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Shell Craft Series

Do you like going to beach and collecting shells? Bring them in for our Shell Craft Series! Every other Tuesday, we will have a different craft using shells. All are welcome.

Aug 30 @ 4:00 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.

Sep 12 @ 4:00 PM, Sep 19 @ 4:00 PM, Sep 26 @ 4:00 PM

Book Tasting at Peninsula!

At the Peninsula Branch, we will be having our second Children's Book Tasting! Children will learn how to "sample" books, and decorate their favorite book character cookie. Grades K-5 are welcome to participate.

Sep 28 @ 4:00 PM

Horror Movie Classics

Join us for our horror movie classics on Saturdays at 2pm. Here are the dates: October 8th (The Wolf Man), October 22nd (Psycho), and October 29th (The Thing).

Oct 8 @ 2:00 PM, Oct 22 @ 2:00 PM, Oct 29 @ 2:00 PM

Horror Film and Book Discussion

Join us for our horror film and book discussion. We will be showing Misery at 2pm, following a brief discussion of the book. October 15th: Misery

Oct 15 @ 2:00 PM

Aug
30
3:00PM

--to--

5:15PM

Teen Movie Tuesdays: The Summer Edition!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Get in the Game this Summer and watch some sports-themed movies with us!
June 28- "Space Jam," PG, 4-5:30 pm
July 5- "The Mighty Ducks," PG 3-4:40 pm
July 12- "42," PG-13, 3-5 pm
July 19- "The Gabby Douglas Story," NR, 3-5 pm
July 26- "Talladega Nights," PG-13, 3-4:50 pm
August 9- "Cool Runnings," PG, 3-4:30 pm
August 16- "Coach Carter," PG-13, 3-5:20 pm
August 23- "Pride," PG, 3-4:50 pm
August 30- "Miracle," PG, 3-5:15 pm

Teen 12 years old and older are invited.


Aug
30
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Shell Craft Series

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Do you like going to beach and collecting shells? Bring them in for our Shell Craft Series! Every other Tuesday, we will have a different craft using shells. All are welcome.


Aug
31
3:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Board Games for Teens

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Checkers, Uno, Jenga oh my! We have board games here for you to play!
Teens 12 years old and older are invited to play.


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Sep
7
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


Sep
7
3:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Board Games for Teens

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Checkers, Uno, Jenga oh my! We have board games here for you to play!
Teens 12 years old and older are invited to play.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
10
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


Sep
12
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

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


Sep
13
3:30PM

--to--

5:30PM

Teen Movie Tuesdays: "The 5th Wave"

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother.

Teens 12 years and older, PG-13, 112 min, in the Teen Room


Sep
13
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Salt Painting Program

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Try this fun craft project by using salt and watercolors. Supplies will be provided.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
14
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

ASL Basics

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

September is Deaf Awareness Month!

In celebration, we will be teaching some basic American Sign Language.
Week 1- Intro, Alphabet & Numbers
Week 2- Greeting & Family Relationships
Week 3- Colors & Review

This program is for Teens & Adults.
*Disclaimer- Our librarian is not a professional ASL teacher.*

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

Additional Dates


Sep
14
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Computer Science Club

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Learn to code using Scratch. For children ages 8 & up.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
20
3:00PM

--to--

5:30PM

Teen Movie Tuesdays: "Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice"

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Fearing that the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the Man of Steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs.

Teens 12 years and older, PG-13, 151 min, in the Teen Room


Sep
26
6:00PM

--to--

7:30PM

Blood Pressure Screening

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

The Addabbo Family Health Center will be offering free blood pressure screenings for adults. No appointment necessary. Just stop by!


Sep
27
3:30PM

--to--

5:15PM

Teen Movie Tuesdays: "Zootopia"

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy.

Teens 12 years and older, PG, 108 min, in the Teen Room


Sep
28
10:30AM

--to--

11:45AM

Toddler Learning Center

Location: Peninsula
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 include toys, games, puzzles and other items specifically selected to enhance a toddler's educational and physical development. Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
28
4:00PM

--to--

5:30PM

Book Tasting at Peninsula!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

At the Peninsula Branch, we will be having our second Children's Book Tasting! Children will learn how to "sample" books, and decorate their favorite book character cookie. Grades K-5 are welcome to participate.


Oct
1
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

4th Annual Rockaway Author Expo!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Are you an author or aspiring author? Come read your work. Each year in October we try to get a good group of local Rockaway Authors to celebrate their work. Weather permitting we'll have this outside in front of the library for fall inspiration!


Oct
4
10:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

Computer Classes for Beginners

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Come learn basic computer skills. You will learn how to use a computer, search information on the internet, create a email, write a letter, and social media

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

Additional Dates


Oct
8
2:00PM

--to--

3:30PM

Horror Movie Classics

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our horror movie classics on Saturdays at 2pm. Here are the dates: October 8th (The Wolf Man), October 22nd (Psycho), and October 29th (The Thing).

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

Additional Dates


Oct
15
2:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Horror Film and Book Discussion

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our horror film and book discussion. We will be showing Misery at 2pm, following a brief discussion of the book. October 15th: Misery


Oct
17
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Scary Stories

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Get ready to write and share scary stories! For children ages 8 and up.

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 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.