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Young Adult Literacy Program: Pre-Register Now!

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

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

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

Battle of the Bands Spotlights!

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

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

Summer Reading 2017: Build a Better World

Summer Reading at Queens Library begins Thursday, June 8.

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

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

Summer Poetry Contest 2017

Can you rhyme? Know what a haiku is?

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

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

Congratulations to Our NYC Neighborhood Library Awards Finalists!

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

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

Queens Library is for Everyone!

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

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

As the hub of every community across the ...

Video Visitation at Queens Library

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

Jun
28
10:30AM

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11:15AM

Storytime

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Children from birth to age 5 and their parent or caregiver are welcome to join us for stories, songs, playtime and lots of fun! Siblings are always welcome.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
29
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Crafty Thursday

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Get inspired at the library! Stay cool for a story followed by fun crafts. We’ll be working on individual projects like paper-folding, weaving, collage and puppet making. Plus we will be creating props for a life-sized “Candyland” game for the community to enjoy at the End of Summer Reading Celebration!


Jun
30
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Fix-It Friday

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Build friendships at the library while contributing your creative talents! Sample projects include a recycling game, painting, gardening, composting and a community cleanup. There will projects suited for all ages.

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

Additional Dates


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Jul
3
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Maker Monday

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join Rochdale Village Library for STEAM (Science, Technology, English, Art and Math) challenges this summer! During the course of the summer, we’ll build catapults, “Easter egg” rockets, slime, mazes, a solar oven, 3-D geometric shapes and more. There will be individual as well as team challenges. In addition, we’ll be building our own cardboard arcade, based on Caine's Arcade, http://cainesarcade.com/, that we’ll share with the library community.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
5
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Wordy Wednesday

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us each Wednesday to share a love of words. We’ll be starting a Book Buddies program where kids in grades 5 and up will read to younger kids. Join us as a reader or a listener! We’ll create bookmarks and cards for homebound Queens residents; act out stories; playing games like Scrabble, Bananagrams and Mad Libs.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
7
10:15AM

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10:45AM

Mother Goose

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Babies birth-24 months and their parents/caregivers are welcome to join us for bounces, nursery rhymes, stories and more!

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

Additional Dates


Jul
7
10:45AM

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11:15AM

Play Date at the Library

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Bring your little ones and cool off! 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


Jul
7
11:15AM

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11:45AM

Toddler Time

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Jul
11
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Techy Tuesday

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Free technology for all ages. Our youngest visitors will be introduced to Tumblebooks Library’s animated, talking picture books. School-age youngsters interested in learning more about Microsoft Office programs will learn about Word, PowerPoint and Publisher. You’ll have time to make a special invitation to a birthday party or great pool or create a slideshow about how you are enjoying your summer which you will be able to present at the end of the summer.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
17
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Google CS First: Game Design

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Online or by phone
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. If you wish to register, check availability for program date July 17, 2017
Availability: 9 openings

Rochdale Village is proud to host eight sessions of Google CS First. In this free series children will learn the basic of video games design through one-hour guided sessions and activities. Explore your abilities with a program that makes beginner game design easy! Recommended for older elementary age children.

Rochdale VillageTue, Jul 18, 20174:00PM - 5:00PM
Rochdale VillageWed, Jul 19, 20174:00PM - 5:00PM
Rochdale VillageThu, Jul 20, 20174:00PM - 5:00PM
Rochdale VillageMon, Jul 24, 20174:00PM - 5:00PM
Rochdale VillageTue, Jul 25, 20174:00PM - 5:00PM
Rochdale VillageWed, Jul 26, 20174:00PM - 5:00PM
Rochdale VillageThu, Jul 27, 20174:00PM - 5:00PM

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