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Introduction to Music Theory

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the technical side of music? Presenter Jin-Xiang Yu will provide instruction in the basics of how to read music, including naming notes, rhythm, time signature, keys, and very simple harmonies. Advance registration is required for this five-session program, and a single registration will secure your ...

May 21 @ 6:30 PM, May 28 @ 6:30 PM, Jun 4 @ 6:30 PM, Jun 11 @ 6:30 PM, Jun 18 @ 6:30 PM

Introduction to Job Interviews

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 or for more information call 718-661-1205.

May 22 @ 10:00 AM

Timeless Tales

Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers are welcome to join us for stories, songs, finger plays, and all kinds of fun! Preregistration is required and begins on Wednesday, April 24.

May 22 @ 10:30 AM, May 29 @ 10:30 AM, Jun 5 @ 10:30 AM

Spring 2019 Creative Writing Workshop

Got that writer’s itch? Need inspiration and/or time to write that poem, short story, or bestselling novel? Join Jennifer Celestin for a 12-session creative writing workshop at the Central Library that will help you do just that! Advanced registration for each individual class is recommended but not required. Since space is limited, those ...

May 22 @ 6:30 PM, May 29 @ 6:30 PM

Networking

Networking is the development of professional relationships. In today’s competitive job market, it is also one of the best ways to find a job. Through networking, you can exchange information with others about job opportunities, interesting organizations, or up-and-coming industries. Learn about the basics of networking and improve your job ...

May 29 @ 10:00 AM

Percussia: To New York With Love

Percussia is an innovative musical ensemble based in Queens, New York. Led by artistic director and percussionist Ingrid Gordon, Percussia's unique instrumentation of percussion, harp, flute, and viola gives the group its one-of-a-kind signature sound. Percussia's varied repertoire is an eclectic mash-up of contemporary chamber music, world ...

Jun 1 @ 2:00 PM

Choosing Entrepreneurship

This class provides an overview of the dynamic world of entrepreneurship. It helps participants assess their skills and aptitudes, allows participants to explore the right type of business for them based on aptitude and interest, and generally charts a path to success. Preregister online or call 718-990-8625 for additional information.

Jun 4 @ 7:00 PM

Basics of Business Planning

Are you tired of being confused about how to write your business plan? Are you stuck trying to write it? In the Basics of Business Planning course, we will cover what a business plan is, why we need it, the basic structure of a business plan along with some of the various formats, and how/where you can research and start building you plan ...

Jun 11 @ 7:00 PM

Creating Impactful Resumes

Make your resume the best it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn about types of resumes, how to get started, what to include and not include, and tips for making a resume stronger.

Jun 12 @ 10:00 AM

Bengali Storytime

Bengali storytime is back! Join us for songs, stories, and fun in Bengali. No registration is required. Don't miss out.

Jun 12 @ 10:30 AM, Jun 19 @ 10:30 AM, Jun 26 @ 10:30 AM, Jul 3 @ 10:30 AM

May
20
10:00AM

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11:30AM

Stay Well

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Special Services and New York City Department for the Aging-Health Promotion Unit present
Stay Well Program for New Yorkers 60 and older.

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

Additional Dates


May
20
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Sewing Club - Quilting With Geraldine Hazel (Intermediate)

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.

Registration is required for this six-week program. Sewing instructor Geraldine Hazel will be teaching intermediate level participants how to make a lap-sized strip quilt. This program is for intermediate level sewers only. (No beginning instruction will be given. You must know how to use a sewing machine already.) You must attend all 6 classes. The class is limited to ten participants only. Adults 18 and over only. Class starts promptly and extreme latecomers will not be admitted.

Central LibraryMon, Jun 3, 201910:00AM - 12:00PM
Central LibraryMon, Jun 10, 201910:00AM - 12:00PM
Central LibraryMon, Jun 17, 201910:00AM - 12:00PM

May
20
5:00PM

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6:30PM

SAT Tutoring

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.

Come for free SAT tutoring to help you prepare for your SAT exam. Registration is required. Online registration begins Saturday, March 9th. There will be 7 sessions - every Monday beginning Monday April 8th. Registration for this program is online only, no phone calls accepted.


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May
20
7:00PM

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8:00PM

ShapeUp NYC: Low-Impact Chair Fitness for Adults

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

ShapeUp NYC instructor Sharon leads this low-impact fitness class that focuses on improving core, upper body strength, and mobility. This low-impact, gentle workout will help you burn calories, tone your body, and increase your heart health. Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a towel and water bottle. 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.

Additional Dates


May
20
7:00PM

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8:00PM

Tai Chi for Health and Longevity

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

In this workshop you will learn a system of Tai Chi exercise that involves the use of the Tai Chi ruler -- a wooden rod held between the palms of both hands -- to cultivate life energy (Chi). For the participants of these workshops, Tai Chi rulers will be provided for the duration of each workshop. Please register online or by calling 718-990-0728.

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

Additional Dates


May
21
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Kickoff to Kindergarten

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Parents and other caregivers can help young children 3-4 years old learn the skills they need to be successful in school before they start kindergarten. During eight weekly sessions, Library staff and early childhood teachers will teach parents and caregivers how to use games, book reading, and hands-on activities to help build the most important language and social skills. Preregistration is required. Space is limited. Registration is full, we can accept anymore participants.


May
21
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Tuesday Afternoon Movie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

We will be screening the following films:

5/7: "Steel Magnolias" (1989, PG)
5/14: "A Dangerous Method" (2011, R)
5/21: "Analyze This" (1999, R)
5/28: "A Beautiful Mind" (2001, PG-13) Customer Suggestion

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

Additional Dates


May
21
3:00PM

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6:00PM

Homework Help (ELA/Social Studies)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come to the Teen Space to receive one-on-one assistance with your English language arts and history homework.

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

Additional Dates


May
21
3:30PM

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6:30PM

The "Voices of Queens" Teen Radio Podcast

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn how to create your very own radio podcasts in this free workshop program! Come along and learn how to produce fun and engaging podcast episodes. Completion of this course gives you scholarship opportunities, enhances your resume, and can even get you started on the road to a rewarding career in broadcast journalism, audio engineering, news reporting, radio presentation, and beyond. This program series is for teens ages 12 – 19 years old and preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


May
21
5:30PM

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8:00PM

Introduction to Photoshop

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

Take the first steps to becoming a digital artist. Learn how to use the industry’s leading image editing tool to create graphics, edit photos, and composite works of art. We’ll train you in the basics of Photoshop and give you the skills to bring your imagination to life. Preregistration is required in person or 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


May
21
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Introduction to PowerPoint for Kids

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Big project due at school? Make that report look even better once you can use PowerPoint! Children ages 7-12 can learn this incredible tool. No registration required. This program is first-come, first-served.


May
21
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Introduction to Python

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 6 openings

Looking to become a software engineer? Take the first step and join us in our eight-week course where we teach you the basic concepts of programming and participate in open discussions with other people/customers learning how to code. Register now! Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


May
21
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Introduction to Music Theory

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. If you wish to register, check availability for program date May 21, 2019
Availability: 3 openings

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the technical side of music? Presenter Jin-Xiang Yu will provide instruction in the basics of how to read music, including naming notes, rhythm, time signature, keys, and very simple harmonies. Advance registration is required for this five-session program, and a single registration will secure your place for all sessions. Both adults and teens are invited to attend, and we hope to see you there.

Central LibraryTue, May 28, 20196:30PM - 7:30PM
Central LibraryTue, Jun 4, 20196:30PM - 7:30PM
Central LibraryTue, Jun 11, 20196:30PM - 7:30PM
Central LibraryTue, Jun 18, 20196:30PM - 7:30PM

May
21
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Entrepreneurs Open Lab

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 46 openings

Got questions? We’ve got answers! This is a question and answer panel with experienced industry professionals to hear their real-life struggles and successes or address your inquiries about entrepreneurship. This is an opportunity to come in and meet directly with industry professionals. This even is open to all. For more information, call 718-990-8625.


May
22
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to Ancestry Database

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

The Queens Public Library Archives will present an overview of the Ancestry database, including hands-on exercises. The class is highly recommended for anyone interested in family histories and other types of genealogical research.


May
22
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Job Interviews

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 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 or for more information call 718-661-1205.


May
22
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Timeless Tales

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 ages 3-5 and their caregivers are welcome to join us for stories, songs, finger plays, and all kinds of fun! Preregistration is required and begins on Wednesday, April 24.

Central LibraryWed, May 29, 201910:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryWed, Jun 5, 201910:30AM - 11:30AM

May
22
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Literature to Life Stage Presentation of "County of Kings" by Lemon Andersen

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The life of slam poet, playwright and speaker Lemon Andersen, as performed by Michael Angel Viera and developed and directed by Elise Thoron, is a tough yet poignant account of a good kid growing up in an unforgiving environment. Lemon served two prison sentences before he was 21 and won a Tony Award before he turned 30. Weaving hard-edged drama with urban poetry, "County of Kings" is a coming-of-age story told with profound honesty, compassion, and humor.


May
22
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Spring 2019 Creative Writing Workshop

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 13 openings

Got that writer’s itch? Need inspiration and/or time to write that poem, short story, or bestselling novel? Join Jennifer Celestin for a 12-session creative writing workshop at the Central Library that will help you do just that! Advanced registration for each individual class is recommended but not required. Since space is limited, those who have registered will get priority seating. This program is open to both adults and teens.

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

Additional Dates


May
22
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Money Mindset

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Ever heard money doesn’t grow on trees or a penny saved is a penny earned? These are mindset phrases and to some degree may be blocking you from:
Discovering your full potential to earn more money!
Learning about your passion and turn it into income!
We will discuss ways to open up areas in our mind that may block us from receiving more money.
Let’s have fun and become more money savvy!


May
23
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Excel: Data Entry and Tables

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 5 openings

Learn to organize your information in Excel! Participation in the Data Entry and Tables course will build skills for entering and reading information on different types of tables. Basic computer skills are required.


May
23
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Mock Interviews

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is now closed

In these one-on-one practice sessions, you will learn how to prepare for an interview, successfully deal with difficult questions, and follow up properly after the interview. You must preregister for a one-on-one session.

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

Additional Dates


May
23
12:00PM

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2:00PM

Free Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park - Much Ado About Nothing

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

You’re invited to get free tickets at the library on the same day as the show! Tickets will be distributed at library locations at noon, and are first-come, first-served – there are limited quantities so be sure to get there early. Each person (age 5+) may receive up to two (2) tickets, while supplies last. Note that ticket vouchers are distributed by the Public Theater.


May
23
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Golden Age of Hollywood

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join film professor Brian Rose as he discusses the forces that made Hollywood the giant of world filmmaking and the special nature of its achievements during its Golden Age.


May
23
3:00PM

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6:00PM

Homework Help (Math/Science)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come to the Teen Space to receive one-on-one assistance with your math and science homework.

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

Additional Dates


May
23
3:30PM

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5:30PM

NYCitizenship Information Session

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come to an information session with NYCitizenship staff to find out how to apply for U.S. citizenship, and learn about the benefits of becoming a citizen and receiving financial counseling.


May
23
4:00PM

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6:00PM

ESOL Job Search Training at Central Library

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

This program is geared towards high intermediate and advanced English language learners seeking to enter the job market. The curriculum is focused on helping students understand different types of marketable skills as well as develop vocabulary associated with these skills. Participants will exit the series with at least an outline of a resume or a complete resume.

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

Additional Dates


May
23
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Culture Pass Community Programs: Tinker Lab with the Lewis Latimer House Museum

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come and learn to make a simple circuit and use it to light up a creative drawing.
Week 1: Introducing Simple Circuits
Week 2: Wire Maze Game
This program is for children 5-10 years old. Space is limited for all sessions. This program is on a first-come, first-served basis.


May
23
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Youth Leadership Council

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Make your voice heard! You’ll advocate for your community and make real change in this yearlong program. Community service credit available!

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

Additional Dates


May
23
6:00PM

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8:15PM

Hip-Hop Pioneers

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us for a Queens Hip-Hop Pioneers Memorial Day Kickoff event with music by DJ Casino, DJ Kendo, and special guest DJ Amazing Dewitt. Live photo exhibit by Mfidel Photography. Come out and hear classics from the 70s, 80s, and 90s.
This event is hosted by Ralph McDaniels.


May
23
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Haitian Creole Class for Beginners

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.

This course is for people with little or no prior knowledge of Haitian Creole (Kreyòl). Participants will learn speaking, reading, writing, and listening comprehension within a Haitian cultural context. Core concepts of grammar, phonetics, and other aspects of language structure will be covered. At the end of the course, participants will be able to conduct simple conversations and write at the basic level in Kreyòl. Space is limited.

Central LibraryThu, May 30, 20196:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryThu, Jun 6, 20196:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryThu, Jun 13, 20196:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryThu, Jun 20, 20196:30PM - 8:00PM

May
24
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Insects & Bugs

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Do you want to learn about insects and bugs? The Children's Library Discovery Center has the program for you. You will learn and create your own masterpiece.

Children's Library Discovery Center
Multipurpose Room
10:30 AM
May 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31st.

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

Additional Dates


May
24
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Teen Code Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn to code at Queens Public Library! Our code club has no lectures: you’ll learn to make websites, animations, apps, and games by actually making them, step by step. Prepare for a tech career or learn skills you can use in the real world right now to make whatever you can dream up.

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

Additional Dates


May
24
5:30PM

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6:30PM

Teen Anime and Graphic Novel Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Like manga? Enjoy graphic novels? Love anime? Then join us for our Anime and Graphic Novel Club! We'll watch new and old favorites, read amazing titles, and discuss what we liked and what we didn't.

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

Additional Dates


May
25
11:00AM

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1:00PM

Breastfeeding Basics Workshop: Build Confidence and Get Answers to All Your Breastfeeding Questions

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Are you, a friend, or a loved one considering breastfeeding now or in the future? Parents, future parents, partners, family members, and friends are encouraged to attend this workshop. This course will provide support, build confidence, and assist with common challenges associated with breastfeeding. The workshop is presented by a Certified Lactation Counselor. Free Metrocards and refreshments will be provided. To register, please call or text Jasmin at 646.629.2413.


May
25
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Saturday Science Lab

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children up to age 12 and their families are invited to join us for Saturday Science Lab. This is a fun and hands-on science experience you're sure to enjoy! Learn and do a different science program every week!

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

Additional Dates


May
26
2:00PM

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6:00PM

Movie Screening: "The Cloverfield Paradox"

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

A group of scientists deal with inexplicable events while aboard a space station (2018, PG-13).


May
29
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Networking

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

Networking is the development of professional relationships. In today’s competitive job market, it is also one of the best ways to find a job. Through networking, you can exchange information with others about job opportunities, interesting organizations, or up-and-coming industries. Learn about the basics of networking and improve your job search techniques at this workshop! For more information, call 718-990-8625 .


May
29
6:00PM

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8:30PM

Movie Night Wednesday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

We will be screening the following films:

5/1: "Stan & Ollie" (2018, PG)
5/8: "If Beale Street Could Talk" (2018, R) Customer Suggestion
5/15: "Vice" (2018, R) Customer Suggestion
5/22: No Movie
5/29: "Aquaman" (2018, PG-13) Customer Suggestion


May
30
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Presenting with PowerPoint

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

Brush up on your public speaking skills with this PowerPoint workshop. Call 718-990-8625 to register.


May
30
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Bingo for Adults

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

We welcome all adults, both young and old. "Spring" into the library and join us for a fun hour of Bingo every other week at Central Library. Come for the cool prizes, to make new friends, or simply because you love Bingo!!

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

Additional Dates


May
30
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 Jason Reynolds’s "Ghost" at this session of Amazing Readers. Participation will count toward the “Read Down Your Fines” program.


May
30
6:30PM

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8:30PM

Hip-Hop: Empowering the Formerly Incarcerated (Panel & Resource Fair)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us for a Hip-Hop: Empowering the Formerly Incarcerated panel discussion and resource fair. Moderator Ralph McDaniels hosts a panel with representatives from various steps of re-entry from human rights, corrections, and judicial. Special guests include hip-hop legend Slick Rick, Maxwell Melvin from the Lifers Group, Lithera Forbes (women’s rights), and other community activists.


May
31
12:00PM

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6:00PM

Community Blood Drive

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us on the Mobile Bus Unit in front of the Library’s main entrance from 12 to 6 pm.
There is presently an emergency blood shortage and your donation will help save up to three lives. Our community hospitals need your help.


May
31
3:00PM

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4:30PM

The Sixties: On Broadway

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Jenny Lynn Stewart takes you on a magical journey packed with celebrated hits from "Hello, Dolly," "Mame," "Camelot," "Fiddler on the Roof," "Hair," and more. Her anecdotes about the decade infuse the afternoon with nostalgic memories of a time that was filled with the idealism of a limitless future. She will be joined by William Lewis on piano.


Jun
1
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Let’s Make Some Noise: Flag Making

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Love is love: Celebrate the start of Pride month with arts & crafts. Create your own personalized flag to take home or decorate the Teen Space.


Jun
1
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Percussia: To New York With Love

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Percussia is an innovative musical ensemble based in Queens, New York. Led by artistic director and percussionist Ingrid Gordon, Percussia's unique instrumentation of percussion, harp, flute, and viola gives the group its one-of-a-kind signature sound. Percussia's varied repertoire is an eclectic mash-up of contemporary chamber music, world and popular music styles, and original arrangements. Percussia's repertoire crosses genres, styles, and cultural boundaries.


Jun
1
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Ital Rain Caribbean Heritage Celebration

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The high enegery reggae band Ital Rain returns to Queens Public Library to celebrate Caribbean Heriatge Month. They will have you swaying in your seat as they play all of the old and new reggae hits.


Jun
2
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Sunday Concerts @ Central presents Paul Armstrong and Grupo Ochun

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Grupo Ochun plays a mix of original songs and Cuban classics that keep the sounds of traditional Cuban music alive in NYC. Musical styles of son, montuno, guajira, guaguanco, rumba, and bolero are represented and interpreted with a modern flair.


Jun
3
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Time

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.

Join us for the June session of Toddler Time! Enjoy songs, finger plays, and simple story books for toddlers ages 18-35 months and their caregivers. Registration will begin on May 20th. Space is limited so don't miss out!

Central LibraryMon, Jun 10, 201910:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryMon, Jun 17, 201910:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryMon, Jun 24, 201910:30AM - 11:30AM

Jun
3
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Take Me Out to the Library: A Look at Sports Memorabilia with Appraisal Expert Les Wolff

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Do you have a signed baseball card or other piece of sports memorabilia that you want to learn more about? Join the Queens Public Library in welcoming appraiser and lecturer Les Wolff as he discusses his career in the sports appraisal business.


Jun
4
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Tuesday Afternoon Movie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Tuesdays in June, we will be screening the following films:

6/4: "My Own Private Idaho" (1991, R) Customer Suggestion
6/11: "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (1989, PG-13) Customer Suggestion
6/18: "Far From Heaven" (2002, PG-13) Customer Suggestion
6/25: "Stonewall" (2015, R)

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

Additional Dates


Jun
4
5:30PM

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8:00PM

Introduction to PHP

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

Looking to become a software engineer? Take the first step and join us in our four-week course where we teach you the basic concepts of programming and participate in open discussions with other people learning how to code. Register now!

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

Additional Dates


Jun
4
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Choosing Entrepreneurship

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 50 openings

This class provides an overview of the dynamic world of entrepreneurship. It helps participants assess their skills and aptitudes, allows participants to explore the right type of business for them based on aptitude and interest, and generally charts a path to success. Preregister online or call 718-990-8625 for additional information.


Jun
5
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Axis 360

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

Axis 360 delivers digital audiobooks and eBooks for library users in EPUB and PDF to PC and Mac computers, laptops, and netbooks, to smartphones and tablets running on Android and iOS, and to popular eReaders such as NOOK, Sony Reader and Kobo. Preregistration is required in person or call the Cyber Center at 718-990-0769.


Jun
5
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Identifying Your Work Skills

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

In this workshop you will learn how to define and categorize job skills, identify your own job skills, understand the difference between job skills and job duties, market your job skills, and become aware of the most sought-after job skills.


Jun
5
6:00PM

--to--

8:15PM

Movie Night Wednesday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Wednesdays in June, we will screen the following films:

6/5: "The Favourite" (2018, R) Customer Suggestion
6/19: "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" (2018, R) Customer Suggestion
6/26: "Bohemian Rhapsody" (2018, PG-13) Customer Suggestion

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

Additional Dates


Jun
6
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Intro to Word

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 22 openings

Learn the basic skills in Microsoft Word and gain hands-on experience creating documents, changing formats, and using key shortcuts.


Jun
6
10:00AM

--to--

11:00AM

Mock Interviews

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

In these one-on-one practice sessions, you will learn how to prepare for an interview, successfully deal with difficult questions, and follow up properly after the interview. You must preregister for a one-on-one session.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
6
11:00AM

--to--

4:00PM

Summer Reading Kickoff 2019 - A Universe of Stories

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join the Children's Library Discovery Center for our Summer Reading Kickoff: A Universe of Stories. There will be games, storytellers, music, and giveaways. All are welcome. There will be face painting, balloon twisting, and giveaways.


Jun
6
12:00PM

--to--

1:00PM

ScienceTellers presents Aliens: Escape from Earth

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Throughout this amazing intergalactic story, we use science experiments to bring the story to life! In the second part of the show, we go “behind the scenes” of the special effects and recreate the science experiments with the help of volunteers from the audience. Don’t miss this action-packed and educational alien adventure. It's totally out of this world!


Jun
6
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Classic Movie Thursday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

6/6: "Screaming Eagles" (1956)
6/13: "I Never Sang for My Father" (1970)
6/20: "The Women" (1939)
6/27: "Watch on the Rhine" (1943)

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

Additional Dates


Jun
6
6:00PM

--to--

8:30PM

Introduction to Microsoft Word (in Spanish)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. If you wish to register, check availability for program date June 6, 2019
Availability: 1 openings

Learn how to create a document and work with tables. Participants should have basic computer skills and must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Central Library Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning Thursday, May 30 at 10:00 a.m. or by calling 718-990-0769.

Central LibraryThu, Jun 13, 20196:00PM - 8:30PM
Central LibraryThu, Jun 20, 20196:00PM - 8:30PM

Jun
7
9:30AM

--to--

11:00AM

Computer Basics for Older Adults

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

Don't know how to use a computer? This workshop will get you started. You will learn the basic parts of a computer, how to use a keyboard and mouse, and how to browse the Internet. Preregistration is required. Please call 718-990-0769 for more information or to preregister.


Jun
7
4:00PM

--to--

5:30PM

Teen Code Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn to code at Queens Public Library! Our code club has no lectures: you’ll learn to make websites, animations, apps, and games by actually making them, step by step. Prepare for a tech career or learn skills you can use in the real world right now to make whatever you can dream up.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
7
5:30PM

--to--

6:30PM

Teen Anime and Graphic Novel Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Like manga? Enjoy graphic novels? Love anime? Then join us for our Anime and Graphic Novel Club! We'll watch new and old favorites, read amazing titles, and discuss what we liked and what we didn't.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
8
11:00AM

--to--

2:00PM

Town Hall for Women Veterans

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Women veterans of all eras are encouraged to attend this town hall meeting to obtain information about applying for VA benefits, compensation, pension, and burial benefits, as well as New York City and New York State benefits. Following a Q & A session, veterans may enroll in VA care on-the-spot. The Queens Central Library will also be providing information about its job-and business-related services and will assist in applying for library cards.


Jun
10
1:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Let's Make Some Noise: LGBTQ Resource Fair and Concert with Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corps

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Providers of legal, health, and social services, organizations, and safe spaces for our LGBTQ community will gather and offer advice, referrals, and information about their services. Afterwards, enjoy a concert by the Brass and Woodwind Quintet from the Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corps.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
11
7:00PM

--to--

8:30PM

Basics of Business Planning

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 50 openings

Are you tired of being confused about how to write your business plan? Are you stuck trying to write it? In the Basics of Business Planning course, we will cover what a business plan is, why we need it, the basic structure of a business plan along with some of the various formats, and how/where you can research and start building you plan right away. Call 718-990-8625 for more information.


Jun
12
9:30AM

--to--

11:00AM

Introduction to Government Information

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

In this training, participants will learn about Queens Public Library's participation in the Federal Depository Library (FDLP) program and how to help Library users find government information such as the Mueller Report, the 2020 Census, the Asteroid Watch, and more.


Jun
12
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Creating Impactful Resumes

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

Make your resume the best it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn about types of resumes, how to get started, what to include and not include, and tips for making a resume stronger.


Jun
12
10:30AM

--to--

11:30AM

Bengali Storytime

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Bengali storytime is back! Join us for songs, stories, and fun in Bengali. No registration is required. Don't miss out.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
12
3:30PM

--to--

5:30PM

Let's Make Some Noise: Pop-Up Tabling for Teens

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Pop-Up events engage teens in games and other interactive activities, as well as one-on-one education about sexual and reproductive health. Topics covered include (but are not limited to) sexual development and anatomy, teen rights, access to sexual and reproductive health services, and public insurance programs that can help teens to get those services. Onsite assistance with making appointments at PPNYC’s health centers is also available. All are welcome!


Jun
13
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Instagram

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

Learn how to share and take photos, add filters and image adjustments, connect accounts, and respond to comments. Please bring your smartphone with the Instagram app already installed to class. Register online. For more information, call 718-990-8625 or visit the Job Information Center. Basic computer skills are required.


Jun
14
10:00AM

--to--

10:45AM

Funtastic Family Sing-Along

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children and their parents and caregivers will enjoy a family sing-along with popular songs.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
15
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Spanning the Caribbean with AfriCarib Steel Pan Band

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Enjoy the smooth sounds of the AfriCarib steel pan band and try to stay in your seat. They will have you feeling like you are on an island as they play all of the familiar soca, calypso, and reggae tunes.


Jun
18
6:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Smooth Guitar with John Lehmann-Haupt

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

John Lehmann-Haupt has played guitar since he was five years old. As a guitarist, he has built a distinctive solo repertoire, interweaving classical selections with his own arrangements of popular and traditional songs.


Jun
18
7:00PM

--to--

8:30PM

Setting Up Your Business

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 50 openings

Make your business legal! Participants are guided through the organizational tasks needed to set up a business and begin operation. Learn about legal structures and all the information you need to register and operate legally in NYC.


Jun
19
9:30AM

--to--

11:30AM

Mistake-Free Cover Letters

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

The cover letters workshop teaches the most important aspects of cover letter writing, defines the different types of cover letters, and prepares participants to write and customize cover letters for their job applications.


Jun
19
9:30AM

--to--

11:00AM

How to Navigate the Queens Public Library Website

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

Learn how to navigate the Queens Public Library website at www.queenslibrary.org. Search the catalog for books, magazines, CDs, DVDs and more. Browse our library programs and events for all ages, and a multitude of valuable services. Preregistration is required in person or call the Cyber Center at 718-990-0769.


Jun
19
11:30AM

--to--

1:00PM

Central Library Book Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Central Library Book Club meets every third Wednesday of the month. Pick up our next selection at Central Library's reference desk and join us to share your thoughts!


Jun
19
5:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

New You: Skin Care Secrets for Teens

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us for a skincare class with New York State licensed esthetician Linda Branitskaya who will share her knowledge about skin physiology, skin types, and skin care regiments. We will also create a skin care product using botanical ingredients that you can take home with you.


Jun
20
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Typing 101 (Open Lab)

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

Getting to know the keyboard can be challenging. Come to this open lab class to help you to learn how to type and navigate the keyboard. Basic computer skills are recommended. To register call 718-990-8625.


Jun
20
5:30PM

--to--

6:45PM

Parents' Playdate

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

All parents who are under 21 years old are welcome for refreshments, conversation, and to share stories and advice about what it’s like to be a parent. You’re welcome to bring your child or children with you.


Jun
21
9:30AM

--to--

11:00AM

Current Issues Databases

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

Learn how to access information on controversial topics such as abortion, the death penalty, gun control, euthanasia, and much more using electronic databases and other online sources. Preregistration is required in person or call the Cyber Center at 718-990-0769.


Jun
23
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Telling the Art Deco Story of Jamaica

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Did you know that Jamaica has a rich and exciting history told through its beautiful and special Art Deco buildings? Discover the neighborhood's fascinating Art Deco architecture and design of the 1930s and '40s with an expert from the Art Deco Society of New York, architectural historian Anthony W. Robins. Register online for this slide illustrated talk at: JamaicaTalk.Eventbrite.com


Jun
24
10:00AM

--to--

1:00PM

Sewing Club: Open Lab

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Need to sew? Do you have a project you would like to work on? We provide the sewing machines and accessories; you bring your own project and fabric. There is no instruction during the lab so you need to know how to use a sewing machine. No registration is required, but space is limited. Adults 18 and over only.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
25
7:00PM

--to--

8:30PM

Building Extraordinary Relationships

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

This class is geared toward developing networking strategies in order to foster partnerships and build relationships that lead to motivation, connections, resources, and investment opportunities. Attain new skills in an accessible and low-pressure setting.


Jun
26
9:30AM

--to--

11:00AM

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.


Jun
26
7:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

New You: Skin Care Secrets for Adults

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us for a skin care class with New York State licensed esthetician Linda Branitskaya who will share her knowledge about skin physiology, skin types, and skin care regiments. We will also create a skin care product using botanical ingredients that you can take home with you.


Jun
27
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Excel: Creating Charts and Graphs

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

Learn how to create charts and graphs in Microsoft Excel. To register call 718-990-8625.


Jun
27
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Summer Reading: Amazing Readers Summer Movie Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Read the book; then watch the movie "The House With a Clock in Its Wall" written by John Bellairs. No registration is required (2018, PG).


Jun
27
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Amazing Readers Kids' Book Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 8-12 will discuss John Bellairs' "The House with a Clock in Its Wall" at this session of Amazing Readers. Participation will count toward the “Read Down Your Fines” program.


Jun
28
3:00PM

--to--

4:30PM

The Great American Folk Song Revival with Caroline Doctorow

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Ms. Doctorow concentrates on the folk music of the early ‘60s, presenting the work of important American songwriters and performers such as Bob Dylan and Joan Baez. She also performs her original compositions, discusses the songwriting process, and describes what it was like growing up with her late father, author E.L. Doctorow. This program-through-song offers the listener a unique perspective of this significant period in our country’s musical history. Audience sing-alongs are encouraged!


Jun
30
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Movie Screening: "The Vanishing"

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Three lighthouse keepers stumble upon gold while they were on their six-week shift on an uninhabited island, 20 miles from the Scottish coast (2019, R).

Directors
Kristoffer Nyholm

Production year
2019

Rating
R

Studio
Lions Gate Films, Inc.

Runtime
101 minutes

Cast
Gerard Butler, Peter Mullan, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Gary Lewis, Søren Malling


Jul
9
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Summer Reading: Origami

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Every week during the hot summer, we will have a cool different theme for children ages 5-12. No registration required; however space will be limited. Don't miss it!

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

Additional Dates


Jul
10
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

A Universe of Stories - Summer Reading Film Fest 2019

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Please join the Children's Library Discovery Center for our 2019 Summer Reading Film Fest.
• 7/10: "Hotel Transylvania 3" (2018, PG)
• 7/17: "Incredibles 2" (2018, PG)
• 7/24: "The House With A Clock In Its Walls" (2018, PG)
• 7/31: "Smallfoot" (2018, PG)
• 8/7: "Ralph Breaks The Internet" (2018, PG)
• 8/14: "Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse" (2018, PG)
All movies will begin at 10am in the auditorium. Tickets will be given out at 9:15am on the day of the movie.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
10
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Library Jeopardy

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us if you are between 8-12 years old to show off your knowledge by playing Jeopardy. No registration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
14
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Jerry Drake and The Front Page Big Band

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Jerry Drake is a composer and performer of original music in the Great American Songbook and classic big band style. Jerry has a long history as a multi-instrumentalist and singer. The 12-piece concert band (called The Front Page) that accompanies Jerry is comprised of many of the best musicians in the New York area, some of whom have been with Jerry for over twenty years.


Jul
25
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Summer Reading: Amazing Readers Summer Movie Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Read the book; check out the movie. The book club members between ages 8-12 will watch the movie "Bridge to Terabithia" together before discussing the book written by Katherine Paterson.


Jul
25
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Summer Reading: Amazing Readers Kids Book Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 8-12 will discuss Katherine Paterson's "Bridge to Terabithia" at this session of Amazing Readers. Participation will count toward the “Read Down Your Fines” program.


Jul
28
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Movie Screening: "Johnny English Strikes Again"

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

British spy Johnny English comes out of retirement to protect his fellow undercover agents. With time against him, he races to find the hacker responsible for infiltrating national security (2018, PG).


Jul
29
12:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Free Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park - Coriolanus

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

You’re invited to get free tickets at the library on the same day as the show! Tickets will be distributed at library locations at noon, and are first-come, first-served – there are limited quantities so be sure to get there early. Each person (age 5+) may receive up to two (2) tickets, while supplies last. Note that ticket vouchers are distributed by the Public Theater.


Aug
5
10:00AM

--to--

1:00PM

Sewing Club: Open Lab

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Need to sew? Do you have a project you would like to work on? We provide the sewing machines and accessories; you bring your own project and fabric. There is no instruction during the lab so you need to know how to use a sewing machine. No registration is required, but space is limited. Adults 18 and over only.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
22
6:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Summer Movie Nights with Assembly Member Alicia Hyndman

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Please join Assembly Member Alicia Hyndman as she hosts movie nights at three libraries:

Rosedale
Thursday, June 27 6PM-8PM: "Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse" (2018, PG)
Thursday, July 11 6PM-8PM: "Incredibles 2" (2018, PG)

Laurelton
Thursday, July 25 6PM-8PM: "Ralph Breaks the Internet" (2018, PG)
Thursday, August 8 6PM-8PM: "Hotel Transylvania" (2012, PG)

Central
Thursday, August 22 6PM-8PM: "A Wrinkle in Time" (2018, PG)


Aug
25
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Movie Screening: "Robin Hood"

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

A veteran trained to become Robin Hood rebels against the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham and his powerful army (2018, PG-13).

Directors
Otto Bathurst

Production year
2018

Rating
PG-13

Studio
Lions Gate Films, Inc.

Runtime
116 minutes

Cast
Taron Egerton, Eve Hewson, Jamie Foxx, Jamie Dornan, Paul Anderson


Oct
12
11:00AM

--to--

4:00PM

Come Get Your Annual Mammogram!

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Patients are eligible for a screening mammogram if they:
•Are 40 and over
•Have not had a mammogram in the past year
•Have no signs or symptoms of breast disease
•Are insured, underinsured, or uninsured
To preregister, please contact The Mobile Mammography Team at 844-396-2666.


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:


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 Educational Campus
167-01 Gothic Drive
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 739-5942
fax:
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
HyndmanA@nyassembly.gov
District Office 232-06A Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica NY, 11413
phone: (718) 723-5412
fax: (718) 723-5465
Albany Office LOB, Room 820
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4451
fax: (518) 455-5522
US Congress
Hon. Gregory W. Meeks

District Office 153-01 Jamaica Ave., Suite 204
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 725-6000
fax: (718) 725-9868
Legislative Office 2234 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20516
phone: (202) 225-3461
fax: (202) 226-4169
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  
NYS Senate
Hon. John Liu
liu@nysenate.gov
District Office38-50 Bell Boulevard, Suite C
Bayside NY, 11361
phone: 718-357-3094
fax: 718-357-3491
 

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