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Bangladesh Independence Day

Celebrate Bangladesh Independence Day with this fun and educational program. There will be drawing, coloring, and all sorts of fun for children up to age 12. No registration is required!

Mar 25 @ 4:00 PM

Walk the Walk, Talk the Talk: "The World Before Your Feet" Documentary Screening

For over six years, and for reasons he can't explain, Matt Green, 37, has been walking every block of every street in New York City - a journey of more than 8,000 miles. "The World Before Your Feet" (2018) tells the story of one man's unusual personal quest and the unexpected journey of discovery, humanity, and wonder that ensues.

Mar 27 @ 5:30 PM

Networking

Networking is the development of professional relationships. In today’s competitive job market, it is also one of the best ways to find a job. Through networking, you can exchange information with others about job opportunities, interesting organizations, or up-and-coming industries. Learn about the basics of networking and improve your job ...

Mar 28 @ 10:00 AM

Sunday Movie: Searching

A father spirals down an unnerving internet rabbit hole to find his missing daughter in this laptop thriller. Their seemingly idyllic family life in San Jose unravels as he makes increasingly disturbing discoveries. (2018, PG-13)

Mar 31 @ 2:00 PM

Musical Crossroads: A Bluegrass Celebration of Immigrant Heritage

Join Fiddler & The Crossroads trio to celebrate our country’s and city’s immigrant heritage. Blues Hall of Fame fiddler Greg Holt and his trio will take you to the crossroads of bluegrass and a variety of music traditions from Ireland, Brazil, and around the world. Please visit musicalcrossroads.eventbrite.com to get your free tickets!

Apr 1 @ 6:30 PM

Choosing Entrepreneurship

This dual workshop analyzes both the internal and external factors that make a successful entrepreneur. Internally, assess your character, skills, interests, and aptitude in pursuing entrepreneurship. Externally, decide if your business idea is worth pursuing.

Apr 2 @ 7:00 PM

Spring 2019 Creative Writing Workshop

Got that writer’s itch? Need inspiration and/or time to write that poem, short story, or bestselling novel? Join Jennifer Celestin for a 12-session creative writing workshop at the Central Library that will help you do just that! Advanced registration for each individual class is recommended but not required. Since space is limited, those ...

Apr 3 @ 6:30 PM, Apr 10 @ 6:30 PM, Apr 17 @ 6:30 PM, Apr 24 @ 6:30 PM, May 1 @ 6:30 PM

Basics of Business Planning

A business plan is the core document in convincing readers that your enterprise has potential to be successful. This course will cover the purpose, basic structure, and process to begin building your business plan the right way.

Apr 9 @ 7:00 PM

Creating Impactful Resumes

Make your resume the best it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn about types of resumes, how to get started, what to include and not include, and tips for making a resume stronger.

Apr 10 @ 10:00 AM

Drama Club Showcase

Be the first to witness the incredible talent of actors and actresses from your local community before they make it big in Hollywood. You don't want to miss this. The show is directed by Dr. Arlean Wells.

Apr 11 @ 6:00 PM

Mar
25
10:00AM

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11:30AM

Stay Well

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Special Services and New York City Department for the Aging-Health Promotion Unit present
Stay Well Program for New Yorkers 60 and older.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
25
10:00AM

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4:00PM

Save Money, E-File Your Taxes for Free

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

If your 2018 income is $66,000 or less, you qualify to receive free online tax return filing assistance. Volunteers from the New York State Tax Department and Urban Upbound will guide you through tax preparation software available on their website as you prepare and e-file your federal and state income tax returns at no cost.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
25
7:00PM

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8:00PM

ShapeUp NYC: Low-Impact Chair Fitness for Adults

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

ShapeUp NYC instructor Sharon leads this low-impact fitness class that focuses on improving core, upper body strength, and mobility. This low-impact, gentle workout will help you burn calories, tone your body, and increase your heart health. Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a towel and water bottle. Space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

Additional Dates


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Mar
26
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Tuesday Afternoon Movie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Tuesdays in March we will screen the following films:

3/5: "Belle" (2013, PG) Customer Suggestion
3/12: "A League of Their Own" (1992, PG) Customer Suggestion
3/19: "Private Benjamin" (1980, R)
3/26: "Sylvia" (2003, R)


Mar
26
5:30PM

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8:00PM

Introduction to Java Script

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

Want to learn how to code, but don't know where to start? Come join us in our four-lesson course where we will teach you how to become a programmer using JavaScript. Register now.


Mar
27
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to Email

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

We'll help you feel comfortable and confident in managing your own email account! Learn about sending and receiving email and get a general overview of email etiquette. Students must possess basic mouse and keyboarding skills. Preregistration is required by phone by calling 718-990-0769 or in person at the Cyber Center Desk.


Mar
27
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Job Interviews

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 9 openings

So, you’ve landed an interview for a wonderful job… now what? It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions, and follow up properly afterwards.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
27
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Sewing Club: Tunic Top (Intermediate)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Online registration is required. In this three-session course, participants will create their own tunic top from a pattern that will be altered for your personal fit. You must attend all sessions. This program is for intermediate sewers and adults only. You must know how to use a sewing machine. This program is limited to seven participants. This program starts promptly at 10AM, latecomers will not be seated. All materials will be provided.


Mar
28
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Mock Interviews

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is now closed

In these one-on-one practice sessions, you will learn how to prepare for an interview, successfully deal with difficult questions, and follow-up properly after the interview. You must preregister for a one-on-one session.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
28
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Networking

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 12 openings

Networking is the development of professional relationships. In today’s competitive job market, it is also one of the best ways to find a job. Through networking, you can exchange information with others about job opportunities, interesting organizations, or up-and-coming industries. Learn about the basics of networking and improve your job search techniques at this workshop! For more information, call 718-990-8625 .


Mar
28
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Classic Movie Thursday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

3/7: "All About Eve" (1950), Customer Suggested
3/14: "Woman of the Year" (1942)
3/21: "Rachel, Rachel" (1968)
3/28: "The Woman" (1939) Customer Suggested


Mar
28
3:30PM

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5:30PM

NYCitizenship Information Session

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come to an information session with NYCitizenship staff to find out how to apply for U.S. citizenship, and learn about the benefits of becoming a citizen and receiving financial counseling.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
28
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Drama Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Are you an aspiring actor or actress? Are you curious about what it’s like to perform on stage? Have you ever dreamed of becoming a movie star? This ten-week program will give you a chance to learn about theater, explore the art of acting, and perform in a final showcase. Participation in the showcase is voluntary. Help put on the show or be in the show yourself! Please register online or by calling 718-990-0728 between January 1 and 30.


Mar
28
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Meet Wally Lamb, Author of "She's Come Undone"

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us for an exceptional evening you won’t want to miss. Wally Lamb, author of “She’s Come Undone,” will be discussing his book with moderator LaShonda Barnett, author, educator, and radio host. “She’s Come Undone” is the extraordinary coming-of-age odyssey of Dolores Price, a dysfunctional, heartbreakingly comical young heroine, and her wild journey to love, pain, and renewal.


Mar
28
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Conversational Chinese for Beginners

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Join us for our 8 week conversational Chinese class presented by Sheng-Hong Chen. This course introduces the basic elements of the Chinese Language.


Mar
29
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Business Database Workshop

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

This workshop will provide information on databases, websites, and print sources useful to first-time entrepreneurs interested in starting their own business, and to researchers and students looking for financial and investment information. Space is limited; preregister online.


Mar
30
12:00PM

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1:30PM

Finding Your Inner Self

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 13 openings

Have you questioned who you are? Do you feel alone, misunderstood, stuck, or invisible? If yes, this course was designed with you in mind. During Women's History Month, this workshop uses Black feminist teachings and womanist ethics to uncover our hidden gifts and talents.
Preregistration is required.


Mar
31
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Sunday Movie: Searching

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

A father spirals down an unnerving internet rabbit hole to find his missing daughter in this laptop thriller. Their seemingly idyllic family life in San Jose unravels as he makes increasingly disturbing discoveries. (2018, PG-13)


Apr
2
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Tuesday Afternoon Movie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Tuesdays in April, we will screen the following movies at 2:00 P.M.:

4/2: "Ex Machina" (2015, R) Customer Suggestion
4/9: "Clue" (1985, PG)
4/16: "Possession" (2002, PG-13)
4/23: "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead" (1990, PG) Customer Suggestion
4/30: "Everything is Illuminated" (2005, PG-13) Customer Suggestion

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

Additional Dates


Apr
2
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Choosing Entrepreneurship

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 45 openings

This dual workshop analyzes both the internal and external factors that make a successful entrepreneur. Internally, assess your character, skills, interests, and aptitude in pursuing entrepreneurship. Externally, decide if your business idea is worth pursuing.


Apr
3
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Google Tips and Tricks

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

In this single-session workshop, participants will learn about different Google tools, including sharing documents online, organizing your medical records, and much more. Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are required. Preregistration is required by phone at 718-990-0769 or in person at the Cyber Center desk.


Apr
3
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Identifying Your Work Skills

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 13 openings

In this workshop you will learn how to define and categorize job skills, identify your own job skills, understand the difference between job skills and job duties, market your job skills, and become aware of the most sought-after job skills.


Apr
3
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Sewing Club: Open Lab

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Need to sew? Do you have a project you would like to work on? We provide the sewing machines and accessories, you bring your own project and fabric. *There is no instruction during the lab so you need to know how to use a sewing machine.* No registration is required but space is limited. This program is for adults 18 and over only.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
3
5:00PM

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8:00PM

Introduction to Email

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

In this introductory workshop, you will learn how to create an email account, how to log on, how to navigate your email account, how to send and receive email messages, and how to attach documents. It is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop.


Apr
3
6:00PM

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8:30PM

Movie Night Wednesday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Wednesdays in April, we will screen the following movies at 6:00 P.M.:

4/3: "Operation Finale" (2018, PG-13)
4/10: "A Star is Born" (2018, R) Customer Suggestion
4/17: "Green Book" (2018, PG-13) Customer Suggestion
4/24: "Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald" (2018, PG-13) Customer Suggestion

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

Additional Dates


Apr
3
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Spring 2019 Creative Writing Workshop

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 13 openings

Got that writer’s itch? Need inspiration and/or time to write that poem, short story, or bestselling novel? Join Jennifer Celestin for a 12-session creative writing workshop at the Central Library that will help you do just that! Advanced registration for each individual class is recommended but not required. Since space is limited, those who have registered will get priority seating. This program is open to both adults and teens.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
4
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Mock Interviews

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 1 openings

In these one-on-one practice sessions, you will learn how to prepare for an interview, successfully deal with difficult questions, and follow up properly after the interview. You must preregister for a one-on-one session.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
4
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Bingo for Adults

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

We welcome all adults, both young and old. "Spring" into the library and join us for a fun hour of Bingo every other week at Central Library. Come for the cool prizes, to make new friends, or simply because you love Bingo!!

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

Additional Dates


Apr
4
6:00PM

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8:30PM

Microsoft Excel for Spanish Speakers

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Learn how to create a worksheet and perform calculations. Participants should have basic computer skills and must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Central Library Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning March 28 at 10:00 a.m. or by calling 718-990-0769.

Central LibraryThu, Apr 11, 20196:00PM - 8:30PM
Central LibraryThu, Apr 18, 20196:00PM - 8:30PM

Apr
6
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Introduction to PowerPoint

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 openings

Create awesome presentations and slideshows with PowerPoint. Topics covered will include creating and editing slides, changing the design and colors, inserting pictures and illustrations, and presenting your slide show. Basic computer skills are required; bringing your own USB flash drive is recommended.


Apr
7
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Sunday Concerts @ Central presents Saxophonist Javier Arau

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Saxophonist Javier Arau with an all-star lineup of musicians will perform a concert of jazz and popular music.


Apr
8
5:00PM

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8:00PM

Skills Identification

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 24 openings

In this competitive job market, it is vitally important not only to know your job skills, but to be able to market those skills to potential employers during a job search. This workshop will explain the benefits of knowing your job related skills and how to identify them. For more information, please visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625.


Apr
9
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Introduction to Python

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 7 openings

Looking to become a software engineer? Take the first step and join us in our eight-week course where we teach you the basic concepts of programming and participate in open discussions with other people/customers learning how to code. Register now! Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
9
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Basics of Business Planning

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 48 openings

A business plan is the core document in convincing readers that your enterprise has potential to be successful. This course will cover the purpose, basic structure, and process to begin building your business plan the right way.


Apr
10
9:30AM

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11:00AM

How to Navigate the Queens Library Website

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

Learn how to navigate the Queens Library website at www.queenslibrary.org. Search the catalog for books, magazines, CDs, DVDs and more. Browse our library programs and events for all ages, and a multitude of valuable services. Preregistration is required in person or call the Cyber Center at 718-990-0769.


Apr
10
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Creating Impactful Resumes

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 14 openings

Make your resume the best it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn about types of resumes, how to get started, what to include and not include, and tips for making a resume stronger.


Apr
10
5:00PM

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8:00PM

Creating Impactful Resumes

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 24 openings

Make your resume the best it can be. This workshop provides insight into what resume reviewers look for, types of resumes, what to include and exclude, and tips for making your resume stronger. For further information, call 718-990-8625.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
11
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Excel

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 openings

Participants will learn the basic concepts of Microsoft Excel, such as what a spreadsheet is, basic Excel navigation, and basic data entry.


Apr
11
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Drama Club Showcase

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Be the first to witness the incredible talent of actors and actresses from your local community before they make it big in Hollywood. You don't want to miss this. The show is directed by Dr. Arlean Wells.


Apr
15
5:00PM

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8:00PM

Introduction to MS Word

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 25 openings

Learn the basic skills in Microsoft Word, and gain hands-on experience creating documents, changing formats, and using key shortcuts. Basic computer skills are required.


Apr
16
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Setting Up Your Business

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 48 openings

Make your business legal! Participants are guided through the organizational tasks needed to set up a business and begin operation. Learn about legal structures and all the information you need to register and operate legally in NYC.


Apr
17
9:30AM

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11:30AM

Mistake-Free Cover Letters

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

The cover letters workshop teaches the most important aspects of cover letter writing, defines the different types of cover letters, and prepares participants to write and customize cover letters for their job applications.


Apr
17
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to Computers

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

Learn the basics of using computers: logging on and off, using a keyboard and mouse, opening and closing windows, and using tool bars and scroll bars. Preregistration is required by phone or in person at the Cyber Center Desk. For details, please call 718-990-0769.


Apr
17
11:30AM

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1:00PM

Central Library Book Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Central Library Book Club meets every third Wednesday of the month. Pick up our next selection at Central Library's reference desk and join us to share your thoughts!

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

Additional Dates


Apr
17
5:00PM

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8:00PM

Cover Letters

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The workshop teaches the most important aspects of cover letter writing, defines the different types of cover letters, and prepares participants to write and customize cover letters for their job applications.


Apr
17
6:00PM

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7:15PM

Parents' Playdate

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

All parents who are under 21 years old are welcome for refreshments, conversation, and to share stories and advice about what it’s like to be a parent. You’re welcome to bring your child or children with you.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
18
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Getting More from Your Google Account

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 24 openings

You already use Google for email. Now learn what else your Google account can do for you, including calendars, maps, Google Drive, and more.


Apr
18
6:30PM

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8:30PM

The Public Theater's 2018 Mobile Unit presents The Tempest by William Shakespeare

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Magic and mayhem continue their wicked work in "The Tempest" this spring with the Mobile Unit. When a storm shipwrecks King Alonso and his royal entourage on the island home of Prospero and his daughter Miranda, secrets and suspicions lead to drunken distrust and murderous plots. But love plays games with revenge, and the stuff of nightmares becomes the stuff of dreams in this magical comedy about the human heart, lost at sea.


Apr
20
10:30AM

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12:30PM

MS Excel Formulas & Functions

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 24 openings

Learn to edit and manipulate data in the Using Formulas and Functions workshop. Learn the common and useful formulas to use with your data! Basic computer skills are required.


Apr
22
5:00PM

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8:00PM

Job Search Strategies

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 25 openings

Job searching can be an overwhelming process. Prepare yourself for success! This workshop teaches traditional and creative ways to find jobs, identify career-specific websites, and network.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
23
10:00AM

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3:00PM

Naturalization Workshop (in English and Spanish)

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

This workshop is for legal permanent residents to fill out the N-400 application for naturalization and a full or partial fee waiver, if eligible. To register for the workshop call 718-990-0730 or text Catholic Migration Services at 718-866-3687 or go online to www.citizenshipworks.org/info/vieweventdetail/1669.


Apr
23
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Building Extraordinary Relationships

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

This class is geared toward developing networking strategies in order to foster partnerships and build relationships that lead to motivation, connections, resources, and investment opportunities. Attain new skills in an accessible and low-pressure setting.


Apr
24
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to Email

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

We'll help you feel comfortable and confident in managing your own email account! Learn about sending and receiving email and get a general overview of email etiquette. Students must possess basic mouse and keyboarding skills. Preregistration is required by phone by calling 718-990-0769 or in person at the Cyber Center Desk.


Apr
24
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Sewing Club - Learn How to Sew (Beginners)

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

This is a one-session class. Do you want to learn how to machine sew? Beginners will learn basics like threading your machine, how to sew a straight line, and how to sew a basic seam. This is for adults 18 and over only. All materials are provided. Class is limited to seven participants. Class starts promptly and extreme latecomers will not be admitted. Register online only.


Apr
25
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Salary Negotiations

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

Before you start negotiating salary with a prospective employer, you need to know how much you and the job are worth. Learn how to negotiate in this workshop.


Apr
30
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Chloe Perrier and Her French Jazz Band present Gatsby in Paris

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Enjoy this irrepressibly charming show that features Chloe and her new band, the French Heart Jazz Band, performing an intriguing mix of jazz, chanson, Brazilian and occasionally Romany-tinged selections in French as well as in English.


Apr
30
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Traditional Marketing

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

Still one of the most recognizable types of marketing, traditional marketing encompasses the advertisements that we see and hear every day. Determine the traditional marketing activities to make you visible and attractive to your target customer. To preregister or for more information, call 718-990-8625.


May
1
5:00PM

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8:00PM

Introduction to Excel

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

Participants will learn the basic concepts of Microsoft Excel, such as what a spreadsheet is, basic Excel navigation, and basic data entry.


May
2
4:00PM

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6:00PM

ESOL Job Search Training at Central Library

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 24 openings

This program is geared towards high intermediate and advanced English language learners seeking to enter the job market. The curriculum is focused on helping students understand different types of marketable skills as well as develop vocabulary associated with these skills. Participants will exit the series with at least an outline of a resume or a complete resume.

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

Additional Dates


May
2
6:00PM

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8:30PM

Computers for Beginners (In Spanish)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Learn how to turn on your computer and write an email. Participants must attend all 3 classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Central Library Cyber Center beginning Saturday, April 26 at 10 a.m. or call 718-990-0769.

Central LibraryThu, May 9, 20196:00PM - 8:30PM
Central LibraryThu, May 16, 20196:00PM - 8:30PM

May
9
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Haitian Creole Class for Beginners

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

This course is for people with little or no prior knowledge of Haitian Creole (Kreyòl). Participants will learn speaking, reading, writing, and listening comprehension within a Haitian cultural context. Core concepts of grammar, phonetics, and other aspects of language structure will be covered. At the end of the course, participants will be able to conduct simple conversations and write at the basic level in Kreyòl. Space is limited.

Central LibraryThu, May 16, 20196:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryThu, May 23, 20196:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryThu, May 30, 20196:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryThu, Jun 6, 20196:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryThu, Jun 13, 20196:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryThu, Jun 20, 20196:30PM - 8:00PM

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MS Excel Formulas & Functions

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

Learn to edit and manipulate data in the Using Formulas and Functions workshop. Learn the common and useful formulas to use with your data! Basic computer skills are required.


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Introduction to Microsoft Word (in Spanish)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Learn how to create a document and work with tables.
Participants should have basic computer skills and must attend all 3 classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Central Library Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning Thursday, May 30 at 10:00 a.m. or by calling 718-990-0769.

Central LibraryThu, Jun 13, 20196:00PM - 8:30PM
Central LibraryThu, Jun 20, 20196:00PM - 8:30PM

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Come Get Your Annual Mammogram!

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Patients are eligible for a screening mammogram if they:
•Are 40 and over
•Have not had a mammogram in the past year
•Have no signs or symptoms of breast disease
•Are insured, underinsured, or uninsured
To preregister, please contact The Mobile Mammography Team at 844-396-2666.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Central Library in Jamaica has:

  • 100 public computers in the Cyber Center
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  • 18 computers in the Children's Library Discovery Center for children 12 and under
  • 4 computers for toddlers
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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The Central Library @ Queens Library contains nearly one million volumes of materials in comprehensive subject collections, and more than 800 titles of academic and professional journals and magazines, as well as professional indices and abstracts. For more information, see:


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
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
A Special Place for Kids
89-14 163rd St
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 739-1601
Afro American Parents Day Care Center Incorporated
117-16 Sutphin Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 322-2030
All My Children Day Care
175-44 Mayfield Rd
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 658-1563
All Our Children Family Daycare
148-07 111th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 739-5930
Early Sunrise Daycare
187-08 Hillside Ave
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 736-9064
Head Start
161-06 89th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 523-1888
Kids Circle Daycare
164-04 Goethals Ave
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 380-1280
Queens Child Guidance Center
161-06 89th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 558-8657
Sensational Kids Incorporated
176-21 Wexford Terrace
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-0851
Allen Christian Pre-School
114-32 Merrick Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11434
Gil-Blu Nursery - Kindergarten
120-02 Merrick Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
Kids Porta Bright Horizon Center
Bldg 350 JFK Airport
Jamaica NY , 11430
Little Flowers Early Childhood
23410 Merrick Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11422
Rochdale Village Nursery & Kindergarten
170-30 130th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
Treehouse Day Nursery
168-40 127 Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434

Community Board
Community Board District #12
90-28 161st Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 658-3308
fax: (718) 739-6997
  

Community Organizations & Services
Greater Jamaica Development Corporation
90-04 161st Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 291-0282
fax: (718) 658-1405
Jamaica Chamber of Commerce
90-25 161st Street, Suite 505
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 657-4800
Jamaica Business Development Center
90-33 160th Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 206-2255
fax: (718) 206-3693
Community Mediation Group
89-64 163rd Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 523-6868
BFFY Jamaica Family Youth Center
90-11 160th St
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 526-5151
Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning
161-04 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 658-7400
fax:
York College Performing Arts Center
94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 262-3750
fax:
King Manor Museum
King Park, 153rd Street and Jamaica Ave.
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 206-0545
fax: (718) 206-0541
Afrikan Poetry Theatre
176-03 Jamaica Ave.
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 523-3312
fax:
Black Spectrum TheatreRoy Wilkens Park
177th St. & Baisley Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 723-1800
fax:
Chung-Cheng Art Gallery St. John's University Visual Arts
Sun Yat Sen Hall
Jamaica NY , 11439
phone: (718) 990-6583
fax: (718) 990-1881
 

Fire Department
Engine 275, Battalion 50:
111-36 Merrick Blvd.
Engine 298, Battalion 50:
153-11 Hillside Ave.
Engine 315, Battalion 50:
Engine 315, Battalion 50:
Engine 315, Ladder 125, Battalion 50:
159-06 Union Tpke.
Ladder 127, Battalion 50:
153-11 Hillside Ave.
 

Local Hospitals
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
8900 Van Wyck Expressway
Jamaica NY , 11418
phone: (718) 206-6000
Queens Hospital Center
82-70 One Hundred Sixty-Fourth Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-3000
 

Local Newspapers
Jamaica Times
Queens Chronicle
Queens Tribune

Parks and Playgrounds
Rufus King Park
Jamaica Avenue from 150th to 153rd Street
Major Mark Park
Hillside Avenue, from 173rd to 175th Street
Captain Tilly Memorial Park
Bordered by Highland Ave, Upland Pkwy, Gothic Pkwy
Harvard Playground
179th Place, north of Jamaica Ave
  

Police Department
103rd Precinct
168-02 Police Officer Edward Byrne Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 657-8181
  

Post Office
Jamaica Post Office
88-40 164th Street
Jamaica NY , 11432-9997
phone: (718) 990-1090
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Allen Christian School
171-10 Linden Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
Archbisop Molloy High School
83-53 Manton Street
Jamaica NY , 11435
Bethel Mission Junior Academy
10615 154th St
Jamaica NY , 11433
Ideal Montessori School
87-41 165th St
Jamaica NY , 11432
Immaculate Conception School
179-14 Dalny Road
Jamaica NY , 11432
Jamaica Day School of St Demet
84 35 152nd St
Jamaica NY , 11432
Jamaica Montessori
90-01 Merrick Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11432
Jamaica Seventh-day Adventist Busy Bee Learning
88-28 163rd St
Jamaica NY , 11432
New Dawn Elementary School
90-34 161st Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
Nativity B V M School
92nd St & Rockaway Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11416
St Clement Pope School
120-27 141st Street
Jamaica NY , 11436
St Peter Claver School
149-18 Jamaica Ave
Jamaica NY , 11435
St Nicholas of Tolentine School
80-22 Parsons Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11432-1096
The Mary Louis Academy
176-21 Wexford Terrace
Jamaica NY , 11432
United Nations International School
173-53 Croydon Road
Jamaica NY , 11432

Public Elementary Schools
PS 086 Queens (Q086)
87-41 Parsons Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 291-6264
fax: (718) 297-0298
PS 131 Abigail Adams (Q131)
170-45 84 Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 739-4229
fax: (718) 658-5690
PS 095 Eastwood (Q095)
179-01 90 Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 739-0007
fax: (718) 658-5271

Public High Schools
Hillcrest High School (Q505)
160-05 Highland Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 658-5407
fax: (718) 739-5137
Jamaica Educational Campus
167-01 Gothic Drive
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 739-5942
fax:
Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School (Q620)
165-65 84th Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 297-6580
fax: (718) 658-0365
Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School (Q680)
60-20 Goethals Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 969-3115
fax: (718) 969-3552
  

Senior Centers
Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults, Inc.
162-04 Jamaica Ave.,
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 657-6500
fax: (718) 523-7746
Robert Couche Senior Center
137-57 Farmers Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 978-8352
Senior Citizens Center
123-10 143rd St
Jamaica NY , 11436
phone: (718) 657-6500
Senior Citizens Center
166-01 Linden Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 658-0980
  

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. Alicia Hyndman
HyndmanA@nyassembly.gov
District Office 232-06A Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica NY, 11413
phone: (718) 723-5412
fax: (718) 723-5465
Albany Office LOB, Room 820
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4451
fax: (518) 455-5522
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
  
NYS Senate
Hon. John Liu
liu@nysenate.gov
District Office38-50 Bell Boulevard, Suite C
Bayside NY, 11361
phone: 718-357-3094
fax: 718-357-3491
 

History

Community History

 

Jamaica was a former town and capital of Queens County. The first European settlers were probably New Englanders from Hempstead. They were granted a patent by Peter Stuyvesant, governor of New Netherland, on March 21, 1656. The settlement was initially called Rusdorf. After the English conquest in 1664 the name was changed to Jameco, after the Indians who were the earliest inhabitants of the area. In 1680, the present name was adopted.

On May 17, 1686, New York governor Thomas Dongan issued a charter to the landowners of Jamaica. The Dongan Charter consolidated the various hamlets into the town of Jamaica and set its boundaries. (The Dongan Charter is on display in the Long Island Division of the Central Library.)

In 1702 Jamaica briefly served as the capital of the New York Colony during a Yellow Fever outbreak in Manhattan.

Important to the history of Jamaica is Prospect Cemetery. The cemetery, which is the oldest cemetery in Queens, dates back to 1668 and includes the graves of some of the earliest inhabitants of Jamaica.

Two of Jamaica’s important landmarks are King Manor and Grace Episcopal Church. King Manor is named after Rufus King, a Massachusetts delegate to the Continental Congress, one of the two first New York Senators to Congress, a diplomat, and anti-slavery advocate. Grace Church was founded in 1702 and served as the official church of the British colonial government during the Revolutionary War. Rufus King is among those buried in the Church’s graveyard.

In 1898 Queens became part of the City of New York of which Jamaica was the county seat.

Jamaica owes its strength as a major shopping area to transportation. Jamaica Avenue was once a toll road between the ferry in Brooklyn and Hempstead. The Long Island Rail Road in Jamaica developed into a major hub. King Kullen, the first self service supermarket in the U.S., opened on Jamaica Avenue in 1930. In the 1960s, interest in Jamaica as a major shopping district began to decline. However, in recent years there has been a coordinated effort, through the work of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, to revitalize Jamaica.

Library History

The first Central Library was located on Parsons Boulevard. It opened in 1930 and was expanded with WPA funds in 1941. The current building on Merrick Boulevard was dedicated on April 11, 1966. The new building was the result of the unwavering efforts of Library Director Harold Tucker. It was designed by the architects York & Sawyer, Kiff, Colean, Voss and Souder. The new Central Library was the first major branch of an urban library to place all public services on one floor. The library cost $5,700,000 and contained 195,000 square feet of floor space. The library was renovated and expanded in 1989. Additional renovation and expansion has begun and is expected to be completed in the next few years, and will include the new Children’s Library and Discovery Center.

The Queens Library’s online catalog, InfoLinQ (Information online at Queens Library) was unveiled at the Central Library in October 1993. In January 1999 the Cyber Center opened at the Central Library. The Cyber Center has 48 computers for customer use, allowing access to the Internet and word processing. The Cyber Center, along with additional computers in the library, has helped to close the gap between the technology “haves” and “have-nots.”

Bibliography

“Libraries” by Phyllis Dan in The Encyclopedia of New York City.
Lighting the Way: The Centennial History of the Queens Borough Public Library 1896-1996 by Jeffrey A. Kroessler.

Suggested Reading on Jamaica’s History (available at the Central Library)

“Jamaica” by Vincent Seyfried in The Encyclopedia of New York City.
The Origin and History of Grace Church, Jamaica, New York by Horatio Oliver Ladd.
Recollections of Old Jamaica: 1655-1887.
Records of the Town of Jamaica Long Island: 1656-1751 edited by Josephine C. Frost.

Queens Poet Laureate 2007 – 2010

The Queens Borough President’s Office has announced the Fourth Poet Laureate to serve from 2007 to 2010:

Julio Marzan
Queens Poet Laureate

An honorary position, the Queens Poet Laureate promotes an appreciation of poetry throughout the borough and writes poetry that is inspired by, or relate to, the borough of Queens.

To learn more about the Queens Poet Laureate, go to http://www.queensbp.org/content_web/cultural_affairs
/cultural_poet2007.shtml