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St.Albans

Upcoming NYCitizenship Information Sessions

Queens Library has partnered with the NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs to bring you NYCitizenship, a program to assist New Yorkers along the path to citizenship.

Attend our upcoming information sessions with the NYCitizenship attorney to find out how to apply for citizenship easily, the benefits of ...

It's #BookTuesday!

Every Tuesday, Queens Library will introduce you to a great book!

Our #BookTuesday pick for May 24 is Everybody's Fool by Richard Russo.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and screenwriter returns to North Bath in upstate New York and the characters who made "Nobody's ...

Broadway Lovers Can’t Miss This Surprise Performance!

Join us this Thursday, May 26 at Central Library in Jamaica, when Tony® Award-winning and Grammy®-nominated producer Van Dean will discuss his favorite musical moments and career highlights.

Dean's credits include "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess," "Rodgers and ...

Apply For Google CS First Today!

Queens Library is offering a unique opportunity for kids to build their knowledge of computer science and coding!

Google CS First is a free program for children in grades 4-8 that increases access and exposure to computer science (CS) education through after-school, in-school, and summer ...

Join Us and Tell NYC to Keep Investing in Libraries!

We hope you can join us at your community library in May and June!

Our President & CEO, Dennis Walcott, will partner with our elected officials for Story Time, a chance for you to read with your kids and share the joy of learning with them.

And as the Mayor and the City Council negotiate their final ...

Only One Band Can Be the Best!

Many bands will enter, but only one will be chosen as the winner at Queens Library's 2nd Annual Battle of the Bands!

This year, the competition is fiercer than ever, and bands will rock out at the 2,100-seat Colden Auditorium at Queens College's Kupferberg Center for the Arts on Thursday, July 14.

Queens has ...

Share Your One Sentence Story For Libraries!

How has your community library affected your life? It’s a complex question, but all we need is a one sentence answer!

We’re asking our customers and supporters to share their one sentence about the library's impact on their lives.

You can visit the One Sentence Stories website at ...

Queens Library Celebrates Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month! Several upcoming Queens Library events will honor Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in our borough, our city, and beyond, including our ongoing program series “Living Memory: The Culture and Heritage of Chinese New Yorkers.” Visit our Events webpage throughout the month for ...

Gracie Book Club: Rebroadcast of the "Bright Lines" Discussion

Congratulations to First Lady Chirlane McCray for hosting the first meeting of the Gracie Book Club on May 17!

She and her guests participated in a live stream broadcast discussion of Tanwi Nandini Islam's novel Bright Lines, moderated by author James ...

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 ...

There are no programs scheduled here at this time. Please check our Programs page for our other locations and programs you might be interested in attending.

Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The St. Albans Community Library has:

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

  • 11 public computers
  • Free Internet Access
  • Microsoft Office Software
  • Limited free printing.Please contact the library for more details.

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International Language Collections at the St. Albans Community Library include:

  • French
  • Haitian Creole
  • Spanish

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the St. Albans Community Library include:

  • African American fiction and non-fiction
  • Caribbean fiction and non-fiction

 


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
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
Jamaica NAACP Linden Day Care
189-26 Linden Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 978-0400
Montessori Progressive Learning Center, Inc.
195-05 Linden Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 723-3967
Quick Start
118-46 Riverton Street
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 978-0800
fax: (718) 527-7930
True Deliverance Christian Pre-School
188-15 Turin Drive
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 978-0601
  

Community Board
Queens Community Board 12
90-28 161st Street,
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718)658-3308
fax: (718)739-6997
  

Community Organizations & Services
NAACP-Jamaica Branch
189-26 Linden Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 723-3653
Parent Leadership Institute, Alumni Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 120310
St. Albans NY , 11412-0310
phone: (718) 276-4263
fax: (718) 723-4993
St. Albans Civic Improvement Association
P.O. Box 120561
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (646) 373-6087
fax:

Fire Department
Engine 317 Ladder 165 Battalion 54
117-11 196th Street
St. Albans NY , 11412
  

Local Hospitals
Queens Hospital Center
82-68 164th Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-3000
  

Local Newspapers
Queens Chronicle - East Queens Edition
Press of Southeast Queens

Parks and Playgrounds
St. Albans Memorial Park
Merrick Boulevard, 173 Place, Sayers Avenue
Roy Wilkins -- Southen Queens Park
Baisley & Merrick Boulevards, 115Avenue
Locust Manor Playground (PS 15)
192 Street, S/S 121 Avenue
Nautilus Playground
Merrick & Baisley Boulevards, 120 Avenue
  

Police Department
113th Precinct
167-02 Baisley Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11434
phone: (718) 712-7733
  

Post Office
Archie Spigner Post Office
195-04 Linden Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (800) 275-8777 (718) 528-5026
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Allen Christian School (K-8)
171-10 Linden Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 657-1676
fax: (718) 291-7751
True Deliverance Christian School (K-5)
188-15 Turin Drive
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 978-0601
 

Public Elementary Schools
P.S. 15 Jackie Robinson School (K-5)
121-15 Lucas Street
Springfield Gardens NY , 11413
phone: (718) 525-1670
fax: (718) 723-7613
P.S. 36 The St. Albans School (K-5)
187-01 Foch Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 528-1862
fax: (718) 723-6928
Riverton Street Charter School (K-3)
118-34 Riverton Street
St. Albans NY, 11412
phone: (866) 642-3676
PS 118 Lorraine Hansberry School
190-20 109 Road
St. Albans NY, 11412
phone: (718) 465-5538
  

Elected Officials

History

The colonial history of St. Albans is rather vague in as much as it wasn’t until about 1899 that it received its present name. A committee of residents selected the name St. Albans for the railroad station after the English village of the same name in Hertfordshire, England. It is known that it was an early farming community owned by the families of Nicolas Everitt, Benjamin Carpenter, and Everett Remsen.

The St. Albans Golf Club opened in 1919 along Merrick, Linden, and Baisley Boulevards. Addisleigh Park, a beautiful residential section was developed overlooking the golf course in 1926.

The post-war boom period, which followed 1920, unprecedented expansion in real estate was responsible for bringing in most of the residents who poured into the area. The creation of the government financing agency for home building in the 1930’s caused another spurt in real estate activity. The sale of the 100-acre St. Albans Golf Club to a building organization in the 1930s for a housing development did not materialize. The U.S. government acquired the property and the Department of Defense built the St. Albans Naval Hospital. The buildings and grounds are an architectural asset to the community. When the hospital closed in 1974, the Veterans Administration converted the facility into an extended care center. Fifty-three acres were given to the City of New York in 1977 which developed the Roy Wilkins Park.

During the 1940s, the population became more ethnically diverse as Lena Horne, Count Basie, Fats Waller, Roy Campanella, and other prominent African-Americans moved into Addisleigh Park. By the early 1970s, St. Albans was considered an African American community; during the 1980s, immigrants from the Caribbean, Africa, and the United Kingdom settled in the community.

Seyfried, Vincent, “St. Albans” The Encyclopedia of New York City, Yale University Press, 1995:1032-1033.

The Library in St. Albans has a unique history. Then, as now, community involvement has factored into the design and delivery of library services to the residents of St. Albans. On July 16th, 1918, the St. Albans Library was established as a small library called a village collection utilizing the services of volunteers. The Ladies Society and Red Cross workers spearheaded the project. The lending collection was housed in a small room in the Ladies Social Club building on Baisley Boulevard near Farmers Boulevard. Books were given out each week on Wednesdays.

The Library was taken over by Queens Borough Public Library in 1920 and also became a station collection the same year. The club house building was sold and the volunteer librarian relocated. The Library faced closure. The Mother’s Club of P.S. 36 came to the rescue. A small bunkhouse which looked like a “lunch wagon” was purchased and made into an attractive library. It was a small building on wheels. The use of a lot on a street very near the railroad station was donated by the owner. The building opened in January 1922. The wagon was used at this site for several years, until development in the area necessitated the moving of the wagon to a new location on Everitt Place where the lot was rent free.

In July 1931, the Library moved to a storefront at 187-10 Linden Boulevard and became a full-fledged branch.

On February 5, 1947, the library received a certificate of registration from the Board of Regents of the State of New York.

The building of the present site, 191-05 Linden Boulevard was erected in 1968. This facility was designed by an African-American architect, Frank Thompson. The city owned building was dedicated on March 10th, 1969.

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.