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Rochdale Village

Chess Club

Children and teens can come to learn and improve their knowledge of chess.

Dec 17 @ 3:30 PM

Chess Club

Children and teens can come to learn and improve their knowledge of chess.

Jan 7 @ 3:30 PM, Jan 14 @ 3:30 PM, Jan 28 @ 3:30 PM, Feb 4 @ 3:30 PM, Feb 11 @ 3:30 PM

Crafty Tuesday: Clothespin and Button Race Cars

Join us after school to create your own clothespin car! These little cars are fun to wheel across the floor or roll down a homemade ramp. Personalize your car with paint, markers, stickers, and more. Consider bringing your car back to the library on Friday, 1/18 for our "toy car balloon racers" event.

Jan 8 @ 3:30 PM

Escape the Room!

You have an hour to escape a locked room, using only your wits! Can you do it? Come find out! This is an escape room game for teens, tweens, and families. You and up to 25 others will need to solve the clues to unlock the box.

Jan 26 @ 1:00 PM

Crafty Tuesday: Beaded Gecko Keychain

Join us after school to create your own beaded gecko keychain.

Jan 29 @ 3:30 PM

Take Your Child to the Library Day! with a Pigeon Party! Storytime

Take Your Child to the Library Day (TYCLD) is an international initiative that encourages families everywhere to take their children to their local library. 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" ...

Feb 2 @ 2:30 PM

Dec
13
6:00PM

--to--

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!


Dec
13
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Bingo Night & Friends of the Library Open House

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Come in from the cold for a good time, great prizes, and hot chocolate! Bingo Night is sponsored by Friends of the Rochdale Village Adult Learning Center. We fundraise, volunteer, advocate, and work to make the library even more valuable to the community. Learn more about us and how to join between rounds! Registration not required.


Dec
14
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Fun Friday

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

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

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

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Dec
15
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Mother Goose Time

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

In this 30-minute program, infants and toddlers enjoy bouncing rhymes, puppets, and free play with our toys and puzzles. An adult must accompany the child.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
15
11:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Toddler Time

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

It's Toddler Time! Join us for stories, rhymes, and songs for toddlers.


Dec
17
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


Dec
17
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Chess Club

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Children and teens can come to learn and improve their knowledge of chess.


Dec
17
5:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Holiday Movie Magic

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Happy Holidays, Rochdale Village! During the month of December we will be showing holiday movies featuring the many holidays of the season! Families are welcome to join us in our meeting room to see a childhood classic or a new favorite!
12/1 - A Rugrats Hannukah
12/8 - Home Alone
12/10 - A Charlie Brown Christmas
12/17 - A Muppet Christmas Carol
12/22 - How the Grinch Stole Christmas
12/26 - The Proud Family - Seven Days of Kwanzaa

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

Additional Dates


Dec
18
1:00PM

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2:30PM

Holiday Virtual Shopping

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

Join us for a fun and interactive online shopping experience! Online shopping is a convenient way to buy almost anything from the comfort of your home. While there are some risks with shopping online, there are also many ways to protect yourself and your financial information. Learn more about staying safe when shopping online in these very informative hands-on sessions.


Dec
18
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.
12/4 It’s time for Kind: Kindness Cards
12/11 Popsicle Stick Glitter Snowflakes
12/18 Winter Yarn Crafts


Dec
20
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Adult Book Discussion: "Crazy Rich Asians" by Kevin Kwan and movie

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Come to Rochdale Village to discuss "Crazy Rich Asians." There will be a discussion and a movie showing. Movie is rated PG-13.


Dec
21
3:30PM

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4:30PM

It's Time for Kind: Kids' Box Challenge Celebration

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Come join library staff and your friends to perform random acts of kindness in the library every Friday in November and December! For more It’s Time for Kind programming, visit queenslib.org/itstimeforkind2018.


Dec
22
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Vision Boards

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Do you have a 'vision' for the New Year? Come to our vision boards program and make it happen!


Dec
28
1:30PM

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2:30PM

It is Rocket Science a STEM workshop for Children

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

An interactive workshop that explores rocketry basics and scientific concepts such as Newton's laws of motion through various crafts and activities.


Dec
29
2:00PM

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3:00PM

STEAM Activity

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Bring your child to this craft/activity so that they can learn about the above subjects while having fun. Recommended for children ages 6 and up.


Dec
31
11:15AM

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12:15PM

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 2019. 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 Monday, December 31, from 11:15 am to noon at the Rochdale Village Library.


Jan
3
6:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Thursday Night Bingo

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us for a rousing game of Bingo! Come for the bragging rights, making new friends, or simply for the love of the game. This program is for teens and adults, but children over the age of eight are welcome to join if escorted by parent or guardian.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
4
10:30AM

--to--

11:00AM

Storytime

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us for toddler storytime! Children ages 18 months to 3 years with a parent/adult caregiver may join us for stories, songs, nursery rhymes, and other activities.

Registration is not required.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
4
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

STEAM Friday: Astronomy

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Let off a little S.T.E.A.M. on Friday! Children are welcome to participate in a S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) activity. This week we will be learning about astronomy and will make our own constellations.

No registration required!


Jan
7
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Chess Club

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Children and teens can come to learn and improve their knowledge of chess.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
8
1:00PM

--to--

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.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
8
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Crafty Tuesday: Clothespin and Button Race Cars

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us after school to create your own clothespin car! These little cars are fun to wheel across the floor or roll down a homemade ramp. Personalize your car with paint, markers, stickers, and more. Consider bringing your car back to the library on Friday, 1/18 for our "toy car balloon racers" event.


Jan
10
5:30PM

--to--

7:00PM

Language Learning Lab @ Rochdale Village

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

Learn 120+ languages using self-paced learning software. Laptops and headphones will be provided. You must have basic knowledge of navigating the Internet and using the keyboard and mouse.
Preregistration is required. Please bring your library card.


Jan
11
4:00PM

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5:00PM

STEAM Friday: Rocket Launchers

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Let off a little S.T.E.A.M. on Friday! Children are welcome to participate in a S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) activity!

This week we will be learning about ROCKETS and will be creating our own rocket launchers!

No registration required!


Jan
12
1:00PM

--to--

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


Jan
12
1:30PM

--to--

2:30PM

Spelling Bee Practice

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Practice your spelling skills in preparation for the Rochdale Village spelling bee for grades 3-8. Then consider competing in our three spelling bees in February! (grades 3/4; grades 5/6; and grades 7/8)

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

Additional Dates


Jan
12
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Stuffed Animal Sleepover Storytime

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Do you have a favorite stuffed animal? Bring them to the library! Join us for our Stuffed Animal Sleepover Storytime, Saturday, January 12 at 3:30 pm. We'll read a few stories and do a craft or two. Then you'll tuck your friend in and leave your animal overnight at the library. You'll need to pick up your stuffed animal up during the week. You'll get a photo of what your animal and their new friends did at the library.


Jan
15
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Party

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 90th birthday! We'll read "My Brother Martin." Christine King Farris describes what it was like growing up as a child with her brother M.L. Afterwards we'll have a celebration and children will make Martin Luther King, Jr. bookmarks filled with his inspiring quotes of peace.


Jan
16
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Martin Luther King, Jr. Storytime

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Listen to a Martin Luther King, Jr. story and do a fun craft to celebrate MLK's 90th birthday!


Jan
18
4:00PM

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5:00PM

STEAM Friday: Toy Car Balloon Racers

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Let off a little S.T.E.A.M. on Friday! Children are welcome to participate in a S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) activity.

No registration required!


Jan
19
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

President Obama's Inaugural Anniversary

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us in celebrating President Barack Obama's inauguration anniversary. We'll laugh, we'll cry, and we'll pay tribute to America's first black president.


Jan
19
3:00PM

--to--

4:30PM

Jazzy Adult Coloring @ Rochdale Village

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Please join us for a jazzy fun-filled adult coloring session. Materials provided.


Jan
22
4:00PM

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5:00PM

How to Play Spades: Teen Edition

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Are you tired of being left out of the spades game at family gatherings? Do you wish to have someone teach you the actual rules of the game (not the rules your uncle made up on the spot)? Here's your chance! Come learn the basics of spades with us; you'll thank us later!


Jan
24
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Open Mic for Jokes for Belly Laugh Day!

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Open mic is for all performers of jokes and riddles to take the mic for two minutes. Performers will sign up with the library staff with their joke or riddle and will be called up in a random order. Spectators are also welcome. What has a million stories but cannot tell them? Find out at the open mic.


Jan
25
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

STEAM Friday: Build a Bridge for 21 Elephants!

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Let off a little S.T.E.A.M. on Friday! Children are welcome to participate in a S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) activity!

This week we will be learning about BUILDING BRIDGES!

No registration required!


Jan
26
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Escape the Room!

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

You have an hour to escape a locked room, using only your wits! Can you do it? Come find out! This is an escape room game for teens, tweens, and families. You and up to 25 others will need to solve the clues to unlock the box.


Jan
28
6:30PM

--to--

8:00PM

Adult Book Discussion

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

The last Monday of each month we're serving up hot coffee and thought-provoking conversation. Pick up a copy of this month's read at Rochdale Village Library.

January: "An American Marriage" by Tayari Jones
February: "Becoming" by Michelle Obama
March: "Delicious Foods" by James Hannaham
April: "So You Want To Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo
May: "How Long 'Til Black Future Month?" by N.K. Jemisin
June: "A More Beautiful and Terrible History" by Jeanne Theoharis


Jan
29
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Crafty Tuesday: Beaded Gecko Keychain

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us after school to create your own beaded gecko keychain.


Feb
2
2:30PM

--to--

3:30PM

Take Your Child to the Library Day! with a Pigeon Party! Storytime

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Take Your Child to the Library Day (TYCLD) is an international initiative that encourages families everywhere to take their children to their local library. 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!


Feb
4
6:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Black History Jeopardy

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Come to our Black History Jeopardy and show us what you know about black history. There will also be an added "Name That Tune" section.


Feb
6
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Year of the Pig: Lunar New Year Puppet Show

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us as we celebrate the Lunar New Year! In honor of the year of the pig (the twelfth of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac), we will be enjoying a puppet show based on Mo Willems' Elephant and Piggie books.


Feb
8
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Presidents' Day Storytime

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Babies and toddlers are invited to a Presidents' Day storytime and to complete a related activity. Find out which president's birthday is closest to yours!


Feb
8
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Presidents' Day Fun

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Did you know that John Adams was the first American president to live in the White House? Join us for some fun and games about our presidents!


Feb
12
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Crafty Tuesday: Valentine's Day Craft

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Valentine's Day is approaching! Join us to make a hands-on craft to share with your valentine!


Feb
13
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

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!


Feb
16
2:00PM

--to--

3:30PM

Spelling Bee

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Children in grades 3-8 are invited to test their spelling skills in the Rochdale Village spelling bee! Winners from each category will go on to the Central Library to compete against winning students from all over Queens.
2:00 pm Grades 3/4
2:30 pm Grades 5/6
3:00 pm Grades 7/8


Feb
19
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Crafty Tuesday: "I Spy Page"

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Do you like "I Spy" books or search and find puzzles? Join us to create your own "I Spy" page. We'll supply the materials; you supply the creativity. After the program, we will turn our pages into our own Rochdale Village "I Spy" book.


Feb
20
2:00PM

--to--

3:30PM

Coding Challenges

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Kids learn about coding! Join us for a session for school-age children with coding challenges using Scratch. Space is limited based on the number of laptops, so please arrive early for this vacation program!


Feb
21
4:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Black History Bingo for Families

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! Drop in any time between 4 pm and 7 pm on 2/21.


Feb
22
10:30AM

--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. Siblings are always welcome! Note: This program is during the February school recess.


Feb
25
6:30PM

--to--

8:00PM

Adult Book Discussion

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

The last Monday of each month we're serving up hot coffee and thought-provoking conversation. Pick up a copy of this month's read at Rochdale Village Library.

February: "Becoming" by Michelle Obama
March: "Delicious Foods" by James Hannaham
April: "So You Want To Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo
May: "How Long 'Til Black Future Month?" by N.K. Jemisin
June: "A More Beautiful and Terrible History" by Jeanne Theoharis


Feb
26
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Crafty Tuesday: Movable Origami

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

We'll be using origami (paper folding) to make action models. Action origami models are unique in that they move. Models may include a blinking eye, a boat, a camera, a jumping frog, and more!


Mar
25
6:30PM

--to--

8:00PM

Adult Book Discussion

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

The last Monday of each month we're serving up hot coffee and thought-provoking conversation. Pick up a copy of this month's read at Rochdale Village Library.
March: "Delicious Foods" by James Hannaham
April: "So You Want To Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo
May: "How Long 'Til Black Future Month?" by N.K. Jemisin
June: "A More Beautiful and Terrible History" by Jeanne Theoharis


Apr
29
6:00PM

--to--

7:30PM

Adult Book Discussion

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

The last Monday of each month we're serving up hot coffee and thought-provoking conversation. Pick up a copy of this month's read at Rochdale Village Library.
April: "So You Want To Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo
May: "How Long 'Til Black Future Month?" by N.K. Jemisin
June: "A More Beautiful and Terrible History" by Jeanne Theoharis


May
1
12:00PM

--to--

1:00PM

Welcome to NYC: Adapting to Life in Queens and the USA

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Participants will have a chance to ask questions and receive useful tips from a native New Yorker and discuss what it’s like to navigate a new culture and city as an adult. We will learn strategies for coping with homesickness, culture shock, and everything in between.
Presenter: Merryl Reichbach, LCSW, Program Manager of SHAREing and CAREing


May
20
6:30PM

--to--

8:00PM

Adult Book Discussion

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

The last Monday of each month we're serving up hot coffee and thought-provoking conversation. Pick up a copy of this month's read at Rochdale Village Library.
May: "How Long 'Til Black Future Month?" by N.K. Jemisin
June: "A More Beautiful and Terrible History" by Jeanne Theoharis


Jun
24
6:30PM

--to--

8:00PM

Adult Book Discussion

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

The last Monday of each month we're serving up hot coffee and thought-provoking conversation. Pick up a copy of this month's read at Rochdale Village Library.
June: "A More Beautiful and Terrible History" by Jeanne Theoharis


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
District Office Address 165-46 Baisley Boulevard
Jamaica NY, 11434
phone: 718-723-0680
fax:
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