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Cambria Heights

Nominate Your Library for the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards!

How does your library make your community a better place? Here's your chance to share your story and tell us how your neighborhood library has made a difference in your life!

The Fourth Annual NYC Neighborhood Library Awards are accepting nominations now through March 13. Nominate your ...

Queens Hip Hop Pioneers Launch!

The official launch celebration for Queens Hip Hop Pioneers has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 23!

Curated by Queens Library’s Hip Hop Coordinator, Ralph McDaniels, with images taken by MFidel Photography, the Queens Hip Hop Pioneers exhibit shines a light on the DJs, MCs, artists, and historians that nurtured hip ...

Our New Music For February!

Looking for new music? Look no further than your local Queens Library!

Every month, our expert staff will bring you the best of what's new in our physical and digital collections.

This month features music from Leonard Cohen, The Weeknd, The Rolling Stones, Metallica, John Legend, Melissa Etheridge, Bon Jovi, ...

Celebrate African-American History Month!

We hope you will join us at Queens Library this February for African-American History Month!

We're honoring a special selection of notable African-American writers on the Queens Library blog. Check our special blog post every week in February, starting February 3, as well as our social media channels!

All month ...

Free English Classes!

Are you a new American who wants to learn English or improve your English language skills?

You can learn English at Queens Library for FREE!

Join a supportive community of students and teaching professionals at our community libraries. Classes are available for Beginners and at Intermediate and Advanced ...

Free UPK at Ravenswood

Start the New Year right by planning for your child’s education!

Queens Library’s Universal Pre-K at Ravenswood will soon be available for children born in 2013.

Queens Library’s free UPK program offers outstanding pre-K education; free nutritious lunches and snacks; warm, friendly, highly qualified ...

Free Tax Help at Queens Library!

It’s that time of year again!

If you need help figuring out and filing your ‪tax return‬, come to Queens Library for free tax-preparation assistance if you're over 60 or earn less than 64,000 a year.

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance is offering free electronic ...

Join Us for 50 Years of Integration

Queens Library, in partnership with Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, presents "50 Years of Integration" with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Starr Foundation.

Our next event is this series will be Community Organizing Today in Corona/East Elmhurst, on Saturday, February ...

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To do this, we are undertaking a strategic planning process across the borough that will guide the Library for the next five years.

You can be a part of this process. Take our survey and share your thoughts.

To ...

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, ...

Feb
27
9:00AM

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3:00PM

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.

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Feb
27
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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Feb
27
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Monday Movies at Cambria

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Joins us for the following screenings in February:
Feb. 6 - I Am Ali (PG) 106 min.
Feb. 13 – Dear White People (R) 100 min.
Feb. 27 – Concussion (PG-13) 123 min.


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Mar
1
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.

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Mar
2
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Photography on the Fly

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Teens learn basic digital photography skills. This workshop will include editing, cropping and subject composition.

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

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Mar
2
6:00PM

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7:00PM

The Empowered Gardener Series: Get Ready for Spring!

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Lifelong gardener Miriam Todd will guide participants in how to prepare your garden for planting. Sunny or shady yards - which plants go where? Learn how to start the germination process and how to acclimatize plants that aren't native to our hardiness zone.


Mar
4
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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Mar
6
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Monday Movies at Cambria

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Join us for the following screenings in March:
March 6 – Good Hair (PG13) 95 min.
Mar. 13 – What’s Love Got to Do With It (R) 120 min.
Mar. 20 – Free Angela & All Political Prisoners (NR) 97 min.

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

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Mar
8
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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Mar
9
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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Mar
15
1:00PM

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2:00PM

FDNY Fire Safety for Seniors

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Adults of all ages will gain important skills from lifesaving demonstrations on fire safety.


Mar
15
4:00PM

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5:00PM

A Reptile "Edventure" with Erik Callender

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

This fun-filled educational experience gives children age 6 and up a unique opportunity to see and learn about reptiles, amphibians and even some large insects from around the world.


Mar
16
4:00PM

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5:00PM

So Fresh and So Clean,Clean!

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Have you ever made your own soap? At this interactive workshop you will make soap of different shapes and scents! You will also will learn how to maintain a clean body and healthy grooming habits.


Mar
17
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.

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Mar
23
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Author Talk with Torrey Maldonado

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Join author Torrey Maldonado as he discusses his book Secret Saturdays, growing up in Brooklyn and why he loves books.


Apr
1
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Gashford Guillaume & Creole Fusion Ensemble

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

The musical sound of Haitian American drummer & composer Gashford Guillaume is influenced by jazz, blended with fusion, world and creole rhythms. A sound that is considered to be traditional, modern and soulful...


Apr
6
4:30PM

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5:30PM

But I Am A Cat!

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Join author Jamee-Marie Edwards as she takes you through Mr. Cat’s morning stroll. Along the way he meets a host of other fun loving animals. However, to his surprise what seems to be his routine stroll turns into an adventure of self-acceptance.


Apr
6
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.

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Apr
8
2:00PM

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3:00PM

The Smart Parent Workshop Saving for College Now vs. Borrowing for College Later

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

As colleges get more crowded and tuition costs rise the competition for financial aid is increasing. Learn about saving plans, scholarship money, and tax benefits to help you prepare for your children's future education costs. Start planning when your children are young and time is on your side.


Apr
17
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Learn CPR from FDNY-EMS

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Learn compression-only CPR. Basic instruction on how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED), compressions-only mannequins and "watch-while-practice" DVD instructions.


Apr
22
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Meet the Author: Jacqueline Carr

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Local author Jacqueline Carr will share "A Selected Few Just for You" and "Quiet Thoughts", her poems about life experiences, nature at it's puzzling best, and general life observations. She also will speak about her experience in getting published and offer some advice for other writers.

Books will be available for sale and signing.


Apr
27
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Self-Care Workshop

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

When was the last time you did something just for yourself? Do you want to de-stress? Come learn what self-care is, as well as the benefits and activities you can do to live a healthier life.


Jul
28
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

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This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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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

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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
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