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New On Our Blog: An Interview with Filmmaker David Spaltro

Award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter David Spaltro, whose credits include "The Cat’s Cradle" (2014), "Things I Don’t Understand" (2012) and "…Around" (2008), will present an advance screening of his new horror movie, "In the Dark" (2015), at Central Library on Wednesday, ...

Discovery Day Street Fair

We invite our community to check out the Children’s Library Discovery Center at our fourth annual Discovery Day Street Fair. Celebrate with us as we explore the wonders of science! Dazzle your senses, amaze your mind and play with possibilities! There will be activities for all ages. Come play with us!

Peninsula Grand Re-Opening

It will be a fun and informative celebration for the community, local community organizations, Friends of the Library and library staff.

Come and join the grand reopening celebration for Queens Library at Peninsula, at 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, from Sept. 8 - 12.

Click here to download the brochure.

Register for Free UPK at Ravenswood

Registration for Fall 2015 is Now Open for Children Born in 2011 at Ravenswood UPK, located at 35-42 21st Street, Long Island City, 11106.

Queens Library Universal Pre-K offers an excellent curriculum based on HighScope and includes many other benefits: nutritious meals and snacks for the kids, engaging activities for ...

Nominate Your Librarian Today!

Librarians touch the lives of the people they serve every day. Has a librarian made a difference in your life? Have they inspired you, helped you achieve a personal or professional goal, been an invaluable community asset?

Now is the chance to tell your story—and pay tribute to everything they do!

The #I Love My ...

Register for the STACKS Afterschool Program

Developed by Queens Library, STACKS is a free afterschool program for children ages 6-14.

STACKS was created to enhance your child’s learning experiences through structured and unstructured age-appropriate activities in a safe and welcoming environment that helps school-aged children build their ...

An Alternate Path to the High School Diploma with the National External Diploma Program

  • Earn a traditional high school diploma from Long Beach High School
  • Flexible and confidential
  • Complete program in 6 to 12 months
  • Aligned with the college and career readiness standards
  • Work through online activities and with an advisor to complete your program
  • Work at home, ...

Queens Library Magazine

The new issue of Queens Library Magazine is out now!

Queens Library Magazine combines great library-themed feature stories and information about all our programs and special events, and it's available at your neighborhood library or ...

Our New Music For September!

Looking for new music? Look no further than your local Queens Library!

Every month, our expert staff will bring you the best of what's new in our physical and digital collections.

This month features music from Lila Downs, Wale, Prince Royce, Best Coast, Jamie Foxx, Casey J, Neil Young, James Bay and ...

Sep
9
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 watercolors and play board games.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
10
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Arts and Crafts

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Every Thursday in September kids ages 6-12 will learn a new and exciting craft.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
10
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Adult Craft Hour

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Learn to crochet, knit, make jewelry, explore paper crafts and create collages at these weekly craft sessions for adults.

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

Additional Dates


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Sep
11
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Eat Light, Eat Right

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

At these open discussions and recipe swaps, participants will bring, share and exchange their favorite recipes for invigorating, simple summer meals. Let's support each other in our goal of optimal health!


Sep
11
10:45AM

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11:30AM

Preschool Storytime and Fingerplays

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Children ages 3-6, accompanied by their parent or other adult caregiver, are invited to listen to stories, participate in fingerplays and, on occasion, do a simple craft, every Friday in September and October.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
14
10:30AM

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11:45AM

Citizen Preparedness Corps Workshop

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

New York State is offering a two-hour training session to residents to provide them with the tools and resources to prepare for a disaster, respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible.


Sep
14
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Computers for Adults

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Online or by phone
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. If you wish to register, check availability for program date September 14, 2015
Availability: 5 openings

Learn how to type letters and send them to family and friends. Topics covered include typing,
navigating the Internet, creating an email account,uploading and downloading documents and pictures and using the flash drive. Preregistration is required.

Cambria HeightsMon, Sep 21, 201511:00AM - 12:30PM
Cambria HeightsMon, Sep 28, 201511:00AM - 12:30PM

Sep
15
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Book Buddies

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

The librarian will read stories aloud. Then we will break into small groups, and the older children will read to the younger ones.
ages 3-12

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

Additional Dates


Sep
16
12:30PM

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1:15PM

Preschool Fingerplays and Storytime

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Children ages 3-6, accompanied by their parent or other adult caregiver, listen to stories, participate in fingerplays and, on occasion, do a simple craft.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
16
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Movie Matinee

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

In "Home" (2015, rated PG), an alien in search of his missing family meets an adventurous girl who assists in the quest. Jim Parsons and Rihanna voice the main characters.


Sep
17
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Draw Manga with Eric Cheung

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Artist Eric Cheung teaches teens and tweens basic techniques for drawing manga characters.


Sep
19
10:00AM

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2:00PM

Preregistration for Rochdale Village ALC

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

The Rochdale Village Adult Learning Center offers beginning, intermediate and advanced ESOL, pre-HSE, citizenship, ABE and computer classes for adults age 17 and older. Space is limited. You must preregister in person on a first-come, first-served basis. Please bring a photo ID or a bill with your full name and address to the registration site. For more information, call 718-723-7662.


Sep
19
3:00PM

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4:00PM

A Tribute to the Music of Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield and John Legend

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Pop and jazz vocalist Cody Childs performs classics of soul legends Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder and neo-soul artist John Legend.


Sep
21
6:00PM

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7:15PM

Game Night: Jeopardy!

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Children ages 7-12 will challenge each other on topics such as movies and television shows, superheroes, sports and geography.


Sep
25
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Jewelry Making

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Teens learn to make beautiful jewelry. Materials will be provided.


Oct
1
4:00PM

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7:00PM

SHSAT Practice Exam with the Princeton Review

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Take this free, full-length practice test to find out how you might score on the real thing! Your personalized score report pinpointing your strengths and weaknesses will help you know what to focus on as you prep. You must preregister at http://tinyurl.com/TPR-SHSAT or by calling 646-362-0628, and include the following event numbers: Central - 261333; Bayside - 261334; Bellerose - 261455; Cambria Heights - 261358; North Hills - 261354; Fresh Meadows - 261379; Glen Oaks - 261382.


Oct
2
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Polyhedron Origami

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Using brightly colored paper, teens will make three-dimensional geometric shapes that can be put together, stacked or connected to form towers, containers and much more.


Oct
5
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Education Is the Key to Success

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Inspirationist Parthenia Brown will show how to create a vision board to help make your educational journey successful and to keep you inspired as you strive for success.


Oct
6
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Spoken-Word Poetry

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

In this two-part workshop, Kevin Anglade, from Flowered Concrete, shows teens the basics of spoken-word poetry and then lets them perform their work.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
7
1:30PM

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2:30PM

The Sounds of Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

L A Blacksmith and Wayne Holmes take you on their time machine to share some of these great artists' hits: “Let the Good Times Roll," “Georgia,” “I’ve Got a Woman," "Superstition," "Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” “Sunshine of My Life,” “What’s Going On,” “Mercy, Mercy Me,” “Let’s Get It On,” “Got to Give It Up” and more. This program is made possible by a 2015 NYC Neighborhood Library Award from the Charles H. Revson Foundation.


Oct
8
4:00PM

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6:00PM

College Admissions Process Workshop

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

New York-based test prep company Bell Curves will provide teens with a better understanding of what to expect in the college admissions jungle and how to prepare for it.


Oct
15
4:00PM

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6:00PM

SAT and ACT Information

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

College readiness experts from Bell Curves will discuss the SAT and ACT. They will explain how the exams differ and any changes that have been made in them recently so you can decide which exam is best for you.


Oct
16
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Unclaimed Funds

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Find out if New York State owes you money! Representatives from the Comptroller's Office will conduct a presentation and assist in finding out if you have unclaimed funds.


Oct
17
3:00PM

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4:00PM

King Solomon Hicks: Why the Blues Makes Us Happy

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Teenage guitar prodigy and singer Solomon Hicks, known by fans in Harlem as King Solomon, Li'l B.B. and East Montgomery, has been playing guitar for 13 years at venues like B.B. King's, the Cotton Club, Red Rooster, Terra Blues Shanghai Jazz Club and more. This is a program of memorable blues favorites by Ray Charles, Little Milton, Muddy Waters and more that is sure to lift your spirits, cause short spells of boogie fever and make those feet start tappin’!


Oct
22
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Design, Build, Sit! Chairmasters Design Studio with ArchForKids

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Learn the fundamentals of structure, force and resistance by designing and constructing a life-size model chair out of cardboard, capable of supporting your weight!

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

Additional Dates


Oct
28
6:00PM

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7:30PM

An Evening of Art

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

The Cambria Heights Library Craft Artists Extraordinaire present their first artists' reception and exhibition. On display will be a wide array of artwork, including yarn crafts, watercolor and acrylic paintings, jewelry, line art and photography. Refreshments will be served.


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. Barbara M. Clark
Clarkb@assembly.state.ny.us
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