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Spring 2019 Creative Writing Workshop

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

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

Salary Negotiations

Before you start negotiating salary with a prospective employer, you need to know how much you and the job are worth. Learn how to negotiate in this workshop.

Apr 25 @ 10:00 AM

Inside the 2019 Tony Awards with Two Broadway Heavyweights

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

May 6 @ 6:00 PM

Creating Impactful Resumes

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

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

Timeless Tales

Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers are welcome to join us for stories, songs, finger plays, and all kinds of fun! Preregistration is required and begins on Wednesday, April 24.

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

Introduction to Music Theory

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

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

Networking

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

May 29 @ 10:00 AM

Choosing Entrepreneurship

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

Jun 4 @ 7:00 PM

Basics of Business Planning

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

Jun 11 @ 7:00 PM

New You: Skincare Secrets for Teens

Join us for a skincare class with New York State licensed esthetician Linda Branitskaya who will share her knowledge about skin physiology, skin types, and skin care regiments. We will also create a skin care product using botanical ingredients that you can take home with you.

Jun 19 @ 5:00 PM

Apr
18
5:30PM

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6:30PM

Chess Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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

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

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Apr
19
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Mother Goose

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Apr
20
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Saturday Science Lab

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children up to age 12 and their families are invited to join us for Saturday Science Lab. This is a fun and hands-on science experience you're sure to enjoy! Learn and do a different science program every week!

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

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Apr
22
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Time

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

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

Central LibraryMon, Apr 29, 201910:30AM - 11:30AM

Apr
23
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Kickoff to Kindergarten

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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

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

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Apr
23
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Laptop Time: Microsoft Paint

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Use your imagination and increase your tech skills while creating your own work of art using Microsoft Paint on the laptop.


Apr
24
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Cookie Mining

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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


Apr
25
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Solar One Energy Audit

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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


Apr
25
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Amazing Readers Kids Book Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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


Apr
26
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Solar Race Cars

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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


Apr
30
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Microsoft Word for Kids

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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


May
4
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Best Mothers Day Ever: Writing Mom as a Character

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

Build a fictional character based on the mother figures in your life. Through reading and writing exercises, we will use real life inspiration to craft a special short story in honor of Mother's Day.


May
8
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Timeless Tales

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.

Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers are welcome to join us for stories, songs, finger plays, and all kinds of fun! Preregistration is required and begins on Wednesday, April 24.

Central LibraryWed, May 15, 201910:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryWed, May 22, 201910:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryWed, May 29, 201910:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryWed, Jun 5, 201910:30AM - 11:30AM

May
8
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Origami: Mother’s Day Flowers

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 7 and up are invited to join Miss Sue in creating a colorful Mother's Day bouquet in this fun and exciting origami program.


May
13
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Author Program with Jamiyl Samuels

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Author Jamiyl Samuel will discuss his works and read from his books.


May
14
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Introduction to PowerPoint for Kids

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Big project due at school? Make that report look even better once you can use PowerPoint! Children ages 7-12 can learn this incredible tool. No registration required. This program is first-come, first-served.

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

Additional Dates


May
16
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Culture Pass Community Programs: Tinker Lab with the Lewis Latimer House Museum

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come and learn to make a simple circuit and use it to light up a creative drawing.
Week 1: Introducing Simple Circuits
Week 2: Wire Maze Game
This program is for children 5-10 years old. Space is limited for all sessions. This program is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

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Jun
6
12:00PM

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1:00PM

ScienceTellers presents Aliens: Escape from Earth

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Throughout this amazing intergalactic story, we use science experiments to bring the story to life! In the second part of the show, we go “behind the scenes” of the special effects and recreate the science experiments with the help of volunteers from the audience. Don’t miss this action-packed and educational alien adventure. It's totally out of this world!


Jun
14
10:00AM

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10:45AM

Funtastic Family Sing-Along

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children and their parents and caregivers will enjoy a family sing-along with popular songs.

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

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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