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Cambria Heights

It's #BookTuesday!

Queens Library receives new books every Tuesday — and every Tuesday, we'll introduce you to our latest featured book!

Our pick for #BookTuesday, May 5 is 99 Problems: Superstars Have Bad Days, Too, written and illustrated by Ali Graham.

Inspired by but not based ...

8 Days of NonStop Hip Hop

Celebrate hip hop history and culture with 8 Days of NonStop Hip Hop.  Programs will include music, history, photography, MCs, DJs, and family days filled with fun for the entire family.

Visit the web page for more information.

Musical Highlights from Side Show, Broadway Musical

Side Show is a Broadway musical based on the lives of Daisy and Violet Hilton, conjoined twins who became famous stage performers in the 1930s.  Composer Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls), Book & Lyric Author Bill Russell, and David St. Louis (principle actor/singer) will be performing musical highlights and discussing the evolution of ...

Free Digital Music!

Get free digital music on your own computer and/or device!

Freegal Music is a downloadable music and streaming service that gives patrons access to over 7 million songs in more than 100 genres in MP3 format, and 12,000 music videos, including Sony Music's catalog of artists. The collection is comprised of music from over ...

Mail A Book for the Homebound

If you can't come to the library, the library will come to you. Books, videos, and music delivered right to your doorstep, free. Choose what you like to read in large print, audio books, in the language you prefer. Find out more. Phone 718-776-6800.

May Music Staff Picks

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 collection.

This month features music from Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker, Belle and Sebastian, Big Sean, Björk, Maná, David Phelps, Matana Roberts, Ludacris and ...

New Books in Chinese

Looking for books to read in Chinese? Check out these new arrivals!

想讀到最新的中文書嗎?請看以下新書介紹!

 

 

 

請問侯文詠 / Qing wen Hou Wenyong: yi chang yu nei zai dui hua de lü cheng, by Hou Wenyong, 侯文詠

 

四十九日・祭 / Si shi jiu ri ji, by Yan Geling, 严歌苓

New Books in Spanish

Buscando libros para leer en español? Échale un vistazo a estos nuevos libros en español:

 

 

 

Diario emprendedor by Joshua A. Aguilar

 

El mejor medicamento, eres tú by Frédéric Saldmann

 

May
6
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 watercolors 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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May
7
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Adult Craft Hour

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Learn to crochet, knit, make jewelry, explore paper crafts and create collages at these weekly craft sessions for adults.

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

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May
11
6:30PM

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7:30PM

ShapeUp NYC: Dance Fitness

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Instructor Veronica Thomas leads an exciting workout uses easy-to-follow dance steps to increase cardiovascular fitness and tone the body. Space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

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May
16
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Ellington and Strayhorn

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Carol Sudhalter Jazz Ensemble performs the lush melodies and multicolored harmonies of the great team of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Experience the nuances of these great American classics, from "Satin Doll" to "Day Dream" to" Lush Life".


Jul
2
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Carribean Voices of Queens

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

Are you a teenager who cares about Caribbean history and is looking for a fun summer community-service project? Join a new eight-week, Oral History Program for young people ages 13-19. Participants will interview family and community members, and contribute to a Community History Project in Queens. All participants will receive a Library Community Service credit for each session they attend. For more information, please contact Dominique Jean-Louis at carribeanvoicesofqueens@gmail.com.

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

Additional Dates


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. Barbara M. Clark
Clarkb@assembly.state.ny.us
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 205-20 Jamaica Avenue, 2nd Floor
Hollis NY , 11423
phone: (718) 454-0162
fax: (718) 454-0186
Albany Office Room 918, 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