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About
Arverne

An interview with Alex Hortis, author of The Mob and the City

Alex Hortis, author of The Mob and The City, was born and raised in Minnesota, a couple of hours northwest of Minneapolis. He first came to New York City as a student at New York University School of Law. The Mob and the City is his first full-length book. Before you come to see him speak at Queens Library at Central this Friday, September ...

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Borrow a Google Nexus Tablet!

Queens Library now has 5,000 Google tablets available for loan from eight locations:

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Sunday Concerts at Central: 29th Annual Series

Queens Library invites you to a series of free concerts featuring world music. Events take place on Sundays at 3:00 pm between October 2014-June 2015 at Queens Central Library. 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11432.
 

 

Son De Madre 
Sunday, October 5, ...

Sep
18
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Beginners Word

Location: Arverne
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 14 openings

Make your documents stand out with Microsoft Word. In this beginners class, you will learn how to create and save Word documents; format and edit text; copy, cut, and paste items; and use the basic functions and commands of Word. Basic computer skills required. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Class code: CC170


Sep
18
11:30AM

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1:00PM

Beginners PowerPoint

Location: Arverne
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 14 openings

Create awesome presentations and slideshows with PowerPoint 2010! Topics covered will include creating and editing slides, changing the design and colors, inserting pictures and illustrations, and presenting your slide show. Preregister at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required. Class code CC190


Sep
18
1:00PM

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2:30PM

Beginners Excel

Location: Arverne
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 14 openings

Learn how to navigate a spreadsheet, create workbooks, enter and edit data, and create charts and graphs. Basic computer skills are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information please call (718)634-4784.


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Sep
18
5:00PM

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6:30PM

Beaded Bracelet Workshop for Adults

Location: Arverne
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 12 openings

Learn how to design your own beaded bracelet. Preregistration is required. Space is limited.


Sep
22
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Job Map Orientation

Location: Arverne
Registration: Not required

JobMap is a new Queens Library online tool that provides customized recommendations for job search help and computer training. In this workshop you will learn how to preregister for job-search workshops and computer-training classes, store your resumes and cover letters online, and get your resume reviewed online. For more information, call 718-634-4784.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
23
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Skills Identification

Location: Arverne
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 14 openings

Learn how to define and categorize job skills, what skills are most sought by employers, and how to identify and market your skills to potential employers.
Class code: JR110. To register, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information please call (718)634-4784.


Sep
23
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Resume Workshop

Location: Arverne
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

Make your resume the best it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn how to get started, types of resumes, what to include and not include in a resume and tips for making a resume stronger. Preregister at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call (718) 634-4784 for more information. Class code JR130


Sep
23
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Interview Skills

Location: Arverne
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 14 openings

So, you’ve landed an interview for a wonderful job…now what? It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions, and follow up properly after the interview. Class Code: JR170. For more information please call (718)634-4784


Sep
25
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Twitter

Location: Arverne
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

Learn about Twitter, an online social networking service that allows you to connect instantly to what's most important to you. You’ll learn how you can “follow” your friends, experts and favorite celebrities and receive breaking news, job posting notifications and more. Basic computer skills and a valid email address are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-634-4784 for additional information. Class code CC130.


Sep
25
11:30AM

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1:00PM

Facebook

Location: Arverne
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

Learn about the social media site that everyone is using, and how you can use it to stay in touch with loved ones, keep up with the news, and leverage your network for your job search! We will help you set up your new Facebook account and answer your questions. Basic computer knowledge, internet skills, and a valid email account required. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-634-4784 for additional information. Class Code: CC130


Sep
25
1:00PM

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2:30PM

LinkedIn

Location: Arverne
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

LinkedIn is a social networking website that allows you to manage your professional identity, build and engage with your professional network, and access knowledge, insights, and opportunities. In this workshop you will learn how to use LinkedIn to look for employment, network, and keep up with colleagues. Basic computer skills and knowledge of the internet required. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-634-4784 for additional information. Class Code: JR210


Sep
30
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Job Seach Strategies

Location: Arverne
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

Beginning a job search can be overwhelming. Prepare yourself to start a successful one! In this workshop participants will learn: what is needed to start a job search; general and career-specific websites; and how to safely find and apply for jobs online. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information call 718-634-4784. Class code JR190


Sep
30
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Online Job Applications

Location: Arverne
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

In this workshop, you will begin to navigate online job applications swiftly and efficiently by learning how to register and build an employment profile on a job site, apply to online job postings and upload your resume to an online application. Basic computer skills and an email account are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information call 718-634-4784. Class code JR160


Sep
30
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Cover Letters

Location: Arverne
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

Make your cover letter the best that it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn how to get started, types of cover letters, what to include and not include and tips for making a cover letter stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information call 718-634-4784. Class code JR130


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

 


What does a Friends Group do?

Friends of Library - Arverne Chapter. Contact Community Library Manager at (718) 634-4784 or Office of Government and Community Affairs (GCA) at (718) 990-0817 if you are interested in joining.


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 234-26 A Merrick Blvd
Laurelton NY , 11413
phone: (718) 527-4356
fax: (718) 471-7391
Legislative Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1820
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-7216
fax: (212) 227-1210
NYS Assembly
Hon. Michele R. Titus
TitusM@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 131-17 Rockaway Boulevard
South Ozone Park NY, 11420
phone: (718) 322-4958
fax: (718) 327-1878
Albany Office LOB, Room 844
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., 2nd Floor
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 725-6000
fax: (718) 725-9868
Legislative Office 2234 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
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.