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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 24 @ 6:30 PM, May 1 @ 6:30 PM, May 8 @ 6:30 PM, May 15 @ 6:30 PM, May 22 @ 6:30 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.

Apr 25 @ 10:00 AM

Inside the 2019 Tony Awards with Two Broadway Heavyweights

The 73rd Annual Tony Awards are to be held on June 9, 2019, to recognize achievement in Broadway productions during the 2018–19 season. The ceremony will be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City and will be broadcast live by CBS. Culture Connection has invited two Broadway insiders, Robert Viagas and David Chase, to give a colorful ...

May 6 @ 6:00 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.

May 8 @ 10:00 AM, Jun 12 @ 10:00 AM

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, April 24.

May 8 @ 10:30 AM, May 15 @ 10:30 AM, May 22 @ 10:30 AM, May 29 @ 10:30 AM, Jun 5 @ 10:30 AM

Volunteers in the Vaults: Hosted by the Queens Central Library

Volunteers in the Vaults will be hosted by the Queens Central Library (89-11 Merrick Blvd), in the Archives Reading Room. Archives staff will share some treasures from the library's local history collections and take any questions you have about neighborhood history. Volunteers in the Vaults is a public bi-monthly social gathering for our ...

May 8 @ 6:00 PM

Introduction to Music Theory

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the technical side of music? Presenter Jin-Xiang Yu will provide instruction in the basics of how to read music, including naming notes, rhythm, time signature, keys, and very simple harmonies. Advance registration is required for this five-session program, and a single registration will secure your ...

May 21 @ 6:30 PM, May 28 @ 6:30 PM, Jun 4 @ 6:30 PM, Jun 11 @ 6:30 PM, Jun 18 @ 6:30 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 ...

May 29 @ 10:00 AM

Choosing Entrepreneurship

This class provides an overview of the dynamic world of entrepreneurship. It helps participants assess their skills and aptitudes, allows participants to explore the right type of business for them based on aptitude and interest, and generally charts a path to success. Preregister online or call 718-990-8625 for additional information.

Jun 4 @ 7:00 PM

Basics of Business Planning

Are you tired of being confused about how to write your business plan? Are you stuck trying to write it? In the Basics of Business Planning course, we will cover what a business plan is, why we need it, the basic structure of a business plan along with some of the various formats, and how/where you can research and start building you plan ...

Jun 11 @ 7:00 PM

Apr
24
3:00PM

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4:00PM

College 101 : Pre College Prep and Tips for Surviving Freshman Year and Beyond

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

It is never too early to plan for college. These fun and interactive programs are offered to tweens and teens with a curiosity about how to prepare and what to expect freshman year and beyond. This program will be offered at the following locations: Cambria Heights, Central, Flushing, Glen Oaks and Peninsula.


Apr
24
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Cookie Mining

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Students are introduced to fossil fuel extraction and its damaging effects on the environment through this fun activity where students pretend to extract coal using chocolate chip cookies.


Apr
24
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Video Visitation - Family Day

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

All are welcomed! Join us to learn more about Video Visitation. Enjoy food and refreshments as we provide activities for all ages, information from community organizations, and referrals to library services.

If you would like to schedule a visit, this is the event for you! We will have on-the-spot orientations, putting you one-step closer to a video visit with your loved one!

RSVP for Family Day, email videovisitation@queenslibrary.org or call (718)990-5104.


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Apr
24
3:30PM

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6:30PM

The "Voices of Queens" Teen Radio Podcast

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn how to create your very own radio podcasts in this free workshop program! Come along and learn how to produce fun and engaging podcast episodes. Completion of this course gives you scholarship opportunities, enhances your resume, and can even get you started on the road to a rewarding career in broadcast journalism, audio engineering, news reporting, radio presentation, and beyond. This program series is for teens ages 12 – 19 years old and preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
24
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


Apr
24
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Spring 2019 Creative Writing Workshop

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

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
25
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Mock Interviews

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

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
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
25
10:00AM

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11:00AM

The Work of the Art Collective Exhibition

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The Work of the Art Collective is on exhibit from April 6, 2019 -May 3rd, 2019.
Meet and Greet Artist Reception: Thursday April 25-from 6:30-7:30
The Community Access Art Collective is honored to present work by a group of artists at the Central Library.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
25
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Hello Spring Art Program

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come join the Children's Library Discovery Center for an exciting art program for ages 3-5.


Apr
25
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Classic Movie Thursday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

4/4- "They Shoot Horses Don't They" (1969) Customer Suggested
4/11- "In a Lonely Place" (1950)
4/18- "Easter Parade" (1948)
4/25- "The Last Picture Show" (1971) Customer Suggested


Apr
25
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Solar One Energy Audit

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn about energy production and efficiency with this exciting hands-on program for children up to age 12. No registration is required, but space and supplies will be limited.


Apr
25
3:00PM

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6:00PM

Homework Help (Math/Science)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come to the Teen Space to receive one-on-one assistance with your math and science homework.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
25
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Amazing Readers Kids Book Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 8-12 will discuss Pam Munoz Ryan’s "Esperanza Rising" at this session of Amazing Readers. Participation will count toward the “Read Down Your Fines” program.


Apr
25
5:30PM

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6:30PM

Chess Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come and learn how to improve your chess skills with your friends over at the Children's Library Discovery Center!


Apr
25
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Dylan DeFeo Trio

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come hear Dylan DeFeo and his wonderful trio featuring Arthur Sadowsky on bass, Andrew McAuley on drums, and Dylan on keys. They will play a variety of classic standards, Latin grooves, new original tunes, and some swingin’ surprises!


Apr
25
7:00PM

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8:00PM

Money Mindset

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Ever heard money doesn’t grow on trees or a penny saved is a penny earned? These are mindset phrases and to some degree may be blocking you from discovering your full potential to earn more money or learning about your passion and turning it into income. We will discuss ways to discover how to open up areas in our mind that may block us from receiving more money. Let’s have fun while becoming more money savvy!!


Apr
26
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Mother Goose

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Jack and Jill went up the hill...to come to Mother Goose at the library! Children from 6 months to 2 years and a caregiver are invited to come to this fun program of stories, songs, finger plays, and more. No registration is required. Don't miss it!

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

Additional Dates


Apr
26
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Solar Race Cars

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Solar One educators bring supplies for each student to design, build, and test their own mini solar-powered race car. This program is for children ages 8-12. Please note there will be a 25 car limit, although no registration is required.


Apr
26
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Clara Duo: The Sound of Spring

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Clara Duo​ is a simple and yet very unique duo of clarinet (Asuka Elias) and piano (Aleksandra Kocheva.) Since meeting at Queens College in 2006, they have been performing actively in New York and Japan. The variety of their repertoires is diverse, from classical to contemporary, as well as the folk music from their respective native countries of Japan and Bulgaria. Their program will include music by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Japanese traditional spring songs, and more.


Apr
26
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Teen Code Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn to code at Queens Library! Our code club has no lectures: you’ll learn to make websites, animations, apps, and games by actually making them, step by step. Prepare for a tech career or learn skills you can use in the real world right now to make whatever you can dream up.


Apr
26
5:30PM

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6:45PM

Teen Anime and Graphic Novel Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Like manga? Enjoy graphic novels? Love anime? Then join us for our Anime and Graphic Novel Club! We'll watch new and old favorites, read amazing titles, and discuss what we liked and what we didn't.


Apr
27
11:15AM

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12:00PM

College Info Day: Essay Writing Workshop

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Begin College Info Day with an essay writing workshop. Using hip hop and personal experiences to stay engaged, you will learn to craft a convincing essay. You will leave with a completed college admissions essay that has been reviewed by our facilitator.


Apr
27
12:15PM

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1:00PM

College Info Day: College Admissions: Planning Ahead

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

College Admissions: Planning Ahead will give you an overview of the entire admissions process. Topics addressed include admissions, testing, researching, and paying for college.


Apr
27
1:15PM

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2:00PM

College Info Day: How to Choose the College That Is Right for You

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Whether you are looking to attend a vocational school, a rural campus, or a university with thousands of students, this workshop can help you to decide what options are best for you.


Apr
27
2:15PM

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3:00PM

College Info Day: Money Doesn't Grow on Trees: How to Prepare for Financial Independence

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In this workshop you will learn how to balance college life with a job. You will also learn how to create a balanced budget based on your monthly income.


Apr
27
3:15PM

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4:00PM

College Info Day: Congratulations, You’re Accepted: Now How Do You Pay for School?

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

With the help of the Foundation Center, you will learn how to secure grants and scholarships to finance your education.


Apr
28
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Movie Screening: "Unfriended: Dark Web"

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

A stolen laptop prompts a cabal of hackers to terrorize a group of young adults convening online. Their weekly Skype board-game night is disrupted by the discovery of a folder filled with snuff films and a stream of increasingly ominous threats (2018, R).


Apr
29
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


Apr
29
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Time

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.

Spring into April with Toddler Time. Enjoy songs, finger plays, and simple story books for toddlers ages 18-35 months and their caregivers. Registration will begin on March 18th. Space is limited so don't miss out!


Apr
29
5:00PM

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6:30PM

SAT Tutoring

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.

Come for free SAT tutoring to help you prepare for your SAT exam. Registration is required. Online registration begins Saturday, March 9th. There will be 7 sessions - every Monday beginning Monday April 8th. Registration for this program is online only, no phone calls accepted.

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Central LibraryMon, May 13, 20195:00PM - 6:30PM
Central LibraryMon, May 20, 20195:00PM - 6:30PM

Apr
29
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


Apr
30
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Learn how to make your child's homework fun at home!

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

This workshop is for parents/guardians to learn tips for how to make your child’s homework and study fun! Bring your questions and have them answered by the parent teacher coordinators from P.S. 135, P.S. 95, P.S. 35, and P.S. 131. As a bonus, you will receive a homework free coupon for your child when you attend this workshop. This program is in Spanish.


Apr
30
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Kickoff to Kindergarten

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Parents and other caregivers can help young children 3-4 years old learn the skills they need to be successful in school before they start kindergarten. During eight weekly sessions, Library staff and early childhood teachers will teach parents and caregivers how to use games, book reading, and hands-on activities to help build the most important language and social skills. Preregistration is required. Space is limited. Registration is full, we can accept anymore participants.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
30
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


Apr
30
3:00PM

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6:00PM

Homework Help (ELA/Social Studies)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come to the Teen Space to receive one-on-one assistance with your English language arts and history homework.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
30
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Microsoft Word for Kids

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Have a big report due soon? Boys and girls ages 7-12, come learn how to use Microsoft Word. Get that report done quick and most of all get it done right! No registration required, but space is limited. Don't miss out!


Apr
30
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Introduction to Python

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 6 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
30
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Chloe Perrier and Her French Heart 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: Online or by phone
Availability: 47 openings

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.


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

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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