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Arverne

It's #BookTuesday!

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

Our #BookTuesday pick is The Flame: Poems, Notebooks, Lyrics, Drawings by Leonard Cohen.

"The Flame” is the final work from Leonard Cohen, the revered poet and musician whose fans span generations and whose work is celebrated ...

Celebrate the Holidays at Queens Library!

Gather your family and friends and celebrate the holiday season at the Library!

Join us for Christmas tree decorating, Kwanzaa celebrations, Hanukkah crafts, concerts, movies, and more.

Plus, you can view our collections of recommended holiday books and holiday movies, available to borrow from your community ...

It’s Time for Kind

It’s time for kind at the Library and beyond this holiday season.

At all Queens Library locations, you can join us for many special programs for people of all ages.

You can also donate to our canned food drive in partnership with the Food Bank For NYC from November 19 to 30, share ...

Double Your Impact This Holiday Season!

You have a special opportunity to double the impact of your gift to Queens Library this holiday season!

Thanks to a generous donor who wishes to motivate others in the Queens community to support our Library, your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $25,000.

Your gift right now goes twice as ...

Free Job Readiness Training

Queens Library's Job & Business Academy and the Consortium for Worker Education have partnered to provide a free Job Readiness and Computer Training program for the unemployed or underemployed.

This 7-week training program is a comprehensive series of workshops that offers entry-level to ...

Holiday Recipes from Jamaica FEASTS!

Jamaica FEASTS is Queens Library’s FREE training program to provide knowledge, tools, and resources to people who want to start and run their own food businesses in Queens.

Several talented students have graduated from Jamaica FEASTS, and we’re very pleased to share their holiday recipes with you!

Our next ...

Young Adult Literacy Program: Pre-Register Now!

Are you interested in getting your High School Equivalency, but not sure where to start?

The Young Adult Literacy Program (YALP) is here to help!

This program is open to students ages 16–24, and offers four days of classes per week, as well as one day of service learning and job shadowing to help build your ...

All of Us Deserve Palaces

Eric Klinenberg, author of the new book Palaces for The People, advocates for libraries as part of social infrastructure that promotes interactions between people from all walks of life.

“I became a scholar because I learned to love libraries,” Klinenberg says. While working on ...

Winter Health & Safety Tips

As the temperatures drop in New York City, it’s important to focus on health and safety when braving the cold this season.

Dr. David Slotwiner, chief of Cardiology, and Dr. Jeffrey Rosen, chairman, Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, and their fellow physicians from ...

QI 2018: Celebrate Queens Artists in the Library

Queens International 2018: Volumes (QI 2018) opened at the Queens Museum in October, and on Saturday, November 10, for the first time ever, the Queens International will extend offsite, with art installations in three Queens Library branches: Lefrak City, Flushing, and Central Library in Jamaica.

Since it ...

Dec
19
10:15AM

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10:45AM

Baby and Me

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Children and their accompanying grown-up can enjoy stories, music, nursery rhymes, toys, and peer interaction! Families will have the opportunity to connect with each other for support and resources.

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

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Dec
19
10:45AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Storytime

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Join us for toddler storytime! Children ages 18 months to 3 years with a parent/adult caregiver may join us for stories, songs, nursery rhymes, and other activities.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
19
3:00PM

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5:30PM

STACKS After School Program

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Developed by Queens Library, STACKS is a free after school program for children aged 6 – 14. STACKS was created to enhance your child’s learning experiences through structured and unstructured, age-appropriate activities in a safe and welcoming environment that helps school-aged children build their emotional, social and academic skills.

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

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Dec
19
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Kidz Build!

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Children can use their creative side to build and create.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
20
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Teen Time

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Come and join your fellow teens at our Teen Time!

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

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Dec
20
4:00PM

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5:00PM

The Reptile Guy

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

This fun-filled educational experience gives children age 6 and up a unique opportunity to see and learn about reptiles, amphibians, and even some large insects from around the world. Space is limited. Preregistration required.


Dec
20
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Computer Class for Beginners

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Adults are introduced to basic computer programs: the Internet, email, and Microsoft Word.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
21
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Teen Board Games

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Teens could relax at the end of the week with fun board and card games!

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

Additional Dates


Dec
21
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Fun Fridays

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Come join us for a fun activity every Friday!

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

Additional Dates


Dec
21
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Teen Board Games

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Teens can relax at the end of the week with fun board and card games!

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

Additional Dates


Dec
21
4:00PM

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6:00PM

It's Time for Kind Movie Series: "Elf"

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Join us for a movie series promoting acts of kindness. Limited snacks provided. From IMDB, Elf is the story of "a man raised as an elf at the North Pole in search of his true identity." (2003, PG) For more It’s Time for Kind programming, visit queenslib.org/itstimeforkind2018.


Dec
22
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Saturday Family Movie

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Families are invited to join us for our Saturday afternoon movie screening.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
27
4:00PM

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6:00PM

It's Time for Kind Movie Series: "The Secret Garden"

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

A young, recently orphaned girl is sent to England after living in India all her life. Once there, she begins to explore her new, seemingly isolated surroundings and their secrets. (1993, G)


Jan
2
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Toddler Storytime

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Join us for toddler storytime! Children ages 18 months to 3 years with a parent/adult caregiver may join us for stories, songs, nursery rhymes, and other activities.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
3
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Beginners' Computer Class

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Adults are introduced to basic computer programs: the Internet, email, and Microsoft Word.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
4
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Legomania!

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Calling all families who love Legos! Make a Lego mask, build with Legos, play a Lego board game, play Lego ski-ball or Lego memory match, and more! This program is open to families with children up to 11 years old.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
4
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Teen Board Games

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Teens can relax at the end of the week with fun board and card games!

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

Additional Dates


Jan
4
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Fun Fridays

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Come join us for a fun activity every Friday!

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

Additional Dates


Jan
5
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Saturday Family Movie

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Families are invited to join us for our Saturday afternoon movie screening.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
7
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Kidz Build!

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Children can use their creative side to build and create.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
7
5:00PM

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7:00PM

Monday Night Movie

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Adults are invited to join us for the screening of our Monday night movie.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
7
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Air Hockey Mondays

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Get a good start into the week with our Air Hockey Mondays – battle your friends for the top spot!

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

Additional Dates


Jan
8
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Teen Video Gaming

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Come and join your fellow teens as we play the latest video games on our PS 2, Xbox One, and Wii video systems. You will have fun while building your hand-eye coordination.

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

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Jan
22
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Break Dance by The Breaking Institute of the Arts

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

The class explores the history of hip-hop dance in the form of breaking, rocking, and the development of creative movement. Each student is introduced to the foundation of the dance form to build their own individual style, vocabulary, technique, and flow.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
28
6:00PM

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7:45PM

Book Discussion Group

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

Book lovers, please come and join the Arverne Book Club! Each month we will select, read, and discuss a particular book. Upcoming book titles will be selected at our monthly meetings.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
5
10:00AM

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11:30AM

Ready, Set, Bank! - Financial Literacy

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

This four-session series is a program of financial literacy where users will learn how to download and navigate financial and banking applications. They will also learn how to deposit checks from their phones, pay bills online, and gain knowledge about credit reports. This program will be in Spanish. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 718-990-8625 and to register visit queenslibrary.org.

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 Arverne Community Library has:

  • 18 public computers.
  • One early literacy station
  • Free internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • limited free printing.

 

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International Language Collections at the Arverne Community Library include:

  • Spanish

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Arverne Community Library include:

  • Black Experience
  • Graphic Novels
  • Study Aid
  • Test Prep
  • Jobs & Careers
  • Citizenship
  • Parenting
  • Computers
  • Nollywood
  • Bollywood

 


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
Lucille Rose Day Care Center
148 Beach 59 Street
Arverne NY , 11692
phone: (718) 634-0331
Peach Tree Day Care
612 Beach 65 Street
Arverne NY , 11692
phone: (718) 634-1670
Rockaway Corp. Head Start
7205 Beach Channel Drive
Arverne NY , 11692
phone: (718) 945-3077

Community Board
Community Board District # 14
19-31 Mott Avenue
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 471-7300
fax: (718) 868-2657
  

Community Organizations & Services
Far Rockaway Adult Day Center
23-55 Healey Avenue
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 327-2809
Madison Square Boys & Girls Club
426 Beach 40 St.
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 471-5453
Rockaway Family Resource Center
19-31 Mott Avenue
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 337-9428
Rockaway Food Pantry
323 Beach 37 Street
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 327-4730
  

Fire Department
Ladder 121
Rockaway Beach Boulevard & Beach 49 Street
Engine 265
Rockaway Beach Boulevard & Beach 49 Street
Battalion 47
Rockaway Beach Boulevard & Beach 49 Street
Emergency Medical Services 47
Rockaway Beach Boulevard & Beach 49 Street
  

Local Hospitals
Peninsula Hospital
5115 Beach Channel Drive
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 734-2000
St. John’s Episcopal Hospital
1624 Central Avenue
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 869-7367
 

Local Newspapers
  

Parks and Playgrounds
Arverne Playground
Beach 54 St & Arverne Boulevard
Cardoza Playground
Beach 57 St. & Arverne Boulevard
 

Police Department
100th Precinct-Satellite
343 Beach 54 Street
Arverne NY , 11692
phone: (718) 318-1294
100th Precinct
92-24 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Rockaway Park NY , 11693
phone: (718) 318-4200
101st Precinct
16-12 Mott Avenue
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 868-3400

Post Office
Arverne Post Office
329 Beach 59 Street
Arverne NY , 11692
phone: (800)275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Daytop Village HS
316 Beach 65 Street
Arverne NY , 11692
phone: (718) 474-3800
  

Public Elementary Schools
PS42 Robert Vernam School
488 Beach 66 Street
Arverne NY , 11692
phone: (718) 634-7914
PS 105
420 Beach 51 Street
Arverne NY , 11692
phone: (718) 474-8615
PS 106
180 Beach 35 Street
Arverne NY , 11692
phone: (718) 327-5828
P.S. 256 ANNEX
360 Beach 53 Street
Arverne NY , 11692
  

Public High Schools
Beach Channel HS
100-00 Beach Channel Drive
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 945-6900
Far Rockaway HS
821 Bay 25 Street
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 327-6000
 

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Goldie Maple Academy
365 Beach 56 Street
Arverne NY , 11692
phone: (718) 945-3300
  

Senior Centers
Seaview Manor for Adults
210 Beach 47 Street
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 471-1311
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Donovan Richards
DRichards@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 1931 Mott Avenue, Suite 410
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 471-7014
fax: (718) 327-4794
Legislative Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1731
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-7216
fax: (212) 227-1210
NYS Assembly
Hon. Michele R. Titus
TitusM@nyassembly.gov
District Office 19-31 Mott Avenue, Room 301
Far Rockaway NY, 11691
phone: (718) 327-1845
fax: (718) 327-1878
Albany Office LOB, Room 522
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-5668
fax: (518) 455-3892
NYS Senate
Hon. James Sanders, Jr.
Sanders@nysenate.gov
District Office Address 142-01 Rockaway Boulevard
South Ozone Park NY , 11436
phone: (718) 523-3069
fax: (718) 523-3670
Albany Office Room 508, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY , 12247
phone: 518-455-3531
fax: 518-426-0529
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

The first arrivals in the area were fisherman, among them a NY attorney named Remington Vernam. He was very interested in the prospects for real estate development in Rockaway. He was persistent in buying land owned by William Amerman’s heirs. After several years he was successful in acquiring the land that now makes up the section they named Arverne. According to legend, it was Mrs. Vernam who suggested this name when she observed her husband’s signature, “R. Vern,” with the last letters “am” almost illegible.

In 1884 he incorporated Ocean Front Improvement Company where he wanted to open a new vacation village. Essential to this was the construction of a large hotel, completed in 1888. Despite a good start, Vernam’s hotel did not share in the general success of the community. Financial difficulties came early on. In January 1899 he filed for bankruptcy. He died unexpectedly in 1907, and his son Clarence continued his father’s work. In 1916, Clarence sold the last sizable open tract of land to investors.

Arverne began to decline in the 1950’s and by the 70’s, most of the buildings had been leveled. Recently, the “Arverne by the Sea” project has been revitalized.

The library was initially housed in a drug store from November 10, 1914 through 1929. It was temporarily relocated to PS 42 for one year when in 1930 it was replaced by a bookmobile stop. In 1951, the branch was established in small quarters in a housing project, and on October 23, 1964 a newer rental facility opened for service at the present site. A new title was vested with the City and was designated for Library use on September 6, 2000.

Sources:

History of the Rockaways by Alfred Bellot

Old Rockaway, New York in Early Photographs by Vincent Seyfried

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.