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Laurelton

Music Everywhere

Angela Wildflower made her Broadway debut in "Motown the Musical" and brings her own ensemble in this poetic tribute to Rhythm and Blues, from vintage 40s to current Billboard top 100s.

May 15 @ 6:30 PM

May
1
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Adult Craft Time

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Join us for simple fun and crafts that everyone can learn.

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

Additional Dates


May
1
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Adult Color Me Calm Club "For Older Adults"

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Come and join us for an hour of delightful coloring, relaxing music and a spot of tea.

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

Additional Dates


May
1
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Teen Science & Technology Club

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Students in grades 7-12 will participate in hands-on activities using everyday materials to investigate and explore the basics of Science and Technology.

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

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May
2
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Teen Minecraft Club

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Join us in creating challenging Minecraft projects, and enjoy playful competition with other teens.

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

Additional Dates


May
3
11:30AM

--to--

1:30PM

Movie Matinee "The Classics"

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Join us as we bring back great memories with classic films.

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

Additional Dates


May
4
1:30PM

--to--

2:30PM

Senior Art Therapy

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Join us for a variety of simple yet unique art projects. Each week we will start a new project; rock painting, jewelry making and canvas paintings, with lots of time to chat.

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

Additional Dates


May
4
6:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Quilting Club

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Join our weekly quilting club for tips and tricks.

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

Additional Dates


May
4
6:15PM

--to--

7:45PM

Laurelton Quilting Club

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

The quilting history of African Americans is nearly as old as the history of our country itself, and is part of our American cultural heritage. To keep that culture alive, we are offering a quilting program for the public. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


May
5
10:30AM

--to--

11:30AM

Knit and Crochet Club

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Join a fun group of individuals that love to knit, crochet and exchange patterns.

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

Additional Dates


May
5
11:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

Seniors Games and More

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Join us for scrabble, chess, checkers, backgammon and much more.

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

Additional Dates


May
5
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

STEAM Cart Activities

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Engage in fun science, art, math and technology projects with our interactive STEAM cart.

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

Additional Dates


May
6
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

STEAM Club

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Join our STEAM Club. We will create fun and exciting projects using everyday materials. Look out for surprise materials like baking soda, seltzer and glue!

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

Additional Dates


May
6
2:00PM

--to--

3:15PM

Great Music from the '30s to the '70s

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Guitarist Eddie Lee Isaacs and friends bring back memories with favorites like "Autumn Leaves," "Misty" and "Body and Soul," made great by performers including Louis Prima, Ray Charles and Willie Nelson, mixed with a little rock 'n' roll.


May
6
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Scrapbook Day

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Families are invited to join us for "Scrapbook Day." All attendees will create a scrapbook and are encouraged to join our scrapbook club.


May
9
1:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Cover Letters

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

Are you ready to apply for jobs? Does your cover letter stand out from the crowd? Make it the best possible by learning how to get started, what to include and not include, tips for making it stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information, please call 718-990-8625. Class code JR150


May
10
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Adult Book Bingo

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Join us for two times the challenge with Book Bingo!

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

Additional Dates


May
11
6:00PM

--to--

7:15PM

Hip Hop Meets Jazz

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Poetry, rap and jazz are art forms that are more alike than different. The Eric Lemon Ensemble illustrates how the urban sounds of the 1940's bebop with Bird, Dizzy and Monk created a bridge to today's hip hop and R&B.

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

Additional Dates


May
12
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Celebrate Mother's Day

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Create your very own special gift and card for Mom.


May
12
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

STACKS Zumba

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Come join the STACKS Program and have fun in this Zumba workshop. Let's get moving and take care of our heart health! Come enjoy a fun and energizing low impact Zumba workout to a fusion of pop, Latin, and top 40 hits!

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

Additional Dates


May
13
11:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Laughter at the Library

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Special Services presents comedian Mark Brier, who shares his unique humor, including jokes, anecdotes and impressions, in a fun-filled program.


May
15
5:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Tween E Book Club

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

The Tween E Book Club meets once a month. Join us for a great book discussion and surprise snack.

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

Additional Dates


May
15
6:30PM

--to--

7:30PM

Music Everywhere

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Angela Wildflower made her Broadway debut in "Motown the Musical" and brings her own ensemble in this poetic tribute to Rhythm and Blues, from vintage 40s to current Billboard top 100s.

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

Additional Dates


May
18
4:00PM

--to--

5:30PM

A Talk With Your Community Affairs Officer

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Detective Cooper will provide useful information about new and current issues in the community, offer safety advice, give out handouts with helpful information to share, and have a Q & A session with the group.


May
20
3:00PM

--to--

4:30PM

Culture Flex: A Back History Fashion Event

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

CULTURE FLEX is a celebration of Black fashion and its African origins. Learn about hammer pants, the afro, red black and green, African print, cowrie shells and so much more! Fashionable and educational, interactive and FUN!! All ages welcome! Free admission.


May
22
6:00PM

--to--

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


May
24
5:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Scavenger Hunt Day

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Celebrate Scavenger Hunt Day with us. Families are invited to join in our funtastic Scavenger Hunt!


May
27
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Senior Karaoke

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Remember those old familiar tunes, join us for fun and laughs as we sing the lyrics that make us smile.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
2
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Let Your Fingers Do the Talking: Introduction to American Sign Language

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Learn how to communicate with your hands in this interactive workshop on the basics of American Sign Language.


Jun
3
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Tribute to Whitney Houston

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Enjoy this tribute to the life and times of Whitney Houston.Hear memorable selections like "Greatest Love of All," "Saving All My Love for You," "You Give Good Love" and "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" just to name a few.


Jun
6
11:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Fall Prevention for Older Adults

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

More than one in three people over age 65 fall each year, but these accidents are not inevitable. Join us for this interactive workshop in partnership with QCSW and a representative from Flushing Hospital in discussing ways to avoid accidents and falls.


Jun
7
10:30AM

--to--

11:30AM

Storytime

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Enjoy stories, songs, finger plays, creative movement, music and crafts with your toddler.
Ages 18 months to five years of age.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
10
2:00PM

--to--

3:30PM

Remembering Native American Jazz Artists Russell "Big Chief" Moore and Jim Pepper

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

The music of celebrated Native Americans Russell "Big Chief" Moore, a renowed trombonist and and Creek and Kaw Native American Jim Pepper, a noted saxophonist, take center stage.


Jun
12
6:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Unplugged Prince and George Michael Acoustic Tribute

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Recording artist Edwin Vazquez- guitarist, trumpet and trombone imitator, cajun, bongos player presents his original renditions of Purple Rain, Careless Whispers, Raspberry Beret, Freedom, Faith, I Wanna Be Your Lover and more!


Jun
15
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

"Building: Tall Ships & Pirate Tales!"

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Ahoy! People don't just build on land. They build on water, too! Set sail with us on a thrilling action-packed adventure about a crew of quirky pirates stranded on an island. With mutiny and high-tide looming, they must rescue their salty captain and find a way to construct a ship before all hope is lost...at sea! Planks, sails, rigging, rails...what else could building a pirate ship possible take?!

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

Additional Dates


Jun
17
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Meet the Author: Jacqueline Carr

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Local author Jacqueline Carr will share "A Selected Few Just for You" and "Quiet Thoughts", her poems about life experiences, nature at it's puzzling best, and general life observations. She also will speak about her experience in getting published and offer some advice for other writers.

Books will be available for sale and signing.


Jul
17
6:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Music for the Soul

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Sean Condron, born in Queens to Irish parents is a modern day bard who's repertoire spans the length and breadth of American music, in itself a melting pot of world influences - from sentimental favorites to Italian and Spanish classics and everything in between. Armed with just a guitar and voice, his energetic and humor filled performances have delighted audiences the world over.


Jul
20
6:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Zumba Gold Workshop

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Zumba Gold uses dance moves mixed with exercise for an effective low-impact workout. Wear loose clothing and sneakers. Preregistration by phone is required for all sessions.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
27
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Childhood Asthma

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

How do our lungs work? At this interactive program, we will be making our own lungs! We will also learn about asthma, its causes and ways to treat it.


Sep
30
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Flute Music from Around the World

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Tereasa Payne, flautist from NYC, presents an exciting program of flutes from around the world. Pan flutes, Ocarinas, Native American Flutes and more! Tereasa performs solos on each of these world flutes, while sharing interesting anecdotes about the history and cultural significance of each one!


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., 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