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It's #BookTuesday!

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

Our #BookTuesday pick for June 28 is All Summer Long by Dorothea Benton Frank.

This latest book from the New York Times-bestselling author follows one charming New York couple—prominent interior designer Olivia Ritchie and her husband ...

From Dennis M. Walcott

It seems like the news is filled with more and more stories about automated customer service. Virtual assistants, apps that answer your questions, chatbots that designers swear act and sound like humans—there’s a large premium being put on building artificial intelligence that can answer questions, and mimic the experience of ...

Battle of the Bands Spotlight: Noise on 93rd

Meet Nicholas, Kevin, Miguel and Luke - also known as Noise on 93rd. With influences as diverse as alternative rock, indie pop and hip-hop, we can't wait to see them deliver the fireworks at the 2nd Annual Battle of the Bands. READ MORE

Get your free tickets before they disappear!

Free Summer Meals

Queens Library is partnering with the NYC Department of Education to provide FREE meals for kids and teens all summer long.

Summer meals are open to all children, 18 and younger, from June 29 through September 2 at twenty-four Queens Library locations.*

Enrollment is not required. Meals ...

Celebrate LGBTQ Pride With These Great Books!

June is LGBT Pride Month, and we asked our staff to suggest titles old and new that focus on and are inspired by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer stories and themes.

We hope you will check out these great books and join us in Celebrating Pride!

Thanks again to our staff members (including Hillcrest's ...

Upcoming NYCitizenship Information Sessions

Queens Library has partnered with the NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs to bring you NYCitizenship, a program to assist New Yorkers along the path to citizenship.

Attend our upcoming information sessions with the NYCitizenship attorney to find out how to apply for citizenship easily, the benefits of ...

Our New JBA Brochures

Every month, Queens Library’s Job & Business Academy (JBA) provides our customers with the technology training, small business help, and job-search assistance they need to succeed—all for free.

Now, it’s easier than ever to find out which classes are being offered. Just check the listings in our monthly ...

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 ...

Get in the Game: Summer Reading 2016!

Get in the game this summer and slam-dunk some reading goals. The annual Summer Reading Program at Queens Library is back and better than ever!

You can visit any community library to get your summer reading booklist or log, and sign up online at summerreading.queenslibrary.org to download materials and create an ...

Summer Poetry Contest!

Calling all poets! Send us your haikus, limericks, sonnets, and more for Queens Library’s Summer Poetry Contest 2016!

We welcome poets from all over New York State to submit one original poem that reflects our 2016 Summer Reading theme of “Get in the Game.”

Entries will be grouped by ...

Jun
29
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Queens Museum Art Exploration Series: Contemporary Artist Zhang Hongtu

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

All 3 sessions of this lecture series will focus on the Chinese-born, NYC-based artist Zhang Hongtu and the exhibit of his works from the late 1950s to the present that was recently on display at Queens Museum. Go to queensmuseum.org/2014/11/zhang-hongtu to learn more about the artist and his work. In partnership with Queens Library this program will be held at the Rochdale Senior Center 169-65 137 Ave. Rochdale NY 718-276-5700.


Jun
30
12:00PM

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2:00PM

Learn to Play Bridge

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Learn this popular and stimulating game! It will keep you mentally fit and socially active, and add to your card-playing enjoyment.


Jul
5
1:00PM

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5:00PM

Registration: Rochdale Adult Learning Center Summer 2016

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

For adults 17 years and over. ESOL, ABE, Pre-HSE & Computer.
July 5th-9th from 10am-5pm (except. Tues. 1-5pm & Thurs. 10am-7pm)
An assessment test will be given for class placement. Only up to 25 students will be registered for each class. Others will be put on a waiting list, or referred to other Adult Learning Centers or programs.
REGISTER IN PERSON SPACE IS LIMITED

Questions? Contact: Lori.Rodriguez@queenslibrary.org (718) 723-7662

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

Additional Dates


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Jul
5
2:15PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading: 1st-3rd Grade

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Summer Reading Club activities include reading together, arts and crafts, learning new games and more. Sign up at Rochdale Village library and receive a book list, reading log and a book to take home. Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
6
10:30AM

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11:15AM

StoryTime: Summer Reading Program

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Children, ages 0-5, along with their parent/caregiver, are invited to hear stories, sing songs, dance and make crafts. Track the books read in a Summer Reading log to earn fun prizes.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
6
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Sports Movie Series: Space Jam

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us for the first of our Summer Movie series, Space Jam (1996), Rated PG


Jul
7
2:15PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading: 4th-6th Grade

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Summer Reading Club activities include reading together, arts and crafts, learning new games and more. Sign up at Rochdale Village library and receive a book list, reading log and a book to take home. Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
7
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Knitting Club

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Bring your own materials and work on projects in the company of other knitters.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
8
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Read-to-Me: Summer Reading Program

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Children, ages 0-5, along with their parent/caregiver, are invited to enjoy books, puzzles and toys. Track the books read in a Summer Reading log to earn fun prizes. If the weather is nice, we'll enjoy the fun outside!

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

Additional Dates


Jul
11
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Crochet Club

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Basic instruction and yarn will be provided. Participants must bring their own crochet hook and will select their own projects. Crochet Club meets every Monday. This program is for adults and teens.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
12
1:00PM

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5:00PM

SNAP, SCRIE and Medicare Benefits

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Find out if you qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as food stamps, and get help applying. See if you are entitled to rent assistance through the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) program. Get help applying for Medicaid. Call the outreach office of LiveOn, formerly Council of Senior Centers and Services of New York, at 347-815-5930, or email SNAP@liveon-ny.org for other times and locations.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
12
1:00PM

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2:15PM

Queens Museum Art Exploration Series

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

This session will focus on the Chinese-born, NYC-based artist Zhang Hongtu and the exhibit of his works from the late 1950s to the present that was recently on display at Queens Museum. Go to queensmuseum.org/2014/11/zhang-hongtu to learn more about the artist and his work. In partnership with Queens Library this program will be held at the Rochdale Senior Center 169-65 137 Ave. Rochdale NY 718-276-5700.


Jul
13
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Nutrition for A Healthy Lifestyle

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Suzanne Gerdes, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., will teach seniors with conditions like hypertension and diabetes how to choose healthy foods. Learn how to have a nutritious diet that you can enjoy!


Jul
18
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Interested in Foster Care or Adoption?

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Come learn more about what it means to be a foster or adoptive parent. What’s the process? What’s the commitment? Come get all your questions answered by staff from MercyFirst. All are welcome. Come start the conversation!


Jul
20
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Sports Movie Series: Cool Runnings

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us for the second of our Summer Movie series, Cool Runnings (1993), Rated PG.


Jul
21
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Basic Computers For Adults: A 3-Session Workshop for Beginners

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 2 openings

A 3 SESSION WORKSHOP FOR BEGINNERS
Topics will include:
*Google search skills
*Basic Microsoft Word 2010
*Internet safety and shopping skills
Join us for this informative beginners workshop.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
3
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Sports Movie Series: Karate Kid (2010)

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us for the third of our Summer Movie Series, The Karate Kid (2010)


Aug
17
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Sports Movie Series: Remember the Titans

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us for the last of our Summer Movie Series, Remember the Titans. (2000) Rated PG


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Rochdale Village Community Library has:

  • 4 public computers in Adult room
  • 4 public computers in Children room
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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International Language Collections at the Rochdale Village Community Library include:

  • French
  • Haitain Creole

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Rochdale Village Community Library include:

  • Black Experience
  • Cook Books
  • Audio Books
  • College Admission Books
  • Civil Service Test Books
  • Large Print Books

 


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

Child Care / Preschools
CCS Montessori Center
165-21 Baisley Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-9538
D’s Sunshine DC Pre-School
121-07 Sutphin Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 659-3855
First Star Day Care Learning Center
145-88 Guy R Brewer Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-3363
Herbert Birch Early Childhood
145-02 Farmers Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 527-5220
Holy Unit7 Dare Care
167-10 137th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-3794
Myrtle Pl Jarmon E.C.E. Center
116-55 Guy Brewer Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-0922
New World Education Center
137-37 Farmers Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 52808751
Rochdale Village Kinder Garden
170-10 130th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 723-2224
Rochdale Village Kinder Nursery School
170-20 130th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 723-2224
Yahweh Day Care
115-13A Merrick Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 206-1922
  

Community Board
Community Board District # 12
90-28 161st Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 658-3308
fax: (718) 739-6997
  

Community Organizations & Services
Rochdale Village Civic Association
P.O. Box 340881 Rochdale Village Station
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-7588 or (718) 723-5390
fax: RochVillCivAssoc@aol.com
Rochdale Village Board
169-65 137th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-5700 ext. 336
Rochdale Village Community Center
169-65 137th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-5700 ext. 339
Girl Scouts
169-65 137th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-5700 ext. 336
Boy Scouts
169-65 137th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-5700 ext. 336
Little League (Baseball)
RVCC Defensive Drivers Class
169-65 137th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-5700 ext. 338
Sign Language Class
169-65 137th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-5700 ext. 338
Toastmasters Club
169-65 137th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-5700 ext. 338
Math Tutorial Classes
169-65 137th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-5700 ext. 338
  

Fire Department
Engine 275/Ladder 133
111-36 Merrick Blvd.
Engine 311/Ladder 158
145-50 Springfield Blvd
 

Local Hospitals
Queens Hospital Center
82-68 164th Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-3000
South Queens Community Health Center
114-02 Guy R Brewer Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: 718) 883-5262
Friendship Center Clinic
145-06 Farmers Blvd.
Jamaica NY , phone: (718) 657-6648
HIP Center
169-59 137th Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 525-5600
  

Local Newspapers
Rochdale Village Bulletin
Southeast Queens Press
Jamaica Times
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Baisley Pond Park
N Conduit Ave Baisley Boulevard
Rochdale Park
Guy Brewer Boulevard, 134 Avenue
Roy Wilkins - Southern Queens Park
Baisley and Merrick Boulevard, 115 Avenue
North Rochdale Playground (PS 30)
Baisley Blvd and Bedell Street
Jamaica NY , 11434
South Rochdale Playground (PS 80)
173 Street, 137 Avenue, 134 Road
Jamaica NY , 11434
 

Police Department
113 Precinct
167-02 Baisley Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 712-7733
  

Post Office
Rochdale Village Post Office
165-100 Baisley Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (800)275-8777
fax: (718) 978-2765
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Allen Christian School
171-10 Linden Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 657-1676
Gil-Blu Nursery-Kinder Garden (PreK-K)
120-02 Merrick Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 723-8454
New World Education Center (K-2)
137-37 Farmers Blvd.
Springfield Gardens NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-8751

Public Elementary Schools
PS 030
126-10 Bedell Street
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-8785
fax: (718) 949-0029
PS 052
178-37 146 Terrace
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-2238
fax: (718) 276-2854
PS 080 Thurgood Marshall Magnet
171-05 137 Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-7070
fax: (718) 949-0963
PS 223 Lyndon B Johnson
125-20 Sutphin Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 322-9012
fax: (718) 925-9020
Cynthia Jenkins School
179-37 137 Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-5399
fax: (718) 949-0887
 

Public High Schools
HS For Law Enforcement & Public Safe
116-25 Guy R Brewer Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 977-4800
fax: (718) 977-4802
August Martin HS
156-10 Baisley Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-2920
fax: (718) 276-1846
 

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
JHS 072 Catherine & Count Basie
133-25 Guy R Brewer Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 723-6200
fax: (718) 527-1675
  

Senior Centers
JSPOA Friendship Nutrition Center
145-06 Farmers Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 657-6660
Rochdale Village Senior Center
169-65 137 Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-5700
Robert Couche Senior Citizens' Center
137-57 Farmers Blvd.
Springfield Gardens NY , 11434
phone: (718) 978-8352

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Ruben Wills
Ruben.Wills@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 95-26 Sutphin Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 206-2068
fax: (718) 206-2748
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1877
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-6850
fax: (212) 442-2729
NYS Assembly
Hon. Vivian E. Cook
CookV@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 142-15 Rockaway Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11436
phone: (718) 322-3975
fax: (718) 322-4085
Albany Office LOB, Room 939
Albany NY , 12248
phone: (518) 455-4203
fax: (518) 455-3606
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

For more than fifty-five years the air in a comparatively quiet but progressively decaying area of Queens just outside Jamaica, reverberated to the thunder of horse’s hooves as they beat around an elliptical course known as the Jamaica Race Track. Then progress in the form of a population-explosion out stripped the facilities of the Jamaica track, and on August 1, 1959 the last race was run at Jamaica. The possibilities of erecting a large housing development on the 170 acre site of the Jamaica track was the vision of Robert Moses, the then Chairman of the Slum Clearance Committee and City Construction Coordinator. The Jamaica Race Track was demolished in 1960 to make way for the complex, which was built for $ 86 million as a middle income cooperative.

Since Rochdale Village was to be the largest single cooperative housing community ever to be undertaken at that time, considerable thought was given to endowing it with an appropriate name. Because it was expected that the development would set a precedent for establishment of future “cooperative villages” around the country, the name most fitting seemed to be that of the little English village of Rochdale which gave birth to the Cooperative movement in 1844. This lead to the Rochdale Principles of Cooperation. Thus did Rochdale Village derive its name.

The architect’s concept for Rochdale Village was an attractive community covering 122 city blocks, that would provide the residents with the park-like setting and facilities of suburbia within the limits of the urban Jamaica area.

Rochdale Village in southeast Queens opened in 1963 ( pop. over 25,000), lying within South Jamaica and bounded to the north by Baisley Boulevard and Bedell Street, to the east by Bedell Street, to the south by 137th Avenue, and to the west by Guy R. Brewer Boulevard. When the village first opened in 1963 it was the largest private housing complex in the world (later surpassed by Co-op City). The population was at first heavily Jewish but became mostly black in the early 1970s.

Rochdale Village is composed of 20 buildings, each with 3 sections, 13 floors. In addition, there are two shopping malls with parking lots, 11 cooperator parking lots (3,200 spaces) and a community center. This complex has its own power plant, its own post office, police precinct, 3 schools and is surrounded by other stores on Guy R.Brewer Boulevard.

Rochdale Village library was built to serve the Rochdale Village-Springfield Gardens area . The library was planned for the north side of 137th Avenue and the west side of 173th Street. In 1965, Mayor Robert Wagner approved preliminary plans for the proposed library branch. The nearest libraries are the South Jamaica branch and the Baisley Park branch. The library was dedicated on April 21, 1969 and invited then mayor John Lindsay, Municipal Service Administrator John G. Duba, Borough President Sidney Leviss, and trustees of the Queens library board. The Rochdale Village library is the 55th branch of the Queens system.

In 1985, the Rochdale Village branch opened its new Adult Learning Center to serve adults who wanted to improve their basic reading skills. Now it has been expanded to a full-fledged center, with computer-assisted instruction and a full range of instructional materials both for learners and teachers of Adult Basic Education.

Excerpts from: Rochdale Village: A New Concept In Community Living United Housing Foundation. 1967

Book: The Encyclopedia of New York City edited by Kenneth T. Jackson

Queens Borough Public Library News July-August 1969.

Rochdale Village Bulletin December, 2004