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Expanded Hours & Locations on July 21

UPDATE (7/20): Due to Power Outages in Areas of Queens, Please Check our Website and Social Media Channels on Sunday 7/21 For Updates to our Sunday Cooling Centers.

Eighteen QPL locations will be open on Sunday, July 21 from 12 pm to 5 pm to serve as NYC cooling centers. (This includes ...

Summer Reading: A Universe of Stories

Blast Off Into Summer Reading! Join us this season for our summer reading activities, ranging from book discussions and films to outer space-themed crafts and projects for children and teens of all ages.

Pick up our book lists at your local library, or download them today from the convenience of your home. Keep track of your ...

Queens Public Library Magazine

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Queens Public 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 ...

Free Summer Meals For Kids & Teens

Queens Public Library, along with the NYC Department of Education, will provide FREE lunches for kids and teens all summer long.

Summer Meals are open to all children, 18 and younger. Enrollment is not required and there is no cost. Meals will be provided Monday through Friday from 1pm to 2pm.

Queens ...

Summer Reading Battle of the Books!

It’s our second annual Summer Reading Battle of the Books!

This year, we’ve selected 16 of the best YA books for you to choose from, including Fantasy, Romance, Thriller, and Inspired by Real Life.

Vote for your favorite titles during the month of July, and challenge your friends to pick their favorites, ...

Learn English & Math On The Go!

Have you ever wanted to improve your reading, English, or math skills, or work on your high school equivalency, but felt too busy?

Now Queens Public Library has the solution—an app that you can use as you’re on-the-go or from anywhere that is convenient for you.

Try it out today for FREE—and make ...

Get Free Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park!

This summer, the Public Theater will present William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus in Central Park and you’re invited to get free tickets on the day of the show!

Free tickets will be available on Thursday, July 18 at 12pm at Flushing Library (41-17 Main Street), and are first-come, ...

City Leaders Deliver for NYC’s Libraries

We are extremely grateful to Mayor de Blasio, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, and the entire City Council for investing $33 million in additional expense funding for the City’s public libraries. This crucial support will allow us to continue providing essential services in the face of rising ...

Discover Your City With Culture Pass!

Start planning your summer adventures! NYC’s libraries are making it easier for you to explore museums, public gardens, and other cultural attractions for FREE with your friends and family!

Queens Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and New York Public Library are excited to announce Culture Pass, a ...

Our Renewed Promise to the Public

No matter who you are, where you’re from, or where you want to go, we speak your language.

We’re excited to announce our renewed promise to the public and our new look to reflect who we are and the exceptional service you can expect from us.

At Queens Public Library, we speak your ...

Jul
22
2:00PM

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Summer Reading: Teen Session

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Please join us for a Teen Summer Reading Session.

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

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Jul
23
1:00PM

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Summer Movies at St. Albans

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

7/2 - "Miss Bala" (2019, PG-13)
7/9- "Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral" (2019, PG-13)
7/16 - "Captain Marvel" (2019, PG-13)
7/23 - "Shazam!" (2019, PG-13)
7/30- "Us" (2019, R)

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

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Jul
24
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Summer Reading: Read-To-Me Ages 0-5

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Come in with the little one to participate in books, songs, and crafts. Receive a book log to log their books and time being read to. This is for children ages 0-5 and their parents/caregivers.

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This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Jul
25
2:00PM

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Summer Reading: Grades 1-6

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

This is Summer Reading Club fun for school-age children in grades 1-6. Log your books and reading time. Meet new people, make new friends, and participate in fun activities.

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

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Jul
26
1:00PM

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Toddler Time

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Bring your little one ages 1-3 to crawl, walk, touch, feel, listen to a story, and play with other young toddlers.


Jul
27
10:30AM

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Summer Saturday Movies at St. Albans

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

7/6 - "Miss Bala" (2019, PG-13)
7/13 - "Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral" (2019, PG-13)
7/20 - "Shazam" (2019, PG-13)
7/27- "Us" (2019, R)


Aug
1
12:00PM

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Daily Puzzles

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Boost your memory with challenging puzzles. We will make puzzles available to the community on a daily basis.

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

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Aug
2
11:00AM

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5:00PM

Fun Friday Board Games

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Join us at the St. Albans Library for a day of fun playing various board games.

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

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Aug
3
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Summer Movies at St. Albans

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

8/3 - "Little" (2019, PG-13)
8/10 - "Final Score" (2019, NC-17)
8/17 - "Wonder Park" (2019, PG)
8/24 - "Trading Paint" (2019, NC-17))
8/31 - "Uncle Drew" (2018, PG-13)

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

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Aug
5
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Space Theme Crossword Puzzles and Coloring

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

All are welcome to solve fun space theme puzzles and to color.

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

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Aug
12
1:00PM

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2:30PM

Summer Reading: DIY Moon Rocks

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Join us for this fun and creative craft.


Sep
3
12:00PM

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2:00PM

Daily Puzzles

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Boost your memory with challenging puzzles. The library will make puzzles available to the community on a daily basis.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
5
12:00PM

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Movies at St. Albans

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Join us for the hottest & latest new releases.
9/5 - "Isn't it Romantic" (2019)
9/12 - "A Simple Favor" (2018)
9/19 - "I Can Only Imagine" (2018)
9/26 - "Mr. Church" (2016)

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

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Sep
5
6:30PM

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7:30PM

St. Albans Community Book Club

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Join the monthly book club discussion group for avid adult readers in the community. We meet on the first Thursday evening of each month to discuss bestsellers, fiction, biographies, nonfiction, classics, and more. Book discussions question will be available at the Reference Desk.
9/5 - "Becoming" by Michelle Obama
10/3 - "Patsy" by Nicole Dennis-Benn
11/7-"Mondays Not Coming" by Tiffany D. Jackson
12/5- "A Celebration of Power & Creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter" - by Veronica Chambers

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

Additional Dates


Sep
7
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Movies at St. Albans

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Join us for the hottest & latest new releases.
9/7 - "Fighting with My Family" (2019)
9/14 - "The Public" (2018)

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

Additional Dates


Sep
21
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Friends of St. Albans: Paint and Sip

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

Gina Samson’s artwork reflects the rich cultural heritage and vibrant colors of Haiti and the Caribbean, as well as her experience as an immigrant in the New York City urban environment. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.


Sep
28
11:00AM

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Vision Board 2020

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Visualize your 2020 goals by creating a vision board! We'll have art supplies and a plethora of recycled magazines that you can use to create an inspirational collage. You are welcome to bring light refreshments.


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.