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Mock Interviews

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews let you make and learn from mistakes before they count. In this workshop you will learn how to prepare for an interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after an interview. Interviews will take place at the Job Readiness table. ...

Jul 28 @ 10:00 AM, Jul 28 @ 11:00 AM, Jul 28 @ 1:00 PM, Jul 28 @ 2:00 PM, Aug 3 @ 2:00 PM

JobMap Orientation

JobMap is a Queens Library’s online tool that provides customized recommendations for job-search help and computer training. Learn how to use it to preregister for job-search workshops and computer-training classes, store your resume and cover letters online, and get your resume reviewed online. Call 718-990-8625 for more information.

Jul 28 @ 6:00 PM

Motivating Mondays Job Search Group

Are you looking for work? Not sure how to start? Unsure where you should go from here? Come to Motivating Mondays, a customer lead job search group. Join your fellow job seekers for advice, useful tips, job search techniques, and networking. Looking for a job is one of the most stressful things we have to do, but you don’t have to do it ...

Aug 1 @ 10:00 AM, Aug 8 @ 10:00 AM, Aug 15 @ 10:00 AM, Aug 22 @ 10:00 AM, Aug 29 @ 10:00 AM

Small Business Workshop

Learn how to turn a business idea into a business plan! In this workshop, participants will learn how to create a demand for a product or service, set goals and objectives, budget and schedule, identify resources and networks, and get ready to open the "doors" of their business. Preregister at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, ...

Aug 2 @ 7:00 AM, Aug 9 @ 7:00 AM, Aug 16 @ 7:00 AM, Aug 23 @ 7:00 AM, Aug 30 @ 7:00 AM

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. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code JR130

Aug 2 @ 1:30 PM, Aug 30 @ 1:30 PM

Open Lab

Join us in the Cyber Center Training Room every Tuesday from 2:00-6:00PM for Open Lab practice, when you can search for a job, edit your resume, or practice your computer skills. To use computers during Open Lab, you must create a JobMap account. To create an account, visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, call 718-990-8625 or ...

Aug 2 @ 2:00 PM, Aug 9 @ 2:00 PM, Aug 16 @ 2:00 PM, Aug 23 @ 2:00 PM, Aug 30 @ 2:00 PM

Tuesday Afternoon Movie

The Tuesday Afternoon Movie Program will feature the following films in the month of August:

August 2nd- Gosford Park
August 9th- Jaws
August 16th- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
August 23rd- The Unforgiven
August 30th- The Raiders of the Lost Ark

Aug 2 @ 2:00 PM, Aug 9 @ 2:00 PM, Aug 16 @ 2:00 PM, Aug 23 @ 2:00 PM, Aug 30 @ 2:00 PM

Anime and Comics Summer Bash!

8 to 12 year-olds are invited to join us for six weeks of fun and enrichment as we put together amazing crafts --comic book magnets, superhero bookmarks, decoupage boxes and more-- and explore new and old favorite comics and anime shows!

Registration begins June 28.

Aug 2 @ 3:30 PM, Aug 9 @ 3:30 PM, Aug 16 @ 3:30 PM

Movie Night Wednesday

The Wednesday Night Movie Program will feature the following films in the month of August

August 3rd- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
August 10th- Our Brand is Crisis
August 17th- Miles Ahead
August 24th- Eddie the Eagle
August 31st- The Boss

Aug 3 @ 6:00 PM, Aug 10 @ 6:00 PM, Aug 17 @ 6:00 PM, Aug 24 @ 6:00 PM, Aug 31 @ 6:00 PM

Introduction to Computers

After this workshop, you will be able to take advantage of everything computers have to offer. Topics covered include computer terminology, using the mouse and touchpad, basic keyboarding skills, and navigating computer folders, files, and programs in a Windows environment. This is an introductory computer class; no prior skills or knowledge ...

Aug 6 @ 10:30 AM, Aug 8 @ 10:00 AM

Jul
28
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

LinkedIn

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 16 openings

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. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, call 718-990-8625 or visit the Job Information Center. Basic computer skills are required


Jul
28
10:00AM

--to--

11:00AM

Mock Interviews

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is now closed

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews let you make and learn from mistakes before they count. In this workshop you will learn how to prepare for an interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after an interview. Interviews will take place at the Job Readiness table. Preregistration is required. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class Code: JR180

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

Additional Dates


Jul
28
6:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

JobMap Orientation

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

JobMap is a Queens Library’s online tool that provides customized recommendations for job-search help and computer training. Learn how to use it to preregister for job-search workshops and computer-training classes, store your resume and cover letters online, and get your resume reviewed online. Call 718-990-8625 for more information.


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Jul
30
10:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

Beginners PowerPoint

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is now closed

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 or call 718-990-8625. Basic computer skills are required. Class Code: CC190


Jul
30
1:30PM

--to--

3:30PM

Intermediate PowerPoint

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 7 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. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. Basic computer skills and knowledge of PowerPoint are required. Class Code: CC220


Jul
30
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Grupo "Libro Abierto" (Open Book): A project by Aurora De Armendi with Other Artists

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Develop an appreciation for the creation of “the book” through a series of workshops: July 9, Fold & Paste: a Bookbinding Workshop; July 16, Pop-Up Books; July 23, Drawing Comics Workshop; July 30, Creating Paper Pamphlets. Space is limited.


Aug
1
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Motivating Mondays Job Search Group

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

Are you looking for work? Not sure how to start? Unsure where you should go from here? Come to Motivating Mondays, a customer lead job search group. Join your fellow job seekers for advice, useful tips, job search techniques, and networking. Looking for a job is one of the most stressful things we have to do, but you don’t have to do it alone.
For more information and to preregister, call 718-990-8625.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
1
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Social Networking for Your Job Search

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 19 openings

The Internet is buzzing with social media, and there are many ways to use sites like Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook to leverage your network for your job search, seek out job opportunities and postings, and find out more information on specific companies and organizations. In this workshop you will learn about these three major social media sites and how they can help you optimize your job search. Basic computer skills and a familiarity with the internet required. Class Code: JR200.


Aug
2
7:00AM

--to--

8:30AM

Small Business Workshop

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn how to turn a business idea into a business plan! In this workshop, participants will learn how to create a demand for a product or service, set goals and objectives, budget and schedule, identify resources and networks, and get ready to open the "doors" of their business. Preregister at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
2
1:30PM

--to--

3:30PM

Resumes

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 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. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code JR130

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

Additional Dates


Aug
2
2:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Open Lab

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us in the Cyber Center Training Room every Tuesday from 2:00-6:00PM for Open Lab practice, when you can search for a job, edit your resume, or practice your computer skills. To use computers during Open Lab, you must create a JobMap account. To create an account, visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, call 718-990-8625 or visit the Job Information Center.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
2
2:00PM

--to--

4:15PM

Tuesday Afternoon Movie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The Tuesday Afternoon Movie Program will feature the following films in the month of August:

August 2nd- Gosford Park
August 9th- Jaws
August 16th- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
August 23rd- The Unforgiven
August 30th- The Raiders of the Lost Ark

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

Additional Dates


Aug
3
10:00AM

--to--

11:00AM

Financial Coaching

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is now closed

Are financial problems causing you stress? A financial coach can help you develop the skills you need to manage money and gain financial stability, including knowing how to access, review, and understand your credit report. Preregistration is required. Call 718-990-8625 to make a one-on-one confidential appointment to speak with a counselor.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
3
5:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Interview Preparation

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 openings

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. The Employment Counselor will be available for individual assistance after class. For further information, please call 718-990-5102. Class code JR170


Aug
3
6:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Movie Night Wednesday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The Wednesday Night Movie Program will feature the following films in the month of August

August 3rd- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
August 10th- Our Brand is Crisis
August 17th- Miles Ahead
August 24th- Eddie the Eagle
August 31st- The Boss

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

Additional Dates


Aug
4
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Build Your Own Websites: Become a WordPress Power User

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

Learn to create a WordPress site for your own blog or small business! In this 3-session course, participants will learn the basics of webhosting and WordPress setup, how to create and style content, and how to navigate the administration area of WordPress. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625 for more information.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
6
10:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

Introduction to Computers

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 16 openings

After this workshop, you will be able to take advantage of everything computers have to offer. Topics covered include computer terminology, using the mouse and touchpad, basic keyboarding skills, and navigating computer folders, files, and programs in a Windows environment. This is an introductory computer class; no prior skills or knowledge is required. Please call 718-990-8625 to preregister. Class code CC100

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

Additional Dates


Aug
9
1:30PM

--to--

3:30PM

Identifying Your Work Skills

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 14 openings

In this competitive job market, it is important to know your job skills as well as be able to market these skills to potential employers. 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 at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information please call 718-990-8625. Class code JR110


Aug
10
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

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 they 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. Class code JR100


Aug
11
6:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

JobMap Orientation

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

JobMap is a Queens Library’s online tool that provides customized recommendations for job-search help and computer training. Learn how to use it to preregister for job-search workshops and computer-training classes, store your resume and cover letters online, and get your resume reviewed online. Call 718-990-8625 for more information.


Aug
12
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Salary Negotiations

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

Have you been offered a new job? If so, do you know the best way to conduct salary negotiations? Before you start negotiating with a prospective employer about salaries, you need to find out how much you, and the job, are worth. Learn how to negotiate salaries in this workshop! Preregister at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code JR300


Aug
13
10:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

Beginners Word

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

Learn how to create and save Word documents; format and edit text; copy, cut and paste items; and use Word's main functions and commands. Basic computer skills are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. Class code CC170


Aug
13
1:30PM

--to--

3:30PM

Intermediate Word

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

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. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. Class Code CC200


Aug
17
10:00AM

--to--

11:30AM

Understanding the Labor Market

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 14 openings

Beginning a job search can be overwhelming. Prepare yourself for success by familiarizing yourself with how the job market works and how to begin a productive search. Preregistration is required. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Have a question about this class? Call 718-990-8625. Class Code: JR100


Aug
17
11:30AM

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1:00PM

Central Library Book Club: "The Sellout"

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Paul Beatty's novel is a biting satire that challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality—the black Chinese restaurant. Pick up a copy of the book at the Central Library's reference desk and come to share your thoughts!


Aug
18
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Facebook

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 22 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. Preregister at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for more information. Class code CC130


Aug
20
10:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

Beginners' Excel

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 17 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. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. Basic computer skills are required. Class code CC180


Aug
20
10:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

Annual StartUP! Business Plan Competition

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The Queens Economic Development Corporation’s Annual Queens StartUP! Business Plan Competition begins in September 2016. The competition gives entrepreneurs a chance to strengthen their business knowledge, learn about business trends and gain insights into starting and growing a business while also introducing them to the vast resources available to them at Queens Library. Learn more at these information sessions and watch for more news about classes starting in October.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
20
1:30PM

--to--

3:30PM

Intermediate Excel

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 16 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. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. Basic computer skills and knowledge of excel are required. Class Code: CC210


Aug
22
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Introduction to Email

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

Learn how to create, log onto and navigate an email account; send and receive messages; and 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 for additional information. Class code CC120


Aug
23
1:30PM

--to--

3:30PM

Online Job Applications

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 14 openings

Online job applications have become the standard for applying to many jobs and they can be difficult to navigate if you’re not prepared. Learn to identify common online application sections and prepare information for them to make applying online easier and more successful. Call 718-990-8625 for more information.


Aug
24
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Mistake Free Interviewing

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 14 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 at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code JR170.


Aug
25
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Getting More from Your Google Account

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 19 openings

Learn about the many ways you can use your Google account, from Gmail and Google Maps to Google Drive and Google Groups. Basic computer skills and an existing Google account are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information. Class code CC240


Aug
26
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Networking

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

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 or visit the Job Information Center. Class code JR190


Aug
27
10:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

Beginners PowerPoint

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 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. Basic computer skills are required. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625 Class code CC190


Aug
27
1:30PM

--to--

3:30PM

Intermediate PowerPoint

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 21 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. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625 Class Code: CC220


Aug
28
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Sunday Movie: The 5th Wave

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Based on the acclaimed 2013 young-adult sci-fi novel by Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave follows a 16-year-old survivor of a catastrophic alien invasion.


Sep
6
1:30PM

--to--

3:30PM

Identifying Your Work Skills

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

In this competitive job market, it is important to know your job skills as well as be able to market these skills to potential employers. 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 at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information please call 718-990-8625. Class code JR110

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

Additional Dates


Sep
6
3:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

JobMap Orientation

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 openings

JobMap is a Queens Library’s online tool that provides customized recommendations for job-search help and computer training. Learn how to use it to preregister for job-search workshops and computer-training classes, store your resume and cover letters online, and get your resume reviewed online. Call 718-990-8625 for more information.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
10
10:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

Beginners' Word

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 openings

Learn how to create and save Word documents; format and edit text; copy, cut, and paste items; and use Word's main functions and commands. Basic computer skills are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. Class code CC170

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

Additional Dates


Sep
14
4:30PM

--to--

6:00PM

Prenatal Classes: Getting Ready for Your New Baby

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Pregnancy can be a joyful but overwhelming time. Come learn about important topics, like bonding with your baby, taking care of yourself, your baby’s development, labor and delivery and more! Classes are free and there will be giveaways at each class! All expectant mothers are welcome. The series will end with a baby shower! Space is limited to the first 30 people. Call/text (917) 702 - 4295 or email tmichel@queenslibrary.org for more information or to reserve a seat.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
21
7:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Give the Best Care

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

When you’re a caregiver, you’re on-call around the clock! Come get tips and learn about available resources so that you can give your loved one the very best care. This program is in collaboration with Care NYC and is presented by Elizabeth Daniele, MSW, Caregivers Support Specialist.


Oct
14
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Understanding Anxiety

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. It helps us prepare for important events and warns us when we need to take action. But, when anxiety is overwhelming and disabling, it might be an anxiety disorder. Come learn more.


Oct
24
6:30PM

--to--

8:30PM

10 Steps to Starting Your Own Business (in Bengali)

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

Get an overview of the steps you’ll need to take to start a business, and how NYC Business Solutions can guide you through each.


Nov
3
4:30PM

--to--

6:00PM

Health & Hygiene

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

This family-friendly workshop will help you to gain a better understanding of the human body and learn ways to stay healthy and prevent infections. Come learn what it means to have good hygiene while participating in fun activities and discussion. Presenter: Dr. Sandhya Malhotra, MD, and the GPNF Team.


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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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@assembly.state.ny.us
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