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Young Adult Literacy Program: Pre-Register Now!

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

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

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

More Than A Dream: A Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. with Milton Suggs

While the importance of Dr. King’s life and work is recognized around the world, he is mostly recognized for his “I Have A Dream” speech given at the 1963 March on Washington. This program gives a multi-dimensional look at Dr. King’s ministry by pairing recorded excerpts of his many other speeches and sermons with arrangements of protest ...

Jan 17 @ 6:00 PM

Embrace Living in Your Purpose with Robin Richie

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

Jan 18 @ 6:00 PM, Jan 25 @ 6:00 PM

Learn Russian Language at Queens Library!

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

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

Class schedule:
Thursdays

Jan 18 @ 6:30 PM, Jan 25 @ 6:30 PM, Feb 1 @ 6:30 PM, Feb 8 @ 6:30 PM, Feb 15 @ 6:30 PM

Friday Movie

Join us on Fridays in January for Friday Movie. You don't need a ticket and there are no bad seats in the house. Kids up to age 12 are invited to check out a different movie each week.

Jan 19 @ 5:00 PM, Jan 26 @ 5:00 PM

Science Fair How-To Family Festival

Science Fair assignment coming up and you're not sure what to do? Fear not... the Discovery Team can help! They will showcase amazing science projects and help find the right one for you!

Jan 20 @ 11:00 AM

Music Monday

Join us for songs, singing, and musical fun. Fun for children ages 6-12 is a tune we can all sing along to! No registration required

Jan 22 @ 4:00 PM, Jan 29 @ 4:00 PM

Online Job Searching with Indeed

As the world's #1 job site, with over 200 million unique visitors every month. Indeed helps companies of all sizes hire the best talent and offers the best opportunity for job seekers to get hired In this workshop learn how use indeed, upload your resume and apply for various positions on this database. It is strongly recommended to have an ...

Jan 23 @ 3:00 PM

Crafty Tuesdays

Join us on Tuesdays in January for arts and crafts. Boys and girls age 6-12 can get...well...crafty! No registration required, but space will be limited.

Jan 23 @ 4:00 PM, Jan 30 @ 4:00 PM

Mistake Free Interviewing

So, you’ve landed an interview for a wonderful job…now what? It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly afterwards. Preregister online or for more information call (718) 990-8625.

Jan 24 @ 10:00 AM

What Happened to Jazz after Bebop? Discovering what makes "Free Jazz" Avant-garde followed with Q&A

What happened to jazz after bebop? The main narrative of jazz would tell us that jazz became cool after the bop frenzy, thanks to geniuses like Miles Davis- and masterpieces such as Kind of Blue. But jazz is not monolithic nor must it necessarily rely on the recording industry for its identity.

Featuring Karen Borca bassoon, Mark ...

Jan 27 @ 2:30 PM

Jan
17
10:00AM

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11:30AM

Job Search Strategies for the Mature Adult

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

Mature workers can face a struggle when it comes to searching for and obtaining employment. This class will define the mature worker, describe obstacles such workers may face, and explain how and where to search for jobs. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625.


Jan
17
11:30AM

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1:00PM

Central Library Book Club: Hillbilly Elegy

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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


Jan
17
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Mock Interviews

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

Preparation and practice make perfect when it comes to job interviews. In this two-part workshop, participants will learn about different types of interviews, how to prepare for an interview, different interview techniques and common questions, how to successfully respond to difficult questions, and how to follow up properly after as interview. For further information, please call 718-990-8625.

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

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Jan
17
3:30PM

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6:30PM

Compass Explorer (Teen Radio Podcast Program)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The Teen Podcast Career Training program will help you get familiar with what it takes to hold a career in Broadcast Journalism, Audio Engineering, News Reporting, Radio Disc Jockeying and much more. Come be apart of the QL Teen Radio Podcast and learn how to produce your own podcast!

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

Additional Dates


Jan
17
5:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Google CS First at the CLDC

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

The Children's Library Discovery Center will conduct a Google CS First program to inspire children to create with technology. Clubs will begin December 4, 2017 in the Multipurpose Room. Ages: 9-12. Space is limited. To register: Email btaylor@queenslibrary.org

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

Additional Dates


Jan
17
6:00PM

--to--

7:45PM

Movie Night Wednesday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Wednesdays in January, we will screen the following movies.
1/3: "The Glass Castle" (2017) Rated PG-13 Customer Suggestion
1/10: "“Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.” (1973) Rated PG
1/17: "The Beguiled" (2017) Rated R Customer Suggestion
1/24: "American Made" (2017) Rated R
1/31: "Dunkirk" (2017) Rated PG-13 Customer Suggestion

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

Additional Dates


Jan
17
6:00PM

--to--

7:30PM

More Than A Dream: A Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. with Milton Suggs

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

While the importance of Dr. King’s life and work is recognized around the world, he is mostly recognized for his “I Have A Dream” speech given at the 1963 March on Washington. This program gives a multi-dimensional look at Dr. King’s ministry by pairing recorded excerpts of his many other speeches and sermons with arrangements of protest songs and original music by Milton Suggs based on his words.


Jan
18
10:00AM

--to--

11:00AM

Mock Interviews

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is now closed

Preparation and practice make perfect when it comes to job interviews. In this two-part workshop, participants will learn about different types of interviews, how to prepare for an interview, different interview techniques and common questions, how to successfully respond to difficult questions, and how to follow up properly after as interview. For further information, please call 718-990-8625.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
18
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Facebook

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

Learn how to use Facebook to stay in touch with loved ones, keep up with the news, and expand your job search. We will help you set up a Facebook account and answer your questions. Basic computer and Internet skills and a valid email account are required. Call 718-990-8625 for more information.


Jan
18
11:00AM

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1:00PM

NYCitizenship Information Session

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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


Jan
18
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Bingo for Adults

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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


Jan
18
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Classic Movie Thursday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

1/4/18: "Holiday"(1938) ; 1/11/18: "Winter Meeting"(1948); 1/18/18: "The Goddess"(1958); 1/25/18: "Diamonds Are Forever"(1971)

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

Additional Dates


Jan
18
6:00PM

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8:30PM

Microsoft Excel for Spanish Speakers

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

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


Jan
18
6:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Embrace Living in Your Purpose with Robin Richie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Jan
18
6:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

"No Half Stepping" Book Signing

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join Queens Library as we kick off the New Year! "No Half Steppin" author Paradise Gray will be at Queens Library to give us insight on Hip Hop's most influential moguls. The very detailed book shows us some of Hip Hop's most iconic moments.


Jan
18
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Learn Russian Language at Queens Library!

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

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

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

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

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

Additional Dates


Jan
19
9:00AM

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12:00PM

Free DMV Permit Practice Tests

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The Central Library is now offering free DMV permit practice tests for passenger cars, motorcycles and Commercial Drivers License (CDL). Practices tests are available on computers at the Cyber Center every Friday from 9 am to 12 pm starting Dec. 15, 2017. Seating is limited and registration is not required. First come, first served. A Queens Library card is required. If you have your own computer, take the test online at http://queenslibrary.driving-tests.org/new-york/

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

Additional Dates


Jan
19
10:00AM

--to--

11:00AM

Rhythm is Gonna Get You!

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Music, music & more music can inspire a healthy attitude! While listening and dancing to music from the 1930s to the present you can relieve arthritis, decompress depression, dance off diabetes and more! Presented by Dee Walker of Music, Music & More Music!
Whether you sit, stand, or require the use of a wheelchair or walker, all are welcome! Enjoy four (4) weeks together. Recharge your memory as you sing and dance along!

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

Additional Dates


Jan
19
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Teen Code Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn to code at Queens Library! Our code club has no lectures: you’ll learn to make websites, animations, apps and games by actually making them, step by step. You’ll learn Scratch, HTML/CSS, JavaScript and Python at your own pace. You can prepare for a tech career and learn skills you can use in the real world right now to make whatever you can dream up.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
19
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Fun Fridays

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us every Friday for some exciting, week ending fun! Arts, crafts, games, songs...something new each week. Children ages 5-12 are invited to join this free program. No registration required.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
19
5:00PM

--to--

6:30PM

Friday Movie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us on Fridays in January for Friday Movie. You don't need a ticket and there are no bad seats in the house. Kids up to age 12 are invited to check out a different movie each week.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
20
10:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

Beginners PowerPoint

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 5 openings

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

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

Additional Dates


Jan
20
11:00AM

--to--

2:00PM

Science Fair How-To Family Festival

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Science Fair assignment coming up and you're not sure what to do? Fear not... the Discovery Team can help! They will showcase amazing science projects and help find the right one for you!


Jan
20
1:30PM

--to--

3:30PM

Intermediate PowerPoint

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

Take your PowerPoint presentations to the next level! Topics covered will include; creating transitions, emphasizing your information with animations, inserting charts, and inserting multimedia. Basic computer skills and knowledge of PowerPoint are required. Call (718) 990-8625 to preregister.


Jan
21
12:30PM

--to--

2:00PM

Microsoft Word (in Bengali)

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 to create documents and work with tables.
Part 1-Introduction to Microsoft Word; Part 2-Creating and saving documents; Part 3-Working with tables and printing. Participants should have basic computer skills and must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required. Please call at (718) 990-0769 at the Central library Cyber Center reference desk.

Central LibrarySun, Jan 28, 201812:30PM - 2:00PM

Jan
22
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Sewing Club - Intro to Sewing for Beginners

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is now closed

Do you have a sewing machine and you’re not sure how to use it? Or you would like to try one out before purchasing? Sewing Instructor Barbara Grimes will teach beginners the basics like threading your machine, how to sew a straight line, and how to sew a basic seam. This is a one session class. Adults 18 and over only. All materials are provided. Class is limited to 7 participants. Class starts promptly and extreme latecomers will not be admitted. ONLINE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.


Jan
22
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Intro to Email

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

In this introductory workshop, you will learn: how to create an email account, how to log on, how to navigate your email account, how to send and receive email messages, and how to attach documents. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Call (718) 990-8625 to preregister.


Jan
22
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Job Search Strategies for Persons with Disabilities

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

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


Jan
22
10:00AM

--to--

11:30AM

Stay Well

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Jan
22
10:30AM

--to--

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 January 22, 2018
Availability: 26 openings

Join us for winter Toddler Time. Children ages 18 months to 3 years can enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, and all around fun. Online registration will begin on January 8th. Don't miss out!

Central LibraryMon, Jan 29, 201810:30AM - 11:30AM

Jan
22
1:00PM

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2:30PM

Understanding Alzheimer's

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Jan
22
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Music Monday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us for songs, singing, and musical fun. Fun for children ages 6-12 is a tune we can all sing along to! No registration required

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

Additional Dates


Jan
22
5:00PM

--to--

6:30PM

SAT Tutoring

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.

SAT Tutoring at the Central Library Teen Space.

Central LibraryMon, Jan 29, 20185:00PM - 6:30PM

Jan
23
1:30PM

--to--

3:30PM

Job Skills Identification

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 13 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. Preregister by calling (718) 990-8625.


Jan
23
2:00PM

--to--

3:45PM

Tuesday Afternoon Movie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Tuesdays in January, we will screen the following movies:
1/2: "The Dead" (1987) Rated PG
1/9: "The Red Violin" (1998) Rated R
1/16: "Winter's Bone" (2010) Rated R
1/23: "Taken" (2009) Rated PG-13 Customer Suggestion
1/30: "The Matrix" (1999) Rated R Customer Suggestion

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

Additional Dates


Jan
23
3:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Online Job Searching with Indeed

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

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


Jan
23
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Crafty Tuesdays

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us on Tuesdays in January for arts and crafts. Boys and girls age 6-12 can get...well...crafty! No registration required, but space will be limited.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
23
7:00PM

--to--

8:30PM

Setting Up and Funding Your Business

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 47 openings

In this course, students will be guided through the fundamental elements needed to set-up and become aware of the variety of resources available to help fund their business. The course will cover traditional and nontraditional ways of getting the money you'll need to get your business off the ground and be successful. Learn about various loans, crowdfunding, alternative lenders and more. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call (718) 990-8625.


Jan
24
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Mistake Free Interviewing

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

So, you’ve landed an interview for a wonderful job…now what? It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly afterwards. Preregister online or for more information call (718) 990-8625.


Jan
25
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

LinkedIn

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

Refresh and revive your online professional persona! In today’s world of social media, it’s more important than ever to ensure that your online profile and resume are fresh, current, and discoverable by your colleagues. Come to this LinkedIn workshop and learn how to create a professional profile that puts your best foot forward and shows off your abilities and accomplishments. Call 718-990-8625 for more information.


Jan
25
4:00PM

--to--

5:30PM

Teen Sewing Workshop

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In this 2-session program, teens will learn how to use a sewing machine and will make a small pillow and a cool tote bag. This program is for those ages 12-18 years old (No one younger will be admitted). Space is limited to 7 slots. Pre-registration is required. You must sign up in person in the Teen Space.


Jan
26
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Astoria Music Project: The Feminine Classique

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Please join the Astoria Music Project in their presentation of the Feminine Classique! AMP is a Queens-based ensemble dedicated to engaging audiences with innovative and diverse programs. Their aim is to create an environment of sharing and music-making that will inspire you. The Feminine Classique will explore the music of women composers, written for voice, strings, and piano.


Jan
27
10:00AM

--to--

4:00PM

Save Money, E-File Your Taxes for Free

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Jan
27
10:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

Beginners Excel

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 9 openings

Improve your productivity with Microsoft Excel. Learn what a spreadsheet is and how to navigate it, create workbooks, enter and edit data, and create charts and graphs. Basic computer skills are required. Call (718) 990-8625 to preregister.


Jan
27
11:00AM

--to--

12:30PM

Saturday Science Lab

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Families, with children up to age 12, are welcome to join us for Saturday Science Lab. This is a fun and educational program where you can not only learn science, but DO science as well! No registration is required. Don't miss out.


Jan
27
1:30PM

--to--

3:30PM

Intermediate Excel

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

Improve your productivity and boost your basic knowledge of Excel. Topics covered include; a review of the basics, creating and manipulating tables, and using formulas and functions. Basic computer skills and knowledge of excel are required.


Jan
27
2:30PM

--to--

4:00PM

What Happened to Jazz after Bebop? Discovering what makes "Free Jazz" Avant-garde followed with Q&A

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

What happened to jazz after bebop? The main narrative of jazz would tell us that jazz became cool after the bop frenzy, thanks to geniuses like Miles Davis- and masterpieces such as Kind of Blue. But jazz is not monolithic nor must it necessarily rely on the recording industry for its identity.

Featuring Karen Borca bassoon, Mark Hennen piano, Elliott Levin reeds/flute, Jackson Krall drums, and Michelle Yom flutes.


Jan
28
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Sunday Movie: "Rememory"

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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


Jan
29
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Jump Start Your Job Search: Motivation Monday

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

Looking for a job is one of the most stressful activities we do. It's easier if we don't do it alone. Join fellow job seekers for tea, cookies, stress relief techniques, and networking. Preregistration required. For more information, call 718-990-8625.


Jan
29
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Introduction to the Internet

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

After this workshop, you will have the skills needed to begin to navigate the Internet. Topics covered include terminology, how to search and use a web browser, the basic structure of a website and Internet safety. Call 718-990-8625 for more information. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop.


Jan
30
7:00PM

--to--

8:30PM

Traditional Marketing for Small Business

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

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.


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, 11434
phone: (718) 723-5412
fax: (718) 723-5465
Albany Office LOB, Room 820
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4451
fax: (518) 455-5522
NYS Senate
Hon. James Sanders, Jr.
Sanders@nysenate.gov
District Office Address 142-01 Rockaway Boulevard
South Ozone Park NY , 11436
phone: (718) 523-3069
fax: (718) 523-3670
Albany Office Room 508, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY , 12247
phone: (518) 455-3531
fax: (718) 523-3670
NYS Senate
Hon. Tony Avella
Avella@nysenate.gov
District Office 38-50 Bell Boulevard, Suite C
Bayside NY, 11361
phone: (718) 357-3094
fax: (718) 357-3491
Albany Office Room 902, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2210
fax: (518) 426-6736
NYS Senate
Hon. Leroy Comrie
Comrie@nysenate.gov
District Office 113-43 Farmers Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 454-0162
fax: (718) 454-0186
Albany Office Room 617, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2701
fax: (518) 455-2816
US Congress
Hon. Gregory W. Meeks

District Office 153-01 Jamaica Ave., 2nd Floor
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 725-6000
fax: (718) 725-9868
Legislative Office 2234 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-3461
fax: (202) 226-4169
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Community History

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Library History

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

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

Bibliography

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

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

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

Queens Poet Laureate 2007 – 2010

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

Julio Marzan
Queens Poet Laureate

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

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