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This Weekend at Queens Library

It’s another great weekend at the Library! Join us for a Children's Reading Group with special guests Bill de Blasio and Jimmy Van Bramer, an early Mother’s Day craft fair and flea market, a poetry workshop, our Earth Day Family Fest, wonderful musical performances—including two different Motown revues and our Sunday ...

From Dennis M. Walcott

In my first weeks as the newly-appointed President and CEO, I visited every community library to meet the staff and gain an overview of what each library adds to the community. Among the most impactful programs are the Job and Business Academy’s job skills training workshops.

Library users attend free classes at the library ...

Celebrate Earth Day With Us!

On Friday, April 22, events will be held worldwide to support the environment and remind us all that we need to protect our planet.

This week, Queens Library has great programs planned at several of our community libraries to celebrate Earth Day and promote environmental awareness.

They include movies, ...

New on Our Blog: An Interview with New Langston Hughes Executive Director Mikisha Morris!

We’re very pleased to welcome Dr. Mikisha Morris to Queens Library as the new Executive Director of the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center. She succeeds Andrew P. Jackson (Sekou Molefi Baako), who will be retiring in July 2016 after more than 35 years of service to ...

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Poems from Our Patrons!

Thank you to our patrons for sending us their poems in honor of National Poetry Month—and now it’s our pleasure to share them with you!

You can read poems from Shoshana Goldman, Michael P. Kusen, Agnes Wong, and Qi-Hong Zheng by visiting our ...

Comment on Our FY2017 Budget

Queens Library is preparing its operating budget for Fiscal Year 2017, and there's still time for you to share your thoughts. Your comments online and by mail are welcome through May 6.

Please visit our budget feedback webpage to read our Budget Priorities for Fiscal Year 2017 and fill out our online ...

See Shakespeare Performed at Queens Library!

The play’s the thing at Queens Library! We're partnering with the award-winning TITAN Theatre Company to bring dramatic staged readings of all Shakespeare’s plays to libraries across Queens.

Our next Shakespeare in Queens performance will be Troilus and Cressida on Monday, May 2 at 5:30 ...

Spring 2016 Elder Law and Estate Planning Seminars

Protect Your Assets. Ensure Your Legacy. Come to our Elder Law and Estate Planning Seminars where you can learn strategies for your finances and estate planning.

By attending one of our seminars, you will be introduced to strategies that will help you better plan for your financial future, medical care, ...

Support the Gracie Book Club!

The Gracie Book Club is a new collaborative effort between the Gracie Mansion Conservancy and First Lady Chirlane McCray. The first Gracie Book Club selection is Bright Lines. Read Bright Lines along with the First Lady and your fellow New Yorkers, and be a part of a ...

May
2
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Chair Yoga with Irene Failenbogen

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Chair Yoga is a great way to work out from head to toe without (for the most part) having to get out of your chair.

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

Additional Dates


May
2
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Belly Dancing 101: An Introduction

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Belly dancing, also known as "Raqs sharqui," is an ancient, mystical, and healing dance form. Learn its fundamentals with Cashel Campbell. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited.


May
3
7:30AM

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9:30AM

Drop Off Your Food Scraps With the NYC Compost Project

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Drop off your food waste with the NYC Compost Project hosted by the Queens Botanical Garden. We accept fruit and vegetable scraps; coffee grounds, filters, and paper tea bags; bread and grains; egg shells, nutshells, and corncobs; food-soiled paper towels and paper napkins; stale beans, flour, and spices; and cut or dried flowers. Please do not bring meat or fish scraps; cheese or dairy products; and fats, grease, oil, or oily foods.

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

Additional Dates


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May
4
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Mother Goose

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-18 months and their parent/caregiver are invited to join us for simple books, nursery rhyme fingerplays, and play time.

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

Additional Dates


May
4
11:00AM

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11:45AM

Toddler Time

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 18-36 months and their parents or adult caregivers are invited to join us for simple picture books, fingerplays, songs, and play time.

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

Additional Dates


May
6
12:00PM

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1:00PM

ShapeUp NYC: Moving and Grooving with Tenaria

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

This aerobics fitness class uses easy-to-follow dance steps to increase cardiovascular health and tone the body. The instructor is Tenaria Drummond-Smith.

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

Additional Dates


May
6
3:30PM

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4:15PM

Make a Gift for Mother's Day

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Make a Special Mother's Day Gift for your Mom, Grandma, Aunt, or Friend who is like a Mom.


May
7
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Create a Mother's Day Craft with Miss Janet

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Join Miss Janet and create a Mother's Day gift for your mom, grandma, or aunt.


May
7
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Pathway to U.S Citizenship: Becoming a U.S. Citizen and Building Your Civic Knowledge

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Are you ready to become a U.S. citizen? Sessions are in English and include a workshop and basic civics education. 5 /7 - Are you ready to be a U.S. citizen?/Introduction to American history; 5/14 - Required documents and more/Introduction to American government and politics; 5/21 - Common barriers to naturalization/American culture and geography; 5/28 - Naturalization interview and beyond/Review of 100 questions.

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

Additional Dates


May
13
3:30PM

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4:15PM

Arts and Crafts

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

School-age children make creative arts-and-crafts projects!

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

Additional Dates


May
14
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Job Readiness Workshop Series: Resumes and Cover Letters

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Find out what employers are looking for when they review resumes and cover letters, and learn tips for making your resume and cover letter as good as they can be in this interactive workshop.


May
14
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Music of Colombia

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Led by renowned pianist, composer, arranger, and bandleader Pablo Mayor, from Cali, Colombia, the trio performs traditional songs and original compositions inspired by the diverse and rich musical heritage of Colombia.


May
17
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Spring Season Nail Art

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

These nail art sessions are to benefit the Buy-A-Book Spring Campaign. Please donate a dollar or two.
All ages welcome!

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

Additional Dates


May
18
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Family Movie: "The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar (2015, PG) tells the story of Kion, Simba's son. Simba commissions Kion to put together a new Lion Guard to protect the Pride Lands and preserve the Circle of Life. You may purchase refreshments at the door, in order to provide a donation towards the Buy-A-Book Spring Campaign.


May
23
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Movie: "CREED"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Creed (2015, PG-13), if you enjoyed movies like "Rocky", you may just enjoy this dramatic sports movie. You may purchase refreshments at the door, in order to provide a donation towards the Buy-A-Book Spring Campaign.


May
26
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Financial Aid Basics with Bell Curves

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Join Bell Curves as they discuss the basics of financial aid and paying for college. This workshop is open to both students and their parents.


Jun
4
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Movie: "The 5th Wave"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

The 5th Wave (2016, PG-13), is an excellent and truly exciting addition to the YA SCI-FI genre, and you may purchase refreshments at the door, in order to provide a donation towards the Buy-A-Book Spring Campaign.


Jun
6
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Home Buying vs. Renting: What You Need To Know

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Michael Bersin will educate you on the benefits of buying vs. renting a house, explain the mortgage process and costs, and instruct you on how to review your current financial situation.


Jun
10
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Briarwood's Summer Reading Kick-Off Party

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

GET IN THE GAME, READ! Join us for snacks, drinks, games, arts and crafts, and prizes at Briarwood's Summer Reading Kick-Off Party!


Jun
10
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Friends of Briarwood and Briarwood Library Co- Sponsor

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

“Get in the Game, READ!” Summer Reading Party


Jun
11
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Family Movie: "Curious George Plays Ball!"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Who doesn't love Curious George? Watch and enjoy the movie "Curious George Plays Ball!" You may purchase refreshments at the door, in order to provide a donation towards the Buy-A-Book Spring Campaign.


Jun
11
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Get in the Game, Paint a Frame!

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Get in the Game, Paint a Frame! Celebrate spring and bring a donation of $1 to support the
Buy-A-Book Spring Campaign. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Jun
18
3:00PM

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4:00PM

South Indian Classical Music

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

RagaChitra Veena Ensemble led by Nivedita ShivRaj performs South Indian Classical Music on the ancient multi-stringed instrument, the Veena, in a contemporary style.


Jun
20
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Get in the Game: Learn About Animals!

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-12 meet frogs, bugs, a bunny, birds, and more, and learn about the important roles these animals play and their unique athletic abilities. Participants are also encouraged to get in the game and participate in our chicken dance contest and take part in a special surprise activity at the end of the program.


Jul
26
1:30PM

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2:30PM

KidFit Obstacle Course

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Calling all kids ages 6-10! Come jump, squat and help each other conquer obstacles in a supportive team environment. This is your chance to practice goal setting and working with others to accomplish them in a fun and safe environment.

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 Briarwood Community Library has:

  • 5 public computers for Adults
  • 4 public computers for Juneniles
  • 3 public computers for the Young Adults
  • Wireless access(For wireless access information see Wireless Policy)
  • Free Internet Access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the Briarwood Community Library include:

  • Spanish
  • Chinese
  • Russian
  • Hindi
  • Hebrew

 

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

  • Black Experience
  • New Americans Program (ESL)

 


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 Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
A To Z Learning Center
123-21 Jamaica Ave.
Queens NY , 11418
phone: (718) 805-4400
Bovov World Wide HS
83-06 Abingdon Rd.
Queens NY , 11415
Briarwood Early Childhood Center
139-76 85th Drive
Queens NY , 11435
phone: (718) 297-5288
Iras's Parkway Toodlers Program
141-20 Grand Central Parkaway
Queens NY , 11435
phone: (718) 526-1803
Kids Palace
84-75 Daniels Street
Queens NY , 11435
phone: (718) 658-7818
Sholom Day Care
82-52 Abingdon Road
Queens NY , 11415
Yeshiva Tifereth Moshe DC
83-06 Abingdon Rd
Queens NY , 11415
phone: (718) 846-7300
  

Community Board
Community Board District #8
197-15 Hillside Avenue
Hollis NY , 11423
phone: (718) 264-7865
fax: 718-264-7910
  

Community Organizations & Services
Briarwood Community Association
139-15 Pershing Crescent
Briarwood NY , 11435
phone: (718) 297-4542 or (718) 297-9680
  

Fire Department
Engine 298
153-11 Hillside Avenue
Queens NY , 11432
  

Local Hospitals
Queens Hospital Center
82-68 164th Street
Queens NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-3000
Jamaica Hospital Center
8900 Van Wyck Expwy.
Queens NY , 11418
phone: (718) 206-6000
Mary Immaculate Hospital
152-11 89th Avenue

Local Newspapers
Jamaica Times
41-02 Bell Blvd
Bayside NY , 11361
phone: 718-260-4545
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Briarwood Playground
148th St and 85th Avenue
Manton Playground
Manton Street and 83rd Avenue
 

Police Department
107th Precint
71-01 Parsons Blvd.
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718) 969-5100
  

Post Office
Briarwood Finance Station
138-69 Queens Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11435-9996
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Archbishop Molloy High School
83-53 Manton Street
Briarwood NY , 11435-1697
phone: (718) 441-2100
fax: (718) 849-8251
Ezra Academy (Grades 7-12)
119-45 Union Turnpike
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 263-5500
Kew-Forest School (Grades K-12)
119-17 Union Turnpike
Forest Hills NY , 11375-6143
phone: (718) 268-4667
Our Lady of the Cenacle School
87-25 136th St.
Richmond Hill NY , 11418
phone: (718) 657-6690
St. Nicholas of Tolentine School (Grades Pre-K-8)
80-22 Parsons Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 380-1900
Yeshivat Ohr Haimm
82-52 Abingdon Rd.
Kew Gardens NY , phone: (718) 633-2540
Yeshiva Tifereth Moshe
83-06 Abingdon Rd.
Kew Gardens NY , phone: (718) 846-7300
  

Public Elementary Schools
PS 82 Hammond
88-02 144 Street
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 526-4139
fax: (718) 297-0290
PS 99 Kew Gardens
82-37 Kew Gardens Road
Kew Gardens NY , 11415
phone: (718) 544-4343
fax: (718) 544-5992
PS 117 Joyce Keld/Briarwood School
85-15 143 Street
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 526-4780
fax: (718) 297-1796

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
JHS 217 Robert A. Van Wyck School
85-05 144 Street
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 657-1120
fax: (718) 291-3668
  

Senior Centers
BFFY Hillcrest Senior Center
168-01b Hillside Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 297-7171
Young Israel Queens Valley Senior Center
141-55 77th Avenue
Flushing NY , 11367
phone: (718) 263-6995
 

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Rory Lancman
RLancman@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 78-40 164th Street
Hillcrest NY , 11366
phone: (718) 217-4969
fax: (347) 561-6116
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1773
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-6956
fax: (212) 676-0471
NYS Assembly
Hon. Michael A. Simanowitz
simanowitzm@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office Address 159-06 71st Avenue
Flushing NY, 11365
phone: (718) 969-1508
fax: (718) 969-8326
Albany Office LOB, Room 742
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4404
fax: (518) 455-5408
NYS Senate
Hon. Leroy Comrie
Comrie@nysenate.gov
District Office 113-43 Farmers Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 454-0162
fax: (718) 454-0186
Albany Office Room 617, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2701
fax: (518) 455-2816
US Congress
Hon. Grace Meng

District Office Address 40-13 159th Street
Flushing NY, 11358
phone: (718) 445-7860
fax: (718) 445-7868
Legislative Office 1317 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-2601
fax: (202) 225-1589
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

The present Briarwood community stretches from Union Turnpike on its northern side to Hillside Avenue and Queens Blvd., to Parsons Blvd. on its the eastern side. The Briarwood area of Queens was undeveloped until after the turn of the century. In 1907 real estate developer Herbert A. O’Brien formed the Briarwood Land Company to develop the area between Parsons Blvd. and Queens Blvd. The name “Briarwood” was suggested by Mrs. O’Brien because the area was heavily wooded and full of briars. The company went bankrupt and the area remained undeveloped. In 1936 Briarwood Estates Development Corporation began selling homes in the area. In an ad in the 1939 World’s Fair News it proclaimed “You owe it to yourself to visit Briarwood Estates, a refined residential community”; however the area didn’t fully develop until after WWII when returning GI’s settled in the area. Of note, Archbishop Molloy High School is located across the street from the library at 83-53 Manton Street. It was opened in 1957. The population of Briarwood has grown from only a few residents at the turn of the century, to 10,000 in 1940, to its current population of almost 30,000 residents who reside in over 2,000 private homes and over 100 apartment buildings. The Briarwood Branch of the Queens Library was opened in 1975.

Sources:

About Briarwood by Seymour Schwartz, President of the Briarwood Community Association (pamphlet)

Briarwood by Gerhard Heese, 1st Vice President of the Briarwood Community Association (pamphlet)