Join other people who enjoy painting with watercolors for fun, relaxation and creative expression. Share your work and make new friends. Bring your own paper, watercolors, and brushes. We will also provide supplies.
On May 31st, we will be having a Library Scavenger Hunt! Grades K-6 are welcome to participate. This program will help children learn more about the library in a fun and exciting way. Prizes will be awarded at the end. For more information, please call the Peninsula branch or head to our reference desk.
This group is open to anyone who enjoys coloring for relaxation or creative expression. You're welcome to bring your own coloring books or color pencils. The library will also provide coloring pages, markers, and color pencils.
Jun 6 @ 5:00 PM, Jun 20 @ 5:00 PM, Jun 27 @ 5:00 PM
Want to bring in your old books and make a swap? Come on in and make a trade. This will be our second swap at Peninsula. Books can range from fiction, nonfiction, and test preparation. All ages are welcome.
Library Scavenger Hunt! Grades K-6 are welcome to participate. This program will help children learn more about the library in a fun and exciting way. Prizes will be awarded at the end. For more information, please call the Peninsula branch or head to our reference desk.
DAAADUM DAAADUM DAAADUM. Ready for Shark Week? We will be showing the American thriller, JAWS. This movie gained immense popularity in 1975 and became one the highest-grossing films of all time until the release of Star Wars in 1977. It's rated PG: 2hr10m
Get ready for an a month of Indiana Jones madness! We will be showing all four movies: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Be prepared for some archaeological, action-ready entertainment each Wednesday.
Tired of the coloring trend craze? Want an alternative? Try out our Scratchboard program. You will be using engraving tools on scratchboards to create beautiful and fun designs. Join us every other Monday at 4pm in the public service area.
Jul 11 @ 4:00 PM, Jul 25 @ 4:00 PM, Aug 8 @ 4:00 PM, Aug 22 @ 4:00 PM
Rockaway Beach, located on the Rockaway Peninsula, has a rich history dating back to the early 17th century. Called Reckowacky or “the place of our own people”, by the Canarsie Indian tribe who had settled here, Rockaway was first sold to the Dutch in 1639.
The land was then sold to Captain Palmer in 1685. Richard Cornell purchased the land from Palmer two years later.
After the railroad opened in 1872, Rockaway Beach’s popularity grew as a premier beach resort, serving tourists and New York society’s elite families. Later, Rockaway Beach catered to the middle class.
Rockaway Beach was incorporated in 1897. In 1898 Rockaway Beach and the surrounding villages officially became part of Queens County. Steeplechase, the area’s first amusement park, was opened in 1901. Rockaway’s Playland opened in 1928 and remained a popular tourist spot until the 1980s.
Local areas of interest to tourists include “Whaleamena”, a Central Park Children’s Zoo whale sculpture donated to the Rockaways and located at the Beach 95th Street boardwalk entrance. The “Dough Girl” Monument, located on Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 94th Street, recognizes the efforts of women who served in the armed forces. A four block section of Rockaway Beach was officially designated as the city’s first surfer’s only beach. Today, renewed interest in the Rockaways is spurring housing development.
More information about the Rockaway Beach community is available from the following sources:
Old Rockaway, New York in Early Photographs by Vincent Seyfried and William Asadorian
Queens A Pictorial History by Vincent Seyfried
The Peninsula Branch of the Queens Borough Public Library opened in July of 1943 and was then known as the “Rockaway Branch”. The branch was closed from 1958 through 1959 but subsequently reopened as the result of community pressure. In 1972 the branch was moved to a newly built City of New York building and renamed as the Peninsula Branch. A fire in 1999 temporarily closed the Peninsula Branch for several months until repairs and renovations were completed.