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Apr
23
3:00PM

Homework Help

Teens are tutored on homework subjects by Teen Center employees.


Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required
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Apr
23
4:00PM

Paper Engineering

Did you ever think of paper as a building material? Join us, and engineer something from paper to take home! Space is limited! This program is for teens ages 12-19.


Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Apr
23
6:00PM

Conversational French for Beginners

This program is designed to help participants pick up French by practicing speaking, listening and pronunciation in a friendly environment. Special focus will be placed on idiomatic expressions needed in everyday interactions, and there will also be an introduction to the unique traditions and culture of the French.


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Apr
24
4:30PM

Project Fashion Mavens

Are you interested in fashion, or would you like to work in the fashion marketing industry? Then this program for teens ages 13 to 18 is for you!


Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required
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Apr
24
5:00PM

Teen Fashion Maven Sewing Lab

Join this 4-session, beginning sewing course and make your own PJ pants. All materials and supplies will be provided. Class size is limited; preregistration is required. Preregister online at queenslibrary.org/events or call 718-990-8565.


Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 12 openings
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Apr
27
2:00PM

Sunday Movies: "47 Ronin"

This epic, based on an actual event from 18th century Japan that became legendary over the course of centuries, tells the tale of a band of 47 loyal samurai seeking vengeance after the murder of their master. Universal Pictures; starring Keanu Reeves; written by Hossein Amini and Chris Morgan


Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Apr
29
4:00PM

Peer Mediation

Our peer mediation groups meet every Tuesday afternoon.


Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required
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May
1
4:00PM

Hip Hop Elements: "31 Days of Non-Stop Hip Hop" Kick-Off Event with Kool Herc and DJ Marley Marl

Queens Library kicks off “31 Days of Non-Stop Hip Hop” with the legendary Kool Herc sharing the history of Hip Hop and DJ Marley Marl on the turntables. Featuring a break dance exhibition and video presentation. Follow @QueensLibrary on social media and use #HipHopElements to join the conversation.


Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

May
7
6:00PM

Movie Night Wednesday

We will screen the following movies in May: 5/7 - "Blue Jasmine," rated PG-13; 5/14 - "Frozen," rated PG; 5/21 - "Philomena," rated PG-13; 5/28 - "Ride Along,"
rated PG-13


Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required
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May
8
4:00PM

Hip Hop Elements: Create Your Own Music Experience

Learn how to produce a beat, write and record your own song, and create and shoot a music video. By the end of this workshop, you’ll have all the knowledge you'll need to take your hip hop recording to the next level! Follow @QueensLibrary on social media and use #HipHopElements to join the conversation.


Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

May
14
4:00PM

Hip Hop Elements: Hip Hop Book Review

Join us to discuss books about hip hop history and culture. Follow @QueensLibrary on social media and use #HipHopElements to join the conversation.


Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

May
15
4:00PM

Hip Hop Elements: Poetry Live

In this workshop, participants will write poetry inspired by current events and social issues. They will have an opportunity to perform their work in the Hip Hop Elements Poetry and Art Showcase on 5/29. Follow @QueensLibrary on social media and use #HipHopElements to join the conversation.


Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

May
17
2:00PM

Authors From Inside the Wall

Formerly incarcerated authors Mikail DeVeaux, Andrea C. James, Starlene Patterson, King Thai, and Eric Waters discuss their prison experiences, the psychological impact of prison life, what inspired them to become writers and what they see as their unique contributions to the current literature on prison issues. The program will be moderated by Wanda Best-Deveaux of Citizens Against Recidivism, Inc.


Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

May
18
2:00PM

Open Mic for Poets

Richard Jeffrey Newman is the author of a book of his own poems, “The Silence of Men” (CavanKerry Press, 2006), and two books of translations from classical Persian literature: “Selections from Saadi’s Gulistan” and “Selections from Saadi’s Bustan” (Global Scholarly Publications, 2004 & 2006 respectively). He is Associate Professor of English at Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York, where he coordinates the Creative Writing Project.


Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

May
19
6:00PM

Mac Monday: ilife

At our weekly Mac labs you can master the fundamentals of Apple computers and programs using our MacBook Pro laptops. Preregistration is required online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information. Class code CC280


Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 21 openings

May
24
2:00PM

Catapult Lab for Teens

Young people in grades 7-12 build mini-catapults out of common office supplies and then have fun using them to hit targets! Space is limited!


Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

May
24
2:00PM

Film Screening: "The Color Purple"

Join us for a screening of the film based on the novel by Alice Walker.


Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

May
25
2:00PM

Sunday Movies: "The Legend of Hercules"

This 2014 film version of the classic myth stars Kellan Lutz in the title role and is rated PG-13


Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

May
29
4:00PM

Hip Hop Elements: Poetry and Art Showcase

Poetry and graffiti art created by workshop participants throughout the “31 Days of Non-Stop Hip Hop” will be featured. Follow @QueensLibrary on social media and use #HipHopElements to join the conversation.


Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Jun
2
6:00PM

Mac Monday: iMovie

Learn the basics of Apple computers on our MacBook Pro laptops in these weekly Mac labs. Preregistration is required online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information. Class code CC280


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

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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The Central Library @ Queens Library contains nearly one million volumes of materials in comprehensive subject collections, and more than 800 titles of academic and professional journals and magazines, as well as professional indices and abstracts. For more information, see:


What does a Friends Group do?

Friends of Library - Central Library Chapter. Contact Community Library Manager at (718) 990-0700 or Office of Government and Community Affairs (GCA) at (718) 990-0817 if you are interested in joining.


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
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
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: (347) 618-5979
fax: (718) 776-3798
Manhattan Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1865
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-7084
fax: (212) 788-7093
NYS Assembly
Hon. William Scarborough
ScarboW@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 129-32 Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica NY, 11434
phone: (718) 723-5412
fax: (718) 723-5465
Albany Office LOB, Room 622
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4451
fax: (518)
NYS Senate
Hon. Malcolm A. Smith
masmith@nysenate.gov
District Office 205-20 Jamaica Avenue
St. Albans 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

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


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