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Cambria Heights

It's a Great Day for Older Adults!

Queens Library's Older Adult Services Program is proud to present our second annual Older Adults Day, which will feature FREE health screenings, live entertainment, and information on healthcare, benefits and other important topics specifically for adults over the age of 50.

In addition to special seminars and ...

Gracie Book Club Live at Queens Library!

Join us for the next installment of the Gracie Book Club, on Thursday, September 29 at 5:30 p.m., at Langston Hughes Community Library in Corona, where you can discuss "The Star Side of Bird Hill" with author Naomi Jackson and your fellow New Yorkers.

Our discussion ...

See Shakespeare Performed at Queens Library!

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

Our second season of Shakespeare in Queens starts with Macbeth on Monday, October 3 at ...

Get Your Free IDNYC Card in Laurelton!

You can sign up for IDNYC on your side of Queens!

Laurelton Community Library will be hosting a temporary "pop-up" Enrollment Center from October 3 through October 7 where you can apply for your IDNYC card in person.

IDNYC is the newly launched New York City ...

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

Join Queens Library for several special events where we will celebrate the histories and cultures of Hispanic Americans and the contributions they have made to our society!

Over the next four weeks, we will also highlight books from our collection by celebrated Hispanic authors. You can find a list of them here and see pictures of ...

Buy-A-Book for Queens Library

Did you know that every children’s book you buy for Queens Library will be read by 40 or more kids?

You can help the youngest members of our communities—and many others—explore their dreams through Queens Library’s Buy-A-Book program.

For every $25 you donate, a bookplate with your name (or the ...

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 ...

It's #BookTuesday!

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

Our #BookTuesday pick for September 27 is Barkskins by Annie Proulx.

From Annie Proulx—the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Shipping News” and "Brokeback Mountain"—comes an epic, dazzling, violent, ...

Dreams Start Here: the Queens Library Foundation 2016 Autumn Gala

We cordially invite you to help inspire, educate, and celebrate children at our 2016 Autumn Gala!

The Gala will benefit programs and services for children and adolescents that inspire them to learn, grow, and achieve their dreams.

We will also honor our distinguished guests—the 106th Mayor of the City of New York, ...

Free Movies, Music, E-Books, and More!

Enjoy digital media at home, at work, or on-the-go!

Queens Library is a one-stop shop for tech lovers. Our digital media collection includes thousands of free eBooks, audiobooks, eMagazines, music, movies, and videos.

You can download all of these items to a personal computer, smartphone, pocket PC, PDA, portable media ...

Sep
28
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Adult Activity Hour

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Join us weekly for a variety of activities and crafts: learn to make jewelry, explore yarn crafts, paint with watercolor and play board games.

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

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Sep
28
11:00AM

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11:45AM

Toddler Time

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

We invite you to join us for stories, music, movement, and fun! Children accompanied by a grownup can enjoy storytime, fingerplays, music, movement, and social interaction. Families will have the opportunity to connect with each other for support and resources.


Sep
29
4:00PM

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5:00PM

What's Going On - The Power of Music and Social Movements

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Marvin Gaye. Grandmaster Flash. James Brown. Beyonce. Join us as we examine the music that inspired social revolution. Dissect beats, harmonies and lyrics. Create your own musical authentication of today's political and social reality.

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

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Sep
29
4:15PM

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5:15PM

Creative Art Hour

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Use our materials to create a masterpiece of your own! Children will have the opportunity to use various materials to create art.

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

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Sep
29
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 how 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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Sep
30
10:30AM

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11:00AM

My Baby and Me

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

We invite you to join us for stories, music, movement, and fun! Babies accompanied by a grownup can enjoy storytime, fingerplays, music, movement, and social interaction. Families will have the opportunity to connect with each other for support and resources. 6mo-21mo


Oct
1
2:30PM

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5:00PM

Toast Masters

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Interested in overcoming your fear of public speaking? Want to build or enhance your leadership skills? The Cambria Heights Toastmasters Club provides a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

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

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Oct
1
3:30PM

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4:15PM

Family Storytime and Craft

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Have fun with your family! Children accompanied by a grownup can sing, listen to stories, and complete a craft with our children's librarian.

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

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Oct
3
11:00AM

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12:30PM

ESOL Conversation Group at Cambria Heights Library

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

ESOL conversation group.

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

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Oct
3
3:00PM

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5:00PM

The Ins and Outs of Music Production

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Join us to learn how to record, make beats, rap, sing in a chorus and write music with studio engineer Curtis Perkins.

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

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Oct
3
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Interested in Foster Care or Adoption?

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Come learn more about what it means to be a foster or adoptive parent. What’s the process? What’s the commitment? Come get all your questions answered by experts from MercyFirst. All are welcome. Come start the conversation!


Oct
4
4:15PM

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5:15PM

Kids Learn School Skills: Learn Script Writing

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Script writing is becoming a lost art. Join us at the library as we learn how to write the alphabet letters in script!


Oct
5
11:00AM

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11:45AM

Toddler Time at Cambria

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

We invite you to join us for stories, music, movement, and fun! Children accompanied by a grownup can enjoy storytime, fingerplays, music, movement, and social interaction. Families will have the opportunity to connect with each other for support and resources! 2.5yrs-5yrs

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

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Oct
5
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Teen GLBTQA Club @ Cambria Heights Library Teen Center

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, and aromantic teens and allies:
Wherever you fall on the rainbow spectrum, we want you in the Teen GLBTQA Club. Make friends, talk pop culture, and discuss other topics important to you.

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

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Oct
7
10:30AM

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11:15AM

My Baby and Me

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

We invite you to join us for stories, music, movement, and fun! Children accompanied by a grownup can enjoy storytime, fingerplays, music, movement, and social interaction. Families will have the opportunity to connect with each other for support and resources.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
11
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Teens: Banking on Our Future

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

It’s never too early to be money wise! Teens learn the basics of fiscal responsibility through games and practical applications in this four-week course. Topics include budgeting, checking & savings, credit, and basic investments.


Oct
11
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Spelling Bee

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Come to the library to challenge your spelling skills! Test your spelling skills and improve your vocabulary. Each week the words will increase in difficulty. Older school aged children are welcome!

Grades 3/4 - October 11th & November 8th
Grades 5/6 October 18th & November 15th

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

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Oct
13
4:30PM

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5:30PM

How to Find Research for an Essay

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Do you want to know how to find the right research for your essay? Join us at the library to learn how to find valid online resources. We will show you how to find and use our databases and reliable websites. Grades 4-6.


Oct
14
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Pamper a Shelter Pet

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Teens create toys to be donated to dogs and cats at a local animal shelter.

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

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Oct
17
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Forensic Science for Teens: The Cookie Jar Mystery

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Someone broke our cookie jar and ate our cookies! In this 15 week course, we’ll examine the evidence, including fingerprints, handwriting samples, and bite marks, and use forensic science to discover the culprit.

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

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Oct
20
4:15PM

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5:00PM

Kids Creative Craft: Halloween Silhouettes

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Come to the library and make a Halloween craft! Children will create a silhouette against a beautiful background.


Oct
24
7:00PM

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8:00PM

Between Da Sheetz: Urban Fiction Book Club

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Join us each month as we get real, talking about our favorite authors, titles, series, characters and storylines. Who are your favorite bad boyz and the women they love? Bring cold water, 'cause it'z gonna get hot up in here.


Oct
25
4:15PM

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5:00PM

Battle of the Grades Spelling Bee

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Are you smarter than a fourth grader or sixth grader? Join us in a spelling battle! Children in grades 3-6 are welcome to battle each other at our Battle of Grades Spelling Bee.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
27
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Spooky Costume Party at Cambria

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Come to the library in your Halloween costume! We will provide refreshments, games, and crafts! Children will have the opportunity to get their face painted.


Nov
3
6:00PM

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7:00PM

The Empowered Gardener Series: Winterizing Your Garden

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Lifelong gardener Miriam Todd will explain the plant hardiness zones and assist participants to review the various plants in their gardens. Learn about the freeze zone and explore the evergreen family of plants.


Nov
15
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Nutrition for Teens: Make Smart Food & Drink Choices!

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Teens will learn how to make smart food and drink choices in this nutrition workshop.


Nov
22
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Adolescent & Teen Health: Be Your healthiest!

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Teens will learn how to pursue a healthy lifestyle.


Nov
29
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Using Storytelling to Discover Your Best Personal Narrative for Successful College Essays

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Harvard-educated presenter Ama Karikari-Yawson, Esq., will perform two esteem-building tales, "Sunne's Gift" by Ama Karikari-Yawson and "The Eagles Who Thought They Were Chickens" by Mychal Winn, and then connect them to real life. By using her own experiences and those of others, she will teach attendees how to write an empowering personal narrative that can be used for personal and academic success.


Dec
6
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Financial Aid Basics with Bell Curves

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Join Bell Curves as they discuss the basics of financial aid and paying for college. This workshop is open to both students and their parents.


Dec
13
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Study Jam

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 openings

Join the "Science Professor" as he helps student's prepare for the Living Environment Regents exam. Space is limited to 20 students. Registration is required.

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

Additional Dates


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
VACANT
District Office 97-01 Springfield Boulevard
Queens Village NY, 11429
phone: (718) 479-2333
fax: (718) 464-7128
Albany Office LOB, Room 547
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., 2nd Floor
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 725-6000
fax: (718) 725-9868
Legislative Office 2234 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
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