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It's #BookTuesday!

Every Tuesday, Queens Library will introduce you to a great book!

Our #BookTuesday pick for May 24 is Everybody's Fool by Richard Russo.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and screenwriter returns to North Bath in upstate New York and the characters who made "Nobody's ...

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Join us this Thursday, May 26 at Central Library in Jamaica, when Tony® Award-winning and Grammy®-nominated producer Van Dean will discuss his favorite musical moments and career highlights.

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This year, the competition is fiercer than ever, and bands will rock out at the 2,100-seat Colden Auditorium at Queens College's Kupferberg Center for the Arts on Thursday, July 14.

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Gracie Book Club: Rebroadcast of the "Bright Lines" Discussion

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Queens Library Magazine

The new issue of Queens Library Magazine is out now!

Queens Library Magazine combines great library-themed feature stories and two months' worth of information about our free programs, services, and special events, and it's available at your neighborhood library or ...

May
26
12:00PM

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4:00PM

Health Insurance Infomation and Enrollment

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

Need health insurance? Come learn about no-cost Medicaid, options for low-cost insurance under the Affordable Care Act, and get your questions answered. Get information or enroll on site one-on-one with one of Callen Lorde Community Health Center’s culturally competent insurance navigators.

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

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May
26
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Jewelry Making

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

Teens learn to make beautiful jewelry. Materials will be provided.


May
27
11:00AM

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11:30AM

Mother Goose Time

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

Infants and babies are invited to join us for 30 minutes of bouncing rhymes, short books, songs, and circle time. Each child must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

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

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May
28
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Pathway to U.S Citizenship: Becoming a U.S. Citizen and Building Your Civic Knowledge

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

Are you ready to become a U.S. citizen? Sessions are in English and include a workshop and basic civics education. 5/21- Are you ready to be a U.S. citizen?/Introduction to American history; 5/28 - Required documents and more/Introduction to American government and politics; 6/4 - Common barriers to naturalization/American culture and geography; 6/11- Naturalization interview and beyond/Review of 100 questions.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
1
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Toddler Learning Center

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

Bring your child ages 18-36 months for a little TLC! Play and learn with your child in a free,
five-session workshop that will include toys, games, puzzles, and other items specifically selected to enhance a toddler's educational and physical development. Preregistration is required.


Jun
6
6:00PM

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6:45PM

Coloring For Adults

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

Coloring is an activity we think of as being for kids. However, it can be beneficial for adults.

Coloring helps us de-stress because when we focus on a particular activity, we focus on it and not on our worries. Coloring generates wellness, quietness and also stimulates brain areas related to motor skills, the senses and creativity.

Coloring sheets and colored pencils will be provided. Adults only, please.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
7
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Family Literacy Time with Charles Waters

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

Charles Waters leads children and their families in an appreciation of the sound of poetry. Participants will snap their fingers and clap their hands to the rhythm of poems read aloud, and will echo words in a call-and-response pattern.


Jun
8
11:00AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Time

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

Storytime is a great way to encourage a love of reading. Toddlers ages 18-36 months and their parents or caregivers are invited to join us for stories, nursery rhymes, fingerplays, and more!

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

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Jun
18
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Dragons & Dreams with Sciencetellers

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-12 will learn about the science of fire and ice in this spectacular adventure about a world where dragons are real and dreams come true—and only the daring survive to tell the tale!

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

Additional Dates


Jun
21
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Summer Reading Kick Off "Paint Party"

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

Kick off Summer Reading by recreating a work of art or create your own.


Jun
25
3:00PM

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4:00PM

South Indian Classical Music

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

RagaChitra Veena Ensemble led by Nivedita ShivRaj performs South Indian Classical Music on the ancient multi-stringed instrument, the Veena, in a contemporary style.


Aug
4
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Jump into Summer with Amazing New Math Games

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-8 will show off their skills and knowledge as they are guided in how to play little known games such as Even Steven and Mummy Math.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
4
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Jump Into Summer with Amazing New Math Games

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

Children ages 9 -12 will show off their skills and knowledge as they are guided in how to play little known games such as Even Steven and Mummy Math.

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 Lefferts Community Library has:

  • 9 public computers
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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International Language Collections at the Lefferts Community Library include:

  • Bengali
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Malayalam
  • Punjabi
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

 

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

  • Graphic Novels
  • Caribbean collection
  • New York Times on microfilm

 


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
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
A to Z Learning Center
123-21 Jamaica Avenue
Richmond Hill NY , 11418
phone: (718) 805-4400
Happy Day Nursery
104-25 Jamaica Ave
Richmond Hill NY , 11418
phone: (718) 847-0223
Nareesa’s Day Care
104-30 116th Street
Richmond Hill NY , 11419
phone: (718) 835-6721
Playmates Nursery Inc.
131-15 Liberty Avenue
Richmond Hill NY , 11419
phone: (718) 659-0474
fax: (718) 529-6690
Talented Little Children Pre-School
104-18 134th Street
Richmond Hill NY , 11419
phone: (718) 658-6380
Wonder World
107-42 117th Street
Richmond Hill NY , 11419
phone: (718) 835-9660
fax: (718) 925-9061

Community Board
Community Board District #10
115-01 Lefferts Boulevard
South Ozone Park NY , 11420
phone: 718) 843-4488
  

Community Organizations & Services
Kew Gardens Civic Association
105 82nd Street
Kew Gardens NY , 11415
NHS (Neighborhood Housing Services) of Richmond Hill
115-02 Jamaica Avenue
Richmond Hill NY , 11418
phone: (718) 441-3063
Richmond Hill Block Association
110-08 Jamaica Avenue
Richmond Hill NY , 11418
phone: (718) 849-3759
South Queens Boys & Girls Club
110-04 Atlantic Avenue
Richmond Hill NY , 11419
phone: (718) 441-6050
 

Fire Department
Engine 308
107-12 Lefferts Boulevard
South Richmond Hil NY , 11419
  

Local Hospitals
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
8900 Van Wyck Expressway
Queens NY , 11418
phone: 718) 206-6000
  

Local Newspapers
Caribbean Life
The Forum South
Neighborhood News
Queens Tribune
Senior News
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Smokey Oval
125th Street and Atlantic Avenue
NY ,
  

Police Department
106th Precinct
103-53 101st Street
Ozone Park NY , 11417
phone: (718) 845-2211
  

Post Office
South Richmond Hill Post Office
117-04 101st Avenue
South Richmond Hill NY , 11419
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
St. Benedict Joseph Labre (PK-8)
94-25 117th Street
Richmond Hill NY , 11419
phone: (718) 441-6674
St. Teresa of Avila (K-8)
109-55 128th Street
South Ozone Park NY , 11420
phone: (718) 641-1316
Our Lady of Perpetual Help School (PK-8)
111-10 115th Street
South Ozone Park NY , 11424
phone: (718) 843-4184

Public Elementary Schools
PS 055 Maure (PK-6)
131-10 97th Avenue
Richmond Hill NY , 11419
phone: (718) 849-3845
fax: (718) 847-5473
PS 062 Chester Park (K-5)
97-25 108th Street
Richmond Hill NY , 11419
phone: (718) 849-0992
fax: (718) 850-5521
PS 100 Glen Morris School (K-5)
111-11 118th Street
South Ozone Park NY , 11420
phone: (718) 843-8390
PS 108 Capt. Vincent G. Fowler (K-5)
108-10 109th Avenue
South Ozone Park NY , 11420
phone: (718) 641-4956
PS 121 (K-6)
126-10 109th Avenue
South Ozone Park NY , 11420
phone: (718) 738-5126
fax: (718) 843-5584
PS 161 Arthur Ashe School (K-6)
101-33 124th Street
Jamaica NY , 11419
phone: (718) 441-5493
fax: (718) 441-6202

Public High Schools
John Adams High School (9-12)
101-01 Rockaway Boulevard
Ozone Park NY , 11417
phone: (718) 322-0500
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Ruben Wills
Ruben.Wills@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 95-26 Sutphin Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 206-2068
fax: (718) 206-2748
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1877
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-6850
fax: (212) 442-2729
NYS Assembly
Hon. David I. Weprin
weprind@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 185-06 Union Turnpike
Fresh Meadows NY, 11366
phone: (718) 454-3027
fax: (718) 454-3178
Albany Office LOB, Room 602
Albany NY , 12248
phone: (518) 455-5806
fax: (518) 455-5977
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

Lefferts is in the South Richmond Hill area of Queens where the first settlers were the Rockaway Indians. Its modern history can be traced back to 1869 when Mr. Albon Man, a New York Lawyer, purchased the Lefferts farm. He then bought Welling Farm from the Indians for a bag of shells. He continued to buy the adjacent area and called his whole land Richmond Hill. With Edward Richmond and other assistants’ help, Mr. Man and his son Alrick built streets and lined them with Elm and Cedar trees. The main avenue was later named Lefferts Boulevard.

Today the Lefferts community is composed of mostly Guyanese and Asian Indians, African Americans, Hispanics, and other ethnic groups.

Lefferts Community Library, actually named the Lefferts Reference Center, opened to the public on September 3, 1975. Since then, in the Richmond Hill area, the Lefferts Reference Center has been providing service as the regional branch for its immediate community and a higher level of reference and resource service between the local branch and Central library.

On May 31, 1978, the Lefferts Reference Center initiated the computerized library circulation system, the first of its kind in New York City. The computerized system checked out the books, now with attaching barcodes, to the customers’ library cards. This technology greatly helped the library staff to issue items and accept returns, and offered the customers information about the items, fines, and other information on their cards.

In 2003, The Lefferts Reference Center again pioneered the use of new circulation technology. That spring, when the branch was renovated, new self check machines were installed. Customers can now check out books, music CDs, videotapes, and DVDs by using the machines themselves, which changed the function of the Circulation desk into the Customer Service desk.