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ShapeUp NYC: Cardio Sculpt for Adults

Virginia Dominquez teaches a mix of dance fitness, low-impact strength training and stretching exercises to relieve stress. Space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Oct 27 @ 6:00 PM, Nov 3 @ 6:00 PM, Nov 10 @ 6:00 PM, Nov 17 @ 6:00 PM, Nov 24 @ 6:00 PM

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Learn how you can use social media site Facebook to stay in touch with loved ones, keep up with the news and leverage your network for your job search. We will help you set up a Facebook account and answer questions about it. Basic computer knowledge, Internet skills and a valid email account are required. Preregister online at ...

Nov 20 @ 11:00 AM

Oct
23
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to the Internet

Location: Seaside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

After this workshop, you will have the basic skills to begin to navigate the Internet. Topics covered include terminology, using a web browser, the basic structure of a website, search engines and Internet safety. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Class code CC110


Oct
23
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Beginners' PowerPoint

Location: Seaside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 9 openings

Create awesome presentations and slideshows with PowerPoint 2010. Topics covered will include creating and editing slides, changing the design and colors, inserting pictures and illustrations, and presenting your slide show. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required. Class code CC190


Oct
23
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Science Fun

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Explore science and perform fun experiments in an exciting program for children ages 6-12!


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Oct
24
3:30PM

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5:00PM

Board Games and Coloring Time

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Children and teens are invited to color and play board games at the library.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
27
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Lego Building Club

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Children of all ages build fine motor skills while having fun playing with Legos and blocks.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
27
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Chess Club

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Play chess every Monday! All ages and levels are welcome.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
27
6:00PM

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7:00PM

ShapeUp NYC: Cardio Sculpt for Adults

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Virginia Dominquez teaches a mix of dance fitness, low-impact strength training and stretching exercises to relieve stress. 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


Oct
28
4:00PM

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5:00PM

"Find the Feeling" Story Hour

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Reading books with children helps them grow up smart! During this story hour with Safe Space's Seen and Heard program, children age 6 and under and their parents or caregivers will enjoy stories that highlight common feelings and encourage children to express and understand their emotions.


Oct
30
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Email

Location: Seaside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

In this introductory workshop, you will learn how to create an email account, log on, navigate your email account, send and receive messages, and attach documents. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Class code CC120


Oct
30
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Halloween Celebration

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Celebrate Halloween with crafts, books and refreshments, and don't forget to wear your costume!


Nov
4
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Hao Bang Ah, Horse! A Hand Puppet Show

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Enjoy this hand puppet vignettes with Chinese Theatre Works.
For ages 6 to 12.


Nov
6
11:00AM

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1:00PM

Intermediate Excel

Location: Seaside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 9 openings

Improve your productivity and boost your basic knowledge of Excel. Topics covered include; a review of the basics, creating and manipulating tables, and using formulas and functions. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills and knowledge of excel are required. Class Code: CC210


Nov
6
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Jewelry-Making

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Teens learn to make beautiful jewelry. Materials will be provided.


Nov
10
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Guided Meditation

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Guided meditation calms the mind and relaxes the body. People who practice meditation regularly experience reduced levels of stress and an increased sense of inner peace and well-being. Our instructor will help you focus on quieting your mind and making positive mental changes.


Nov
13
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Computers

Location: Seaside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

After this workshop, you will be able to navigate a computer and begin to take advantage of everything computers have to offer. Topics covered include computer terminology, using the mouse and touchpad, basic keyboarding skills and how to navigate computer folders, files and programs in a Windows environment. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-634-1876. This is an introductory computer class; prior computer skills are not required. Class code CC100


Nov
13
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Beginners Word

Location: Seaside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

Make your documents stand out with Microsoft Word. In this beginners class, you will learn how to create and save Word documents; format and edit text; copy, cut, and paste items; and use the basic functions and commands of Word. Basic computer skills required. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-634-1876. Class code: CC170


Nov
17
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Steer Clear of Stress

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Representatives of Visiting Nurse Service of New York will discuss techniques for dealing with everyday stress.


Nov
18
4:00PM

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5:00PM

The Mr. Chris Musical Experience

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Learning is fun when fun is learning. It’s time to think and get your brain wheels turning. Check out the show you just can’t miss: A Musical Experience with Mr. Chris! Children ages 6-12 will enjoy movement, storytelling, puppetry, comedy and hip hop musical theater.


Nov
20
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Facebook

Location: Seaside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

Learn how you can use social media site Facebook to stay in touch with loved ones, keep up with the news and leverage your network for your job search. We will help you set up a Facebook account and answer questions about it. Basic computer knowledge, Internet skills and a valid email account are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Class code CC130.


Nov
20
12:00PM

--to--

1:00PM

Beginners PowerPoint

Location: Seaside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

Create awesome presentations and slideshows with PowerPoint 2010. Topics covered will include; creating and editing slides, changing the design and colors, inserting pictures and illustrations, and presenting your slide show. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required. Class Code: CC190


Nov
20
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Community Art Project with Materials for the Arts

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Teaching artists bring a variety of sustainable materials to your library which will be used to create a great art projects. Open to children and their families.


Nov
25
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Interactive Comedy Magician Seth Dale Presents: Behind the Magic!

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Seth Dale presents a high energy interactive comedy magic show for children ages 6-12, after which an "All Access Pass" lets everyone in on the secrets of a fun magic trick.


Dec
3
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Holiday Wreath Workshop with Yvette Powell

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

Have you ever wondered how florists turn a few leaves and blossoms into a beautiful floral arrangement? Find out how at this hands-on workshop for children ages 7-12, where by the end of the afternoon you will have learned new skills and created a beautiful holiday wreath to take home!


Dec
4
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Jami the Therapy Dog

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

This is kids' chance to meet Jami the Therapy Dog. They will also learn about animal therapy in general.


Dec
16
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Self-Defense for Girls

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

This workshop for girls ages 12-18, presented by the Hit Like a Girl Project, founded by Master Barry Cuda Yedwabnick, teaches self-defense, anti-bullying techniques and personal empowerment skills. All participants must execute a release form, signed by a parent or legal guardian if the participant is under age 18.


Dec
17
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Season of Light: An Art Workshop for Children

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-12 will design an original, one-of -a kind holiday ornament inspired by Chanukah, Kwanzaa or Christmas.


Dec
18
4:00PM

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4:45PM

Dragons and Dreams with Sciencetellers

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6 to 12 will learn about the science of fire and ice in this spectacular adventure about a world where dragons are real and dreams come true—and only the daring survive to tell the tale!


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

 


What does a Friends Group do?

Friends of Library - Seaside Chapter. Contact Community Library Manager at (718) 634-1876 or Office of Government and Community Affairs (GCA) at (718) 990-0817 if you are interested in joining.


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. Phillip Goldfeder
GoldfederP@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 214 Beach 96th Street
Rockaway Beach NY, 11693
phone: (718) 945-9550
fax: (718) 945-9549
Albany Office LOB, Room 834
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., 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

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