It's #BookTuesday!

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

Our #BookTuesday pick for March 20 is Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella.

After ten years together, Sylvie and Dan have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, and beautiful twin girls, and they communicate so seamlessly they finish each ...

Celebrate Women's History Month!

March is Women’s History Month, and Queens Library is excited to present a range of programs dedicated to the creativity and achievements of women throughout history. Join us for performances, art exhibits, film screenings, children’s crafts, and plenty more!

Also, we're posting pictures of noteworthy books by ...

Queens Library To Take Plastic Bags Out of Circulation

In an effort to protect the environment and better use our financial resources, Queens Library will stop offering plastic shopping bags to our customers at all 65 locations on June 30, 2018.

Plastic bags release toxins into the ground and water, can take hundreds of years to decompose, and in many cases are used ...

Free Tax Help at Queens Library!

It’s that time of year again!

If you need help figuring out and filing your ‪tax return‬, come to Queens Library for free tax-preparation assistance if you're age 60 and older, or earn $66,000 or less a year.

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance is offering free electronic ...

Free UPK at Ravenswood

Queens Library’s Universal Pre-K at Ravenswood, located at 35-32 21st Street in Long Island City, offers an outstanding pre-K education; free nutritious lunches and snacks; warm, friendly, highly qualified staff; the best learning experience for your child; free after-school care until 5:30 p.m.; and all the ...

Job Skills Training

Need job training? Looking to get certified?

Thanks to Queens Library’s Job & Business Academy, Bank of America, and NYC Council Member Donovan Richards, you can receive industry-specific job training and certifications in high-growth industries. Take OSHA-certified construction trade classes, receive ...

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 ...

Public Budget Hearing April 19

Queens Library is preparing its operating budget for Fiscal Year 2019. The public is invited to find out what the Library’s funding priorities are and to provide input to the Library.

The Library’s public budget hearing will take place on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 6 p.m. at Queens Central Library, ...

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 ...

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 Arverne Community Library has:

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


Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.









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
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
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
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.
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
Hon. Bill de Blasio


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.


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.