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Skills Identification

In this competitive job market, it is vitally important to know your job skills and how to market these skills to potential employers. In this two-part workshop, participants will learn about different types of skills, how to identify their own and how to develop keywords and accomplishment statements. The Employment Counselor will be ...

May 10 @ 1:00 PM, May 17 @ 1:00 PM

Resumes

A winning resume is a must for any job seeker! In this two-part series, participants will learn what resume reviewers look for; how to select the best resume format; how to avoid common resume mistakes; how to properly type and format your resume in Microsoft Word; and how to send your resume to potential employers. The Employment Counselor ...

May 24 @ 1:00 PM, May 31 @ 1:00 PM

Cover Letters

Topics include how to get started, what to include and exclude, and tips for making a cover letter stronger. The Employment Counselor will be available for individual assistance after class. For further information, please call 718-990-5102. Class Code: JR150

Jun 7 @ 1:00 PM, Jun 14 @ 1:00 PM

Beginners' Word

Learn how to create and save documents; format and edit text; copy, cut and paste items; and use the basic functions and commands of Microsoft Word. Basic computer skills are required. Class code: CC170

Jun 10 @ 10:00 AM

Beginners' Excel

Improve your productivity with Microsoft Excel. Learn what a spreadsheet is and how to navigate it, create workbooks, enter and edit data, and create charts and graphs. Basic computer skills are required. Class code CC180

Jun 17 @ 10:00 AM

Beginners' PowerPoint

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

Jun 24 @ 10:00 AM

Job-Search Strategies

Are your resume and cover letters ready? How do you search for jobs? What are the most effective ways to find open jobs? In this two-part series, participants will learn: traditional and creative ways to find jobs, how to network for job leads and how to use online tools to find job leads. The Employment Counselor will be available for ...

Jul 5 @ 1:00 PM, Jul 12 @ 1:00 PM

Intermediate Word

Build upon your basic knowledge of Microsoft Word in this intermediate workshop. Learn how to format your Word document; Insert tables and charts; format bibliographies; and insert headers and footers. Basic computer skills and knowledge of MS Word required. Class code: CC200

Jul 8 @ 10:00 AM

Intermediate Excel

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. Basic computer skills and knowledge of MS Excel are required. Class Code: CC210

Jul 15 @ 10:00 AM

Advanced Internet

Learn advanced search techniques; different internet browsers; deleting cookies and caches; bookmarking and personalizing your browser; incognito browsers; and securing your online privacy. Basic computer skills and a valid email address are required. Class Code: CC110

Jul 29 @ 10:00 AM

May
2
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Homework Help

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Children in grades K-6 get help completing their homework and working on other school assignments.

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

Additional Dates


May
2
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Math Club

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 30 openings

Our Math Club is for kids who love math and kids who want to get better at it. Students gather to share their experiences, tackle math puzzles and problems, and help each other improve their math skills.

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

Additional Dates


May
3
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Register for Job Search Help, Computer Training and Job Placement Programs

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Queens Library’s Job & Business Academy and the Consortium for Worker Education’s Jobs to Build On program have partnered to bring free job-search help, technology training, and job-placement services to our customers at Laurelton Community Library. Classes start the week of Monday, May 9, but you must preregister in person beforehand. During registration, you will also meet the Employment Counselors and Job Placement Specialists who will help you prepare to find a job.

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

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May
4
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Reading Help: Grades 1-5

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Students will work to strengthen their literacy skills and build a love of reading and learning. Space is limited; first come, first served.

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

Additional Dates


May
5
4:30PM

--to--

5:30PM

African-American History Club

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Tween and teen history lovers will learn about important events and figures in African-American history.

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

Additional Dates


May
5
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Shape Up NYC: Total Body Conditioning for Adults

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Instructor Catalina Thomas combines body-weight strength training, low-impact aerobics, and active stretching to great music. Participants should wear loose clothing and sneakers and bring an exercise mat or large towel and a bottle of water. Space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

Additional Dates


May
5
6:30PM

--to--

8:00PM

Laurelton Quilting Club

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 30 openings

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.

Additional Dates


May
7
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Building a Strong Community

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Members of the Federated Block of Laurelton discuss community issues and how to improve Laurelton.

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

Additional Dates


May
7
3:00PM

--to--

4:15PM

Tribute to Luther

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Pianist Lafayette Harris Jr. and his trio perform the celebrated music and songs of Luther Vandross.

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

Additional Dates


May
9
6:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Quilting: Our History Revealed through Threads with Geraldine Hazel

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Quilting is a visual aid to one's soul. Come and learn the secrets of African-American enslaved people as expressed through their quilting.


May
10
1:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Skills Identification

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 openings

In this competitive job market, it is vitally important to know your job skills and how to market these skills to potential employers. In this two-part workshop, participants will learn about different types of skills, how to identify their own and how to develop keywords and accomplishment statements. The Employment Counselor will be available for individual assistance after class. For further information, please call 718-990-5102. Class Code: JR110

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

Additional Dates


May
11
11:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Job Readiness Workshop Series: Interview Techniques

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

This interactive workshop will help prepare you for a job interview and provide tips and strategies on what to do before, during, and after.

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

Additional Dates


May
16
6:00PM

--to--

7:30PM

United to Build a Strong Community

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Residents join together to discuss their concerns and ways to address them.

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

Additional Dates


May
20
10:00AM

--to--

1:00PM

Introduction to Computers

Location: Laurelton
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. This is an introductory computer class, no prior knowledge or skills required. Class Code: CC100


May
21
1:00PM

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2:45PM

Monthly Movie: Brave

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Celebrate Mother's Day in the community with great movies for the family


May
23
6:00PM

--to--

7:30PM

Laurelton Reading Society

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Book lovers, please join Laurelton Reading Society and discuss the books the club members read. Book titles will be given at our monthly meeting. You can join us at any monthly meeting. Registration is not required.

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

Additional Dates


May
24
1:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Resumes

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 openings

A winning resume is a must for any job seeker! In this two-part series, participants will learn what resume reviewers look for; how to select the best resume format; how to avoid common resume mistakes; how to properly type and format your resume in Microsoft Word; and how to send your resume to potential employers. The Employment Counselor will be available for individual assistance after class. For further information, please call 718-990-5102. Class Code: JR130

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

Additional Dates


May
27
10:00AM

--to--

1:00PM

Introduction to the Internet

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

After this workshop, you will have the basic skills to begin to navigate the internet. Topics include terminology, how to use a web browser, the basic structure of a website, search, and internet safety. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Class Code: CC110


Jun
3
10:00AM

--to--

1:00PM

Introduction to Email

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

Learn how to create an email account, log on, navigate your email account, send and receive emails, and attach documents. While this is an introductory class, basic mouse and keyboarding skills are recommended. Class code: CC120


Jun
3
10:30AM

--to--

11:30AM

Family "LiterARTcy" with Party Colors

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Children 0-5 will get ready to read in these fun-filled literacy craft workshops. Using fun crafts children and their family will create art using letters and numbers.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
4
11:00AM

--to--

1:00PM

Family Movies

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

This program is for your whole family. Come and enjoy free movies offered by our library.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
4
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Steel Sensation

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Queens-based Trinidadian Steel Pan Band performs an eclectic mix of calypso, reggae, jazz, and more.


Jun
6
5:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Cover Letters and Resumes for Teens

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

Find out what employees are looking for when they review resumes and cover letters, and learn tips for making your resume and cover letter as good as they can be in this workshop.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
7
1:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Cover Letters

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 openings

Topics include how to get started, what to include and exclude, and tips for making a cover letter stronger. The Employment Counselor will be available for individual assistance after class. For further information, please call 718-990-5102. Class Code: JR150

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

Additional Dates


Jun
10
10:00AM

--to--

1:00PM

Beginners' Word

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

Learn how to create and save documents; format and edit text; copy, cut and paste items; and use the basic functions and commands of Microsoft Word. Basic computer skills are required. Class code: CC170


Jun
17
10:00AM

--to--

1:00PM

Beginners' Excel

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 14 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. Basic computer skills are required. Class code CC180


Jun
18
1:00PM

--to--

2:45PM

Monthly Movie

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

To celebrate Father's Day, we will screen "Field of Dreams," starring Kevin Costner. (1989, PG)


Jun
18
3:00PM

--to--

4:15PM

Pop City Soul

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Enjoy the modern pop music of Ed Sheering , Bruno Mars, U2, John Legend, Terrell and Adele!


Jun
21
1:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Online Job Applications

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 openings

Online job applications have become the standard for applying to many jobs and they can be difficult to navigate if you’re not prepared. Participants will learn how to prepare information to make online applications easier; common online application sections and how to get noticed and how to avoid rejection. The Employment Counselor will be available for individual assistance after class. For further information, please call 718-990-5102. Class Code: JR160


Jun
24
10:00AM

--to--

1:00PM

Beginners' PowerPoint

Location: Laurelton
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 a slide show. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required. Class code CC190


Jul
1
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Math Summer Camp

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

Our math summer camp is for kids who love math and want to be good at it. Students will do assignments at the workshop. This is for grade 5 and under.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
5
1:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Job-Search Strategies

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 openings

Are your resume and cover letters ready? How do you search for jobs? What are the most effective ways to find open jobs? In this two-part series, participants will learn: traditional and creative ways to find jobs, how to network for job leads and how to use online tools to find job leads. The Employment Counselor will be available for individual assistance after class. For further information, please call 718-990-5102. Class Code: JR190

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

Additional Dates


Jul
5
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Craft Time for Adults

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

Adults learn how to make some crafts through this hands-on workshop.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
5
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

African American History Summer Camp

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

Through reading assignments and discussions, teens will learn about important events in African-American history. Grade 5 and above.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
5
3:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Chess Club

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

All are welcome to play various chess and other board games.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
6
11:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Chinese For Travel

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

Chinese language is more and more popular in the world today. Queens Library at Laurelton brings this workshop to the community. Our staff member teaches participants basic Chinese sentences needed when travelling to China.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
6
3:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Solar Oven

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

Students will learn how to build a solar oven out of two pizza boxes and use it to cook food.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
8
10:00AM

--to--

1:00PM

Intermediate Word

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

Build upon your basic knowledge of Microsoft Word in this intermediate workshop. Learn how to format your Word document; Insert tables and charts; format bibliographies; and insert headers and footers. Basic computer skills and knowledge of MS Word required. Class code: CC200


Jul
15
10:00AM

--to--

1:00PM

Intermediate Excel

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 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. Basic computer skills and knowledge of MS Excel are required. Class Code: CC210


Jul
19
1:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Interview Preparation

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 openings

In this two-part workshop, participants will learn different types of interviews, how to prepare for their interviews, different interview techniques and common questions, and how to successfully respond to difficult questions, and how to follow up properly after the interview. The Employment Counselor will be available for individual assistance after class. For further information, please call 718-990-5102. Class Code: JR170

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

Additional Dates


Jul
22
10:00AM

--to--

1:00PM

Intermediate PowerPoint

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

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


Jul
29
10:00AM

--to--

1:00PM

Advanced Internet

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

Learn advanced search techniques; different internet browsers; deleting cookies and caches; bookmarking and personalizing your browser; incognito browsers; and securing your online privacy. Basic computer skills and a valid email address are required. Class Code: CC110


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

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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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@assembly.state.ny.us
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