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South Jamaica

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Job Search Strategies

Job searching can be an overwhelming process. Prepare yourself for success! This workshop teaches traditional and creative ways to find jobs, identify career-specific websites, and network.

Mar 27 @ 11:00 AM

Culture Pass Community Programs: CIVICKIDS Make Art. Make a Difference.

Join our series of Culture Pass Community Programs with Children's Museum of the Arts.

Monday June 3rd, 4-5pm
"Plastic Bottle Challenge: Sustainability"

Monday June 10th, 4-5pm
"Collage Who You Are: Identity"

These programs are for children in 3rd-6th Grade. Space is limited for all sessions. First-come, ...

Jun 3 @ 4:00 PM, Jun 10 @ 4:00 PM

Mar
26
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Make Your Own Holiday Day

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Do you have passion for someone or something deserving of a holiday? You’re only limited by your imagination! It is a day to think up of a thing, person, animal, phrase, or food and create a holiday to celebrate it.


Mar
27
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Mistake-Free Cover Letters

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

The cover letters workshop teaches the most important aspects of cover letter writing, defines the different types of cover letters, and prepares participants to write and customize cover letters for their job applications.


Mar
27
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Nursery Rhyme Time

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Join us at the South Jamaica Community Library for nursery rhyme time. This event is appropriate for newborns and prewalkers.


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Mar
27
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Job Search Strategies

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Job searching can be an overwhelming process. Prepare yourself for success! This workshop teaches traditional and creative ways to find jobs, identify career-specific websites, and network.


Mar
27
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Kids' Club Celebrates Women's History!

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Join the South Jamaica Kids' Club throughout the month to learn about women's history. All children welcome!


Mar
28
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Teen Coding Club

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Attention teen techies! Have you always wanted to learn how to code? Do you want to learn the basics of video game design? Join the South Jamaica Community Library coding club.


Mar
29
11:00AM

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12:00PM

STEM Storytime

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Children in pre-K to grade 1 are invited to join us weekly for a story and various STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities. This fun and hands-on program will include a read-aloud of a popular children's picture book along with a STEM craft and activity.


Mar
29
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Maker Friday

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Children at the South Jamaica Community Library are taught to be independent. Each Friday we bring out the MAKER cart for students to receive a Maker Project Prompt Task with a materials list card so they can independently work on their project.


Mar
29
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Teen Gaming Corner

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Teens gather in the Teen Corner to watch videos, share gaming ideas, and play video games.


Mar
30
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Children's Computer Literacy Program

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Kids ages 6-12 have one more way to learn while having fun at the South Jamaica Community Library. At the Children's Computer Literacy Program, children will learn computer skills through a variety of projects like creating a flyer in Word or designing your own water park using Paint, MS Word, and MS Excel.


Mar
30
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Children's and Tweens Creative Art Studio

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Kids and tweens are invited to join the creative art studio at the South Jamaica Community Library; children will enjoy a variety of art projects from water color painting to digital art.


Apr
4
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Multicultural Dance with Madeline Hoak

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Children will enjoy different dances by Madeline Hoak.


Apr
6
10:00AM

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11:00AM

ShapeUp NYC: Cardio Sculpt for Adults

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Instructor Farrah leads this fitness class that uses high intensity weight bearing exercises interspersed with cardio to keep your heart rate up and keep you sweating. Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a towel and water bottle. 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


Apr
8
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Frogs, Bugs, & Animal Show with Jason Reilly

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

This program features frogs, bugs, chinchillas, and a chicken. Learn about where these animals are from, what they eat, when they sleep, and how they protect themselves. This program is for ages 6 to 12.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
11
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Caregiver "Code for Toddlers" Information Session

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Calling all parents and caregivers, join us on and give your child a leg up on the future with a fun, engaging way to learn computer science. This information session will provide caregivers with hands- on activities and instruction.


Apr
12
1:00PM

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2:15PM

National Library Week Outreach with DJ Kendo

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Join Queens Library as we celebrate National Library Week with live art and live music.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
18
6:00PM

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7:00PM

South Jamaica Sip and Paint Club

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Sip a refreshing non-alcoholic beverage and paint an awesome picture. Painting supplies will be provided for ages 18 & up.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
19
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Manga Drawing

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Artist Eric Cheung teaches teens and tweens basic techniques for drawing manga characters.


Apr
22
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Bricks4Kidz LEGO Robotics workshop

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Join us at South Jamaica for a free, educational, and fun LEGO Robotics workshop!
During LEGO Robotics, children and teens will use LEGOs, motors, and batteries to create robots that crawl, drive, launch, race, and much more! This is a hands-on class where students build machines, buildings, vehicles, and other structures out of LEGO® bricks. Children work as a team while exploring principles of engineering, architecture, physics, and more. This program is for ages 5 and up.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
22
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Rhythm Time with Bob "Bobaloo" Basey

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Children in grades K-2 will enjoy singing in rhythm time with Bob "Bobaloo" Basey.


May
6
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Zumba

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Instructor Audrey Bright Greene leads a fun Zumba workshop for children ages 6-12.

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

Additional Dates


May
14
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Art with Legos with RPGA Studio, Inc.

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Children will learn about some of the great Lego artists and designers, how they use layering to create their work, and what effects the laws of physics have on Lego constructions. Children will work together to build with Lego pieces. Space is limited. Registration is required.

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

Additional Dates


May
22
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Let Your Fingers Do the Talking: Introduction to American Sign Language

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Learn how to communicate with your hands in this interactive workshop on the basics of American Sign Language.


May
23
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Mr. Chris Musical Experience

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Join Mr. Chris and his team in a performance that includes music, movement, storytelling, and interactive games for ages 5-12.

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

Additional Dates


May
28
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Dancing To the Tune of Black is Beautiful--Part II with Kristin D. Takyi

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Join us for this highly-interactive, three-session African dance workshop! Participants will learn traditional dances, songs, and rhythms from West Africa as well as express their own creativity in a freestyle dance circle each class! Space is limited. Registration is required.

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

Additional Dates


May
30
4:00PM

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4:45PM

Project CARE Stories and Songs with Bob "Bobaloo" Basey

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Join us for cooperation, awareness, respect, and esteem stories and songs with Bob "Bobaloo" Basey.


Jun
3
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Culture Pass Community Programs: CIVICKIDS Make Art. Make a Difference.

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Join our series of Culture Pass Community Programs with Children's Museum of the Arts.

Monday June 3rd, 4-5pm
"Plastic Bottle Challenge: Sustainability"

Monday June 10th, 4-5pm
"Collage Who You Are: Identity"

These programs are for children in 3rd-6th Grade. Space is limited for all sessions. First-come, first- served.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
7
4:00PM

--to--

4:45PM

Multicultural Stories and Songs

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Children will enjoy stories and songs from around the world with Bob "Bobaloo" Basey.


Jun
15
2:00PM

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3:00PM

A Reptile "Edventure" with Erik Callender

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

This fun-filled educational experience gives children age 6 and up a unique opportunity to see and learn about The Reptile Guy's animal science, rescue, and awareness. Meet reptiles, amphibians, and even some large insects from around the world.


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@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., 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

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.