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Introduction to Computers

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 ...

May 2 @ 10:00 AM

Motivating Mondays Job-Search Group

Looking for a job is stressful, but you don't have to go through it it alone. Join fellow job-seekers for tea, cookies, stress relief techniques, and networking. For more information and to preregister, call 718-990-8625.

May 2 @ 10:00 AM, May 9 @ 10:00 AM, May 16 @ 10:00 AM, May 23 @ 10:00 AM

A Spring Evening with The Charles Turner Quartet

Charles Turner is an international jazz singer and recent first prize winner of the Annual Duke Ellington Vocal Competition in New York City. Since then Charles has taken the jazz scene by storm at only 26 years of age. Charles has enthralled audiences at such prestigious jazz venues as Birdland, The Rainbow Room, Smoke, Ginny's Supper ...

May 2 @ 7:00 PM

Job-Search Strategies for the Mature Adult

Mature workers can face a struggle when it comes to searching for and obtaining employment. This class will define the mature worker, describe obstacles they may face, and explain how and where to search for jobs. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. ...

May 3 @ 1:30 PM

Open Lab

Join us in the Cyber Center Training Room every Tuesday from 2:00-6:00PM for Open Lab practice, where 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 ...

May 3 @ 2:00 PM, May 10 @ 2:00 PM, May 17 @ 2:00 PM, May 24 @ 2:00 PM

Small-Business Workshop

Learn how to turn a business idea into a business plan, create a demand for a product or service, set goals and objectives, budget and schedule, identify resources and networks, and get ready to open your business’s doors. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call ...

May 3 @ 7:00 PM, May 10 @ 7:00 PM, May 17 @ 7:00 PM, May 24 @ 7:00 PM, May 31 @ 7:00 PM

Resume Workshop

Make your resume the best it can be. Topics include how to get started, types of resumes, what to include and exclude, and tips for making your resume stronger. Call 718-990-8625 for more information or register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org . Class code JR130

May 4 @ 10:00 AM

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 table. ...

May 4 @ 2:00 PM, May 11 @ 2:00 PM, May 18 @ 2:00 PM, May 25 @ 2:00 PM

Mock Interviews

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 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 ...

May 4 @ 3:00 PM, May 11 @ 3:00 PM, May 18 @ 3:00 PM, May 25 @ 3:00 PM

Movie Night Wednesday

In April, we will screen the following films, both released in 2015: 5/4- "Steve Jobs" (R); 5/11- "Legend: (R).

May 4 @ 6:00 PM, May 11 @ 6:00 PM

May
1
1:00PM

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2:30PM

Creative Writers' Workshop with Jennifer Celestin

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Got an itch to write? Need inspiration or time to write that poem, short story, or best-selling novel? Join Jennifer Celestin for a series of 8 workshops that will get you writing. We will cover different writing techniques and do poetry- and short story-writing exercises to free your creativity. Aspiring poets and writers are welcome to attend any or all sessions.

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

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May
1
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Accounting Basics, QuickBooks Learning and Job Readiness Workshops (in Bengali)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Take the advantage of these free workshops and learn: how to prepare yourself to become a more qualified candidate in the competitive job market of America, basics of accounting, and get acquainted with budgets, balance sheets, and other financial date record-keeping.

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

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May
1
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Sunday Concerts @ Central: Grupo Rebolu

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

This Afro-Colombian musical ensemble promotes the rich musical traditions of their ancestors, the African descendants of Colombia's Caribbean coast. From traditional songs to original compositions, Rebolu's repertoire is loaded with energy, history, and danceability. This is a free ticketed program; please sign up on Eventbrite for priority seating. Seating is limited.


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May
2
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


May
2
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Computers

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


May
2
10:00AM

--to--

11:00AM

Motivating Mondays Job-Search Group

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

Looking for a job is stressful, but you don't have to go through it 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


May
2
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 invited for stories, sing-alongs, fingerplays, and more! Online registration begins April 4. Space is limited.

Central LibraryMon, May 9, 201610:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryMon, May 16, 201610:30AM - 11:30AM

May
2
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Resume Writing and Job Seeking for Young Adults

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come design a one of a kind resume to highlight all your amazing experience, talents, and skills. We also offer job-seeking support to young adults who complete resumes with us. Have a question about the program? Call (718) 990-0700 ext. 557.

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

Additional Dates


May
2
5:00PM

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8:00PM

Register for Job Search Help, Computer Training and Job Placement Programs

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Queens Library’s Job & Business Academy and the Consortium for Worker Education’s Jobs to Build On program have partnered to bring free job-search help, technology training, and job-placement services to our customers at Central Library. Classes start the week of Monday, May 9, but you must preregister in person beforehand. During registration, you will also meet the Employment Counselors and Job Placement Specialists who will help you prepare to find a job.

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

Additional Dates


May
2
7:00PM

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8:30PM

A Spring Evening with The Charles Turner Quartet

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Charles Turner is an international jazz singer and recent first prize winner of the Annual Duke Ellington Vocal Competition in New York City. Since then Charles has taken the jazz scene by storm at only 26 years of age. Charles has enthralled audiences at such prestigious jazz venues as Birdland, The Rainbow Room, Smoke, Ginny's Supper Club, Smalls, and Mintons in Harlem where he has had a residency with the JC Hopkins Biggish Band. For Free Tickets, visit charlesturner.eventbrite.com.


May
3
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Job-Search Strategies for the Mature Adult

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 16 openings

Mature workers can face a struggle when it comes to searching for and obtaining employment. This class will define the mature worker, describe obstacles they may face, and explain how and where to search for jobs. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code JR100


May
3
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Spanish Language Movies - Tuesdays in May

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Tuesdays in May, we will screen the following Spanish language movies at 2:00 p.m.: 5/3 - "Talk to her"; 5/10 - "All About My Mother"; 5/17 - "The Sea Inside"; 5/24 - "Bad Education"; 5/31 - "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown."

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

Additional Dates


May
3
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, where 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


May
3
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


May
3
6:00PM

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7:00PM

End of Life Planning Workshop with Fern Baudo

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Fern Baudo, Registered Nurse and board certified Adult Health Nurse Practitioner, will explain the importance of end of life planning, as well as the documents used for it. While our first reaction may be to resist thinking of these difficult choices, we must think about them and also let our wishes be known.


May
3
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, create a demand for a product or service, set goals and objectives, budget and schedule, identify resources and networks, and get ready to open your business’s doors. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code JR130

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

Additional Dates


May
4
9:30AM

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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.


May
4
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Resume Workshop

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 17 openings

Make your resume the best it can be. Topics include how to get started, types of resumes, what to include and exclude, and tips for making your resume stronger. Call 718-990-8625 for more information or register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org . Class code JR130


May
4
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Financial Coaching

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is now closed

Are financial problems causing you stress? A financial coach can help you develop the skills you need to manage money and gain financial stability, including knowing how to access, review, and understand your credit report. Preregistration is required. Call 718-990-8625 to make a one-on-one appointment to speak with a counselor.

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

Additional Dates


May
4
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


May
4
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

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 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


May
4
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Book Buddies

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Looking to sharpen up your reading skills? Come join us for Book Buddies. Read together, learn together, and have fun! No registration is required. Children age 12 and under

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

Additional Dates


May
4
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Hair and Beauty Care with Judaea Evans

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn how to enhance your natural beauty and care for your beautiful hair in this two-session workshop. Topics will include: 5/4-Hair care 101, homemade products, remedies for heat damage, easy protective hairstyles; 5/11-Beauty products, makeup, homemade scrubs, hygiene, diet tips for beautiful skin. Presentations will include videos and demonstrations.

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

Additional Dates


May
4
6:00PM

--to--

8:30PM

Introduction to Microsoft Excel (in Spanish)

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

Learn how to create a worksheet and perform calculations. Participants must attend all 3 classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Reference Desk beginning or by 718-990-0769 beginning Wednesday, April 27 at 10:00 a.m.

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

Additional Dates


May
4
6:00PM

--to--

8:15PM

Movie Night Wednesday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In April, we will screen the following films, both released in 2015: 5/4- "Steve Jobs" (R); 5/11- "Legend: (R).

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

Additional Dates


May
5
10:00AM

--to--

11:00AM

Mock Interviews

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

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


May
5
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

YouTube

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

Learn about YouTube, one of the world’s leading sources for video content. With YouTube users can watch, post, and share videos that cover just about any and every topic. You can “subscribe” to your favorite YouTube channels, like your favorite videos, and connect with other users through comment sections. Basic computer skills and a valid email address are required. For more information call 718-990-8625 or register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org


May
5
10:30AM

--to--

11:30AM

Toddler Learning Center

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Bring your child ages 18-36 months for a little TLC! Play and learn with your child in a free,
five-session workshop that includes toys, games, puzzles, and other items specifically selected to enhance a toddler's educational and physical development. Preregistration is required.


May
5
11:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

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 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


May
5
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

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 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


May
5
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Mock Interviews

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

One-on-one mock interviews let you learn from your mistakes before you go on a real interview. 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


May
5
6:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Facebook

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

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

Additional Dates


May
6
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Things That Go!

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children will learn about transportation, neighborhoods and the city.
Children's Library Discovery Center at Queens Central Library. May 6, 13, 20 and 27th.
10:30 AM. 3-5 years old. Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


May
6
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Hip Hop: Classic Hip Hop

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Meet Hip Hop violinist and lyricist Shayshahn MacPherson and enjoy a live performance as he plays a variety of classical Hip Hop songs.


May
7
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Beginners' Word

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

Learn how to create and save Word documents; format and edit text; copy, cut and paste items; and use Word's main functions and commands. Basic computer skills are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. Class code CC170


May
7
1:30PM

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2:30PM

ProjectArt

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-12 will be introduced to art and have an opportunity create their own work. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.


May
7
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Intermediate Word

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

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. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625


May
7
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Jazz: The Music of Our Lifetime - Modern Jazz with the Carl Bartlett, Jr. Quintet

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Saxophonist and composer Carl Bartlett, Jr. and his ensemble bring the gift of jazz to you. The concert will feature innovative original tunes from the critically acclaimed debut CD "Hopeful," and arrangements of classic standards like "Firm Roots,” “My Romance,” and “Recordame,” which will take you on an inspirational journey through various styles of this extraordinary art form.


May
7
2:30PM

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4:30PM

"Libro Abierto" (Open Book) with Artists Aurora De Armendi and Rejin Leys

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

Learn how to craft books and paper in three separate workshops presented in conjunction with Jamaica Flux: Workspaces & Windows 2016 exhibit. Open to adults and teens. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.


May
9
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to the Internet

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

After this workshop, you will have the basic skills to begin to navigate the internet. Topics covered include terminology, how to use a web browser, the basic structure of a website, search, and internet safety. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Call 718-990-8625 to register or online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org


May
9
7:00PM

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8:30PM

"Music in the Life of Langston Hughes" narrated by WQXR Radio Host Terrance McKnight

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

African-American writer Langston Hughes (1902-1967) will be celebrated in a live musical adaption of WQXR host Terrance McKnight’s radio documentary, “I, Too, Sing America: Music in the Life of Langston Hughes,” featuring soprano Janinah Burnett, pianist Christopher Cooley, and actor Gabriel Lawrence. Enjoy great performances & learn about Hughes' musical & literary output and contributions to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. Tickets available, musicinthelifeoflangstonhughes.eventbrite.com


May
10
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Cover Letters

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

Are you ready to apply for jobs? Does your cover letter stand out from the crowd? Make it the best possible by learning how to get started, what to include and not include, and tips for making it stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information, please visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code JR150

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

Additional Dates


May
10
6:00PM

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7:30PM

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.

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

Additional Dates


May
11
9:30AM

--to--

11:00AM

Introduction to Tablets With Samsung Galaxy Tab 4

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, you will learn how to navigate the web using a tablet device, the differences between a PC and a tablet, how to start up programs on your tablet, connect wirelessly to the internet, and how to navigate using a virtual keyboard. Preregistration is required in person or by phone. Please call (718)-990-0769.

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

Additional Dates


May
11
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Job-Search Strategies

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 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. Class code JR190


May
11
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


May
11
5:00PM

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8:00PM

Skills Identification

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

In this competitive job market, it is vitally important to know your job skills and how to market them to potential employers. In this two-part workshop, participants will learn about different types of skills, how to identify their own and how to develop keywords and accomplishment statements. The Employment Counselor will be available for individual assistance after class. For further information, please call 718-990-5102. Class code JR110.

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

Additional Dates


May
12
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Expressive Art

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come and express yourself artistically!

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

Additional Dates


May
12
6:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

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.


May
13
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Networking

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 19 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 or visit the Job Information Center. Class code JR190


May
13
12:00PM

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3:00PM

Resource Fair: Shopping for Information? Get it Here FREE!

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

We have resources for everyone! Come speak with representatives from organizations who will help you meet all your info needs. Come gather info about summer camp, resources for people with special needs, enroll in employment and computer classes, English classes, gather health information, MTA info, get questions answered about financial aid, veterans services, volunteer opportunities, college admissions info, and MUCH MORE!


May
13
2:00PM

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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.


May
13
5:00PM

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6:30PM

Animation Film Making: Behind The Scenes

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Meet the filmmakers, get a glimpse of film making process, and be part of a community engagement film project. Queens based artists and filmmakers Savannah Winchester and Dylan Reitz will screen and talk about their animated short film "Outside Hearing In" with help from guest artist Kei Ota. For free tickets, visit animationfilmmaking.eventbrite.com


May
14
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Beginners' Excel

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

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


May
14
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Intermediate Excel

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

Improve your productivity and boost your 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


May
14
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Documentary Film Screening: Taino Daca (I Am)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Native American filmmaker Alex Zacarias, author/member of Matinecock Tribal Nation of Queens and Long Island Donna Barron, and Native American actor/activist George Stonefish screen and discuss the film Taino Daca (I Am) which addresses the myths of extinction of many indigenous nations and specifically indigenous peoples of Queens and Long Island and their existence in the borough of Queens today. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.


May
14
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.

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

Additional Dates


May
15
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Open Mic for Poet

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Janice A. Lowe is a composer and poet. She is the author of the chapbook "SWAM." Her poems have appeared in Callaloo, American Poetry Review, The Hat, In the Tradition, The Poetry Project Online and are featured on a digital album with Drew Gardner’s Poetics Orchestra.


May
16
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Email

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

Learn how to create, log onto and navigate an email account; send and receive messages; and attach documents. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Call (718) 990-8625 for additional information. Class code CC120


May
16
6:00PM

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7:00PM

JobMap Orientation

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

JobMap is a Queens Library’s online tool that provides customized recommendations for job-search help and computer training. Learn how to use it to preregister for job-search workshops and computer-training classes, store your resume and cover letters online, and get your resume reviewed online. Call 718-990-8625 for more information.

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

Additional Dates


May
16
7:00PM

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8:30PM

A Spring Evening with Cuban Jazz Virtuoso Pianist Dayramir Gonzalez & Friends

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Havana native and Afro-Cuban jazz piano virtuoso Dayramir Gonzalez has taken New York City by storm in recent years after being a musical prodigy in Cuba, graduating from the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston, and mentored by jazz legend Chucho Valdez. This ascending star of Afro-Cuban Jazz is not only a performer, but a composer, arranger, orchestrator, bandleader, and music scholar as well.


May
17
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Mistake-Free Interviewing

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 at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code JR170.


May
17
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Introduction to African American History Resources

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 African American history, culture, sports, music, politics and more using the African American History database and websites. One will learn how to access primary source documents, video and audio clips, articles and images on a wide variety of topics. Pre-registration is require in person or call the Cyber Center call 718-990-0769


May
18
10:00AM

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11:30AM

Identifying Your Work Skills

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

In this competitive job market, it is important to know your job skills as well as be able to market these skills to potential employers. 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. Preregister at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information please call 718-990-8625. Class code JR110


May
18
11:30AM

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1:00PM

Central Library Book Club: "The Plot Against America"

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

"The Plot Against America" is Philip Roth's alternative history novel in which the aviator Charles A. Lindbergh defeats incumbent Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1940 presidential election. Pick up a copy at the Reference Desk and come to share your thoughts!


May
18
6:00PM

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7:30PM

A Celebration of Haitian Flag Day with Paul Beaubrun & Zing Experience

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Born into Haitian musical royalty, Paul Beaubrun seemed destined for a life on stage, but it wasn’t until forming Zing Experience that he realized the medium through which he would broadcast his own message to the masses.


May
19
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Getting More from Your Google Account

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

Learn about Gmail, Google Maps, Google Drive, and Google Groups. Basic computer skills and a Google account are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information. Class code CC240


May
19
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Free Citizenship Assistance! (in Spanish)

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

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


May
19
3:00PM

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7:00PM

Partnership and Resource Fair

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come to our Community Resource Fair hosted by the Adult Learning Center of the Queens Central Library in Jamaica. There will be many representatives from local community agencies that will be able to assist you with services and information.


May
19
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Twitter

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

Learn about Twitter, an online social networking service that allows you to connect instantly to what's most important to you. You’ll learn how you can “follow” your friends, experts, and favorite celebrities and receive breaking news, job posting notifications, and more. Basic computer skills and a valid email address are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information. Class code CC130


May
20
1:30PM

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2:30PM

Block the Blues

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Most people experience feelings of sadness or depression at times. Feeling depressed can be a normal reaction to loss and disappointment, but when feelings of intense sadness -- including feeling helpless, hopeless, and worthless -- last for days or weeks, you may be suffering from clinical depression. The good news is that this medical condition is treatable and help is available.
Presenter:
Elie Lusterman, LCSW-R
Director, TSINY, Counseling and Crisis Center


May
21
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Beginners' PowerPoint

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

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


May
21
12:00PM

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5:00PM

Town Hall for Veterans

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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


May
21
1:00PM

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4:00PM

Queens Memory Family Treasures Workshop with Museum of Chinese in America

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us for an afternoon of hands-on workshops and oral histories! Learn how to preserve and share your family heirlooms, photographs and digital memories. Free with RSVP education@mocanyc.org.

This even will take place in Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), located at 215 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013. For more information, please contact 212-617-4720.


May
21
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Intermediate PowerPoint

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 22 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. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625


May
21
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Do You Want to Know about Queens Library Services? ( in Bengali)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In this workshop Selina Sharmin will inform you about how to find information how to find information for free Citizenship Classes, how to find jobs in the USA, how you can register for free computer classes in Bengali, how and where you can borrow books, DVD’s, magazines and other materials for free in Bengali. Come with your questions!


May
24
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Resume Workshop

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

Make your resume the best it can be. Topics include how to get started, types of resumes, what to include and exclude, and tips for making your resume stronger. Call 718-990-8625 for more information.


May
25
5:00PM

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8:00PM

Resumes

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

A winning resume is a must for any job seeker. In this two-part series, participants will learn what resume reviewers look for and how to select the best resume style, avoid common resume mistakes, properly type and format a resume in Microsoft Word, and send a resume to potential employers. The Employment Counselor will be available for individual assistance after class. For further information, please call 718-990-5102. Class code JR130

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

Additional Dates


May
26
10:00AM

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12:00PM

LinkedIn

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

LinkedIn is a social networking website that allows you to manage your professional identity, build and engage with your professional network, and access knowledge, insights, and opportunities. Learn how to use it at this workshop. Basic computer skills and knowledge of the Internet are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information. Class code JR210


May
27
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Salary Negotiations

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

Before you start negotiating salary with a prospective employer, you need to know 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


May
27
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Seminar for Specialized High School Regent's and SAT (in Bengali)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Do you know your child could take regents classes from middle school and could graduate earlier from high school?
Mr. Sheik Al Mamun, a New York State-Certified teacher, will explain how to prepare a plan for Regents Exam study in every subject area, identify resources for preparing for the exams, and give tips on how to maximize study time.


May
31
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Online Job Applications

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 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. Learn to identify common online application sections and prepare information for them to make applying online easier and more successful. Call 718-990-8625 for more information.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
1
10:30AM

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11:30AM

I Am an Artist!

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 3-5 show off their creativity and expressive art at the Children's Library Discovery Center. Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
1
6:00PM

--to--

7:30PM

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.

Learn how to turn on your computer and write an email. Participants must attend all 3 classes. Preregistration is required in person at Central Library Cyber Center Reference Desk or by 718-990-0769 beginning Wednesday, May 25 at 10:00 a.m.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
3
4:00PM

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5:15PM

Bricks4Kidz: Land, Air & Sea

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come join the Children's Library Discovery Center for S.T.E.M. building skills with Bricks4Kidz. We will learn, build and play. Multipurpose Room. Space is limited. Ages 8-12

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

Additional Dates


Jun
4
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Let Your Fingers Do the Talking: Introduction to American Sign Language

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children age 7 and up will learn sign language at this two-session workshop facilitated by storyteller Barbara Aliprantis.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
5
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Sunday Concerts @ Central: Lafayette Harris Jazz Quartet

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Noted pianist Lafayette Harris Jr. and his Quartet perform the music of Luther Vandross, jazz classics and originals by Lafayette Harris Jr. This is a free ticketed event. Please sign up on Eventbrite. Eventbrite registrants will be provided priority seating. Space is limited.


Jun
8
5:00PM

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8:00PM

Cover Letters

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


Jun
9
1:30PM

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2:30PM

The Traveling Lantern Theatre Company presents "Vladimir Goes for Gold!"

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children and their families will enjoy a performance by Vladimir Cashewninski as he takes the audience on an Olympic adventure.


Jun
22
5:00PM

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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


Jun
27
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Sunday Movie: "Risen"

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Roman soldier Clavius (Joseph Fiennes) and his partner Lucius (Tom Felton) are assigned to squelch an uprising in Jerusalem by locating the crucified body of Jesus Christ. But Clavius soon undergoes a crisis of faith when he witnesses miraculous events during the course of their investigation. Directed by Kevin Reynolds. Author: Violet LeVoit. PG-13.


Jun
28
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Make Your Home Energy Efficient

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Representatives from Chhaya discuss what you need to do to make your home more energy efficient and how it can save you money.


Jun
30
3:30PM

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5:30PM

NYCitizenship Information Session

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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


Jul
25
6:30PM

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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.


Oct
24
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 how NYC Business Solutions can guide you through each.


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

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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: (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
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Hon. Tony Avella
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Hon. Leroy Comrie
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St. Albans NY , 11412
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US Congress
Hon. Gregory W. Meeks

District Office 153-01 Jamaica Ave., 2nd Floor
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 725-6000
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Legislative Office 2234 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
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Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
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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