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Arts-and-Craft Workshop: Repurpose Old Books

Have some old books at home you'd like to get rid of? Learn how to repurpose your old reads into three different crafts. You are welcome to bring in your old books for this workshop. Materials will also be provided.

May 12 @ 5:00 PM

Community Coloring Club

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.

May 16 @ 5:00 PM, Jun 6 @ 5:00 PM, Jun 20 @ 5:00 PM, Jun 27 @ 5:00 PM

Watercolor Tuesdays

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.

May 17 @ 2:00 PM, May 31 @ 2:00 PM

Summer Book Swap!

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.

May 21 @ 4:00 PM

Book Tasting at Peninsula!

Introducing our first-ever Children's Book Tasting! Drop in and see what a book tasting is all about. Sample our sweet treats, and have children decorate their favorite Book Cookie. All Children are welcome.

May 24 @ 4:00 PM

Celebrate Zombie Awareness Month!

May is Zombie Awareness Month! Come celebrate our undead friends at Peninsula. We will be showing World War Z. Refreshments will be available.

May 26 @ 5:00 PM

May Scavenger Hunt at Peninsula!

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.

May 31 @ 3:30 PM

Celebrate LGBT Pride Month!

June is LGBT Pride Month! To celebrate, we will screen "Freeheld," starring Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, and Steve Carell. (2015, PG-13)

Jun 22 @ 3:30 PM

June Scavenger Hunt at Peninsula!

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.

Jun 29 @ 3:30 PM

Shark Week Screening: "Jaws"

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

Jun 30 @ 5:00 PM

May
5
4:00PM

--to--

4:45PM

Afternoon Storytime

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Children age 3 and up enjoy stories, fun crafts, and much more!

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

Additional Dates


May
5
5:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Teen Video Games

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Children in grade 6 and up are invited to video game time. Call the library and ask for Jody to learn more.

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

Additional Dates


May
5
6:30PM

--to--

7:30PM

Book Discussion Group

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

We meet the first Thursday of each month at 6:30. Upcoming selections are: 1/7 - "Go Set a Watchman" by Harper Lee; 2/4 - "Native Son" by Richard Wright; 3/3 - "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith; 4/7 - "Life After Life" by Kate Atkinson; 5/5 - "The Paris Architect" by Charles Belfoure. Books can be checked out of the library prior to each meeting.


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May
6
11:00AM

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11:45AM

Mother Goose Time

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Storytime for babies! Join us for books, songs, and sometimes bubbles! Ages birth to 17 months and their parents/caregivers.

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

Additional Dates


May
6
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Mother's Day Story and Craft

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-12 make their own card and gift for Mother's Day.


May
7
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Knitting Club

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join an active knitting group. All levels of knitters are welcome.

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

Additional Dates


May
7
12:00PM

--to--

1:00PM

ShapeUp NYC: Just Keep Moving

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Instructor Alice Ostrowsky leads this low impact aerobics class choreographed to music that aims to increase cardiovascular health while reducing the stress on joints and feet. Participants will perform exercises that will improve muscle mass and mobility and also strengthen and tone the abs.

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

Additional Dates


May
10
10:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

Computer Classes for Beginners

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Participants will learn about the different parts of a computer (monitor, keyboard, mouse) and their basic functions, and will be introduced to searching the Internet, using email, and creating documents in Microsoft Word. The pace of instruction will be determined by participants. We can go fast or slow, depending on each person’s needs.

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

Additional Dates


May
11
11:00AM

--to--

11:45AM

Toddler Time

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Children ages 18-36 months are welcome to join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and more!

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

Additional Dates


May
11
3:30PM

--to--

5:00PM

Board Game Time

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Play games with your friends at the library! We have a great selection!

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

Additional Dates


May
11
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Craft Time

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for fun and easy crafts! Open to children ages 6-12.

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

Additional Dates


May
12
5:00PM

--to--

6:30PM

Arts-and-Craft Workshop: Repurpose Old Books

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Have some old books at home you'd like to get rid of? Learn how to repurpose your old reads into three different crafts. You are welcome to bring in your old books for this workshop. Materials will also be provided.


May
12
6:30PM

--to--

7:30PM

Preparing for Civil Service Exams

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Find out what to expect on civil service exams. Learn what materials can be studied in advance and gain an understanding of the type of questions that will be on the test.


May
13
4:00PM

--to--

5:30PM

Teen Writing Club

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

We'll meet once a month to share and discuss our writing and write as a group.


May
14
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Share Your Creative Work

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Share your creative work with others once a month at the library. Read your fiction, essays, or poetry. Bring in a non-electric instrument and play a song or sing. If you are a film editor, play your work from YouTube, Vimeo, or a flash drive. People can display their art work for the event, too. Limit the presentation to less than 5 minutes, take questions from the audience for 5 minutes, and please be sure that content is appropriate for all ages.


May
14
3:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Fun with Watercolors

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 14 openings

Artist Karl Lorenzen will teach basic watercolor techniques, and participants will take home a beautiful painting they have created at the end of the session. No experience is necessary. All materials will be provided.


May
16
5:00PM

--to--

6:30PM

Community Coloring Club

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

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.

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

Additional Dates


May
17
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Watercolor Tuesdays

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

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.

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

Additional Dates


May
17
4:00PM

--to--

5:30PM

Teen Movie Tuesdays

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

May is 80s movie month!!
May 3rd- Ferris Bueller's Day off (1986), PG-13, 4-5:45 pm
May 17th- Beetlejuice (1988), PG, 4-5:30 pm
May 31st- Pee Wee's Big Adventure (1985), PG, 4-5:30 pm
All movies will be shown in the Teen Room.

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

Additional Dates


May
19
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Writing Club

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

We meet biweekly on Thursdays, the first and third week of each month, to share and discuss each other's writing.


May
19
5:00PM

--to--

7:30PM

'Lords of Dogtown' followed by pizza party/dissussion of surfing and skating

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

We'll watch the movie 'Lords of Dogtown' which is based on surfing and skateboarding history. The 1970's in Southern California was a turning point for surfing and the beginning of modern day skateboarding. Afterwards we will eat pizza, and discuss surfing and skateboarding. Discussion of the local Rockaway scene is welcome too. This movie has a rating of PG-13. Anyone twelve and under participating needs parental permission.


May
21
4:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Summer Book Swap!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

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.


May
24
4:00PM

--to--

5:30PM

Book Tasting at Peninsula!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Introducing our first-ever Children's Book Tasting! Drop in and see what a book tasting is all about. Sample our sweet treats, and have children decorate their favorite Book Cookie. All Children are welcome.


May
26
5:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Anime and Manga Club

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Come hang out with friends and talk about your favorite anime or manga!


May
26
5:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Celebrate Zombie Awareness Month!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

May is Zombie Awareness Month! Come celebrate our undead friends at Peninsula. We will be showing World War Z. Refreshments will be available.


May
27
10:30AM

--to--

11:15AM

Breastfeeding Basics

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Are you or a friend or loved one considering breastfeeding, either now or in the future? Do you have unanswered questions about it? Moms, future moms, partners, family members, and friends are welcome to attend this workshop to learn the basics, get support, build confidence, and discuss issues associated with breastfeeding.


May
31
3:30PM

--to--

5:30PM

May Scavenger Hunt at Peninsula!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

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.


Jun
2
6:30PM

--to--

7:30PM

Book Discussion Group

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

We meet the first Thursday of each month at 6:30. Selections for the summer are:
6/2: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
7/7: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo
8/4: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Books can be checked out of the library prior to each meeting.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
7
10:30AM

--to--

1:00PM

One-on-One Computer Session

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Come to a one-on-one computer session to brush up on anything you may have forgotten about computers.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
17
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Father's Day Story & Craft

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Make a card and gift for Father's Day! Children ages 6-12 are welcome to join us.


Jun
20
6:30PM

--to--

7:30PM

Home Buying vs. Renting: What You Need To Know

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Michael Bersin will educate you on the benefits of buying vs. renting a house, explain the mortgage process and costs, and instruct you on how to review your current financial situation.


Jun
22
3:30PM

--to--

5:15PM

Celebrate LGBT Pride Month!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

June is LGBT Pride Month! To celebrate, we will screen "Freeheld," starring Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, and Steve Carell. (2015, PG-13)


Jun
29
3:30PM

--to--

5:30PM

June Scavenger Hunt at Peninsula!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

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.


Jun
30
5:00PM

--to--

7:15PM

Shark Week Screening: "Jaws"

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

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


Jul
6
3:30PM

--to--

5:15PM

Indiana Jones Summer Series

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

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.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
7
5:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Summer Recipe Swap

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Come to our Summer Recipe Swap to share your favorite recipes with other members of the community and sample dishes prepared by the library staff. Bring your favorite recipe written on a piece of paper or index card, or write it out when you arrive. We will provide pens and paper. You’re also welcome to just discuss and exchange recipes in friendly conversation—no writing required. See you there!


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Peninsula Community Library has:

  • 10 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 Peninsula Community Library include:

  • Spanish books and CD’s for children and adults
  • Armenian, Chinese, French, Hebrew, Polish, Romanian and Russian books for adults.

 

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

  • Large Print collection
  • Black Experience
  • Graphic Novels
  • Book/Multisets/Videos and software for Adult Basic Education
  • ESOL

 


Child Care / Preschools
Community Board
Community Organizations & Services
Fire Department
Local Hospitals
Local Newspapers
Police Department
Post Office
Private / Parochial Schools
Public High Schools
Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
Hammels-Arverne Day Care Center
216 Beach 87 Street
Rockaway Beach Blvd. NY , 11693
phone: (718) 474-3162
  

Community Board
Community Board District # 14
1931 Mott Avenue
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 471-7300
fax: (718) 868-2657
  

Community Organizations & Services
Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways
253 Beach 116th Street
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-1300
100th Precinct Community Council
333 Beach 90th Street
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693
phone: (718) 318-6536
Rockaway Artists Alliance
260 Beach 116 Street
Rockaway Beach NY , 11694
phone: (718) 474-0861
Rockaway Beach Civic Association
PO Box 930134
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693
phone: (718) 318-1973
Rockaway Museum
88-08 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Rockaway Beach NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-4000
Rockaway Rotary Club
PO Box 940631
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-0800
Visiting Nurse Service of New York Early Head Start Program/Early Steps Family Center
86-01 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Rockaway Beach Blvd. NY , 11693
phone: (718) 318-8040
fax: (718) 318-7699
  

Fire Department
Engine 266/Brush Fire Unit/Thawing Unit 266
92-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693
  

Local Hospitals
Peninsula Hospital Center
51-15 Beach Channel Drive
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 734-2000
fax: (771) 834-2993
  

Local Newspapers
The Wave
88-08 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693-0097
phone: (718) 634-4000
  

Police Department
100th Precinct
92-24 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693
phone: (718) 318-4200
  

Post Office
U.S. Postal Service Rockaway Beach
9014 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693-9997
phone: (800) 275-8777
fax: (718)634-5926
  

Private / Parochial Schools
St. Rose of Lima (PK-8)
154 Beach 84th Street
Rockaway Park NY , 11693
phone: (718) 474-7079
St Camillus School (K-8)
185 Beach 99th Street
Rockaway Beach NY , 11691
phone: (718) 634-5260
fax: (718) 634-8353
 

Public High Schools
Beach Channel High School
100-00 Beach Channel Drive
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-9419
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
PS 183 Dr. Richard R. Green (PK-8)
2-45 Beach 79th Street
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693
phone: (718) 634-9459
fax: (718) 634-9458
WATERSIDE SCHOOL FOR LEADERSHIP (Q318)
190 BEACH 110 STREET
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-1128
fax:
Q262 Channel View School for Research (6-12)
100-00 Beach Channel Drive
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-1970
fax: (718) 634-2896

Senior Centers
United Irish Foundation Hammel Senior Center
90-01 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693
phone: (718) 634-4047
Ocean Promenade Nursing Center
140 Beach 113th Street
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 945-6350
Park Nursing Home
128 Beach 115th Street
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 474-6400
Surfside Manor Home for Adults
9502 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Rockaway Park NY , 11693
phone: (718) 945-5500
fax: (718) 634-8925
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Eric Ulrich
EUlrich@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 93-06 101st Avenue
Ozone Park NY, 11416
phone: (718) 738-1083
fax: (718) 738-1918
Legislative Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1555
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-7069
NYS Assembly
Hon. Phillip Goldfeder
GoldfederP@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 95-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Rockaway Beach NY, 11693
phone: (718) 945-9550
fax: (718) 945-9549
Albany Office LOB, Room 542
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4292
fax: (518) 455-4723
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

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:

Websites

Rockaway … “place of waters bright” www.rockawave.com/common/history/history.html

Books

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.