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Creative Writing Workshop for Teens

Have you ever wanted to write a novel, a comic, or both? Do you find yourself thinking about different characters and the worlds they belong to? Not sure where to start? Join us for our creative writing workshop! Each week, we will cover a different topic in creating your novel, from literary devices to character development. Space is ...

Jul 23 @ 1:30 PM

Discovery Team Summer STEM: Shine a Light

Kids will learn the basics of how light works with lenses, including our eyes. We'll dissect sheep eyes and compare biological lenses to glass lenses. Extending this exploration, kids will learn how the physics of light and lenses is applied to visual aids – eye glasses, microscopes and telescopes. For students in grades 6 to 8. Space is ...

Jul 25 @ 2:30 PM

Friday Summer Craft

Summer is hot, but you can enjoy a cool craft here at the Children's Library Discovery Center. There is something different every week for children ages 5-12. No registration is required; however, space is limited. Don't miss it!

Jul 26 @ 3:00 PM, Aug 2 @ 3:00 PM, Aug 9 @ 3:00 PM, Aug 16 @ 3:00 PM

Quetzalcoatl Against Black Snake: Environmental Awareness through Dance and Storytelling

This Native American dance performance, created by choreographer Cristina Cortes and the art organization Coopdanza, explores environmental themes and the cultural heritage of First Americans through the story of Quetzalcoatl, a hero from the Olmec, Mayan, and Aztec traditions. The performance will fetaure Taino/Quechwa rap artist Akapa ...

Jul 29 @ 6:00 PM

An Afternoon of Jazz with Kelly J. Fallon

Kelly J. Fallon is sweeping through NYC with her beautiful renditions of classic jazz standards, and will now be sharing her talents with Queens Public Library! With her soft vocal lines and captivating energy, she will take you back to a simpler time to when music was evolving into the most influential movement in America. Kelly has worked ...

Aug 3 @ 2:00 PM

Monday Summer Craft

Join us for our Monday summer crafts and start your week off right. There is something different every Monday for children ages 5-12. No registration required; however, space is limited. Don't miss it!

Aug 5 @ 3:00 PM, Aug 12 @ 3:00 PM, Aug 19 @ 3:00 PM, Aug 26 @ 3:00 PM

Stop Making Sense: Lulu Lewis Music with Veterans of Tom Tom Club and Urban Verbs

Lulu Lewis is a rock band founded by husband and wife duo Pablo Martin (Tom Tom Club, The Du-Rites) and Dylan Hundley (Metropolitan: Directed by Whit Stillman, 1990), Lulu Lewis have established themselves as one of New York’s most prolific and versatile underground rock bands over the past three years, whether collaborating with artists ...

Aug 8 @ 6:00 PM

Dylan DeFeo Trio

Come hear Dylan DeFeo and his wonderful trio featuring Arthur Sadowsky on bass, Andrew McAuley on drums, and Dylan on keys. They will play a variety of classic standards, Latin grooves, new original tunes, and some swingin’ surprises!

Aug 10 @ 2:15 PM

Favorites from Opera & Broadway

Please join us for a fabulous program of musical favorites from the opera and Broadway stages! Stefanie Izzo (soprano), Gilad Paz (tenor), and Catherine Frank (piano) will perform solos and duets from popular classical and musical theatre productions. Come in out of the heat to hear selections from Sweeney Todd, Les Mis, La Boheme, ...

Aug 23 @ 3:00 PM

Networking

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

Aug 29 @ 10:00 AM

Jul
23
1:30PM

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3:00PM

Creative Writing Workshop for Teens

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Have you ever wanted to write a novel, a comic, or both? Do you find yourself thinking about different characters and the worlds they belong to? Not sure where to start? Join us for our creative writing workshop! Each week, we will cover a different topic in creating your novel, from literary devices to character development. Space is limited. This program is for all teens ages 12-19.


Jul
23
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Tuesday Afternoon Movie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Tuesdays in July, we will screen the following films.
7/2: Private Benjamin (1980, R) Customer Suggestion
7/9: Children of Men (2005, R) Customer Suggestion
7/16: Chappaquiddick (2017, PG-13) Customer Suggestion
7/23: Mansfield Park (1999, PG-13) Customer Suggestion
7/30: Batman (1989, PG-13) Customer Suggestion

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

Additional Dates


Jul
23
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Origami

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Every week during the hot summer, we will have a cool different theme for children ages 5-12. No registration required; however 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.

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Jul
23
4:00PM

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5:15PM

Spelling Bee for Kids

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us for our spelling bee summer program for 3rd to 6th graders.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
23
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Boss Talk Live

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

Boss Talk Live features real entrepreneurs, real stories, and real lessons for aspiring entrepreneurs to learn from guests' experiences. Join Entrepreneurship Coach Candid Mack as she talks with special guests Jataon & Teychenne Whitley, owners of Milk & Cookies Kids Spa and Salon. Both ladies will be sharing their experiences on what it takes to run a successful business. This is your opportunity to learn the ins and outs of entrepreneurship. There will be a Q & A at the end of the program.


Jul
24
10:00AM

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12:00PM

A Universe of Stories - Summer Reading Film Fest 2019

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Please join the Children's Library Discovery Center for our 2019 Summer Reading Film Fest.
- 7/10: "Hotel Transylvania 3" (2018, PG)
- 7/17: "Incredibles 2" (2018, PG)
- 7/24: "The House With A Clock In Its Walls" (2018, PG)
- 7/31: "Smallfoot" (2018, PG)
- 8/7: "Ralph Breaks The Internet" (2018, PG)
- 8/14: "Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse" (2018, PG)
All movies will begin at 10am in the auditorium. Tickets will be given out at 9:15am on the day of the movie.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
24
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Timeless Tales

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

Hot town, summer in the city, Timeless Tales will keep your children busy! Children ages 3-5 along with a caregiver are invited to join us for stories, songs, and more. Registration will begin on June 26th so don't miss out.

Central LibraryWed, Jul 31, 201910:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryWed, Aug 7, 201910:30AM - 11:30AM

Jul
24
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Library Jeopardy

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us if you are between 8-12 years old to show off your knowledge by playing Jeopardy. No registration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
24
3:30PM

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5:00PM

Robotics Club

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 July 24, 2019
Availability: 15 openings

Join us for Robotics Club , where you'll utilize your creativity while learning the ins and outs of Raspberry Pi.

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Jul
24
6:00PM

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8:15PM

Movie Night Wednesday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Wednesdays in July we will screen the following films.

7/3: "On the Basis of Sex" (2018, PG-13) Customer Suggestion
7/10: "Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral" (2018, PG-13) Customer Suggestion
7/17: "First Man" (2018, PG-13)
7/24: "The Girl in the Spider's Web" (2018, R) Customer Suggestion
7/31: "Creed II" (2018, PG-13) Customer Suggestion

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

Additional Dates


Jul
25
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Discovery Team Summer STEM: Shine a Light

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

Kids will learn the basics of how light works with lenses, including our eyes. We'll dissect sheep eyes and compare biological lenses to glass lenses. Extending this exploration, kids will learn how the physics of light and lenses is applied to visual aids – eye glasses, microscopes and telescopes. For students in grades 6 to 8. Space is limited and registration will be required. Major funding provided by NY Life Foundation, the city-wide sponsor of summer reading.


Jul
25
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Amazing Readers Summer Movie Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Read the book; check out the movie. The book club members between ages 8-12 will watch the movie "Bridge to Terabithia" together before discussing the book written by Katherine Paterson.


Jul
25
3:30PM

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5:30PM

YA Summer STEAM Workshops

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us in the Teen Space for a summer of STEAM, each week on Thursdays at 3:30 PM, we will be tackling a different subject from Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. Discover fun and investigative topics such as forensics science, 3D printing, decorative designing, and much more. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. All teens 12 through 19 years old are invited to join.


Jul
25
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Summer Reading: Amazing Readers Kids Book Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 8-12 will discuss Katherine Paterson's "Bridge to Terabithia" at this session of Amazing Readers. Participation will count toward the “Read Down Your Fines” program.


Jul
25
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Queens Artists and Non-Profit Organizations: Do You Need Funding?

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn about the 2020 Queens Arts Fund Grant Program! The Queens Arts Fund (QAF) awards grants to Queens-based individual artists and non-profit organizations that are producing arts and cultural programming in visual, performing, literary, and folk arts disciplines. Program guidelines and the application process will be reviewed.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
26
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Summer Reading: Mother Goose Time

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-18 months are welcome to join us for Mother Goose time! Come sing songs, listen to stories, and participate in lap bounces for tons of giggles and laughs, starring all kids' favorite.... BUBBLES!

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

Additional Dates


Jul
26
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Friday Summer Craft

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Summer is hot, but you can enjoy a cool craft here at the Children's Library Discovery Center. There is something different every week for children ages 5-12. No registration is required; however, space is limited. Don't miss it!

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

Additional Dates


Jul
26
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Teen Code Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn to code at Queens Public Library! Our code club has no lectures: you’ll learn to make websites, animations, apps, and games by actually making them, step by step. Prepare for a tech career or learn skills you can use in the real world right now to make whatever you can dream up.


Jul
28
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Movie Screening: "Johnny English Strikes Again"

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

British spy Johnny English comes out of retirement to protect his fellow undercover agents. With time against him, he races to find the hacker responsible for infiltrating national security (2018, PG).


Jul
29
10:00AM

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11:30AM

Stay Well

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Jul
29
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Sewing Club: Open Lab

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Need to sew? Do you have a project you would like to work on? We provide the sewing machines and accessories; you bring your own project and fabric. There is no instruction during the lab so you need to know how to use a sewing machine. No registration is required, but space is limited. Adults 18 and over only.


Jul
29
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Job Interviews

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.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
29
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Summer Reading: Interactive Story Hour

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come join us at the Children's Library Discovery Center for interactive story hour! Children will get to listen to classic children's stories including Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Billy Goats Gruff, and will have a chance to act out these stories out, followed by a story-related take-home craft activity! No registration is required, but space is limited!

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

Additional Dates


Jul
29
12:00PM

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2:00PM

Free Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park - Coriolanus

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

You’re invited to get free tickets at the library on the same day as the show! Tickets will be distributed at library locations at noon, and are first-come, first-served – there are limited quantities so be sure to get there early. Each person (age 5+) may receive up to two (2) tickets, while supplies last. Note that ticket vouchers are distributed by the Public Theater.


Jul
29
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Quetzalcoatl Against Black Snake: Environmental Awareness through Dance and Storytelling

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

This Native American dance performance, created by choreographer Cristina Cortes and the art organization Coopdanza, explores environmental themes and the cultural heritage of First Americans through the story of Quetzalcoatl, a hero from the Olmec, Mayan, and Aztec traditions. The performance will fetaure Taino/Quechwa rap artist Akapa Supay.


Jul
29
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Origami Workshop

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come join us as we learn the ancient Japanese art of origami. Origami can help improve hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and stimulate the brain. But most of all, it can bring joy, satisfaction, and pride in creating something with your own hands.  Join the “fold” and enrich your life!

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

Additional Dates


Jul
29
7:00PM

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8:00PM

ShapeUp NYC: Low-Impact Chair Fitness for Adults

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

ShapeUp NYC instructor Sharon leads this low-impact fitness class that focuses on improving core, upper body strength, and mobility. This low-impact, gentle workout will help you burn calories, tone your body, and increase your heart health. Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a towel and water bottle. Space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
30
4:30PM

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6:30PM

Electronic Gaming Tournaments for Teens

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join the Teen Space Youth Counselors for an afternoon of friendly gaming competition! Come show your skills and bring a friend to play on game systems like the Wii-U, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and much more. Think you're the Games Master? Let's see what you got! All teens 12 through 19 yrs. old are welcome to join.


Aug
1
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Word

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

Learn the basic skills in Microsoft Word, and gain hands-on experience creating documents, changing formats, and using key shortcuts. Basic computer skills are required.


Aug
1
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Mock Interviews

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is now closed

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

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

Additional Dates


Aug
1
3:30PM

--to--

5:30PM

YA Summer STEAM Workshops

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us in the Teen Space for a summer of STEAM, each week on Thursdays at 3:30 PM, we will be tackling a different subject from Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. Discover fun and investigative topics such as forensics science, 3D printing, decorative designing, and much more. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. All teens 12 through 19 years old are invited to join.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
1
5:30PM

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6:30PM

Chess Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come and learn the tactics needed to dominate your friends in chess at the Children's Library Discovery Center!

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

Additional Dates


Aug
2
4:00PM

--to--

5:30PM

Teen Code Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn to code at Queens Public Library! Our code club has no lectures: you’ll learn to make websites, animations, apps, and games by actually making them, step by step. Prepare for a tech career or 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


Aug
3
2:00PM

--to--

3:30PM

An Afternoon of Jazz with Kelly J. Fallon

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Kelly J. Fallon is sweeping through NYC with her beautiful renditions of classic jazz standards, and will now be sharing her talents with Queens Public Library! With her soft vocal lines and captivating energy, she will take you back to a simpler time to when music was evolving into the most influential movement in America. Kelly has worked with renowned musicians such as Marni Nixon, John Pizzarelli, Latanya Hall, and more. Come join us!


Aug
5
10:00AM

--to--

1:00PM

Sewing Club: Open Lab

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Need to sew? Do you have a project you would like to work on? We provide the sewing machines and accessories; you bring your own project and fabric. There is no instruction during the lab so you need to know how to use a sewing machine. No registration is required, but space is limited. Adults 18 and over only.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
5
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Monday Summer Craft

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us for our Monday summer crafts and start your week off right. There is something different every Monday for children ages 5-12. No registration required; however, space is limited. Don't miss it!

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

Additional Dates


Aug
6
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Tuesday Afternoon Movie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Tuesdays in August, we will screen the following films.

8/6: "Analyze This" (1999, R)
8/13: "Taking Woodstock" (2009, R)
8/20: "The Untouchables" (1987, R) Customer Suggestion
8/27: "Hitchcock" (2012, PG-13)

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

Additional Dates


Aug
6
4:30PM

--to--

6:30PM

Electronic Gaming Tournaments for Teens

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join the Teen Space Youth Counselors for an afternoon of friendly gaming competition! Come show your skills and bring a friend to play on game systems like the Wii-U, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and much more. Think you're the Games Master? Let's see what you got! All teens 12 through 19 yrs. old are welcome to join.


Aug
6
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Introduction to HTML

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

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

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

Additional Dates


Aug
7
6:00PM

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8:30PM

Movie Night Wednesday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Wednesdays in August, we will screen the following films.

8/7: "Mary Poppins Returns" (2018, PG) Customer Suggestion
8/14: "The Upside" (2019, PG-13) Customer Suggestion
8/21: "What Men Want" (2019, R) Customer Suggestion
8/28: "Captain Marvel" (2019, PG-13) Customer Suggestion

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

Additional Dates


Aug
8
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Getting More from Your Google Account

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

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


Aug
8
3:30PM

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5:00PM

NYCitizenship Information Session

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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


Aug
8
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Stop Making Sense: Lulu Lewis Music with Veterans of Tom Tom Club and Urban Verbs

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Lulu Lewis is a rock band founded by husband and wife duo Pablo Martin (Tom Tom Club, The Du-Rites) and Dylan Hundley (Metropolitan: Directed by Whit Stillman, 1990), Lulu Lewis have established themselves as one of New York’s most prolific and versatile underground rock bands over the past three years, whether collaborating with artists like Brendan Canty of Fugazi or sharing the stage with musicians like Lenny Kaye and Richard Lloyd.
https://www.lululewismusic.com


Aug
10
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Summer Reading: Star Wars Origami

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Create your own Origami Yoda or Vader in this fun summer reading craft program.


Aug
10
2:15PM

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3:15PM

Dylan DeFeo Trio

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come hear Dylan DeFeo and his wonderful trio featuring Arthur Sadowsky on bass, Andrew McAuley on drums, and Dylan on keys. They will play a variety of classic standards, Latin grooves, new original tunes, and some swingin’ surprises!


Aug
13
3:30PM

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5:30PM

YA Resume and Job Search

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

Hey teens, need help making a resume and cover letter for jobs or school year internships or fellowships? Well, join us for an afternoon workshop where we will be doing just that! Bring the resume you have already and we can spruce it up or you can just start from scratch. All teens ages 12 through 19 yrs. old are invited to join in. Registration is required, space is limited.


Aug
13
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Realities Of Becoming An Entrepreneur

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

Entrepreneurship is not as easy as everyone thinks it is. Check yourself before you wreck yourself. In this class, you will learn about characteristics, skills, interests, and aptitude in pursuing entrepreneurship.


Aug
14
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Creating Impactful Resumes

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

Make your resume the best it can be. This workshop provides insight into what resume reviewers look for, types of resumes, what to include and exclude, and tips for making your resume stronger. For further information, call 718-990-8625.


Aug
15
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to PowerPoint

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

Create awesome presentations and slideshows with PowerPoint. Topics covered will include creating and editing slides, changing the design and colors, inserting pictures and illustrations, and presentation tips.


Aug
19
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Queensboro Dance Festival

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The Queensboro Dance Festival is an annual performance tour across Queens theaters, parks, libraries, plazas, and street events, presenting only Queens-based dance companies of all cultures and styles. The 2019 Queensboro Dance Festival tour runs May 11 - Oct 6 and features 33 diverse Queens dance companies including Indian, Flamenco, contemporary, African, tap, Filipino, hip-hop, Ecuadorian, and more!


Aug
20
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Teen Emotional and Mental Health Workshop

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us in the Teen Space as we discuss healthy and positive ways to practice self-care. Our school, work, and home lives can place major stress and responsibility on us and that can be very draining at times. Come learn ways to de-stress and recenter yourself to keep things on track during high stress times. All teens 12 through 19 yrs. old are welcome to join.


Aug
21
9:30AM

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11:30AM

Mistake-Free Cover Letters

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

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


Aug
22
10:00AM

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12:00PM

MS Excel Formulas & Functions

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

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


Aug
22
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Summer Movie Nights with Assembly Member Alicia Hyndman

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Please join Assembly Member Alicia Hyndman as she hosts movie nights at three libraries:

Rosedale
Thursday, June 27 6PM-8PM: "Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse" (2018, PG)
Thursday, July 11 6PM-8PM: "Incredibles 2" (2018, PG)

Laurelton
Thursday, July 25 6PM-8PM: "Ralph Breaks the Internet" (2018, PG)
Thursday, August 8 6PM-8PM: "Hotel Transylvania" (2012, PG)

Central
Thursday, August 22 6PM-8PM: "A Wrinkle in Time" (2018, PG)


Aug
23
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Favorites from Opera & Broadway

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Please join us for a fabulous program of musical favorites from the opera and Broadway stages! Stefanie Izzo (soprano), Gilad Paz (tenor), and Catherine Frank (piano) will perform solos and duets from popular classical and musical theatre productions. Come in out of the heat to hear selections from Sweeney Todd, Les Mis, La Boheme, Rigoletto, Phantom of the Opera, and more!


Aug
25
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Movie Screening: "Robin Hood"

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

A veteran trained to become Robin Hood rebels against the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham and his powerful army (2018, PG-13).

Directors
Otto Bathurst

Production year
2018

Rating
PG-13

Studio
Lions Gate Films, Inc.

Runtime
116 minutes

Cast
Taron Egerton, Eve Hewson, Jamie Foxx, Jamie Dornan, Paul Anderson


Aug
27
4:00PM

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6:00PM

The Best is Yet to Come: Getting Prepared for a Positive and Productive School Year!

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

All teens and their parents are invited to a workshop focused on engaging the whole family in the preparation of getting mentally, physically, and emotionally ready for the new school year. Learn some new and creative ways to set yourself up for a successful and fulfilling year back from summer break. All teens 12 through 19 yrs. old are invited to join us. Space is limited and registration is required.


Aug
27
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Make it Legal! Register Your Business

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

If you don’t own it, don’t promote it. Make your business legal! Participants are guided through the organizational tasks needed to set up a business and begin operation. Learn about legal structures and all the information you need to register and operate legally in NYC.


Aug
29
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Networking

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

Networking is the development of professional relationships. In today’s competitive job market, it is also one of the best ways to find a job. Through networking, you can exchange information with others about job opportunities, interesting organizations, or up-and-coming industries. Learn about the basics of networking and improve your job search techniques at this workshop! For more information, call 718-990-8625 .


Sep
3
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Developing Business Connections

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

Building relationships are key for starting a business. In this class you will learn to develop networking strategies in order to foster partnerships and build relationships that lead to motivation, connections, resources, and investment opportunities. Attain new skills in an accessible and low-pressure setting.


Sep
7
11:00AM

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3:00PM

Discovery Day Street Fair 2019

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

We invite our community to check out the Children's Library Discovery Center at our 8th Annual Discovery Day Street Fair. Celebrate with us as we explore the wonders of science and other fun activities! Dazzle your senses, amaze your mind, and play with possibilities! There will be plenty of activities for everyone. Please join in on the celebration!


Sep
9
10:00AM

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12:30PM

Sewing Club: Open Lab

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Need to sew? Do you have a project you would like to work on? We provide the sewing machines and accessories, you bring your own project and fabric. *There is no instruction during the lab so you need to know how to use a sewing machine. *No registration is required but space is limited. Adults 18 and over only.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
10
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Marketing

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

You can’t just rely on social media. This class is geared towards teaching you some of the most recognizable types of marketing. Traditional marketing encompasses the advertisements that we see and hear every day. Determine the traditional marketing actions you will take to make your business visible and attractive to your target customer.


Sep
16
6:00PM

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7:30PM

QEDC: Business Plan Competition

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The Queens Economic Development Corporation’s Annual Queens StartUP! Business Plan Competition begins in September 2019. 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 Public Library. Learn more at these information sessions and watch for more news about classes starting in October.


Sep
17
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Social Media Marketing

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

Social media is at its prime for marketing, if you know how to use it the right way. This course will prepare you with the knowledge to skillfully utilize social media resources to connect to your customers. Pick up strategies to becoming successful in a variety of social media marketing tools for your business.


Sep
23
10:00AM

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12:30PM

Sewing Club - Learn How to Sew (Beginners)

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

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. This is a one session class. Do you want to learn how to machine sew? Beginners will learn basics like threading your machine, how to sew a straight line, and how to sew a basic seam. 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 Only


Sep
24
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Where's The Money? Get The Money!

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

Of course you need money to start, but in the end you’ll be making a huge profit from your own product! Become familiar with the variety of traditional and nontraditional resources available to help fund your business. The course will leave you knowledgeable about various loan options, crowdfunding, alternative lenders, and more.


Sep
30
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Queens Artists and Non-Profit Organizations: Do You Need Funding?

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn about the 2020 Queens Arts Fund Grant Program! The Queens Arts Fund (QAF) awards grants to Queens-based individual artists and non-profit organizations that are producing arts and cultural programming in visual, performing, literary, and folk arts disciplines. Program guidelines and the application process will be reviewed.


Oct
1
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Boss Talk Live

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

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


Oct
8
10:00AM

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12:00PM

"The Hard Facts About Soft Skills" Author Talk

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

Join us at Central Library to hear author Richard Celestin, Esq. talk about the importance of soft skills in the professional world, the most critical soft skills to understand and master, and how to develop a mentality of success.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
12
11:00AM

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4:00PM

Come Get Your Annual Mammogram!

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Patients are eligible for a screening mammogram if they:
•Are 40 and over
•Have not had a mammogram in the past year
•Have no signs or symptoms of breast disease
•Are insured, underinsured, or uninsured
To preregister, please contact The Mobile Mammography Team at 844-396-2666.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Central Library in Jamaica has:

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

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Local Newspapers
Jamaica Times
Queens Chronicle
Queens Tribune

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. I. Daneek Miller
IDMiller@council.nyc.gov
District Office 172-12 Linden Boulevard
St. Albans NY, 11434
phone: (718) 776-3700
fax: (718) 487-3580
Manhattan Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1810
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-7084
fax: (212) 788-7093
NYS Assembly
Hon. Alicia Hyndman
HyndmanA@nyassembly.gov
District Office 232-06A Merrick Boulevard
Springfield Gardens NY, 11413
phone: (718) 723-5412
fax: (718) 723-5465
Albany Office LOB, Room 820
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4451
fax: (518) 455-5522
US Congress
Hon. Gregory W. Meeks

District Office 153-01 Jamaica Avenue, Suite 204
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 725-6000
fax: (718) 725-9868
Legislative Office 2310 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
  
NYS Senate
Hon. John Liu
Liu@nysenate.gov
District Office38-50 Bell Boulevard, Suite C
Bayside NY, 11361
phone: 718-765-6675
Albany OfficeRoom 802, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: 518-455-2210
fax: 518-426-6736

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