It's #BookTuesday!

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

Our pick for #BookTuesday, November 24 is Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World by Bill Nye.

Just as World War II called an earlier generation to greatness, so the climate crisis is calling today's ...

The 7th Annual Langston Hughes Literary Arts Festival

The Langston Hughes Literary Arts Festival returns on Saturday, December 5. This year's festival is based on sharing stories and creating connections. Join us in celebrating writers and be inspired by the power of literature. 

Learn more about this year's great lineup of writers and register ...

A Saturday Afternoon with Route 9 Ensemble: Standards and Holiday Highlights

Route 9 Ensemble's core string quartet will delight music lovers of all ages with an exciting program featuring standard chamber music repertoire and holiday favorites. The quartet will perform *Schubert's Quartet No. 14 in D minor*, also known as *Death and the Maiden*, and Joan Tower's *Night Fields*, as well as selections ...

Nominate Your Library for the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards!

How does your library make your community a better place? Here's your chance to share your story and tell us how your neighborhood library has made a difference in your life!

The 3rd Annual NYC Neighborhood Library Awards are accepting nominations now through December 18. Nominate your ...

Join Us for our Giving Week Celebrations

#GivingTuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. 

Queens Library is celebrating ...

Make an Impact! Make an Year End Donation!

Invest in Our Library, Our Neighborhood and Our Future

Make an Year End Donation to Queens Library through the Buy A Book program.  For every $25 donation Queens Library can purchase a book and did you know that books at Queens Library are read by an average of 40 children. 

So Buy A Book Today! ...

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Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Seaside Community Library has:

  • 13 total public access computers
  • Including:
  • Five adult computers
  • Four Young adult computers
  • Four children's computers
  • Two computers with scanners
  • Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing


Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.









International Language Collections at the Seaside Community Library include:

  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Spanish


Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Seaside Community Library include:

  • Popular and literary fiction
  • DVDs, videos, audio books
  • Large print fiction


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
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
A Child’s Place/Joan Gallagher
141-07 Beach Channel Dr.
Belle Harbor NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-1160
Kidz Playhouse
127-10 Newport Ave
Belle Harbor NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-7270
190 Beach 110th St.
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 945-5218

Community Board
Queens Community Board 14
1931 Mott Ave. 1931 Mott Ave
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 471-7300

Community Organizations & Services
Graybeards, Ltd.
436 Beach 129 St.
Rockaway NY , 11694
Rockaway Artists Alliance, Inc.
260 Beach 116 St
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 474-0861
Rockaway Music and Arts Council, Inc.
PO Box 97
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693
phone: (718) 474-6760
Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways
253 Beach 116 St.
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-1300

Fire Department
Engine 268 Ladder 137
257 Beach 116 St.
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
Engine 329
402 Beach 169 St.
Fort Tilden NY , 11695

Local Hospitals
Peninsula Hospital Center
51-15 Beach Channel Dr.
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 734-2000
St. Johns Episcopal Hospital South Shore
327 Beach 19th St.
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 869-7000

Local Newspapers
The Wave
88-08 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693
phone: (718) 634-4000
Rockaway Point News, Inc.
PO Box 164
Ft. Tilden NY , 11695
phone: (718) 634-8730
fax: editor@rpnewsonline.com

Parks and Playgrounds
Gateway National Recreation Center
Beach 149 St., Beach Channel Drive, beach 169st
phone: (718) 318-4300
Fort Tilden Visitor Center
Beach 169 Street
Rockaway phone: (718) 318-4300
Breezy Point Tip
Beach 222 St., Rockaway Inlet
Atlantic Ocean
Rockaway Beach & Boardwalk
Beach 73 Street to Beach 109 Street
Rockaway Beach NY , 11694
Rockaway Park /Ocean Promenade
Beach 110 Street to Beach 126 Street
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
Rockaway Beach
Beach 126 Street to Beach 149 Street
Belle Harbor NY , 11694
Seaside Playground
Beach 109-110 Streets, Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Belle Harbor NY ,

Police Department
100th Precinct
92-42 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Rockaway Park NY , 11693
phone: (718) 318-4200

Post Office
Rockaway Park Post Office
113-25 Beach Channel Drive
Rockaway Park NY , 11694-8777
phone: (800) 275-8777

Private / Parochial Schools
St. Francis de Sales (Nursery-8)
219 Beach 129 St.
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-2775
Peninsula Preparatory Academy Charter School
111-11 Rockaway Beach BLVD
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
Yeshiva of Belle Harbor (N-5)
134-01 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Belle Harbor NY , 11694
phone: (718) 474-0045
Yeshiva Merkaz Hatorah of Belle Harbor (HS and Post HS)
505 Beach 129 Street
Belle Harbor NY , 11694
phone: (718) 474-3064

Public Elementary Schools
P.S. / M.S. 114 Belle Harbor (Q114)
134-01 Cronston Avenue
Rockaway Beach NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-3382
Waterside Children's Studio School (Q317)
190 Beach 110 St
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-1344

Public High Schools
Beach Channel High School
100-00 Beach Channel Dr.
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 945-6900
Channel View School for Research (Q262)
100-00 Beach Channel Drive
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-1970
Queens NY, 11694
phone: (718) 318-6170

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
3-20 Beach 104 St.
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-1128
Scholars' Academy Middle/High School
320 Beach 104th Street
Rockaway Park NY, 11694
phone: (718) 474-6918

Q318 Waterside School for leadership
1 90 Beach 110 St.
Rockaway Park NY, 11694

Senior Centers
JASA Rockaway Park Senior Center
106-20 Shorefront PKWY
Rockaway Park NY, 11694

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Eric Ulrich
District Office Address 93-06 101st Avenue
Ozone Park NY, 11416
phone: (718) 738-1083
fax: (718) 738-1918
Legislative Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1555
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-7069
NYS Assembly
Hon. Phillip Goldfeder
District Office 95-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Rockaway Beach NY, 11693
phone: (718) 945-9550
fax: (718) 945-9549
Albany Office LOB, Room 542
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4292
fax: (518) 455-4723
NYS Senate
Hon. Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.
District Office 159-53 102nd Street
Howard Beach NY, 11414
phone: (718) 738-1111
fax: (718) 322-5760
Albany Office Room 613, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2322
fax: (518) 426-6875
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
Hon. Bill de Blasio


The Rockaway peninsula, a barrier beach eleven miles long in southern Queens, includes the neighborhoods of Far Rockaway, Arverne, Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Park, Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, and Neponsit. The original inhabitants of the Rockaways were the Canarsie Indians. It is thought the name Rockaway is derived from “rechquarkie”, an Indian word with many spelling variants, which means “the place of our people”, or “the sand place”.

The Rockaways, along with Coney Island in Brooklyn, were long a favorite summer resort for New Yorkers, only declining in popularity after World War II. Considered a healthy place to get away from the dirt and heat of the city, people flocked to the beaches in the summer. There were once piers, pavilions by the water, grand hotels, large rooming houses, and colonies of beach cottages. Most cottages have disappeared, but some still are in use today, and in some areas there is attention to their preservation. The amusement park “Playland” opened in 1901 and enjoyed a heyday until it closed in 1986. The entire area has undergone many changes: enduring urban blight, seeing vigorous housing development, moving from being largely a resort area to a bedroom community.

In 1935, 30,000 to 36,000 people lived in Rockaway Beach. According to the U.S. Census, the largest immigrant groups were Irish, German, Russian, and Jewish. The population rose 25% between 1950 and 1959, including the addition of African-American residents. In 1998, the population of the Rockaways was almost 100,000. Today, the population of the community includes Polish, Hungarian, Hispanic, Chinese, Korean, and Arabic immigrants.

Its proximity to the mainland still draws thousands of summer visitors from the rest of the city to enjoy its beaches and sea air.

An article in the Rockaway Argus newspaper in 1930 refers to “numerous additions” to the “collection of books” at the first Seaside Branch, located at the north side of Beach Channel Drive. In her annual report for 1929, the children’s librarian refers to the many summer beachgoers coming to the library.

In April 1961, the Seaside Branch relocated as a “storefront library” on the ground floor of the Pioneer Hotel at 184 Beach 116th Street. Open House was held during National Library Week. There were 52,000 books in its collection. Harold Tucker was Chief Librarian of QBPL. That branch closed in January 1977 while construction continued on the present branch at 116-15 Rockaway Beach Blvd. The staff moved to the Peninsula Branch until the new Seaside Branch was completed and opened in 1979.

In 2010 the Seaside Library was renovated. The renovation included new furniture, interior changes, self check out, RFID technology, a Young Adult area, and more public computers


Seyfried, Vincent and William Asadorian. Old Rockaway, New York in Early Photographs, Dover, 2000

Bellot, Alfred H. History of the Rockaways from 1685 to 1917, Bellot’s Histories, Far Rockaway, NY, c1918.

The Wave, Wave Publishing Co., Rockaway Beach, NY.

Rockaway Argus, Rockaway Beach, NY.

Annual Reports, Seaside Branch. Long Island Division, Queens Library.