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It's #BookTuesday!

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

Our #BookTuesday pick for June 28 is All Summer Long by Dorothea Benton Frank.

This latest book from the New York Times-bestselling author follows one charming New York couple—prominent interior designer Olivia Ritchie and her husband ...

Free Summer Meals

Queens Library is partnering with the NYC Department of Education to provide FREE meals for kids and teens all summer long.

Summer meals are open to all children, 18 and younger, from June 29 through September 2 at twenty-four Queens Library locations.*

Enrollment is not required. Meals ...

Celebrate LGBTQ Pride With These Great Books!

June is LGBT Pride Month, and we asked our staff to suggest titles old and new that focus on and are inspired by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer stories and themes.

We hope you will check out these great books and join us in Celebrating Pride!

Thanks again to our staff members (including Hillcrest's ...

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 ...

Battle of the Bands 2016: The Contestants So Far

If you haven’t already met them, we’d like to introduce you to some of our Battle of the Bands contestants.

Chiv Culture, the Roslyn School of Rock House Band, and Psychonaut Underground will be bringing down the house on July 14 at Colden Auditorium, so now’s ...

Free Movies, Music, E-Books, and More!

Enjoy digital media at home, at work, or on-the-go!

Queens Library is a one-stop shop for tech lovers. Our digital media collection includes thousands of free eBooks, audiobooks, eMagazines, music, movies, and videos.

You can download all of these items to a personal computer, smartphone, pocket PC, PDA, portable media ...

Mayor and City Council Keep Investing in Libraries

The Mayor and the City Council have reached an agreement on the City's FY17 budget. I am pleased to tell you that the FY16 operating budget has been baselined for FY17 and future years. That is the $43 million citywide that was allocated in last year's budget.

We advocated long and hard for it. Insuring six days of service ...

Get in the Game: Summer Reading 2016!

Get in the game this summer and slam-dunk some reading goals. The annual Summer Reading Program at Queens Library is back and better than ever!

You can visit any community library to get your summer reading booklist or log, and sign up online at summerreading.queenslibrary.org to download materials and create an ...

Summer Poetry Contest!

Calling all poets! Send us your haikus, limericks, sonnets, and more for Queens Library’s Summer Poetry Contest 2016!

We welcome poets from all over New York State to submit one original poem that reflects our 2016 Summer Reading theme of “Get in the Game.”

Entries will be grouped by ...

Jul
5
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Read To Me: Summer Reading Program at St. Albans

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 29 openings

On Your Mark, Get Set! Reading Fun! Children ages newborn-5 come in with their caregivers to enjoy stories and craft time. Caregivers track at-home and library reading in a book log. Prizes are given out, new readers are developed, new friends are made. Fun for everyone! Registration is required.

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

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Jul
7
2:00PM

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3:15PM

School Age Summer Reading Club

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 30 openings

On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! School Age children can join in the reading fun. Share what you are reading, do a craft and meet other children. Receive prizes for your reading milestones. Reading fun for everyone! Thursday afternoons. Registration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
7
6:00PM

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8:00PM

What Makes a Good Cover Letter?

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

A winning cover letter is a must for any job seeker! Participants will learn how to create a great cover letter for potential employers and get tips on how to make them stand out.
Participants are welcome to bring in their own laptop or device.


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Jul
8
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Meet & Create: Adult Craft Hour: How to Make Scrabble Tile Coasters

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Make drink coasters from scrabble tiles for a unique way to celebrate your love of the ever-popular board game, and save your furniture too.
All supplies provided. Preregistration is required!!!


Jul
8
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Are You a Forest or a Meadow?: Paint Your Story

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Imagine you lived next to a meadow that turns into a forest. Paint your story. Where would you like to be - in the forest or the meadow? Grades 4 to 8. Attend both sessions for the chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate. Your parent/ guardian must sign for the certificate.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
9
10:30AM

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1:30PM

Sipping with Colors and Shapes!

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 6 openings

Join St. Albans for our first "Sipping with Colors and Shapes" our twist on the popular craze "Paint Night." Painting experience won't be needed at this simple, stress-free session with Mr. St. Fort.
Canvas, painting and brushes, as well as light refreshments , will be provided. Artists will take home their masterpiece. Registration is required to attend this event!


Jul
11
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Wrapped Bottle Art for Tweens and Teens

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Learn how to transform an old glass bottle into a decorative work of art. All supplies provided.


Jul
11
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Get in the Game, Read!: Teen Summer Reading Club 2016

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Join us on selected Mondays for Teen Summer Reading. Share what you're reading with other teens, enjoy arts and crafts, and have lots of fun. Reading is fun for everyone.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
11
5:00PM

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7:00PM

Evening Movies @ St. Albans

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Join us on selected Monday evenings for the hottest and latest new releases.
7/11/16 - Gods of Egypt (2016, PG-13)
7/25/16 - Risen (2016, PG-13)

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

Additional Dates


Jul
13
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Adult Summer Reading: Think Outside the Crayon Box

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Join us for a relaxing morning of adult coloring. All materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
14
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Resume Writing with Mr. St. Fort

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

A winning resume is a must for any job seeker! Participants will learn : what resume reviewers look for; how to select the best resume format; how to avoid common resume mistakes. *Welcome to bring in your laptop or device*


Jul
16
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Adult Coloring

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Join us for a relaxing time of Adult Coloring. All materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
16
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Movie Saturdays @ St. Albans

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Join us on selected Saturdays for the latest and hottest new releases.
7/16 - "Zootopia"
7/30 - "A Good Day to Die Hard"

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

Additional Dates


Jul
18
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Tweens & Teens: Create Your Own T-Shirt Bag

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Don't know what to do with that old T-shirt? Come in and learn to turn that old T-shirt into a bag. *Please bring in your own t-shirt*


Jul
28
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Job Search with Mr. St. Fort

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Join us for an interactive workshop that will explore job-search strategies, networking techniques and objectives, and how to apply for jobs online. * Welcome to bring your own laptop or device*


Aug
1
5:00PM

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7:00PM

Evening Movies @ St. Albans

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Join us for the hottest & latest new releases.
8/1 London Has Fallen
8/8 Zootopia
8/15 Miracles from Heaven

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

Additional Dates


Aug
4
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Belly Dancing 101: An Introduction

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Belly dancing, also known as "Raqs sharqi," is an ancient, mystical and healing dance form. Learn its fundamentals with Cashel Campbell. 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


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.