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This Weekend at Queens Library

Join us this weekend for a concert with New York-born violinist Akiko Kobayashi, a Chinese author talk with Lan Jiang and Nancy Wang, the Turkish art of ebru, our celebration of Southeast Queens authors, empowerment storytelling with Ife The Storyteller, an open mic, a creative writing workshop, great activities for older adults, tutoring ...

A Celebration of Southeast Queens Authors

Many authors call Southeast Queens their home. Join us on Saturday, July 22 at Cambria Heights Community Library in celebrating a few of our literary lights!

Some of our authors have an extensive publishing pedigree, while others are the proud creators of their first work.

Our participating authors will ...

Launch Your Food Business with Jamaica FEASTS!

Calling all aspiring food entrepreneurs: Jamaica FEASTS is back!

This completely FREE incubator program was created to provide resources to those who are looking to start and run their own food-based business.

Learn the fundamentals with our hands-on workshops, receive a one-on-one session with an industry expert, and ...

Enter the Naturalize NY Lottery!

Green card holders: Enter the Naturalize NY lottery today for the chance to have your citizenship application costs waived!

Winners will receive a $725 voucher to cover the cost of applying for citizenship. The deadline to register for the lottery is Friday, July 28.

You ...

Get Free Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park!

Shakespeare in the Park is one of New York City's most beloved summer traditions—and now you can get your tickets at Queens Library!

Free tickets to Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," performed by the famed Public Theater, will be available at Queens Central Library (89-11 ...

Join Us on Our Mobile Library Tour!

Queens Library's Mobile Library will be touring the borough throughout the month of July.

Visit the Mobile Library to borrow books, sign up for a library card, and more!

Our stops will include public schools, veterans' health care facilities, and the 3rd Annual Battle of the Bands at Queens College's Colden ...

Queens Library 2017 Gala

The Queens Library Foundation’s 2017 Annual Gala will take place on Tuesday, October 17, at the Queens Museum.

Nearly 300 supporters of the Library attended last year’s Gala to pay tribute to our special honorees and the Library’s mission and customers.

This year’s ...

Battle of the Bands Spotlights!

The 3rd Annual Battle of the Bands is less than a week away, and here's where you can learn about our talented contestants.

For today's spotlight, it's last year's third-place finalists, the returning Global Warming! They've played in every Battle of the Bands—is this ...

Get Help From a Financial Coach

Are financial problems causing you stress?

You can make an appointment to see a financial coach at Queens Library!

A financial coach can help you develop the skills you need to manage money and gain financial stability.

You can get free advice on various topics like reviewing and understanding your credit report, ...

Queens Library Magazine

The new issue of Queens Library Magazine is out now!

Queens Library Magazine combines great library-themed feature stories and two months' worth of information about our free programs, services, and special events, and it's available at your neighborhood library or ...

Jul
25
2:00PM

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3:00PM

LINC Story Time

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Come enjoy story time and do fun activities with our literacy partners from LINC.


Jul
27
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Open Mic

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Come and broadcast your creativity at our Open Mic Night.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
3
5:30PM

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8:00PM

Movie Night

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Come enjoy a screening of "Kong: Skull Island" at South Jamaica's Movie Night.


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Aug
10
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Book Club

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Come join us for a lively discussion at our Book Club.


Aug
17
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Craft Night

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Come enjoy a fun night of adult crafting at South Jamaica.


Sep
7
5:30PM

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8:00PM

Movie Night

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Enjoy a screening of "John Wick: Chapter 2" at our Movie Night.


Sep
28
5:30PM

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6:30PM

Music from Santo Domingo with Berto Reyes and his Band!

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Berto Reyes and his Band will perform traditional music, known as perico ripiao, on the güira, drum and accordion. They will also play merengue típico, a traditional Dominican merengue, and merenhouse, a blend of merengue with American hip-hop and rap, with the added sounds of sax, bass and conga. Come to learn about and enjoy Dominican music.


Nov
16
5:30PM

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6:30PM

Healthy Homes

Location: South Jamaica
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 646-632-6023.


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

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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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@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. 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.