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It's #BookTuesday!

Every Tuesday, Queens Library will introduce you to a great book!

Our #BookTuesday pick for December 6 is Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes.

From the New York Times-bestselling author of "Me Before You" and "After You" comes a new romantic collection of stories filled with ...

Computer Science Education Week

It's Computer Science Education Week at Central Library! Learn the basics of computer science and coding from December 5 to 9!

Pick up skills in JavaScript and try out tech gadgets, plus learn about career pathways in the tech industry. 

Preregistration is required for most of these events; ...

Lincoln Center Local Presents The Nutcracker!

Lincoln Center has partnered with Queens Library to bring a free holiday treat for the whole family to a library near you!

In this special screening of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker ®, Tchaikovsky’s beloved melodies transport the young and young at heart to a magical world where mischievous mice besiege a ...

Upcoming NYCitizenship Information Sessions

Queens Library has partnered with the NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs to bring you NYCitizenship, a program to assist New Yorkers along the path to citizenship.

Attend our upcoming information sessions with the NYCitizenship attorney to find out how to apply for citizenship easily, the benefits of ...

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 ...

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For every $25 you donate, a new book will be added to the collection containing a bookplate with your name (or the name of someone you wish to recognize). $50 will buy two books, and so on.

*Thanks to a generous matching gift from Bloomberg Philanthropies, every Buy-a-Book donation you designate to a library will ...

Donate A Coat at Queens Library!

This holiday season, Queens Library is participating in the New York Cares Coat Drive!

Queens residents can visit 43 community library locations to donate new and gently used winter coats that will be distributed to men, women, and children in need.

Each year, more than 100,000 coats are collected across ...

Free Home Internet Access for Eligible NYC Students!

Do you know a New York City public school student with no home Internet access?

Their family may be eligible to borrow a hotspot from Queens Library and get FREE Internet service at home!

The ConnectED Library Hotspot Program is a free program designed to help NYC ...

Our New JBA Brochures

Every month, Queens Library’s Job & Business Academy (JBA) provides our customers with the technology training, small business help, and job-search assistance they need to succeed—all for free.

Now, it’s easier than ever to find out which classes are being offered. Just check the listings in our monthly ...

Adult Learner Program: Pre-Register Now!

Queens Library's Adult Learner Program provides lifelong learning opportunities to address the needs of the diverse and changing populations of Queens through FREE quality educational programs.

The following programs are offered at our seven Adult Learning Centers (located at Central Library, ...

Dec
7
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Adult Activity Hour

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Join us weekly for a variety of activities and crafts: learn to make jewelry, explore yarn crafts, paint with watercolor and play board games.

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

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Dec
7
11:00AM

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11:45AM

Toddler Time

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

We invite you to join us for stories, music, movement, and fun! Children accompanied by a grownup can enjoy storytime, fingerplays, music, movement, and social interaction. Families will have the opportunity to connect with each other for support and resources. Ages 2.5-5yrs

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

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Dec
7
3:30PM

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4:30PM

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.

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Dec
8
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 how 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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Dec
9
10:30AM

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11:15AM

My Baby and Me

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

We invite babies accompanied by a grown-up to join us for some educational fun! We will have storytime, fingerplays, music, movement, and social interaction. Families will have the opportunity to connect with each other for support and resources. 6m-24m

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

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Dec
9
11:30AM

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12:30PM

Preventing Falls: Make Your Home Safer

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Learn from Chrysanne Eichner, OTR/L, CAPS, Senior Occupational Therapist and Certified Aging in Place Specialist, about both simple and complex changes you can make in your home to make it safer and prevent falls.


Dec
9
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Black Light Painting

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Learn cool science while you have fun. Learn the difference between luminescence, phosphorescence, and fluorescence while decorating a t-shirt you can wear.


Dec
9
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Creative Reuse Workshop

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

What is creative reuse? It’s so much more than recycling. Creative reuse is rethinking our relationship to “waste,” repurposing materials unnecessarily bound for a landfill. It’s about sustainability and creativity coming together for the betterment of our communities and our planet. Come join us and create art using recycled material.
Credit Line: This program was generously provided by The Rockefeller Development Group.


Dec
10
1:30PM

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2:15PM

Wiggling on the Weekends

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Join us for lively musical activities that will have everyone up and moving to the beat! This program incorporates fine and gross motor skill activities through music, rhymes, and play.


Dec
12
10:00AM

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11:00AM

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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Dec
12
11:00AM

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12:30PM

ESOL Conversation Group at Cambria Heights Library

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

ESOL conversation group.


Dec
12
3:00PM

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5:00PM

The Ins and Outs of Music Production

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Join us to learn how to record, make beats, rap, sing in a chorus and write music with studio engineer Curtis Perkins.

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

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Dec
12
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Forensic Science for Teens: The Cookie Jar Mystery

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Someone broke our cookie jar and ate our cookies! In this 15 week course, we’ll examine the evidence, including fingerprints, handwriting samples, and bite marks, and use forensic science to discover the culprit.

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

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Dec
13
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Study Jam

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 openings

Join the "Science Professor" as he helps student's prepare for the Living Environment Regents exam. Space is limited to 20 students. Preregistration is required.

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

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Dec
13
4:30PM

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5:45PM

Kids Creative Craft at Cambria

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Come to the library for some crafting fun! Children will have the opportunity to use various art materials to create a masterpiece. We invite children of all ages.
12/6- Gingerbread Playdough
12/13-Continents and Oceans
12/20- Winter Mural

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

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Dec
15
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Hip Hop Matters

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

How a social movement and music has changed the lives around the world.


Dec
16
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Pamper a Shelter Pet

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Teens create 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


Dec
17
2:30PM

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5:00PM

Toast Masters

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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Dec
19
4:00PM

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4:45PM

Kids Learn Basic Computer Skills

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Children can come to the library to learn how to use computer software. Kids will learn how to use programs like Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Publisher and more.


Dec
19
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Jewelry Making

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Teens learn to make beautiful jewelry. Materials will be provided.


Dec
22
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Pretty in Paint Workshop for Children

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

This fun-filled paint workshop will encourage children 6-12 to unleash their creativity as they create a masterpiece to take home. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.


Dec
23
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Crafts with Shelly P.

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Dec. 23 - Holiday Craft - 3D Snowflakes - By using your creativity, you can create 3D paper snowflakes to decorate your tree.
Jan. 20 - Square Knot Bracelets - Learn to make square knots. Combine them with spacers and beads to create your own unique bracelets.
Feb. 17 - Framed Collages - Repurpose images from your favorite magazine to create one-of-a-kind inspirational Black History collages.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
28
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Learn the Arabic Alphabet

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Did you know that Arabic is comprised of 28 letters and that you join letters together to form words? Furthermore, the shape of most letters change according to their position in a word. In this program you will be introduced to the Arabic alphabet in sequence. You will learn how to write the shape of each letter, and how to join letters to form words.


Dec
29
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Kwanzaa Nana is Coming to Town

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

This fun-filled, family-friendly program will be hosted by the best-selling author of Sunne's Gift (and Queens native!) Ama Karikari-Yawson Esq., who will engage the audience in dynamic storytelling, riveting African drumming and dance, a discussion of the history of Kwanzaa, and an explanation of the seven principles of Kwanzaa.


Jan
4
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
11:00AM

--to--

11:45AM

Toddler Time at Cambria

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

We invite you to join us for stories, music, movement, and fun! Children accompanied by a grownup can enjoy storytime, fingerplays, music, movement, and social interaction. Families will have the opportunity to connect with each other for support and resources. Ages 2.5-5yrs

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

Additional Dates


Jan
5
6:00PM

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7:30PM

The Empowered Gardener Series: Surviving the Big Freeze

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

We will learn how to make worm compost fertilizer for our house plants and tending to Christmas plants to make sure they survive indoors in the dry house heat. We will make a self-watering planter from scratch.


Jan
5
6:00PM

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7:00PM

The Empowered Gardener Series: Surviving the Big Freeze

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Lifelong gardener Miriam Todd will guide participants in making worm compost fertilizer for house plants. Learn how to care for Christmas plants and your other house plants so they survive indoors in the dry heat of your home and make your own self-watering planter.


Jan
9
4:00PM

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4:45PM

Kids Learn Computers: Basic Skills

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Children are invited to the library to learn how to use computer software. Learn how to use programs like Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and more!

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

Additional Dates


Jan
10
4:30PM

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5:15PM

Messy Tuesdays at Cambria

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Come to the library and get messy! Children will have the opportunity to use various materials such as paint, shaving cream, soap, and oil to make messy projects.

01/10- Storytime and Let's Make Snow!
01/24- Puffy Paintings
01/31- Let's Make Slime!

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

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Jan
12
6:00PM

--to--

7:30PM

Adult Craft Hour

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Join us weekly for a variety of crafts. We will learn crochet, knitting, to 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


Jan
13
12:15PM

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1:00PM

My Baby and Me

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

We invite you to join us for stories, music, movement, and fun! Children accompanied by a grownup can enjoy storytime, fingerplays, music, movement, and social interaction. Families will have the opportunity to connect with each other for support and resources. Ages 6mo-2yrs

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

Additional Dates


Jan
21
3:00PM

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4:30PM

The Civil Rights Movement Through Postage Stamps

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Stamp collector Cheryl White presents postage stamps created to document and commemorate the African-American experience and the Civil Rights Movement. Philatelists, come share your stories of stamp collecting.


Jan
23
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 $64,000, 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 prepare and e-file your federal and state income tax returns at no cost. Volunteers will be available that speak English and Haitian-Creole.

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

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Feb
2
6:00PM

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7:30PM

The Sankofa Discussion and Multimedia Club

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

The Sankofa Discussion and Multimedia Club will meet bi-monthly to discuss topics affecting the African 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

February 2, 2017 Africans in the United States
April 6, 2017 Africans in the Caribbean
June 1, 2017 Africans in Europe
August 3, 2017 Africa, The HeartLand

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

Additional Dates


Feb
10
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Jam to the Beats

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Join our teens as they Jam to the Beat. Original choreography and high energy. Let's cheer our teens on.


Feb
14
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Broken Hearts Week: It Never Gets Old......Calling All Adults with "Experienced" Hearts

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

The Queens Memory program partners with the Cambria Heights Teen Library where teens interview adults who share their broken heart stories and how they managed to survive to tell the tale. Adults should visit the library to sign up in advance for a 15 minute recording slot. All broken heart stories will be honored on the Queens Memory website.


Feb
22
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Let's Move!

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Let's Move! Come join the program inspired by Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign. In the United States, childhood obesity rates have tripled. The “Let’s Move!” initiative aims to reduce obesity and prolong life for Americans. Come learn about the “Let’s Move!” program, the benefits of physical activity for heart health, and enjoy an energizing low impact Zumba workout with certified instructor, Fiona Harvey!


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
VACANT
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. 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