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Facebook

Learn how to use social media site Facebook to stay in touch with loved ones, keep up with the news and leverage your network for your job search. We will help you set up a Facebook account and answer questions about it. Basic computer knowledge, Internet skills and a valid email account are required. Preregister online at ...

Aug 31 @ 10:00 AM

Independent Films: Fall Series 2015

Every Tuesday, we screen an independent, foreign or documentary film released in 2014: 9/1 - "Inherent Vice" (R); 9/8 - "Mommy" (R, in French); 9/15 - "Feast" (G, animated short) and "Salt of the Earth" (PG-13, Documentary); 9/22 - "Cesar Chavez" (PG-13); 9/29 - "Leviathan" (R, in Russian)

Sep 1 @ 2:00 PM, Sep 8 @ 2:00 PM, Sep 15 @ 2:00 PM, Sep 22 @ 2:00 PM, Sep 29 @ 2:00 PM

Movie Night Wednesday

In September, we will screen the following movies, all released in 2015: 9/2 - "Far from the Madding Crowd" (PG-13); 9/9 - 6:30PM advance screening and director talk: "In the Dark"; 9/16 - "The Age of Adaline" (PG-13); 9/23 - "Little Boy" (PG-13); 9/30 - "Cinderella" (PG)

Sep 2 @ 6:00 PM, Sep 16 @ 6:00 PM, Sep 23 @ 6:00 PM, Sep 30 @ 6:00 PM

Knitting for Beginners

Learn the basics of knitting in this 6-class series: how to cast on, knit, purl and bind off. All supplies are provided. Space is limited. Preregistration is required; preregistration for the first session will reserve space for all classes. Preregister online or call 718-990-0778.

Sep 4 @ 4:30 PM, Sep 11 @ 4:30 PM, Sep 18 @ 4:30 PM, Sep 25 @ 4:30 PM

Identifying Your Work Skills

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 ...

Sep 8 @ 1:30 PM

Open Lab

Search for a job, receive job search assistance, edit your resume or practice your computer skills. Participants are limited to two hours of lab time. Call 718-990-0700 for more information.

Sep 8 @ 2:00 PM, Sep 15 @ 2:00 PM, Sep 22 @ 2:00 PM, Sep 29 @ 2:00 PM, Oct 6 @ 2:00 PM

Small Business Workshop

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

Sep 8 @ 7:00 PM, Sep 15 @ 7:00 PM, Sep 22 @ 7:00 PM, Oct 6 @ 7:00 PM, Oct 13 @ 7:00 PM

Financial Coaching

Are financial problems causing you stress? A financial coach can assist you in developing the skills needed to manage money and gain financial stability, including accessing, reviewing and understanding your credit report. Please call 718-990-8625 to make an appointment to speak with a counselor.

Sep 9 @ 10:00 AM, Sep 9 @ 11:00 AM, Sep 9 @ 12:00 PM, Sep 9 @ 1:00 PM, Sep 16 @ 10:00 AM

Resume Workshop

Beginning a job search can be overwhelming. Prepare yourself for success by learning what is needed to start a job search, the locations of general and career-specific websites, and how to find and apply for jobs online safely. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for more information. Class code JR190

Sep 9 @ 10:00 AM, Sep 23 @ 10:00 AM, Oct 21 @ 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. You will also learn how to prepare for an interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after an interview. Mock interviews will take place at the Job Readiness table. ...

Sep 9 @ 2:00 PM, Sep 9 @ 3:00 PM, Sep 10 @ 10:00 AM, Sep 10 @ 11:00 AM, Sep 10 @ 12:00 PM

Aug
31
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Facebook

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

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


Sep
1
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Independent Films: Fall Series 2015

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Every Tuesday, we screen an independent, foreign or documentary film released in 2014: 9/1 - "Inherent Vice" (R); 9/8 - "Mommy" (R, in French); 9/15 - "Feast" (G, animated short) and "Salt of the Earth" (PG-13, Documentary); 9/22 - "Cesar Chavez" (PG-13); 9/29 - "Leviathan" (R, in Russian)

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

Additional Dates


Sep
2
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Financial Coaching

Location: Central Library
Registration: By phone or in person

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 an appointment to speak with a counselor.

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

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Sep
2
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Mock Interview

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 mistakes before they count. You will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. To preregister, please call 718-990-8625.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
2
4:30PM

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6:30PM

How to Read a Knitting Pattern

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn knitting terminology and how to read and follow patterns. Basic knitting skills are required. Please bring a ball of yarn and a pair of size 7 knitting needles.


Sep
3
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Classic Movies @ 2:00

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In September we will screen the following movies: 9/3 - "The Caine Mutiny" (1954); 9/10 - "The Sweet Smell of Success" (1957) (customer suggestion); 9/17 - "Some Like It Hot" (1959) (customer suggestion); 9/24 - "Golden Boy" (1939)

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

Additional Dates


Sep
3
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Haitian Creole for Beginners

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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 in Kreyòl and write at the basic level. Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
3
6:00PM

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8:30PM

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 be able to use the keyboard and mouse and open and close applications, and must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required at the Cyber Center Reference Desk at 9:00AM beginning September 3 for the September course, October 3 for the October course and November 7 for the November course.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
4
4:30PM

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6:00PM

Knitting for Beginners

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

Learn the basics of knitting in this 6-class series: how to cast on, knit, purl and bind off. All supplies are provided. Space is limited. Preregistration is required; preregistration for the first session will reserve space for all classes. Preregister online or call 718-990-0778.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
8
1:30PM

--to--

3:30PM

Identifying Your Work Skills

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


Sep
8
2:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Open Lab

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Search for a job, receive job search assistance, edit your resume or practice your computer skills. Participants are limited to two hours of lab time. Call 718-990-0700 for more information.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
8
7:00PM

--to--

8:30PM

Small Business Workshop

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 49 openings

Turn a business idea into a business plan by learning how to create a demand for a product or service, set goals and objectives, budget and schedule, identify resources and networks, and get ready to open a 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


Sep
9
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Resume Workshop

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

Beginning a job search can be overwhelming. Prepare yourself for success by learning what is needed to start a job search, the locations of general and career-specific websites, and how to find and apply for jobs online safely. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for more information. Class code JR190

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

Additional Dates


Sep
9
2:00PM

--to--

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. You will also learn how to prepare for an interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after an interview. Mock 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


Sep
9
2:00PM

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4:00PM

10th Annual StartUP! Business Plan Competition

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The Queens Economic Development Corporation’s 10th Annual Queens StartUP! Business Plan Competition begins in September 2015. The competition gives entrepreneurs a chance to strengthen their business knowledge, learn about business trends and gain insights into starting and growing a business while also introducing them to the vast resources available to them at Queens Library. Learn more at these information sessions and watch for more news about classes starting in October.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
9
6:00PM

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8:30PM

Computers for Beginners (in Spanish)

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

Learn how to turn on a computer and write an email. Participants must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required for the Central Library session in person at the Cyber Center Reference Desk or by telephone at 718-990-0967 beginning Wednesday, September 2 at 9:00 a.m. Preregistration is required for the Flushing session in person at the Cyber Center or by telephone at 718-661-1280 beginning Saturday, October 3 at 9:00 am.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
9
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Advance Screening of Horror Movie "In the Dark” with David Spaltro and Kayla Leasure

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter David Spaltro, whose other credits include “The Cat’s Cradle” (2014), “Things I Don’t Understand” (2012) and “…Around” (2008), will present an advance screening of his new horror movie, “In the Dark” (2015), adapted from Gothic horror novelist Steven Peck's "A Short Stay in Hell.” A question-and-answer session with Spaltro and Kalya Leasure, a principal actress in the film, will follow the screening.


Sep
10
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Twitter

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

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

Additional Dates


Sep
10
6:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Introduction to Computers

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 22 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. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. This is an introductory computer class; prior computer knowledge and skills are not required. Class code CC100

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

Additional Dates


Sep
11
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Salary Negotiations

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

In this workshop, you will begin to navigate online job applications swiftly and efficiently by learning how to register and build an employment profile on a job site, apply to online job postings and upload your resume to an online application. Basic computer skills and an email account are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call (718) 990-8625 for additional information. Class code JR160

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

Additional Dates


Sep
11
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.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
12
11:00AM

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1:00PM

The Art of Thinking Positively

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Swami Radheswarananda, Hardik Sevak and Serita Babulal, of Divya Jyoti Jagrati Kendra, teach meditation and how to understand and harness the mind's positive energy to attain true peace and sustaining happiness.


Sep
12
1:00PM

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3:30PM

Introduction to the Internet

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

After this workshop, you will have the basic skills to begin to navigate the Internet. Topics covered include terminology, how to search and use a web browser, the basic structure of a website and Internet safety. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Class code CC110

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

Additional Dates


Sep
12
2:00PM

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5:00PM

Painting Workshop: Paint in the Style of Matisse

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

Artist and professor Donna Davis will lead a painting workshop exploring the art of Henri Matisse. All materials, including acrylic paints and canvas, will be supplied. Space is limited. Preregister online or by calling 718-990-0728.


Sep
14
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Meet Arthur Browne, Author of "One Righteous Man"

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In "One Righteous Man: Samuel Battle and the Shattering of the Color Line in New York," prize-winning journalist Arthur Browne reveals the drama and impact that marked the ascension of Samuel Jesse Battle from house servant and luggage porter to first black cop, first black sergeant and ultimately, first black lieutenant in the New York City Police Department. Books will be available for sale and signing.


Sep
14
6:30PM

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8:30PM

Business Financing Roadmap (in Bengali)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Whether you are just starting up or expanding an existing business, this course will help you learn about credit and financing opportunities for your small business and will provide insight into what lenders are looking for in the current credit environment so you can be prepared when applying for financing.


Sep
16
10:00AM

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11:30AM

Mistake-Free Interviewing

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 13 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 after the interview. Preregister at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625 for more information. Class code JR170

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

Additional Dates


Sep
16
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Answering Questions about Child Support

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The New York City Office of Child Support Enforcement is holding an informational session to explain how child support is determined and collected. Representatives will answer questions about the child-support process and will offer assistance to help manage child-support payments.


Sep
17
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Facebook

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

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

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

Additional Dates


Sep
17
6:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Beginners' Word

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

Make your documents stand out with Microsoft Word. In this beginners class, you will learn how to create and save Word documents; format and edit text; copy, cut, and paste items; and use the basic functions and commands of Word. Basic computer skills required. Preregister at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. Class code: CC170

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

Additional Dates


Sep
19
1:00PM

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3:30PM

Intermediate Word

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

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

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

Additional Dates


Sep
19
2:00PM

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5:00PM

Meet Ginger Adams Otis, Author of "Firefight"

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Veteran reporter Ginger Adams Otis examines the struggle of black firefighters to integrate the FDNY and shares the stories of the black men and women who battled to join New York's Bravest. Members of the Vulcan Society, the fraternal organization of black firefighters who sued the FDNY for discrimination, will be on hand to discuss their experiences. Books will be available for sale and signing.


Sep
21
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Email

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

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

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

Additional Dates


Sep
21
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Life, Love and Loss: A Spiritual Perspective

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Licensed mental health professional and self-published author Kathleen Crews-Hall will discuss the positive and negative aspects of life, love and loss from a clinical and spiritual perspective.


Sep
23
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Bingo

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Older adults are invited to join us for an afternoon of fun playing bingo. Prizes will be awarded. Bring your friends!

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

Additional Dates


Sep
23
5:00PM

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8:00PM

Skills Identification

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 September 23, 2015
Availability: 16 openings

In this competitive job market, it is vitally important to know your job skills and how to market these skills 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

Central LibraryWed, Sep 30, 20155:00PM - 8:00PM

Sep
24
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 the many ways you can use your Google account, from Gmail and Google Maps to Google Drive and Google Groups. Basic computer skills and an existing Google account are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information. Class code CC240

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

Additional Dates


Sep
24
2:00PM

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6:00PM

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

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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


Sep
24
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Anesthesia and You: What to Expect When Having Surgery

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Dr. Sandhya Malhotra, of the Global Physicians Network Foundation, will discuss what to expect from medical procedures and how to prepare for them to optimize your health before and after surgery.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
24
6:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Introduction to Email

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

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


Sep
25
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Networking

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

Networking is the development of professional relationships. In today’s job market, it is 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 in this workshop. Class code: JR190. To register, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Have a question about this class? Visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
26
9:30AM

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12:00PM

Beginners' Excel

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is now closed

Learn what a spreadsheet is and how to navigate it, create workbooks, enter and edit data, and create charts and graphs. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required. Class code CC180.

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

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Sep
26
1:00PM

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3:30PM

Intermediate Excel

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is now closed

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

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

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Sep
27
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Sunday Movie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Taylor Lautner stars in "Tracers" (2015), rated PG-13, which follows an ace bicycle messenger in New York City who tries to repay a debt to a group of organized criminals. His fast-paced world becomes even more explosive after he crashes his bike into a sexy stranger.


Sep
29
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Identifying Your Work Skills

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

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

Additional Dates


Sep
30
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Job-Search Strategies for the Mature Adult

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

Mature workers can face a struggle when it comes to searching for and obtaining employment. This class will define what a mature worker is, explain the obstacles they may face and suggest 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

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

Additional Dates


Oct
1
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Classic Movies @ 2:00

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In October, we will screen the following movies: 10/1 - "Sweethearts" (1938) (customer suggestion);
10/8 - "The Lady Vanishes" (1938); 10/15- "The Tarnished Angels" (1957); 10/22- "Horse Feathers" (1932); 10/29- "Frankenstein" (1931)10/29/15 (customer suggestion).

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

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Oct
1
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Celebrate World Vegetarian Day!

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Find out what being a vegetarian is all about and the health benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle with Jenné Claiborne, a New York City-based private chef, health coach and creator of the 21-Day Vegan Blueprint.


Oct
4
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Sunday Concerts @ Central Presents The Queens Court, Featuring Keisha St. Joan

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The Queens Court performs some of Billie Holiday's great hits, now standards, including "Fine and Mellow," "Love Man," "God Bless the Child" and "Ain't Nobody's Business What I Do."


Oct
6
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Independent Films, Fall Series 2015

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Every Tuesday in Octobe , we screen an independent, foreign or documentary film: 10/6 - "Maps to the Stars" (R), 2014; 10/13 - "Wild Tales" (R, in Spanish) 2014; 10/20 - "Merchants of Doubt" (PG-13, Documentary), 2014; 10/27 - "Maggie" (PG-13), 2015

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

Additional Dates


Oct
7
7:00PM

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8:30PM

You Can Prevent Diabetes

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

If you are at risk for Type 2 diabetes, you may be eligible for this year-long diabetes prevention program, which provides group and individual support, educational materials, personalized feedback, an introduction to physical activity and other health information. Call Tamara at 718-990-5197 for more information or to preregister. Sessions will take place near Central Library at the First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica.


Oct
8
10:00AM

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12:00PM

LinkedIn

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

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 718-634-4784 for additional information. Class code JR210


Oct
11
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Open Mic for Poets

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Maria Lisella is the new Poet Laureate of Queens. Her work includes "Thieves in the Family" (NYQ Books), "Amore on Hope Street" (Finishing Line Press) and "Two Naked Feet" (Poets Wear Prada). She co-curates the Italian American Writers Association readings, is a charter member of the online poetry circle Brevitas and is a journalist specializing in the travel industry.


Oct
13
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Answering Questions about Child Support

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The New York City Office of Child Support Enforcement is holding an informational session to explain how child support is determined and collected. Representatives will answer questions about the child-support process and will offer assistance to help manage child support payments.


Oct
14
6:00PM

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8:30PM

Microsoft Word (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 document and work with tables. Participants should have basic computer skills and must attend all three classes. Preregistration for the Langston Hughes session is required in person at the Reference Desk beginning Saturday, September 12 at 10:00AM. Preregistration for the Central Library session is required in person at the Cyber Center Reference Desk, or by telephone at 718-990-0967, beginning Wednesday, October 7 at 9:00AM.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
17
9:30AM

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12:00PM

Beginners' PowerPoint

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

Create awesome presentations and slideshows with PowerPoint 2010. Topics covered will include creating and editing slides, changing the design and colors, inserting pictures and illustrations, and presenting a slide show. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required. Class code CC190


Oct
17
1:00PM

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3:30PM

Intermediate PowerPoint

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

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


Oct
21
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Elder Law, Estate Planning, Trusts and Asset Protection

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Noted elder law and estate planning attorney Juliet Gavriel will present facts and strategies of elder law, powers of attorney, estate and disability planning, and long term care. You will learn how to increase lifetime income, preserve wealth and avoid estate taxes while providing for heirs and charitable interests.


Oct
22
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Coding with Treehouse

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

Treehouse is an online learning platform that allows users to access more than 1,000 video tutorials, quizzes and code challenges created by expert teachers. Students can learn to code in languages such as Objective-C, HTML, CSS, PHP, Ruby, JavaScript and SQL. Basic computer skills and preregistration are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information. Class code CC310


Nov
19
2:00PM

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6:00PM

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

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Central Library in Jamaica has:

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

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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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 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
Vacant
District Office 129-32 Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica NY, 11434
phone: (718) 723-5412
fax: (718) 723-5465
Albany Office LOB, Room 622
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4451
fax: (518)
NYS Senate
Hon. James Sanders, Jr.
Sanders@nysenate.gov
District Office Address 142-01 Rockaway Boulevard
South Ozone Park NY , 11436
phone: (718) 523-3069
fax: (718) 523-3670
Albany Office Room 508, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY , 12247
phone: (518) 455-3531
fax: (718) 523-3670
NYS Senate
Hon. Tony Avella
avella@nysenate.gov
District Office 38-50 Bell Boulevard, Suite C
Bayside NY, 11361
phone: (718) 357-3094
fax: (718) 357-3491
Albany Office Room 902, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2210
fax: (518) 426-6736
NYS Senate
Hon. Leroy Comrie
Comrie@nysenate.gov
District Office 113-43 Farmers Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 454-0162
fax: (718) 454-0186
Albany Office Room 617, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2701
fax: (518) 455-2816
US Congress
Hon. Gregory W. Meeks

District Office 153-01 Jamaica Ave., 2nd Floor
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 725-6000
fax: (718) 725-9868
Legislative Office 2234 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-3461
fax: (202) 226-4169
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Community History

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Library History

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

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

Bibliography

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

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

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

Queens Poet Laureate 2007 – 2010

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

Julio Marzan
Queens Poet Laureate

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

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