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Apr
21
11:00AM

Basic Chinese for Travelers

This workshop will teach adults basic Chinese terms for use in their travel to China, or just for the fun of learning something new! Preregistration is required.


Location: Laurelton
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Apr
21
3:30PM

Homework Help

Homework Help for children in Grades 1-6 is available after school every day except holidays. We offer afterschool homework assistance in math, writing and other subjects.


Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required
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Apr
21
4:30PM

Stories from Around the World with Christine Campbell

Children age 5 and up will hear stories old and new, from near and far, with performing artist Christine Campbell.


Location: Laurelton
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Apr
22
4:00PM

Young Men's Empowerment Group

This program is for young men ages 14-19. Many topics will be discussed, such as alcohol and drug abuse, bullying, career and job readiness.


Location: Laurelton
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Apr
23
11:30AM

Storytime

Enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, creative movement and music Wednesday mornings with your preschoolers, ages 18 months to 5 years. Pregistration is required.


Location: Laurelton
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Apr
23
3:30PM

Reading For Fun

Reading is fundamental for success. This weekly program will teach kids how much fun reading can be, using a great selection of books available at the library.


Location: Laurelton
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Apr
24
4:00PM

Young Girl's Empowerment Group

This program is for young ladies ages 14-19. Many topics will be discussed such as alcohol and drug abuse, bullying and career/job readiness.


Location: Laurelton
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Apr
25
3:00PM

Chess Club

Teens will learn how to play chess and compete in tournaments against each other.


Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required
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Apr
25
3:30PM

Movie Time for Students

Don't miss the Friday afternoon movie in the library auditorium! Movie time is from 3:30-4:30. Come on time, because seats are limited!


Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required
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Apr
25
5:00PM

Youth Advisory Club

Tweens and teens come together every Friday to discuss what books, movies and programs they would like to see at the library .


Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required
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Apr
25
6:30PM

ShapeUp NYC: Calypso Cardio

Instructor Debra Brown offers a total body workout that addresses muscle strength and endurance while keeping the heart rate up to burn calories and strengthen the cardiopulmonary system. Space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Location: Laurelton
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Apr
28
4:30PM

Poof! Life in a Vacuum

Calling all space lovers ages 6-12! Learn how important the earth’s atmosphere is and why astronauts need to wear those big, heavy space suits! Participants will employ hands-on experiments to mimic the vacuum of space on various objects.


Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

May
5
11:00AM

Defensive Driving for Older Drivers

This six-hour AARP course is designed for seniors, but drivers of all ages are welcome. Because it is offered by AARP, there is a minimal fee to attend: $20 for AARP members and $25 for nonmembers, payable to AARP by check or money order only. The class will run from 11:00AM to 6:00PM. Preregister with Ms. Downing at 718-479-8914.


Location: Laurelton
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May
6
4:30PM

Zumba Fitness Fun for Kids

Explore dance and movement to the sound of international music with Lauren Singer! Zumba steps will be simplified for children ages 5 & up, who should wear comfortable shoes and bring a towel and a bottle of water. Space is limited and preregistration is required by calling or visiting the library.


Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required
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May
14
6:30PM

Am I Blue? A Blues Revue with Vocalist Stacia Hobdy

The blues takes center stage with memorable selections and blues styles of such noted artists as Etta James, B.B King, Joe Williams and Billie Holiday.


Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

May
15
6:00PM

Laurelton Reading Society

The Society will meet every third Thursday of the month from September to June. Pick up a copy of the book selection one month in advance at the Adult Reference Desk, or bring your own copy. Upcomng book selections will be announced at the current meeting. The selection for September is "King Peggy," by Peggielene Bartels. Please sign up at the Adult Reference Desk.


Location: Laurelton
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Jun
3
5:00PM

Introduction to Chair Yoga with Miriam Acevedo

There's no need to bring a mat to this yoga class. Instructor Miriam Acevedo will teach basic techniques and exercises that participants can practice while seated in chairs. Space is limited. Preregistration is required for each session. Please wear workout clothes and sneakers.


Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required
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Jun
16
11:00AM

Defensive Driving for Older Adults

This is a 6-hour AARP course. To preregister, please call the instructor, Mr. Grover, at 917-642-7785 or 718-276-5426. Space is limited.


Location: Laurelton
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Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Laurelton Community Library has:

  • 27 public computers
  • 9 laptops for homework help
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the Laurelton Community Library include:

  • Creole
  • French
  • Spanish

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Laurelton Community Library include:

  • Black Experience
  • African American popular fiction
  • Ob tape and CD and an extensive DVD/Video

 


What does a Friends Group do?

Friends of Library - Laurelton Chapter. Contact Community Library Manager at (718) 528-2822 or Office of Government and Community Affairs (GCA) at (718) 990-0817 if you are interested in joining.


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 234-26 A Merrick Blvd
Laurelton NY , 11413
phone: (718) 527-4356
fax: (718) 471-7391
Legislative Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1820
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-7216
fax: (212) 227-1210
NYS Assembly
Hon. William Scarborough
ScarboW@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 129-32 Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica NY, 11434
phone: (718) 723-5412
fax: (718) 723-5465
Albany Office LOB, Room 622
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4451
fax: (518)
NYS Senate
Hon. Malcolm A. Smith
masmith@nysenate.gov
District Office 205-20 Jamaica Avenue
St. Albans NY , 11423
phone: (718) 454-0162
fax: (718) 454-0186
Albany Office Room 918, 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

 


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