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Rochdale Village

Celebrate the Holidays at Queens Library!

Enjoy the holidays at Queens Library, with our special programs and events for kids, adults, teens, and the whole family, including holiday concerts, arts and crafts, holiday movie screenings, and much more!

Plus, you can view our collections of recommended holiday books and movies, available to borrow from your community ...

Donate A Coat at Queens Library!

This holiday season, Queens Library is participating in the New York Cares Coat Drive!

Queens residents can visit 46 community library locations to donate new and gently used winter coats that will be distributed to men, women, and children in need.

Last year, more than 100,000 coats were collected across ...

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 ...

Double Your Donation: Give Today!

Nearly 1 million neighbors took advantage of more than 52,000 programs at Queens Library this year alone! Your support means that we can continue to meet our community’s needs in 2018.

A generous donor has provided a matching gift and hopes to inspire you to make a donation to Queens Library.

A gift of $25 means ...

Welcome Programs for Kids and Teens!

Whether you’re returning to your library for the first time in a long time, or it’s just another daily visit to your favorite afterschool hangout, all kids and teens are welcome at Queens Library!

To celebrate our younger customers, our libraries are hosting lots of special events for them this fall, including arts and ...

Immigration Assistance at Queens Library

Queens Library offers several resources for new Americans and prospective citizens.

Join us for citizenship classes and workshops, free legal help and financial counseling from NYCitizenship, and more.

Learn about your rights and the realities of the immigration process, and receive assitance from experienced lawyers and ...

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 ...

Dec
12
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Case Management Services

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Need assistance? Come see a case manager and learn what services you may qualify for! We offer information, help with employment, housing, healthcare, immigration, social services, education, and finances. We also refer to partner organizations for additional services.

Case management is available on a walk-in basis, but we may be able to assist you best if you schedule an appointment in advance! For further information, visit the Rochdale Village Adult Learning Center or call 917-436-7379

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

Additional Dates


Dec
13
10:45AM

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11:30AM

Storytime

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Children birth to age 5 and their parent or caregiver are welcome to join us for stories, songs, crafts and lots of fun.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
13
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Music and Sound: Google CS First

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Create your own digital music and sounds!
Use the computer to design your own music, create your own instruments and music videos, and learn how technology is used in the music industry! No previous computer experience necessary. Age 8+. Please register at queenslibrary.org or call 718-723-4440.

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Dec
14
6:00PM

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7:30PM

DIY Holiday Gifts

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Everyone loves a homemade holiday gift! Join us for a crafty evening of easy projects you can take home. Please register in person or by calling 718-723-4440.

**please include stock photo


Dec
15
10:15AM

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10:45AM

Mother Goose

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Infants ages 30 months and under enjoy a 1/2 hour of nursery rhymes, songs, fingerplays and simple picture books. Ages: Newborn - 30 months.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
15
10:45AM

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11:15AM

Play Date at the Library

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Drop in on Fridays to socialize and play with other caregivers and children! Enjoy the library's toys, games, puzzles and our "play kitchen."

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

Additional Dates


Dec
15
11:15AM

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11:45AM

Toddler Time

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Storytime is a great way to encourage a love of reading. Toddlers and their parents or caregivers are invited to join us for stories, nursery rhymes, fingerplays, and more! For ages 2 1/2 and up.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
15
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Job Readiness Drop-In Hours

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Do you need help with your resume or cover letter? Not sure how to search for a job? Come to our Job Readiness Drop-In Hours for assistance on these topics, and more! For further information, visit the Rochdale Village Adult Learning Center, or call 718-723-7662.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
15
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Fun Friday

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us on Fridays for some fun each week! Games, crafts, science experiments, movies, or...who knows? The program is open for children ages 5-12. Although space is limited, registration is not required.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
16
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Microsoft Excel for Beginners

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

Improve your productivity with Microsoft Excel. Learn what a spreadsheet is and how to navigate it, create workbooks, enter and edit data, and create charts and graphs. Register in person at the Rochdale Village Library or call 718-723-4440. Basic computer skills are required.


Dec
16
1:00PM

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2:15PM

Holiday Karaoke Dance Party!

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join our karaoke dance party for the holidays!


Dec
18
1:00PM

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2:30PM

Getting Technologically Savvy!

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 7 openings

Let's chat about what skills you may need to feel more technologically savvy! Topics will include: email, searching the web, online shopping, travel booking and other basic tech questions or concerns.
Laptops and printing will be provided.


Dec
18
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Rochdale Village Adult Non-Fiction Book Discussion Club

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Non-fiction lovers, please come and join the Rochdale Village Adult Non-Fiction Book Discussion Club! Each month we will read and discuss a non-fiction book. Any questions, please call the Adult Reference Desk at Rochdale Village Library, 718-723-4440.


Dec
19
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Healthy Habits

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

How can we stop the spread of germs? At this interactive workshop we will be making our own soap, as well as learning about hand washing and other healthy habits! It's fun for the whole family.


Dec
21
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Pajama Storytime!

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Come dressed in your comfy pajamas with your favorite stuffed animal to enjoy books, rhymes, and songs!


Dec
27
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Welcome Kids and Teens: Minecraft Madness

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

If you build it, they will come. Join us at Rochdale Village, to build, to explore, to gather... to Minecraft. Open to kids and teens.


Dec
29
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Family Bingo

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Round up your family and friends for a low-tech evening of bingo and prizes.
For all ages! No registration required.


Dec
30
10:00AM

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10:15AM

One-on-One Technology Appointments

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Rochdale Village is offering one-on-one technology appointments for all skill levels. Topics may include, but are not limited to, using a desktop or laptop computer, accessing the Internet, using apps on smartphones or tablets, introduction to social media sites and online shopping. Call our Customer Service Specialist to schedule your one hour appointment @ 718-723-4440.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
30
11:15AM

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12:00PM

Family New Year's Countdown and Celebration

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Kids of all ages are invited to celebrate the coming of the New Year 2018. We will ring in the New Year with a story or two, resolutions, and noisemakers and hats. Ten seconds to noon we will have a countdown and a balloon drop. Join us on Saturday, December 30, from 11:15 am to noon at the Rochdale Village Library.


Jan
2
10:00AM

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5:00PM

Adult Learner Program Winter Registration

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Adult Basic Education beginner literacy classes are for students who are native English speakers and need to learn or improve their basic reading and writing skills. Applicants must register in person. For more information, please call the Rochdale Village ALC at 718-723-7662.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
3
10:45AM

--to--

11:30AM

Storytime

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Children birth to age 5 and their parent or caregiver are welcome to join us for stories, songs, crafts and lots of fun.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
4
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Monthly Building Bricks Program

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us once a month for "building brick" challenges!

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

Additional Dates


Jan
4
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Resume Lab

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Make your resume the best it can be at this lab! Participants can create and work on their resume to help pursue employment while getting tips for making a resume stronger.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
5
10:15AM

--to--

10:45AM

Mother Goose Time

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Infants ages 30 months and under enjoy a 1/2 hour of nursery rhymes, songs, fingerplays and simple picture books. Ages: Newborn - 30 months.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
5
10:45AM

--to--

11:15AM

Play Date at the Library

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Bring your little ones and warm up! Kids through age 6 and their caregivers can build friendships while enjoying the library's, toys, games, puzzles, play kitchen and more.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
5
11:15AM

--to--

11:45AM

Toddler Time

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Storytime is a great way to encourage a love of reading. Toddlers and their parents or caregivers are invited to join us for stories, nursery rhymes, fingerplays, and more! For ages 2 1/2 and up.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
6
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Quiet Room at Rochdale Village

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Come join us for a quiet space to surf the web, study, or catch up on some research work. Laptops and printing are available.


Jan
8
11:00AM

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1:00PM

Cancer Information Table

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Community Outreach Representatives from NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens Hospital will be on site to answer questions about cancer, cancer prevention and where you can obtain a cancer screening, regardless of insurance or immigration status. Stop by their table to get all your questions answered.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
8
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Motivational Monday

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Motivational Monday is a series of Monday programs designed to help you stick with your New Years Resolution. Each week will focus on a specific resolution.

1/8: DIY face masks
1/22: Budgeting
1/29: Planning

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

Additional Dates


Jan
8
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Job Readiness Drop-In Hours

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

If you need help with your resume, cover letter, or how to search for a job. Come to the Job Readiness Drop-In Hours for assistance on these topics, and more! For further information, visit the Rochdale Village Adult Learning Center, or call 718-723-7662.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
9
1:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Case Management Services

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Come visit a case manager and learn what services you may qualify for! We offer assistance with employment, housing, healthcare, immigration, social services, education, and finances. We also refer to partner organizations for additional services. Case management is available on a walk-in basis, but we may be able to assist you best if you schedule an appointment in advance! For further information, visit the Rochdale Village Adult Learning Center or call 917-436-7379

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

Additional Dates


Jan
9
1:30PM

--to--

2:30PM

Typing Tuesdays!

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 7 openings

Learn how to type accurately and effectively or just brush up on your typing skills, using self-paced software. Laptops and headphones will be provided. Registration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
11
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Spelling Bee Practice

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Practice your spelling skills in preparation for the Rochdale Village Spelling Bee. For grades 3-6.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
13
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Super Cinema Saturday

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Please come sit back and enjoy a great feature film in the comfort of Rochdale Village's program room. Come be entertained by the magic of the movies!

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

Additional Dates


Jan
16
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Healthy Living, Healthy You!

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Happy 2018! Start your year on a positive, and healthy note. From nutritious snacking to heart health tips, this program is just for you.


Jan
18
5:00PM

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6:30PM

Travel Thursday!

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

Join us for an interactive, hands-on experience! Learn how to search the Internet for online travel deals and how to successfully book a flight or vacation.


Jan
18
7:00PM

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8:00PM

DIY Hair Products

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

Learn to make your own luxurious hair and scalp products using all natural ingredients. Register online or by calling Queens Library @ Rochdale Village 718-723-4440.


Jan
20
11:00AM

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11:45AM

Winter Storytime

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Come to the Rochdale Village Library to enjoy a family friendly storytime for all ages! Enjoy stories and songs, plus an indoor "snowball fight."


Jan
22
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Book Discussion: Personal Experiences & Political Opinions

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Discuss the books: "We Should All Be Feminists", by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie & "Between the World and Me", by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Participants may choose to read just one or both titles. We will discuss


Jan
25
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Spelling Bee

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Children in grades 3-6 are invited to test their spelling skills in the Rochdale Village Spelling Bee! The winnners of this contest will go on to Central Library to compete against winning students from all over Queens.


Jan
26
10:15AM

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12:00PM

Drop-In Creative Play

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Looking for a safe, indoor enclosed place for your child to run around and explore? Meet other children and caregivers while enjoying unstructured, child-directed imaginative play. We will be enjoying the library meeting room with its toy kitchen, toy shopping cart, ride-on toys, building blocks and more!


Jan
27
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Poetry Circle

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

A discussion group to read and offer close readings of a different iconic American poet's work each month. This January we will read Gwendolyn Brooks.


Feb
5
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Rochdale Village "Who Was...?" Biography Book Club

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Do you enjoy the "Who Was...." biography series? Read a biography of your choice. At the book discussion, we'll play 20 questions to guess your famous person. Come in and pick up a copy!

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

Additional Dates


Feb
5
6:15PM

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7:45PM

Documentary: Africa's Great Civilizations

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Three-part viewing of the landmark series "Africa's Great Civilizations". Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a new look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century. Journey through 2000 years of history, from the origins, on the African continent, of art, writing and civilization itself, through the millennia in which Africa and Africans shaped their own rich civilizations and also the wider world. Registration not required. Light refreshments served.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
8
6:15PM

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7:45PM

Black Heritage using Ancestry.com Library Edition

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

Explore black heritage and your ancestry through the resources of Ancestry.com Library Edition. Register online or by calling Queens Library @ Rochdale Village 718-723-4440. Space limited.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
9
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Glass Painting with Love: A Valentines Day Theme

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

Join us for a fun filled session of glass painting, with a Valentines Day theme.
Glassware and materials will be provided. Preregistration is required.


Feb
10
11:00AM

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11:45AM

Pigeon Party! Storytime

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us for a fun-filled storytime to celebrate the birthday of Mo Willems, author and illustrator of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus; Knuffle Bunny; the Elephant and Piggie series and more. We'll be reading some funny books, drawing some famous characters and creating some memorable moments!

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

Additional Dates


Feb
10
1:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

"Pre-K for All" Parent Information Session

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

Registration for Pre-Kindergarten begins February 5, 2018. Rachael Walton, Queens Outreach Manager for NYC DOE's "Pre-K for All" Initiative, will lead an information workshop covering Pre-K school options, the application process and additional information resources. Parents are encouraged to bring their little ones to participate in a special Story Time with Ms. Beth during the information session. Registration preferred.


Feb
15
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Black History Bingo

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us as we celebrate Black History Month. Learn about prominent African Americans while enjoying a game of bingo and competing for fun prizes!

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

Additional Dates


Feb
16
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Lunar New Year: Year of the Dog

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

From new moons to fireworks, and lanterns to smiles, let the Lunar New Year Shine bright with Asian music, stories, crafts and your library friends and families. Children and their families will make special decorations to welcome in the Chinese New Year just like "The Year of the Dog" and "Bringing in the New Year."


Feb
17
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Poetry Circle/Open Mic

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join our group to read and discuss poetry. We will also be offering an open mic for those who wish to share poetry of their own.


Feb
17
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Black History Trivia

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Find out how "woke" you really are by testing your knowledge of important people, places and events in American history. Prizes will be awarded.


Feb
21
11:00AM

--to--

5:00PM

Save Money, E-File Your Taxes for Free

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

If your income is under $66,000, you qualify to receive free online tax return filing assistance. Volunteers from the New York State Tax Department will guide you through tax preparation software available on their website as you learn how to prepare and e-file your federal and state income tax returns at no cost. Volunteers will be available that speak English.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
22
6:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Linkedin

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Are you looking to upgrade your job search? Find out how LinkedIn can help you!

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

Additional Dates


Feb
23
2:00PM

--to--

3:15PM

Art Lecture: Great Migration Series, by Jacob Lawrence

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us for an interactive art lecture about the era in United States history known as the "Great Migration". “The Migration Series”, a collection of paintings by Jacob Lawrence, will be our visual guide to the experiences of 6 million African-Americans as they resettle in the North. Registration not required. Families welcome.


Feb
26
6:30PM

--to--

8:00PM

Book Discussion: "Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi

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

Discuss the book "Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi. The story follows the parallel paths of sisters and their descendants: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem.


Mar
19
11:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Steps to Health: Healthy Eating and Fitness

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Come discuss ways to be healthier! Space is limited! First come, first served.
Presenter: Merryl Reichbach, LCSW, Program Manager for SHAREing and CAREing, Cancer Support Services


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 354
126-10 Bedell Street
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-1648
fax: (718) 276-2498
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) 558-2900
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@nyassembly.gov
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