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Valentine’s Day Places in Queens

We asked Joe DiStefano, author of 111 Places in Queens That You Must Not Miss, to suggest the perfect romantic places in Queens—and, as usual, he chose some of the most unique spots in our borough.

Be sure to visit them with your special someone this Valentine's Day—or whenever ...

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations

This Black History Month, join us for Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations, a celebration of the ways that black migrations—the movement of black populations across the world—have shaped societies and cultures.

Come to the Library for music, movies, art, and more—and take part in our exciting Passport ...

Valentine’s Day at the Library!

We hope you will celebrate Valentine's Day with us all week at the Library!

We’re hosting a concert with Broadway performers, a hands-on glass painting program, a Healthy Relationships Fair for teens, a scavenger hunt, crafts activities for kids, and more.

Make something for that special someone and show them ...

Celebrate National Library Lovers' Month!

February is National Library Lovers' Month, so here's a chance to let everyone know how much you love your library: submit a photo to the Share Your Love For Queens Library Photo Contest!

Take creative pictures that show your love for the library—at a library program, with your friends at the ...

Celebrate the Lunar New Year!

Xin Nian Kuai Le! Join us as we celebrate the Lunar New Year at Queens Library!

The Lunar New Year is a centuries-old tradition in China and several other Asian countries, and it is a time to honor deities and ancestors, as well as make way for good fortune in the upcoming year.

At Queens Library, you can attend ...

Free Tax Help at Queens Library!

It’s that time of year again!

If you need help figuring out and filing your ‪tax return‬, come to Queens Library for free tax-preparation assistance if you are a low-income older adult, or earn $66,000 or less a year.

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and Urban Upbound are ...

Langston Hughes Library's 50th Anniversary!

This year, the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center and its Black Heritage Reference Center will be celebrating their 50th anniversary—an important milestone for Queens Library and our borough!

Langston Hughes Library was founded in 1969 through community activism by the Library Action Committee (LAC) of ...

Free English Classes!

Are you a new American who wants to learn English or improve your English language skills?

You can learn English at Queens Library for FREE!

Join a supportive community of students and teaching professionals at our community libraries. Classes are available at Beginner and Intermediate levels.

To register, ...

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 ...

What We Bring: Immigrant Art On View at Central Library

Join us for a new art exhibit at Central Library in Jamaica from January 7 to March 2 that honors the artistic talents and cultural contributions of new immigrants.

What We Bring: New Immigrant Gifts adds to the national dialogue on immigration. Focusing on the cultural contributions of immigrants who came to the U.S. in the ...

Feb
19
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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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Feb
20
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AARP Foundation Tax Counseling For Low Income Older Adults

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

IRS certified volunteers, sponsored by AARP Foundation, will complete and e-file your 2018 tax returns on a first-come, first-served basis. You must bring a NYS Driver’s License or Non-Driver’s ID; copy of the 2017 return(s); SS card or ITIN for everyone on your return; SSA-1099 form; all W-2; 1099R, 1099G, 1099 MISC or other 1099 forms; Healthcare forms; self-employment forms; 1098T from college; mortgage statement; and cancelled check for refunds.

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

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Feb
20
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Storytime

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Enjoy stories, songs, finger plays, creative movement, and music with your toddler ages 18 months to 5 years. Registration is required.

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

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21
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Wonders of Africa

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

This is a breathtaking and personal journey through two hundred thousand years of history from the origins on the African continent of art, writing, and civilization itself through the millennia in which Africa and Africans shaped not only their own rich civilizations, but also the wider world.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
21
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Traveling Shoes: Sharing Our Stories

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Join us in a conversation about our unique stories of migration. Whether it's from one country to another, a different state, or even a different part of the city, we want to hear your experience. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Feb
23
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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Feb
25
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Adult English Conversation

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

This program is mainly for non-English speakers. Through this carefully designed conversation, participants will improve their skills in English speaking.

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

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Feb
25
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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25
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.

Additional Dates


Feb
28
4:00PM

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Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations-Putting my traveling shoes on and off I go on?

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Kids are invited to create the vehicle that will take them to their next traveling adventure: Car or spaceship? Boat of flying dragon? There is no limit to where the mind and the heart can travel. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Mar
2
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The Community Love Laurelton Library

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Friends and families come to the library to talk about how to promote Laurelton Library' services.


Mar
7
6:00PM

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Inspiring Women In Science: Draw A Woman Scientist

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Draw a portrait of a woman scientist.


Mar
8
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Frogs, Bugs, & Animal Show with Jason Reilly

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

This program features frogs, bugs, chinchillas, and a chicken. Learn about where these animals are from, what they eat, when they sleep, and how they protect themselves. This program is for ages 6 to 12.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
9
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Inspiring Women in Science: Feature Film "Interstellar"

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Ellen Burstyn and Matthew McConaghey star in this epic space journey "Interstellar" (2014, PG-13).


Mar
9
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Impression of China

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 43 openings

Through pictures taken by our staff member, who visited China recently, you will have some basic understanding of Chinese people and culture. You will also find out how Western culture influenced Chinese society and how the Chinese people maintain their own cultural tradition.


Mar
14
6:00PM

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Women's History Month: Draw Night

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Celebrating the strength and power of women during Women's History Month, we will be creating portraits of women who have greatly impacted our lives.


Mar
22
4:00PM

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Make a Castle with ArchForKids

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

Participants will learn about castle architecture and how people lived and worked in them. Then design and build your own mini castle! This program is led by educators from ArchForKids. It is recommended for ages 5 and up; caregivers are welcome.


Mar
22
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Urban Stages Presents: Cathay

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

This play follows the life of Cathay, the daughter of a slave from Independence, Missouri who follows her dream to be a solider.


Apr
4
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Poetry Month: Draw Night

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Poetry is a collection of words that create an image. In celebration of Poetry Month, let's create an image from a poem.


Apr
8
4:00PM

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April is Poetry Time!

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Explore your feelings through poetry. Feelings are in poems and poetry can give us big new feelings that make us proud!


Apr
18
6:00PM

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Happy Earth Day to You Draw Night

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

As Earth Day approaches, let's celebrate the beauty of our planet by creating a beautiful nature landscape.


May
2
6:00PM

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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
10
3:15PM

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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
16
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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.


Jun
7
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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
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.


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