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Jump Start Your Job Search: Motivating Monday

Looking for a job is one of the most stressful activities we do. It's easier if we don't do it alone. Join fellow job seekers for tea, cookies, stress relief techniques, and networking. For more information and to preregister, call 718-990-8625.

Nov 20 @ 10:00 AM

Winter Chorus

Got a song to sing? Don't keep it inside! Boys and girls ages 6-12 are invited to join our winter chorus. This group meets for 7 weeks so you must attend all sessions. No registration required, but space is limited.

Nov 20 @ 4:00 PM, Nov 27 @ 4:00 PM, Dec 4 @ 4:00 PM, Dec 18 @ 4:00 PM

Community Acting for All!

Learn theater arts through the process of collaborative theater making. This intergenerational program is open to anyone 14 years old or older. Registration is required. Please register online, in person, or by calling 718-990-0728 before October 15.

Nov 20 @ 7:00 PM, Nov 27 @ 7:00 PM, Dec 4 @ 7:00 PM, Dec 11 @ 7:00 PM, Dec 18 @ 7:00 PM

Origami Turkeys

Thanksgiving is here again and this is a program you're sure to "gobble up!" Origami Turkeys! Boys and girls from 6-12 years old are welcome to make an exciting craft that you'll be thankful for. No registration required, but space and supplies are limited.

Nov 21 @ 4:00 PM

Mistake Free Interviewing

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. Preregister online or for more information call (718)661-1205.

Nov 22 @ 10:00 AM

NaNoWriMo

Have you ever wanted to write a novel, a comic, or both? Do you find yourself thinking about different characters and the worlds they belong to? Not sure where to start? Join us for our National Novel Writing Month Workshop! Each week, we will cover a different topic in creating your novel, from world building to character ...

Nov 22 @ 4:00 PM, Nov 29 @ 4:00 PM

Mother Goose

Mother Goose is back! Children 6 months to 2 years and their caregivers are welcome to join us. Stories, songs, fingerplays, and more fun will be held in our multipurpose room. No registration required!

Nov 24 @ 11:00 AM, Dec 1 @ 11:00 AM, Dec 8 @ 11:00 AM

Sunday Movie: "Alien Covenant"

The crew of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think is an uncharted paradise, but it is actually a dark, dangerous world, whose sole inhabitant is the synthetic David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

Nov 26 @ 2:00 PM

Advanced Internet

Go beyond the basics and explore the more advanced aspects of the internet by learning about advanced search techniques, different internet browsers, deleting cookies and caches, bookmarking and personalizing your browser, incognito browsers, and securing online privacy. Basic computer skills and a valid email address are required.

Nov 27 @ 10:00 AM

Paint Time on the Laptop

Come explore Paint software! Learn new ways to express yourself and create your own work of art! Children ages 7 to 12 are invited to join us. No registration is required, but space is limited. Don't miss out!

Nov 28 @ 6:00 PM, Dec 5 @ 6:00 PM, Dec 12 @ 6:00 PM, Dec 19 @ 6:00 PM

Nov
20
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 presents the
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


Nov
20
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Jump Start Your Job Search: Motivating Monday

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

Looking for a job is one of the most stressful activities we do. It's easier if we don't do it alone. Join fellow job seekers for tea, cookies, stress relief techniques, and networking. For more information and to preregister, call 718-990-8625.


Nov
20
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Sewing Club - Intro to Sewing for Beginners

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

Do you have a sewing machine and you’re not sure how to use it? Or you would like to try one out before purchasing? Sewing Instructor Barbara Grimes will teach beginners the basics like threading your machine, how to sew a straight line, and how to sew a basic seam. This is a one session class. Adults 18 and over only. All materials are provided. Class is limited to 7 participants. Class starts promptly and extreme latecomers will not be admitted. ONLINE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

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

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Nov
20
10:00AM

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12:00PM

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. Call 718-990-8625 for more information. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop.


Nov
20
12:00PM

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1:00PM

What is Your Credit?

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

In this workshop, we will explain why credit is important in the U.S. and will provide basic steps people can take to build or repair their credit.


Nov
20
3:00PM

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8:00PM

Diversity Visa Application Assistance

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Queens Library is making computers available from October 18 to November 22 to customers who want to fill out the online application for the Diversity Visa (Green Card) Lottery (DV-2019). Applicants can get assistance scanning photos at the following libraries: Central and Flushing - Mondays and Thursdays, 3:00-8:00PM; Jackson Heights - Thursdays 2:00-7:00 PM and Mondays 9:00 AM-2:00 PM; Long Island City - Thursdays 2:00-7:00 PM and Mondays 3:00-8:00 PM


Nov
20
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Queens Connections

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Do you or someone you know have questions about housing, homelessness or other services? Are you looking for resources but not sure where to start or what is available? Join us for coffee and conversation with experts on housing and other services who are happy to answer your questions, provide information, or just chat. Light refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
20
5:00PM

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8:00PM

Online Job Applications

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

Online job applications have become the standard for applying to many jobs and they can be difficult to navigate if you’re not prepared. Participants will learn: how to prepare information to make online applications easier; common online application sections and how to get noticed and how to avoid rejection! For further information, please call 718-990-8625.


Nov
20
6:30PM

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8:00PM

National Writing Month Workshop

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In anticipation of National Novel-Writing Month, this 5-session course, taught by Jennifer Celestin, will focus on providing writers with the tools and motivation required for creating longer fiction.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
20
7:00PM

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8:00PM

Community Acting for All!

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 theater arts through the process of collaborative theater making. This intergenerational program is open to anyone 14 years old or older. Registration is required. Please register online, in person, or by calling 718-990-0728 before October 15.

Central LibraryMon, Nov 27, 20177:00PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryMon, Dec 4, 20177:00PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryMon, Dec 11, 20177:00PM - 8:00PM
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Nov
21
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Online Job Applications

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 6 openings

Online job applications have become the standard for applying to many jobs and they can be difficult to navigate if you’re not prepared. Participants will learn: how to prepare information to make online applications easier; common online application sections and how to get noticed and how to avoid rejection! For further information, please call 718-990-8625.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
21
2:00PM

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4:15PM

Tuesday Afternoon Movie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Tuesdays in November, we will screen the following films:

11/7: "Princess Bride" (1987) Rated: PG Customer Suggestion
11/14: "Murder on the Orient Express" (1974) Rated: PG
11/21: "The Ice Storm" (1997) Rated: R
11/28: "Antwone Fisher" (2002) Rated: PG-13

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

Additional Dates


Nov
21
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Advanced Excel

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is now closed

Be an Excel ninja! Topics will include pivot tables, forms, and advance formulas. Basic computer skills and knowledge of Excel are required. Call (718) 990-8625 for more information.


Nov
21
5:30PM

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7:00PM

Intro 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 4 lesson course where we will teach you how to become a programmer using JavaScript. Register now?


Nov
21
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Introduction to American Sign Language

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

If you have always wanted to give this beautiful language a try, this is your opportunity! We will teach fingerspelling, numbers, beginning conversations and proper sign language etiquette. This ASL course is designed for beginners with little or no known knowledge of ASL.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
21
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Introduction to Business Planning

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

Are you tired of being confused about how to write your business plan? Are you stuck on writing it? In the Basic 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 right away. Call (718) 990-8625 for more information.


Nov
22
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Mistake Free Interviewing

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 12 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. Preregister online or for more information call (718)661-1205.


Nov
22
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Bingo for Adults

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

BINGO IS BACK! Listen to the balls rattling in the cage as they go round and round. Will your number be called? Will you be the lucky winner to yell “Bingo!” Come for an hour of fun, prizes, and making new friends.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
22
12:00PM

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1:15PM

Financial Coaching

Location: Central Library
Registration: By phone or in person

Are Financial Problems Causing You Stress?
A financial coach can help you develop the skills you need to manage money and gain financial stability. Volunteer coaches are available at Central Library and Flushing on selected days and are available to work with you individually. Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
22
2:00PM

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5:00PM

Are You Getting Your Benefits?

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Over 2 million New Yorkers are eligible for SNAP benefits. SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which issues electronic benefits that can be used like cash to purchase food. Stop by the library for a SNAP eligibility screening. If you meet the requirements, get help filling out an application.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
22
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Mock Interviews

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is now closed

Preparation and practice make perfect when it comes to job interviews. In this two-part workshop, participants will learn about different types of interviews, how to prepare for an interview, different interview techniques and common questions, how to successfully respond to difficult questions, and how to follow up properly after as interview. For further information, please call 718-990-8625.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
22
6:00PM

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7:45PM

Movie Night Wednesday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Wednesdays in November, we will screen the following movies:

11/1/2017: "The Mummy" (2017) Rated: PG-13 Customer Suggestion
11/8/2017: "My Cousin Rachel" (2017) Rated: PG-13 Customer Suggestion
11/15/2017: No Movie
11/22/2017: "Beatriz at Dinner" (2017) Rated: R Customer Suggestion
11/29/2017: "Wonder Woman" (2017) Rated: PG-13 Customer Suggestion

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

Additional Dates


Nov
24
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to Corporate Giving

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

Learn how corporate grant makers are different from traditional foundations in many ways. Is your organization ready to seek corporate support?
Corporate grant makers are different from traditional foundations in many ways.
• The different types of corporate giving
• What motivates corporations to give
• How to find potential corporate partners


Nov
25
10:00AM

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11:30AM

Computer Course (in Bengali)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn how to turn on your computer and write an email. Part I - Introduction to the computer; Part II - Navigating the Internet; Part III- Creating your own email account. Participants are encouraged to attend all three classes. Preregistration is required. Please call at 718-990-0769 at the Central Library Cyber Center reference desk.


Nov
26
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Sunday Movie: "Alien Covenant"

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The crew of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think is an uncharted paradise, but it is actually a dark, dangerous world, whose sole inhabitant is the synthetic David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.


Nov
27
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.* 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


Nov
27
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Job Skills Identification

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 14 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. Preregister by calling (718)661-1205.


Nov
27
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Advanced Internet

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 18 openings

Go beyond the basics and explore the more advanced aspects of the internet by learning about advanced search techniques, different internet browsers, deleting cookies and caches, bookmarking and personalizing your browser, incognito browsers, and securing online privacy. Basic computer skills and a valid email address are required.


Nov
27
5:00PM

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8:00PM

Digging for Job Leads

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

Are your resume and cover letters ready? How do you search for jobs? What are the most effective ways to find open jobs? In this two-part series, participants will learn traditional and creative ways to find jobs, how to network for job leads, and how to use online tools to find job leads. For further information, please call 718-990-8625.


Nov
28
5:30PM

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7:00PM

Intro to Java Script

Location: Central Library
Registration: By phone or in person

Want to learn how to code, but don't know where to start? Come join us in our 4 lesson course where we will teach you how to become a programmer using JavaScript. Register now?


Nov
28
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Setting Up Your Business

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

In this course of students will be guided through the fundamental elements needed to set-up a business become aware of the variety of resources available to help fund their business. The course will cover traditional and nontraditional ways of getting the money you need to get your business off the ground and successful. Learn about various loans, crowdfunding, alternative lenders and more. Call (718) 661-1205 for more information.


Nov
29
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to Email

Location: Central Library
Registration: By phone or in person

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.


Nov
29
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Job Search Strategies for the Mature Worker

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

Mature workers can face a struggle when it comes to searching for and obtaining employment. This class will define the mature worker, describe obstacles such workers may face, and explain how and where to search for jobs. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code JR100


Nov
29
5:00PM

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8:00PM

Interview Preparation

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

Preparation and practice make perfect when it comes to job interviews. In this two-part workshop, participants will learn about different types of interviews, how to prepare for an interview, different interview techniques and common questions, how to successfully respond to difficult questions, and how to follow up properly after as interview. For further information, please call 718-990-8625.


Nov
30
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Mock Interviews

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

Preparation and practice make perfect when it comes to job interviews. In this two-part workshop, participants will learn about different types of interviews, how to prepare for an interview, different interview techniques and common questions, how to successfully respond to difficult questions, and how to follow up properly after as interview. For further information, please call 718-990-8625.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
30
10:00AM

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12:00PM

LinkedIn

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

Refresh and revive your online professional persona! In today’s world of social media, it’s more important than ever to ensure that your online profile and resume are fresh, current, and discoverable by your colleagues. Come to this LinkedIn workshop and learn how to create a professional profile that puts your best foot forward and shows off your abilities and accomplishments. Call 718-990-8625 for more information.


Nov
30
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.


Dec
2
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Beginners Excel

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

Improve your productivity with Microsoft Excel. Learn what a spreadsheet is, how to navigate it, create workbooks, enter or edit data, and create charts or graphs. Basic computer skills are required.


Dec
2
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Intermediate Excel

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

Improve your productivity and boost your basic knowledge of Excel. Topics covered include; a review of the basics, creating or manipulating tables, and using formulas and functions. Basic computer skills and knowledge of Excel are required.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
3
2:30PM

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3:30PM

"Celebrity Sadhana, Or, How to Meditate with a Hammer": A Book Reading with Poet Vijay R. Nathan

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Vijay R. Nathan, recipient of Queens Arts Council New Works grant, will read from his soon to be published poetry collection entitled: "Celebrity Sadhana, Or, How to Meditate with a Hammer". These poems imagine meditative moments from the sadhana (spiritual practice) of Hollywood's elite. and include the unauthorized appearances of the personas of Joaquin Phoenix, Natalie Portman, and Shia Labeouf, among others.


Dec
3
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Sunday Concerts @ Central: Soprano Monique McDonald and Baritone Jonathan R. Greene

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

A performance of famous duets from grand operas by Verdi, Puccini, and Gershwin, plus popular music selections and festive music for the holidays.


Dec
4
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Job Skills Identification

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 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. Preregister by calling (718) 661-1205.


Dec
4
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Computers

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

After this workshop, you will be able to navigate a computer and begin to take advantage of everything computers have to offer. Topics covered include computer terminology, using the mouse and touch pad, basic keyboarding skills, and how to navigate computer folders, files, and programs in a Windows environment. Call 718-990-8625 for more information.


Dec
4
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Sewing Club - Fall 2017 - Intermediate Group

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join our new sewing instructor Barbara Garnes! Intermediate level participants will work together to make projects with our sewing machines. All materials are provided. Adults 18 and over only. Class starts promptly and extreme latecomers will not be admitted. REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS GROUP.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
5
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Personal Branding Online

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

Find out how to monitor your online reputation, use social media while job seeking and create a strong LinkedIn profile. In this workshop, find out how to monitor your online reputation, use social media while job-seeking, and create a strong LinkedIn profile. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, call 718-990-8625 or visit the Job Information Center. Basic computer skills are required. Class Code: CC130.


Dec
5
2:00PM

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4:15PM

Tuesday Afternoon Movie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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

12/5/2017 "Love Actually" (2003) Rated R
12/12/2017 "Die Hard" (1988) Rated R Customer Suggestion
12/19/2017 "Home Alone" (1990) Rated PG Customer Suggestion
12/26/2017 "The Poseidon Adventure" (1972) Rated PG Customer Suggestion

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

Additional Dates


Dec
5
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Google Tips and Tricks

Location: Central Library
Registration: By phone or in person

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.


Dec
5
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Traditional Marketing for Small Business

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 29 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)661-1205.


Dec
6
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Computer Basics for Older Adults

Location: Central Library
Registration: By phone or in person

Don't know how to use a computer? This workshop will get you started. You will learn the basic parts of a computer, how to use a keyboard and mouse, and how to browse the Internet. Preregistration is required. Please call 718-990-0769 for more information or to preregister.


Dec
6
10:00AM

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12:00PM

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. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information call 718-990-8625.


Dec
6
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Movie Night Wednesday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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

12/6/2017 "Collateral Beauty" Rated PG-13 Customer Suggestion
12/13/2017 No Movie
12/20/2017 "Almost Christmas" Rated PG-13 Customer Suggestion
12/27/2017 "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" Rated PG-13 Customer Suggestion

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

Additional Dates


Dec
7
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Facebook

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

Learn how to use Facebook to stay in touch with loved ones, keep up with the news, and expand your job search. We will help you set up a Facebook account and answer your questions. Basic computer and Internet skills and a valid email account are required. Call 718-990-8625 for more information.


Dec
7
6:00PM

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8:30PM

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 at Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning Thursday, November 30 at 10 am or by calling at 718-990-0769.

Central LibraryThu, Dec 14, 20176:00PM - 8:30PM
Central LibraryThu, Dec 14, 20176:00PM - 8:30PM
Central LibraryThu, Dec 14, 20176:00PM - 8:30PM
Central LibraryThu, Dec 14, 20176:00PM - 8:30PM
Central LibraryThu, Dec 21, 20176:00PM - 8:30PM
Central LibraryThu, Dec 21, 20176:00PM - 8:30PM
Central LibraryThu, Dec 21, 20176:00PM - 8:30PM
Central LibraryThu, Dec 21, 20176:00PM - 8:30PM

Dec
9
10:00AM

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11:30AM

Microsoft Word (in Bengali)

Location: Central Library
Registration: By phone or in person
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Learn to create documents and work with tables.
Part 1-Introduction to Microsoft Word; Part 2- Creating and saving documents; Part 3-Working with tables and printing. Participants should have basic computer skills and must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required. Please call at 718-990-0769 at the Central Library Cyber Center reference desk.

Central LibrarySat, Dec 16, 201710:00AM - 11:30AM
Central LibrarySat, Dec 23, 201710:00AM - 11:30AM

Dec
9
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Microsoft Word for Beginners

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 18 openings

Make your documents stand out with Microsoft Word! In this class, you will learn how to create and save Word documents; format and edit text; copy, cut, and paste items; and use the basic functions and commands of Word. Basic computer skills are required. Call 718-990-8625 for more information.


Dec
9
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Microsoft Word for Intermediates

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 17 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 Microsoft Word are required.


Dec
10
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Open Mic for Poet

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Sherese Francis is a southeast Queens-based poet, writer, blogger and literary curator. She has published work in journals and anthologies including "African Voices", "Newtown Literary", "Blackberry Magazine", "Kalyani Magazine", and "Near Kin: A Collection of Words and Arts" inspired by Octavia Butler.


Dec
11
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to the Internet

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 22 openings

After this workshop, you will have the skills needed to navigate the Internet. Topics covered include terminology, how to search and use a web browser, the basic structure of a website and Internet safety. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Call 718-990-8625 for more information.


Dec
11
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Jump Start Your Job Search: Motivation Monday

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

Looking for a job is one of the most stressful activities we do. It's easier if we don't do it alone. Join fellow job seekers for tea, cookies, stress relief techniques, and networking. Preregistration required. For more information, call 718-990-8625.


Dec
12
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Job Skills Identification Workshop

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 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. Preregister by calling (718) 661-1205.


Dec
12
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Microsoft Excel for Beginners

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

Improve your productivity with Microsoft Excel. Learn what a spreadsheet is and how to navigate it, create workbooks, enter and edit data, and create charts and graphs. Basic computer skills and preregistration are required. Call (718) 990-8625.


Dec
12
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Introduction to the Tablet using Samsung Galaxy Tab 4

Location: Central Library
Registration: By phone or in person

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, 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.


Dec
13
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to the iPad

Location: Central Library
Registration: By phone or in person

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, 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.


Dec
14
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Health Insurance Information Session

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come learn from the experts about health insurance, new policy changes and how you and your family can get covered from trusted New York City agencies.


Dec
15
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Salary Negotiations

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

Have you been offered a new job? If so, do you know the best way to conduct salary negotiations? Before you start negotiating with a prospective employer about salaries, you need to find out how much you, and the job, are worth. Learn how to negotiate salaries in this workshop! Preregister at 718-990-8625.


Dec
16
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Microsoft PowerPoint for Beginners

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 22 openings

Create awesome presentations and slideshows with Microsoft PowerPoint. Topics covered will include creating and editing slides, changing the design and colors, inserting pictures and illustrations, and presenting your slide show. Fro more information call (718) 990-8625. Basic computer skills are required.


Dec
16
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Microsoft PowerPoint for Intermediates

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

Take your PowerPoint presentations to the next level! Topics covered will include creating transitions, emphasizing your information with animations, inserting charts, and inserting multimedia. Basic computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft PowerPoint are required. To register, call (718) 990-8625.


Dec
16
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Literature discussion “Patho-Chakro” for Bengali Speakers!

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Bishwa Shahitto Kendro is presenting a Bengali Literature discussion, “Patho-Chakro”, to its audience in a historic partnership with the Queens Central Library. Kendro, the short and popular name for Bishwo (World) Shahitto (Literature) Kendro (Center), is a New York based not-for-profit art organization founded by Bangladeshi Americans.


Dec
18
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Email

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

In this introductory workshop, you will learn: how to create an email account, how to log in, how to navigate your email account, how to send and receive email messages, and how to attach documents. Call 718-990-8625 for more information. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop.


Dec
19
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Resumes: Keywords and Accomplishment Statements

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

Finding a job is a game of words, so wouldn't it be a good idea to discover the words employers want to see in resumes and online applications? This class will show you how to identify your career accomplishments and will teach you how to create keyword career vocabulary using five resources. For more information, call (718) 990-8625. Class code JR130


Dec
19
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Business Database Workshop

Location: Central Library
Registration: By phone or in person

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.


Dec
20
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to Computers

Location: Central Library
Registration: By phone or in person

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.


Dec
20
11:30AM

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1:00PM

Central Library Book Club: A Gentleman in Moscow

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Amor Towles's "A Gentleman in Moscow" immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of an unrepentant aristocrat caught in the turmoil of a revolutionary upheaval. Pick up our next selection at the Central Library's reference desk and join us to share your thoughts!


Dec
21
10:00AM

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12:00PM

How to Use Twitter

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

Learn about Twitter, an online social networking service that allows you to connect instantly to what's most important to you. You’ll learn how you can “follow” your friends, experts, and favorite celebrities and receive breaking news, job posting notifications, and more. Basic computer skills and a valid email address are required. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information.


Dec
22
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Proposal Writing Basics

Location: Central Library
Registration: By phone or in person

Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation. It will include:
· The basic elements of a proposal
· The “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal
· How to follow up, whether the answer is yes or no


Dec
27
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Job Search Strategies for the Mature Adult

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

Mature workers can face a struggle when it comes to searching for and obtaining employment. This class will define the mature worker, describe obstacles such workers may face, and explain how and where to search for jobs. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code JR100


Dec
28
10:00AM

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12:00PM

LinkedIn

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

Refresh and revive your online professional persona! In today’s world of social media, it’s more important than ever to ensure that your online profile and resume are fresh, current, and discoverable by your colleagues. Come to this LinkedIn workshop and learn how to create a professional profile that puts your best foot forward and shows off your abilities and accomplishments. Call 718-990-8625 for more information.


Jan
2
2:00PM

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3:45PM

Tuesday Afternoon Movie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Tuesdays in January, we will screen the following movies:

1/2: "The Dead" (1987) Rated PG
1/9: "The Red Violin" (1998) Rated R
1/16: "Winter's Bone" (2010) Rated R
1/23: "Taken" (2009) Rated PG-13 Customer Suggestion
1/30: "The Matrix" (1999) Rated R Customer Suggestion

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

Additional Dates


Jan
3
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.

1/3: "The Glass Castle" (2017) Rated PG-13 Customer Suggestion
1/10: "The Big Sick" (2017) Rated R Customer Suggestion
1/17: "The Beguiled" (2017) Rated R Customer Suggestion
1/24: "American Made" (2017) Rated R
1/31: "Dunkirk" (2017) Rated PG-13 Customer Suggestion

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

Additional Dates


Jan
5
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Rhythm is Gonna Get You!

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Music, music & more music can inspire a healthy attitude! While listening and dancing to music from the 1930s to the present you can relieve arthritis, decompress depression, dance off diabetes and more! Presented by Dee Walker of Music, Music & More Music!
Whether you sit, stand, or require the use of a wheelchair or walker, all are welcome! Enjoy four (4) weeks together. Recharge your memory as you sing and dance along!

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

Additional Dates


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 High School (Q470)
167-01 Gothic Drive
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 739-5942
fax: (718) 739-4826
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
HyndmaA@nyassembly.gov
District Office 232-06A Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica NY, 11434
phone: (718) 723-5412
fax: (718) 723-5465
Albany Office LOB, Room 820
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4451
fax: (518) 455-5522
NYS Senate
Hon. James Sanders, Jr.
Sanders@nysenate.gov
District Office Address 142-01 Rockaway Boulevard
South Ozone Park NY , 11436
phone: (718) 523-3069
fax: (718) 523-3670
Albany Office Room 508, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY , 12247
phone: (518) 455-3531
fax: (718) 523-3670
NYS Senate
Hon. Tony Avella
Avella@nysenate.gov
District Office 38-50 Bell Boulevard, Suite C
Bayside NY, 11361
phone: (718) 357-3094
fax: (718) 357-3491
Albany Office Room 902, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2210
fax: (518) 426-6736
NYS Senate
Hon. Leroy Comrie
Comrie@nysenate.gov
District Office 113-43 Farmers Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 454-0162
fax: (718) 454-0186
Albany Office Room 617, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2701
fax: (518) 455-2816
US Congress
Hon. Gregory W. Meeks

District Office 153-01 Jamaica Ave., 2nd Floor
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 725-6000
fax: (718) 725-9868
Legislative Office 2234 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-3461
fax: (202) 226-4169
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

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