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Dive into the 1950s and 1960s with Brooklyn Time Machine!

The Brooklyn Time Machine is a band made up of baby boomers recreating the music of the 1950s and 1960s. Sing along, tap your feet, snap your fingers, and just enjoy the music and the memories.

Dec 18 @ 6:00 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.

Dec 20 @ 10:00 AM

"I Hear a Symphony:" Supremes and Dreamgirls Holiday Tribute Extravaganza

Get in the holiday spirit with Culture Connection’s Supremes and Dreamgirls inspired musical tribute with Emilie Surtees. Emilie is an independent recording artist who writes, co-produces, and performs her original music all around her native New York and abroad. She also performs tribute shows at some of New York's premiere venues. To sign ...

Dec 20 @ 6:00 PM

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, December 19.

Jan 2 @ 10:30 AM, Jan 9 @ 10:30 AM, Jan 16 @ 10:30 AM, Jan 23 @ 10:30 AM, Jan 30 @ 10:30 AM

Choosing Entrepreneurship

This class provides an overview of the dynamic world of entrepreneurship, 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 at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for ...

Jan 8 @ 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.

Jan 9 @ 10:00 AM, Feb 13 @ 10:00 AM

Mother Goose

Mother Goose returns in 2019! Boys and girls ages 6 months to 2 years and their caregiver are welcome to enjoy songs, stories, finger plays, and all sorts of fun. No registration is required for this program. Just bring yourselves and have fun!

Jan 11 @ 11:30 AM

Basics of Business Planning

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

Jan 15 @ 7:00 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.

Jan 30 @ 10:00 AM

Chinese New Year Celebration

Celebrate Chinese New Year's right here at the Children's Library Discovery Center. Bring in the Year of the Pig with crafts, music, and a parade around the library! This is a fun and educational program for children up to age 12. No registration is required so don't miss it!

Feb 1 @ 4:00 PM

Dec
17
9:30AM

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2:30PM

WIOA Intensive ESOL - Mon/Tues 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us for an intensive ESOL class.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
17
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.


Dec
17
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Writing Resumes in Microsoft Word

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

Whether you are new to the workforce or have been a professional for years, keeping an up-to-date resume is important! In this class, you will learn layouts and formatting skills to make your resume stand out above the rest. Basic computer skills are required.


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Dec
17
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Sewing Club - Learn How to Sew (Beginners)

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

This is a one-session class. Do you want to learn how to machine sew? Beginners will learn basics like threading your machine, how to sew a straight line, and how to sew a basic seam. This is for 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. Register online or call 718-990-0714.


Dec
18
10:30AM

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1:30PM

Council for Airport Opportunities

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Take flight into an exciting career within the aviation industry. The Council for Airport Opportunities will be available to answer questions and provide information on positions available at the airport.


Dec
18
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Tuesday Afternoon Movie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Tuesdays in December, we will screen the following films at 2pm.
12/4: "Eastern Promises" (2005, R)
12/11: "Gremlins" (1984, PG)
12/18: "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993, PG) Customer Suggestion


Dec
18
7:00PM

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8:00PM

Locate, Advertise, and Activate with Google Digital Marketing

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

Transform your business by creating an advantage online using Google products.
No entry without registration. You must register by December 11, 2018.


Dec
18
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Locate, Advertise, and Activate with Google Digital Marketing

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

Got questions? We’ve got answers! This is a question and answer panel with experienced industry professionals to hear their real life struggles and successes, or address your inquiries about entrepreneurship. This is an opportunity to come in and meet directly with industry professionals. Open for all. Register online or call 718-990-8625.


Dec
19
9:30AM

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11:30AM

Intro to Job Interviews

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 7 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.


Dec
19
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to the iPad

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

In this single-session workshop, you will learn how to navigate the web using a tablet device, the differences between a PC and a tablet, how to start up programs on your tablet, how to connect wirelessly to the Internet, and how to navigate using a virtual keyboard. Preregistration is required in person or by phone. Please call 718-990-0769.


Dec
19
11:30AM

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1:00PM

Central Library Book Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Central Library Book Club meets every third Wednesday of the month. Pick up our next selection at Central Library's reference desk and join us to share your thoughts!

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

Additional Dates


Dec
19
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 films at 6pm.
12/5: "Murder on the Orient Express" (2017, PG-13) Customer Suggestion
12/12: "Black Panther" (2018, PG-13) Customer Suggestion
12/19: "Office Christmas" Party (2016, R) Customer Suggestion
12/26: "A Wrinkle in Time" (2018, PG) Customer Suggestion

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

Additional Dates


Dec
20
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Salary Negotiations

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 17 openings

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.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
20
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Mock Interviews

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is now closed

In these one-on-one practice sessions, you will learn how to prepare for an interview, successfully deal with difficult questions, and follow-up properly after the interview. You must preregister for a one-on-one session.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
20
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 three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Central Library Cyber Center reference desk beginning Thursday, November 29 at 10:00 am or call 718-990-0769.


Dec
30
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Sunday Movie: "Annihilation"

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Biologist Lena volunteers to lead an all-female team on an expedition into a mysterious region where evolution has taken a twisted turn. The group must uncover the area's monstrous secrets to save Lena's husband and the world. (2018, R)


Dec
31
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 so you need to know how to use a sewing machine.* No registration is required, but space is limited. This is for adults 18 and over only.


Jan
2
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Identifying Your Work Skills

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 12 openings

In this workshop you will learn how to define and categorize job skills, identify your own job skills, understand the difference between job skills and job duties, market your job skills, and become aware of the most sought-after job skills.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
2
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 at 6PM:

1/2: "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" (2018, PG-13) Customer Suggestion
1/9: "Disney's Christopher Robin" (2018, PG) Customer Suggestion
1/16: "Equalizer 2" (2018, R) Customer Suggestion
1/23: "Crazy Rich Asians" (2018, PG-13) Customer Suggestion
1/30/2019: No Movie: Culture Connection Program

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

Additional Dates


Jan
3
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Mock Interviews

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

In these one-on-one practice sessions, you will learn how to prepare for an interview, successfully deal with difficult questions, and follow-up properly after the interview. You must preregister for a one-on-one session.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
3
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Bingo for Adults

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come in from the cold and join us for a fun hour of Bingo every other week at Central Library. We welcome all adults, both young and old. Come for the neat prizes, making new friends, or simply for the love of the game.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
3
6:00PM

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8:30PM

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 should have basic computer skills, such as being able to use the keyboard and mouse and to open and close applications. Participants must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Central Library Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning Thursday, December 27 at 10 a.m. or by calling 718-990-0769.

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Jan
5
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Presenting with PowerPoint

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

Brush up on your public speaking skills with this PowerPoint workshop. Call 718-661-1205 to register.


Jan
6
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Sunday Concerts at Central: Roz Brown & Friends

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Back by popular demand, Roz starts the New Year off with a bang as we dance along to the great music that has moved and grooved all of us from the 1970s to present day party classics from Aretha to Bruno Mars and everything in between with disco, Motown, pop, R&B, and more.


Jan
7
10:00AM

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11:30AM

Stay Well

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Special Services and New York City Department for the Aging-Health Promotion Unit present
Stay Well Program for New Yorkers 60 and older.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
7
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Healthy Eating Tips for Your New Year Resolution

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

It's 2019, can you believe it? If you're like so many of us, you probably set some goals for the New Year around your health. Maybe lower your blood sugar, lose a few pounds, or maybe you want to "eat healthier" or eat less meat? Goals are great, but now that the New Year is here, a lot of folks just aren't sure where to start. Or maybe you're off to a great start, but want to make sure you don't lose steam come February.


Jan
7
6:30PM

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7:30PM

The Art of Thinking Positively

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Swami Radheswarananda, Hardik Sevak, and Serita Babulal, of Divya Jyoti Jagrati Kendra, teach meditation and how to understand and harness the mind's positive energy to attain true peace and sustaining happiness.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
8
2:00PM

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4:15PM

Tuesday Afternoon Movie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Tuesdays in January, we will screen the following movies at 2PM.:

1/8: "Anna Karenina" (2012, R)
1/15: "The Hunt for Red October" (1990, PG) Customer Suggestion
1/22: "Deathtrap" (1982, PG)
1/29: "Everything is Illuminated" (2005, PG-13) Customer Suggestion

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

Additional Dates


Jan
8
5:30PM

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8:00PM

Coding with HTML

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

Build websites using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript! You've got ideas and we want to give you the skill set to bring your ideas to life. There are many web developer job opportunities out there. Contribute your ideas to the Internet. We'll train you in the basics of web design and development with hands-on practice. Register now at the Cyber Center by calling 718.990.0769.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
8
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Choosing Entrepreneurship

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

This class provides an overview of the dynamic world of entrepreneurship, 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 at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information. The class code is JR310.


Jan
9
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.


Jan
9
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Creating Impactful Resumes

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 12 openings

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

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

Additional Dates


Jan
10
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Excel

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

Participants will learn the basic concepts of Microsoft Excel, such as what a spreadsheet is, basic Excel navigation, and basic data entry.

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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12:00PM

Financial Literacy

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

In this workshop customers will be able to define and understand the basics of banking and financial transactions, learn the different types of banking accounts, define and know the difference between savings and investments, and gain understanding of credit reports.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
13
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Open Mic for Poets

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Featured poet Ann Koshel van Buren studied at Barnard, NYU, and the Palmer School, LIU. She currently teaches poetry and writing at Westchester Community College, for the Brenda Connor-Bey Learning to See Legacy Series at the Greenburgh Library, and The Mariandale Spirituality Center in Ossining, NY. As an arts journalist, she has published interviews with artists and poets. Her poems have been published by The Columbia Review and the Westchester Review, among others.


Jan
14
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Sewing Club Workshop: Introduction to Sewing Patterns

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

Registration is required. In this one-session workshop, we will explore the wide world of sewing patterns. Topics covered include pattern companies, pdf patterns, learning how to read the back of the pattern envelope, and what the symbols on the pattern pieces mean. There is no sewing in this workshop. Please bring a pen and paper for notes. Adults only.


Jan
15
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Basics of Business Planning

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

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


Jan
16
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to Email

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

We'll help you feel comfortable and confident in managing your own email account! Learn about sending and receiving email and get a general overview of email etiquette. Students must possess basic mouse and keyboarding skills. Preregistration is required by phone by calling 718-990-0769 or in person at the Cyber Center Desk.


Jan
16
9:30AM

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11:30AM

Mistake-Free Cover Letters

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

The cover letters workshop teaches the most important aspects of cover letter writing, defines the different types of cover letters, and prepares participants to write and customize cover letters for their job applications.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
17
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Intro to Internet

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

Learn how to access and navigate the Internet. In this class, you will learn key terminology, use a web browser, and understand how to use searches and websites. Register online or by calling 718-661-1205. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop.


Jan
18
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to Tablet Using Samsung Galaxy Tab 4

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

In this single-session workshop, you will learn how to navigate the web using a tablet device, the differences between a PC and a tablet, how to start up programs on your tablet, how to connect wirelessly to the internet, and how to navigate using a virtual keyboard. Preregistration is required in person or by phone. Please call 718-990-0769.


Jan
19
10:30AM

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12:30PM

MS Excel Formulas & Functions

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

Learn to edit and manipulate data in the Using Formulas and Functions workshop. Learn the common and useful formulas to use with your data! Basic computer skills are required.


Jan
22
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Setting Up Your Business

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

Make your business legal! Participants are guided through the organizational tasks needed to set up a business and begin operation. Learn about legal structures and all the information you need to register and operate legally in NYC. Call 718-661-1205 for more information.


Jan
23
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Google Tips and Tricks

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

In this single-session workshop, participants will learn about different Google tools, including sharing documents online, organizing your medical records, and much more. Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are required. Preregistration is required by phone at 718-990-0769 or in person at the Cyber Center desk.


Jan
23
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Intro to Job Interviews

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.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
24
10:00AM

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12:00PM

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.

You already use Google for email. Now learn what else your Google account can do for you, including calendars, maps, Google Drive, and more.


Jan
26
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Financing Your Education Presented by NYS Department of Financial Services

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

This program is open to families and high school students. The subjects covered include
completion of the FAFSA, grants, scholarships (including the Excelsior Scholarship and Enhanced Tuition Awards), work study, and various types of loans. Bring your friends. This information will be helpful as you pursue secondary education.


Jan
29
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Entrepreneurship Series: Building Extraordinary Relationships

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

This class is geared toward 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
30
9:30AM

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11:00AM

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.


Jan
30
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Salary Negotiations

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

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


Jan
31
3:30PM

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5:30PM

NYCitizenship Information Session

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come to an information session with NYCitizenship staff 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
31
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.

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Jan
31
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Conversational Chinese for Beginners

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

Join us for our 8 week conversational Chinese class presented by Sheng-Hong Chen. This course introduces the basic elements of the Chinese Language.

Central LibraryThu, Feb 14, 20196:30PM - 8:00PM
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Feb
2
10:00AM

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4:00PM

Save Money, E-File Your Taxes for Free

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

If your 2018 income is $66,000 or less, you qualify to receive free online tax return filing assistance. Volunteers from the New York State Tax Department and Urban Upbound will guide you through tax preparation software available on their website as you prepare and e-file your federal and state income tax returns at no cost.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
2
10:30AM

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12:30PM

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
3
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Sunday Concerts at Central present Gino Sitson 4

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Award-winning New York-based vocal virtuoso Gino Sitson from Cameroon, Central Africa captures the sounds and rhythm of Africa and displays his trademark vocal acrobatics with a breathtakingly creative command of oral and body percussions and miscellaneous effects. Sign up for your free tickets using Eventbrite.


Feb
5
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
7
6:00PM

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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 three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Central Library Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning Saturday, January 31 at 10 a.m. or by calling 718-990-0769.

Central LibraryThu, Feb 14, 20196:00PM - 8:30PM
Central LibraryThu, Feb 21, 20196:00PM - 8:30PM

Feb
12
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Social Media Marketing for Small Businesses

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

In an advanced technological world with so many resources for socially connecting to your customers, it's hard to decide on which platform to choose and how to use it. Learn strategies to becoming successful in social media marketing for your business. Call 718-990-8625 for more information.


Feb
14
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Excel: Creating Charts and Graphs

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

Learn how to create charts and graphs in Microsoft Excel.


Feb
16
10:30AM

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12:30PM

PowerPoint: Animating Presentations

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

Learn how to design your PowerPoint presentations. Call 718-990-8625 to register.


Feb
17
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Author Talk with Hugh Wyatt: "Sonny Rollins: Meditating on a Riff"

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Veteran journalist and author Hugh Wyatt's book explores Sonny Rollins’ spiritual journey. Wyatt will discuss how jazz musicians, like Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane, inspired millions of Americans to embrace Eastern spirituality, particularly Buddhism, Hinduism, and yoga. Books will be available for sale and signing.


Feb
19
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Funding Your Business

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

Become familiar with the variety of traditional and nontraditional resources available to help fund your business. The course will leave you knowledgeable about various loan options, crowdfunding, alternative lenders, and more. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625.


Feb
23
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Instagram

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

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.


Feb
25
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Meet the Author: "The Black Tax" by Shawn D. Rochester

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The author of recently published book "Black Tax: The Cost of Being Black in America" will discuss the massive financial burden on African American households that dramatically reduces their ability to leave a substantial legacy for future generations. Books will be available for sale and signing.


Feb
26
7:00PM

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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! This is a question and answer panel with experienced industry professionals to hear their real-life struggles and successes or address your inquiries about entrepreneurship. This is an opportunity to come in and meet directly with industry professionals. This even is open to all. For more information, call 718-990-8625.


Feb
28
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 .


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Central Library in Jamaica has:

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

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Local Newspapers
Jamaica Times
Queens Chronicle
Queens Tribune

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

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

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

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

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

Public High Schools
Hillcrest High School (Q505)
160-05 Highland Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 658-5407
fax: (718) 739-5137
Jamaica High School (Q470)
167-01 Gothic Drive
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 739-5942
fax: (718) 739-4826
Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School (Q620)
165-65 84th Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 297-6580
fax: (718) 658-0365
Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School (Q680)
60-20 Goethals Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 969-3115
fax: (718) 969-3552
  

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

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. I. Daneek Miller
IDMiller@council.nyc.gov
District Office 172-12 Linden Boulevard
St. Albans NY, 11434
phone: (718) 776-3700
fax: (718) 487-3580
Manhattan Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1810
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-7084
fax: (212) 788-7093
NYS Assembly
Hon. Alicia Hyndman
HyndmaA@nyassembly.gov
District Office 232-06A Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica NY, 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
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
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
  

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