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Très Chic: “Antonio Lopez 1970” Film Screening with International Fashion Icon Pat Cleveland

"Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion and Disco" is a documentary film concerning Antonio Lopez (1943-1987), the most influential fashion illustrator of 1970s Paris and New York. Pat Cleveland, international modeling icon and one of Lopez's frequent models and muses, is interviewed in this fascinating documentary. She will headline a Q&A ...

Nov 14 @ 5:30 PM

Volunteers in the Vaults: Hosted by the Queens Central Library

Volunteers in the Vaults will be hosted by the Queens Central Library (89-11 Merrick Blvd) in the Archives Reading Room. Archives staff will share some treasures from the library's local history collections and take any questions you have about neighborhood history. Volunteers in the Vaults is a public, bimonthly program for anyone ...

Nov 14 @ 6:00 PM

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.

Nov 15 @ 6:00 PM

The Mighty Shirt Kings

Join Queens' own street artist JefStar of The Mighty Shirt Kings and pick up some live art courtesy of Shirt Kings. Don't forget to pick up your exclusive Queens Library Hip Hop notebook and sign up for a library card for absolutely free!

Nov 16 @ 4:00 PM

Open Mic for Poets

The featured reader Richard Alexandro was born and raised in Queens. He currently works as a peer advocate, helping people with mental health challenges to use art in their recovery. His book of poetry "Unfazed in the Teeth of a Microscope" was published in 2016.

Nov 18 @ 2:00 PM

A Classic Thanksgiving: Voice of the Violin: Gil Morgenstern, Violin/Reiko Uchida, Piano

Acclaimed for his artistry and technical brilliance, violinist Gil Morgenstern is devoted to expanding the traditional classical music concert experience through his Reflections Series International. A violinist with a long history of performing in the world’s great concert halls, Morgenstern’s career has taken him to international venues. ...

Nov 19 @ 6:00 PM

National Novel Writing Month Workshop

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

Nov 19 @ 6:30 PM, Nov 26 @ 6:30 PM

Musical Bridges across the World: A Jazz Evening with Yaacov Mayman and Valery Ponomarev

Come join Yaakov Mayman’s international band and trumpeter Valery Ponomarev as they build bridges between the music traditions of the world: from jazz adaptations of Russian, Armenian, African, and Jewish folk music to the classics of American jazz.

Nov 29 @ 6:30 PM

Sunday Concerts @ Central presents Samba New York!

Samba New York! is a world-renowned samba performance company that highlights the exhilarating music and dance of Brazil. Rooted in such styles as Carnaval samba, pagode, bossa nova, and capoeira, Samba New York! uses its unique cosmopolitan sensibility to bring samba and other traditional Brazilian art forms center stage.

Dec 2 @ 3:00 PM

It's Time for Kind: Kindness Read-Aloud

We invite children ages 18 months to 3 years to join us for a bilingual story in Bengali and English! It will be followed up with a coloring page activity. No registration is required for this activity, but space will be limited. Don't miss it! For more It’s Time for Kind programming, visit queenslib.org/itstimeforkind2018.

Dec 5 @ 10:30 AM

Nov
14
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Tinkercad

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

TInkercad allows students to create free three-dimensional models that can be translated over to .sla files and printed out using a 3D printer. The site allows for users to save their files for free with an email or create files without one.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
15
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Turkey Craft

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Girls and boys ages 5-12 are invited to join us to get ready for Thanksgiving with an exciting and easy turkey craft. No registration required but space and supplies will be limited. We'll be "stuffing" you with fun!


Nov
19
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Time

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 November 19, 2018
Availability: 30 openings

Boys and girls 18 months to 3 years are invited to join us for Toddler Time with their caregiver for stories, songs, finger plays, and all kinds of fun. Registration will begin on November 5th. Space is limited, so don't miss out!

Central LibraryMon, Nov 26, 201810:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryMon, Dec 10, 201810:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryMon, Dec 17, 201810:30AM - 11:30AM

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Nov
19
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Turkey Origami

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

This is a fun Thanksgiving program you'll be sure to "gobble up." Come by and make your own origami turkey. It's an activity that boys and girls ages 5-12 are sure to be thankful for. No registration required, but space and supplies will be limited.


Nov
20
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Kickoff to Kindergarten

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.

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. Materials will be provided to the participants to use them at home. Preregistration is required. Space is limited.


Nov
20
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Thanksgiving Fill Your Plate Collage

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Boys and girls ages 6-12 are welcome to join us to make a Thanksgiving collage. No registration will be required for this cornucopia of fun!


Nov
23
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Mother Goose

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Good old Mother Goose returns for the fall/winter session! Boys and girls from 6 months to 2 years and their caregiver are invited to join us for stories, songs, and fun. No registration is required for this program. Just bring yourselves!

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

Additional Dates


Nov
27
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Laptop Time

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Ages 7-12, explore Microsoft software. Find new ways to express yourself and create your own works of art!


Dec
3
10:30AM

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11:30AM

It's Time for Kind: Toddler Time

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Boys and girls 18 months to 3 years who have already registered for the November/December Toddler Time are invited to join us for this very special session. We will enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, and all kinds of fun with a special focus on kindness. If you are already registered for November/December's Toddler Time, you do not need to register again. All other participants will be on a first-come, first-served basis.


Dec
4
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Typing Class

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Presenting a fun and educational program that will be...just your type! Children ages 6-12 are invited to learn how to type. This two-part class will show you how the keyboard is set up, let you practice typing, and teach you a skill you will use always! No registration is required, but space is limited. Please make sure you attend both sessions.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
5
10:30AM

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11:30AM

It's Time for Kind: Kindness Read-Aloud

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

We invite children ages 18 months to 3 years to join us for a bilingual story in Bengali and English! It will be followed up with a coloring page activity. No registration is required for this activity, but space will be limited. Don't miss it! For more It’s Time for Kind programming, visit queenslib.org/itstimeforkind2018.


Dec
6
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Family Playtime

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

An exciting program for children ages birth to 5 years old. Learn and have fun at the same time. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. No registration is required, but space will be limited. Don't miss it!

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

Additional Dates


Dec
6
11:00AM

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12:30PM

It's Time for Kind: Kids' Box Challenge

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

A fun program for children ages 3 to 5 we're certain they'll kind of enjoy. Children can have fun and learn about kindness at the same time! No registration is required; however, space may be limited. Don't miss it!


Dec
7
11:00AM

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12:00PM

It's Time for Kind: Mother Goose

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Boys and girls age 6 months to 2 years along with a caregiver are invited to join us for a very special edition of Mother Goose. There will still be the same fun, stories, songs, and more, but with a special focus on kindness. No registration is required for this program.


Dec
14
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Bangladesh Victory Day

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Mohan Bijoy Dibosh is a glorious day in the history of Bangladesh. This is called December 16th in Bangladesh. In English, it is the victory day of Bangladesh. More than 40 years ago, to the day, Bangladesh was free from Pakistan. You could call it the birthday of Bangladesh.
No registration required; children up to age 12 are welcome.


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