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South Jamaica

ShapeUp NYC: Cardio Sculpt for Adults

Instructor Saunique Gee combines fast-paced cardio conditioning with classic strength movements to keep your heart rate up, burn fat and build lean muscle. Space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Aug 31 @ 6:15 PM, Sep 14 @ 6:15 PM, Sep 21 @ 6:15 PM, Sep 28 @ 6:15 PM, Oct 5 @ 6:15 PM

Resume Workshop

Does your resume stand out from the crowd? Make it the best it can be! This workshop will cover how to get started, types of resumes, what to include and exclude, and tips for making your resume and cover letter stronger. Call 718-739-4088 for more information.

Sep 3 @ 4:00 PM, Sep 10 @ 4:00 PM, Sep 17 @ 6:00 PM, Sep 24 @ 4:00 PM

Interview Preparation

So, you’ve landed an interview for a wonderful job. Now what? It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions, and follow up properly after an interview. Preregistration is required at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call ...

Sep 3 @ 5:00 PM, Sep 10 @ 5:00 PM, Sep 17 @ 7:00 PM, Sep 24 @ 5:00 PM

JobMap Orientation

JobMap is Queens Library’s online tool that provides customized recommendations for job search help and computer training. Learn how to use it to preregister for job search workshops and computer training classes, store your resumes and cover letters online and get your resume reviewed online. For more information call the Job Information ...

Sep 16 @ 10:30 AM, Sep 23 @ 10:30 AM

Skills Identification

In this competitive job market, it is important to know your job skills as well as be able to market these skills to potential employers. In this workshop, you will learn how to define and categorize job skills, identify your job skills, understand the difference between job skills and job duties, market your job skills and become aware of ...

Sep 16 @ 11:30 AM, Sep 23 @ 11:30 AM

Job Search Strategies

Beginning a job search can be overwhelming. Prepare yourself for success! In this workshop you will learn about general and career-specific websites and how to find and apply for jobs online safely, create an account at a major job search website, post your resume online and email a resume. Call 718-990-8625 for more information. Class code ...

Sep 21 @ 1:00 PM, Sep 28 @ 1:00 PM

Aug
31
6:15PM

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7:15PM

ShapeUp NYC: Cardio Sculpt for Adults

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Instructor Saunique Gee combines fast-paced cardio conditioning with classic strength movements to keep your heart rate up, burn fat and build lean muscle. 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


Sep
3
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Resume Workshop

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Does your resume stand out from the crowd? Make it the best it can be! This workshop will cover how to get started, types of resumes, what to include and exclude, and tips for making your resume and cover letter stronger. Call 718-739-4088 for more information.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
3
5:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Interview Preparation

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

So, you’ve landed an interview for a wonderful job. Now what? It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions, and follow up properly after an interview. Preregistration is required at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for more information. Class code JR170

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

Additional Dates


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Sep
3
6:30PM

--to--

7:30PM

Introduction to Belly Dance

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Instructor Cashel Campbell discusses the history of "raqs sharqui" (belly dance), leads a mini hands-on instruction session and provides a short performance.


Sep
15
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Free Security Guard Training Information Session

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Queens Library is offering free 8 Hour (Pre-Assignment) & 16 Hour (On the Job Training) for Security Guard. Find out more information for the program at this Information Session!


Sep
16
10:30AM

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11:30AM

JobMap Orientation

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

JobMap is Queens Library’s online tool that provides customized recommendations for job search help and computer training. Learn how to use it to preregister for job search workshops and computer training classes, store your resumes and cover letters online and get your resume reviewed online. For more information call the Job Information Center at 718-990-8625.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
16
11:30AM

--to--

1:30PM

Skills Identification

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

In this competitive job market, it is important to know your job skills as well as be able to market these skills to potential employers. In this workshop, you will learn how to define and categorize job skills, identify your job skills, understand the difference between job skills and job duties, market your job skills and become aware of the most sought job skills. Visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org to preregister. For more information, please call 718-990-8625. Class code JR110

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

Additional Dates


Sep
17
12:00PM

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3:00PM

Preregistration for Rochdale Village ALC

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

The Rochdale Village Adult Learning Center offers beginning, intermediate and advanced ESOL, pre-HSE, citizenship, ABE and computer classes for adults age 17 and older. Space is limited. You must preregister in person on a first-come, first-served basis. Please bring a photo ID or a bill with your full name and address to the registration site. For more information call 718-723-7662.


Sep
18
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Rochdale Village ALC Fall 2015 Registration at South Jamaica - ALP

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

FREE CLASSES
Fall 2015
FOR ADULTS (ADULTS 17 YEARS AND OLDER)
ESOL (Beg., Inter., & Adv.), ABE, Pre-HSE, Citizenship & Computer
SPACE IS LIMITED
REGISTER IN PERSON
ON A FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVE BASIS
Please bring a photo ID
and/or a bill with your name & address.
For more information call 718-723-7662.


Sep
21
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Job Search Strategies

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Beginning a job search can be overwhelming. Prepare yourself for success! In this workshop you will learn about general and career-specific websites and how to find and apply for jobs online safely, create an account at a major job search website, post your resume online and email a resume. Call 718-990-8625 for more information. Class code JR100

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

Additional Dates


Sep
21
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Online Job Applications

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Online job applications have become the standard for applying to many jobs and they can be difficult to navigate if you’re not prepared. Learn to identify common online application sections and prepare information for them to make applying online easier and more successful. Call 718-990-8625 for more information.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
21
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Cover Letter Workshop

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Make your cover letter the best that it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn how to get started, types of cover letters, what to include and not include and tips for making a cover letter stronger. Preregister at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information call 718-990-8625. Class code JR130

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

Additional Dates


Sep
23
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Circle of Security Parenting Class

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

The Circle of Security parenting class, provided by Jamaica Southeast Queens Healthy Start, in partnership with Families on the Move of New York City, targets caregivers of children under age 5. The goal of the 8-week course is to help parents increase their awareness of their children’s needs and learn how to respond to them.

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

Additional Dates


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Community Library has:

  • 14 public access computers
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the South Jamaica Community Library include:

  • An extensive collection of African-American materials
  • Large DVD collection

 


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
Bethel Mission Junior Academy
106-15 154th Street
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (718) 658-2484
Shiloh Baptist Nursery
173-70 106th Avenue
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (214) 748-3647
Amistad Child Cares Family Center
110-15 164th Place
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (718) 526-3068
Jamaica Day Nursery
108-17 159th Street
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (718) 526-3068
Myrtle Jarmon Child Care Center
116-55 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard
Jamaica New York , 11434
phone: (718) 528-0922
The Originals of Jamaica DCC
108-10 Sutphin Boulevard
Jamaica New York , 11435
phone: (718) 297-0343

Community Board
Community Board District #12
90-28 161st Street
Jamaica New York , 11432
phone: (718) 658-3308
  

Community Organizations & Services
New Spirit 11 Alcohol Outpatient Clinic
162-04 South Road
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (718) 291-484
Queens Village Community for Mental Health
162-04 South Road
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (718) 712-777
Allen AME Church
111-54 Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (718) 723-6106
Calvary Baptist Church
111-10 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (718) 297-2301
Godian Fellowship Food Center
106-01 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (718) 523-7309
JCAP Jamaica Community
106-04 South Road
Jamaica New York , 11433
Women of Faith
109-37 Sutphin Boulevard
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (718) 657-5727
Bethany Baptist
157-11 111th Avenue
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (718) 659-6099
Bethel Gospel Tabernacle
110-25 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (718) 291-2677
Burns Memorial C.O.G.I.C.
107-03 150th Street
Jamaica New York , 11435
phone: (718) 523-0214
Church of God in Christ Jesus
157-22 South Road
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (718) 291-9281
Burns Memorial C.O.G.I.C
107-03 150th Street
Jamaica New York , 11435
phone: (718) 523-0214
Faith Tabernacle Baptist Church
106-45 160th Street
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (718) 526-9242
Gideon Fellowship Food Center
106-07 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (718) 523-7309
 

Fire Department
Engine Company 275
111-36 Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica New York , 11433
  

Local Hospitals
Queens Health Center
97-04 Sutphin Boulevard
Jamaica New York , 11435
phone: (718) 657-7088
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
89th Avenue and Van Wyck Expressway
Jamaica New York , 11418
phone: (718) 206-6000
Mary Immaculate
152-11 89th Avenue
Jamaica New York , 11432
phone: (718) 558-2000

Local Newspapers
Jamaica Times
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Liberty Park
106th Avenue, 173rd Street, Liberty Avenue and 172
Jamaica New York ,
Marconi Memorial Field
109th Avenue, 157th Street, 108th Avenue and 155th
Jamaica New York ,
Roy Wilkins Park
Merrick Boulevard and Baisley Boulevard
Jamaica New York ,
IS 8 Playground
167th Street and 109th Avenue
Jamaica New York ,
PS 40 Playground
109th Avenue and Brinkerhoff Avenue
Jamaica New York ,
 

Police Department
103rd Precinct
168-02 P. O. Edward Byrne Avenue
Jamaica New York , 11432
phone: (718) 657-8181
  

Post Office
Jamaica Station
88-40 164th Street
Jamaica New York , 11432
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Allen Christian School
171-10 Linden Boulevard
Jamaica New York , 11434
phone: (718) 657-1676
Myrtle Jarmon School
116-55 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard
Jamaica New York , 11434
phone: (718) 528-0922
 

Public Elementary Schools
PS 40Q Samuel Huntington School
109-20 Union Hall Street
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (718) 526-1906
PS 48Q William Wordsworth School
155-02 108th Avenue
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (718) 739-4463
PS 116 William J. Hughley School
107-25 Wren Place
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (718) 526-4884
PS 140 Edward K. Ellington School
116-00 166th Street
Jamaica New York , 11434
phone: (718) 657-4760
PS 160 Walter Francis Bishop School
109-59 Inwood Street
Jamaica New York , 11435
phone: (718) 526-5523
 

Public High Schools
High School for Law Enforcement and Public Safety
116-25 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard
Jamaica New York , 11434
Queens High School for Science at York College
94-50 159th Street
Jamaica New York , 11433
 

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
MS 8 New Prepatory Middle School
108-35 167th Street
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (718) 739-6883
  

Senior Centers
Allen Community Senior Citizens Center
166-01 Linden Boulevard
Jamaica New York , 11434
phone: (718) 658-0980
South Jamaica Senior Center
107-60 159th Street
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (718) 657-6410
 

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. I. Daneek Miller
IDMiller@council.nyc.gov
District Office 172-12 Linden Boulevard
St. Albans NY, 11434
phone: (718) 776-3700
fax: (718) 487-3580
Manhattan Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1810
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-7084
fax: (212) 788-7093
NYS Assembly
Hon. Vivian E. Cook
CookV@assembly.state.ny.us
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. Leroy Comrie
Comrie@nysenate.gov
District Office 113-43 Farmers Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 454-0162
fax: (718) 454-0186
Albany Office Room 617, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2701
fax: (518) 455-2816
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

Jamaica Avenue was once an ancient trail used by Native American tribes, from as far away as the Ohio River and the Great Lakes, coming to the area to trade skins and furs for wampum.  It was in 1655 that the first settlers paid the Native Americans two guns, a coat and some gunpowder for the land lying between the old trail and “Beaver Pond,” which would later become Baisley Pond.  Dutch Governor Peter Stuyvesant dubbed the area Rustdorp, meaning Quiet Village, when granting the patent for the area.  Taken over by the English, in 1664, the area was renamed Jameco, which would eventually become Jamaica, because it was first inhabited by the Jameco, or Yamecah Indians, whose name means beaver in Algonquian.  South Jamaica, which consisted of an area of scattered farms, in the mid nineteenth century, quickly became its own entity with the 1913 completion of the Long Island Railroad Station, nearby.

South Jamaica, which has the largest African-American population in the borough of Queens, fought long and hard to become the home of the fiftieth branch of the Queens Borough Public Library.  Library service in the area began in the form of a bookmobile which made five weekly stops, bringing a variety of materials to eager residents.  While making do with the bookmobile service, community leaders battled for almost twenty years for a neighborhood library to service residents who had to travel by bus or car to reach the main branch, in Jamaica, or the Queens Village Branch.  Finally, in October 1961, the South Jamaica Branch opened for business at 110-36 New York Boulevard, in a building owned by Bethel Gospel Tabernacle. 

As the South Jamaica community continued to grow and demands on library resources increased dramatically the branch clearly needed a new home.  On December 20th, 1999, after months of preparation the branch opened for business in its spanking new, environmentally controlled building at 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, two blocks from its previous location.  The state-of-the-art “green architecture” structure was the first of its kind in New York City, using optimal natural lighting to control the internal environment.  The Community Library’s present location is approximately two-and-a half times as large as the former site with its own children’s room and a meeting room which can accommodate up to fifty people.

In 2007 the South Jamaica Community Library was renovated to include a full service Teen Area, with its own computers. The library is now fully automated with self check out stations and an automatic book return.

Special Services

Queens Library HealthLink

 

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately one of two American men and one of three American women will have some type of cancer at some point during their lifetime. Queens Library HealthLink seeks to increase access to cancer screening and cancer treatment among medically underserved communities in Queens. Queens Library HealthLink is a partnership between Queens Library, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Queens Cancer Center of Queens Hospital and the American Cancer Society.