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Cambria Heights

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Dec
14
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Adult Craft Hour

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Join us weekly for a variety of crafts. We will learn to crochet, knit, make jewelry, explore paper crafts, create collages and paint with coffee, watercolor and acrylics.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
15
10:30AM

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11:30AM

My Baby & Me

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Children and their caregivers will enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, movement games, books, and toys Everyone has fun!

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

Additional Dates


Dec
15
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Video Game Club

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Come join us to play fun video games on our video game wagon!

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

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Dec
16
10:00AM

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2:00PM

Senator Comrie's Mobile Office Hours

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Come meet Senator Leroy Comrie and his staff. Do you want to find out what a State Senator does? Do you have questions or suggestions about living in Cambria Heights? Is there a government issue you need help resolving? Stop by and say hello.

This is an opportunity for Senator Comrie and his staff to come out into the community to assist constituents on a Saturday morning.


Dec
16
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Write Now! with NY Writers Coalition

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Want to write words that will be music to the ears, get around your writer’s block or just put pen to paper and see what happens?

This workshop is open to writers (adults and
young adults) of all genres, backgrounds and
experience levels. Writing prompts and other
materials will be provided. Just bring yourself!

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

Additional Dates


Dec
16
2:30PM

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5:00PM

Toastmasters Club

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Interested in overcoming your fear of public speaking? Want to build or enhance your leadership skills? The Cambria Heights Toastmasters Club provides a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth


Dec
18
10:15AM

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11:15AM

Computer Classes for Beginners

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Learn the basics of how to use a computer, surf the web, and use email.


Dec
18
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Table Tennis Anyone?!?

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Come join us and learn to play table tennis/ping pong. Beginners, intermediate or advanced, all skill levels are welcome!

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

Additional Dates


Dec
18
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Cambria Heights Teen Comic Book Club

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Teen Comic Book Club is open to all teens with an interest in comics. Whether you are new to the genre or a devoted fan, come join us to discuss your favorite story arcs, movie and television tie-ins, and everything else comics related in a fun, relaxing environment.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
20
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Holiday Hand Crafted Cards & Jewelry Making

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Join us to create beautiful hand crafted holiday cards and jewelry beautiful enough to give away as a gift or to yourself!

Handmade Cards: Wednesday, November 15, 22, 29
Jewelry: Wednesday, December 6, 13, 20, 27

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

Additional Dates


Dec
20
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Time

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Ages 2-4 years
Children and their caregivers will enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, movement games, books, and toys. Everyone has fun!

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

Additional Dates


Jan
2
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Happy New Year Resolutions and Goal Setting!

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Join Us as we celebrate the New Year by creating resolutions and setting goals for 2018. This workshop is open to all community members: children, teens, adults and older adults! Something for Everyone!


Jan
3
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Cambria Heights Quilters

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Please join us Wednesday mornings for beginner quilting. We will learn basic and intermediate techniques to create beautiful individual and group projects. All are welcome, supplies will be available for use during the sessions.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
4
6:00PM

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7:30PM

The Empowered Gardener Series: Surviving the Big Freeze

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

We will make a self-watering planter from scratch. We will learn to read seed packs and discuss care for indoor house plants.


Jan
5
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Pamper a Shelter Pet

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Teens make toys to be donated to dogs and cats at a local animal shelter.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
10
3:30PM

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4:15PM

Animals Alive with Alley Pond Environmental Center

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Join Ally Pond Environmental Center for a fun show and tell with some of their residents.


Jan
10
4:00PM

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4:30PM

Spelling Bee

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Attention all spellers: Please join our Spelling Bee. Open to grades 3, 4, 5, and 6! There will be prizes and special judges.


Jan
12
4:00PM

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4:45PM

Teen GLBTQA Club @ Cambria Heights Library Teen Center

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, and aromantic teens and allies:
Wherever you fall on the rainbow spectrum, we want you in the Teen GLBTQA Club. Make friends, talk pop culture, and discuss other topics important to you.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
13
2:00PM

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4:30PM

A Reading of the Play Two Trains Running

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Two Trains Running is a play by African-American playwright August Wilson. The play explores the African-American experience of a 1960's black neighborhood in the grips of a major economic development versus gentrification and their changing view of race amidst the legal victories of the Civil Rights movement and at the height of the Black Power Movement.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
16
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Winter Craft

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Join us for a fun, winter themed craft.


Jan
16
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Join us as we discuss the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a national Civil Rights Leader and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Grade school children will explore and discuss Dr. King's famous quote, "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." We will use the exploratory writing prompt, "What does content of character mean to me?"


Jan
17
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Healthy Living, Healthy You!

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Happy 2018! Start your year on a positive, and healthy note. From nutritious snacking to heart health tips, this program is just for you.


Jan
18
7:00PM

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7:45PM

Between Da Sheetz Urban Fiction Book Club

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Join us monthly to discuss the latest and greatest stories in urban fiction. Contact the customer service department to register 718-528-3535 or online.

Cambria HeightsThu, Feb 15, 20187:00PM - 7:45PM
Cambria HeightsThu, Mar 15, 20187:00PM - 7:45PM

Feb
1
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Sankofa Discussion and Multimedia Club

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

The Sankofa Discussion and Multimedia Club will meet bi-monthly to discuss histories of the diaspora. Using a variety of formats, we reach back to see our way forward to meet the challenges of today.

Join Us 1st Thursday Evenings Alternating months at 6pm

October 5, 2017: Explore Africa
December 7, 2017: Kwanzaa: A Cultural Celebration
February 1, 2018: African American History


Feb
5
10:00AM

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4:00PM

Save Money, E-File Your Taxes for Free

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

If your income is under $66,000, you qualify to receive free online tax return filing assistance. Volunteers from the New York State Tax Department will guide you through tax preparation software available on their website as you learn how to prepare and e-file your federal and state income tax returns at no cost. Volunteers will be available who speak English and Haitian-Creole.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
10
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Between the Eye and the Other: Writing with You and Images

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

"Citizen: An American Lyric" by Claudia Rankine explores the fluid relationship between text and visual art as well as the first person, second person and third person points of view. In this workshop, led by Sherese Francis, we will look at the writing and imagery in "Citizen" and write pieces based on prompts inspired by Rankine's words, use of images, and different points of view. This program is part of the Big Read in partnership with St. John's University


Feb
14
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Winter Blues: Seasonal Affective Disorder

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

This time of year may have you feeling unlike yourself. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects approximately 3 million Americans each year. Join us for this health program which discusses SAD, its symptoms, impact and more. A de-stress activity will be included.


Mar
1
6:00PM

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7:30PM

The Empowered Gardener Series: Get Ready For Spring!

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

We will prepare our gardens for planting. Sunny or shady yards, which plants go where? We will learn how to start the germination process and how to acclimatize plants that are non-indigenous to our hardiness zone.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Cambria Heights Community Library has:

  • 11 public computers
  • 1 Online catalog
  • 10 Laptops
  • Free internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the Cambria Heights Community Library include:

  • French
  • Haitian Creole

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Cambria Heights Community Library include:

  • African American and Caribbean fiction and non-fiction
  • Student Assignment Center
  • Cookbooks
  • Crafts/Hobbies
  • Home & Garden
  • Health
  • Money Matters
  • Parenting and Computer

 


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
Cambria Center for the Gifted
233-10 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 341-1991
Cambria Heights Christian Academy
221-02 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 276-5920
Helping Hands Day Care
225-16b Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 527-6258
Juliasa Nursery School & Kindergarten
224-03 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 525-9434
Le Grand Elite Learning Lab Universal Pre-K
229-16 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (800) 690-2652
Lil Ones Learning Center
229-16 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
The Nurturing Center
225-11 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 527-5932
Wonder Kids Academy
116-53 227th Street
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 276-8900
 

Community Board
Queens Community Board #13 Queens Reform Church,
www.cb13q.org
219-41 Jamaica Avenue,
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 464-9700
fax: (718) 264-2739
  

Community Organizations & Services
Cambria Heights Civic Association
Kelli Singleton, President, P.O. Box 110007
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: 917-922-4136
fax:
Cambria Heights Sports Association
116-49 223rd St.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718)525-4494
fax:
ChaRosa Foundation Corporation
228-08 Linden Blvd. P.O. Box 110279
Jamaica NY , 11411
Haitian-Americans United for Progress (HAUP)
221-05 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 527-3776
  

Fire Department
Engine 317 Ladder 165
117-11 196th St.
St. Albans NY , 11412
  

Local Hospitals
Queens Hospital Center
82-70 164th St.
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-3000
  

Local Newspapers
Queens Courier
South-East Queens Press South-East Queens Press

Parks and Playgrounds
Cabbell Park/Cambria Playground
121 Ave. & 220th Street
PS 147 Playground (East Springfield)
115th Rd. Bt. 218th & 219th Streets
PS 176 Playground
121 Ave & 237th Street

Police Department
105th Precinct
92-08 222nd Street
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 776-9090
  

Post Office
Cambria Heights Station
229-01 Linden Blvd
phone: (718) 528-1484
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Bethel Christian Learning Center (Pre-K -12)
219-09 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 978-4357
Cambria Center for the Gifted (Pre-K-5)
223-10 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 341-1991
Le Grand Elite
229-16 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 949-6565
Revealed Word Christian Academy (PreK-6)
230-01 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 276-3669
Sacred Heart R.C. School (Pre-K-8)
115-50 221st Street
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 527-0123
 

Public Elementary Schools
PS 147 Ronald McNair (Q147) K-5
218-01 116 Ave.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 528-2420
fax: (718) 723-7819
P.S. 147 MINI (Q851)
218-01 116 Ave.
Queens NY , 11411
phone: (718) 528-2420
fax: (718) 723-7819
PS 147 MINI School Spec Ed (Q852)
218-01 116 Ave.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 528-2420
fax: (718) 723-7819
PS 176 Cambria Heights (Q176) K-5
120-45 235 St.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 525-4057
fax: (718) 276-3458
  

Public High Schools
Mathematics, Science Research and Technology Magnet High School (Q492)
207-01 116 Ave.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 978-1837
fax: (718) 978-2063
Law, Government and Community Service High School (Q494)
207-01 116 Ave
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 978-6432
fax: (718) 978-6749
Business, Computer Applications & Entrepreneurship High School (Q496)
207-01 116 Ave
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 978-2807
fax: (718) 978-3402
Humanities & Arts Magnet HS (Q498)
207-01 116 Ave.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 978-2135
fax: (718) 978-2309
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
IS 192 - The Renaissance Middle School
109-89 204 St.
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 479-5540
fax: (718) 217-4645
  

Senior Centers
Alpha Phi Alpha Senior Center
220-01 Linden Blvd
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 528-8238
fax:
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. I. Daneek Miller
IDMiller@council.nyc.gov
District Office 172-12 Linden Boulevard
St. Albans NY, 11434
phone: (718) 776-3700
fax: (718) 487-3580
Manhattan Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1810
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-7084
fax: (212) 788-7093
NYS Assembly
Hon. Clyde Vanel
VanelC@nyassembly.gov
District Office 97-01 Springfield Boulevard
Queens Village NY, 11429
phone: (718) 479-2333
fax: (718) 464-7128
Albany Office LOB, Room 548
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4711
fax: (518) 455-3740
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. Gregory W. Meeks

District Office 153-01 Jamaica Ave., 2nd Floor
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 725-6000
fax: (718) 725-9868
Legislative Office 2234 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-3461
fax: (202) 226-4169
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Cambria Heights was originally a farming community which supplied produce to Brooklyn and Manhattan. It began developing in 1923 on 163 acres of land bought by Oliver B. LaFreniere, a real-estate agent. It acquired the name Cambria in about 1924 from its owner the ‘Cambria Title Savings and Trust Company’ a coal concern located in Cambria County, Pennsylvania. “Heights” was added because of the area’s high elevation.

First populated by Jewish, German, Irish and Italian residents, the community became a predominantly Black, middle-class suburb after the Second World War. Present demographics reveal a community comprised predominantly of African Americans and West Indians.

Library service for the community began in 1930 with the establishment of a bookmobile stop on Linden Boulevard for one hour a week. The following year, the bookmobile moved to PS 147 where it provided service to the children for a few hours each week. Service expanded as demand grew leading eventually to the need for a regular library.

Campaign efforts by a committee of the Civic Association resulted in the opening on July 15, 1949 of a sub-branch in rental quarters on Linden Boulevard. In 1964, the rental facilities were expanded and upgraded to a new location, 220-20 Linden boulevard, where it remained until 2006.

The latest incarnation of the Cambria Heights library is a state-of-the-art facility located at 218-13 Linden Boulevard. Opened in 2006, the library offers computers, WiFi, programs and materials of all types for all ages.

Sources:

Cambria Heights before it was Born by George W. Winans (Pamphlet)

The Origin of Community Names in Queens Borough. (Pamphlet)

The Encyclopedia of New York City ed. by Kenneth T. Jackson