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Kids Strategy Game Hour

Finished with your homework? Children of all ages are welcome to join us for some strategy game fun. Let's play chess, checkers, and more games to challenge your mind.

Jan 2 @ 4:30 PM, Jan 9 @ 4:30 PM, Jan 16 @ 4:30 PM, Jan 23 @ 4:30 PM, Jan 30 @ 4:30 PM

Arts and Crafts for Adults

Come join us at the Laurelton Library for an hour of creativity! From jewelry making to yarn crafts, we have projects we know you’re sure to enjoy. Bring a friend or come to make new friends!

Jan 4 @ 1:00 PM, Jan 11 @ 1:00 PM, Jan 18 @ 1:00 PM, Jan 25 @ 1:00 PM, Feb 1 @ 1:00 PM

Color Me Calm For Seniors

Studies show coloring can have a calming effect on the adult mind and helps promote overall wellness. Come and color while meeting new people. Coloring pages designed especially for adults as well as coloring materials will be provided.

Jan 5 @ 2:00 PM, Jan 12 @ 2:00 PM, Jan 19 @ 2:00 PM, Jan 26 @ 2:00 PM, Feb 2 @ 2:00 PM

Family Movie Time

Join us for some of the latest family movies as well as some classics.

Jan 6 @ 12:00 PM, Jan 13 @ 12:00 PM, Jan 20 @ 12:00 PM, Jan 27 @ 12:00 PM, Feb 3 @ 12:00 PM

Dec
16
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Children's Storytime

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Come to story time at the library! For ages 1-5

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

Additional Dates


Dec
16
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Family Movies at Laurelton

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Join us at the Laurelton Community Library for our Family Movie Night, we have selected the best kids' movies around—you’ll find family favorites everyone will love to see!

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

Additional Dates


Dec
18
3:00PM

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6:00PM

Homework Help

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Are you struggling with a tough homework question or problem? Children grades 1-6 can come to the Laurelton Community Library after school from 3:00-6:00 pm Monday through Friday and ask for help with homework.

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

Additional Dates


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Dec
18
4:00PM

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5:00PM

DIY Teen Crafts

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

DIY Teens workshops are a creative way for teens to socialize and have fun creating various forms of art.


Dec
18
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Laurelton Literary Society

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Each month we will select, read and discuss a particular book. Upcoming book titles will be selected at our monthly meetings. The September 25 book is "Born a Crime" by Trevor Noah. The October 23 book is "Evicted" by Matthew Desmond.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
18
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Resume and Cover Letters for Young Adults

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Our resume and cover letter workshops will show you how to create a great looking resume with professionalism and proper punctuation. Please call 718-528-2822 and ask speak to Mr. Jeffrey or Ms. Stubbs to register.


Dec
18
6:30PM

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7:30PM

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.

Additional Dates


Dec
19
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Basic Computer Skills for Seniors

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Need a little help learning how to use a computer? Learn the basics of computers at the Laurelton Community Library with our information specialist expert. Preregistration is required, please contact Mr. Jeffrey or Ms. Stubbs at 718.582.2822

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

Additional Dates


Dec
20
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Board Game Challenge for Seniors

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Feeling bored and restless? Are you up for a challenge? Then come on down and visit the Laurelton Community Library for some fun and games. Come and enjoy a quick game of Scrabble, Trouble, Uno, Othello, backgammon and many others to choose from.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
20
3:00PM

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6:00PM

Reading for Comprehension

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Does your child want to improve their reading skills and comprehension? This free library program is aimed to help students practice their reading and comprehension skills in a fun and friendly atmosphere, and is offered to school aged children in grades 1-6 on Wednesday afternoons 3-6pm.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
21
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Senior Art Therapy: Crafts, Jewelry Making

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Unleash your creative side and join us at the Laurelton Community Library, we have a series of creative projects we know you’re sure to enjoy. Psst - bring a friend!

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

Additional Dates


Dec
21
5:30PM

--to--

7:30PM

Thursdays Chess Days

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Interested in learning chess? This program uses the game of chess to enhance critical thinking, build self-esteem, participate in team play, teach responsibility and accountability skills and more.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
21
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Family Holiday Crafts

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Come create memories and holiday crafts with your family!
September 28-Back to School
October 26-Halloween
November 23-Thanksgiving
December 21-Christmas


Jan
2
3:00PM

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6:00PM

Stacks After School Enrichment Program

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

STACKS Enrichment program - Arts, Crafts and educational projects for students enrolled in the STACKS program. Starts from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
2
4:30PM

--to--

5:30PM

Kids Strategy Game Hour

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Finished with your homework? Children of all ages are welcome to join us for some strategy game fun. Let's play chess, checkers, and more games to challenge your mind.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
3
3:00PM

--to--

5:30PM

Reading Help

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Students under Grade Five will be helped with their efforts to improve their reading comprehension.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
3
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Math Homework Help

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Students from Grades 1 - 5 will be helped with their math homework.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
4
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Arts and Crafts for Adults

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Come join us at the Laurelton Library for an hour of creativity! From jewelry making to yarn crafts, we have projects we know you’re sure to enjoy. Bring a friend or come to make new friends!

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

Additional Dates


Jan
5
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Color Me Calm For Seniors

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Studies show coloring can have a calming effect on the adult mind and helps promote overall wellness. Come and color while meeting new people. Coloring pages designed especially for adults as well as coloring materials will be provided.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
6
12:00PM

--to--

1:00PM

Family Movie Time

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Join us for some of the latest family movies as well as some classics.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
6
3:00PM

--to--

4:30PM

Birth Scenarios

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

When you're in labor, it can be difficult to think clearly. Come discuss some common birth scenarios with a Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula. This program will help you develop the best birth plan for you, and also help you to better prepare if things don't go according to the plan when it's time to have your baby.


Jan
8
6:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Resume & Cover Letter for Youth

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Our staff experienced staff member will help teens with their efforts to create a powerful cover letter and impressive resume.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
10
10:30AM

--to--

11:30AM

Storytime

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Jan
12
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Healthy Living, Healthy You!

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Happy 2018! Start your year on a positive, and healthy note. From nutritious snacking to heart health tips, this program is just for you.


Jan
12
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Children will participate in reading activities and art projects relating to Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy.

Time: 4:00 p.m.
Ages: 6-12 years.


Jan
27
12:00PM

--to--

1:00PM

Orientation for Youth Volunteering

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Volunteering in the community is the spirit of American culture. We will introduce how you can serve your community in this program and provide you some good opportunities for you in your efforts to search for where you can serve.


Feb
3
2:00PM

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4:30PM

A Reading of the Play Two Trains Running

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Two Trains Running is a play by African-American playwright August Wilson. The play explores the African-American experience of a 1960's black neighborhood in the grips of a major economic development versus gentrification and their changing view of race amidst the legal victories of the Civil Rights movement and at the height of the Black Power Movement.


Feb
9
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Make a Valentine's Day Craft

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Celebrate Valentine's Day with a craft.
Ages 6 -12 years


Feb
10
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Young Author Making Black History

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

A young writer in the community will discuss his books on African American history.


Feb
17
11:00AM

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1:00PM

Chinese New Year Celebration at Laurelton

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

In cooperation with the Laurelton Library Friends Association, Laurelton Library will present the community with a cultural event on the Lunar New Year. Through which community will learn and enjoy Chinese culture, therefore, our community will be able to enrich our knowledge on multi cultures in the United States.


Feb
17
12:00PM

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2:00PM

Positive American Woman Figures in the History of the United States

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

In order celebrate the Black History Month, we will present you a brief history of Black woman's role in the formation of American culture. Several important figures will be discussed.


Feb
24
11:00AM

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3:00PM

Poetry Contest for Black History

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Kids are invited to write a poem in the theme of African American history. Students from Grade One to Grade Five can participate the contest. It will start from February 1 and end on February 28, 2018.


Feb
24
12:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Black History Celebration

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

We will celebrate the Black History Month together with the community.


Feb
24
2:30PM

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3:45PM

Art and Poetry in the Struggle Against Racism

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

YuliaTikhonova, Director of St. John's Art Gallery, will discuss activist trends in contemporary art and the use of art to illustrate Claudia Rankine's poignant book "Citizen: An American Lyric".
This program is part of the Big Read in partnership with St. John's University

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

Additional Dates


Mar
3
12:00PM

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1:30PM

Vision Health Awareness Day

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

We will show the importance of good vision and how to keep your vision good.


Mar
6
11:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Basic Computer Skills for Seniors

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Seniors will learn how to use a computer and how to search for information on the Internet.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
8
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Winter Blues: Seasonal Affective Disorder

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

This time of year may have you feeling unlike yourself. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects approximately 3 million Americans each year. Join us for this health program which discusses SAD, its symptoms, impact and more. A de-stress activity will be included.


Mar
8
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Laurelton Quilting Club

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

The Laurelton Quilting club will gather together to work on joint projects and to discuss how to improve their skills in quilting.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
23
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Celebrate Easter! Make an Easter Craft

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Celebrate Easter by making an Easter Craft.


Apr
21
12:00PM

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2:00PM

Earth Day Celebration

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

We will educate through handcrafts our children and adults as well the significance to keep our environment in good condition.


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