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Broken Heart Week: Meditation Mondays, Healing the Heart Chakra

Our hearts carry around heartbreaks and upsets from loves and losses. Some are big and some are small, but many of these losses block the flow of positive energy to this tender region. Come and sit with us in quiet meditation as we raise our vibrational frequency to receive love.
For all Broken Heart Week programs, visit ...

Feb 26 @ 1:00 PM

Feb
21
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Story & Craft

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Join us for a read aloud picture book time followed by a craft.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
22
4:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Seaside Library Film Festival - Black History Month

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Appealing to every taste and interest, the Seaside Film Festival consists of weekly screenings on Thursdays and Saturdays. All movies are shown free of charge in the meeting room, and everyone is welcome. As some films deal with adult thematic content, parents are urged to exercise judgment as necessary. This month's festival has a focus on Black History movies and documentaries.
For all Black History Month programs, visit http://queenslib.org/blkhistorymonth18


Feb
22
5:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Family Game Night

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Spend some quality time with your family playing old-fashioned board games! No screens, just bonding!

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

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Feb
23
10:30AM

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11:15AM

Babies & Books

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Meet up with other caregivers to explore the benefits of early learning and pre-literacy skills for babies. Read board books and learn new ways to bond with baby.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
23
11:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Learn About Library Resources Drop-in Workshop

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Did you know that you can access FREE e-books, music, streaming movies, and more with your library card?


Feb
24
11:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Shape Up NYC: Ultimate Cardio for Adults

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Instructor Gloria Fernandez leads this total body workout that incorporates techniques such as kicks and punches that move to a rapid pace. This fitness class is designed to promote cardiovascular fitness, strength, muscular endurance and flexibility using high energy and motivating music. Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers; bring a water bottle and towel. Space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
24
12:00PM

--to--

1:00PM

Seaside Writing Workshop

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Please join our creative writing workshop where we will submit original work for constructive peer critique and editing. We will also offer writing prompts and discuss techniques to encourage growth and creativity!


Feb
24
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Seaside Library Film Festival - Black History Month Documentary Saturdays

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Appealing to every taste and interest, the Seaside Film Festival consists of weekly screenings on Thursdays and Saturdays. All movies are shown free of charge in the meeting room, and everyone is welcome. As some films deal with adult thematic content, parents are urged to exercise judgment as necessary. This month's festival has a focus on Black History movies and documentaries.
For all Black History Month programs, visit http://queenslib.org/blkhistorymonth18


Feb
26
1:00PM

--to--

1:45PM

Broken Heart Week: Meditation Mondays, Healing the Heart Chakra

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Our hearts carry around heartbreaks and upsets from loves and losses. Some are big and some are small, but many of these losses block the flow of positive energy to this tender region. Come and sit with us in quiet meditation as we raise our vibrational frequency to receive love.
For all Broken Heart Week programs, visit http://queenslib.org/BHW18


Feb
26
5:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Chess Club

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Join us for Chess Club, where you can challenge your brain, make new friends, and have fun while learning critical thinking and problem-solving skills!


Feb
26
6:30PM

--to--

7:30PM

Book Club

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Join us to discuss "The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz. We will select the next upcoming titles at the meeting.


Feb
27
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Lego Club

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Build and create with Lego blocks! Ages 5 and up.


Feb
27
4:00PM

--to--

4:45PM

Faith Ringgold-Inspired Story Quilts

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Join us to make Faith Ringgold-inspired story quilts. For ages 5 and up.


Feb
28
10:30AM

--to--

11:00AM

Toddler Time

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Toddler story time with nursery rhymes, fingerplays, and songs! Ages 18-36 months accompanied by a caregiver.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
28
11:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Basic Computer Class

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Learn basic computer skills with hands-on practice and guidance from an instructor.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
3
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Urban Stages On Tour Presents Irish Dancing

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Patricia McManus, Irish dancer extraordinaire, leads this interactive presentation where participants will discover the joy of this classic style as she demonstrates Irish dance. Attendees can learn new steps and listen to Irish music. All ages are welcome!


Mar
6
4:00PM

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4:45PM

Paint & Create for Kids

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Children will explore and develop new visual arts skills using different media.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
10
12:00PM

--to--

1:00PM

Seaside Writing Workshop

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Please join our creative writing workshop where we will submit original work for constructive peer critique and editing. We will also offer writing prompts and discuss techniques to encourage growth and creativity!

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

Additional Dates


Apr
7
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Long Island Sound Performs Hits of the '50s and More

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Take a trip down memory lane with classic tunes by Johnny Mathis, Connie Francis, great Motown artists, and more.


May
10
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Healthy Homes

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Come learn from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene about:
-Lead poisoning and sources of lead
-How to control pests safely and
-How to prevent and get rid of bedbugs.
All are welcome. For more information, please call 646-623-6023.


Jun
28
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Queens Library Rocks! with Mr. Chris's Musical Experience

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Children will engage in a high energy and interactive show with Mr. Chris featuring music, song, and dance with an educational twist. Come kick off Summer Reading and pick out great books to read over the summer. For children 6-12. Space is limited.


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.

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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
School
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
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
THE ACTION CENTER,A.S.P #2 @ PS:225
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
phone:
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
ROCKAWAY PARK HIGH SCHOOL FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY (Q324)
100-00 BEACH CHANNEL DRIVE
Queens NY, 11694
phone: (718) 318-6170

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
WATERSIDE SCHOOL FOR LEADERSHIP (Q318)
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
 

School
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
EUlrich@council.nyc.gov
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. Stacey Pheffer Amato
AmatoS@nyassembly.gov
District Office 95-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Rockaway Beach NY, 11693
phone: (718) 945-9550
fax: (718) 945-9549
Albany Office LOB, Room 827
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4292
fax: (518) 455-4723
NYS Senate
Hon. Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.
Addabbo@nysenate.gov
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., 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

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

Sources:

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.

Website:www.rockawave.com