Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway
Floral Park NY , 11004
Veterans of Foreign Wars John F. Prince Post 6478
242-37 Braddock Avenue
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718) 347-9662
ESL Classes for Parents
248-05 86 Avenue
Bellerose NY , 11426
Beacon Program at MS 172
81-14 257th Street
Floral Park NY , 11004
phone: (718) 347-3279
Natural Occurring Retirement Community Without Walls
58-20 Little Neck Parkway
Little Neck NY , 11362
phone: (718) 225-6750
  

Fire Department
Engine 251
254-20 Union Turnpike
Queens NY , 11004
Engine 313 Ladder 164
44-01 244 Street
Queens NY , 11363
 

Local Hospitals
Creedmoor Psychiatric Center
80-45 Winchester Blvd.
Queens Village NY , 11427
phone: (718) 264-4000
Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park
270-05 76th Avenue
Queens NY , 11040
phone: (718) 470-7100
Schneider Children's Hospital
269-01 76th Avenue
Queens NY , 11040
Zucker Hillside Hospital
75-59 263rd Street
Queens NY , 11004
  

Local Newspapers
Queens Courier
38-15 Bell Blvd.
Bayside NY , 11361
phone: (718)224-5863
Gothem Gazette|
299 Broadway, Suite 700
NY NY , 10007
phone: (212) 227-0342
Queens Chronicle
62-33 Woodhaven Blvd
NY , 11421
phone: (718) 441-1411
Queens Tribune
174-15 Horace Harding Expressway
NY , 11365-1527
phone: (718) 357-7400
Times Ledger
41-02 Bell Blvd. Suite 2
Bayside NY , 11361
phone: 718-260-4545
fax: (718) 229-7177
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Breininger ParkCreedmoor Farm Park
Braddock Avenue & 240th Street
NY ,
Creedmoor Farm Park
Little Neck Parkway & Commonwealth Blvd
NY ,
Douglaston Golf Club
63-20 Marathon Parkway
Douglaston NY , 11362
phone: (718)224-6566
  

Police Department
105th Precinct
92-08 222nd Street
Queens Village NY , 11428
  

Post Office
Bellerose Post Office
237-15 Braddock Avenue
Bellerose NY , 11426-9997
phone: (800) 275-8777
Glen Oaks Post Office
256-29 Union Turnpike
Glen Oaks NY , 11004-9997
phone: (800) 275-8777
Floral Park Post Office
35 Tulip Avenue
Floral Park NY , 11001-9998

Private / Parochial Schools
St. Gregory The Great School (K-8)
244-44 87th Avenue
Bellerose NY , 11426-0114
phone: (718) 343-5053
  

Public Elementary Schools
PS 018 Winchester (K-5)
86-35 235 Court
Queens Village NY , 11427
phone: (718) 464-4167
PS-IS 208 (K-7)
74-30 Commonwealth Blvd.|
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718)468-6420
PS-IS 266 (K-8)
74-10 Commonwealth Blvd
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718) 479-3920
PS 133 Queens School (PreK-5)
248-05 86th Avenue
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718) 831-4016
PS 191-Mayflower School
85-15 258 Street
Floral Park NY , 11001
phone: (718) 831-4032
PS 186 Castlewood
252-12 72nd Avenue|
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718) 831-4024

Public High Schools
Queens High School of Teaching (Q566)
74-20 Commonwealth Blvd.
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718)736-7100
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
PS 186 Castlewood
252-12 72nd Avenue
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718) 831-4024
PS-IS 266 (K-8)
74-10 Commonwealth Blvd.
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718) 479-3920
 

Senior Centers
St Gregory The Great Community Counseling Service Center
88-19 Cross Island Parkway
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718) 343-5938
St. Gregory The Golden Age Leisure Club
87 Avenue & Cross Island Parkway
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718) 347-7079 or (718) 347-3908
Service Now for Adult Persons, Inc
80-45 Winchester Blvd. CBU 29 Building 4
Queens Village NY , 11427
phone: (718) 786-7110

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Barry Grodenchik
M23@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 73-03 Bell Boulevard, Suite 1N
Oakland Gardens NY , 11364
phone: (718) 468-0137
fax: (718) 468-0178
Manhattan Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1807
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-6984
fax: (212) 608-6382
NYS Assembly
Hon. Barbara M. Clark
Clarkb@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 97-01 Springfield Boulevard
Queens Village NY, 11429
phone: (718) 479-2333
fax: (718) 464-7128
Albany Office LOB, Room 547
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4711
fax: (518) 455-3740
NYS Senate
Hon. Tony Avella
avella@nysenate.gov
District Office 38-50 Bell Boulevard, Suite C
Bayside NY, 11361
phone: (718) 357-3094
fax: (718) 357-3491
Albany Office Room 902, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2210
fax: (518) 426-6736
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Bellerose traces its roots back to 1906, when a Massachusetts real estate developer named Helen M. Marsh purchased 77 acres of gladiola fields in Long Island for $155,000. Ms. Marsh dreamed of developing a model community which contained modestly priced homes. In the Panic of 1907, the mortgage on one of the properties was called and Ms. Marsh pledged $50,000 of her own securities to prevent foreclosure.

Construction on the first home began in 1910. Ms. Marsh lived in this home while supervising construction on the remaining properties. She worked with an architect to lay out streets and houses around circular flower bed islands. During a drought, she was known to drive around the neighborhood watering the plants and in the wintertime, she also went from home to home to keep the furnaces burning.

Transportation was already provided by the Long Island Railroad at the nearby Floral Park and Trolley service along Jericho Turnpike. In 1911, Ms. Marsh convinced the LIRR to build a station in Bellerose.

In 1917, the property owners ratified the name of “Bellerose”. According to some sources, the name derives from the Rose farm that was found south of the area and their daughter “Belle”. Ms. Marsh always replied that she chose the name merely because it sounded “euphonious”.

Today, there are three communities with the name Bellerose —the Queens section of Bellerose, and the Incorporated Village of Bellerose and Bellerose Terrace, which are both part of Nassau County. Bellerose, Queens, is bordered by Little Neck Parkway on the East, Grand Central Parkway on the West, the Creedmoor State Hospital grounds on the north and Braddock and Jamaica Avenues on the south. Bellerose Queens is known for the state-run Queens Children’s Psychiatric Center and the New York City-owned, but privately operated Queens County Farm Museum.

In recent years, Bellerose continues to grow and thrive. According to the 2000 census, the population was 18,687 comprised of Irish, Italian, German, Polish, Scottish, Hispanic, Asian Indians, Filipino and Chinese. One example of the diversity of Bellerose can be seen from the different Southeast Asian shops and grocery stores that have opened around the community.

The Bellerose Library opened its doors on February 27, 1978 with Ms. Jean Dickerson as the Branch Library Manager, a small staff, 20,000 books and various periodicals on order. The idea of opening a branch library in Bellerose was conceived in 1975 and accomplished through the work of local community leaders and civic leaders, including then-State Senator Frank Padavan, Councilman Matt Troy, Jr. and Borough President Donald R. Manes.