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It's #BookTuesday!

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

Our #BookTuesday pick is Warlight by Michael Ondaatje.

From the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of "The English Patient" comes a new novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War ...

Harry Potter Week at the Library!

It's the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone!

We’re celebrating the U.S. publication of the first Harry Potter book with movie marathons, wand-making workshops, and all the Hogwarts wizardry that you can imagine, including a Super Fan Quote Challenge where you can ...

Discover Your City With Culture Pass!

It's summer in the city and 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, a ...

In Search of Earth’s Secrets: A Pop-Up Science Encounter

Are you curious about how our planet has evolved in the past—and how it is changing now?

Join us this summer and fall for a unique pop-up science exhibit where you will learn how scientists on board a research drilling ship are studying the seafloor’s core!

The JOIDES Resolution is a ship that drills into ...

Summer Reading: Libraries Rock!

Summer reading is here, and our theme this year is Libraries Rock!

We can’t wait for you to rock and roll with us at our music-themed events all summer long, from making your own instruments to sing-alongs!

Get your reading groove on this summer and track your reading progress through fun activities at your ...

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 ...

Summer Meals For Kids & Teens

For children and teens up to 18 years old, free, nutritious Summer Meals will be available from Wednesday, June 27 through Friday, August 31.

Meals will be provided Monday through Friday, from 1pm to 2pm, at 35 Queens Library locations. Enrollment is not required.

Queens ...

Aug
22
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Crafts for Kids

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Create funky characters, unique jewelry, fun keychains, stylish bracelets, necklaces, rings, tiaras, and more - the possibilities are endless!

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This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Aug
22
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Storytime

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Two-year-olds and the adults in their lives explore language and numbers through stories. Picture books, flannel board stories, nursery rhymes, and songs are used to introduce the wonder of books.

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

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Aug
22
4:00PM

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4:45PM

Learn a Language Online

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Did the World Cup spark an interest about a foreign country? Learn their language online with Transparent Language! Come in to one of our introductory sessions to learn how or visit www.queenslibrary.org/transparentlanguage to get started.

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Aug
22
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Color Me Calm: Tea Tasting Club

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Stressed? This group is open to anyone who enjoys relaxation and creative expression. We will enjoy sampling a variety of different teas, while listening to soft sounds and coloring. You can bring your own coloring book and color pencils but the library will provide coloring pages, pencils, crayons, and tea for the club meeting.

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

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Aug
23
4:00PM

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4:30PM

Introducing the Samsung Tablet!

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Visit Broad Channel for Tablet Thursdays to take out the Samsung Tablet!

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

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Aug
23
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Recipe Swap and Cookbook Club

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Join us at the Broad Channel Community Library to swap and share some of your oldest and dearest or new and exciting recipes with others. We will make copies of all the recipes brought in so that everyone will have new recipes each month, and at the end of the year we will compile all the recipes into an organized community recipe book. The recipe cookbook club will meet the 2nd Thursday of each month at 4pm.

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

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Aug
24
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Storytime in the Park

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Stories, meowsic, arts and crafts, and fun make up this hour every Friday at 10:30am in the Broad Channel Park. Everyone is welcome!

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

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Aug
24
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Board Games

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Bring a friend and come play some games at the Broad Channel Library.

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

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Aug
24
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Friday Board Games

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Join us to play our selection of modern and classic board games. No experience necessary and all ages welcome.

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

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Aug
24
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Collaborative Lego Challenge

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Can you build a concert stage, a house, or a spaceship? If you love being creative and building with Legos, come on in and join our Lego Challenge Club, where we will collaborate and share ideas with kids at the Seaside Community Library. This club will be geared towards kids ages 5-12 and their caregiver.

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

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Aug
25
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Back to School Celebration

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Celebrate the start of a new school year with a variety of fun activities and great giveaways.


Aug
25
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Super Fan Quote Contest

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Are you a Harry Potter super fan? Fans will have an opportunity to test their Harry Potter knowledge at participating library locations. To enter you must identify the Harry Potter quote. If you answer correctly your name will be entered into the drawing to win Harry Potter prizes.


Aug
27
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Harry Potter 20: Harry Potter Pencil Wands

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Join us in celebrating Harry Potter's 20th anniversary. We will be making Harry Potter wand pencils and watching a Harry Potter movie in the background.


Aug
27
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Pen Pal Club

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Do you want to learn how to write letters and exchange them snail mail style with a new friend your own age in another community library?
Join us for Pen Pal Club. Letters will be exchanged with children from the Seaside Community Library and a meetup party is planned for later in the year!

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

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Aug
28
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Kids' Lego Club

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Open to all children; there is no need to sign up. This will give children the opportunity to get creative and build anything they choose with lots of Legos. They can either work on their own creations or build as a team.

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

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Aug
28
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Harry Potter 20: Harry Potter Quill Pens

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

In celebration of Harry Potter's 20th anniversary we will be making quill pens with feathers and ballpoint ink.


Aug
29
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Harry Potter Jeopardy for Teens

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

For Harry Potter's 20th Anniversary, let's see how well you know Harry Potter. Prizes will be provided for the lucky winners.


Aug
30
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Harry Potter 20: Hogwarts' Acceptance Letter

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Come celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter. We will be creating a replica of the official Hogwarts' acceptance letter.


Aug
31
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Harry Potter 20: Harry Potter Games and Bookmarks

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

For Harry Potter's 20th Anniversary, we will be creating Harry Potter bookmarks, playing pin the scar on Harry, and much more!


Sep
5
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Guided Meditation

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Guided meditation calms the mind and relaxes the body. Those who practice it regularly may experience reduced levels of stress and increased inner peace and well-being. The instructor will help you focus on relaxing your mind and making positive mental changes.

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

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Sep
6
5:30PM

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7:00PM

Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.'s Mobile Office Hours

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. is hosting library hours to listen to constituent/community concerns and to make his office more accessible to the public.

5:30PM - 7PM
Thursday, August 16: Glendale temporary space
Thursday, September 6: Broad Channel
Thursday, September 20: Middle Village
Thursday, September 27: Seaside
Thursday, October 4: North Forest Park
Thursday, October 11: Ozone Park
Thursday, October 18: Howard Beach
Thursday, October 25: Kew Gardens Hills

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

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Sep
28
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Teens "Be a Changemaker" Workshop

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Changemakers are people who identify a problem, identify ways to solve the problem, and make a difference doing it. If you are a teen looking to make a difference, join the Broad Channel Community Library and other teens in the community for this six-week workshop that will bring you inspiration as well as real-life examples and strategies to be a part of a team that will make a change.

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

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Sep
29
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Book and Cookie Club

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

This is a book club group for third and fourth graders. Come read some great books, join in the discussion, and enjoy some tasty cookies! The club meets once a month. Books are available at the circulation desk two weeks prior to meeting.

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

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Nov
5
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Practice Kindness: A Guided Meditation

Location: Broad Channel
Registration: Not required

Guided meditation calms the mind and relaxes the body. Those who practice it regularly may experience reduced levels of stress and increased inner peace and well-being. In November and December, we will be focusing on the theme of kindness.
The instructor will help you to explore stress reduction techniques and discover ways to enhance all aspects of kindness towards yourself, as well as how that impacts the kindness we are able to extend towards others.

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

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Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Broad Channel Community Library has:

  • 4 public computers
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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Each branch of the Queens Library provides for general and local needs by collecting both general interest materials and more specialized materials in English and other languages.

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Broad Channel Community Library include:

  • Broad Channel Historical Collection

 

 

 


Child Care / Preschools
Community Board
Community Organizations & Services
Fire Department
Local Hospitals
Local Newspapers
Parks and Playgrounds
Police Department
Post Office
Public Elementary Schools
Public High Schools
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
Rockaway Child Care Center
14-66 Beach Channel Drive
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718)327-1384
Rockaway Community Neighborhood Head Start Program
72-05 Beach Channel Drive
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 945-3077
Hammels Child Care Center
82-10 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693
phone: (718) 474-3162

Community Board
American Legion Post 1404
209 Crossbay Blvd.
Broad Channel NY , 11693
phone: (718) 474-5029
  

Community Organizations & Services
American Littoral Society North East Chapter
Meetings are held on the 1st & 3rd Fridays of the month
28 West 9th Rd
Broad Channel NY , 11693
phone: (718) 474-5029
Broad Channel Athletic Club
P.O. Box 1
Broad Channel NY , 11693
phone: (718)318-0600
Broad Channel Civic Association
P.O. Box 4
Broad Channel NY , 11693
phone: (212) 530-7774
Broad Channel Historical Society
The collection is housed in the Broad Channel Library c/o Broad Channel Civic Association
P.O. Box 4
Broad Channel NY , 11693
phone: (718) 474-1127
Iroquois Yacht Club
1004 Church Rd
Broad Channel NY , 11693
phone: (718) 474-9668
North Channel Yacht Club
1622 Church Rd
Broad Channel NY , 11693
phone: (718) 634-5106
Prince-Wynn VFW Post 260
713 Shad Creek Rd
Broad Channel NY , 11693
phone: (718)327-1384
Shad Creek Association, Inc.
529 Crossbay Blvd
Broad Channel NY , 11693
 

Fire Department
FDNY- Engine 266
92-24 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Far Rockaway NY , 11693
Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Dept.& Ambulance Corps.
Emergency Phone: (718) 474-8888
15 Noel Rd.
Broad Channel NY , 11693
phone: (718) 474-6888
 

Local Hospitals
Peninsula Hospital Center
5115 Beach Channel Dr
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 734-2000
  

Local Newspapers
The Wave
Located off Crossbay Blvd. 1½ miles Joseph Addabbo Sr. Bridge (Formerly North Channel Bridge) Look for the brown Parks Dept. sign
P.O. Box 930097
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693
phone: (718) 634-4000
  

Parks and Playgrounds
Gateway National Park Jamaica Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Floyd Bennett Field
Brooklyn NY , 11234
phone: (718) 318-4340
Playgrounds Gene Gray Park
East 9th Road and Crossbay Blvd
NY ,
Seventeenth Road Playground
Seventeenth Road and Crossbay Blvd
NY ,

Police Department
100th Precinct
92-24 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Far Rockaway NY , 11693
phone: (718) 318-4200
  

Post Office
Post office
90-14 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Rockaway NY , 11693
  

Public Elementary Schools
P.S. 47 Chris Galas School (Preschool–8)
9 Power Rd
Broad Channel NY , 11693
phone: (718) 634-7167
  

Public High Schools
410 Beach Channel High School
100-00 Beach Channel Dr
Far Rockaway NY , 11694
phone: (718) 945-6900
  

Senior Centers
Queens Community Board # 14
19-31 Mott Avenue
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 471-7300
Hammel Senior Center United Irish
90-01 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Far Rockaway NY , 11693
phone: (718) 634-4047
Rockaway Senior Service Center
90-01 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Far Rockaway NY , 11693
phone: (718) 634-1215

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Eric Ulrich
EUlrich@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 93-06 101st Avenue
Ozone Park NY, 11416
phone: (718) 738-1083
fax: (718) 738-1918
Legislative Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1555
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-7069
NYS Assembly
Hon. Stacey Pheffer Amato
AmatoS@nyassembly.gov
District Office 95-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Rockaway Beach NY, 11693
phone: (718) 945-9550
fax: (718) 945-9549
Albany Office LOB, Room 827
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4292
fax: (518) 455-4723
NYS Senate
Hon. Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.
Addabbo@nysenate.gov
District Office 159-53 102nd Street
Howard Beach NY, 11414
phone: (718) 738-1111
fax: (718) 322-5760
Albany Office Room 613, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2322
fax: (518) 426-6875
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

Broad Channel is a small close knit community, two miles long and three blocks wide. In the 1640’s the area was sold to the Dutch. The land was granted to Hempstead settlers and became part of the Town of Jamaica.

In 1881, it became a stop on the Long Island Railroad. The railroad allowed Broad Channel to become a summer hot spot for city travelers. Over 3 million people traveled by train each year to the Rockaway beaches and the Broad Channel hotels. Hotels grew and seasonal bungalows popped up. Residents paid $25 in rent each year to the city’s Dock Department.

Around 1900, Jamaica Bay became part of New York City. By 1907, there were an estimated 300 homes and businesses in Broad Channel. Fishing was a big industry there until 1921 when the bay became too polluted to continue to fish. The completion of Cross Bay Boulevard in 1925 allowed Broad Channel to change from a seasonal area to a year round residence.

In 1938, Robert Moses tried to have the residents evicted and the whole area made into wildlife refuge and recreational park. The plan was too expensive, and in 1950, after the train trestle burned down, the Metropolitan Transit Authority took over train service. Several small islands were connected by filling in part of the bay for the construction of the new A train. The area that was filled in became the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. The 9,155 acre refuge was opened in 1953. Today more then 325 species of birds have been found there.

This was not the first or the last time the residents were facing eviction, including by a JFK runway expansion plan and a plan to make Broad Channel part of Gateway National Park. During this whole time residents were fighting to purchase their land from the city. Finally in 1995 the battle was won and residents were able to buy the land their homes were built on.

Broad Channel is the home to one of New York City’s ten remaining volunteer fire departments. The Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department has been serving the community for over 100 years.

The community was served for many years by a weekly Bookmobile, which was withdrawn during the city’s fiscal crisis in the mid-1970’s. After some years of community pressure for the reinstatement of library service, Queens Library decided to provide library service by means of a pre-fabricated Porta-Branch, the first to be erected in Queens. Serving a population of 2,500 people, the Broad Channel Library opened on July 17, 1990.

Sources:

Broad Channel Historical Collection

Home Town Long Island by Newsday with Forward by Billy Joel

The Other Islands of New York City: a History and Guide by Sharon Seitz and Stuart Miller

Special Services

Return all Queens Library books, videos, music at Queens Library at Broad Channel. Use the self-service book return, available every day and every night. Receipts given for your security.