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Young Adult Literacy Program: Pre-Register Now!

Are you interested in getting your High School Equivalency, but not sure where to start?

The Young Adult Literacy Program (YALP) is here to help!

This program is open to students ages 16–24, and offers four days of classes per week, as well as one day of service learning and job shadowing to help build your ...

Kids Play and Learn

Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers are invited to this exciting program to develop early motor skills! Develop creativity, listening skills, social interaction, balance and many more. No registration is required, but space will be limited. Don't miss it!

Dec 16 @ 3:00 PM, Dec 23 @ 3:00 PM

Sunday Movie: "War for the Planet of the Apes"

In "War for the Planet of the Apes", the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his ...

Dec 17 @ 2:00 PM

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.

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.

Dec 18 @ 7:00 PM

Resumes: Keywords and Accomplishment Statements

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 ...

Dec 19 @ 1:30 PM

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!

Dec 19 @ 6:00 PM

Holiday Sparkle with R&B, Soul, Jazz Singer/Songwriter Alexis Hightower and Friends

This multi-tasking talent (she’s a singer, pianist, songwriter, composer, and producer) is inspired by legends Roberta Flack, Stevie Wonder, and Sade as well as by the contemporary sounds of Meshell Ndegeocello, Angie Stone and Gregory Porter. An Afrofuturist whose work merges acoustic, digital and sampled elements, Alexis is equally ...

Dec 19 @ 6:00 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.

Dec 20 @ 10:00 AM

Timeless Tales

Join us for the winter edition of Timeless Tales! Boys and girls ages 3-5 are welcome to join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and all types of fun. Space is limited and registration is required. Children MUST be between 3 and 5 years old. Registration starts November 22nd. Don't miss out!

Dec 20 @ 10:30 AM, Jan 3 @ 10:30 AM, Jan 10 @ 10:30 AM

Bengali Story Time (18- 36 months)

Children ages 18 months to 3 years and their caregivers can attend a weekly 45 minutes program to enjoy stories, songs and activities. Program is in both English and Bengali. No registration is required.

Dec 21 @ 10:30 AM

Dec
16
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.


Dec
16
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Microsoft PowerPoint for Beginners

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

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

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.


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Dec
16
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Literary 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
17
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Sunday Movie: "War for the Planet of the Apes"

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In "War for the Planet of the Apes", the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.


Dec
18
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.


Dec
18
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.


Dec
18
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Email

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 19 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
18
2:00PM

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3:00PM

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.


Dec
18
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.


Dec
18
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.


Dec
19
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Resumes: Keywords and Accomplishment Statements

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 11 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
2:00PM

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4:00PM

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
19
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Intermediate Excel

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


Dec
19
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.


Dec
19
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Business Database Workshop

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

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


Dec
20
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to Computers

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

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


Dec
20
10:00AM

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11:30AM

Mistake-Free Interviewing

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


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
20
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.


Dec
20
12:00PM

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1:15PM

Financial Coaching

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

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


Dec
20
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


Dec
20
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


Dec
20
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
21
10:00AM

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12:00PM

How to Use Twitter

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

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
21
10:00AM

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11:00AM

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


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

Dec
22
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Proposal Writing Basics

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

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: Online or by phone
Availability: 24 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


Dec
28
10:00AM

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12:00PM

LinkedIn

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


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
2
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Choosing Entrepreneurship

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 50 openings

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. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information.


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: "“Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.” (1973) Rated PG
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
4
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Bingo for Adults

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Once again, we are offering Bingo for Adults every other week at Central Library. Listen to the balls rattling in the cage as they go round and round. Will you be the lucky winner? Come in out of the cold 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


Jan
4
6:00PM

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8:30PM

Microsoft Excel for Spanish Speakers

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

Learn how to create a worksheet and perform calculations. Participants must attend all 3 classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Central Library Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning Thursday, December 28 at 10:00 a.m. or by calling 718-990-0769.

Central LibraryThu, Jan 11, 20186:00PM - 8:30PM
Central LibraryThu, Jan 18, 20186:00PM - 8:30PM

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


Jan
8
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.


Jan
8
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Computers

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

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

Additional Dates


Jan
8
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.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
8
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
Stay Well Program for New Yorkers 60 and older.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
9
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Personal Branding Online

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

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

Additional Dates


Jan
9
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Intermediate Excel

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

Improve your productivity and boost your basic knowledge of Excel. Topics covered include; a review of the basics, creating and 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


Jan
9
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Building Extraordinary Relationships

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 50 openings

This class is geared towards developing networking strategies in order to foster partnerships and build relationships that lead to motivation, connections, resources, and investment opportunities. Attain new skills in an accessible and low-pressure setting. Please call 718-990-8625 for additional information and to Preregister.


Jan
10
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Cover Letters

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

Are you ready to apply for jobs? Does your cover letter stand out from the crowd? Make it the best possible by learning how to get started, what to include and not include, tips for making it stronger. Preregister online or for further information, please call (718) 990-8625


Jan
10
2:00PM

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3:00PM

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


Jan
10
5:00PM

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8:00PM

Watch That Man: Celebrating the Life and Times of David Bowie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Celebrating one of the greatest popular music icons - David Bowie - with a public viewing of D. A. Pennebaker’s classic concert film "Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars" (1973) followed by a Q&A with two of Bowie’s professional associates, Tony Zanetta and Suzi Ronson.


Jan
11
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Instagram

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

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

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

Additional Dates


Jan
11
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


Jan
11
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Embrace Living in Your Purpose with Robin Richie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

What is your vision for your life? Have you discovered your true purpose? During this 3-part workshop, independent cable television producer and on-air host Robin Richie will share several effective methods designed to help you identify and pursue what you love in order to live a more purposeful and fulfilling life. Some writing is required.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
11
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Learn Russian Language at Queens Library!

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

Our course focuses on language of real life everyday situations that will develop your Russian conversation skills and will build your vocabulary.

This class is perfect for you if you're completely new to the language and want to get the basics down to start speaking conversational Russian.

Class schedule:
Thursdays
January 11th – March 1st
6:30PM
Central Library (Teen Space Conference Room)
Preregistration required
(718) 990-0778

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

Additional Dates


Jan
12
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Networking

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

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


Jan
13
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Beginners Word

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


Jan
13
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Intermediate Word

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

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


Jan
16
10:00AM

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4:00PM

Naturalization Workshop (in English and Spanish)

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

This workshop is for legal permanent residents to fill out the N-400 application for naturalization and a full or partial fee waiver, if eligible. To register call 718-990-0893 or go online https://www.citizenshipworks.org/info/vieweventdetail/1563


Jan
16
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Digging for Job Leads

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

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.


Jan
16
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Basics of Business Planning

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

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.


Jan
17
10:00AM

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11:30AM

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.


Jan
17
11:30AM

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1:00PM

Central Library Book Club: Hillbilly Elegy

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate J. D. Vance, this is a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class. Pick up our next selection at the Central Library's reference desk and join us to share your thoughts!


Jan
18
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Facebook

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

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.


Jan
18
11:00AM

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1:00PM

NYCitizenship Information Session

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Jan
20
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Beginners PowerPoint

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

Create awesome presentations and slideshows with PowerPoint 2010. Topics covered will include; creating and editing slides, changing the design and colors, inserting pictures and illustrations, and presenting your slide show. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required. Call (718) 990-8625 to preregister.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
20
1:30PM

--to--

3:30PM

Intermediate PowerPoint

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

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 PowerPoint are required. Call (718) 990-8625 to preregister.


Jan
22
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.


Jan
22
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Intro 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. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Call (718) 990-8625 to preregister.


Jan
22
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Job Search Strategies for Persons with Disabilities

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

Individuals with disabilities often face many challenges, both internal and external, during a job search. In this workshop, you will learn how to explain your disability to employers and co-workers and identify the most common fears employers have in regards to hiring job seekers with disabilities. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. American Sign Language interpreter can be provided with 2 weeks notice.


Jan
22
1:00PM

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2:30PM

Understanding Alzheimer's

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

January 22, Healthy Living for Your Brain, January 29, The Basics of Alzheimer's
February 5, The Dementia Conversation, February 12, Effective Comunication
February 26, Understanding: Behavior Strategies to understand when verbal communication fails

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

Additional Dates


Jan
23
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Job Skills Identification

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

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) 990-8625.


Jan
23
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Online Job Searching with Indeed

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

As the world's #1 job site, with over 200 million unique visitors every month. Indeed helps companies of all sizes hire the best talent and offers the best opportunity for job seekers to get hired In this workshop learn how use indeed, upload your resume and apply for various positions on this database. It is strongly recommended to have an electronic copy of your resume in your email or USB Flash on hand for the workshop. Register online or call 718-990-8625 for more information.


Jan
23
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Setting Up and Funding Your Business

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

In this course, students will be guided through the fundamental elements needed to set-up and 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'll need to get your business off the ground and be successful. Learn about various loans, crowdfunding, alternative lenders and more. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call (718) 990-8625.


Jan
24
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Mistake Free Interviewing

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

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) 990-8625.


Jan
25
10:00AM

--to--

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
27
10:00AM

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4:00PM

Save Money, E-File Your Taxes for Free

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

If your income is under $66,000, you qualify to receive free online tax return filing assistance. Volunteers from the New York State Tax Department will guide you through tax preparation software available on their website as you learn how to prepare and e-file your federal and state income tax returns at no cost. Volunteers will be available that speak English, Haitian-Creole, Urdu and Bengali.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
27
10:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

Beginners Excel

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

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 are required. Call (718) 990-8625 to preregister.


Jan
28
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Sunday Movie: "Rememory"

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

A man investigates a murder with the help of a device that can record and replay memories.


Jan
29
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to the Internet

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

After this workshop, you will have the skills needed to begin 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. 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.


Jan
30
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Traditional Marketing for Small Business

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

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


Feb
1
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.

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 an 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


Feb
1
6:00PM

--to--

8:30PM

Computers for Beginners (In Spanish)

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

Learn how to turn on your computer and write an email. Participants must attend all 3 classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Central Library Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning Thursday, January 25 at 10:00 a.m.or by calling (718) 990-0769.

Central LibraryThu, Feb 8, 20186:00PM - 8:30PM
Central LibraryThu, Feb 15, 20186:00PM - 8:30PM

Feb
2
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Networking

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

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


Feb
3
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Introduction to the Internet

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

After this workshop, you will have the skills needed to begin 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. Call 718-990-8625. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
6
2:00PM

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4:15PM

Tuesday Afternoon Movie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Tuesdays in February we will screen the following films:
2/6/2018: "42" (2013) Rated PG-13
2/13/2018: "The Five Heartbeats" (1991) Rated R
2/20/2018: "A Solider's Story" (1984) Rated PG
2/27/2018: "The Pursuit of Happyness" (2006) Rated PG-13

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

Additional Dates


Feb
7
6:00PM

--to--

8:15PM

Movie Night Wednesday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Wednesdays in February we will screen the following films:
2/7/2018: "Marshall" (2017) Rated PG-13
2/14/2018: "The Mountain Between Us" (2017) Rated PG-13
2/21/2018: "Detroit" (2017) Rated R
2/28/2018: "Get Out" (2017) Rated R

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

Additional Dates


Feb
9
10:00AM

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12:00PM

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.


Feb
10
10:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

Beginners Word

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

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.


Feb
10
1:30PM

--to--

3:30PM

Intermediate Word

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

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


Feb
13
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Job Search Strategies

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

Beginning a job search can be overwhelming. Prepare yourself for success! In this workshop you will learn about general and career-specific websites and how to find and apply for jobs online safely, create an account at a major job search website, post your resume online, and email a resume.


Feb
13
3:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Intermediate Excel

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

Improve your productivity and boost your basic knowledge of Excel. Topics covered include; a review of the basics, creating and manipulating tables, and using formulas and functions. Basic computer skills and knowledge of excel are required. Call 718-990-8625 to preregister!

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

Additional Dates


Feb
13
7:00PM

--to--

8:30PM

Setting Up and Funding Your Business

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

In this course, students will be guided through the fundamental elements needed to set-up and 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'll need to get your business off the ground and be successful. Learn about various loans, crowdfunding, alternative lenders and more. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call (718)990-8625.


Feb
14
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Resume Workshop

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

Does your resume stand out from the crowd? Make it the best it can be! This workshop will cover how to get started, types of resumes, what to include and exclude, and tips for making your resume stronger. To register please call 718-990-8625.


Feb
14
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Mock Interviews

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

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


Feb
15
10:00AM

--to--

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.


Feb
16
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Salary Negotiations

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

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.


Feb
17
10:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

Beginners PowerPoint

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

Create awesome presentations and slideshows with PowerPoint 2010. Topics covered will include; creating and editing slides, changing the design and colors, inserting pictures and illustrations, and presenting your slide show. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required. Call (718)990-8625 to preregister.


Feb
17
1:30PM

--to--

3:30PM

Intermediate PowerPoint

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

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 PowerPoint are required. Call (718)990-8625 to preregister.


Feb
20
1:30PM

--to--

3:30PM

Job Skills Identification

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

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) 990-8625.


Feb
20
3:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Getting More from Your Google Account

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

Learn about the many ways you can use your Google account, from Gmail and Google Maps to Google Drive and Google Groups. Basic computer skills and an existing Google account are required. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information and registration.


Feb
20
7:00PM

--to--

8:30PM

Entrepreneurs Open Lab

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

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Entrepreneurs Open Lab is a time to come in and meet directly with a certified small business consultant. Ask questions, get tips and advice, and solve challenging problems. Meetings are on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, call (718)990-8625.


Feb
21
10:00AM

--to--

11:30AM

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.


Feb
22
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

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.


Feb
24
10:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

Beginners Excel

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

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 are required. Call (718)990-8625 to preregister.


Feb
25
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Sunday Movie: "Unlocked"

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

A traumatized CIA agent must prevent terrorists from unleashing a biological attack on London. When she is forced to go on the run after being betrayed, she teams up with an ex-soldier to complete her mission.

Directors: Michael Apted

Production year: 2017

Rating: R

Runtime: 98 minutes


Feb
26
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Intro 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. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Call (718)990-8625 to preregister.


Feb
27
1:30PM

--to--

3:30PM

Resume Keywords and Accomplishment Statements

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

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. Please call 718-990-8625 to preregister.


Feb
27
3:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Typing Lab

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

Practice your typing skills at our Typing Lab! Call (718)990-8625 for more information and preregistration.


Feb
27
7:00PM

--to--

8:30PM

Entrepreneurs Open Lab

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

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Entrepreneurs Open Lab is a time to come in and meet directly with a certified small business consultant. Ask questions, get tips and advice, and solve challenging problems. Meetings are on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, call (718)990-8625.


Feb
28
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Mistake Free Interviewing

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

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)990-8625.


Mar
3
2:30PM

--to--

3:45PM

Art and Poetry in the Struggle Against Racism

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

YuliaTikhonova, Director of St. John's Art Gallery, will discuss activist trends in contemporary art and the use of art to illustrate Claudia Rankine's poignant book "Citizen: An American Lyric".
This program is part of the Big Read in partnership with St. John's University


Mar
10
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Claudia and Me

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Please join us to hear members of the Queens literary community respond to Claudia Rankine's book "Citizen: An American Lyric" and discuss the ways racial imageries seep into the unconscious decisions of writers, artists, and citizens. An open mic will follow the presentation – bring your poem to read!


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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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