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This Weekend at Queens Library

Join us this weekend for our final Broken Heart Week events, our all-day Lunar New Year celebration, homework help, family storytime, English conversation classes for children and adults, a public speaking seminar, science activities, arts and crafts, and much more! We hope to see you ...

Nominate Your Library for the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards!

How does your library make your community a better place? Here's your chance to share your story and tell us how your neighborhood library has made a difference in your life!

The Fourth Annual NYC Neighborhood Library Awards are accepting nominations now through March 13. Nominate your ...

Broken Heart Week Blog Takeover!

Today's Posts:

Humor and Heartbreak at Steinway

Finish Broken Heart Week with Opera and Flamenco!

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Broken Heart Week is finally here—and it’s so big that it’s taking over the Queens Library blog!

You can find great posts on our blog examining the ...

Library Day in Albany!

Join Queens Library on Wednesday, March 1 to tell your State Senators and Assembly Members what your community library means to you!

We’ll be going to Albany to speak up about issues faced by community libraries, and you’re invited.

Register Now to attend Library Day in ...

Lauren Elder Dazzles With Broadway Classics!

Broadway performer Lauren Elder will bring us beloved and classic hits of love and loss this Saturday, February 18 at Central Library in one of the final events of Broken Heart Week!

Lauren Elder is an actress, singer-songwriter, and whistler who lives in New York City. In addition to her mastery of Broadway ...

Queens Hip Hop Pioneers Launch!

The official launch celebration for Queens Hip Hop Pioneers has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 23!

Curated by Queens Library’s Hip Hop Coordinator, Ralph McDaniels, with images taken by MFidel Photography, the Queens Hip Hop Pioneers exhibit shines a light on the DJs, MCs, artists, and historians that nurtured hip ...

Celebrate African-American History Month!

We hope you will join us at Queens Library this February for African-American History Month!

We're honoring a special selection of notable African-American writers on the Queens Library blog. Check our special blog post every week in February, starting February 3, as well as our social media channels!

All month ...

Free English Classes!

Are you a new American who wants to learn English or improve your English language skills?

You can learn English at Queens Library for FREE!

Join a supportive community of students and teaching professionals at our community libraries. Classes are available for Beginners and at Intermediate and Advanced ...

Free UPK at Ravenswood

Start the New Year right by planning for your child’s education!

Queens Library’s Universal Pre-K at Ravenswood will soon be available for children born in 2013.

Queens Library’s free UPK program offers outstanding pre-K education; free nutritious lunches and snacks; warm, friendly, highly qualified ...

Celebrate the Lunar New Year!

Xin Nian Kuai Le! Join us as we celebrate the Lunar New Year at Queens Library!

The Lunar New Year is a centuries-old tradition in China and several other Asian countries, and is a time to honor deities and ancestors, as well as make way for good fortune in the upcoming year.

At Queens Library, you can attend traditional ...

Feb
21
10:15AM

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11:45AM

Introduction to PowerPoint

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

Learn how to create and edit slides, insert clip art, apply designs, work with views, and run a slide show. We will also cover how to save, print, and open presentations. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.


Feb
21
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Learn How To Use Your iPhone

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

This is a hands-on individual program to learn about the physical features of the iPhone; the accessories that come with it, the iPhone function and how to download useful applications.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
21
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Learn How To Use Your iPad

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

This is a hands-on individual program to learn about the physical features of the device and the accessories that come with it. This includes the different buttons and ports, how to turn the device on and off, how to charge the battery, and the importance of protecting the screen.

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

Additional Dates


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Feb
21
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Homework Help Essay Writing for Teens

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

This program focuses on teaching the writing fundamentals at the high school level, including sentence structure, punctuation, capitalization, subject verb agreement, paragraph structure, self editing, and proofreading.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
22
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Toddler Time

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

Children ages 1-2 accompanied by a caregiver, enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes.


Feb
22
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Mahjong Club

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Mahjong, anyone? Whether you're skilled at the game or have just watched from the sidelines but would like to learn to play, the Pomonok Mahjong Club, which meets Wednesday afternoons, is a great place to meet people, engage in conversation and exercise your ability to strategize.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
22
3:30PM

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4:00PM

Tell Me a Story

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Children, ages 3-6, and their caregivers enjoy interactive picture book storytelling and rhymes!


Feb
23
12:00PM

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4:00PM

Tax Preparation Assistance

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Free tax preparation assistance for the elderly and low income families is provided by AARP Tax-Aide. Taxpayers must bring a photo ID, social security cards or ITIN, last year's tax return, W2 forms, 1099 forms (1099INT, 1099DIV, 1099R, 1099MISC), and all documents relating to income and expenses. Please note that tax preparation help will be available on the second floor, which is accessible only by stairs.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
23
6:00PM

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6:45PM

Library Squad

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Join our library squad! Become a student leader here at the Pomonok library. Share your ideas about programs you would like to see and participate in strategic games.


Feb
24
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Toddler Music Fun

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

An interactive program involving instruments, songs, and music for children ages 1-3 and their caregivers.


Feb
24
11:00AM

--to--

11:30AM

Explore Play

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Children enjoy an explore play session after our Toddler Music Fun program on Friday mornings. For children ages 1-3 and their caregivers.


Feb
24
4:00PM

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5:00PM

"A" is for Africa! "D" is for Dance!

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

Join us for this three session, literacy-based African Dance Workshop Series.


Feb
25
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Preschool Fun

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Children ages 3-6 participate in age appropriate games and an occasional craft.


Feb
25
2:00PM

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2:45PM

Saturday Discovery Club

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Come join our Saturday Discovery Club! Become a builder, learn about animals and their habitats, participate in a scientific experiment! For children ages 6-12.


Feb
28
10:15AM

--to--

11:45AM

Introduction to Computers

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

Learn the fundamentals! Space is limited. Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
1
10:30AM

--to--

11:00AM

Toddler Time

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

Children ages 1-2 accompanied by a caregiver, enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
1
3:30PM

--to--

4:00PM

Tell Me a Story

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Children, ages 3-6, and their caregivers enjoy interactive picture book storytelling and rhymes!

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

Additional Dates


Mar
3
10:30AM

--to--

11:00AM

Toddler Music Fun

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

An interactive program involving instruments, songs, and music for children ages 1-3 and their caregivers.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
3
11:00AM

--to--

11:30AM

Explore Play

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Children can enjoy an explore play session after our Toddler Music Fun program on Friday mornings. For children ages 1-3 and their caregivers.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
4
10:30AM

--to--

11:15AM

Preschool Fun

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Children ages 3-6 participate in playing with age appropriate games and an occasional craft.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
4
2:00PM

--to--

2:45PM

Saturday Discovery Club

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Come join our Saturday Discovery Club! Become a builder, learn about animals and their habitats, participate in a scientific experiment! For children ages 6-12.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
6
3:30PM

--to--

4:15PM

Maker's Lab - Create!

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Whether completing a science experiment or a craft project, children ages 6-12 are sure to enjoy this program which focuses on fun learning and creativity!

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

Additional Dates


Mar
9
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Dragons & Dreams with Sciencetellers

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Join us as we learn about dry ice and the changing states of matter through the tale of "Dragons & Dreams." For Ages 6 to 12.


Mar
20
4:30PM

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5:30PM

The Fire Safety Show with the Rappin' Fireman

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

The Rappin' Fireman and his safety friends take children ages 6-12 through an adventure in safety, rapping safety songs with robots, puppets, a smoke house, and a whole lot of help from the audience.


Mar
21
10:15AM

--to--

11:45AM

Introduction to PowerPoint

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

Learn how to create and edit slides, insert clip art, apply designs, work with views, and run a slide show. We will also cover how to save, print, and open presentations. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
22
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Book Discussion Group

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

We meet once a month to read and discuss a great book.
12/28: "Lilac Girls" by Martha Hall Kelly
1/25: "The Bookshop on the Corner" by Jenny Colgan
2/15: " The Secrets of Midwives" by Sally Hepworth
3/22: "Karolina's Twins" by Ronald H. Balson
4/26: "Faithful" by Alice Hoffman
5/24: "Small Great Things" by Jodi Picoult

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

Additional Dates


Mar
28
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Art with Legos with Yvonne Short

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

Children will learn about some of the great Lego artists and designers, how they use layering to create their work and what effects the laws of physics have on Lego constructions. Kids will build animals, such as minecraft cows, out of Legos and will work together to create objects on a larger scale.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
6
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Zumba for Kids

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Join us for a fun dance-based exercise, designed just for kids! For ages 7-12.


Apr
27
4:00PM

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5:00PM

The Mr. Chris Musical Experience

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Join Mr. Chris in an educational musical experience with hip hop music, movement, storytelling and interactive games. For ages 6-12.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Pomonok Community Library has:

  • Seven public computers for adults
  • Four public computers for children
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office Software

 

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International Language Collections at the Pomonok Community Library include:

  • Bengali
  • Chinese
  • French
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

 

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

  • Black Experience
  • Cook Books

 


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

Child Care / Preschools
All My Children Day Care Inc.
169-07 Jewel Avenue
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718)658-1563
Utopia Residence for Girls
162-19 76 Ave.
Flushing NY , 11366
International Nursery and Kindergarten
156-07 Horace Harding Expressway
Flushing NY , 11367
phone: (718)353-0932
Mini Nursery
65-76 162 St.
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718)969-1097
Montessori Activity School
57-32 164 St.
Flushing NY , 11365
Second Housing Nursery
161-55 Jewel Ave.
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718)969-0021

Community Board
Community Board District # 8
197-15 Hillside Avenue
Hollis NY , 11367
phone: (718)380-8921
  

Community Organizations & Services
Pomonok Residents Association
155-26 Jewel Avenue
Flushing NY , 11367
phone: (718)380-8921
Pomonok Community Center
67-09 Kissena Blvd
Flushing NY , 11367
phone: (718)380-9341
Pomonok Neighborhood Center
67-09 Kissena Blvd
Flushing NY , 11367
phone: (718)591-6060
Queens Child Guidance Center
71-50 Parsons Blvd
Kew Garden Hills NY , 11365
phone: (718)591-6750
  

Fire Department
Engine 315/Ladder 125
159-06 Union Turnpike
Fresh Meadows NY , 11366
  

Local Hospitals
NYQH OB/GN Ambulatory Care Center
163-03 Horace Harding Expressway
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
Queens Hospital Center
82-68 164 Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718)883-2350
 

Local Newspapers
Flushing Times
41-02 Bell Blvd
Bayside NY , 11361
phone: 718-260-4545
Queens Courier
38-15 Bell Blvd
Bayside NY , 11361
phone: (718)224-5863
Queens Tribune
174-15 Horace Harding Expwy
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718)357-7400

Parks and Playgrounds
Electchester Houses Playground
164 Street South of 65th Avenue
Frederick B Judge Memorial Playground
111 Avenue, 134 & 135 St, Lincoln St.
PS 200 Playground
164 Street between Jewel & 71 Avenues
Pomonok
158-05 71 Avenue
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Police Department
107th Precinct
71-01 Parsons Blvd
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718)969-5100
Housing Police Service Area #9
155-09 Jewel Avenue
Pomonok NY , 11367
Patrol Borough Command-Queens South
71-01 Parsons Blvd
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718)969-8602

Private / Parochial Schools
Herbert G. Birch School (K-12)
71-64 168 St.
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718)591-8100
Solomon Schechter (K-8)
76-16 Parsons Blvd
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718) 591-9800
 

Public Elementary Schools
PS 154 (K-6)
75-02 162 Street
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718)591-1500
PS 163 (K-6)
159-01 59 Avenue
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718)353-2514
PS 200 (K-6)
70-10 164 Street
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718)969-7780
PS 201 (K-6)
65-11 155 Street
Flushing NY , 11367
phone: (718) 359-0620
  

Public High Schools
Townsend Harris HS
149-11 Melbourne Avenue
Flushing NY , 11367
phone: (718)575-5580
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
JHS 168 (7-9)
158-40 76 Rd
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718) 591-9000
The Queens School of Inquiry (6-12)
158-40 76 Rd
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718) 935-3373
 

Senior Centers
Pomonok Senior Center
67-09 Kissena Blvd
Flushing NY , 11367
phone: (718) 591-3377
BFFY Alzheimer's Adult Day Care Program
157-16 65 Avenue
Flushing NY , 11367
phone: (718) 358-3567
 

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Rory Lancman
RLancman@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 78-40 164th Street
Hillcrest NY , 11366
phone: (718) 217-4969
fax: (347) 561-6116
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1773
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-6956
fax: (212) 676-0471
NYS Assembly
Hon. Michael A. Simanowitz
simanowitzm@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office Address 159-06 71st Avenue
Flushing NY, 11365
phone: (718) 969-1508
fax: (718) 969-8326
Albany Office LOB, Room 742
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4404
fax: (518) 455-5408
NYS Senate
Hon. Toby Ann Stavisky
stavisky@nysenate.gov
District Office 142-29 37th Avenue, Suite 1
Flushing NY, 11354
phone: (718) 445-0004
fax: (718) 445-8398
Albany Office Room 706, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-3461
fax: (518) 426-6857
US Congress
Hon. Grace Meng

District Office Address 40-13 159th Street
Flushing NY, 11358
phone: (718) 445-7860
fax: (718) 445-7868
Legislative Office 1317 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-2601
fax: (202) 225-1589
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

The Pomonok buildings were erected on the grounds that used to be the Pomonok Country Golf Club, lying between Flushing and Jamaica. These buildings were part of the City’s tax free apartment development . The first 22 tenants were veterans who lived in barrack-like temporary veterans houses in Juniper Valley, Rego Park and Northern Boulevard, Queens. They moved into the two three-story walk-up apartments at 69-21 and 69-29 Kissena Boulevard with their families between September 17 and 18 1951. Later on, 13 more three-story walk-ups and 22 seven-story elevator apartment houses were added to the community.

Built for middle income families, the eligibility requirement to live in the community included a screening-checking for male head of family and no criminal history. The original tenants of the Pomonok Housing were 88% white and 12% of various heritages. Soon after the community was built other developments such as Electchester Houses and Campus Hall, Public Schools 200 and 201 and the Electhester Shopping Center were erected.

After moving in the new tenants formed the Pomonok Tenants Council to represent them. The Council helped to set up the first summer day camp for the children. They also organized the community center which ran diverse programs for all ages. Among the programs were Children’s Play Center, Friday night dances for teenagers, make-up posture grooming classes were held for young girls and adults had classes in ceramics, leather craft and jewelry making.

The name Pomonok derives from the American Indian name meaning “ The Land of Tribute. The Queens Borough Public Library opened its Pomonok Branch on June 17, 1952. The library was located at 67-09 Kissena Boulevard, directly across from Queens College. The Branch opened with about 9000 items including 3800 juvenile books and some popular magazines. By June 1953 the collection had increased to 13,000. The hours of service were: Mondays and Thursdays 2pm to 9 pm; Tuesdays and Fridays from 2pm to 5.30pm; Wednesdays from 10am to 5.30pm and Saturdays from 9am to 12pm.

On December 14 1964, the Pomonok branch was moved to the main floor of a new six-story building on 158-21 Jewel Avenue. This space which was 31/2 times larger than the old site was rented by the city on a long-term lease. This time the Branch had about 42,000 items in its collection. The fully air-conditioned library had a “a floating mezzanine”, a glass enclosed children’s room and a separate multipurpose room for programs. An electric book lift was added to the facility to connect the ground floor to the mezzanine. The new service hours were 12pm to 9pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 10am to 5.30pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Approximately 3000 people from the community attended the opening of the new branch.

The Pomonok Community Library is still at 158-21 Jewel avenue, and boasts of over 100,000 items including videos, dvds, music cds and several foreign language materials. The Pomonok Community Library is constantly diversifying to meet the needs of the community.

In 1980 it was announced that the city would turn over the project to the federal housing program. This sparked off a series of rallies and protest from the residents to keep the lower income families out. The fear at the time was that the neighborhood would change for the worst (crimes, drugs pregnancy out of wedlock were among the concerns cited). The opposition was supported by the Community Board 8 who believed that the Housing Authority and not the federal government should continue to manage the development.

Today the Community of Pomonok is heavily diversified with people from all walks of life.

Special Services

Queens Library HealthLink

 

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately one of two American men and one of three American women will have some type of cancer at some point during their lifetime. Queens Library HealthLink seeks to increase access to cancer screening and cancer treatment among medically underserved communities in Queens. Queens Library HealthLink is a partnership between Queens Library, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Queens Cancer Center of Queens Hospital and the American Cancer Society.