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It's National Novel Writing Month!

It's that time of year again!

Every November, thousands of writers of all experience levels dedicate themselves to writing a 50,000 word manuscript between November 1 and November 30.

If you've decided to sign up for National Novel Writing Month—or NaNoWriMo, as its fans like to affectionately call ...

A Season of Thanks at Queens Library

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. But this year, it’s not just about turkey and pumpkin pie!

Queens Library is hosting wonderful seasonal events, including Thanksgiving storytime, music, movies, arts and crafts, and even a recipe swap!

So bring your family and friends, and give thanks at your local ...

Teen Podcast Naming Contest!

Do you love podcasts? Are you creative with words? Put your skills to the test by entering the Teen Podcast Naming Contest. The winner will receive a pair of Beats Studio 2.0 Wired Over-Ear Headphones!

We want the new name to relate to the podcast’s themes of hip-hop and urban culture. Make it funny, make it playful, make ...

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 ...

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month!

November is National Native American Heritage Month! Join us at Queens Library as we pay tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.

Our special events include author talks, film screenings, historical lectures, arts and crafts for kids, and much more.

Help us honor the history and customs of First ...

Welcome Programs for Kids and Teens!

Whether you’re returning to your library for the first time in a long time, or it’s just another daily visit to your favorite afterschool hangout, all kids and teens are welcome at Queens Library!

To celebrate our younger customers, our libraries are hosting lots of special events for them this fall, including arts and ...

Immigration Assistance at Queens Library

Queens Library offers several resources for new Americans and prospective citizens.

Join us for citizenship classes and workshops, free legal help and financial counseling from NYCitizenship, and more.

Learn about your rights and the realities of the immigration process, and receive assitance from experienced lawyers and ...

Video Visitation at Queens Library

Video visitation is a free program offered at libraries across the city that connects a live video feed between participating library locations and NYC Department of Corrections facilities, allowing incarcerated New Yorkers to talk, read, and share stories together with their loved ...

Shakespeare in Queens: The Final Season

The play’s the thing at Queens Library! We're partnering with the award-winning TITAN Theatre Company to bring dramatic staged readings of Shakespeare’s plays to libraries across Queens.

As TITAN finishes three years of performing each of the 37 plays that Shakespeare wrote, they have saved some of the best for ...

Queens Library is for Everyone!

The Everyone Campaign is exactly that: for everyone. Queens Library is a safe space for all, no matter where you come from, who you love, or what you believe.

In today’s political and social climate, many people in the communities we serve feel vulnerable and afraid.

As the hub of every community across the ...

Nov
24
3:30PM

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4:15PM

Arts and Crafts for School-Age Children

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Come and join us on Friday afternoons to make an arts and crafts project!

For school-age children

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Nov
25
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Google Computer Science First and Coding Class for Teens

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 9 openings

Google Computer Science First teaches teens about computer science and programming. There will only be 10 spots available per class. Please reserve your spot. The classes will be first come, first serve. For grades 7-8.

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Nov
27
12:30PM

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1:30PM

Chair Yoga with Irene Failenbogen

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Friends of Briarwood Library present Chair Yoga. Instructor Irene Failenbogen leads this beginner level chair-based yoga class. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and a smile! Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Nov
27
4:00PM

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5:15PM

Monday Afternoon Family Movies

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Visit the Briarwood Library and Join us for two great family movies:
On Monday, November 20, Briarwood will be showing "What's Cooking" (2000, rated PG-13). The film is about four families of different ethnicities prepare for Thanksgiving.
On November 27, Briarwood will be showing the film "Born in China" (2017, rated G). The movie is about Disneynature's new True Life Adventure film “Born In China” takes an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured.


Nov
27
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Google Computer Science First & Coding Class for Tweens

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

Google Computer Science First teaches tweens about computer science and programming. They will especially learn about computer coding for free. Tween (grades 4-6) classes will be on Mondays & Thursdays from 5pm-6pm. There will only be 10 spots available per class. Please reserve your spot. The classes will be first come, first serve.

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Nov
29
10:00AM

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10:30AM

Mother Goose

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-18 months and their parent/caregiver are invited to join us for simple picture books, nursery rhyme fingerplays, and play time.

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Nov
29
11:00AM

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11:45AM

Toddler Time

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 18-36 months and their parent/caregiver are invited to join us for simple picture books, nursery rhyme fingerplays, songs and play time.

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Nov
30
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Language Learning Group for Beginners in Spanish

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 8 openings

Have you ever wished you could speak Spanish? Learn how to use Transparent Language Online and benefit from a 10-week group learning experience too! You will need a Queens Library card and a computer, tablet, or smart phone to access Transparent Language to do your weekly assignments. Bring your device to the first session for help in setting up your Transparent Language Online account. Space is limited and preregistration is required.

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Nov
30
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Friends of Briarwood Library Presents: Salsa Dance

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Learn your first dance while having fun! If you've always wanted to learn how to dance but thought it was too difficult, think again! With just a few moves, you can be the life of the party! Registration required. Call or ask at Reference desk.


Dec
1
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Babies in Arms

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Join us for a weekly meeting where parents can share their challenges, concerns, problem-solve together, find support, and make new parent friends in the local community! The group is open to parents of the baby (i.e. not a babysitter/nanny) and limited to babies who lapsit only. Registration is required! To register, call or ask at the Reference desk. This event is sponsored by Friends of Briarwood Library.

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Dec
1
12:00PM

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12:45PM

Basic Computer Class for Adults

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

Join us to learn what is a computer and its functions; how to use a mouse, keyboard, and social media; and how to save and print your document. Pre-Registration is required in person or at the Briarwood reference desk (718)-658-1680.

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Dec
4
4:00PM

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6:15PM

Monday Afternoon Movies

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Visit the Briarwood Library and join us for three great superhero movies:

12/4 - "Wonder Woman" (2017, rated PG-13)
12/11 - "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" (2017, rated PG-13)
12/18 - "Batman and Harley Quinn" (2017, rated PG-13)

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Dec
9
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Origami Christmas Ornaments

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Join us for a creative and fun art program featuring origami! Come and create your own Christmas ornament! Sponsored by Friends of Briarwood Library.


Dec
16
2:00PM

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3:00PM

The Friends of Briarwood Library Presents: A Concert of Holiday Songs

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Join us for a concert of holiday songs with Irene Failenbogen. Sponsored by Friends of Briarwood Library.


Dec
20
2:30PM

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3:45PM

Holiday Jazz featuring Pianist William Gati and Vocalist Willa Bassen

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Pianist William Gati and vocalist Willa Bassen perform a concert of popular songs and holiday selections that the entire family is sure to enjoy. Hear memorable selections such as Harold Arlen's "Over the Rainbow", Charlie Parker's "Now's the Time", Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind" and a host of holiday favorites. Special requests are welcomed.


Dec
23
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Jump Start to College

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Presented by Kweller Tutoring - Part 2
This session is for high school students in 11th and 12th Grade. It will provide information on how to fill out a college application. This will include instructional steps on how to fill out college forms and the format to write essays. Sponsored by Friends of Briarwood Library.


Jan
17
2:30PM

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4:00PM

A New Year; A New You: Sleep Soundly, Dream Well

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Mindfulness teacher and certified dream therapist Tzivia Gover will present her new book "The Mindful Way to a Good Night's Sleep". Sleep is increasingly promoted as one of the means to health, productivity at work, memory, and longevity. Learn some accessible, effective techniques for cultivating peaceful, restful sleep - naturally.
Books will be available for sale and signing.


Feb
3
2:30PM

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3:45PM

Black History Month Athlete Movies

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Black History Month Athlete Movies at the Briarwood Community Library---please join us on February 3rd and February 17th at 2:30pm.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
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Feb
10
1:00PM

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2:30PM

Library Lovers' Month Movie: "The Librarian: Quest for the Spear"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Enjoy Library Lovers' Month and Watch a Movie at the Briarwood Community Library! Join us for "The Librarian: Quest for the Spear"(2004) about a bookworm, who tries to foil an evil plan to control the world.


Feb
16
3:30PM

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4:00PM

Lunar New Year Arts and Crafts

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Come to the Briarwood Community Library to make a special Lunar New Year Arts and Crafts project.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Briarwood Community Library has:

  • 6 public computers for Adults
  • 4 public computers for Juneniles
  • 4 public computers for the Young Adults
  • Wireless access(For wireless access information see Wireless Policy)
  • Free Internet Access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the Briarwood Community Library include:

  • Spanish
  • Chinese
  • Russian
  • Hindi
  • Hebrew

 

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

  • Black Experience
  • New Americans Program (ESL)

 


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 Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
A To Z Learning Center
123-21 Jamaica Ave.
Queens NY , 11418
phone: (718) 805-4400
Bovov World Wide HS
83-06 Abingdon Rd.
Queens NY , 11415
Briarwood Early Childhood Center
139-76 85th Drive
Queens NY , 11435
phone: (718) 297-5288
Iras's Parkway Toodlers Program
141-20 Grand Central Parkaway
Queens NY , 11435
phone: (718) 526-1803
Kids Palace
84-75 Daniels Street
Queens NY , 11435
phone: (718) 658-7818
Sholom Day Care
82-52 Abingdon Road
Queens NY , 11415
Yeshiva Tifereth Moshe DC
83-06 Abingdon Rd
Queens NY , 11415
phone: (718) 846-7300
  

Community Board
Community Board District #8
197-15 Hillside Avenue
Hollis NY , 11423
phone: (718) 264-7865
fax: 718-264-7910
  

Community Organizations & Services
Briarwood Community Association
139-15 Pershing Crescent
Briarwood NY , 11435
phone: (718) 297-4542 or (718) 297-9680
  

Fire Department
Engine 298
153-11 Hillside Avenue
Queens NY , 11432
  

Local Hospitals
Queens Hospital Center
82-68 164th Street
Queens NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-3000
Jamaica Hospital Center
8900 Van Wyck Expwy.
Queens NY , 11418
phone: (718) 206-6000
Mary Immaculate Hospital
152-11 89th Avenue

Local Newspapers
Jamaica Times
41-02 Bell Blvd
Bayside NY , 11361
phone: 718-260-4545
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Briarwood Playground
148th St and 85th Avenue
Manton Playground
Manton Street and 83rd Avenue
 

Police Department
107th Precint
71-01 Parsons Blvd.
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718) 969-5100
  

Post Office
Briarwood Finance Station
138-69 Queens Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11435-9996
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Archbishop Molloy High School
83-53 Manton Street
Briarwood NY , 11435-1697
phone: (718) 441-2100
fax: (718) 849-8251
Ezra Academy (Grades 7-12)
119-45 Union Turnpike
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 263-5500
Kew-Forest School (Grades K-12)
119-17 Union Turnpike
Forest Hills NY , 11375-6143
phone: (718) 268-4667
Our Lady of the Cenacle School
87-25 136th St.
Richmond Hill NY , 11418
phone: (718) 657-6690
St. Nicholas of Tolentine School (Grades Pre-K-8)
80-22 Parsons Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 380-1900
Yeshivat Ohr Haimm
82-52 Abingdon Rd.
Kew Gardens NY , phone: (718) 633-2540
Yeshiva Tifereth Moshe
83-06 Abingdon Rd.
Kew Gardens NY , phone: (718) 846-7300
  

Public Elementary Schools
PS 82 Hammond
88-02 144 Street
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 526-4139
fax: (718) 297-0290
PS 99 Kew Gardens
82-37 Kew Gardens Road
Kew Gardens NY , 11415
phone: (718) 544-4343
fax: (718) 544-5992
PS 117 Joyce Keld/Briarwood School
85-15 143 Street
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 526-4780
fax: (718) 297-1796

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
JHS 217 Robert A. Van Wyck School
85-05 144 Street
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 657-1120
fax: (718) 291-3668
  

Senior Centers
BFFY Hillcrest Senior Center
168-01b Hillside Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 297-7171
Young Israel Queens Valley Senior Center
141-55 77th Avenue
Flushing NY , 11367
phone: (718) 263-6995
 

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Rory Lancman
RLancman@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 78-40 164th Street
Hillcrest NY , 11366
phone: (718) 217-4969
fax: (347) 561-6116
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1773
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-6956
fax: (212) 676-0471
NYS Assembly
Hon. Michael A. Simanowitz
SimanowitzM@nyassembly.gov
District Office Address 159-06 71st Avenue
Flushing NY, 11365
phone: (718) 969-1508
fax: (718) 969-8326
Albany Office LOB, Room 742
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4404
fax: (518) 455-5408
NYS Senate
Hon. Leroy Comrie
Comrie@nysenate.gov
District Office 113-43 Farmers Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 454-0162
fax: (718) 454-0186
Albany Office Room 617, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2701
fax: (518) 455-2816
US Congress
Hon. Grace Meng

District Office Address 40-13 159th Street
Flushing NY, 11358
phone: (718) 445-7860
fax: (718) 445-7868
Legislative Office 1317 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-2601
fax: (202) 225-1589
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

The present Briarwood community stretches from Union Turnpike on its northern side to Hillside Avenue and Queens Blvd., to Parsons Blvd. on its the eastern side. The Briarwood area of Queens was undeveloped until after the turn of the century. In 1907 real estate developer Herbert A. O’Brien formed the Briarwood Land Company to develop the area between Parsons Blvd. and Queens Blvd. The name “Briarwood” was suggested by Mrs. O’Brien because the area was heavily wooded and full of briars. The company went bankrupt and the area remained undeveloped. In 1936 Briarwood Estates Development Corporation began selling homes in the area. In an ad in the 1939 World’s Fair News it proclaimed “You owe it to yourself to visit Briarwood Estates, a refined residential community”; however the area didn’t fully develop until after WWII when returning GI’s settled in the area. Of note, Archbishop Molloy High School is located across the street from the library at 83-53 Manton Street. It was opened in 1957. The population of Briarwood has grown from only a few residents at the turn of the century, to 10,000 in 1940, to its current population of almost 30,000 residents who reside in over 2,000 private homes and over 100 apartment buildings. The Briarwood Branch of the Queens Library was opened in 1975.

Sources:

About Briarwood by Seymour Schwartz, President of the Briarwood Community Association (pamphlet)

Briarwood by Gerhard Heese, 1st Vice President of the Briarwood Community Association (pamphlet)