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Rockaway 31-Hour Summer Festival

Save the date! The Peninsula Community Library will be open for 31 hours straight, from 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 26 through 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 27.

Bring your friends and family for special story times, face painting, balloon animals, crafts, concerts, outdoor movies, yoga and meditation on the beach, a ...

Lincoln Center's Boro-Linc: La Casita

Lincoln Center and Queens Library have partnered to present Boro-Linc: La Casita, a free world-class performance and family workshop—right in the heart of Jamaica, Queens!

Join us at Rufus King Park on Saturday, September 9 for wonderful music and dance, and a chance to learn more about ...

Celebrate the Solar Eclipse With Queens Library!

UPDATE: Solar Eclipse glasses will be available only at our viewing events, and only for event participants, on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

On Monday, August 21, a solar eclipse will be visible across the entire continental United States. For the first time in 99 years, no ...

Join Us on Our Mobile Library Tour!

Queens Library's Mobile Library will be touring the borough throughout the month of August.

Visit the Mobile Library to borrow books, sign up for a library card, and more!

Our stops will include public schools; a beach-side stay with special stories, songs, and rhymes; and a back-to-school event with State ...

Summer Programs For All Ages

Summer's almost over, but we've still got plenty of great things for kids, adults, and families to enjoy at the Library!

Join us at the Rockaway 31-Hour Summer Festival, see some unforgettable Culture Connection concerts, cosplay at our library ComicCon in Queens Village, ...

Queens Library Magazine

The new issue of Queens Library Magazine is out now!

Queens Library Magazine combines great library-themed feature stories and two months' worth of information about our free programs, services, and special events, and it's available at your neighborhood library or ...

Summer Meals For Kids & Teens

Summer Meals are here! For children and teens up to 18 years old, free, nutritious Summer Meals are available from now until Friday, September 1.

Meals are available Monday - Friday, from 1pm - 2pm, at 35 Queens Library locations. Enrollment is not required. Queens Library is honored to partner ...

Queens Library 2017 Gala

The Queens Library Foundation’s 2017 Annual Gala will take place on Tuesday, October 17, at the Queens Museum.

Nearly 300 supporters of the Library attended last year’s Gala to pay tribute to our special honorees and the Library’s mission and customers.

This year’s ...

Run the River with Queens Library!

Once again, Queens Library is partnering with the Randall’s Island Park Alliance for Run the River, a 5K fun run on Randall’s Island, on Saturday, October 28!

Now in its eighth year, you can run to protect the waterways, wetlands, and recreational areas of Randall’s Island ...

Video Visitation at Queens Library

Video visitation is a free program offered at libraries across the city that connects a live video feed between participating library locations and NYC Department of Corrections facilities, allowing incarcerated New Yorkers to talk, read, and share stories together with their loved ...

Aug
21
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Shape Up NYC: Cardio Dance Fitness

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Instructor Althea Bazemore leads this fitness class that uses easy to follow dance moves geared at increasing cardiovascular fitness, body toning and burning calories. Wear loose clothing and sneakers. Be sure to bring a bottle of water. Space is limited. Participation is first come, first served.

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

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Aug
24
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Zumba Gold Workshop

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Zumba Gold uses dance moves mixed with exercise for an effective low-impact workout. Wear loose clothing and sneakers. Preregistration by phone is required for all sessions.


Aug
24
6:15PM

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7:30PM

Laurelton Quilting Club

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

The quilting history of African Americans is nearly as old as the history of our country itself, and is part of our American cultural heritage. To keep that culture alive, we are offering a quilting program for the public. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.

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

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Sep
1
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Laurelton Mahjong Club

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Have you ever thought about playing mahjong game but didn’t know how to play? Here’s your chance to learn. In our Mahjong club you can learn the skills for beginning play, so that you can share in the fun, excitement and camaraderie with others. Beginners and experienced players are both welcome. Preregistration is required.

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

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Sep
1
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Color Me Calm for Seniors

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Coloring isn't just for kids anymore! Escape the stress of your everyday life as you focus on coloring intricate, soothing designs. Coloring has been discovered as a therapeutic activity that reduces anxiety and stress levels. Materials will be provided.

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

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Sep
5
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Basic Computer Skills for Seniors

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Need a little help learning how to use a computer? Learn the basics of computers at the Laurelton Community Library with our information specialist expert. Preregistration is required, please contact Mr. Jeffrey or Ms. Stubbs at 718.582.2822

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

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Sep
6
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Board Game Challenge for Seniors

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Feeling bored and restless? Are you up for a challenge? Then come on down and visit the Laurelton Community Library for some fun and games. Come and enjoy a quick game of Scrabble, Trouble, Uno, Othello, backgammon and many others to choose from.

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

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Sep
7
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Senior Art Therapy: Crafts, Jewelry Making

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Unleash your creative side and join us at the Laurelton Community Library, we have a series of creative projects we know you’re sure to enjoy. Psst - bring a friend!

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

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Sep
13
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Parenting Workshop: What You Need to Know

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

These family informational sessions will give parents, grandparents and care-givers the opportunity to learn more about internet safety, reading workshops, nutrition, exercise and much more. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to learn more about how we can protect and educate our children.

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

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Sep
20
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Sickle Cell Disease 101

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Did you know sickle cell disease affects millions of people throughout the world? Join us for this educational presentation and discussion on sickle cell disease.


Sep
25
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Laurelton Literary Society

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Each month we will select, read and discuss a particular book. Upcoming book titles will be selected at our monthly meetings. The September 25 book is "Born a Crime" by Trevor Noah. The October 23 book is "Evicted" by Matthew Desmond.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
30
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Flute Music from Around the World

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Tereasa Payne, flautist from NYC, presents an exciting program of flutes from around the world. Pan flutes, Ocarinas, Native American Flutes and more! Tereasa performs solos on each of these world flutes, while sharing interesting anecdotes about the history and cultural significance of each one!


Oct
19
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Ready, Set, Shop...and Grow

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Join nutritionist from Cohen Children's Medical Center for this hands-on interactive program where children practice "shopping" for a healthy meal after learning about the importance of choosing foods from the five food groups.


Oct
21
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Author talk: The inspirational "Love Grounded by Grace"

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Tenaria Drummond Smith, lead co-author of the book along with co-authors Dina Campos, Theresa Byrd, and Sophia Greene discuss how they came to to write this inspirational work, share their story of how they were able to move past pain, and the message they hope will resonate with other women.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Laurelton Community Library has:

  • 27 public computers
  • 9 laptops for homework help
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the Laurelton Community Library include:

  • Creole
  • French
  • Spanish

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Laurelton Community Library include:

  • Black Experience
  • African American popular fiction
  • Ob tape and CD and an extensive DVD/Video

 


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
Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
Care & Love Day Care Center
228-23 Merrick Boulevard
Springfield Gardens NY , 11413
phone: (718) 949-9890
Hermy’s Day Care Center
133-55 242nd Street
Rosedale NY , 11422
phone: (718) 276-2020
Linden Day Care
137-01 228 Street
Laurelton NY , 11413
phone: (718) 527-6868
Little Flowers Early Childhood Center
234-10 Merrick Boulevard
Laurelton NY , 11413
phone: (718) 712-1440
Middleton’s Day Care Center and First Grade
225-16 Merrick Boulevard
Laurelton NY , 11413
phone: (718) 712- 4845
Middleton Day Care Center
226-02 Merrick Boulevard
Springfield Gardens NY , 11413
phone: (718) 949-9890

Community Board
Community Board District # 13
219-41 Jamaica Avenue
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 464-9700
fax: (718) 264-2739
  

Community Organizations & Services
224th/ 225th Street Block Association of Laurelton
PO Box 130171
Laurelton NY , 11413
phone: (718) 670-3303
Concerned Citizens of Laurelton
PO Box 130206
Laurelton NY , 11413
phone: (718) 723-9085
Federated Blocks of Laurelton
137-07 Francis Lewis Boulevard
Laurelton NY , 11413
phone: (718) 978-7456
The Garden Club of Laurelton
135-06 230 Street
Laurelton NY , 11413
phone: (718) 949-3455
  

Fire Department
Engine 311
145-50 Springfield Blvd
Springfield Gardens NY , 11413
phone: (718) 476-6211
  

Local Hospitals
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
8900 Van Wyck Expressway
Jamaica NY , 11418
phone: (718) 206-6000
  

Parks and Playgrounds
Brookville Park
149 Ave & 235 St & Brookville Boulevard
Springfield Park
149 Ave & Springfield Boulevard
Laurelton Playground
Brookville Boulevard & 137 Avenue
Springfield Playground
147 Avenue & 184 Street
  

Police Department
105th Precinct
92-08 222nd Street
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 776-9090
  

Post Office
Springfield Gardens Station
218-10 Merrick Boulevard
Springfield Gardens NY , 11413-9997
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Christopher Robin Academy
222-16 Merrick Boulevard
Springfield Gardens NY , 11413
phone: (718) 525-1330
Dessaline Academy School for the Gifted
133-55 242 St
Rosedale NY , 11422
phone: (718) 977-1900
Laurelton Academy
141-25 Merrick Boulevard
Laurelton NY , 11413
phone: (718) 712-1860
Linden Seventh Day Adventist Elementary
137-01 228th Street
Laurelton NY , 11413
phone: (718) 527-6868
Martin de Porres School for Exceptional Children
136-25 218th Street
Springfield Gardens NY , 11413
phone: (718) 525 -3414
 

Public Elementary Schools
PS 37 The Cynthia Jenkins School
179-37 137 Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-5399
P.S. 270 (Q270) (K-8)
233-15 Merrick Blvd
Rosedale NY , 11422
phone: (718) 341-8280
231 Educational Magnetech (6-8)
145-00 Springfield Blvd
Laurelton NY , 11413
phone: (718) 276-5140
PS 156 Laurelton School (K-6)
229-02 137 Avenue
Springfield Gardens NY , 11413
phone: (718) 528-9173
  

Public High Schools
Excelsior Preparatory High School
143-10 Springfield Boulevard
Springfield Gardens NY , 11413
George Washington Carver High School
143-10 Springfield Boulevard
Springfield Gardens NY , 11413
phone: (718) 281-7612
Queens Preparatory Academy
143-10 Springfield Boulevard
Springfield Gardens NY , 11413
Springfield Gardens High School
143-10 Springfield Boulevard
Springfield Gardens NY , 11413
phone: (718) 341-3033
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
IS 59 Springfield Gardens School (6-8)
132-55 Ridgedale Street
Springfield Gardens NY , 11413
phone: (718) 527-3501
231 Educational Magnetech (6-8)
145-00 Springfield Blvd
Laurelton NY , 11413
phone: (718) 276-5140
 

Senior Centers
Laurelton-Rosedale Senior Center
133-21 232nd Street
Laurelton NY , 11413
phone: (718) 527-7577
Robert Couche Senior Citizen Center
137-57 Farmers Boulevard
Springfield Gardens NY , 11434
phone: (718) 978-8352
 

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Donovan Richards
DRichards@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 1931 Mott Avenue, Suite 410
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 471-7014
fax: (718) 327-4794
Legislative Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1731
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-7216
fax: (212) 227-1210
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. 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

In 1905 the Laurelton Land Company purchased several farms in this area and developed these properties the following year. One theory for the name is that it was given because of the laurels that grew in the vicinity of the railroad station, but it is more probable that there were no laurels and it was simply given a name that seemed attractive.

The Laurelton-Springfield Gardens area was developed as a bedroom community, an area providing a welcome respite for people who worked in New York City and its surrounding areas. The Laurelton-Springfield Gardens area was typical of the many tranquil neighborhoods which offered single family homes and well manicured lawns; a comfortable alternative to the congestion found in Manhattan and other boroughs of New York.

From the 1920s to the 1930s, Laurelton's population expanded tenfold, from 3,000 to 30,000, fueled by Jewish, Irish, Italian and German immigrants seeking homes with backyards for their children. African-Americans with the same objective began arriving in the 1940s. There was some racial tension at first.

The 1960’s and early 1970’s witness a significant increase in Black home ownership in Laurelton. The movement of the black families into the Laurelton –Springfield community though, was accelerated by blockbusting practices. Here unscrupulous real-estate dealers engineered a panic in whites living in the area. By convincing white families that an influx of blacks would cause the value of their property to decline, many whites were persuaded to sell their homes and move to areas more remote with respect to New York City. With more houses available for purchase, a shift in the racial composition of the community was produced. Hoping to stop the blockbusting, Rabbi Harold Singer, leader of a synagogue, began a free real-estate service, employing volunteers to encourage white as well as black families to buy into the community. The experiment gained nationwide attention.

Hoping to stop the blockbusting, Rabbi Harold Singer, leader of a synagogue, began a free real-estate service, employing volunteers to encourage white as well as black families to buy into the community. The experiment gained nationwide attention. Laurelton's population is now predominately black. That is, there is a large presence of African Americans, as well as West Indian Americans. African immigrants are also represented. Hispanic and Asian-American residents are also present in Laurelton.

Sources:
Ricard, Herbert F. - The Origin of Community Names in Queens. 1944
Jamaica Times 21 Date: FLBA
www.lihistory.com

Library service in Laurelton began with two Book Bus stops in 1934. One of the stops moved to a public school in the community, followed by a Deposit Station which opened in April 1936. In response to increasing circulation, the library moved to a larger location on Merrick Boulevard in December 1937.

The branch opened at its current location on January 11, 1955. It was designed and constructed on an 80 by 90 foot site, under the supervision of the Department of Public Works. In 1968 the branch was expanded and in 1985 underwent extensive renovation. The branch’s most recent renovation was completed in the summer of 2004. At this time, two dividable meeting rooms, three self-check machines and nine more computers were added. In September, 2004, the branch celebrated its renovation with entertainment for children and adults. In the summer of 2005 a new roof was added to the library.

The branch’s most recent renovation was completed in the summer of 2004. At this time, two dividable meeting rooms, three self-check machines and nine more computers were added. In September, 2004, the branch celebrated its renovation with entertainment for children and adults. In the summer of 2005 a new roof was added to the library. The funds were raised by Queens Councilman James Sanders Jr., who secured $335,000.

Sources:

 

  1. The Queens Borough Public Library Bulletin, October 1939
  2. Queens Chronicle-Eastern/South Eastern edition
  3. New York Daily News, June 29, 2005