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Spring 2019 Creative Writing Workshop

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

Mar 20 @ 6:30 PM, Apr 3 @ 6:30 PM, Apr 10 @ 6:30 PM, Apr 17 @ 6:30 PM, Apr 24 @ 6:30 PM

Bangladesh Independence Day

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

Mar 25 @ 4:00 PM

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

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

Mar 27 @ 5:30 PM

Networking

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

Mar 28 @ 10:00 AM

Sunday Movie: Searching

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

Mar 31 @ 2:00 PM

Musical Crossroads: A Bluegrass Celebration of Immigrant Heritage

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

Apr 1 @ 6:30 PM

Choosing Entrepreneurship

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

Apr 2 @ 7:00 PM

Basics of Business Planning

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

Apr 9 @ 7:00 PM

Creating Impactful Resumes

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

Apr 10 @ 10:00 AM

Drama Club Showcase

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

Apr 11 @ 6:00 PM

Mar
20
3:30PM

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6:30PM

The "Voices of Queens" Teen Radio Podcast

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Mar
21
3:00PM

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6:00PM

Homework Help (Math/Science)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Mar
22
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Teen Code Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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

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

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Mar
22
5:30PM

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6:45PM

Teen Anime and Graphic Novel Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Mar
23
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Inspiring Women in Science: Stacy-Ann Gooden

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Meteorologist Stacy-Ann Gooden shares her personal story of how she became interested in the science of the earth's atmosphere, provides insight on climate change, and discusses some of the challenges she faced as a woman in a male-dominated field. Visit https://queenslib.org/womeninscience19 for more programming and to learn more.


Mar
26
3:00PM

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6:00PM

Homework Help (ELA/Social Studies)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Mar
28
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Drama Club

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

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


Mar
31
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Sunday Movie: Searching

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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


Apr
5
5:30PM

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6:45PM

Teen Anime and Graphic Novel Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Apr
8
5:00PM

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6:30PM

SAT Tutoring

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. If you wish to register, check availability for program date April 8, 2019
Availability: 2 openings

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

Central LibraryMon, Apr 15, 20195:00PM - 6:30PM
Central LibraryMon, Apr 22, 20195:00PM - 6:30PM
Central LibraryMon, Apr 29, 20195:00PM - 6:30PM
Central LibraryMon, May 6, 20195:00PM - 6:30PM
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Apr
11
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Drama Club Showcase

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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


Apr
18
6:30PM

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8:30PM

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

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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


Apr
24
3:00PM

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4:00PM

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

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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


Apr
27
11:15AM

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12:00PM

College Info Day: Essay Writing Workshop

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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


Apr
27
12:15PM

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1:00PM

College Info Day: College Admissions: Planning Ahead

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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


Apr
27
1:15PM

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2:00PM

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

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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


Apr
27
2:15PM

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3:00PM

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

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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


Apr
27
3:15PM

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4:00PM

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

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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


May
9
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Haitian Creole Class for Beginners

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

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

Central LibraryThu, May 16, 20196:30PM - 8:00PM
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Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Central Library in Jamaica has:

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

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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


Child Care / Preschools
Community Board
Community Organizations & Services
Fire Department
Local Hospitals
Local Newspapers
Parks and Playgrounds
Police Department
Post Office
Private / Parochial Schools
Public Elementary Schools
Public High Schools
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

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

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

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

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

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

Local Newspapers
Jamaica Times
Queens Chronicle
Queens Tribune

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. I. Daneek Miller
IDMiller@council.nyc.gov
District Office 172-12 Linden Boulevard
St. Albans NY, 11434
phone: (718) 776-3700
fax: (718) 487-3580
Manhattan Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1810
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-7084
fax: (212) 788-7093
NYS Assembly
Hon. Alicia Hyndman
HyndmanA@nyassembly.gov
District Office 232-06A Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica NY, 11413
phone: (718) 723-5412
fax: (718) 723-5465
Albany Office LOB, Room 820
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4451
fax: (518) 455-5522
US Congress
Hon. Gregory W. Meeks

District Office 153-01 Jamaica Ave., Suite 204
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 725-6000
fax: (718) 725-9868
Legislative Office 2234 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20516
phone: (202) 225-3461
fax: (202) 226-4169
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  
NYS Senate
Hon. John Liu
liu@nysenate.gov
District Office38-50 Bell Boulevard, Suite C
Bayside NY, 11361
phone: 718-357-3094
fax: 718-357-3491
 

History

Community History

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Library History

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

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

Bibliography

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

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

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

Queens Poet Laureate 2007 – 2010

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

Julio Marzan
Queens Poet Laureate

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

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