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Briarwood

It's #BookTuesday!

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

Our #BookTuesday pick is Parkland: Birth of a Movement by Dave Cullen.

On the first anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, the acclaimed New York Times-bestselling author of ...

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations

This Black History Month, join us for Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations, a celebration of the ways that black migrations—the movement of black populations across the world—have shaped societies and cultures.

Come to the Library for music, movies, art, and more—and take part in our exciting Passport ...

Celebrate National Library Lovers' Month!

February is National Library Lovers' Month, so here's a chance to let everyone know how much you love your library: submit a photo to the Share Your Love For Queens Library Photo Contest!

Take creative pictures that show your love for the library—at a library program, with your friends at the ...

Celebrate the Lunar New Year!

Xin Nian Kuai Le! Join us as we celebrate the Lunar New Year at Queens Library!

The Lunar New Year is a centuries-old tradition in China and several other Asian countries, and it is a time to honor deities and ancestors, as well as make way for good fortune in the upcoming year.

At Queens Library, you can attend ...

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 are a low-income older adult, or earn $66,000 or less a year.

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and Urban Upbound are ...

Langston Hughes Library's 50th Anniversary!

This year, the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center and its Black Heritage Reference Center will be celebrating their 50th anniversary—an important milestone for Queens Library and our borough!

Langston Hughes Library was founded in 1969 through community activism by the Library Action Committee (LAC) of ...

Free English Classes!

Are you a new American who wants to learn English or improve your English language skills?

You can learn English at Queens Library for FREE!

Join a supportive community of students and teaching professionals at our community libraries. Classes are available at Beginner and Intermediate levels.

To register, ...

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 ...

What We Bring: Immigrant Art On View at Central Library

Join us for a new art exhibit at Central Library in Jamaica from January 7 to March 2 that honors the artistic talents and cultural contributions of new immigrants.

What We Bring: New Immigrant Gifts adds to the national dialogue on immigration. Focusing on the cultural contributions of immigrants who came to the U.S. in the ...

Discover Your City With Culture Pass!

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

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

Feb
20
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 finger plays, and playtime.


Feb
20
11:00AM

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11:30AM

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 finger plays, songs, and playtime.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
20
12:30PM

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2:00PM

English Conversation Class with Ms. Rosalie

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Improve your English conversation skills in a friendly, fun, and casual environment with Rosalie from Friends of Briarwood Library.

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

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Feb
20
3:00PM

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5:30PM

STACKS Program

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

The STACKS program will enhance learning experiences through structured and unstructured age appropriate activities for kids ages 6-14.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
22
1:00PM

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2:00PM

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 a computer is and its functions; how to use a mouse, keyboard, and social media; and how to save and print your document. Preregistration is required in person at the Briarwood Reference Desk or by phone at 718-658-1680.


Feb
22
3:30PM

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4:00PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations - Putting my traveling shoes on and off I go on ..?

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Kids are invited to create the vehicle that will take them to their next traveling adventure: Car or spaceship? Boat or flying dragon? There is no limit to where the mind and heart can travel! For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Feb
23
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations - Hip Hop Karaoke

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

This is a karaoke program to celebrate the different genres of music in black history over the past several decades. The genres will include Motown (R&B), disco, funk, house, and rap. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Feb
28
4:30PM

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6:30PM

Family Movie: "Incredibles 2"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Visit Briarwood Library and watch the family movie "Incredibles 2" (2018, PG). "Incredibles 2" is about Bob Incredible, who is left home with the kids (Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack), when Elastigirl becomes the new face of superheroes.


Mar
1
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Basic Computer Class for Adults

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Join us to learn what a computer is and its functions; how to use a mouse, keyboard, and social media; and how to save and print your document. Preregistration is required in person at the Briarwood Reference Desk or by phone at 718-658-1680.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
1
3:30PM

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4:15PM

It's National Pig Day: Paint/Color Your Own Piggy Bank Arts & Crafts Project

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Visit the Briarwood Library for National Pig Day to paint and color your own piggy bank!


Mar
6
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 finger plays, and playtime.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
6
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 finger plays, songs, and playtime.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
8
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Arts and Crafts

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

School-age children, come and join us on Friday afternoons to make an arts and crafts project.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
15
10:30AM

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11:15AM

Preschool Science Storytime

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Parents and children ages 3-5 discover and learn together. Each science storytime includes one or two storybooks, a song, vocabulary, and an exploration time. Each session is forty-five minutes, exploring the fundamental science concepts like sound, light/shadow, measuring, wind, water, and balance.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
15
3:30PM

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4:15PM

Shamrock Arts & Crafts Project

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Visit the Briarwood Library to create a special shamrock!


Mar
16
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Inspiring Women in Science: Solving Ancient Mysteries, Part I

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Retired teacher of forensics Linda Maria Frank speaks about modern forensic techniques that are used to solve mysteries of the past.


Mar
16
3:45PM

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4:30PM

Inspiring Women In Science: Bingo!

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

The excitement of Bingo and the fun of learning something new? Yes please! Fun facts about fifty Inspiring Women in Science in a bingo game for the whole family!

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

Additional Dates


Mar
18
5:30PM

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7:15PM

Family Movie: "Smallfoot"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Visit the Briarwood library to watch the movie "Smallfoot" (2018, PG). This movie is an animated adventure for all ages. Smallfoot turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human. News of this “smallfoot” throws the simple Yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in a new story about friendship, courage, and the joy of discovery.


Mar
25
5:30PM

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7:30PM

Movie: "Venom"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Join us to watch the movie "Venom" (2018, PG-13). The movie is about a journalist who becomes the host of an alien symbiote and acquires superhuman abilities alongside a malevolent and unpredictable alter-ego while investigating the true nature of the secretive experiments conducted by the Life Foundation.


Mar
30
2:30PM

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4:45PM

The Whole Food Plant-Based Diet Revolution: Discussion and Film Screening

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Local resident and educator Mike McGowan will discuss the connection our choices have on animal welfare, climate change, and ourselves. Join us for an illustrated presentation of the latest findings of the benefits of a vegan diet followed by a screening of the documentary "Vegucated" (2011). The film follows three meat and cheese loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks.


Apr
1
5:30PM

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7:15PM

Classic Comedies: "Lysistrata"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Join us for a staged reading by Titan Theatre Company of "Lysistrata" by Aristophanes. Prepare to enjoy the original battle of the sexes as the women of Greece vow to withhold sexual contact from all men until a treaty is negotiated to end the Peloponnesian War. Double entendres abound as men of Greece attempt to get the women to break their oath.


Apr
6
2:30PM

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3:30PM

The Eight Powers of Raja Yoga Meditation - Presented by Global Harmony House Meditation Center

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Would you like to be able to face difficult situations with courage and find solutions with ease? Learn how to access the powers which are inherent within you and apply them in challenging moments. Regain confidence, navigate through storms, and achieve success at every step.


Apr
19
3:30PM

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4:15PM

Rabbit/Earth Day Arts & Crafts Project

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Visit the Briarwood Library to create a special arts and crafts project for Earth Day!


Apr
22
12:30PM

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1:30PM

Chair Yoga with Irene Failenbogen

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Friends of Briarwood Library presents 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.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
22
4:30PM

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7:00PM

Movie: "Mission Impossible: Fallout"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Visit the Briarwood Community Library to watch the new "Mission Impossible: Fallout" (2018, PG-13). Ethan Hunt and his team must stop a nuclear attack while on the run from a CIA agent tasked with taking them out.


Apr
25
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Family Movie: "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Come to the Briarwood Library to watch "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" (2018, PG). This movie is about a monster family that embarks on a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else's vacation at the hotel; they indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer.


Apr
29
5:30PM

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7:00PM

Family Movie: "The Grinch"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Join us for "The Grinch" (2018, PG). The Grinch attempts to undermine the annual Christmas celebration at Whoville with the help of his loyal dog and reindeer. He disguises himself as Santa Claus and tries to steal all the presents, but his cover is threatened by an earnest young girl.


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. Daniel Rosenthal
RosenthalD@nyassembly.gov
District Office Address 159-06 71st Avenue
Flushing NY, 11365
phone: (718) 969-1508
fax: (718) 969-8326
Albany Office LOB, Room 431
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, Suite A
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)