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Beginners' Word

Learn how to create and save Word documents; format and edit text; copy, cut, and paste items; and use the main functions and commands of Word. Participants must have basic computer skills. Preregistration is required at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Class Code: CC170

Feb 13 @ 10:30 AM, Feb 29 @ 10:00 AM, Feb 29 @ 5:00 PM

Intermediate Word

Build upon your basic knowledge of Microsoft Word in this intermediate workshop. Learn how to format your Word document, insert tables and charts, format bibliographies, and insert headers and footers. Basic computer skills and knowledge of MS Word are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or 718-990-8625. Class code CC200

Feb 13 @ 1:30 PM

WebCamp

Are you an entrepreneurial young person ages 16-24? Do you want to learn how to build a website? Awesome! Join Job and Business Academy's five week WebCamp program, where you’ll learn how to build a website. You'll then have the opportunity to make your mark on the Internet by actually building one for a local small business. Preregistration ...

Feb 14 @ 1:00 PM, Feb 21 @ 1:00 PM

Cover Letters

A cover letter helps you stand out from the crowd and get an interview. In this two-part series, participants will learn what cover letters are and why they’re necessary; the do’s and don’ts of writing cover letters; how to write different types of cover letters; and how to properly type, format, and send your cover letter to potential ...

Feb 16 @ 1:30 PM

Open Lab

Join us in the Cyber Center Training Room every Tuesday from 2:00-6:00PM for Open Lab practice, when you can search for a job, edit your resume, or practice your computer skills. To use computers during Open Lab, you must create a JobMap account. To create an account, visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, call 718-990-8625 or ...

Feb 16 @ 2:00 PM, Feb 23 @ 2:00 PM

Small Business Workshop

Learn how to turn a business idea into a business plan! In this workshop, participants will learn how to create a demand for a product or service, set goals and objectives, budget and schedule, identify resources and networks, and get ready to open the "doors" of their business. Preregister at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, ...

Feb 16 @ 7:00 PM, Feb 23 @ 7:00 PM

Job Search Strategies

Beginning a job search can be overwhelming. Prepare yourself for success! In this workshop you will learn about general and career-specific websites and how to find and apply for jobs online safely, create an account at a major job search website, post your resume online, and email a resume. Call 718-990-8625for more information. Class code ...

Feb 17 @ 10:00 AM

HAKS Engineering Presents: Discover Day Engineering Fair

Children ages 6-12 enjoy lots of STEM activities such as building bridges and making domes and towers at this Engineering Fair.

Feb 17 @ 2:00 PM

Mock Interviews

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews let you make and learn from mistakes before they count. In this workshop you will learn how to prepare for an interview, successfully deal with difficult questions, and follow up properly after an interview. Interviews will take place at the Job Readiness ...

Feb 17 @ 2:00 PM, Feb 17 @ 3:00 PM, Feb 18 @ 10:00 AM, Feb 18 @ 1:00 PM, Feb 18 @ 2:00 PM

Movie Night Wednesday

In February, we will screen the following movies, all released in 2015: 2/3 - "The Perfect Guy" (rated PG-13); 2/10 - "War Room" (rated PG); 2/17 - "Chi-Raq" (rated R) ; 2/24 - "Straight Outta Compton" (rated R)

Feb 17 @ 6:00 PM, Feb 24 @ 6:00 PM

Feb
13
10:00AM

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4:00PM

Free E-File Tax Assistance for Qualified Tax Payers

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Queens Library, in cooperation with the New York State Tax Department, is offering free tax-preparation assistance at participating libraries from January to April. If your income did not exceed $62,000 in 2015, you qualify to e-file at no cost. Volunteers will be available at this location who speak English, Urdu, and Bengali. To learn more about the free e-file program, visit www.tax.ny.gov. For a listing of participating Queens Community Libraries, visit www.queenslibrary.org/events.

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

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Feb
13
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Beginners' Word

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is now closed

Learn how to create and save Word documents; format and edit text; copy, cut, and paste items; and use the main functions and commands of Word. Participants must have basic computer skills. Preregistration is required at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Class Code: CC170

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

Additional Dates


Feb
13
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Saturday Science Lab

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn about science through fun and interactive science experiments with our Discovery Team! Children age 12 and under with their families are welcome.

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

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Feb
13
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Intermediate Word

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is now closed

Build upon your basic knowledge of Microsoft Word in this intermediate workshop. Learn how to format your Word document, insert tables and charts, format bibliographies, and insert headers and footers. Basic computer skills and knowledge of MS Word are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or 718-990-8625. Class code CC200


Feb
13
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Microsoft Word (in Bengali)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn to create documents and work with tables. Part 1-Introduction to Microsoft Word; Part 2- Creating and saving documents; Part 3-Working with tables and printing. Participants should have basic computer skills and must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required at the Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning at 9:00 a.m on January 2 for the January course, and February 6 for the February course. Call 718-990-0894 (English) or 718-990-0883 (Bengali) for information.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
13
3:00PM

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4:15PM

A Tribute to Tap Giants Featuring The Young Hoofers

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Explore the history of tap dance in American and its roots in African-American culture with Brooklyn tap dancing sensations The Young Hoofers.


Feb
14
1:00PM

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4:00PM

WebCamp

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Are you an entrepreneurial young person ages 16-24? Do you want to learn how to build a website? Awesome! Join Job and Business Academy's five week WebCamp program, where you’ll learn how to build a website. You'll then have the opportunity to make your mark on the Internet by actually building one for a local small business. Preregistration is required.

Central LibrarySun, Feb 21, 20161:00PM - 4:00PM

Feb
14
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Open Mic for Poets

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Lauren “Lush” Collier was born and raised in Jamaica, Queens. She fell in love with music at an early age and started writing and reciting rap songs. In 2010, she became more focused on writing poetry and began creating the poems that became her first collection, “Sundae Poetry.” In 2015, she published her second collection, "Passion Fruits." She is currently working on her first novel.


Feb
16
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Cover Letters

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 12 openings

A cover letter helps you stand out from the crowd and get an interview. In this two-part series, participants will learn what cover letters are and why they’re necessary; the do’s and don’ts of writing cover letters; how to write different types of cover letters; and how to properly type, format, and send your cover letter to potential employers. The Employment Counselor will be available for individual assistance after class. For further information, please call 718-990-8625. Class code JR150


Feb
16
2:00PM

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6:00PM

Open Lab

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us in the Cyber Center Training Room every Tuesday from 2:00-6:00PM for Open Lab practice, when you can search for a job, edit your resume, or practice your computer skills. To use computers during Open Lab, you must create a JobMap account. To create an account, visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, call 718-990-8625 or visit the Job Information Center.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
16
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Independent Films: Winter Series 2016

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In February, we will screen the following films, rated R unless otherwise specified: 2/2 - "Dope" (2015); 2/9 - "Knock Knock" (2015); 2/16 - "Z for Zachariah" (2015, rated PG-13); 2/23 - "The Seven Five" (2015)

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

Additional Dates


Feb
16
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Calling All Engineers!

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

It's National Engineering Week! Kids ages 6-12, along with their families, can join us for hands-on, fun activities, designing, building, tinkering, and testing their own creations.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
16
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Teen Games ... and Snacks

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to join their friends on Tuesday afternoons for light snacks and classic board games in our Teen Space Programming Room. Snacks are available first come, first served.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
16
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Google Tips and Tricks

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

In this single-session workshop, participants will learn about different Google tools, including sharing documents online, organizing your medical records and much more. Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are required. Preregistration is required by phone at 718-990-0769 or in person at the Cyber Center desk.


Feb
16
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Small Business Workshop

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn how to turn a business idea into a business plan! In this workshop, participants will learn how to create a demand for a product or service, set goals and objectives, budget and schedule, identify resources and networks, and get ready to open the "doors" of their business. Preregister at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
17
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to Computers

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Learn the basics of using computers: logging on and off, using a keyboard and mouse, opening and closing “windows,” and using tool bars and scroll bars. Preregistration is required by phone or in person at the Cyber Center Desk. For details, please call 718-990-0769.


Feb
17
10:00AM

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11:30AM

Job Search Strategies

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 14 openings

Beginning a job search can be overwhelming. Prepare yourself for success! In this workshop you will learn about general and career-specific websites and how to find and apply for jobs online safely, create an account at a major job search website, post your resume online, and email a resume. Call 718-990-8625for more information. Class code JR190


Feb
17
10:00AM

--to--

4:00PM

Live Streaming Event: TED 2016 - DREAM.

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 77 openings

Attend this year’s TED Conference from the comfort of Central Library’s auditorium! The conference brings together some of the most creative people in diverse fields to discuss how they’re working to make the world a better place and why it’s important for others to pursue their dreams for improving the world, too. We will live-stream 2 sessions. Space is limited. Preregistration is required. Go to go to ted.com/tedx/events?autocomplete_filter=TEDxQueensCentralLibraryLive to learn more.


Feb
17
11:30AM

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12:30PM

Book Discussion Group: All the Light We Cannot See

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

This Pulitzer-prize winning novel by Anthony Doerr is a beautiful, stunningly ambitious story about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Pick up a copy at the Reference Desk and come to share your thoughts!


Feb
17
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Mock Interviews

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is now closed

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews let you make and learn from mistakes before they count. In this workshop you will learn how to prepare for an interview, successfully deal with difficult questions, and follow up properly after an interview. Interviews will take place at the Job Readiness table. Preregistration is required at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code JR180

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

Additional Dates


Feb
17
2:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

HAKS Engineering Presents: Discover Day Engineering Fair

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-12 enjoy lots of STEM activities such as building bridges and making domes and towers at this Engineering Fair.


Feb
17
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Teen Book Talks and Trailers

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Find out about great books and watch fan-made trailers, with a different theme each month. January: mystery, espionage, and thrillers; February: romance and friendship; March: fantasy and Harry Potter read-alikes; April: adventure; May: summer reading list highlights


Feb
17
5:00PM

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8:00PM

Cover Letters

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 14 openings

A cover letter helps you stand out from the crowd and get an interview. In this two-part series, participants will learn what cover letters are and why they’re necessary; the do’s and don’ts of cover letter writing; and how to properly type, format, and send your cover letter to potential employers. The Employment Counselor will be available for individual assistance after class. For further information, please call 718-990-5102. Class code JR150

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

Additional Dates


Feb
17
6:00PM

--to--

8:30PM

Movie Night Wednesday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In February, we will screen the following movies, all released in 2015: 2/3 - "The Perfect Guy" (rated PG-13); 2/10 - "War Room" (rated PG); 2/17 - "Chi-Raq" (rated R) ; 2/24 - "Straight Outta Compton" (rated R)

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

Additional Dates


Feb
17
6:00PM

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8:30PM

Microsoft Excel (in Spanish)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 1 openings

Learn how to create a worksheet and perform calculations. Participants must attend all classes. Preregistration for the Langston Hughes course is required in person at the Reference Desk beginning Saturday, January 2 at 10:00AM. Preregistration for the Central Library course is required in person at the Cyber Center Reference Desk or by calling 718-990-0769 beginning Wednesday, January 27 at 9:00AM.


Feb
18
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Facebook

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 24 openings

Learn how to use Facebook to stay in touch with loved ones, keep up with the news, and expand your job search. We will help you set up a Facebook account and answer your questions. Basic computer and Internet skills and a valid email account are required. Preregister at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for more information. Class code CC130


Feb
18
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Classic Moves @ 2:00

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

This month's selections are: 2/4-"A Raisin in the Sun" (1961); 2/11-"Ruggles of Red Gap" (1935); 2/18-"Pinky" (1949); 2/25-"Rio Bravo" (1959, customer suggestion).

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

Additional Dates


Feb
18
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Tech Thursdays

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 7-12 will learn to use Microsoft Word and Excel, create animations, print in 3D, and much more!

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

Additional Dates


Feb
18
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Haitian Creole for Beginners

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

This mixed-level course is designed for students who already have some knowledge of Haitian Creole. While the course will be geared toward advanced beginner level students, all are welcome to participate. Seats are very limited.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
19
2:00PM

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3:00PM

African-American Stories

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children age 12 and under and their families celebrate African American History Month with storyteller Christine Campbell. There will be stories, learning, and fun for everyone. Space is limited.


Feb
19
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Fun Friday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us for board and video games, crafts, Jeopardy, movies, and more for ages 6-12.


Feb
19
4:30PM

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10:30PM

Knitting 101

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Learn the basics in this series of classes: how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off. All supplies are provided. Space is limited. Preregistration is required online.


Feb
19
5:00PM

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6:30PM

Beginning Guitar

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Tad Schaefer, who holds a master's degree in jazz performance from Queens College, teaches this 9-week course. Space is limited. Preregistration is required and will reserve your spot for the entire series. Preregister online at queenslibrary.org/events or call 718-990-0728. Bring your guitar and let's make some music!

Central LibraryFri, Feb 26, 20165:00PM - 6:30PM

Feb
20
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Beginners' Excel

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 7 openings

Improve your productivity with Microsoft Excel. Learn what a spreadsheet is and how to navigate it, create workbooks, enter and edit data, and create charts and graphs. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. Basic computer skills are required. Class code CC180


Feb
20
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Intermediate Excel

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 1 openings

Improve your productivity and boost your basic knowledge of Excel. Topics covered include a review of spreadsheet basics, creating and manipulating tables, and using formulas and functions. Basic computer skills and knowledge of MS Excel are required. Peregister at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. Class code CC210


Feb
22
10:00AM

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11:30AM

StayWell Exercise for Seniors

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

StayWell programs for adults age 60 and older, presented in partnership with the New York City Department for the Aging, are a new way to take charge of your health and help your friends do the same. Learn how special exercises and relaxation techniques can make a positive difference in your life.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
22
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Motivating Mondays Job Search Group

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

Looking for a job is one of the most stressful activities we do. It's easier if we don't do it alone. Join fellow job seekers for tea, cookies, stress relief techniques, and networking. For more information and to preregister, call 718-990-8625.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
22
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Email

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 25 openings

In this introductory workshop, you will learn how to create and navigate an email account, log on, send and receive messages, and attach documents. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org, visit the Job Information Center, or call 718-990-8625. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Class code CC120


Feb
22
11:00AM

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5:00PM

Free E-File Tax Assistance for Qualified Tax Payers

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Queens Library, in cooperation with the New York State Tax Department, is offering free tax-preparation assistance at participating libraries from January to April. If your income did not exceed $62,000 in 2015, you qualify to e-file at no cost. Volunteers will be available at this location who speak English, Urdu, and Bengali. To learn more about the free e-file program, visit www.tax.ny.gov. For a listing of participating Queens Community Libraries, visit www.queenslibrary.org/events.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
22
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Bingo

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

All adults are invited to join us for a fun hour of bingo. Prizes will be awarded. Bring your friends and make new ones!


Feb
22
5:00PM

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8:00PM

Introduction to Email

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 23 openings

In this introductory workshop, you will learn how to create, log on to and navigate an email account, send and receive messages and attach documents. While this is an introductory class, basic mouse and keyboarding skills are recommended. Class code: CC120


Feb
23
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Mistake-Free Interviewing

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 9 openings

So, you’ve landed an interview for a wonderful job…now what? It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly afterwards. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code JR170.


Feb
23
1:30PM

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2:30PM

Birth Control 101

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

There are so many different types of birth control. What’s the difference between hormonal and non-hormonal birth control methods? Which ones are long-acting? Come see what the different birth control products look like, learn how they work, and get all of your questions answered. This program is presented by LIJ Medical Center.


Feb
24
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to Email

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

We'll help you feel comfortable and confident in managing your own email account! Learn about sending and receiving email and get a general overview of email etiquette. Students must possess basic mouse and keyboarding skills. Preregistration is required by phone by calling 718-990-0769 or in person at the Cyber Center Desk.


Feb
24
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Salary Negotiations

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 11 openings

Have you been offered a new job? If so, do you know the best way to conduct salary negotiations? Before you start negotiating with a prospective employer about salaries, you need to find out how much you, and the job, are worth. Learn how to negotiate salaries in this workshop! Preregister at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code JR300


Feb
24
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Science Fair Help

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Get help with any stage of your science project, from choosing a topic to organizing your presentation. Bring your ideas, your questions, and your assignment sheet!


Feb
25
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Getting More from Your Google Account

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 23 openings

Learn about the many ways you can use your Google account, from Gmail and Google Maps to Google Drive and Google Groups. Basic computer skills and an existing Google account are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information. Class code CC240


Feb
25
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Fred Thomas Band

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Enjoy an exciting evening concert featuring the Fred Thomas Band. The seven-member ensemble will be playing a mix of James Brown hits as well as blues and soul classics.


Feb
26
10:00AM

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3:00PM

SNAP and SCRIE Benefits

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Find out if you qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as food stamps, and get help applying. See if you are entitled to rent assistance through the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) program. Call the outreach office of LiveOn, formerly Council of Senior Centers and Services of New York, at 347-815-5930, or email SNAP@liveon-ny.org for other times and locations.


Feb
26
11:30AM

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12:15PM

Mother Goose Time

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Please join us for for Mother Goose Time in the Early Childhood Area. There will be stories, songs, finger-plays, and all types of fun. Registration is not required. This program is for children from birth to 2 years old and their their caregiver.


Feb
26
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Amazing Readers Kids' Book Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 8-12 will discuss Jeff Kinney's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul" at this session of Amazing Readers. Participation will count toward the Read Down Your Fines program.


Feb
27
10:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

Beginners' PowerPoint

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 7 openings

Create awesome presentations and slideshows with PowerPoint 2010. Topics covered include creating and editing slides, changing design and colors, inserting pictures and illustrations, and presenting your slide show. Basic computer skills are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. Class code CC190


Feb
27
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Intermediate PowerPoint

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 8 openings

Take your PowerPoint presentations to the next level! Topics covered include creating transitions, emphasizing your information with animations, and inserting charts and multimedia. Basic computer skills and knowledge of PowerPoint are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. Class code CC220


Feb
27
3:00PM

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4:30PM

A Saturday Afternoon with the Jazz, Soul, and Pop Sounds of Singer/Songwriter Charles Duke

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Charles Duke is a singer, songwriter, composer, and classically-trained pianist who resides in Harlem. His work fuses jazz, soul, pop, and classical music elements with engaging lyrical imagery. As a pianist, he performs regularly at the Waldorf Astoria and Robert Restaurant at Columbus Circle, as well as at private events and galas throughout Manhattan, and he has also performed at The Plaza Hotel and in the Off-Broadway musical "Sleep No More."


Feb
28
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Sunday Movie: Last Witch Hunt

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Kaulder (Vin Diesel), a witch hunter, is cursed with immortality by the Witch Queen (Julie Englbrecht) right before she dies at his hand. As a result, he has been tracking down evil witches for centuries while leading a lonely existence separated from his wife and daughter.


Feb
29
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Learn to Dance Soca!

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

A masquerade dance at the annual Caribbean Carnival Festival, soca is the "soul of Calypso" and "the power of movement." In other words, it was made to get you moving! Learning soca will prepare you to learn house, African, Latin ballroom, jazz, hip hop, Indian classical and Bollywood, ballet and other dance styles. You do not need to be a dancer to attend, but with your new-found dance knowledge, you will feel like a dancer when you leave!


Mar
1
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Independent Films: Winter Series

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Every Tuesday we screen an independent, foreign, or documentary film released in 2015: 3/1 - "Mistress America" (rated R); 3/8 - "Grandma" (rated R); 3/15 - "Diary of a Teenage Girl" (rated R); 3/22 - "Infinitely Polar Bear" (rated R); 3/29 - "Wolf Totem" (rated PG-13)

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

Additional Dates


Mar
2
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Online Job Applications

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 19 openings

Online job applications have become the standard for applying to many jobs and they can be difficult to navigate if you’re not prepared. Participants will learn how to prepare information to make online applications easier, what are common online application sections, and how to get noticed and avoid rejection! The Employment Counselor will be available for individual assistance after class. For further information, please call 718-990-5102. Class code JR160


Mar
2
6:00PM

--to--

8:30PM

Computers for Beginners (in Spanish)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Learn how to turn on a computer and use email. Participants must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Cyber Center Reference Desk or by calling 718-990-0967 beginning Wednesday, February 24 at 9:00 a.m.

Central LibraryWed, Mar 9, 20166:00PM - 8:30PM
Central LibraryWed, Mar 16, 20166:00PM - 8:30PM

Mar
2
6:00PM

--to--

8:30PM

Movie Night Wednesday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In March, we will screen the following Oscar-nominated films, all released in 2015: 3/2-"Amy (documentary, rated R); 3/9-"Bridge of Spies" (rated PG-13); 3/16-"Creed" (rated PG-13); 3/23- "Spectre" (rated PG-13); 3/30-"Spotlight" (rated R).

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

Additional Dates


Mar
3
10:30AM

--to--

11:30AM

Family Place

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Children from crawlers to toddlers and their caregivers are invited to this early learning program featuring interactive play at the Children's Library Discovery Center. Preregistration is required beginning Thursday, February 18.

Central LibraryThu, Mar 10, 201610:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryThu, Mar 17, 201610:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryThu, Mar 24, 201610:30AM - 11:30AM

Mar
3
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Classic Movies @ 2

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

This month's selections are: 3/3 - "She Done Him Wrong" (1933); 3/10 - "Elmer Gantry" (1960) (customer request); 3/17 - "Blonde Venus" (1932); 3/24 - "The Wild Bunch" (1969) (customer request); 3/31 - "Chinatown" (1974).

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

Additional Dates


Mar
5
10:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

Introduction to Computers

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 23 openings

After this workshop, you will be able to take advantage of everything computers have to offer. Topics covered include computer terminology, using the mouse and touchpad, basic keyboarding skills, and navigating computer folders, files, and programs in a Windows environment. This is an introductory computer class; no prior skills or knowledge is required. Please call 718-990-8625 to preregister. Class code CC100

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

Additional Dates


Mar
5
11:00AM

--to--

12:30PM

Documentary Premiere: "Mo's Bows"

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5-12 and their families are invited to see a short documentary about 6th grade entrepreneur Moziah Bridges, the creative founder of Mo's Bows, meet the film's producers, and make their own bow tie!


Mar
5
3:00PM

--to--

4:30PM

A Saturday Afternoon with Jazz Trumpet Virtuoso Shareef Clayton

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Shareef Clayton, a jazz trumpeter, is a native of Miami, Florida. In 2012 Shareef recorded the album "Multiverse" with the “Bobby Sanabria Big Band” which was nominated for a Grammy. Clayton performs regularly with Melody Gardot, Bobby Sanabria, and the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He has performed with such music stars as Stevie Wonder, The Roots, Macy Gray, Michael McDonald, Ruben Blades, and many more.


Mar
6
1:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Come and Learn the Art of Experimental Watercolor with Artist Guido Garaychochea!

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In this 7-week workshop, artist Guido Garaycochea will demonstrate different collage and watercolor techniques and guide participants in mixing the two to create unique pieces. All are welcome; no experience is needed. The first 3 sessions will be held at the Library; the last 4 at Queens Museum. Materials will be provided. Preregistration is required. Call Guido Garaycochea at 718-592-9700x135 or email ggaraycochea@queensmuseum.org to preregister.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
6
3:00PM

--to--

4:15PM

Sunday Concerts @ Central: Kongo - Spiritual Drums, Songs, and Dance of Haiti

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Explore Haitian culture in this interactive program that uses traditional instruments dating back to pre-slavery times, and enjoy a performance of dance and songs from Haiti that are culturally rooted in African heritage, blended with a cappella and interspersed with percussion and acoustic accents.


Mar
7
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Beginners' Excel

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 openings

Improve your productivity with Microsoft Excel! Learn what a spreadsheet is and how to use it, create workbooks, enter and edit data, and create charts and graphs. Basic computer skills are required. Class code CC180


Mar
7
6:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Introduction to Laptop Computers

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 7-12 learn how to use a laptop computer. Space is limited!


Mar
9
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Job Search Strategies

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 19 openings

Are your resume and cover letters ready? How do you search for jobs? What are the most effective ways to find open jobs? In this two-part series, participants will learn traditional and creative ways to find jobs, how to network for job leads, and how to use online tools to find job leads. The Employment Counselor will be available for individual assistance after class. For further information, please call 718-990-5102. Class code JR190

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

Additional Dates


Mar
10
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Make Simple Video Games with Twine

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

No coding experience required! We'll introduce you to the free game design tool Twine which you can use to make interactive stories that you can post online and share with your friends.


Mar
11
2:00PM

--to--

3:30PM

Moving for Life: Dance Exercise for Cancer Survivors

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Moving for Life is a joyous movement program that combines music and dance to help alleviate side effects associated with cancer treatment and post-treatment, including fatigue, weight changes, lymphedema and joint or bone pain. This program is open to all cancer survivors. Call Tamara at 718-990-5197 for more information. The program will be held at Queens Cancer Center, 82-68 164 Street, Jamaica, in Room A-540.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
11
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Fun Friday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5-12 join us for arts and crafts, games, and general fun, learning through interactive play. Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
12
1:30PM

--to--

3:30PM

Intermediate Word

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 23 openings

Build on your basic knowledge of Microsoft Word. Learn how to format Word documents, insert tables and charts, format bibliographies, and insert headers and footers. Basic computer skills and knowledge of MS Word are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. Class Code CC200

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

Additional Dates


Mar
12
3:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Microsoft Word for Bengali Speakers

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn how to create a document and work with tables. Participants must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required. Please call the Cyber Center at 718-990-0769.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
12
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Michele Zayla Quartet

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The Michele Zayla Quartet will present a jazz concert with a mixed approach performing jazz, R&B and gospel to songs from the American Songbook and revamping a few popular songs.


Mar
13
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Open Mic for Poet

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Jee Leong Koh is the author of four books of poems and a book of poetic essays. His latest book "Steep Tea (Carcanet)" has been named a Financial Times Best Book of 2015. A poem from the book was honored by Carol Rumens as Poem of the Week in "The Guardian." His work has been shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize, and translated into Japanese, Chinese, and Russian.


Mar
14
6:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Introduction to Microsoft Word

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Young people ages 7-12 learn the basics of working with Microsoft Word, along with a few tips and tricks. Make that school report look terrific! Space will be limited.


Mar
16
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Job Search Strategies

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

Beginning a job search can be overwhelming. Prepare yourself for success! In this workshop you will learn about general and career-specific websites and how to find and apply for jobs online safely, create an account at a major job search website, post your resume online and email a resume. Call 718-990-8625 for more information or register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Class code JR190


Mar
17
2:00PM

--to--

4:30PM

Free Citizenship Application Assistance

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Eligible legal, permanent residents interested in applying for U.S. citizenship will receive free assistance and information from volunteers from the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Education Fund (NALEO). Call 1-888-839-8682 to preregister and assess your eligibility.


Mar
19
1:30PM

--to--

3:30PM

Intermediate Excel

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 25 openings

Improve your productivity and boost your basic knowledge of Excel. Topics covered include; a review of the basics, creating and manipulating tables, and using formulas and functions. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. Basic computer skills and knowledge of excel are required. Class Code: CC210

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

Additional Dates


Mar
19
3:00PM

--to--

4:15PM

Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano with Anthony de Mare

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Anthony de Mare will perform songs from his groundbreaking new CD, "Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano." He has been praised by *The New York Times* for his “muscularly virtuosic, remarkably uninhibited performance [and] impressive talents,” and his versatility as a pianist has inspired the creation of over 60 new works by some of today’s most distinguished artists.


Mar
20
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Sunday Movie: "Everest"

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In this adventure docudrama set in 1996, several groups of professional climbers successfully scale Mount Everest only to be faced with tragedy when a monster storm surprises them as they attempt to make their descent Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke, and John Hawkes co-star. (2015, rated PG-13)


Mar
21
6:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Introduction to PowerPoint for Kids

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 7-12 learn the basics of how to use PowerPoint to make class reports impressive. Space is limited!


Mar
22
6:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Online Laptop Games

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 7-12 try their skills at 8 Ball Pool, Tanki, and Agar.io! Space limited.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
24
6:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Hip Hop : Hip Hop Thursdays from Old school to New school

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Hip Hop Thursdays from Old school to New school: celebrity interviews, performances , seminars and much more.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
25
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Amazing Readers: Kids' Book Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 8-12 will discuss Gary Paulsen’s "My Life in Dog Years." Participation will count toward the Read Down Your Fees program.


Mar
25
5:00PM

--to--

6:30PM

Guitar for Advanced Players

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Tad Schaefer, who holds a master's degree in jazz performance from Queens College, teaches this workshop for advanced players. Space is limited. Preregistration is required. Preregister online at queenslibrary.org/events or call 718-990-0728. Bring your guitar and let's make some music!

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

Additional Dates


Mar
26
1:30PM

--to--

3:30PM

Intermediate PowerPoint

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 25 openings

Take your PowerPoint presentations to the next level! Topics covered will include; creating transitions, emphasizing your information with animations, inserting charts, and inserting multimedia. Basic computer skills and knowledge of PowerPoint are required.Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625 Class Code: CC220


Mar
28
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Introduction to Email

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 25 openings

In this introductory workshop, you will learn how to create and navigate an email account, log on, send and receive messages, and attach documents. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org, visit the Job Information Center, or call 718-990-8625. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Class code CC120


Mar
28
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Intermediate Word

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Build upon your basic knowledge of Microsoft Word in this intermediate workshop. Learn how to format your Word document, insert tables and charts, format bibliographies, and insert headers and footers. Basic computer skills and knowledge of MS Word are required. Class Code CC200


Mar
28
6:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Introduction to Excel

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Young people ages 7-12 learn the basics of using Excel. Space is limited.


Mar
30
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Interview Preparation

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 18 openings

Preparation and practice make perfect when it comes to job interviews. In this two-part workshop, participants will learn about different types of interviews, how to prepare for an interview, different interview techniques and common questions, how to successfully respond to difficult questions, and how to follow up properly after as interview. The Employment Counselor will be available for individual assistance after class. For further information, please call 718-990-5102. Class code JR170

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

Additional Dates


Mar
31
6:00PM

--to--

7:30PM

Baseball Season at the Library: Author Talk with Greg Prince

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

With the baseball season upon us, the renowned baseball writer Greg Prince will talk about his newly published book, "Amazin' Again: How the 2015 New York Mets Brought the Magic Back to Queens," and how the Mets changed their course and changed their story in 2015.


Apr
2
12:00PM

--to--

2:30PM

Nano Days Festival

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children of all ages are invited to discover awesome, tiny science. Explore our new Nano exhibits, and get your hands on some Nano science with the Discovery Team.


Apr
3
3:00PM

--to--

4:15PM

Sunday Concerts @ Central: NYC Nomad Ensemble

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Four master musicians—flamenco guitarist Arturo Martínez, percussionist Dan Kurfirst, Tom Chess on Oud and Ney flute, and Salieu Suso on kora—take you on a musical journey from northwest Africa across the strait through Andalusia and into Spain.


Apr
4
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Intermediate Excel

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 openings

Improve your productivity and boost your basic knowledge of Excel. Topics covered include a review of spreadsheet basics, creating and manipulating tables, and using formulas and functions. Basic computer skills and knowledge of MS Excel are required. Class code CC210


Apr
4
6:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Typing Skills

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-12 learn how to type or practice their skills. Space is limited.


Apr
9
6:00PM

--to--

8:30PM

Microsoft Word for Spanish Speakers

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Topics include creating and saving documents, working with tables, and printing. Participants should have basic computer skills and must attend all 3 classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Cyber Center Reference Desk or by calling 718-990-0967 beginning Wednesday, March 30 at 9:00 a.m.

Central LibrarySat, Apr 16, 20166:00PM - 8:30PM
Central LibrarySat, Apr 23, 20166:00PM - 8:30PM

Apr
11
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Intermediate PowerPoint

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 openings

Take your PowerPoint presentations to the next level! Topics covered will include; creating transitions, emphasizing your information with animations, inserting charts, and inserting multimedia. Basic computer skills and knowledge of PowerPoint are required. Class Code: CC220


Apr
11
6:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Introduction to the Internet

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-12 will learn how to surf the web, browse online, and find safe and useful information for that school report! Space is limited.


Apr
13
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Advanced Internet

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

Go beyond the basics and explore the more advanced aspects of the internet. In this workshop you will learn about: Advanced search techniques; different internet browsers; deleting cookies and caches; bookmarking and personalizing your browser; incognito browsers; and securing your online privacy. Basic computer skills and a valid email address are required. Class Code: CC110


Apr
16
2:00PM

--to--

3:30PM

Spelling Bee Final

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Welcome to the Queens Library Spelling Bee Final, where winners of the community library spelling bees in grades 4-6 will face off against each other. May the best speller win!


Apr
18
6:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Internet Dos and Don'ts

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-12 learn how to protect their safety and privacy on the Internet. Topics include what not to post on social media, who to trust, and how to conduct themselves properly online. Space is limited.


Apr
25
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Earth Day Program

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 12 and under and their families celebrate Earth Day all week with a different activity each day!

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

Additional Dates


Apr
25
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Gaming on PlayStation 3

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-12 have fun and build their gaming skills playing PlayStation 3. Space is limited.


Apr
25
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Earth Day Movie: The Arctic and Antarctic

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 12 and under and their families are invited to see an exciting and informative film about the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Space is limited!


Apr
25
6:30PM

--to--

8:30PM

10 Steps to Starting Your Own Business (in Bengali)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Get an overview of the steps you’ll need to take to start a business, and find out how NYC Business Solutions can guide you through each one.


Apr
26
3:00PM

--to--

3:45PM

Earth Day Movie: Rainforests

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children age 12 and under and their families celebrate Earth Day all week with exciting and informative films. Tuesday's movie is about the rainforests. Space will be limited.


Apr
27
3:00PM

--to--

3:45PM

Earth Day Movie: Insects

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children age 12 and under and their families celebrate Earth Day all week with exciting and informative films. Wednesday's movie is about insects. Space will be limited.


Apr
28
3:00PM

--to--

3:45PM

Earth Day Movie: Deserts

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children age 12 and under and their families celebrate Earth Day all week with exciting and informative films. Thursday's movie is about deserts. Space is limited.


Apr
29
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Amazing Readers: Kids' Book Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 8-12 will discuss "Becoming Naomi Leon" by Pam Muñoz Ryan. Participation will count toward the Read Down Your Fees program.


Apr
30
11:00AM

--to--

4:00PM

Earth Day Family Fest

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children age 12 and under and their families celebrate our beautiful planet with activities and films. Movies are at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.


May
19
2:00PM

--to--

4:30PM

Permanent Opportunity: You Have a Green Card; Get More! (in Spanish)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

If you have your green card, you might be ready to apply for the full benefits of citizenship, which will allow you to vote in your next local, state, and national elections as well as enjoy many other opportunities.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Central Library in Jamaica has:

  • 100 public computers in the Cyber Center
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  • 18 computers in the Children's Library Discovery Center for children 12 and under
  • 4 computers for toddlers
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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Local Newspapers
Parks and Playgrounds
Police Department
Post Office
Private / Parochial Schools
Public Elementary Schools
Public High Schools
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History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
A Special Place for Kids
89-14 163rd St
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 739-1601
Afro American Parents Day Care Center Incorporated
117-16 Sutphin Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 322-2030
All My Children Day Care
175-44 Mayfield Rd
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 658-1563
All Our Children Family Daycare
148-07 111th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 739-5930
Early Sunrise Daycare
187-08 Hillside Ave
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 736-9064
Head Start
161-06 89th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 523-1888
Kids Circle Daycare
164-04 Goethals Ave
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 380-1280
Queens Child Guidance Center
161-06 89th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 558-8657
Sensational Kids Incorporated
176-21 Wexford Terrace
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-0851
Allen Christian Pre-School
114-32 Merrick Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11434
Gil-Blu Nursery - Kindergarten
120-02 Merrick Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
Kids Porta Bright Horizon Center
Bldg 350 JFK Airport
Jamaica NY , 11430
Little Flowers Early Childhood
23410 Merrick Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11422
Rochdale Village Nursery & Kindergarten
170-30 130th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
Treehouse Day Nursery
168-40 127 Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434

Community Board
Community Board District #12
90-28 161st Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 658-3308
fax: (718) 739-6997
  

Community Organizations & Services
Greater Jamaica Development Corporation
90-04 161st Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 291-0282
fax: (718) 658-1405
Jamaica Chamber of Commerce
90-25 161st Street, Suite 505
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 657-4800
Jamaica Business Development Center
90-33 160th Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 206-2255
fax: (718) 206-3693
Community Mediation Group
89-64 163rd Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 523-6868
BFFY Jamaica Family Youth Center
90-11 160th St
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 526-5151
Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning
161-04 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 658-7400
fax:
York College Performing Arts Center
94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 262-3750
fax:
King Manor Museum
King Park, 153rd Street and Jamaica Ave.
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 206-0545
fax: (718) 206-0541
Afrikan Poetry Theatre
176-03 Jamaica Ave.
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 523-3312
fax:
Black Spectrum TheatreRoy Wilkens Park
177th St. & Baisley Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 723-1800
fax:
Chung-Cheng Art Gallery St. John's University Visual Arts
Sun Yat Sen Hall
Jamaica NY , 11439
phone: (718) 990-6583
fax: (718) 990-1881
 

Fire Department
Engine 275, Battalion 50:
111-36 Merrick Blvd.
Engine 298, Battalion 50:
153-11 Hillside Ave.
Engine 315, Battalion 50:
Engine 315, Battalion 50:
Engine 315, Ladder 125, Battalion 50:
159-06 Union Tpke.
Ladder 127, Battalion 50:
153-11 Hillside Ave.
 

Local Hospitals
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
8900 Van Wyck Expressway
Jamaica NY , 11418
phone: (718) 206-6000
Queens Hospital Center
82-70 One Hundred Sixty-Fourth Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-3000
 

Local Newspapers
Jamaica Times
Queens Chronicle
Queens Tribune

Parks and Playgrounds
Rufus King Park
Jamaica Avenue from 150th to 153rd Street
Major Mark Park
Hillside Avenue, from 173rd to 175th Street
Captain Tilly Memorial Park
Bordered by Highland Ave, Upland Pkwy, Gothic Pkwy
Harvard Playground
179th Place, north of Jamaica Ave
  

Police Department
103rd Precinct
168-02 Police Officer Edward Byrne Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 657-8181
  

Post Office
Jamaica Post Office
88-40 164th Street
Jamaica NY , 11432-9997
phone: (718) 990-1090
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Allen Christian School
171-10 Linden Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
Archbisop Molloy High School
83-53 Manton Street
Jamaica NY , 11435
Bethel Mission Junior Academy
10615 154th St
Jamaica NY , 11433
Ideal Montessori School
87-41 165th St
Jamaica NY , 11432
Immaculate Conception School
179-14 Dalny Road
Jamaica NY , 11432
Jamaica Day School of St Demet
84 35 152nd St
Jamaica NY , 11432
Jamaica Montessori
90-01 Merrick Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11432
Jamaica Seventh-day Adventist Busy Bee Learning
88-28 163rd St
Jamaica NY , 11432
New Dawn Elementary School
90-34 161st Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
Nativity B V M School
92nd St & Rockaway Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11416
St Clement Pope School
120-27 141st Street
Jamaica NY , 11436
St Peter Claver School
149-18 Jamaica Ave
Jamaica NY , 11435
St Nicholas of Tolentine School
80-22 Parsons Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11432-1096
The Mary Louis Academy
176-21 Wexford Terrace
Jamaica NY , 11432
United Nations International School
173-53 Croydon Road
Jamaica NY , 11432

Public Elementary Schools
PS 086 Queens (Q086)
87-41 Parsons Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 291-6264
fax: (718) 297-0298
PS 131 Abigail Adams (Q131)
170-45 84 Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 739-4229
fax: (718) 658-5690
PS 095 Eastwood (Q095)
179-01 90 Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 739-0007
fax: (718) 658-5271

Public High Schools
Hillcrest High School (Q505)
160-05 Highland Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 658-5407
fax: (718) 739-5137
Jamaica High School (Q470)
167-01 Gothic Drive
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 739-5942
fax: (718) 739-4826
Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School (Q620)
165-65 84th Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 297-6580
fax: (718) 658-0365
Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School (Q680)
60-20 Goethals Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 969-3115
fax: (718) 969-3552
  

Senior Centers
Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults, Inc.
162-04 Jamaica Ave.,
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 657-6500
fax: (718) 523-7746
Robert Couche Senior Center
137-57 Farmers Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 978-8352
Senior Citizens Center
123-10 143rd St
Jamaica NY , 11436
phone: (718) 657-6500
Senior Citizens Center
166-01 Linden Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 658-0980
  

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. Alicia Hyndman
Hyndmaa@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 232-06A Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica NY, 11434
phone: (718) 723-5412
fax: (718) 723-5465
Albany Office LOB, Room 820
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4451
fax: (518) 455-5522
NYS Senate
Hon. James Sanders, Jr.
Sanders@nysenate.gov
District Office Address 142-01 Rockaway Boulevard
South Ozone Park NY , 11436
phone: (718) 523-3069
fax: (718) 523-3670
Albany Office Room 508, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY , 12247
phone: (518) 455-3531
fax: (718) 523-3670
NYS Senate
Hon. Tony Avella
avella@nysenate.gov
District Office 38-50 Bell Boulevard, Suite C
Bayside NY, 11361
phone: (718) 357-3094
fax: (718) 357-3491
Albany Office Room 902, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2210
fax: (518) 426-6736
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

Community History

 

Jamaica was a former town and capital of Queens County. The first European settlers were probably New Englanders from Hempstead. They were granted a patent by Peter Stuyvesant, governor of New Netherland, on March 21, 1656. The settlement was initially called Rusdorf. After the English conquest in 1664 the name was changed to Jameco, after the Indians who were the earliest inhabitants of the area. In 1680, the present name was adopted.

On May 17, 1686, New York governor Thomas Dongan issued a charter to the landowners of Jamaica. The Dongan Charter consolidated the various hamlets into the town of Jamaica and set its boundaries. (The Dongan Charter is on display in the Long Island Division of the Central Library.)

In 1702 Jamaica briefly served as the capital of the New York Colony during a Yellow Fever outbreak in Manhattan.

Important to the history of Jamaica is Prospect Cemetery. The cemetery, which is the oldest cemetery in Queens, dates back to 1668 and includes the graves of some of the earliest inhabitants of Jamaica.

Two of Jamaica’s important landmarks are King Manor and Grace Episcopal Church. King Manor is named after Rufus King, a Massachusetts delegate to the Continental Congress, one of the two first New York Senators to Congress, a diplomat, and anti-slavery advocate. Grace Church was founded in 1702 and served as the official church of the British colonial government during the Revolutionary War. Rufus King is among those buried in the Church’s graveyard.

In 1898 Queens became part of the City of New York of which Jamaica was the county seat.

Jamaica owes its strength as a major shopping area to transportation. Jamaica Avenue was once a toll road between the ferry in Brooklyn and Hempstead. The Long Island Rail Road in Jamaica developed into a major hub. King Kullen, the first self service supermarket in the U.S., opened on Jamaica Avenue in 1930. In the 1960s, interest in Jamaica as a major shopping district began to decline. However, in recent years there has been a coordinated effort, through the work of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, to revitalize Jamaica.

Library History

The first Central Library was located on Parsons Boulevard. It opened in 1930 and was expanded with WPA funds in 1941. The current building on Merrick Boulevard was dedicated on April 11, 1966. The new building was the result of the unwavering efforts of Library Director Harold Tucker. It was designed by the architects York & Sawyer, Kiff, Colean, Voss and Souder. The new Central Library was the first major branch of an urban library to place all public services on one floor. The library cost $5,700,000 and contained 195,000 square feet of floor space. The library was renovated and expanded in 1989. Additional renovation and expansion has begun and is expected to be completed in the next few years, and will include the new Children’s Library and Discovery Center.

The Queens Library’s online catalog, InfoLinQ (Information online at Queens Library) was unveiled at the Central Library in October 1993. In January 1999 the Cyber Center opened at the Central Library. The Cyber Center has 48 computers for customer use, allowing access to the Internet and word processing. The Cyber Center, along with additional computers in the library, has helped to close the gap between the technology “haves” and “have-nots.”

Bibliography

“Libraries” by Phyllis Dan in The Encyclopedia of New York City.
Lighting the Way: The Centennial History of the Queens Borough Public Library 1896-1996 by Jeffrey A. Kroessler.

Suggested Reading on Jamaica’s History (available at the Central Library)

“Jamaica” by Vincent Seyfried in The Encyclopedia of New York City.
The Origin and History of Grace Church, Jamaica, New York by Horatio Oliver Ladd.
Recollections of Old Jamaica: 1655-1887.
Records of the Town of Jamaica Long Island: 1656-1751 edited by Josephine C. Frost.

Queens Poet Laureate 2007 – 2010

The Queens Borough President’s Office has announced the Fourth Poet Laureate to serve from 2007 to 2010:

Julio Marzan
Queens Poet Laureate

An honorary position, the Queens Poet Laureate promotes an appreciation of poetry throughout the borough and writes poetry that is inspired by, or relate to, the borough of Queens.

To learn more about the Queens Poet Laureate, go to http://www.queensbp.org/content_web/cultural_affairs
/cultural_poet2007.shtml