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Celebrating Russian-American History Month with a movie screening: "Stalingrad"

Join us for a screening of "Stalingrad".

Apr 27 @ 6:00 PM

Jump Start Your Job Search: Motivating Monday

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

May 1 @ 10:00 AM

Toddler Time

*Children ages 18 months to 36 years are welcome to join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and other types of fun! Online registration begins April 3rd. Space is limited so don't miss out!*

May 1 @ 10:30 AM, May 8 @ 10:30 AM, May 15 @ 10:30 AM, May 22 @ 10:30 AM

People's Theater Project: Community Acting for All!

Learn theater arts through the process of collaborative theater making. Registration is required. Please register online, in person, or by calling 718-990-0728 before March 20. Online registration is available until March 5.

May 1 @ 6:30 PM, May 8 @ 6:30 PM, May 15 @ 6:30 PM, May 22 @ 6:30 PM

Tuesday Afternoon Movie

Tuesdays in May, we will screen the following movies at 2:00 P.M.:

5/2/17 The Squid and the Whale (2005) Rated R
5/9/17 Postcards From the Edge (1990) Rated R Customer Suggestion
5/16/17 Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) Rated PG
5/23/17 Platoon (1986) Rated R
5/30/17 Sense and Sensibility (1995) ...

May 2 @ 2:00 PM, May 9 @ 2:00 PM, May 16 @ 2:00 PM, May 23 @ 2:00 PM, May 30 @ 2:00 PM

Beginners Excel

Improve your productivity with Microsoft Excel. Learn what a spreadsheet is and how to navigate it, create workbooks, enter and edit data, and create charts and graphs. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required. Class Code: CC180

May 2 @ 3:00 PM

Small Business Workshop

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

May 2 @ 7:00 PM, May 9 @ 7:00 PM, May 16 @ 7:00 PM, May 23 @ 7:00 PM, May 30 @ 7:00 PM

Resume Workshop

Does your resume stand out from the crowd? Make it the best it can be! This workshop will cover 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. Class code JR130

May 3 @ 10:00 AM

Timeless Tales

*Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and fun! Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers are welcome. Space is limited and registration begins April 12th! Don't miss out.*

May 3 @ 10:30 AM, May 10 @ 10:30 AM, May 17 @ 10:30 AM, May 24 @ 10:30 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 3 @ 2:00 PM, May 3 @ 3:00 PM

Apr
27
6:00PM

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8:30PM

Celebrating Russian-American History Month with a movie screening: "Stalingrad"

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us for a screening of "Stalingrad".


Apr
27
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Coding Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

*Come and check out Coding Club! Learn about introductory coding where you can create your very own interactive story, build characters, create a plotline, and most of all...have fun! This program is for children ages 8-14. Registration begins on March 23rd in person. You must be able to attend all sessions!*

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

Additional Dates


Apr
27
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Learn Russian Language at Queens Library!

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

Say more than just "hello!" Delve into the foundations of Russian language: the alphabet, sentence structure, and the rules of pronunciation.

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

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Apr
28
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Amazing Readers Kids' Book Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 8-12 will discuss Andrea Davis Pinkney's "The Red Pencil" at this session of Amazing Readers. Participation will count toward the Read Down Your Fines program.


Apr
28
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Photography: Telling Your Story

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.

Do you like photography? Do you want to tell a story with your images? Richard Louissaint will guide you through telling a story using only your cell phone. At the close of the program, you will have an opportunity to share your story with your fellow photographers.

Pre-registration is required. This is a multi-session program and participants are obligated to attend all classes. Please be certain you are able to meet this obligation before registering.

Central LibraryFri, May 5, 20174:00PM - 5:30PM20 openings
Central LibraryFri, May 12, 20174:00PM - 5:30PM20 openings

Apr
29
3:00PM

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4:00PM

The Magic and Mind Reading Tour 2017

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Professional magicians Rich Marotta, Steve Dane and Ulises Beato will bewilder and beguile you with great magic and comedy. Each magician offers a different perspective on the art of magic.


Apr
30
1:00PM

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2:30PM

Spanish Beginner Conversation Class

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 April 30, 2017
Availability: 2 openings

This course introduces the basic elements of the Spanish language within a cultural context. Emphasis is on the development of basic vocabulary related to greeting, how to introduce oneself, how to express likes and dislikes, how to speak about a present action, and more. Develop basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

Central LibrarySun, May 7, 20171:00PM - 2:30PM
Central LibrarySun, May 21, 20171:00PM - 2:30PM
Central LibrarySun, May 28, 20171:00PM - 2:30PM
Central LibrarySun, Jun 4, 20171:00PM - 2:30PM
Central LibrarySun, Jun 11, 20171:00PM - 2:30PM
Central LibrarySun, Jun 18, 20171:00PM - 2:30PM
Central LibrarySun, Jun 25, 20171:00PM - 2:30PM

May
1
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Time

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

*Children ages 18 months to 36 years are welcome to join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and other types of fun! Online registration begins April 3rd. Space is limited so don't miss out!*

Central LibraryMon, May 8, 201710:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryMon, May 15, 201710:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryMon, May 22, 201710:30AM - 11:30AM

May
1
4:00PM

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5:00PM

CLDC Children's Chorus

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to join the Children's Library Discovery Center's (CLDC) Children's Chorus. The Chorus will sing tradition chorus songs, along with a selection of todays hits. The program will culminate with a performance at the Queens Central Library. Space is limited to 25 children. To register please email Suzanne.casasnovas@queenslibrary.org.

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

Kickoff to Kindergarten

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

*Parents and caregivers can help children learn the key skills they need to succeed in school before they start kindergarten. During 8 weekly sessions, library staff and early childhood teachers will “teach” and “coach” parents and caregivers how to use books, educational games, and a variety of hands-on activities to help build language skills. For ages 3 - 5 and the child MUST turn 3 on or before 4/25/2017. Preregistration required and begins on 4/11/2017.*

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

Additional Dates


May
3
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.

*Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and fun! Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers are welcome. Space is limited and registration begins April 12th! Don't miss out.*

Central LibraryWed, May 10, 201710:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryWed, May 17, 201710:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryWed, May 24, 201710:30AM - 11:30AM

May
4
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Instagram

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

Learn how to share and take photos, add filters, and image adjustments, connect accounts, and respond to comments. Please bring your smartphone with the Instagram app already installed to class. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, call 718-990-8625 or visit the Job Information Center. Basic computer skills are required. Class Code CC130.


May
4
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Toddler Learning Center

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In this five-week class children will learn and play with their caregivers. Ages 1-3 years. In person registration begins April 6th. Preregistration is required, beginning on Monday, February 13, 2017.

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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4:30PM

Classic Movies @ 2PM

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

5/4/17, "It Happened One Night," 1934
5/11/17, "I Remember Mama," 1948
5/18/17, "Seven Days in May," (customer request), 1964
5/25/17, "Mister Roberts," (customer request), 1955

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

Additional Dates


May
4
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Concert: Gravity, The Force Brings Us Together!

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Are you ready to be entertained! Come see Gravity, this high energy musical group that will keep you rocking in your seats. This band features songs from top artists including, Elton John, The Beatles, Pat Benatar, Alanis Morissette, Shania Twain and more. An intense mixture of rock meets pop with hard hitting driving sounds, don’t miss out on this special live performance.


May
6
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Saturday Science Lab

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

*Children to age 12 along with their families are invited to check out Saturday Science Lab. Not only learn, but actually participate in an amazing science experiment. No registration is required!*

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

Additional Dates


May
6
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Hands on Math

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 3-5 will learn about counting, organizing and sequencing while creating their very own masterpiece.
May 6, 13, 20 & 27
11:00 AM
Multipurpose Room
Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


May
6
1:00PM

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4:00PM

TEEN Free Comic Book Day

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

TEENS

Come celebrate Free Comic Book Day at the Queens Library. Open to Teens, enjoy one free comic book from a variety of titles, including Guardians of the Galaxy, Wonder Woman, and Dragon Ball. There will be various crafts and prizes, including a Cosplay Contest! The events will run from 1:00pm-4:00pm.


May
6
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Spelling Bee Final

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Welcome to the Queens Library Spelling Bee Final, where winners of the community library spelling bees in grades 3-6 will face off against each other. May the best speller win!


May
7
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Sunday Concerts @ Central presents Conjunto Guantanamo

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Conjuncto Guantanamo takes inspiration from the sounds of authentic Cuban swing. These celebrated musicians play authentic traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms like son montuno, cha-cha-cha, mambo and rumba. With energy straight from the streets of Havana and Matanzas, enjoy this New York interpretation of the Cuban spirit.


May
8
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Job Search Strategies for Persons with Disabilities

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

Individuals with disabilities often face many challenges, both internal and external, during a job search. In this workshop you will learn how to explain your disability to employers and co-workers and identify the most common fears employers have regarding hiring job seekers with disabilities. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. American Sign Language interpreter can be provided with 2 weeks notice.


May
8
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Teen Graphic Novel and Anime Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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


May
8
5:00PM

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8:00PM

Cover Letters

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 14 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, tips for making it stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information, please call 718-990-8625. Class code JR150


May
9
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Origami Flower for Mothers Day

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Make origami flowers to celebrate Mothers Day. Ages 6-12, space is limited.


May
11
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Conversational German for Beginners

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. If you wish to register, check availability for program date May 11, 2017
Availability: 19 openings

Join us for an 8 week class offered by the Goethe-Institut. This course introduces the basic elements of the German language.

Central LibraryThu, May 18, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryThu, May 25, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryThu, Jun 1, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryThu, Jun 8, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryThu, Jun 15, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryThu, Jun 22, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryThu, Jun 29, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryThu, Jul 6, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryThu, Jul 13, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM

May
11
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Adam O'Farrill's Stranger Days

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Adam O'Farill (b. 1994) was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. With his brother, Zack, a drummer/composer, they released two well-received albums under the O'Farrill Brothers Band: Giant Peach (2011) and Sensing Flight (2013), both on ZOHO Music. In 2016, he released his first album under his own name, called Stranger Days (Sunnyside Records).


May
12
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Digging for Job Leads

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

Are your resume and cover letters ready? How do you search for jobs? What are the most effective ways to find open jobs? In this two-part series, participants will learn traditional and creative ways to find jobs, how to network for job leads, and how to use online tools to find job leads. For further information, please call 718-990-8625. Class code: JR190


May
12
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Mother's Day Charm Bracelet and Card Making

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

Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to join us on Friday May 12 at 4PM in the Multipurpose room for a Mother's Day Jewelry and card making craft. Children will be able to select from a variety of charms the personalize a bracelet for their mothers.


May
16
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Learn to Search Queens Library Databases

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn to search the many databases available on the Queens Library Website. Improve your research skills! Children ages 7-12.


May
16
6:00PM

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8:30PM

Queens Memory Program: Volunteer in the Vaults

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Queens Memory will be hosting our fourth Volunteers in the Vaults event May 16th at the Central Library from 6 – 830 pm in the 2nd floor Conference Room. Volunteers in the Vaults is a public bi-monthly program aimed at Queens Memory volunteers and at the general public interested in learning about our upcoming programs and opportunities. Attendees will also have the chance to discuss possible Queens related oral history projects and network with Queens Memory Program staff.


May
17
10:00AM

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11:30AM

Mistake-Free Interviewing

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

In this workshop you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions, and follow up properly after the interview. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625 for more information.


May
19
5:00PM

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6:30PM

Girls Who Create and Take!

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Something just for the ladies. Come and join us for a fun afternoon of crafting, laughing, food tasting, and stress relieving fun! All young adult ladies between the ages of 12 and 19 are invited to the Teen Space to talk school, fashion, celebrity news and more while having light refreshments and making fun crafts like jewelry boxes and picture frames!

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

Additional Dates


May
20
2:30PM

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4:00PM

An Afternoon with the Soul, R&B, Funk, and Rock Music Sounds of Sharief In Burgundy

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Sharief is a modern day singer-songwriter, influenced by the greats like Jimi and Prince. He has the ability to breathe life into his lyrics, delivering on soul's major themes of love & heartbreak, sadness and healing. Just like a fine wine which invigorates all senses, so too does Sharief.


May
23
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Downloading the Queens Library App

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn how to download the Queens Library Mobile App. Children and their parents are encouraged to bring their personal devices. Learn to search the catalog, reserve books and pay library fees. All are welcome, space is limited.


May
25
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Job Searching Online with Indeed.com

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

As the world's #1 job site, with over 200 million unique visitors every month. Indeed helps companies of all sizes hire the best talent and offers the best opportunity for job seekers to get hired In this workshop learn how use indeed, upload your resume and apply for various positions on this database. It is strongly recommended to have an electronic copy of your resume in your email or USB Flash on hand for the workshop. Register online or call 718-990-8625 for more information.


May
25
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Author Talk with Denise Laidler: Journey to the Land of Look Behind

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

From the intoxicating bacchanal of New Orleans' speakeasies to the green grottoes of Port Antonio in Jamaica, Denise Laidler's novel captures a journey beyond the bounds of family and obligation to full self-emancipation. Come join us for an author talk! Books will be available for sale and signing.


May
27
10:30AM

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3:30PM

Guyanese Cultural Festival: Celebrating Guyana’s Independence

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Guyanese Cultural Festival: Celebrating Guyana’s Independence
In honor of Guyanese Independence Day, join the Queens Library in celebrating the rich and diverse culture of Guyana. The event will feature performances by local artists, live and recorded music, video, folk songs, dances and traditional costumes.


Jun
5
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Summer Sizzle: Health, Safety, and You

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Summer is right around the corner! This means warm weather, beaches, mosquitoes and more. With the fun this season brings, there are also many health and safety tips we should know about. Join us at this informative and interactive summer workshop.


Jun
8
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Nick the Balloonatic Show

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In this fun-filled balloon show, children will see characters that they can relate to being sculptured right before their eyes. Children will take own a sculptured balloon made especially for them. Audience participation is encouraged.


Jun
8
6:30PM

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7:45PM

Midnight at the Apollo

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Richard Lanham remembers the history of the Apollo Theatre in this performance, recalling the people that graced its stage with the music they made great. Hear "A-tisket-a-tasket", "Minnie the Moocher", "It Don't Mean A Thing", "Unforgettable", "Mustang Sally", "At Last", and much, much more. Afterwards, the audience will get a chance to show off their talent too!


Jun
9
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Digging for Job Leads

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

Are your resume and cover letters ready? How do you search for jobs? What are the most effective ways to find open jobs? In this two-part series, participants will learn traditional and creative ways to find jobs, how to network for job leads, and how to use online tools to find job leads. For further information, please call 718-990-8625. Class code: JR190


Jun
11
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Author Talk with Elizabeth Nunez: "Even in Paradise"

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us for an author talk with an acclaimed Trinidad-born writer Elizabeth Nunez. Her recent novel "Even in Paradise" is a masterful riff on Shakespeare's King Lear in a Caribbean setting, that explores racial tensions on the islands while celebrating their lush natural beauty. Books will be available for sale and signing.


Jun
12
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Job Search Strategies for Persons with Disabilities

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

Individuals with disabilities often face many challenges, both internal and external, during a job search. In this workshop you will learn how to explain your disability to employers and co-workers and identify the most common fears employers have regarding hiring job seekers with disabilities. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. American Sign Language interpreter can be provided with 2 weeks notice.


Jun
15
6:30PM

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8:00PM

A Culture Connection Encore with the Charles Turner Quartet

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Bio attached

Please note, this concert will be in CEL lobby

http://charlesturnermusic.com/


Jun
17
2:30PM

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4:00PM

A Saturday Afternoon with "The Golden Voice of Mali" West Africa Awa Sangho & Friends

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Multi-talented Malian singer/songwriter Awa Sangho is a charismatic new solo star on the world music scene. After singing with Salif Keita, Ali Farka Toure, Oumou Sangare, Manu Dibango, Amadou & Mariam and the pioneering all-girl group Les Go De Koteba she co-founded, Awa left Bamako in 2011 to move to New York City to commit to her own creative life.
http://www.awasangho.com/


Jun
21
10:00AM

--to--

11:30AM

Mistake-Free Interviewing

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

In this workshop you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions, and follow up properly after the interview. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625 for more information.


Jun
22
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Job Searching Online with Indeed.com

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

As the world's #1 job site, with over 200 million unique visitors every month. Indeed helps companies of all sizes hire the best talent and offers the best opportunity for job seekers to get hired In this workshop learn how use indeed, upload your resume and apply for various positions on this database. It is strongly recommended to have an electronic copy of your resume in your email or USB Flash on hand for the workshop. Register online or call 718-990-8625 for more information.


Jun
24
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Plaza Theatrical Productions Presents The Wizard of Oz

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The celebrated children's classic comes to life onstage with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion. The entire family will enjoy this adaptation, complete with costumes, sets and the music of the MGM movie.


Jul
10
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Music and Movement Mondays

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-12 are invited to join us at the Children's Library Discovery Center for Music and Movement Mondays. Children will participate in group singing, dancing, karaoke and Zumba activities.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
11
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Childhood Asthma

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

How do our lungs work? At this interactive program, we will be making our own lungs! We will also learn about asthma, its causes and ways to treat it.


Jul
11
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Origami - Summertime is Funtime!

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Summertime is here and it's time for some fun crafts with Miss Sue! Create your own works of art while learning the ancient art of origami. There is no end to what you can create with your two hands and a little piece of paper!

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

Additional Dates


Aug
4
3:00PM

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3:45PM

Tie Dye T-Shirts

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

*Brighten up your summer even more with our far out tie dye t-shirts program! Children ages 8-12 are invited to make your very own groovy design and take your shirt home with you. Space is limited and registration will begin July 28th. You must bring your OWN plain white t-shirt!*


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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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@nyassembly.gov
District Office 232-06A Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica NY, 11434
phone: (718) 723-5412
fax: (718) 723-5465
Albany Office LOB, Room 820
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4451
fax: (518) 455-5522
NYS Senate
Hon. James Sanders, Jr.
Sanders@nysenate.gov
District Office Address 142-01 Rockaway Boulevard
South Ozone Park NY , 11436
phone: (718) 523-3069
fax: (718) 523-3670
Albany Office Room 508, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY , 12247
phone: (518) 455-3531
fax: (718) 523-3670
NYS Senate
Hon. Tony Avella
Avella@nysenate.gov
District Office 38-50 Bell Boulevard, Suite C
Bayside NY, 11361
phone: (718) 357-3094
fax: (718) 357-3491
Albany Office Room 902, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2210
fax: (518) 426-6736
NYS Senate
Hon. Leroy Comrie
Comrie@nysenate.gov
District Office 113-43 Farmers Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 454-0162
fax: (718) 454-0186
Albany Office Room 617, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2701
fax: (518) 455-2816
US Congress
Hon. Gregory W. Meeks

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

History

Community History

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Library History

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

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

Bibliography

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

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

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

Queens Poet Laureate 2007 – 2010

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

Julio Marzan
Queens Poet Laureate

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

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