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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 ...

Feb 9 @ 1:00 PM

Cover Letters

A cover letter helps you stand out from the crowd and get an interview! In this two part series, participants will learn: what cover letters are and why they’re necessary; the do’s and don’ts of cover letter writing; how to write different types of cover letters; how to properly type, format, and send your cover letter to potential ...

Feb 16 @ 1:00 PM, Feb 23 @ 1:00 PM

Feb
9
1:00PM

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4:00PM

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


Feb
9
3:30PM

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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


Feb
10
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Celebrate Lunar New Year

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Welcome the Year of the Monkey and celebrate the Lunar New Year with traditional Chinese culture and presentations.


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Feb
10
10:30AM

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1:30PM

Tax Counseling

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Taxpayers must bring a photo ID, social security card or SSA1099, last year's tax return (form 1040 for 2014), W2 forms, 1099 forms (1099INT, 1099DIV, 1099R, 1099MISC), and all documents relating to income and expenses.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
10
3:00PM

--to--

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


Feb
11
4:30PM

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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


Feb
11
6:30PM

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7:30PM

ShapeUp 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.


Feb
12
10:30AM

--to--

11:00AM

Storytime

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Children age 18 months to 5 years and their parents or other adult caregivers enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, music and creative movement. Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
13
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


Feb
13
12:30PM

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1:30PM

African and Chinese Culture

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Our presenter will explore ancient African influences on Chinese culture throughout China's history.


Feb
13
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Motown Revue

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Vocalist Roz Brown pays tribute to Motown, performing hits from The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Mary Wells, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Marvin Gaye, and, of course, Stevie Wonder.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
16
1:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Cover Letters

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

A cover letter helps you stand out from the crowd and get an interview! In this two part series, participants will learn: what cover letters are and why they’re necessary; the do’s and don’ts of cover letter writing; how to write different types of cover letters; how to properly type, format, and send your cover letter to potential employers. 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


Feb
20
1:00PM

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2:45PM

African American History Month Movie: "Akeelah and the Bee"

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Families are invited to enjoy this film about a young girl from South Los Angeles who wants to compete in the National Spelling Bee. (2006, rated PG)


Feb
20
1:00PM

--to--

2:30PM

African-American History Celebration

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

This event will feature poetry readings, facts about African-American history, arts and crafts, and entertainment. Come celebrate the richness of African-American culture.


Feb
22
4:00PM

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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


Feb
22
6:00PM

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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


Feb
22
6:00PM

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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


Feb
27
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Friends of Laurelton Library Presents Family Fun Time Art Exhibit

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Parents and children are invited to create a wonderful work of art at home, using whatever materials they like, and bring the finished work to the library to be displayed. Free your imagination and show us your creativity! Preregistration is required. Please send an email to FriendsForLaureltonLibrary@gmail.com with "Family Fun Time Art Exhibit" in the subject line to let us know you will be participating.


Mar
5
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Natalie Cole Tribute

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Vocalist Stacia Hobdy pays tribute to musical giant Natalie Cole with some of her best loved songs from the R&B, soul, blues, and jazz genres.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
8
1:00PM

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3:00PM

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. Learn what medications you are taking and why and get tips on how to remember to take your medications. Call Tamara at 718-990 5197 or email tmichel@queenslibrary.org to make an appointment to minimize your wait time.


Mar
19
1:00PM

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2:45PM

Monthly Movie: "The Lorax"

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Enjoy this animated film based on the popular Dr. Seuss book. (2012, rated PG)


Mar
29
1:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

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 interview, 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


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@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