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Classic Movies @ 2:00

This month’s movies are: 1/8 - "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House" (1948) (customer suggestion); 1/15 - "On the Waterfront" (1954); 1/22 - "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" (1966); 1/29 - "Scarface" (1932 ) (customer suggestion)

Jan 29 @ 2:00 PM

Mock Interviews

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews let you make mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. The interview will take place at the Job Readiness table. To preregister, ...

Jan 29 @ 2:00 PM

The Write Life: Everything You Need to Know About Publishing with Renee Flagler

Author Renee Daniel Flagler will chat about her latest release, “Society Wives,” and talk about the nitty-gritty of getting published. Bring all your questions and leave with a thorough understanding of the publishing industry and how to make it in this ever-changing arena.

Jan 31 @ 4:00 PM

Independent Films at 2:00

Every Tuesday afternoon we screen an independent, foreign or documentary film: 2/3- "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (2014; rated R); 2/10- "The Lunchbox" (2013; rated PG); 2/17 - "I Am Ali" (2014; rated PG); 2/24 - "Dear White People" (2014; rated R)

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

Job Search Strategies

Prepare yourself to start a successful job search! Participants will learn: About general and career-specific websites; How to safely find and apply for jobs online including: how to create an account at a major job search website; how to post your resume online; how to email a resume; appropriate ways to follow up after applying online. ...

Feb 4 @ 10:00 AM

Mock Interviews

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews let you make mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. The interview will take place at the Job Readiness table. To preregister, ...

Feb 4 @ 2:00 PM

Mock Interviews

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews let you make mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. The interview will take place at the Job Readiness table. To preregister, ...

Feb 4 @ 3:00 PM

Movie Night Wednesday

In February, we will screen the following movies, all from 2014: 2/4 - "No Good Deed" (rated PG-13); 2/11 - "The Equalizer" (rated R); 2/18 - "Addicted" (rated R); 2/25 - "Get On Up" (rated PG-13).

Feb 4 @ 6:00 PM, Feb 11 @ 6:00 PM, Feb 18 @ 6:00 PM, Feb 25 @ 6:00 PM

Mock Interviews

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews let you make mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. The interview will take place at the Job Readiness table. To preregister, ...

Feb 5 @ 10:00 AM

Mock Interviews

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews let you make mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. The interview will take place at the Job Readiness table. To preregister, ...

Feb 5 @ 11:00 AM

Jan
29
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Classic Movies @ 2:00

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

This month’s movies are: 1/8 - "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House" (1948) (customer suggestion); 1/15 - "On the Waterfront" (1954); 1/22 - "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" (1966); 1/29 - "Scarface" (1932 ) (customer suggestion)


Jan
29
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Mock Interviews

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

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews let you make mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. The interview will take place at the Job Readiness table. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code JR180


Jan
29
3:00PM

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6:00PM

Homework Zone

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

*Children up to age 12 can get homework help with a teen tutor. Mondays through Fridays 3:00pm-6:00pm. Hours may vary.*

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

Additional Dates


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Jan
29
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Healthy Snack Workshop

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn about healthy snacking and become a new you in the new year!


Jan
29
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Teen Fitness

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Find out why your favorite snacks and junk food are probably not good for you and learn ways to stay fit in the new year.


Jan
29
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Beginners Word

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 17 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. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Class code: CC170


Jan
30
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Networking

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


Jan
30
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Beginners PowerPoint

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

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 your slide show. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required. Class Code: CC190


Jan
30
11:30AM

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12:15PM

Mother Goose Time

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-18 months and their caregivers join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and more.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
30
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Book Discussion Group

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

We will discuss Patricia MacLachlan's classic, "Sarah, Plain and Tall" at our book discussion group for children ages 8-12. Ask about reserving a copy today! *in Multi-Purpose Room*


Jan
31
9:30AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Computers

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is now closed

After this workshop, you will be able to navigate a computer and begin to take advantage of everything computers have to offer. Topics covered include; computer terminology, using the mouse and touchpad, basic keyboarding skills, and how to navigate computer folders, files, and programs in a Windows environment. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. This is an introductory computer class, no prior knowledge or skills required. Class Code: CC100


Jan
31
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Saturday Science Lab

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Discover the wonders of the world with the Discovery Team and hands on science.


Jan
31
12:00PM

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2:00PM

Wii Gaming

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Kids ages 4-12 play and get fit with Wii tennis, bowling and boxing.


Jan
31
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Panel Discussion: Demystifying Organ Donation

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Experts from the New York Organ Donor Network, South Asian Marrow Association of Recruiters (SAMAR) and Janet and John Raggio Nephrology Institute of North Shore LIJ will explain the purpose and process of organ donation.


Jan
31
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Introduction to Email

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

In this introductory workshop, you will learn: how to create an email account, how to log on, how to navigate your email account, how to send and receive email messages, and how to attach documents. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-9908625. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Class code: CC120


Jan
31
4:00PM

--to--

5:30PM

The Write Life: Everything You Need to Know About Publishing with Renee Flagler

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Author Renee Daniel Flagler will chat about her latest release, “Society Wives,” and talk about the nitty-gritty of getting published. Bring all your questions and leave with a thorough understanding of the publishing industry and how to make it in this ever-changing arena.


Feb
1
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Sunday Concerts @ Central Presents the Brandee Younger Jazz Harp Quartet

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Brandee Younger, a versatile artist who has been proven to defy genres and labels, has created a unique niche in both traditional and non-traditional harp arenas. She plays in a style reminiscent of Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane, yet has developed a beautiful, fresh sound all her own.


Feb
2
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Computers

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

After this workshop, you will be able to navigate a computer and begin to take advantage of everything computers have to offer. Topics covered include; computer terminology, using the mouse and touchpad, basic keyboarding skills, and how to navigate computer folders, files, and programs in a Windows environment. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. This is an introductory computer class, no prior knowledge or skills required. Class Code: CC100


Feb
3
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Guided Relaxation Workshop for Cancer Survivors

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn to relax and unwind with guided relaxation exercises that, according to research, can help reduce pain, nausea and fatigue. To RSVP or for more information, please call Jordan at 212-647-9700 x239. This workshop is open to all cancer survivors and will be held at the Queens Cancer Center, Room A-540, 82-68 164 Street, Jamaica.


Feb
3
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Job Search Strategies for the Mature Adult

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

Are you an older job-seeker (50+) about to start a new job search? If so you need to learn: What you need to start a job search; About general and career-specific websites; How to safely find and apply for jobs online including: how to create an account at a major job search website; how to post your resume online; how to email a resume.
To register, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Have a question about this class? Visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625.


Feb
3
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Independent Films at 2:00

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Every Tuesday afternoon we screen an independent, foreign or documentary film: 2/3- "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (2014; rated R); 2/10- "The Lunchbox" (2013; rated PG); 2/17 - "I Am Ali" (2014; rated PG); 2/24 - "Dear White People" (2014; rated R)

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

Additional Dates


Feb
3
4:00PM

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5:15PM

Teen Games . . . and Snacks!

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join your friends for light snacks and classic board games in our Teen Space Programming Room, for teens in grades 7-12. Snacks are first come, first served.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
3
4:30PM

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6:00PM

NYPD Explorer Program

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Will meet every Tuesday in the Teen Space Conference Room.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
3
5:00PM

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6:30PM

Drama Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Are you an aspiring actor or actress? Are you curious about what it’s like to perform on stage? Have you ever dreamed of becoming a movie star? This 10-week program will give you a chance to learn about theater, explore the art of acting and perform in a final showcase. Participation in the showcase is voluntary. Help put on the show or be in the show yourself!

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

Additional Dates


Feb
3
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Introduction to PowerPoint

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

In this two-session workshop, participants will learn how to create a slide show, add photos and images, and create handouts. Basic computer skills are required. Participants must preregister by phone or in person at the Cyber Center desk on Tuesday evenings. For details, please call 718-990-0769.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
3
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Small Business Workshop

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 48 openings

Do you have an idea for a business? Learn how to turn a business idea into a business plan in our 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 their business’s "doors." To register, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Have a question about this class? 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


Feb
4
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to Email

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

We'll help you feel comfortable and confident sending and receiving email and having a general overview of email etiquette. Students must possess basic mouse and keyboarding skills. Preregistration is required by phone at 718-990-0769 or in person at the Cyber Center Desk.


Feb
4
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Job Search Strategies

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

Prepare yourself to start a successful job search! Participants will learn: About general and career-specific websites; How to safely find and apply for jobs online including: how to create an account at a major job search website; how to post your resume online; how to email a resume; appropriate ways to follow up after applying online. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information, please visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class Code: JR190


Feb
4
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 18-35 months and their caregivers join us for stories, songs and activities. Preregistration is required beginning Tuesday, December 23.

Central LibraryWed, Feb 11, 201510:30AM - 11:30AM

Feb
4
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Mock Interviews

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is now closed

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews let you make mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. The interview will take place at the Job Readiness table. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code: JR180


Feb
4
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Computer Basics for Older Adults

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

This workshop will teach you about the basic parts of a computer, how to use a keyboard and mouse, and how to browse the Internet. Preregistration is required at 718-990-0769.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
4
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Mock Interviews

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

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews let you make mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. The interview will take place at the Job Readiness table. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code: JR180


Feb
4
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Valentines for Vets

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-12 make Valentine's Day special for veterans by creating one-of-a-kind cards and bookmarks to show appreciation for all they have done.


Feb
4
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Teen Talk

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Teens ages 14-19 discuss current events, race relations, bullying, relationships and more. Come and have your say!

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

Additional Dates


Feb
4
6:00PM

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8:30PM

Movie Night Wednesday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In February, we will screen the following movies, all from 2014: 2/4 - "No Good Deed" (rated PG-13); 2/11 - "The Equalizer" (rated R); 2/18 - "Addicted" (rated R); 2/25 - "Get On Up" (rated PG-13).

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

Additional Dates


Feb
4
6:00PM

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8:30PM

Microsoft Excel (in Spanish)

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.

Learn how to create a worksheet and perform calculations: 2/4 - Introduction to Microsoft Excel; 2/11 - Calculations and worksheets; 2/18 - Workbooks and layout. Customers should have basic computer skills and are encouraged to attend all three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning Wednesday, January 28 at 9:00AM.

Central LibraryWed, Feb 11, 20156:00PM - 8:30PM
Central LibraryWed, Feb 18, 20156:00PM - 8:30PM

Feb
4
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Understanding the Labor Market

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

Beginning a job search can be overwhelming. Prepare yourself for success by familiarizing yourself with how the job market works and how to begin a productive search. Preregistration is required. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Have a question about this class? Call 718-990-8625. Class Code: JR100


Feb
4
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Pathway to Citizenship: Becoming a U.S. Citizen and Building Your Civic Knowledge

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Find out what it takes to become a U.S. citizen. Sessions are in English and include a workshop and basic civics education. Part 1 - Are you ready to be a U.S. citizen?/Introduction to American history; Part 2 - Required documents and more/Introduction to American government and politics; Part 3 - Common barriers to naturalization/American culture and geography; Part 4 - Naturalization interview and beyond/Review of 100 questions

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

Additional Dates


Feb
5
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Health Insurance Information and Assistance

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come to the table in the lobby to get your questions answered! We can also help enroll you or your family into a health insurance plan through the open marketplace.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
5
10:00AM

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11:00AM

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 mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. The interview will take place at the Job Readiness table. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code: JR180


Feb
5
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Financial Coaching

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is now closed

Are financial problems causing you stress? A financial coach can 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.


Feb
5
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Advanced Excel

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

Be an Excel ninja! Topics will include pivot tables, forms, and macros.Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills and knowledge of excel are required.


Feb
5
11:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Mock Interviews

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

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews let you make mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. The interview will take place at the Job Readiness table. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code: JR180


Feb
5
11:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Financial Coaching

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is now closed

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.


Feb
5
12:00PM

--to--

1:00PM

Mock Interviews

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

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews let you make mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. The interview will take place at the Job Readiness table. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code: JR180


Feb
5
12:00PM

--to--

1:00PM

Financial Coaching

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is now closed

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.


Feb
5
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

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 mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. The interview will take place at the Job Readiness table. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code: JR180


Feb
5
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Financial Coaching

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is now closed

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.


Feb
5
2:00PM

--to--

4:30PM

Classic Movies @ 2:00

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In February, we will show: 2/5 - "Strangers on a Train" (1951; dir. by Alfred Hitchcock; a customer suggestion); 2/12 - "The Lady Eve" (1941; a customer suggestion); 2/19 - "Romeo and Juliet (1968; dir. by Franco Zeffirelli; rated PG); 2/26 - "To Sir, with Love" (1967)

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

Additional Dates


Feb
5
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Mock Interviews

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

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews let you make mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. The interview will take place at the Job Readiness table. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code: JR180


Feb
5
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Unbeatable Bow

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

Wearing a bow is a trend that never goes out of style. Learn how to make an easy-to-sew one and turn it into a fashion accessory with author Lesley Ware, whose new book, "Sew Fab," is a sewing and style guide for young fashionistas.


Feb
5
6:00PM

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7:30PM

The World of Work Reading and Discussion Group

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

This seven-session reading and discussion group explores the nature and meaning of work and how it shapes and influences our lives. It will help improve your financial literacy beyond reading bank statements and account balances and learn to use money as a resource to strengthen your family's future. Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
5
6:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Introduction to Email

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

In this introductory workshop, you will learn: how to create an email account, how to log on, how to navigate your email account, how to send and receive email messages, and how to attach documents. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-9908625. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Class code: CC120


Feb
5
7:00PM

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8:00PM

Pajama Storytime

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

It's Take Your Child to the Library Week. Enjoy stories and songs in celebration of families and libraries for families with children age 6 and under. PJs are optional!


Feb
6
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.


Feb
6
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Beginners Word

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 17 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. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Class code: CC170


Feb
7
9:30AM

--to--

12:00PM

Introduction to Computers

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

After this workshop, you will be able to navigate a computer and begin to take advantage of everything computers have to offer. Topics covered include; computer terminology, using the mouse and touchpad, basic keyboarding skills, and how to navigate computer folders, files, and programs in a Windows environment. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. This is an introductory computer class, no prior knowledge or skills required. Class Code: CC100


Feb
7
12:00PM

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3:00PM

Darwin Day

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

It's Take Your Child to the Library Day, and we’re observing it by wishing Charles Darwin, the great scientist, reader and writer, a Happy 205th Birthday. We will celebrate the variety of Earth's living things with an iPad photo booth and special guests from the United States Department of Agriculture and Randall’s Island Park.


Feb
7
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Introduction to American Sign Language

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

If you have always wanted to give this beautiful language a try, this is your opportunity! We will teach fingerspelling, numbers, beginning conversations and proper sign language etiquette. This ASL course is designed for beginners with little or no known knowledge of ASL. Space is very limited.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
7
2:00PM

--to--

4:30PM

Introduction to the Internet

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

After this workshop, you will have the basic skills to begin to navigate the internet. Topics covered include; terminology, how to use a web browser, the basic structure of a website, search, and internet safety. Register 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


Feb
7
4:30PM

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6:00PM

N'Kenge and Seph Stanek Present Musical Highlights from Broadway-Bound "Akhenaten"

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

N’Kenge ("Motown the Musical" and "The Genius of Ray Charles") and Seph Stanek ("Naked Boys Singing") will perform highlights from the Broadway-bound musical "Akhenaten," about the lives and loves of the ancient Egyptian pharaonic class, under the musical supervision of Charles Czarnecki ("Jersey Boys").


Feb
8
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Open Mic for Poets

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Brooke Ellsworth is author of the chapbooks "Thrown" (The New Megaphone) and "Mud" (forthcoming from dancing girl press). She has poems in or forthcoming in DIAGRAM, jubilat, The Volta, Coconut Magazine and elsewhere. She currently lives in Queens and teaches at Parsons The New School for Design.


Feb
9
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Introduction to the Internet

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

After this workshop, you will have the basic skills to begin to navigate the internet. Topics covered include; terminology, how to use a web browser, the basic structure of a website, search, and internet safety. Register 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


Feb
10
10:30AM

--to--

12:00PM

Friends United

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join other members of the Latino community living with cancer and share your experiences, concerns and hopes at this program held at the First Floor Conference Room 1-107, Queens Cancer Center of Queens Hospital, 82-68 164 Street, Jamaica.


Feb
10
1:30PM

--to--

3:30PM

Identifying Your Work Skills

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


Feb
11
9:30AM

--to--

11:00AM

Introduction to Computers

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

Learn the basics: logging on and off, using a keyboard and mouse, opening and closing “windows” and using tool bars and scroll bars. Preregistration is required by phone or in person at the Cyber Center Desk. For details, please call 718-990-0769.


Feb
11
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Mistake-Free Interviewing

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 14 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.
To register, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Have a question about this class? Visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class Code: JR170.


Feb
11
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Mock Interviews

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

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews let you make mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. The interview will take place at the Job Readiness table. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code: JR180


Feb
11
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Mock Interviews

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

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews let you make mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. The interview will take place at the Job Readiness table. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code: JR180


Feb
11
6:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Identifying Your Work Skills

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


Feb
12
10:00AM

--to--

11:00AM

Mock Interviews

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

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews let you make mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. The interview will take place at the Job Readiness table. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code: JR180


Feb
12
10:00AM

--to--

11:00AM

Financial Coaching

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

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.


Feb
12
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Beginners WordPress

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

Publish your own website or blog without the need for a vast amount of technical knowledge. Design your own online site by choosing from 200+ of WordPress pre-designed template themes or even create your own. Make your site accessible to millions with WordPress. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills and knowledge of PowerPoint are required.


Feb
12
11:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Mock Interviews

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

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews let you make mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. The interview will take place at the Job Readiness table. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code: JR180


Feb
12
11:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Financial Coaching

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

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.


Feb
12
12:00PM

--to--

1:00PM

Mock Interviews

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

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews let you make mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. The interview will take place at the Job Readiness table. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code: JR180


Feb
12
12:00PM

--to--

1:00PM

Financial Coaching

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

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.


Feb
12
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Mock Interviews

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

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews let you make mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. The interview will take place at the Job Readiness table. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code: JR180


Feb
12
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Financial Coaching

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

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.


Feb
12
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Mock Interviews

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

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews let you make mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. The interview will take place at the Job Readiness table. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code: JR180


Feb
12
4:00PM

--to--

4:45PM

Poof! Life in a Vacuum

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

This is a really sucky experience! Children ages 6-12 will have greater appreciation for Earth’s atmosphere when they see what happens to objects placed in containers from which the air is then extracted, mimicking the conditions of outer space. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum brings us this far-out experience.


Feb
12
5:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Poof! Life in a Vacuum

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

This is a really sucky experience! Teens ages 13-19 will have greater appreciation for Earth’s atmosphere when they see what happens to objects placed in containers from which the air is then extracted, mimicking the conditions of outer space. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum brings us this far-out experience.


Feb
12
6:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Beginners Word

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 25 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. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Class code: CC170


Feb
13
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Intermediate Word

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

Build upon your basic knowledge of Microsoft Word in this intermediate workshop. Learn how to format Word documents and bibliographis 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


Feb
13
10:00AM

--to--

11:45AM

Go Red Day

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join Queens Library in raising awareness about heart health. Please join us for an open discussion.


Feb
13
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Valentine's Day Craft

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Craft beautiful favors for this special day!


Feb
13
5:00PM

--to--

6:30PM

Author Talk with William Jelani Cobb Ph.D: Crisis in Ferguson, Crisis in NYC, Crisis in America

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Meet William Jelani Cobb, PhD, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Africana Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut and author of "The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress" (2010).


Feb
14
9:30AM

--to--

12:00PM

Beginners Word

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 18 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. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Class code: CC170


Feb
14
11:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Saturday Science Lab

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Discover the wonders of the world with the Discovery Team and hands-on science!

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

Additional Dates


Feb
14
2:00PM

--to--

4:30PM

Intermediate Word

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

Build upon your basic knowledge of Microsoft Word in this intermediate workshop. Learn how to format Word documents and bibliographis 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


Feb
14
3:00PM

--to--

5:30PM

Computer Classes (in Bengali and English)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Do you need to learn how to turn on a computer or use the Internet or email? These classes are for you. 1/10 - Introduction to the computer; 1/17 - Navigating the Internet; 1/24- Creating your own email account. Participants are encouraged to attend all three classes. Preregistration is required at the Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning Saturday, December 27 at 9:00 a.m.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
14
3:00PM

--to--

4:30PM

The Story of Gospel Music

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In celebration of African American History Month, the Teen Space is proud to present this fascinating look at the history and music that provided uplift to the African-American community during difficult and trying times.


Feb
17
1:30PM

--to--

3:30PM

Job Search Strategies for the Mature Adult

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

Are you an older job-seeker (50+) about to start a new job search? If so you need to learn: What you need to start a job search; About general and career-specific websites; How to safely find and apply for jobs online including: how to create an account at a major job search website; how to post your resume online; how to email a resume.
To register, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Have a question about this class? Visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625.


Feb
17
6:00PM

--to--

7:30PM

Create an Email Account

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

Learn how to set up your own email account. Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are required. You must preregister by phone or in person at the Cyber Center Desk. For details, please call 718-990-0769.


Feb
18
9:30AM

--to--

11:00AM

Computer Basics for Older Adults

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

This workshop will teach you about the basic parts of a computer, and how to use a keyboard and mouse and browse the Internet. Preregistration is required. Please call 718-990-0769 for more information or to preregister.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
18
10:00AM

--to--

11:30AM

Resumes and Cover Letters

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

Are you ready to apply for jobs? Do your resume and cover letter stand out from the crowd? Make your resume and cover letter the best that they can be in this workshop!
Participants will learn: how to get started; types of resumes; what to include and not include; tips for making your resume and cover letter stronger. Class Code: JR130
To register, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Have a question about this class? Visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625.


Feb
18
11:30AM

--to--

1:30PM

Book Discussion Group

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In her new novel, "Lila," Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson returns to the town of Gilead to tell the unforgettable story of a girlhood lived on the fringes of society in fear, awe and wonder. Pick up a copy at the Reference Desk and join us to share your thoughts!


Feb
18
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Mock Interviews

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

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews let you make mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. The interview will take place at the Job Readiness table. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code: JR180


Feb
18
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Mock Interviews

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

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews let you make mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. The interview will take place at the Job Readiness table. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code: JR180


Feb
18
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Lunar New Year Celebration and Craft

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Children's Discovery Center with stories, crafts, music, a lion dance and small treats to take home, for children ages 6-12. Tickets will be distributed at 3:30PM the day of the event.


Feb
18
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Lunar New Year Celebration and Craft

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Our celebration of Lunar New Year, for children ages 6-12, features stories, crafts, music and a lion dance. Participants will also receive small treats.
Tickets will be distributed a half hour before the event. *in Children's Library Discovery Center Multi-Purpose Room*


Feb
19
10:00AM

--to--

11:00AM

Mock Interviews

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

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews let you make mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. The interview will take place at the Job Readiness table. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code: JR180


Feb
19
10:00AM

--to--

11:00AM

Financial Coaching

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

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.


Feb
19
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

How do I use this thing?

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

Do you have a device that you will love to use but don’t know how? Bring it in to learn tips and tricks to get more out of your equipment.


Feb
19
11:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Mock Interviews

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

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews let you make mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. The interview will take place at the Job Readiness table. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code: JR180


Feb
19
11:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Financial Coaching

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

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.


Feb
19
12:00PM

--to--

1:00PM

Mock Interviews

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

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews let you make mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. The interview will take place at the Job Readiness table. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code: JR180


Feb
19
12:00PM

--to--

1:00PM

Financial Coaching

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

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.


Feb
19
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Mock Interviews

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

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews let you make mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. The interview will take place at the Job Readiness table. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code: JR180


Feb
19
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Financial Coaching

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

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.


Feb
19
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Mock Interviews

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

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews let you make mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. The interview will take place at the Job Readiness table. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code: JR180


Feb
19
6:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Facebook

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

Learn about the social media site that everyone is using, and how you can use it 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 your new Facebook account and answer your questions. Basic computer knowledge, internet skills, and a valid email account required. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information. Class Code: CC130


Feb
20
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Beginners Excel

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

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. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required. Class code CC180


Feb
20
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Salary Negotiations

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


Feb
20
2:00PM

--to--

3:30PM

Chi Gong for Cancer Survivors

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Chi gong can enhance health through movement, allowing muscles and tendons to become more flexible, breathing purer and mind and spirit more centered. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Sorraya at 718-883-3605. This workshop is open to all cancer survivors and will be held in Room A-540 of the Queens Cancer Center, 82-68 164 St., Jamaica.


Feb
20
4:30PM

--to--

6:00PM

Filmmaker and Playwright Talk

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Meet Neil Labute, one of the most controversial filmmakers and playwrights to emerge in the 1990s. His work combines intriguing moral and ethical metaphors with dark portraits of the underside of American life, offering a literary perspective both intelligent and brutally focused.


Feb
21
9:30AM

--to--

12:00PM

Beginners Excel

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

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. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required. Class code CC180


Feb
21
2:00PM

--to--

3:15PM

Harlem Remembered: 1919-1939

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Xoregos Performing Company presents a tribute to Harlem with an array of performances that includes performances of plays by Eulalie Spence and Marita Bonner, poetry by Langston Hughes and others, folk tales collected by Zora Neale Hurston and Joel Chandler Harris and songs of the era, both rare and unknown.


Feb
21
2:00PM

--to--

4:30PM

Intermediate Excel

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

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


Feb
22
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Sunday Movie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In "The Expendables 3" (2014), rated PG-13, Barney Ross and his band of aging mercenaries recruit a younger crew to battle the man capable of exterminating their group, in this sequel directed by Red Hill's Patrick Hughes and starring Sylvester Stallone.


Feb
23
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Introduction to Coding with Treehouse

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

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


Feb
23
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

African American History Month Career Week

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Meet people with interesting careers that you may have never considered before. Maybe you'll be the next famous actor, chef, writer, accountant--who knows?

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

Additional Dates


Feb
24
1:30PM

--to--

3:30PM

Mistake-Free Interviewing

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 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.
To register, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Have a question about this class? Visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class Code: JR170.


Feb
24
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Google Tips and Tricks

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

In this single-session workshop, participants will learn about different Google tools, including sharing documents online, organizing medical records and much more. Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are required and you must preregister by phone at 718-990-0769 or in person at the Cyber Center desk.


Feb
25
10:00AM

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12:00PM

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


Feb
25
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Mock Interviews

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

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews let you make mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. The interview will take place at the Job Readiness table. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code: JR180


Feb
25
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Mock Interviews

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

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews let you make mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. The interview will take place at the Job Readiness table. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code: JR180


Feb
25
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Resumes and Cover Letters

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

Are you ready to apply for jobs? Do your resume and cover letter stand out from the crowd? Make your resume and cover letter the best that they can be in this workshop!
Participants will learn: how to get started; types of resumes; what to include and not include; tips for making your resume and cover letter stronger. Class Code: JR130
To register, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Have a question about this class? Visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625.


Feb
26
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Mock Interviews

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

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews let you make mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. The interview will take place at the Job Readiness table. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code: JR180


Feb
26
10:00AM

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12:00PM

LinkedIn

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

LinkedIn is a social networking website that allows you to manage your professional identity, build and engage with your professional network, and access knowledge, insights, and opportunities. In this workshop you will learn how to use LinkedIn to look for employment, network, and keep up with colleagues. Basic computer skills and knowledge of the internet required. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information. Class Code: JR210


Feb
26
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Financial Coaching

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

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.


Feb
26
11:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Mock Interviews

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

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews let you make mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. The interview will take place at the Job Readiness table. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code: JR180


Feb
26
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Financial Coaching

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

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.


Feb
26
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Mock Interviews

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

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews let you make mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. The interview will take place at the Job Readiness table. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code: JR180


Feb
26
12:00PM

--to--

1:00PM

Financial Coaching

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

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.


Feb
26
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Mock Interviews

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

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews let you make mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. The interview will take place at the Job Readiness table. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code: JR180


Feb
26
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Financial Coaching

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

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.


Feb
26
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Mock Interviews

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

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews let you make mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. The interview will take place at the Job Readiness table. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code: JR180


Feb
26
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Introduction to Coding with Treehouse

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

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


Feb
27
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Intermediate Excel

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

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


Feb
28
9:30AM

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12:00PM

Beginners PowerPoint

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

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 your slide show. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required. Class Code: CC190


Feb
28
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Intermediate PowerPoint

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

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


Mar
1
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Sunday Concerts @ Central Presents Grace Drums

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

This percussion-and-vocal ensemble of spirited women of African descent uses time-honored traditional West African percussion instruments, music and vocals from African and Caribbean cultures, infusing traditional sounds with rhythm and blues, Afro-Caribbean dance beats and vocal improvisation.


Mar
19
4:00PM

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8:00PM

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.


Apr
12
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Sunday Concerts @ Central present Ologundê

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Celebrate the rich Afro-Brazilian culture of Salvador, Bahia through a diverse repertoire of music, dance and martial arts.


May
3
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Sunday Concerts @ Central presents The Villalobos Brothers

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The Villalobos Brothers are one of today's leading World Muisc and Classical Fusion Ensembles that blend indigenous rhythms and melodies of their native Veracruz, Mexico with intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music.


Jun
7
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Sunday Concerts @ Central Presents SOH DAIKO

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Taiko drumming group that also incorporates accessories such as bamboo flutes, brass bells, conch shells, gongs, African shekere and Tahitian toere (wooden slit drum) and features the visual element of movement and choreography, requiring physical strength, endurance, and energy that makes taiko such an exciting performance experience.


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
Hon. William Scarborough
ScarboW@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 129-32 Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica NY, 11434
phone: (718) 723-5412
fax: (718) 723-5465
Albany Office LOB, Room 622
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4451
fax: (518)
NYS Senate
Hon. Leroy Comrie
Comrie@nysenate.gov
District Office 205-20 Jamaica Avenue, 2nd Floor
Hollis NY , 11423
phone: (718) 454-0162
fax: (718) 454-0186
Albany Office Room 918, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2701
fax: (518) 455-2816
US Congress
Hon. Gregory W. Meeks

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

History

Community History

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Library History

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

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

Bibliography

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

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

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

Queens Poet Laureate 2007 – 2010

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

Julio Marzan
Queens Poet Laureate

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

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