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It's #BookTuesday!

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

Our #BookTuesday pick for June 27 is The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy.

Roy’s richly moving new novel—the first since the author's 1997 Booker Prize-winning, internationally celebrated debut, "The God of ...

Young Adult Literacy Program: Pre-Register Now!

Are you interested in getting your High School Equivalency, but not sure where to start?

The Young Adult Literacy Program (YALP) is here to help!

This program is open to students ages 16–24, and offers four days of classes per week, as well as one day of service learning and job shadowing to help build your ...

Battle of the Bands Spotlights!

We’re five short weeks away from the 3rd Annual Battle of the Bands, so we’re getting the party started early and introducing you to our rockin’ contestants.

Check our homepage every week leading up to our July 27th event at Colden Auditorium for a new band profile—and see ...

Summer Reading 2017: Build a Better World

Summer Reading at Queens Library begins Thursday, June 8.

Summer Reading helps kids stay sharp while they're out of school, and gets adults back into good habits! Try to read 20 minutes (or more!) each day.

This year, the Summer Reading theme is Build a Better World. Be inspired by ...

Summer Poetry Contest 2017

Can you rhyme? Know what a haiku is?

Entries are now open for the Summer Poetry Contest 2017! Send in your best poem for a chance to be published in Queens Library Magazine.

This year, the theme is Build A Better World. There’s no limit to your creativity, but please keep it under 250 ...

Congratulations to Our NYC Neighborhood Library Awards Finalists!

We’re proud to announce that three of our community libraries—Bayside, Lefferts, and Woodside—have been selected from hundreds of libraries in the city as finalists for the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards!

A record-breaking 24,000 New Yorkers nominated ...

Queens Library is for Everyone!

The Everyone Campaign is exactly that: for everyone. Queens Library is a safe space for all, no matter where you come from, who you love, or what you believe.

In today’s political and social climate, many people in the communities we serve feel vulnerable and afraid.

As the hub of every community across the ...

Video Visitation at Queens Library

Video visitation is a free program offered at libraries across the city that connects a live video feed between participating library locations and NYC Department of Corrections facilities, allowing incarcerated New Yorkers to talk, read, and share stories together with their loved ...

Jun
28
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Toddler Time

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

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


Jun
28
1:00PM

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1:45PM

Mahjong for Beginners

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Mahjong, anyone? Join us and learn about this fun game at Mahjong for Beginners.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
28
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Mahjong Club

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

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.

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Jun
28
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.
June 28: "The Horse Dance by Jojo Moyes"
July 26: "Shelter" by Jung Yun
August 23: "The Shadow Land" by Elizabeth Rostova
September 27: "The Chilbury Ladies' Choir" by Jennifer Ryan
October 25: "Everybody's Son" by Thrity Umrigar
November 29: "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng

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

Additional Dates


Jun
28
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!


Jun
28
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Homework Help Essay Writing for Teens

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

This program focuses on teaching writing fundamentals at the high school level, including sentence structure, punctuation, capitalization, subject-verb agreement, paragraph structure, self-editing, and proofreading. We will teach you the basic building blocks of writing: the parts and different types of sentences as well as the structure of a paragraph.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
29
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Pretty in Paint Workshop for Children

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

This fun-filled paint workshop will encourage children 6-12 to unleash their creativity as they create a masterpiece to take home. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.


Jun
30
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Toddler Music Fun

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Registration is now closed

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


Jun
30
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.


Jul
1
10:30AM

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11:15AM

Preschool Fun

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Children ages 3-6 participate in 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


Jul
1
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.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
3
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Summer Craft

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Join us for a seasonal craft. (Family)

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

Additional Dates


Jul
3
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Pomonok Library Lego Club: Around the World

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Join us as we build famous buildings and landmarks around the world out of Legos. For ages 6-12.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
5
10:30AM

--to--

11:00AM

Toddler Time

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Registration is now closed

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


Jul
5
3:30PM

--to--

4:15PM

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


Jul
6
2:30PM

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3:00PM

Relay

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Join us for some fun and games as we practice listening skills and teamwork. For ages 6-12.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
7
10:30AM

--to--

11:00AM

Toddler Music Fun

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 2 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


Jul
7
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


Jul
10
6:00PM

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7:15PM

Learn CPR

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 9 openings

Help Save A Life! Receive valuable instruction on performing compression only CPR, use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), and use practice mannequins and watch-while practice video instruction for follow up practice. Call or sign up at the library or online at www.queenslibrary/events


Jul
11
2:30PM

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3:15PM

Eco-champions

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Join us as we explore all the ways we can help the environment and have fun at the same time! For ages 5-12.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
14
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Fun-tastic Family Sing Along

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Come join Carlos & Co. for their Fun-tastic Family Sing Along. You'll sing, dance, watch story videos and even learn a little Spanish. Playing original and well known songs on guitar and percussion, Carlos and Co delivers a delightful musical experience that will also enhance your child's literacy skills. Please register at the Library


Jul
21
2:30PM

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3:15PM

The Fire Safety show with the Rappin' Fireman

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

The fire safety show for the family by the Rappin' Fireman.


Jul
31
2:30PM

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5:30PM

Family Movie: "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Join us on Harry Potter's birthday as we watch the movie inspired by the book that started it all. Discussion and celebration to follow.


Aug
10
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Home Buying vs. Renting: What You Need To Know

Location: Pomonok
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.


Aug
23
2:30PM

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3:15PM

Theatricks by Phil the Magician

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Mr. Philip Levy will dazzle children with his Summer Magic show!


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@nyassembly.gov
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.