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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!

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Get Free Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park!

Shakespeare in the Park is one of New York City's most beloved summer traditions—and now you can get your tickets at Queens Library!

Free ticket vouchers will be available at Flushing Library (41-17 Main Street) on Friday, July 27, from 12 to 2 p.m. for The Public ...

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 ...

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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.

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Jul
23
2:00PM

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Summer Reading for Kids Check-In

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Join us for Summer Reading fun in the children's section, where we will have activities and prizes for participating children!

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

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Jul
23
6:00PM

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7:00PM

YouTube Fun Video

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Do you want to sit back, relax, and laugh a little? Let's watch funny videos together! Every week, we will feature videos featuring a different animal such as kittens, puppies, hamsters, and more!

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

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Jul
24
4:00PM

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5:15PM

Changing Minds Film Series

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Summer is here! Still feeling the stress of the school year? Want to unwind and have a positive summer? Come cool off and relieve any stress at our mental health film screening with topics like anxiety and depression. At the Queens Library, we have your back. Mental health professional Nicole Johnson will facilitate an open discussion and provide support. Delicious refreshments will be provided! Bring a friend.


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Jul
25
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Time

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

The program is for toddlers ages 1-3.

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

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Jul
25
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Adult Summer Reading Club

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Join us this summer to explore a variety of arts & crafts, music, board games, travel journaling, and so much more. You'll know why "Libraries Rock!" after you have spent some time enjoying adult programming at Cambria Heights Community Library!

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

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Jul
26
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Adult Craft Hour

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Join us weekly for a variety of crafts. We will learn to crochet, knit, make jewelry, explore paper crafts, create collages and paint with coffee, watercolor and acrylics.

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

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Jul
26
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Table Tennis Anyone?!?

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Come join us and learn to play table tennis/ping pong. Beginners, intermediate or advanced, all skill levels are welcome!

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

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Jul
27
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Mommy and Me

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Playtime with arts and crafts for toddlers ages 1-3

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

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Jul
27
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Karaoke Time for Kids and Teens

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Do you like coming for free summer meals? Well, how about some musical entertainment while you eat?! Karaoke and summer meals together, what could be better? Let us know your favorite songs, and be prepared to entertain and have fun!

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

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Aug
2
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Sankofa Discussion and Multimedia Club

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

The Sankofa Discussion and Multimedia Club will meet bi-monthly to discuss histories of the diaspora. Using a variety of formats, we reach back to see our way forward to meet the challenges of today.
Join Us 1st Thursday Evenings Alternating months at 6pm
April 4, 2018 Explore the Central America, The Caribbean & South American cultures
June 4, 2018 Explore Asia, Black Europe and the African Diaspora


Aug
13
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Build a Block Community Meeting

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Come meet your Neighborhood Coordination Officers and learn how to get involved in the community! Let's make a positive difference together.


Aug
25
10:00AM

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6:00PM

Mental Health First Aid with Thrive NYC

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

Cambria Heights Library will host Thrive NYC for free training in Mental Health First Aid.
This eight-hour training teaches the skill to provide initial support when someone nearby experiences a mental health crisis.
To Register:
http://cambriaheightslibrary.timetap.com


Aug
29
2:00PM

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3:00PM

A Balloon Show with Nick The Balloonatic

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

In this fun-filled balloon show, Nick The Balloonatic will interact with children as he sculpts balloons, laughs, and jokes, making everyone feel special. Crazy hats, animals, and your favorite characters will be raffled off for children to take home.


Sep
5
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Cambria Heights Quilters

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Please join us Wednesday mornings for beginner quilting. We will learn basic and intermediate techniques to create beautiful individual and group projects. All are welcome, supplies will be available for use during the sessions.

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

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Sep
6
6:00PM

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7:30PM

The Empowered Gardener Series: Visualize Your Ideal Garden

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

We will look at the productivity of our gardens and evaluate the impact of nature and our care habits to develop blueprints to make change. A demonstration of indoor composting with red worms and a large soda bottle.


Sep
7
6:00PM

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9:00PM

An Evening of Art with the Cambria Heights Library Craft Artist Extraordinaire

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Celebrate Cambria Heights Library's artistic community at their 3rd Annual Artist Reception and Exhibit. An array of creative expression will be on display through October including yarn crafts, water color, acrylics, jewelry, line art photography, quilts, and sewing projects.


Sep
10
6:30PM

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8:00PM

QEDC: Business Plan Competition

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

The Queens Economic Development Corporation’s Annual Queens StartUP! Business Plan Competition begins in September 2018. The competition gives entrepreneurs a chance to strengthen their business knowledge, learn about business trends, and gain insights into starting and growing a business while also introducing them to the vast resources available to them at Queens Library. Learn more at these information sessions and watch for more news about classes starting in October.


Sep
13
5:30PM

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7:30PM

Queens Artists and Nonprofit Organizations: Do You Need Funding?

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Queens Council on the Arts supports the hard work and contributions of Queens-based individual artists and nonprofit organizations producing cultural programming in all arts disciplines through grants. Applicants must attend a Application Information Session to learn about the guidelines before applying.


Sep
17
10:00AM

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12:00PM

ESOL English Conversation

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Want to learn English or improve your skills? The library is hosting a free English Conversation group. Come and make new friends. Vini aprann lang angle avèk nou nan bibliyotèk la.

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

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Oct
4
6:00PM

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7:30PM

We Do Family Research

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Join us as we learn, explore, and record our family histories. Each session we will learn about the basic tools and research methodologies of genealogy. We will also have an opportunity to share our research findings and create visual family trees. Join us as we recover the lives of our ancestors.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
13
1:00PM

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4:00PM

A Celebration of Queens (& Beyond) Authors

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Come meet local, published authors. There will be readings, panel discussions, and book signings! Everyone is invited to attend!


Nov
1
6:00PM

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7:30PM

The Empowered Gardener Series: Final Harvest

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

We will look at our final harvests and learn about the Plant Hardiness Zones as it relates to the various plants in our garden. We will share information on planting bulbs and preparing your Christmas and other potted plants so they will thrive in the spring.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Cambria Heights Community Library has:

  • 11 public computers
  • 1 Online catalog
  • 10 Laptops
  • Free internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the Cambria Heights Community Library include:

  • French
  • Haitian Creole

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Cambria Heights Community Library include:

  • African American and Caribbean fiction and non-fiction
  • Student Assignment Center
  • Cookbooks
  • Crafts/Hobbies
  • Home & Garden
  • Health
  • Money Matters
  • Parenting and Computer

 


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
Cambria Center for the Gifted
233-10 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 341-1991
Cambria Heights Christian Academy
221-02 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 276-5920
Helping Hands Day Care
225-16b Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 527-6258
Juliasa Nursery School & Kindergarten
224-03 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 525-9434
Le Grand Elite Learning Lab Universal Pre-K
229-16 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (800) 690-2652
Lil Ones Learning Center
229-16 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
The Nurturing Center
225-11 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 527-5932
Wonder Kids Academy
116-53 227th Street
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 276-8900
 

Community Board
Queens Community Board #13 Queens Reform Church,
www.cb13q.org
219-41 Jamaica Avenue,
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 464-9700
fax: (718) 264-2739
  

Community Organizations & Services
Cambria Heights Civic Association
Kelli Singleton, President, P.O. Box 110007
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: 917-922-4136
fax:
Cambria Heights Sports Association
116-49 223rd St.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718)525-4494
fax:
ChaRosa Foundation Corporation
228-08 Linden Blvd. P.O. Box 110279
Jamaica NY , 11411
Haitian-Americans United for Progress (HAUP)
221-05 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 527-3776
  

Fire Department
Engine 317 Ladder 165
117-11 196th St.
St. Albans NY , 11412
  

Local Hospitals
Queens Hospital Center
82-70 164th St.
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-3000
  

Local Newspapers
Queens Courier
South-East Queens Press South-East Queens Press

Parks and Playgrounds
Cabbell Park/Cambria Playground
121 Ave. & 220th Street
PS 147 Playground (East Springfield)
115th Rd. Bt. 218th & 219th Streets
PS 176 Playground
121 Ave & 237th Street

Police Department
105th Precinct
92-08 222nd Street
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 776-9090
  

Post Office
Cambria Heights Station
229-01 Linden Blvd
phone: (718) 528-1484
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Bethel Christian Learning Center (Pre-K -12)
219-09 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 978-4357
Cambria Center for the Gifted (Pre-K-5)
223-10 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 341-1991
Le Grand Elite
229-16 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 949-6565
Revealed Word Christian Academy (PreK-6)
230-01 Linden Blvd.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 276-3669
Sacred Heart R.C. School (Pre-K-8)
115-50 221st Street
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 527-0123
 

Public Elementary Schools
PS 147 Ronald McNair (Q147) K-5
218-01 116 Ave.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 528-2420
fax: (718) 723-7819
P.S. 147 MINI (Q851)
218-01 116 Ave.
Queens NY , 11411
phone: (718) 528-2420
fax: (718) 723-7819
PS 147 MINI School Spec Ed (Q852)
218-01 116 Ave.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 528-2420
fax: (718) 723-7819
PS 176 Cambria Heights (Q176) K-5
120-45 235 St.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 525-4057
fax: (718) 276-3458
  

Public High Schools
Mathematics, Science Research and Technology Magnet High School (Q492)
207-01 116 Ave.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 978-1837
fax: (718) 978-2063
Law, Government and Community Service High School (Q494)
207-01 116 Ave
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 978-6432
fax: (718) 978-6749
Business, Computer Applications & Entrepreneurship High School (Q496)
207-01 116 Ave
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 978-2807
fax: (718) 978-3402
Humanities & Arts Magnet HS (Q498)
207-01 116 Ave.
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 978-2135
fax: (718) 978-2309
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
IS 192 - The Renaissance Middle School
109-89 204 St.
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 479-5540
fax: (718) 217-4645
  

Senior Centers
Alpha Phi Alpha Senior Center
220-01 Linden Blvd
Cambria Heights NY , 11411
phone: (718) 528-8238
fax:
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. I. Daneek Miller
IDMiller@council.nyc.gov
District Office 172-12 Linden Boulevard
St. Albans NY, 11434
phone: (718) 776-3700
fax: (718) 487-3580
Manhattan Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1810
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-7084
fax: (212) 788-7093
NYS Assembly
Hon. Clyde Vanel
VanelC@nyassembly.gov
District Office 97-01 Springfield Boulevard
Queens Village NY, 11429
phone: (718) 479-2333
fax: (718) 464-7128
Albany Office LOB, Room 548
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4711
fax: (518) 455-3740
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. 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

Cambria Heights was originally a farming community which supplied produce to Brooklyn and Manhattan. It began developing in 1923 on 163 acres of land bought by Oliver B. LaFreniere, a real-estate agent. It acquired the name Cambria in about 1924 from its owner the ‘Cambria Title Savings and Trust Company’ a coal concern located in Cambria County, Pennsylvania. “Heights” was added because of the area’s high elevation.

First populated by Jewish, German, Irish and Italian residents, the community became a predominantly Black, middle-class suburb after the Second World War. Present demographics reveal a community comprised predominantly of African Americans and West Indians.

Library service for the community began in 1930 with the establishment of a bookmobile stop on Linden Boulevard for one hour a week. The following year, the bookmobile moved to PS 147 where it provided service to the children for a few hours each week. Service expanded as demand grew leading eventually to the need for a regular library.

Campaign efforts by a committee of the Civic Association resulted in the opening on July 15, 1949 of a sub-branch in rental quarters on Linden Boulevard. In 1964, the rental facilities were expanded and upgraded to a new location, 220-20 Linden boulevard, where it remained until 2006.

The latest incarnation of the Cambria Heights library is a state-of-the-art facility located at 218-13 Linden Boulevard. Opened in 2006, the library offers computers, WiFi, programs and materials of all types for all ages.

Sources:

Cambria Heights before it was Born by George W. Winans (Pamphlet)

The Origin of Community Names in Queens Borough. (Pamphlet)

The Encyclopedia of New York City ed. by Kenneth T. Jackson