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Beginners' Word

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. Class code CC170

Dec 3 @ 10:30 AM

Intermediate Word

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. Class Code CC200

Dec 3 @ 1:30 PM

Food Business Planning Basics

This class aims to teach aspiring and current Food Entrepreneurs how to write a successful Business Plan. To register for this program please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/realities-of-the-food-industry-a-5-part-lecture-series-tickets-29154536002. Call 718-990-0895 for additional information. Class code JR310

Dec 4 @ 2:00 PM

Motivating Mondays Job Search Group

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

Dec 5 @ 10:00 AM, Dec 12 @ 10:00 AM, Dec 19 @ 10:00 AM, Jan 9 @ 10:00 AM, Jan 23 @ 10:00 AM

Job Search Strategies for the Mature Adult

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. ...

Dec 6 @ 1:30 PM

Tuesday Afternoon Movie

Tuesdays in December, we will screen the following movies at 2:00 p.m.: 12/6 - Network (1976); 12/13 - Doubt (2008); 12/20 - A Christmas Story (1983); 12/27 - Peter's Friends (1992)

Dec 6 @ 2:00 PM, Dec 13 @ 2:00 PM, Dec 20 @ 2:00 PM, Dec 27 @ 2:00 PM

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. ...

Dec 7 @ 2:00 PM, Dec 14 @ 2:00 PM, Dec 21 @ 2:00 PM, Dec 28 @ 2:00 PM

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. ...

Dec 7 @ 3:00 PM, Dec 14 @ 3:00 PM, Dec 21 @ 3:00 PM, Dec 28 @ 3:00 PM

Movie Night Wednesday

Wednesdays in December, we will screen the following movies at 6:00 p.m.: 12/7 - Star Trek Beyond (2016); 12/14 - Krampus (2015); 12/21 - The Night Before (2015); 12/28 - Café Society (2016)

Dec 7 @ 6:00 PM, Dec 14 @ 6:00 PM, Dec 21 @ 6:00 PM, Dec 28 @ 6:00 PM

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. ...

Dec 8 @ 10:00 AM, Dec 15 @ 10:00 AM, Dec 22 @ 10:00 AM, Dec 29 @ 10:00 AM

Dec
2
3:30PM

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6:30PM

Take Charge: Get Tested

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Free rapid HIV testing will be provided in a mobile unit parked outside of Central Library. Know your status to take control of your health! Testing is confidential and free.


Dec
2
4:30PM

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6:30PM

Teen Game Night

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us in the Teen Space for Teen Game Night! This program is for all teens 12-19 yrs old.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
3
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Beginners' Word

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 14 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. Class code CC170


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Dec
3
11:00AM

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12:15PM

Urdu for Elementary and Middle School Heritage Speakers

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

Does your child speak some Urdu in the home? This class is for children age 8-12 of South Asian background who already possess limited speaking and listening skills in Urdu. Building on these skills, children are introduced to folk tales, jokes, songs and videos. The native Urdu-speaking teacher will focus on vocabulary enrichment , introducing cultural topics and developing a basic knowledge of Urdu grammar to enable them to carry on a conversation with their family.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
3
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Intermediate Word

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 6 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. Class Code CC200


Dec
3
3:30PM

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5:00PM

Microsoft Word (in Bengali)

Location: Central Library
Registration: By phone or in person
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

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

Central LibrarySat, Dec 10, 20163:30PM - 5:00PM
Central LibrarySat, Dec 17, 20163:30PM - 5:00PM

Dec
4
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Food Business Planning Basics

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

This class aims to teach aspiring and current Food Entrepreneurs how to write a successful Business Plan. To register for this program please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/realities-of-the-food-industry-a-5-part-lecture-series-tickets-29154536002. Call 718-990-0895 for additional information. Class code JR310


Dec
4
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Sunday Concerts @ Central: Roz Brown and Her Motown Revue

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Vocalist Roz Brown and her ensemble pay tribute to Motown, performing some of the greatest hits from The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Mary Wells, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Marvin Gaye, and, of course, Stevie Wonder. Get free tickets at https://rozbrown.eventbrite.com


Dec
5
10:00AM

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11:30AM

StayWell

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Dec
5
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Motivating Mondays Job Search Group

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

Looking for a job is one of the most stressful activities we do. It's easier if we don't do it alone. Join fellow job seekers for tea, cookies, stress relief techniques, and networking. 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


Dec
5
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Hour of Code!

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

Ever wondered about the basics of coding? Come learn beginning concepts with Code.org's hour of code tools!


Dec
5
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Time

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.

Children ages 18 months to 3 years and their caregivers are welcome join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and more! Preregistration is required. Online registration will begin October 24th.


Dec
5
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Tai Chi for All

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Tai Chi is a system of exercises practiced at a steady, meditative pace. Gentle movements coordinated with deep breathing invigorate and heal the body, clear the mind and create inner peace and harmony. This is an intergenerational workshop.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
5
5:00PM

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8:00PM

Intermediate PowerPoint

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 14 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. Class Code: CC220

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

Additional Dates


Dec
6
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Job Search Strategies for the Mature Adult

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 8 openings

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


Dec
6
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Tuesday Afternoon Movie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Tuesdays in December, we will screen the following movies at 2:00 p.m.: 12/6 - Network (1976); 12/13 - Doubt (2008); 12/20 - A Christmas Story (1983); 12/27 - Peter's Friends (1992)

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

Additional Dates


Dec
6
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Introduction to JavaScript

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

Learn the basics of JavaScript programming while creating fun drawings with your code. Participants in this workshop will use Khan Academy to learn the basic principles of JavaScript.


Dec
6
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Teen Crafternoons

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Teens! Join us Tuesdays in the Fall for crafts of all kinds. All supplies are provided. Space is limited. For those in grades 7-12 only.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
6
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Current Issues Resources/Databases

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

This workshop will provide information on databases, current issues, websites, and print sources. Space is limited; preregister online.


Dec
7
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Computer Basics for Older Adults

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

Don't know how to use a computer? This workshop will get you started. You will learn the basic parts of a computer, how to use a keyboard and mouse and how to browse the Internet. Preregistration is required. Please call 718-990-0769 for more information or to preregister.


Dec
7
10:00AM

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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 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


Dec
7
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Careers in Computer Science

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

Computer Science is a huge field with a lot of different career pathways. Come hear about how to find your way in the tech industry from an expert.


Dec
7
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Mock Interviews

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

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 at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. 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


Dec
7
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Mock Interviews

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

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 at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. 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


Dec
7
6:00PM

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8:15PM

Movie Night Wednesday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Wednesdays in December, we will screen the following movies at 6:00 p.m.: 12/7 - Star Trek Beyond (2016); 12/14 - Krampus (2015); 12/21 - The Night Before (2015); 12/28 - Café Society (2016)

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

Additional Dates


Dec
8
10:00AM

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2:00PM

Health Insurance Info and Enrollment

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Do you need healthcare coverage for yourself or your family? Would you like to learn about the Affordable Care Act and public or private healthcare coverage? Come ask questions or get assistance enrolling for health insurance through the Marketplace. For more information, contact South Asian Council for Social Services at (718) 321 – 7929 or email sacss@sacssny.org.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
8
10:00AM

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2:00PM

Health Insurance Info and Enrollment

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Do you need healthcare coverage for yourself or your family? Would you like to learn about the Affordable Care Act and public or private healthcare coverage? Come ask questions or get assistance enrolling for health insurance through the Marketplace. For more information, contact South Asian Council for Social Services at (718) 321 – 7929 or email sacss@sacssny.org.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
8
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 at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. 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


Dec
8
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Instagram

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

Learn how to share and take photos, add filters, and image adjustments, connect accounts, and respond to comments. Please bring your smartphone with the Instagram app already installed to class. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, call 718-990-8625 or visit the Job Information Center. Basic computer skills are required.


Dec
8
11:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

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 at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. 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


Dec
8
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

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 at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. 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


Dec
8
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Mock Interviews

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

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 at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. 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


Dec
8
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Classic Movie Thursday @ 2

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

12/1-"Meet Me in St. Louis" (1944), 12/8-"Pocketful of Miracles" (1961), 12/15-"A Christmas Carol" (A.K.A. Scrooge) (1951), 12/22-"It's a Wonderful Life" (1946), 12/29-"Cavalcade" (1933)

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

Additional Dates


Dec
8
4:00PM

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4:30PM

Library Jeopardy

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Test your knowledge by answering jeopardy trivia questions in this friendly competition that can get quite exciting!

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

Additional Dates


Dec
8
6:00PM

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8:30PM

Computers for Beginners (In Spanish)

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

Learn how to turn on your computer and write an email. Participants must attend all 3 classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Central Library Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning Friday, November 25 at 10:00 a.m.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
9
9:30AM

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12:00PM

Finding Foundation Support for Your Education

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 6 openings

Are you looking for undergraduate scholarships? Are you a graduate student seeking doctoral support? Are you seeking funding for continuing education? Learn how to obtain financial aid for your studies.


Dec
9
10:00AM

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2:00PM

Are you getting all your benefits?

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In partnership with LiveOn NY will be available to answer questions on:
Are you getting all your benefits?
You may be eligible for benefits that help to pay for food and rent!
Information on SNAP (Nutrition Assistance/Food Stamps) & SCRIE (Senior Rent Freeze Program)

Table set-up on the first floor under the TV Monitors

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

Additional Dates


Dec
9
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Computer Science Demo Day

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Interested in learning about robots, gadgets and basic programming? Stop by the JBA Area to try out some amazing tech toys and learn about making.


Dec
9
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Magazine Paper Craft

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Please join us for this two part magazine craft. We will be creating Christmas Trees from recycled magazines. This program is for children ages 7-12. Registration is not required.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
9
4:30PM

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6:00PM

Knitting 101

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

Learn basic knitting skills and information, including knit and purl stitches, yarn and needle types and how to read a simple pattern. Supplies will be provided. Space is limited. Preregistration is required online or by calling 718-990-0728.

Central LibraryFri, Dec 16, 20164:30PM - 6:00PM
Central LibraryFri, Jan 6, 20174:30PM - 6:00PM
Central LibraryFri, Jan 13, 20174:30PM - 6:00PM
Central LibraryFri, Jan 20, 20174:30PM - 6:00PM
Central LibraryFri, Jan 27, 20174:30PM - 6:00PM

Dec
10
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Beginners' PowerPoint

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 12 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 a slide show. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required. Class code CC190


Dec
10
2:30PM

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4:00PM

A Charles Duke Christmas

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Charles Duke, singer, songwriter, composer and classically trained pianist resides in Harlem, NY. His work fuses jazz, soul, pop, and classical music elements with engaging lyrical imagery. Please join us in celebrating a Charles Duke Christmas!
http://www.charlesdukemusic.com/


Dec
10
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Holiday Card Program

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

Join artist Sherry Williams to create personalized cards for the holidays at this crafts program for adults and teens.


Dec
11
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Open Mic for Poets

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Poet Pramila Venkateswaran grounds her poems in playful sensory imagery and explores the philosophical implications of, among other issues, yoga practices. She is the author of several poetry collections. She was chosen as the poet laureate of Suffolk County, Long Island, in 2013. She has taught at Nassau Community College and SUNY-Stony Brook and lives in New York State.


Dec
11
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Food Business Finance, Licenses and Regulations

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

This class informs students of the Financial and Legal necessities of owning a Food Business and provides resources for identifying their specific business needs. To register for this program please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/realities-of-the-food-industry-a-5-part-lecture-series-tickets-29154536002. Call 718-990-0895 for additional information. Class code JR310


Dec
12
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Internet

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

After this workshop, you will have the basic skills to begin to navigate the internet. Topics covered include; terminology, how to use a web browser, the basic structure of a website, search, and internet safety. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Class Code: CC110


Dec
12
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Teen Anime and Graphic Novel Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Like manga? Enjoy graphic novels? Love anime? Then join us for our Anime and Graphic Novel Club! We'll watch new and old favorites, read amazing titles, and discuss what we liked and what we despised.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
13
1:30PM

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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


Dec
13
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Introduction to Email

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

In this introductory workshop, you will learn how to create and navigate an email account, log on, send and receive messages, and attach documents. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org, visit the Job Information Center, or call 718-990-8625. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Class code CC120


Dec
13
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Introduction to Tablets Using Samsung Galaxy Tab 4

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

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


Dec
14
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to Email

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

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


Dec
14
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Cover Letters

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 11 openings

A cover letter helps you stand out from the crowd and get an interview. In this two-part series, participants will learn what cover letters are and why they’re necessary; the do’s and don’ts of writing cover letters; how to write different types of cover letters; and how to properly type, format, and send your cover letter to potential employers. The Employment Counselor will be available for individual assistance after class. For further information, please call 718-990-8625. Class code JR150


Dec
14
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Bingo

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

All adults are invited to join us for a fun hour of BINGO! Prizes will be awarded. Bring your friends and make new ones.


Dec
15
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Twitter

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 18 openings

Learn about Twitter, an online social networking service that allows you to connect instantly to what's most important to you. You’ll learn how you can “follow” your friends, experts, and favorite celebrities and receive breaking news, job posting notifications, and more. Basic computer skills and a valid email address are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information. Class code: CC130


Dec
15
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Author Talk with Sophia Burrell

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Author Sophia L. Burrell discusses her book on self-mastery, self-change, and personal development. Participants learn how to cultivate and master qualities that drive personal growth and transformation, learn where and how to make these improvements, and how to use the mechanism of resilience to turn defeat into victory. Books will be available for sale and signing.


Dec
17
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Beginners' Excel

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 8 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. Basic computer skills are required. Class code CC180


Dec
17
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Intermediate Excel

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

Improve your productivity and boost your knowledge of Excel. Topics covered include a review of spreadsheet basics, creating and manipulating tables, and using formulas and functions. Basic computer skills and knowledge of MS Excel are required. Class code CC210


Dec
17
2:30PM

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6:30PM

Holiday Music Extravaganza with Norman Edwards, Jr. and Friends, Featuring Special Guest Artist TiA

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Norman Paul Edwards Jr. was born on March 15, 1985 in Queens, New York. Norman is a two-time Grammy nominated artist. SpinKick is his original band showcasing his composition skills. Norman has shared the stage with the likes of George Benson, John Scofield, and Stevie Wonder, among others.

TiA has performed at the world-famous Apollo Theater, Carnegie Hall, SOBs, Cafe Wha?, Silvana, the Prudential Center, and Newark Symphony Hall, to name a few.


Dec
18
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Sunday Movie: The Duel (2016)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In this Western set in the 1880s, a Texas Ranger (Liam Hemsworth) is sent to the frontier town of Helena to confront a malevolent preacher (Woody Harrelson) who rules the local community with an iron fist.


Dec
18
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Food Business Marketing

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

This class offers a basic look at marketing for Food Businesses and aims to inform students of common and best practices for marketing success using various forms of media. To register for this program please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/realities-of-the-food-industry-a-5-part-lecture-series-tickets-29154536002. Call 718-990-0895 for additional information. Class code JR310


Dec
19
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Computers

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


Dec
20
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Resume Workshop

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

Does your resume stand out from the crowd? Make it the best it can be! This workshop will cover how to get started, types of resumes, what to include and exclude, and tips for making your resume stronger. Call 718-990-8625 for more information. Class code JR130


Dec
20
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Advanced Excel

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

Be an Excel ninja! Topics will include pivot tables, forms, and macros.Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills and knowledge of excel are required.
Call 718-990-8625 for more information.


Dec
20
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Google Tips and Tricks

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

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


Dec
21
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to the iPad

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

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


Dec
21
11:30AM

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1:00PM

Central Library Book Club: "Another Brooklyn"

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Jacqueline Woodson's novel is the story of the Brooklyn-born woman August, whose meeting with a long-ago friend sets memories from the 1970s in motion, transporting her to a time and a place where friendship was everything—until it wasn’t. Pick up a copy of the book at the Central Library's reference desk and come to share your thoughts!


Dec
22
10:00AM

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12:00PM

LinkedIn

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

Refresh and revive your online professional persona! 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. Basic computer and Internet skills are required. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625


Jan
4
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Financial Coaching

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

Are financial problems causing you stress? The 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 appointment to speak with the Financial Coach.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
4
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Bingo

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

All adults are invited to join us for a fun hour of BINGO! Prizes will be awarded. Bring your friends and make new ones.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
4
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Live Online Lunch Lecture: Demystify Diabetes

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

We always hear about diabetes, but what is it really? What does it do to our bodies? Why do so many people have it? How can you manage it better? Learn all this and more from Queens Library's Community Health Educator. This program will only be available online. Space is limited, so email Fiona at fharvey@queenslibrary.org for more information or to register now!


Jan
7
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Introduction to Computers

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


Jan
7
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Introduction to Internet

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

After this workshop, you will have the skills needed to begin to navigate the Internet. Topics covered include terminology, how to search and use a web browser, the basic structure of a website and Internet safety. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Class code: CC110.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
9
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Sewing Club

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

Have you ever wanted to learn how to sew or just want to brush up the skills you do have? Please join us in our new Sewing Club! An experienced sewing instructor will be teaching participants how to make beginner projects using our sewing machines. All materials are provided. Beginners and those with some experience are welcome. Space is limited. Preregistration is required. Adults only!

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

Additional Dates


Jan
9
5:00PM

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8:00PM

Register for Job Search Help, Computer Training and Job Placement Programs

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Queens Library’s Job & Business Academy and the Consortium for Worker Education’s Jobs to Build On program have partnered to bring free job-search help, technology training, and job-placement services to our customers at Central Library. Classes start the week of Monday, January 9th, but you must preregister in person beforehand. During registration, you will also meet the Employment Counselors and Job Placement Specialists who will help you prepare to find a job.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
11
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Guaranteed Solutions: Meditation for Worry, Stress and Fear

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

These meditation techniques will awaken your inner bliss and create healing and transforming for your mind/body/spirit to ensure stress-free living. They also will create a joyful and peaceful life of fulfillment.
Beginners welcome!

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

Additional Dates


Jan
14
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Beginners Word

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

Make your documents stand out with Microsoft Word! In this class, you will learn how to create and save Word documents; format and edit text; copy, cut, and paste items; and use the basic functions and commands of Word. Basic computer skills are required. Class code: CC170.


Jan
18
11:30AM

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12:30PM

Central Library Book Club: "The Underground Railroad"

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The National Book Award Winner and an Oprah's Book Club pick, this novel by Colson Whitehead chronicles a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. Pick up a copy of the book at the Central Library's reference desk and come to share your thoughts!


Jan
21
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Afro-Cuban Jazz Pianist, Composer, Arranger and Music Visionary Dayramir Gonzalez & Habana enTRANCé

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In 2009, Dayramir Gonzalez became the first Cuban national to receive a full scholarship to the Berklee School of Music in Boston In 2012, he was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall as part of their Voices of Latin America series, along with Chucho Valdes, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Danilo Perez, Egberto Gismonti and Aldo Lopez-Gavilan. Gonzalez is building his legacy in America, and is fast becoming a leader in the Afro-Cuban Jazz community.


Jan
28
10:00AM

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4:00PM

Save Money, E-File Your Taxes for Free

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

If your income is under $64,000, you qualify to receive free online tax return filing assistance. Volunteers from the New York State Tax Department will guide you through tax preparation software available on their website as you prepare and e-file your federal and state income tax returns at no cost. Volunteers will be available that speak English, Haitian-Creole, Urdu, and Bengali.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
28
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Beginners Excel

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 25 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. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required. Class Code: CC180


Jan
29
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Sunday Movie: Don't Breathe

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Three friends (Dylan Minnette, Jane Levy, and Daniel Zovatto) plot to end their money woes by burglarizing the home of a blind recluse (Stephen Lang), but the heist quickly goes awry when they discover that their target is concealing a horrifying secret -- and that he isn't as harmless as they had thought.


Feb
9
10:00AM

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12:00PM

NYCitizenship Information Session

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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


Feb
13
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Broken Hearts Week: Roxane Shante presents: Hip-Hop – The Pain is Real

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Hip hop legend Roxanne Shante talks about her own heart wrenching story of love, lost and music and invites audience to express their heartbreak stories and rhymes.


Feb
18
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Broken Hearts Week: Lauren Elder Presents Broadway Standards - Heartbreak at the Great White Way

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Lauren Elder Presents Broadway Standards: Heartbreak at the Great White Way
Broadway performer, Lauren Elder, will present a comprehensive list of beloved and lesser known Broadway standards about love and loss.


Feb
26
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Sunday Movie: APPROACHING THE UNKNOWN

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

An astronaut (Mark Strong) battles otherworldly forces and a creeping sense of insanity during the first manned mission to Mars. After being told to return to Earth, the space traveler begins to veer off course. This sci-fi thriller was written and directed by Mark Elijah Rosenberg.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Central Library in Jamaica has:

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

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Local Newspapers
Jamaica Times
Queens Chronicle
Queens Tribune

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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