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This Weekend at Queens Library

Join us this weekend for the Glen Oaks Spring Festival, a Haitian Flag Day Concert with Bohio Music, our special events in honor of Armed Forces Day, writing workshops, our Open Mic for Poets with Jody-Ann Buckle, a Trap-Neuter-Return workshop, art classes, music, movies, and much more. We hope to see you ...

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Drag Queen Story Hour At The Library!

We hope you will join us at several community libraries for Drag Queen Story Hour, a unique storytime for children ages 3-8 that raises awareness of gender diversity, promotes self-acceptance, and builds empathy through an enjoyable literary experience.

Created by Michelle Tea and RADAR Productions in San Francisco, DQSH now ...

Jewish American Heritage Month!

Celebrate Jewish American culture with us this May at our festival at Forest Hills Library!

Our special events will include music, singing, and old-time comedy acts straight out of vaudeville, with the most talented performers around town—featuring special guest star Mitzi Manna, international star of the ...

Now is a Great Time to Support the Queens Library!

Spring is an exciting time of growth and renewal—and a great time to give to the Queens Library Foundation!

The thousands of programs we offer are made possible by the generous support of donors like you.

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Mental Health Awareness Month at Queens Library

Mental health challenges impact people across all demographics of society. This May, for Mental Health Awareness Month, we’re bringing you programming to both help you take care of your own mental health and teach you how to help someone else in crisis.

From programs on stress and self-care to information about the ...

Comment on Our FY2019 Budget

Queens Library is preparing its operating budget for Fiscal Year 2019, and we'd like you to share your thoughts. Your comments online and by mail are welcome through Sunday, May 20.

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May
21
1:15PM

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2:00PM

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


May
21
6:00PM

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7:30PM

African-American History Book Talks

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Come learn about new books and delve into discussions about African-American history. Participants are asked to bring in a fiction or non-fiction book related to the month’s topic and share with the group. Meets the third Monday of each month. Register online or by calling the library @ 718-723-4440.

Topics:
3/19 - Slavery in the U.S. until 1865
4/16 - Post-slavery period until FDR
5/21 - The Harlem Renaissance


May
22
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.

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May
22
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Crafty Tuesday

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Get creative at the library. Join us on Tuesdays for simple and fun crafts for school-age kids. Registration is not required.

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

Additional Dates


May
22
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Girls' Book Club

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Girls ages 9 through 12 are invited to our second session of Rochdale Village's Girls' Book Club. This month we are reading Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie. You'll have fun, meet new people, discuss the book, and make suggestions for the next meeting. Books are available at the circulation desk.


May
23
1:00PM

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5:00PM

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


May
24
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Music Trivia

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Do you know your music? Who wrote your favorite songs? Step up and come to our music trivia!


May
25
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Let's Color And Chat: An Adult Coloring Session

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

Join us for an adult chat and color session. Light refreshments welcome.

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

Additional Dates


May
26
11:30AM

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1:30PM

ESOL Job Search Training

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

This program is geared towards high intermediate and advanced English language learners seeking to enter the job market. The curriculum is focused on helping students understand different types of marketable skills as well as develop vocabulary associated with these skills. The classes are also integrated with a technology component that prepares students for the 21st century workforce.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
2
10:30AM

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12:30PM

CISTA Girls: Leading the Way to Save Our Planet

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Be a volunteer and help save our planet for future generations! Have fun participating in beach clean-ups, presentations, planting trees, panel discussions on TV shows, art shows and more. Teenage girls and boys are encouraged to attend. Preregistration is not required.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
4
5:30PM

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7:30PM

Compost Mania

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

This day is all about compost - how it's made and used. Find out why recycling food scraps and yard waste creates a more sustainable urban environment! Master composter James E. Bressant, Jr. guides you through the process and purpose of composting with an interactive presentation. Master composters are certified by the NYC Department of Sanitation in soil and decomposition science and sustaining green urban spaces. Registration not required.


Jun
5
1:30PM

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2:30PM

Typing Lab 101

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 4 openings

In this typing lab session, learn how to type or refresh your typing skills, speed, and accuracy.
Laptops and headphones provided.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
6
10:45AM

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11:45AM

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


Jun
7
1:30PM

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3:00PM

Managing Depression

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

PEARLS by Visiting Nurse Service of New York. Do you know of a senior who seems sad all the time, lost interest in things they used to love, or is having trouble sleeping or loss of appetite? Feeling sad or blue from time to time is normal, but it should fade away after a few days. The Visiting Nurse Services of New York offers free screenings for participation in their new program called PEARLS. You must be 65 or older and live in Queens or Manhattan.


Jun
7
6:00PM

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7:00PM

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.


Jun
8
3:30PM

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5:30PM

"Where's Your Focus? Present and Future!" A Focus Board Session for Young Men

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Please join us for a fun-filled, hands-on focus board session.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
11
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Adult Book Discussion: "When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir"

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Come to Rochdale Village to discuss "When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir" by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Banadele. We want to know what you think of the book!


Jun
14
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!


Jun
14
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Crafting Circle

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Do you have a crafting project you've wanted to finish? Come to the Rochdale Village to craft and chat!


Jun
16
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Queens Library & Sciencetellers Rock with the Wild West: "The Mystery of the Golden Piano"

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Throughout this absolutely wild adventure story, volunteers from the audience will help us explore the fascinating science behind chemical reactions, combustion, air pressure, inertia, and more. Don’t miss this classic action-packed western with ‘notes’ of science!


Jun
21
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Tech-Know Series @ Rochdale Village: Are You "Technically Involved"???

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

Are you technically involved in the evolution of the internet? Why or why not; what are your concerns? Let's chat about it.


Jun
25
6:30PM

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7:45PM

It's Just An Illusion!

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Do you believe in magic? Come to the library and see three great magicians baffle, bewilder, and entertain you. You will leave the show a believer.


Jun
27
1:00PM

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2:00PM

First Day of Free Summer Meals for Children and Teens

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Queens Library is honored to partner with the NYC Department of Education to provide an essential summer service — free lunches for kids and teens all summer long. Enrollment is not required. There is no cost. Meals will be provided Monday through Friday from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.


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. Adrienne E. Adams
AAdams@council.nyc.gov
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
NYS Senate
Hon. James Sanders, Jr.
Sanders@nysenate.gov
District Office Address 142-01 Rockaway Boulevard
South Ozone Park NY , 11436
phone: (718) 523-3069
fax: (718) 523-3670
Albany Office Room 508, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY , 12247
phone: 518-455-3531
fax: 518-426-0529
US Congress
Hon. Gregory W. Meeks

District Office 153-01 Jamaica Ave., Suite 204
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 725-6000
fax: (718) 725-9868
Legislative Office 2234 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20516
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