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This Weekend at Queens Library

There’s so much to do at the library this weekend! You can celebrate World Vegetarian Day, Banned Books Week, and Mahatma Gandhi's birthday; share your writing at the Rockaway Author Expo; join a Queens Village-based photography project; laugh at an afternoon of clean comedy; meet author Terry Ballard; enjoy an interactive opera ...

October Starts with Great Concerts!

Start the fall season right with the hottest new musical talent!

Free tickets are still available for great Culture Connection concerts by blues-folk masters The Sean Richey Duo, featuring two-time Grammy nominee Norman Edwards, Jr., on Saturday, October 1, and soul crooner Cleveland P. Jones on ...

See Shakespeare Performed at Queens Library!

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Our second season of Shakespeare in Queens starts with Macbeth on Monday, October 3 at ...

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IDNYC is the newly launched New York City ...

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

Join Queens Library for several special events where we will celebrate the histories and cultures of Hispanic Americans and the contributions they have made to our society!

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Dreams Start Here: the Queens Library Foundation 2016 Autumn Gala

We cordially invite you to help inspire, educate, and celebrate children at our 2016 Autumn Gala!

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Free Movies, Music, E-Books, and More!

Enjoy digital media at home, at work, or on-the-go!

Queens Library is a one-stop shop for tech lovers. Our digital media collection includes thousands of free eBooks, audiobooks, eMagazines, music, movies, and videos.

You can download all of these items to a personal computer, smartphone, pocket PC, PDA, portable media ...

Oct
5
10:30AM

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11:45AM

Toddler Learning Center

Location: Pomonok
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


Oct
7
11:00AM

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11:30AM

Baby and Me

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

This interactive lap-sit program for children, ages birth to 1 year, and their caregivers features nursery rhymes, fingerplays, and songs.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
11
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Make & Take a Gourd Instrument

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

This workshop teaches an ancient craft, art and skill called "beading" to create and personalize your own authentic Gourd Shekere instrument. See, hear and touch a variety of shekeres that have been hand-crafted by this traditional technique and then create and keep your own. Pre-Registration is required. For children ages 6-12.


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Oct
31
3:30PM

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4:45PM

Halloween Party

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Join us for Halloween stories, games, and more for children ages 3 and up.


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

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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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.