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Rockaway 31-Hour Summer Festival

It's almost here! The Peninsula Community Library will be open for 31 hours straight, from 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 26 through 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 27, for the Rockaway 31-Hour Summer Festival!

Bring your friends and family for special story times, face painting, balloon animals, crafts, concerts, ...

Lincoln Center's Boro-Linc: La Casita

Lincoln Center and Queens Library have partnered to present Boro-Linc: La Casita, a free world-class performance and family workshop—right in the heart of Jamaica, Queens!

Join us at Rufus King Park on Saturday, September 9 for wonderful music and dance, and a chance to learn more about ...

Join Us on Our Mobile Library Tour!

Queens Library's Mobile Library will be touring the borough throughout the month of August.

Visit the Mobile Library to borrow books, sign up for a library card, and more!

Our stops will include public schools; a beach-side stay with special stories, songs, and rhymes; and a back-to-school event with State ...

Summer Programs For All Ages

Summer's almost over, but we've still got plenty of great things for kids, adults, and families to enjoy at the Library!

Join us at the Rockaway 31-Hour Summer Festival, see some unforgettable Culture Connection concerts, cosplay at our library ComicCon in Queens Village, ...

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

Summer Meals are here! For children and teens up to 18 years old, free, nutritious Summer Meals are available from now until Friday, September 1.

Meals are available Monday - Friday, from 1pm - 2pm, at 35 Queens Library locations. Enrollment is not required. Queens Library is honored to partner ...

Queens Library 2017 Gala

The Queens Library Foundation’s 2017 Annual Gala will take place on Tuesday, October 17, at the Queens Museum.

Nearly 300 supporters of the Library attended last year’s Gala to pay tribute to our special honorees and the Library’s mission and customers.

This year’s ...

Run the River with Queens Library!

Once again, Queens Library is partnering with the Randall’s Island Park Alliance for Run the River, a 5K fun run on Randall’s Island, on Saturday, October 28!

Now in its eighth year, you can run to protect the waterways, wetlands, and recreational areas of Randall’s Island ...

Video Visitation at Queens Library

Video visitation is a free program offered at libraries across the city that connects a live video feed between participating library locations and NYC Department of Corrections facilities, allowing incarcerated New Yorkers to talk, read, and share stories together with their loved ...

Queens Library is for Everyone!

The Everyone Campaign is exactly that: for everyone. Queens Library is a safe space for all, no matter where you come from, who you love, or what you believe.

In today’s political and social climate, many people in the communities we serve feel vulnerable and afraid.

As the hub of every community across the ...

Aug
24
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Mask Making/Cultural History

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

NY State Council on The Arts & Queens Library presents an Inter-generational 9 week course - Mask Making and Cultural History. Teens and Older Adults partner to learn about mask making across cultures and time. Taught by teaching artist Karen Fitzgerald. Space is limited. Register by calling the Cambria Heights Library @ 718-528-3535

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

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Aug
24
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.

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Aug
28
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.

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

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Aug
30
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Adult Mahjong & Activities

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Join us for a series of workshops where we learn the skills, strategies and calculations needed to playing Mahjong, a traditional Chinese game.


Sep
7
6:00PM

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7:30PM

The Empowered Gardener Series: Visualize Your Ideal Garden

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

We will look at the productivity of our gardens and evaluate the impact of nature and our care habits to develop blueprints to make change. A demonstration of indoor composting with red worms and a large soda bottle.


Sep
13
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Sculpture

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

A Creative Aging Course: Join us to explore contemporary figurative sculpture. Participants will look at contemporary work, and design their own sculpture. We will build it using cardboard forms and adding a plaster skin to the constructed framework. Final pieces will be painted. No experience necessary; materials will be provided. Space is limited. 9 sessions Register by calling Cambria Heights 718-528-3535

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

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Sep
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

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

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Sep
18
6:30PM

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7:30PM

QEDC: Business Plan Competition

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

The Queens Economic Development Corporation’s Annual Queens StartUP! Business Plan Competition begins in September 2017. The competition gives entrepreneurs a chance to strengthen their business knowledge, learn about business trends and gain insights into starting and growing a business while also introducing them to the vast resources available to them at Queens Library. Learn more at these information sessions and watch for more news about classes starting in October.


Sep
19
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Sickle Cell Disease 101

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Did you know sickle cell disease affects millions of people throughout the world? Join us for this educational presentation and discussion on sickle cell disease.


Sep
23
1:00PM

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5:00PM

Friends of Cambria Heights Library present Hyper Incarceration vs. Mass Incarceration

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Join us in the discussion of hyper incarceration vs. mass incarceration. An informed panel of persons affected by and with an intimate knowledge of the havoc wreaked by a criminal justice system intent on hyper incarceration. Panelists are: Tiheba Bain, Flores A. Forbes, William Eric Waters, Joseph “Jazz” Hayden, and William Scarborough. Moderator: Wanda Best, CEO Art Transforms Inc.


Oct
14
2:00PM

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3:15PM

Genealogy, Part I

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Professional genealogist and family historian Diane Warmsley shows you how to get started researching your family tree.


Oct
16
10:00AM

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3:00PM

Free Civil Legal Services Mobile Center

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

The Mobile Legal Help Center is a partnership between the NY Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) and the NY State Courts' Access to Justice Program that provides free civil legal services to New Yorkers in need.
https://mobilelegalhelpcenter.acuityscheduling.com/ for an appointment


Oct
28
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Author talk: The inspirational "Love Grounded by Grace"

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Tenaria Drummond Smith, lead co-author of the book along with co-authors Dina Campos, Theresa Byrd, and Sophia Greene discuss how they came to to write this inspirational work, share their story of how they were able to move past pain, and the message they hope will resonate with other women.


Nov
2
6:00PM

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7:30PM

The Empowered Gardener Series: Final Harvest

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

We will look at our final harvests and learn about the Plant Hardiness Zones as it relates to the various plants in our garden. We will share information on planting bulbs and preparing your Christmas and other potted plants so they will thrive in the spring.


Nov
4
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Entwined Destinies

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

The historic relationships in both North and South America between the Indigenous People and the Africans who arrived to this land is complex. Through oral discussions, visual media, traditional folklore (dance, drumming), historical objects and the exploration of customs seen through the prisms of both African and Native American perspectives, we will shed a bit of light on their intersection and the endurance of these relationships even until today.


Nov
15
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.

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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.


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