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It's #BookTuesday!

Every Tuesday, Queens Library will introduce you to a great book!

Our #BookTuesday pick is Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan.

The new novel from the Booker Prize winner and bestselling author of Atonement and The Children Act takes place in an alternative 1980s London. Charlie, drifting ...

Tell City Hall: Invest in Libraries!

Libraries are a lifeline for all New Yorkers. People from every background rely on library services—from ESOL classes to early literacy programs to technology training—to help them learn and discover new opportunities.

This is why we are asking you to add your name in support of more funding for libraries. Send a ...

Our Renewed Promise to the Public

No matter who you are, where you’re from, or where you want to go, we speak your language.

We’re excited to announce our renewed promise to the public and our new look to reflect who we are and the exceptional service you can expect from us.

At Queens Public Library, we speak your ...

Discover Your City With Culture Pass!

Start planning your summer adventures! NYC’s libraries are making it easier for you to explore local museums, public gardens, and other cultural attractions for FREE with your friends and family!

Queens Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and the New York Public Library are excited to announce Culture Pass, ...

Reading a Woman’s Perspective Is Exciting

Lisa See’s latest novel, The Island of Sea Women, explores a matrifocal society of haenyeo, female divers on the tiny Korean island of Jeju.

It took See eight years to begin her project on the women of the island, who support their families by diving sixty feet for seafood, but once she did, she became ...

Our New JBA Brochures

Every month, Queens Library’s Job & Business Academy (JBA) provides our customers with the technology training, small business help, and job-search assistance they need to succeed—all for free.

Now, it’s easier than ever to find out which classes are being offered. Just check the listings in our monthly ...

Reality Is Your Friend

Katy Butler lives in California, but she feels a connection to Queens. In 2014, she spoke at Jamaica Hospital about death and dying. Her new book, The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life, explores the same topic.

Butler says her book is different from others about death and dying because it ...

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 ...

Apr
23
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Stacks After School Enrichment Programs

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

Join us for arts, crafts and educational projects for students enrolled in the STACKS program.

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Apr
27
11:30AM

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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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Apr
27
2:00PM

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Tie Mi Dye Mi Workshop

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Workshop participants will be able to learn about the ancient African art of tying cloth and dying it to create beautiful shapes using string, rubber bands, beads, and shells.

Create your own artful tie dye shirt!


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Apr
29
4:30PM

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Crocheting with Mrs. Belynda

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Get your crochet hooks, knitting needles, and yarns ready! Learn how to make your very own hats, scarves, and other cozy things for your friends and family. Beginners are welcome.

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

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May
2
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Mother's Day Card Making

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

There's nothing like a handmade card from the heart for mom. Join us for a Mother's Day Card Making craft.


May
6
4:00PM

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5:00PM

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

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Learn how to communicate with your hands in this interactive workshop on the basics of American Sign Language.


May
6
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Paint Night at Laurelton

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

Last fall Laurelton Library introduced our first ever Draw Night series. This spring, we are now excited to announce our first ever Paint Night! Adults, come join us for an evening of creating beautiful, colorful pictures on canvas using acrylic paint. We'll provide the paint, brushes, canvases, and palettes. Space is limited so be sure to register at the reference desk or give us a call. See you then!


May
10
3:15PM

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4:15PM

Animals Alive with Alley Pond Environmental Center

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Join Alley Pond Environmental Center for a fun show and tell with some of their residents.


May
13
6:00PM

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Draw Night

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Come join us for Laurelton Library's Draw Night with Ms. Christine. Using one piece, you will create a masterpiece of your own unique perspective, but feel free to bring your own markers, ink, and colored pencils. Ages 12 and up are welcome. Registration is required.


May
13
6:00PM

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7:15PM

Roz Brown's "Divas of Soul" Experience

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Roz Brown’s “Divas of Soul" experience takes you on a musical journey paying homage to some of music's extraordinary soul divas such as Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Patti LaBelle, and Gladys Knight.


May
17
1:00PM

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How To Avoid Caregiver Burnout

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Sunnyside Community Services/CARE NYC presents on how to identify your own needs as a caregiver and the barriers that prevent you from self-care. Identify the signs which can lead to caregiver burnout.


May
18
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Paint Workshop for Children

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

Children ages 8-12 join artist Juan Ortega in a fun-filled paint workshop. Participants will learn paint mixing techniques and create their own masterpieces to take home. Space is limited. Registration is required.


May
20
6:00PM

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Laurelton Literary Society

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Please come and join the Laurelton Literary Society. This is a monthly adult book discussion group. Please note we will not meet during the summer months.

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

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May
20
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Draw Night At Laurelton

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Come join us for Laurelton Library's Draw Night with Ms. Christine. Using one piece, you will create a masterpiece of your own unique perspective, but feel free to bring your own markers, ink, and colored pencils. Ages 12 and up are welcome. Registration is required.


May
23
6:00PM

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7:15PM

Circuit Productions Inc. presents Jazz Trumpeter Joey Morant

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Joey Morant is one of the most exciting and dynamic trumpeters on the current scene. He electrifies audiences with his dazzling horn technique, skillful scat singing, and humorous asides. Audiences enjoy his Louis Armstrong interpretations; his playing and singing is extraordinary.


Jun
1
1:00PM

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Laughter at the Library

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Special Services presents comedian Mark Brier, who shares his unique humor, including jokes, anecdotes, and impressions, in a fun-filled program.


Jun
7
1:00PM

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2:30PM

Ask the Pharmacist

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Bring your prescriptions, vitamins, over-the-counter medicines, herbal supplements, and a list of your questions to ask the pharmacist. Now is your chance to get all your questions answered! Learn what medications you are taking and why and get tips on how to remember to take your medicines. All are welcome!


Jun
7
4:00PM

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Art with Legos with RPGA Studio, Inc.

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Children will learn about some of the great Lego artists and designers, how they use layering to create their work, and what effects the laws of physics have on Lego constructions. Children will work together to build with Lego pieces. Space is limited. Registration is required.


Jun
10
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Draw Night

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Come join us for Laurelton Library's Draw Night with Ms. Christine. Using one piece, you will create a masterpiece of your own unique perspective, but feel free to bring your own markers, ink, and colored pencils. Ages 12 and up are welcome. Registration is required.


Jun
12
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Super Slides Workshop with ArchForKids

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-12 will design, build, and test a mini roller coaster for marbles to ride on. This fun-filled event will teach children engineering concepts. Space is limited. Registration is required.


Jun
13
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Pop, Rock & Soul: Songs of the 60s

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Pop/Jazz vocalist Cody Childs performs the music of the 60s featuring the songs of Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, Ben E. King, The Young Rascals, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and others. . This tribute includes biographical notes of the artists as well as a performance of their hits such as “Respect”, “Don’t Let The Green Grass Fool You”, “Stand By Me”, ”Knock On Wood”, "Groovin’ ", "I Heard It Through The Grapevine” and more.


Jun
17
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Draw Night

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Come join us for Laurelton Library's Draw Night with Ms. Christine. Using one piece, you will create a masterpiece of your own unique perspective, but feel free to bring your own markers, ink, and colored pencils. Ages 12 and up are welcome. Registration is required.


Jun
28
4:00PM

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5:00PM

A Reptile "Edventure" with Erik Callender

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

This fun-filled educational experience gives children age 6 and up a unique opportunity to see and learn about reptiles, amphibians, and even some large insects from around the world.


Jul
8
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Teen Art Studio With Ms. C

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Hello teens and tweens! This summer, create portraits, landscapes, still lives, and more in Ms. C's art studio!

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

Additional Dates


Jul
10
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Chinese For Travel

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

Dr. Dave Wang will introduce you to the basic language you will need to eat, live, and get around in Mandarin-speaking countries. Since this is a language course, we recommend taking this course with a friend or group of friends. Practicing with others by speaking the language will help you learn it more effectively. Additionally, Mandarin is a tonal language, which means that in order to truly master it, you will need to say the words out loud!

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

Additional Dates


Jul
25
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Summer Movie Nights with Assembly Member Alicia Hyndman

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Please join Assembly Member Alicia Hyndman as she hosts movie nights at three libraries:

Rosedale
Thursday, June 27 6PM-8PM: "Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse" (2018, PG)
Thursday, July 11 6PM-8PM: "Incredibles 2" (2018, PG)

Laurelton
Thursday, July 25 6PM-8PM: "Ralph Breaks the Internet" (2018, PG)
Thursday, August 8 6PM-8PM: "Hotel Transylvania" (2012, PG)

Central
Thursday, August 22 6PM-8PM: "A Wrinkle in Time" (2018, PG)

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

Additional Dates


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
HyndmanA@nyassembly.gov
District Office 232-06A Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica NY, 11413
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., Suite 204
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 725-6000
fax: (718) 725-9868
Legislative Office 2234 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20516
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