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South Jamaica

Setting Up Your Business

Students will be guided through the elements of setting up and operating a business and will learn about writing a winning business plan, legal structuring, and other planning preliminaries. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information. Class code JR310

Feb 11 @ 5:00 PM

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 718-634-4784 for more information. Class code ...

Feb 17 @ 10:30 AM

Cover Letters

A cover letter helps you stand out from the crowd and get an interview. In this two-part series, participants will learn what cover letters are and why they’re necessary; the do’s and don’ts of writing cover letters; how to write different types of cover letters; and how to properly type, format, and send your cover letter to potential ...

Feb 17 @ 12:30 PM

Marketing Basics for Small Business

We will examine the exciting world of marketing, learning tested models for success and exploring marketing technologies best suited for your business. In addition, we will consider the marketing fundamental of understanding customers and developing a story and message they love. To preregister or for additional information call ...

Feb 18 @ 5:00 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 stronger. Call 718-990-8625 for more information. Class code JR130

Feb 22 @ 2:00 PM, Feb 25 @ 4:00 PM

Cover Letters

A cover letter helps you stand out from the crowd and get an interview. In this two-part series, participants will learn what cover letters are and why they’re necessary; the do’s and don’ts of writing cover letters; how to write different types of cover letters; and how to properly type, format, and send your cover letter to potential ...

Feb 25 @ 5:00 PM

Feb
11
5:00PM

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7:00PM

Setting Up Your Business

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 29 openings

Students will be guided through the elements of setting up and operating a business and will learn about writing a winning business plan, legal structuring, and other planning preliminaries. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information. Class code JR310


Feb
13
12:00PM

--to--

1:00PM

ProjectArt

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

Children ages 8-12 will be introduced to art and have an opportunity to create their own work. Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
13
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: One Singular Sensation! Celebrating Marvin Hamlisch

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Lincoln Center is partnering with Queens Library to bring free screenings of world-class performance to your neighborhood. Enjoy Audra McDonald and other Broadway and television luminaries as they join the New York Philharmonic in a star-studded tribute to composer Marvin Hamlisch, replete with “A Chorus Line” kick line.


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Feb
17
10:30AM

--to--

11:30AM

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 718-634-4784 for more information. Class code JR190


Feb
17
11:00AM

--to--

1:00PM

Parenting Support

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Jamaica-Southeast Queens Healthy Start and Families on the Move of NYC, Inc. present a parenting series covering topics such as: building the parent-child relationship; attention and emotions; feeling secure; and exploring the challenges of parenthood. Preregistration is required. Please call 718-704-5078 to preregister. Participants will receive a free roundtrip MetroCard.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
17
11:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

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 718-634-4784 for more information.


Feb
17
12:30PM

--to--

1:30PM

Cover Letters

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

A cover letter helps you stand out from the crowd and get an interview. In this two-part series, participants will learn what cover letters are and why they’re necessary; the do’s and don’ts of writing cover letters; how to write different types of cover letters; and how to properly type, format, and send your cover letter to potential employers. The Employment Counselor will be available for individual assistance after class. For further information, please call 718-990-8625. Class code JR150


Feb
18
5:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Marketing Basics for Small Business

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 29 openings

We will examine the exciting world of marketing, learning tested models for success and exploring marketing technologies best suited for your business. In addition, we will consider the marketing fundamental of understanding customers and developing a story and message they love. To preregister or for additional information call 718-990-8625. Class code JR310


Feb
22
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

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 stronger. Call 718-990-8625 for more information. Class code JR130

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

Additional Dates


Feb
22
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Art Club

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Children in grades K-6 explore their artistic interests and talents.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
22
6:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Learn to Dance Soca

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Instructor Davin McLeod shares the history and movements of this masquerade dance, the "soul of Calypso" and "the power of movement," that is performed at the annual Caribbean Carnival. You do not need to know how to dance to participate, but you will certainly feel like a dancer when you leave!


Feb
25
5:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Cover Letters

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

A cover letter helps you stand out from the crowd and get an interview. In this two-part series, participants will learn what cover letters are and why they’re necessary; the do’s and don’ts of writing cover letters; how to write different types of cover letters; and how to properly type, format, and send your cover letter to potential employers. The Employment Counselor will be available for individual assistance after class. For further information, please call 718-990-8625. Class code JR150


Mar
12
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: New York Philharmonic Gala with Yo-Yo Ma

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Lincoln Center is partnering with Queens Library to bring free screenings of world-class performances to your neighborhood. Enjoy a screening of a "Live from Lincoln Center" broadcast of the New York Philharmonic featuring music director Alan Gilbert and special guest cello soloist Yo-Yo Ma. Light refreshments will be served.


Mar
15
2:00PM

--to--

3:30PM

Beginners' Refresher Knitting Workshop for Adults

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

Madelyn Rich teaches participants with little or no experience how to knit. Yarn will be provided. Participants must bring their own 9-inch No. 7 straight knitting needles, a measuring tape or rule, and a tapestry needle. Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
9
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Lincoln Center is partnering with Queens Library to bring free screenings of world-class performances to your neighborhood. This month, enjoy a festive all-Mozart program featuring the exquisite "Piano Trio in B-flat major, K. 502"; the charming "Horn Quintet in E-flat major, K. 407"; and the exuberant "Viola Quintet in C major." Light refreshments will be served.


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.