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Cambria Heights

Hip Hop Comedy with Ray DeJon and Friends

Join us on Thursday, February 11, for an evening of comedy with Hip Hop comedian, Ray DeJon and friends at Central Library!

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Born in Brooklyn, Ray DeJon's career as one of New York's prominent hosts and speakers in the entertainment industry spans over 18 years. Ray ...

In the Mood For Love? Here Are Some Great Romantic Reads!

Valentine's Day is coming soon, and we asked our staff members to share their favorite tales of romance!

Do you have a love story to share with us? Email us today with your favorite romantic novels, poems, short stories and more—and we just might add them to this diverse ...

This Weekend at Queens Library

This weekend, join us at Queens Library for events celebrating Valentine's Day and African American History Month (including the 31st Annual Langston Hughes Celebration), as well as arts-and-crafts programs, adult coloring, family science, yoga for kids, great concerts, movies, magic shows, and much more! We hope to see you ...

Upcoming Concerts to Mark on Your Calendar!

Our Culture Connection program has several upcoming concerts this February and March! Enjoy performances by singer and songwriter Charles Duke, jazz trumpet virtuoso Shareef Clayton, and more!

Click here for dates and free tickets. 

Our New Music For February!

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 David Bowie, Babyface, Hank Williams Jr., Tamar Braxton, Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap, G-Eazy, Young ...

Free Universal Pre-K at Ravenswood!

Registration is now open for Universal Pre-K at Ravenswood UPK in Long Island City!

FREE Queens Library Universal Pre-K offers:

  • outstanding pre-K education from 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • free nutritious lunches and snacks
  • warm, friendly, highly-qualified staff
  • the best learning ...

Get Free Help With Your Taxes!

Do you need help with your ‪tax return‬?

Queens Library, in cooperation with the New York State Tax Department, is offering free tax-preparation assistance at participating libraries from January to April!

If your income was under $62,000 in 2015, you qualify to e-file your taxes at no cost. Volunteers ...

Feb
11
4:00PM

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5:15PM

Craft Time

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Children will use a variety of art materials to learn about new art techniques, improve their creative skills, and interact with others. 1/5: Homemade flubber; 1/7: Winter hats and mittens; 1/12: MLK craft; 2/2: Mosaic hearts; 2/11: Valentine's Day hats and activities


Feb
11
4:30PM

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6:00PM

STACKS After School: Interactive Activities

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Children ages 8-12 are encouraged to attend this interactive and engaging after-school enrichment program, which focuses on homework from 3:00-4:30 p.m. and on activities from 4:30-6:00 p.m.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
11
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.

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Feb
12
4:30PM

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5:30PM

The American Civil War Classroom and Traveling Museum

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

You can go from kindergarten through college and not learn much about the African-American citizens and soldiers from New York City who fought for the freedom of their people during the Civil War. This presentation by Che Nautical & Enviro Edutainment uses an educational diorama, Civil War artifacts, and historical re-enactors to educate families about the contributions of the 26th United States Colored Troops (USCT) and the life of New York City’s African-American community during that time.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
13
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Shape Up NYC: Low-Impact Cardio Strength for Adults

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Instructor Marion Elliott uses a gentle workout that combines body-weight strength training, low-impact aerobics, and active stretching to great music to help you burn calories, tone the body, and increase heart health. Dress for exercise, wear sneakers, and bring a bottle of water, a towel, and mat for floor exercises.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
17
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


Feb
19
4:00PM

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5:00PM

ProjectArt: An Introduction to Arts for Children

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

ProjectArt puts paintbrushes in the hands of children who otherwise may not have access to arts education. Children ages 8-12 will be introduced to art and have an opportunity to create their own work. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
20
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Motown Revue

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Vocalist Roz Brown pays tribute to Motown, performing hits from The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Mary Wells, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Marvin Gaye, and, of course, Stevie Wonder.


Feb
22
9:00AM

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3:00PM

Free E-File Tax Assistance for Qualified Tax Payers

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Queens Library, in cooperation with the New York State Tax Department, is offering free tax-preparation assistance at participating libraries from January to April. If your income did not exceed $62,000 in 2015, you qualify to e-file at no cost. Volunteers will be available at this location who speak English and Haitian Creole. To learn more about the free e-file program, visit www.tax.ny.gov. For a list of participating Queens Community Libraries, visit www.queenslibrary.org/events.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
22
10:00AM

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11:45AM

Computer Classes for Beginners

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Learn the basics of how to use a computer, surf the Web and use email.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
24
11:00AM

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11:45AM

Toddler Tickle Time

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Toddlers aged 21 months to 3 years accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver are invited to enjoy music and movement, storytime, fingerplays, and age-appropriate social interactions through play.


Feb
24
12:15PM

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1:00PM

My Baby and Me

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Infants ages 6-20 months are invited with their parents or other adult caregivers to hear stories, sing songs and rhymes, and interact with other children their age.


Feb
29
3:15PM

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4:15PM

Kids Creative Craft: Moon Sand

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Children will measure out household ingredients to create their own moon sand! Children can mold it into any shape.


Mar
2
11:00AM

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11:45AM

Toddler Tickle Time

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Toddlers aged 21 months to 3 years accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver are invited to enjoy music and movement, storytime, fingerplays, and age-appropriate social interactions through play.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
2
12:15PM

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1:00PM

Baby and Me

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Infants ages 6-20 months and their parents or adult caregivers enjoy music and movement, storytime, and age-appropriate social interactions through play.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
3
4:00PM

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5:45PM

Movies at Cambria: Women's History

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

To celebrate Women's History Month, we will screen the following films with strong female characters: 3/3-"Akeelah and the Bee" (2006, rated PG); 3/17-"Mulan" (1998, rated G); 3/31- "Secretariat" (2010, rated PG).

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

Additional Dates


Mar
8
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Kids' Creative Cooking

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Children will use a variety of ingredients to create a delectable delight and enjoy their treats at the end of each program: 3/8-Peanut butter and Nutella cornflake cookies; 3/15-Graham cracker balls; 3/22-Pancakes for dinner.

3/8- Peanut Butter/Nutella Cornflake Cookies
3/15- Graham Cracker Balls
3/22- Pancakes for Dinner

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

Additional Dates


Mar
10
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Zumba for Kids

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Kids exercise to a musical beat.


Mar
12
3:00PM

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4:30PM

How To Grow your Business, Brand and Bottom Line in 30 Days on a Shoestring Budget

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Media strategist Karen Taylor Bass empowers entrepreneurs and established business owners by providing strategies they can use to grow their brand or take their business to the next level, all on a shoestring budget. Topics will include understanding your niche, developing a public-relations plan, PR strategies to get noticed, and increasing your net worth.


Mar
23
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Everything You Want to Know About Access-A-Ride

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Russell Schmid, a customer relations specialist for Access-A-Ride, will explain the service and eligibility requirements for it, provide information on using this form of transportation, and answer questions.


Mar
24
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Sexual Orientation 101: LGBTQ…What?

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Sexual orientation is who you are physically and emotionally attracted to, based on their sex/gender in relation to your own. This concept is confusing and so are our feelings. Don’t worry--it's normal to have lots of questions! Come join us to learn some sexuality basics in a safe space and get all of your questions answered.


Mar
28
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Beginners' Vinyasa Yoga

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

Participants will learn fundamental yoga postures, breathing techniques, and meditation practices; how to stay safe and stable in postures, using modifications and props if necessary; and practical applications of yogic philosophy for life enhancement. Participants must bring their own yoga mats and should wear fitted tops with comfortable pants. Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
1
11:30AM

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12:30PM

Meditation for Healthy Living

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

We try to exercise and eat right to keep fit and healthy. But doctors are now recognizing that a positive attitude and ‘food for the soul’ are just as important. Discover a simple meditation technique that can melt away stress and be a powerful addition to a healthy living regimen. Facilitated by Dr. Frank Pawlowski.


Apr
6
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Tribute to Louis Armstrong

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Ricky Riccardi, archivist for the Louis Armstrong House Museum and author of “What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong's Later Years,” leads this discussion.


Apr
8
11:30AM

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12:30PM

Sleep Soundly

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

In our fast-paced lives, we often overlook the need for adequate rest. It is estimated that millions of Americans are not getting the sleep they need. Come learn about techniques for getting a better night's sleep naturally.
Presenter: Mitchell G. Proffman, Doctor of Chiropractic


Apr
9
3:00PM

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4:00PM

The Atomic World of Jazz

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Enjoy the Jazz Big Band standards of legendary artists such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Sammy Davis, Jr.


Apr
15
11:30AM

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12:30PM

Diabetes 101: The Essential Facts

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

What can you do to prevent diabetes? If you already have it, let's talk about some tips for better managing it. Join us and take a step toward improving your health at this program presented in collaboration with The American Diabetes Association.


Apr
20
1:00PM

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2:30PM

The Sounds of Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

LA Blacksmith and Wayne Holmes take you on their time machine to share their greatest 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.


Apr
22
11:30AM

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12:30PM

Demystifying Organ Donation

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Have you ever wondered about organ donation? Come learn the myths and the facts and get all of your questions answered by an expert from LiveOnNY.


Apr
27
1:00PM

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2:30PM

Queens Historical Society speaks about Six Outstanding Women of Queens

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Richard Hourahan of Queens Historical Society speaks about Outstanding Women of Queens such as Helen Keller and Rise Stevens.


Apr
28
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Build a Roller Coaster!!!

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

Children can build their own roller coaster using simple materials and their imagination. Children can create a mini coaster for marbles to ride on, make ramps, include twist and turns and then test their design into the best roller coaster ever! For ages 8-12. Preregistration is required. This program is made possible by a 2015 Neighborhood Library Award from the Charles H. Revson Foundation


Apr
29
11:30AM

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12:30PM

Sex Never Gets Old

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

Recent studies have revealed a national trend among seniors of more active sex lives. Come join us for an accurate, interactive and non-judgmental discussion for mature adults on how to keep yourselves and your partners healthy. This program will be facilitated by Choices Women’s Medical Center.


May
11
1:30PM

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2:45PM

"King" Solomon Hicks - The Ties Between Blues & Jazz

Location: Cambria Heights
Registration: Not required

A musical concert with King Solomon Hicks and his band of brothers. Solomon intertwines Blues and Jazz in his own unique style. His performance is a tribute to Wes Montgomery, BB.King, Howling Wolf and a number of other blues artist! Solomon is a jazz and blues guitarist, singer, and composer. An eclectic musician, Solomon excels at a number of styles ranging from jazz, blues, classical, gospel, R&B, funk and classic rock.


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