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Laurelton

Toddler STEM Maker Club

Toddler STEM Maker Club invites care givers with children ages 2-4 years old to tinker, design and create together. Join us and explore new materials, tools and processes as you make a project to take home. Sometimes creativity can get messy, so dress appropriately.

Dec 9 @ 10:30 AM, Dec 16 @ 10:30 AM, Dec 23 @ 10:30 AM, Dec 30 @ 10:30 AM

Intermediate PowerPoint

Take your PowerPoint presentations to the next level! Topics covered will include; creating transitions, emphasizing your information with animations, inserting charts, and inserting multimedia. Basic computer skills and knowledge of PowerPoint are required. To preregister, visit us at jobmap.queenslibrary.org and for more information call ...

Dec 16 @ 10:00 AM

Introduction to Computers

After this workshop, you will be able to take advantage of everything computers have to offer. Topics covered include; computer terminology, using the mouse and touchpad, basic keyboarding skills, and navigating computer folders, files, and programs in a Windows environment. This is an introductory computer class; no prior skills or ...

Jan 20 @ 10:00 AM

Introduction to Internet

After this workshop, you will have the skills needed to begin to navigate the Internet. Topics covered include terminology, how to search and use a web browser, the basic structure of a website and Internet safety. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that ...

Jan 27 @ 10:00 AM

Dec
5
4:00PM

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5:00PM

African American History Club

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

Through reading assignments, discussions and other activities such as movies, students will learn about important events in African American history. This is for grades 7 and under.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
6
1:00PM

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4:00PM

Interview Preparation

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

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 as interview. The Employment Counselor will be available for individual assistance after class. For further information, please call 718-990-5102. Class code JR170


Dec
7
10:30AM

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11:15AM

Storytime

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, creative movement, music and crafts with your toddler.
Ages: 18 months to 5 years.
Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


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Dec
7
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Zika Virus 101

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

The Zika Virus has been all over the news headlines. How does Zika Virus impact New Yorkers? What ways is it spread and how can we protect ourselves? Why be concerned about Zika Virus during the winter? For the answers to these questions and more, join us for this informative health program.


Dec
7
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Reading Help

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Students will work to strengthen their literacy skills and build a love of reading and learning.
This is for grades 5 and under. No registration is needed. First come, first served

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

Additional Dates


Dec
7
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Math Club

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.

Our math club is for kids who love math and want to be good at it. Students will do assignments at the club. This program is for grades 5 and under.

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Dec
8
6:30PM

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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


Dec
9
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Intermediate Excel

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

Improve your productivity and boost your basic knowledge of Excel. Topics covered include a review of spreadsheet basics, creating and manipulating tables, and using formulas and functions. Basic computer skills and knowledge of MS Excel are required. Class code: CC210


Dec
9
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Toddler STEM Maker Club

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Toddler STEM Maker Club invites care givers with children ages 2-4 years old to tinker, design and create together. Join us and explore new materials, tools and processes as you make a project to take home. Sometimes creativity can get messy, so dress appropriately.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
9
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Trees New York: Arts & Trees

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Come join us and create original works of art such as making puppets, writing and performing songs, dances or plays, drawing cartoons or creating sculpture to explore the world of trees and environmental issues.

Credit line: This program was generously provided by the Rockefeller Development Group.


Dec
10
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Computer Lab for Kids

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Come and see what everyone is talking about. Children in grades 3-6 will learn how to effectively use Google Docs through a variety of fun projects.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
13
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Basic Computer Skills

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

This workshop is for adults who want to learn basic skills in using a computer.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
13
1:00PM

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4:00PM

Social Networking for Your Job Search

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

The Internet is buzzing with social media, and there are many ways to use sites like Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook to leverage your network for your job search, seek out job opportunities and postings, and find out more information on specific companies and organizations. In this workshop you will learn about these three major social media sites and how they can help you optimize your job search. Basic computer skills and a familiarity with the internet required. Class code JR200


Dec
16
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Intermediate PowerPoint

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

Take your PowerPoint presentations to the next level! Topics covered will include; creating transitions, emphasizing your information with animations, inserting charts, and inserting multimedia. Basic computer skills and knowledge of PowerPoint are required. To preregister, visit us at jobmap.queenslibrary.org and for more information call 718-990-8625. Class Code: CC220


Dec
19
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.


Dec
19
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Open Mic

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Come to join us if you have talents in singing, dancing, comedy and poem writing. We provide a forum for children, teens and adults in the community to express themselves and enjoy other's talents.


Dec
19
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Laurelton Reading Society

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Book lovers, please come and join the Laurelton Reading Society! Each month we will select, read and discuss a particular book. Upcoming book titles will be selected at our monthly meetings. Any questions, please call the Adult Reference Desk at Laurelton library 718-528-2822.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
3
3:00PM

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8:00PM

Tweens and Teens Puzzles & Coloring Club

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Explore your creativity by coloring! Tweens & Teens are welcome to drop-in, relax and color the stress of the school day away, or maybe you are looking for more of a challenge; Test your visual, spatial, mathematical, logical geometric and pictorial puzzles; LEGO; wooden blocks; and more.
Grades 6 – 12 only. All supplies will be provided. Monday through Friday from 3-5pm.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
3
4:00PM

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5:00PM

DIY Teen Tuesdays

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Do you want to create cool artwork for your bedroom, or just have fun making cool projects from re-cycled materials? Join us to participate in the fun!

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

Additional Dates


Jan
10
1:00PM

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4:00PM

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, January 15th, 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.

Additional Dates


Jan
14
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Interested in Foster Care or Adoption?

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Come learn more about what it means to be a foster or adoptive parent. What's the process? What's the commitment? Come get all your questions answered by an expert from MercyFirst. All are welcome. Come start the conversation.


Jan
20
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Introduction to Computers

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

After this workshop, you will be able to take advantage of everything computers have to offer. Topics covered include; computer terminology, using the mouse and touchpad, basic keyboarding skills, and navigating computer folders, files, and programs in a Windows environment. This is an introductory computer class; no prior skills or knowledge is required. Please call 718-990-8625 to preregister. Class code: CC100.


Jan
27
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Introduction to Internet

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

After this workshop, you will have the skills needed to begin to navigate the Internet. Topics covered include terminology, how to search and use a web browser, the basic structure of a website and Internet safety. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Class code: CC110.


Jan
28
2:30PM

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3:45PM

Jazz in the Civil Rights Era

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

The Ken Simon Ensemble performs music of socially-conscious musicians such as Billy Taylor, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, and Eddie Harris, whose music told the story of life in the ’60s, social injustice, and the struggle of a people for civil and economic freedom.


Feb
11
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Let's Move!

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Missed the Let’s Move program last month? Come join the second installment of the program inspired by Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign. In the United States, childhood obesity rates have tripled. The “Let’s Move!” initiative aims to reduce obesity and prolong life for Americans. Come learn about the “Let’s Move!” program, the benefits of physical activity for heart health, and enjoy an energizing low impact Zumba workout with certified instructor, Fiona Harvey!


Feb
13
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Open Mic Poetry Reading

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Join Us! Celebrate "Broken Hearts Week" participants will spend time selecting “Poems” and “Quotes” reflecting on healing hearts and read or wrap them aloud.


Feb
13
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Recovering from a breakup is hard too! Come hear from Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Renisher Roberts, about how to move on from heartbreak and healthy ways to explore singlehood.


Feb
14
3:00PM

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6:00PM

Broken Heart Week Presents: “Chicken Soup Puzzles and Color Pages for the Soul”

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Join us! For an hour of relaxation,Color and Word Search Puzzles, served with calm tea and soft background music.


Feb
18
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Broken Heart Week "Movie" Presents Clara's Heart

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Clara's Heart depicts the story of a young boy who grows fond of his housekeeper, Join us for the viewing of a heart warming film.


Mar
4
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Gentle Yoga

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Leslie Taylor leads this gentle, beginning-level yoga class for older adults. Space is limited, and preregistration is required. Please call the library to preregister.

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