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Spanish Beginner Conversation Class

This course introduces the basic elements of the Spanish language within a cultural context. Emphasis is placed on basic vocabulary related to greetings, how to introduce oneself, how to express likes and dislikes, how to speak about a present action, and more. Preregistration is required, and a single registration will secure your place for ...

Jan 20 @ 12:30 PM, Jan 27 @ 12:30 PM, Feb 3 @ 12:30 PM, Feb 17 @ 12:30 PM, Feb 24 @ 12:30 PM

Timeless Tales

Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers are welcome to join us for stories, songs, finger plays, and all kinds of fun! Preregistration is required and begins on Wednesday, December 19.

Jan 23 @ 10:30 AM, Jan 30 @ 10:30 AM, Feb 6 @ 10:30 AM

“My Favorite Things" - Celebrating the Genius of John Coltrane with the Abe Ovadia Quartet

As Musicvox Guitars describes, Abe Ovadia is a "jazz phenom, one of the most innovative guitarists of our time." He has emerged as one of the preeminent guitarists on the New York City jazz scene. Times Square New York City says, "You can always count on him to happily claim the responsibility of playing some world-class jazz." To register ...

Jan 24 @ 6:00 PM

Celebrate Lunar New Year with Chinese Music and Dance!

Come learn how the Chinese celebrate Lunar New Year! In Chinese culture, red is the color of happiness and the color of Lunar New Year. Enjoy a red ribbon dance and festive music, performed by Ling Tang, Yimin Miao, and Zhou Yi from the Ba Ban Chinese Music Society for good fortune and joyfulness in the Year of the Pig!

Jan 25 @ 5:00 PM

Sunday Movie: "Alpha"

After his first hunt, a young man is left to withstand the hostile Ice Age wilderness on his own. He soon encounters and befriends a deserted wolf, and the two learn what it takes to survive as a brutal winter approaches. (2018, PG-13)

Directors: Albert Hughes

Production year: 2018

Rating: PG-13

Studio: Columbia ...

Jan 27 @ 2:00 PM

Salary Negotiations

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.

Jan 30 @ 10:00 AM

The Man Who Fell to Earth: A Film and Book Tribute to David Bowie and Nicolas Roeg

Join Culture Connection in celebrating two British artistic geniuses: Nicolas Roeg (1928-2018) and David Bowie (1947-2016). This program will open with a film screening of Roeg’s sci-fi cult classic "The Man Who Fell to Earth" (1976) followed by a Q&A with authors Susan Compo and Joseph Lanza. Compo penned “Earthbound: David Bowie and ...

Jan 30 @ 5:00 PM

Lunar New Year Celebration

Celebrate Lunar New Year right here at the Children's Library Discovery Center. Bring in the Year of the Pig with crafts, music, and a parade around the library! This is a fun and educational program for children up to age 12. No registration is required so don't miss it!

Feb 1 @ 4:00 PM

Intermediate Word

Build on your basic knowledge of Microsoft Word. Learn how to format Word documents, insert tables and charts, format bibliographies, and insert headers and footers. Basic computer skills and knowledge of MS Word are required. Call 718-990-8625 to preregister.

Feb 2 @ 10:30 AM

Broadway Valentine’s Magic with Bobby Cronin & All-Star Cast

Award-winning composer/lyricist BOBBY CRONIN will give his first concert in 2019 for one of his favorite organizations: Culture Connection at Queens Library, featuring some of his favorite Broadway performers: Raymond J. Lee (Groundhog Day, Mamma Mia), LaQuet Sharnell Pringle (Memphis, The Lion King), Vishal Vaidya (Groundhog Day, 1776), and ...

Feb 11 @ 6:00 PM

Jan
17
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Bingo for Adults

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come in from the cold and join us for a fun hour of Bingo every other week at Central Library. We welcome all adults, both young and old. Come for the neat prizes, making new friends, or simply for the love of the game.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
17
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, such as being able to use the keyboard and mouse and to open and close applications. Participants must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Central Library Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning Thursday, December 27 at 10 a.m. or by calling 718-990-0769.


Jan
18
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to Tablet Using Samsung Galaxy Tab 4

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, you will learn how to navigate the web using a tablet device, the differences between a PC and a tablet, how to start up programs on your tablet, how to connect wirelessly to the internet, and how to navigate using a virtual keyboard. Preregistration is required in person or by phone. Please call 718-990-0769.


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Jan
19
10:30AM

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12:30PM

MS Excel Formulas & Functions

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 4 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.


Jan
20
12:30PM

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2:00PM

Spanish Beginner Conversation Class

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 introduces the basic elements of the Spanish language within a cultural context. Emphasis is placed on basic vocabulary related to greetings, how to introduce oneself, how to express likes and dislikes, how to speak about a present action, and more. Preregistration is required, and a single registration will secure your place for all seven sessions. No previous knowledge of Spanish is required, and all adults and teens are invited to participate. We hope to see you there.

Central LibrarySun, Jan 27, 201912:30PM - 2:00PM
Central LibrarySun, Feb 3, 201912:30PM - 2:00PM
Central LibrarySun, Feb 17, 201912:30PM - 2:00PM
Central LibrarySun, Feb 24, 201912:30PM - 2:00PM

Jan
22
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Tuesday Afternoon Movie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Tuesdays in January, we will screen the following movies at 2PM.:

1/8: "Anna Karenina" (2012, R)
1/15: "The Hunt for Red October" (1990, PG) Customer Suggestion
1/22: "Deathtrap" (1982, PG)
1/29: "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


Jan
22
5:30PM

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8:00PM

Coding with HTML

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

Build websites using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript! You've got ideas and we want to give you the skill set to bring your ideas to life. There are many web developer job opportunities out there. Contribute your ideas to the Internet. We'll train you in the basics of web design and development with hands-on practice. Register now at the Cyber Center by calling 718.990.0769.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
22
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Setting Up Your Business

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 18 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. Call 718-661-1205 for more information.


Jan
23
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.


Jan
23
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Intro to Job Interviews

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 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


Jan
23
5:00PM

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8:00PM

Skills Identification

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


Jan
23
6:00PM

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8:15PM

Movie Night Wednesday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Wednesdays in January, we will screen the following movies at 6PM:

1/2: "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" (2018, PG-13) Customer Suggestion
1/9: "Disney's Christopher Robin" (2018, PG) Customer Suggestion
1/16: "Equalizer 2" (2018, R) Customer Suggestion
1/23: "Crazy Rich Asians" (2018, PG-13) Customer Suggestion
1/30/2019: No Movie: Culture Connection Program


Jan
24
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Getting More from Your Google Account

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 21 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.


Jan
24
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


Jan
25
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Financial Literacy

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

In this workshop customers will be able to define and understand the basics of banking and financial transactions, learn the different types of banking accounts, define and know the difference between savings and investments, and gain understanding of credit reports.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
26
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Financing Your Education Presented by NYS Department of Financial Services

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

This program is open to families and high school students. The subjects covered include
completion of the FAFSA, grants, scholarships (including the Excelsior Scholarship and Enhanced Tuition Awards), work study, and various types of loans. Bring your friends. This information will be helpful as you pursue secondary education.


Jan
27
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Sunday Movie: "Alpha"

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

After his first hunt, a young man is left to withstand the hostile Ice Age wilderness on his own. He soon encounters and befriends a deserted wolf, and the two learn what it takes to survive as a brutal winter approaches. (2018, PG-13)

Directors: Albert Hughes

Production year: 2018

Rating: PG-13

Studio: Columbia Pictures Industries Inc.

Runtime: 96 minutes


Jan
28
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


Jan
28
5:00PM

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8:00PM

Introduction to MS Word

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 11 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.


Jan
28
6:30PM

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7:30PM

The Art of Thinking Positively

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Swami Radheswarananda, Hardik Sevak, and Serita Babulal, of Divya Jyoti Jagrati Kendra, teach meditation and how to understand and harness the mind's positive energy to attain true peace and sustaining happiness.


Jan
29
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Entrepreneurship Series: Building Extraordinary Relationships

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 21 openings

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. Please call 718-990-8625 for additional information and to preregister.


Jan
30
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.


Jan
30
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Salary Negotiations

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 11 openings

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.


Jan
30
5:00PM

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8:00PM

Creating Impactful Resumes

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


Jan
31
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


Jan
31
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Drama Club

Location: Central Library
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 January 31, 2019
Availability: 20 openings

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.

Central LibraryThu, Feb 7, 20196:30PM - 8:30PM
Central LibraryThu, Feb 14, 20196:00PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryThu, Feb 21, 20196:00PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryThu, Feb 28, 20196:00PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryThu, Mar 7, 20196:30PM - 8:30PM
Central LibraryThu, Mar 14, 20196:00PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryThu, Mar 21, 20196:00PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryThu, Mar 28, 20196:00PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryThu, Apr 4, 20196:00PM - 8:00PM

Jan
31
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Conversational Chinese for Beginners

Location: Central Library
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 January 31, 2019
Availability: 16 openings

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

Central LibraryThu, Feb 14, 20196:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryThu, Feb 21, 20196:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryThu, Feb 28, 20196:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryThu, Mar 7, 20196:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryThu, Mar 14, 20196:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryThu, Mar 21, 20196:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryThu, Mar 28, 20196:30PM - 8:00PM

Feb
2
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


Feb
2
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Intermediate Word

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 8 openings

Build on your basic knowledge of Microsoft Word. Learn how to format Word documents, insert tables and charts, format bibliographies, and insert headers and footers. Basic computer skills and knowledge of MS Word are required. Call 718-990-8625 to preregister.


Feb
2
2:00PM

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3:15PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations - Woodie King Jr., Founder/Producing Director

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Following a reading of an excerpt from August Wilson’s play “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone," which examines the African American experience amidst the Great Migration, audiences will hear Woodie King, Jr. talk about his life as producer/director of works in film and theater. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Feb
3
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Sunday Concerts at Central present Gino Sitson 4

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Award-winning New York-based vocal virtuoso Gino Sitson from Cameroon, Central Africa captures the sounds and rhythm of Africa and displays his trademark vocal acrobatics with a breathtakingly creative command of oral and body percussions and miscellaneous effects. Sign up for your free tickets using Eventbrite.


Feb
5
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Tuesday Afternoon Movie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In February, we will screen the following films.

2/5: White Nights (1985, PG-13)
2/12: Waiting to Exhale (1995, R)
2/19: I Am Not Your Negro (2016, PG-13) Customer Suggestion
2/26: The Soloist (2008, PG-13)

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

Additional Dates


Feb
5
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Traditional Marketing for Small Business

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 21 openings

Marketing activities continue to evolve from traditional strategies to nontraditional methods that involve the Internet. Both traditional and nontraditional marketing have advantages and disadvantages. Traditional marketing activities help you become visible and attractive to your target customer and typically involve advertising, publicity, sales, merchandising, and distribution. To preregister or for more information, call 718-990-8625.


Feb
6
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.


Feb
6
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Identifying Your Work Skills

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 11 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.


Feb
6
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. Adults 18 and over only.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
6
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.


Feb
6
6:00PM

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8:30PM

Movie Night Wednesday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In February, we will screen the following films:

2/6: BlacKkKlansman (2018, R) Customer Suggestion
2/13: Acrimony (2018, R) Customer Suggestion
2/20: The Hate U Give (2018, PG-13) Customer Suggestion

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

Additional Dates


Feb
7
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.


Feb
7
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 three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Central Library Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning Saturday, January 31 at 10 a.m. or by calling 718-990-0769.

Central LibraryThu, Feb 14, 20196:00PM - 8:30PM
Central LibraryThu, Feb 21, 20196:00PM - 8:30PM

Feb
8
12:00PM

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1:00PM

LIFT (Legal Information for Families Today) Workshop

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Family Court + Family Law: Free Workshop
Do you have questions about custody, visitation, or child support? Are you representing yourself in family court? Learn about this and more! Join Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) to learn the top things you should know about family court and family law in New York State.

Need help now? Call LIFT’s Family Law Helpline 212-343-1122. Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) is a private, nonprofit organization.


Feb
8
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Chinese Craft Program: Year of the Pig

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come join us to celebrate the Year of the Pig with a Chinese craft demonstration. We will be making lanterns, origami, and other Chinese crafts.


Feb
10
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Open Mic for Poets

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The featured poet for February, Robert Gibbons, received his MFA in Creative Writing from City College in the spring of 2018. He has published extensively in the United States and abroad. His first collection "Close to the Tree" was published in 2012 by Three Rooms Press.


Feb
11
5:00PM

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8:00PM

Introduction to Excel

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 5 openings

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


Feb
12
6:30PM

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7:45PM

Chloe Perrier & Her French Heart Jazz Band

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The French Heart Jazz Band, will lull your heartache and uplift your spirits, with a unique mix of French chansons, Brazilian and occasionally Gypsy-tinged numbers in French as well as in English, including American jazz standards from the ’20s to the ’40s with a continental flare! Join us and listen as exes get dissed and relationships gone wrong are remembered, dissected, and forgotten within a span of a song! Life might not always be… en rose, but you will always have Paris!


Feb
12
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Social Media Marketing for Small Businesses

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

In an advanced technological world with so many resources for socially connecting to your customers, it's hard to decide on which platform to choose and how to use it. Learn strategies to becoming successful in social media marketing for your business. Call 718-990-8625 for more information.


Feb
13
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.


Feb
13
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Creating Impactful Resumes

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


Feb
14
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Excel: Creating Charts and Graphs

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 23 openings

Learn how to create charts and graphs in Microsoft Excel.


Feb
15
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to the iPad

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, you will learn how to navigate the web using a tablet device, the differences between a PC and a tablet, how to start up programs on your tablet, how to connect wirelessly to the internet, and how to navigate using a virtual keyboard. Preregistration is required in person or by phone. Please call 718-990-0769.


Feb
16
10:30AM

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12:30PM

PowerPoint: Animating Presentations

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

Learn how to design your PowerPoint presentations. Call 718-990-8625 to register.


Feb
17
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Author Talk with Hugh Wyatt: "Sonny Rollins: Meditating on a Riff"

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Veteran journalist and author Hugh Wyatt's book explores Sonny Rollins’ spiritual journey. Wyatt will discuss how jazz musicians, like Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane, inspired millions of Americans to embrace Eastern spirituality, particularly Buddhism, Hinduism, and yoga. Books will be available for sale and signing.


Feb
19
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Funding Your Business

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

Become familiar with the variety of traditional and nontraditional resources available to help fund your business. The course will leave you knowledgeable about various loan options, crowdfunding, alternative lenders, and more. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625.


Feb
20
9:30AM

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11:30AM

Mistake-Free Cover Letters

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

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.


Feb
20
9:30AM

--to--

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.


Feb
20
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. 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.


Feb
20
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


Feb
20
5:00PM

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8:00PM

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.


Feb
23
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Instagram

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

Learn how to share and take photos, add filters and image adjustments, connect accounts, and respond to comments. Please bring your smartphone with the Instagram app already installed to class. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, call 718-990-8625 or visit the Job Information Center. Basic computer skills are required.


Feb
24
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Sunday Movie: "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom"

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

When a volcano threatens the dinosaurs, Claire recruits Owen to save the animals from extinction. (2018, PG-13)


Feb
25
5:00PM

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8:00PM

Job Search Strategies

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

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.


Feb
25
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Meet the Author: "The Black Tax" by Shawn D. Rochester

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The author of recently published book "Black Tax: The Cost of Being Black in America" will discuss the massive financial burden on African American households that dramatically reduces their ability to leave a substantial legacy for future generations. Books will be available for sale and signing.


Feb
26
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Entrepreneurs Open Lab

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

Got questions? We’ve got answers! This is a question and answer panel with experienced industry professionals to hear their real-life struggles and successes or address your inquiries about entrepreneurship. This is an opportunity to come in and meet directly with industry professionals. This even is open to all. For more information, call 718-990-8625.


Feb
27
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Medical and Consumer Health Database Workshop

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

This class will provide information on medical and consumer health databases and websites available on the Queens Library homepage. An overview of the medical librarian services available at Queens Library will also be discussed. Preregistration is required in person or by calling the Cyber Center at 718-990-0769.


Feb
28
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Networking

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

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
7
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


Mar
10
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Open Mic for Poets

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The featured reader Gillian Cummings is the author of "The Owl Was a Baker’s Daughter," selected by John Yau as the winner of the 2018 Colorado Prize for Poetry (The Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State University, 2018) and "My Dim Aviary," winner of the 2015 Hudson Prize (Black Lawrence Press, 2016).


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)


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 Office
Legislative OfficeLegislative Office Bldg. Room 902
Albany NY, 12247
phone: 518-455-2210

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