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Laurelton

Color Me Calm For Seniors

Studies show coloring can have a calming effect on the adult mind and helps promote overall wellness. Come and color while meeting new people. Coloring pages designed especially for adults as well as coloring materials will be provided.

Apr 27 @ 2:00 PM, May 4 @ 2:00 PM, May 11 @ 2:00 PM, May 18 @ 2:00 PM, May 25 @ 2:00 PM

Family Movie Time

Join us for some of the latest family movies as well as some classics.

Apr 28 @ 12:00 PM, May 5 @ 12:00 PM, May 12 @ 12:00 PM, May 19 @ 12:00 PM, May 26 @ 12:00 PM

Apr
23
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.

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Apr
23
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Resume & Cover Letter for Youth

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Our staff experienced staff member will help teens with their efforts to create a powerful cover letter and impressive resume.

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

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Apr
23
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Shape Up NYC: Full Body Toning for Adults

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Full body or Toning is a gentle workout with the goal of improving balance, coordination, flexibility, strength, and heart health. Instructor Ysabel Chirinos leads the program for adults who want to have a strong and skillful body.

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

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Apr
24
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Basic Computer Skills for Seniors

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Seniors will learn how to use a computer and how to search for information on the Internet.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
24
1:00PM

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4:00PM

Digging for Job Leads

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

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


Apr
24
3:00PM

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6:00PM

Stacks After School Enrichment Program

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

STACKS Enrichment program - Arts, Crafts and educational projects for students enrolled in the STACKS program. Starts from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
25
3:00PM

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5:30PM

Reading Help

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Students under Grade Five will be helped with their efforts to improve their reading comprehension.

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

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Apr
25
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Math Homework Help

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Students from Grades 1 - 5 will be helped with their math homework.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
26
12:00PM

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2:00PM

Students Poetry Contest For Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

In order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr. Laurelton Library will conduct this program. Students from grade five and under will write a poem on Dr. King and hand it in by the end of April. We will select the best poems as winners of the contest.


Apr
26
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Empowered Parenting: Raising a Preschooler with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

This workshop is geared towards parents and caregivers of children under the age of five who have recently received a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder or are in the process of having their child evaluated.
To register for this event, please contact Aaren Kokubun at (646) 588-2301, akokubun@ramapoforchildren.org, or visit
www.ramapoforchildren.org/parent-workshops

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

Additional Dates


Apr
26
5:30PM

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7:30PM

Thursdays Chess Days

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Interested in learning chess? This program uses the game of chess to enhance critical thinking, build self-esteem, participate in team play, teach responsibility and accountability skills and more.

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

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Apr
27
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Beginners PowerPoint

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

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.


Apr
27
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Color Me Calm For Seniors

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Studies show coloring can have a calming effect on the adult mind and helps promote overall wellness. Come and color while meeting new people. Coloring pages designed especially for adults as well as coloring materials will be provided.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
28
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Family Movie Time

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Join us for some of the latest family movies as well as some classics.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
28
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Meet the Author: "Pieces of My Soul: A Collection of Poems" by Helena Consuela Sayles

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Through innovation in both word choice and form, author Helena Sayles's poetry touches on topics such as family, friendship, self-reflection, love, struggle, strength, and what lies ahead for younger generations. Ms. Sayles, a retired elementary school teacher, will discuss her creative process and the steps involved in completing the book and having it published. Books will be available for sale and signing.


May
2
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Open Mic

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Open to performers and spectators of all ages. Instrumentalists, singers, dancers, storytellers, poets, jugglers, magicians, and others are all welcome. Audience seating is on a first- come, first-served basis. Interested in performing? The Laurelton Community Library would love to hear your talent.

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

Additional Dates


May
4
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Interview Preparation

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Preparation and practice make perfect when it comes to job interviews. In this two-part workshop, participants will learn about different types of interviews, how to prepare for an interview, different interview techniques and common questions, how to successfully respond to difficult questions, and how to follow up properly after an interview. For further information, please call 718-990-8625.


May
5
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Prince of Motown: The Music of Marvin Gaye

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Pop/jazz vocalist Cody Childs performs a musical tribute to legendary soul singer Marvin Gaye with notes on the singer's life and including Gaye's Motown classics “What's Going On,” “Mercy Mercy Me,” “Can I Get A Witness?” and “Little Darling,” among others.


May
8
1:00PM

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4:00PM

Mock Interviews

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Preparation and practice make perfect when it comes to job interviews. In this two-part workshop, participants will learn about different types of interviews, how to prepare for an interview, different interview techniques and common questions, how to successfully respond to difficult questions, and how to follow up properly after an interview. For further information, please call 718-990-8625.


Jun
1
1:30PM

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2:30PM

African-American History Club

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

The African-American History Club is organized to expose students to the rich heritage of African Americans and to support them in their own academic and personal growth as black citizens thriving in a global world.

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

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Jun
2
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Chair Yoga with Miriam

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

There's no need to bring a mat to this yoga class. Miriam will teach techniques and exercises that can be practiced while seated in chairs. Space is limited. Preregistration is required. Please wear workout clothing and sneakers.


Jun
4
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Math Club For Students

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

There are many benefits to engaging children in math. Our math club will meet every day and promote a love of learning.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
9
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Indigenous Peoples of the Caribbean

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

James Lovell and Alex Colon-Olaniyan are both Garifuna artists, musicians, educators, and activists. They present Garifuna history and culture using film, lecture, music, and dance demonstration.


Jun
12
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Queens Library Rock! with the Rappin Fireman

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

The "Rappin Fireman" John Ruiz engages and teaches children about fire prevention and fire safety. This event encourages audience participation. For ages 6 to 12.


Jun
18
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Libraries Rock! with Nick The Balloonatic

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Award-winning balloon artist Nick the Balloonatic has twisted balloons all over the world. The Balloonatic interacts with children ages 6-12 as he is sculpting balloons, laughing, joking, and making everyone feel special.
This program is free. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.


Jun
29
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Arts and Crafts with Mrs. K

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Do you have a love for arts and crafts? Every Friday join Mrs. K for some creative projects fun for the whole family!

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

Additional Dates


Jul
5
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Bingo Night

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Bingo can be played right here at the Laurelton Community Library. Join us every other week. Bring the family for some good old fashioned fun!

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

Additional Dates


Jul
11
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Chinese for Travel

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

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
18
11:00AM

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1:00PM

Crochet Club

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Come and enjoy the lively company of other members, designing items through knitting and crochet. Class is open to all (beginners, intermediates, and advanced members) every Wednesday at your Laurelton Community Library.

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

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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., 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