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Cambria Heights

Fine Forgiveness for Kids and Teens!

Libraries help kids and teens succeed in school and in life.

That’s why Queens Library, The New York Public Library, and Brooklyn Public Library are pleased to announce a one-time fine amnesty for youth.

For one time only, on Thursday, October 19, we are forgiving ALL fines on ALL kids’ & teens’ ...

Halloween at Queens Library!

Looking for ways to celebrate Halloween in Queens?

Get into the spooky holiday spirit all month long at the Library!

Create your own costume, share your scary stories, watch some classic movies, walk through the Haunted Hallway of Horrors, and so much more! There’s plenty of tricks-or-treats for ...

Welcome Programs for Kids and Teens!

Whether you’re returning to your library for the first time in a long time, or it’s just another daily visit to your favorite afterschool hangout, all kids and teens are welcome at Queens Library!

To celebrate our younger customers, our libraries are hosting lots of special events for them this fall, including arts and ...

Immigration Assistance at Queens Library

Queens Library offers several resources for new Americans and prospective citizens.

Join us for citizenship classes and workshops, free legal help and financial counseling from NYCitizenship, and more.

Learn about your rights and the realities of the immigration process, and receive assitance from experienced lawyers and ...

Meet the 2017 Summer Poetry Contest Winners!

Thank you to everyone who submitted a poem to Queens Library’s Summer Poetry Contest!

We welcomed hundreds of poets from all over New York State to submit an original poem reflecting the 2017 Summer Reading theme of “Build a Better World."

Join us at our awards ceremony on Saturday, November 4 at 11 ...

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 ...

Get Help From a Financial Coach

Are financial problems causing you stress?

You can make an appointment to see a financial coach at Queens Library!

A financial coach can help you develop the skills you need to manage money and gain financial stability.

You can get free advice on various topics like reviewing and understanding your credit report, ...

Hispanic Heritage Celebrations!

Hispanic Heritage Month 2017 begins September 15, and we’ll be celebrating with programs and events all month long!

Now through November 2, Queens Library will put the spotlight on the richness of Hispanic heritage and culture. Join us for concerts, dance performances, crafts, cooking classes, movies, and much ...

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 Loan Program is a free program designed to help NYC ...

Young Adult Literacy Program: Pre-Register Now!

Are you interested in getting your High School Equivalency, but not sure where to start?

The Young Adult Literacy Program (YALP) is here to help!

This program is open to students ages 16–24, and offers four days of classes per week, as well as one day of service learning and job shadowing to help build your ...

Oct
21
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


Oct
21
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.

Additional Dates


Oct
23
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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Oct
23
6:00PM

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6:30PM

ConnectED Library Internet HotSpots Lending Events

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

This Library program enables the families of eligible students to “check out” Internet service from the Library—absolutely free. The program is open to patrons who are at least 18 years old and have a child in a New York City public school, have no household Internet access at the time of sign-up and have a valid adult library card with no outstanding fines. To check out a HotSpot visit one of the participating community libraries. Limited number of devices. Conditions apply.


Oct
24
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Welcome Kids and Teens: Cambria Heights

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Welcome all kids and teens for a great time at the library. Check out a book and we will get rid of your fines! Enjoy a quick game of air hockey and get a temporary tattoo too!


Oct
25
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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Oct
25
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


Oct
26
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


Oct
27
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


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.


Oct
30
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Halloween Horror Movie

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Have a spooky Halloween!!! We will be showing a frightening movie for you, boo!


Nov
2
4:30PM

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7:30PM

Legal Advice for Homeowners

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Are you a homeowner in Queens with concerns about your mortgage, property taxes, homeowner's insurance, or water and sewage bills? A representative from The Legal Aid Society's Foreclosure Prevention Unit will be at the library to answer your questions one-on-one.


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
3
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


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
13
5:00PM

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6:00PM

NAACP Domestic Violence Awareness Program

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Come learn about an important issue facing all communities. Learn what to do when faced with domestic violence, how to identify it, and how to help someone suffering from it.


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.

Additional Dates


Nov
18
2:30PM

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3:45PM

League of Women Voters--Past, Present, and Future

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

New York State granted women the right to vote in November 2017. Learn about the history of the League of Women Voters, how and why they came to be and their impact from their early beginnings and for future generations.


Nov
29
4:00PM

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4:30PM

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Are you unable to attend the lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center? Then come see the lighting of your community Christmas tree at your local Cambria Heights Community Library!


Dec
7
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

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

Additional Dates


Dec
9
2:00PM

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3:00PM

The ABCs of Baby Feeding

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Come get all your newborn and baby feeding questions answered here. Have you wondered when to start feeding your baby solids? Which foods first? Is breastfeeding enough? Come join the discussion!
Presenter: Ivis Penalver, B.A., IBCLC, Nutritionist and Lactation Consultant, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.


Dec
12
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Self-Care 101

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Do exams, quizzes, regents and more have you stressed? It's time to chill and put yourself first. Come unwind, de-stress and make your own self-care kit!


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.


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.


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