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Library Rocks Craft!

Get rockin' this summer with our weekly Library Rocks craft! No registration required, but if you wanna get rocked make sure you get here before space runs out!

Jul 23 @ 4:00 PM, Jul 30 @ 4:00 PM, Aug 13 @ 4:00 PM

Summer Film Fest

Enjoy a family movie! Every week we will have a different film for everyone to enjoy in our auditorium. No registration is required, but seating will be limited so don't miss out.

Jul 25 @ 10:00 AM, Aug 1 @ 10:00 AM, Aug 8 @ 10:00 AM, Aug 15 @ 10:00 AM

Timeless Tales

Summer's here, and the time's right...for Timeless Tales! Children ages 3-5 and their caregiver are invited to enjoy stories, songs, and all sorts of fun. Registration begins on June 27th so don't miss out!

Jul 25 @ 10:30 AM, Aug 1 @ 10:30 AM, Aug 8 @ 10:30 AM, Aug 15 @ 10:30 AM

Soundation

Children ages 6-12, come and learn how to create your own music using web-based software. Create your own tracks and even work on them from home if you like! You own email address is not required, but recommended. No registration is required, but space is limited!

Jul 25 @ 4:00 PM, Aug 1 @ 4:00 PM

Liquid Sky: Sci-Fi, Fashion, Passion, and Punk

This independent sci-fi cult classic stars American actress Anne Carlisle, co-writer of its screenplay, in a dual role as Margaret and Jimmy. Invisible aliens overtake Margaret’s body after landing on the rooftop of the aspiring fashion model’s downtown Manhattan apartment. This program will include a film viewing followed by a Q&A ...

Jul 25 @ 6:00 PM

Creative Writing Workshop

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 world building to character development. Space is limited. ...

Jul 26 @ 4:00 PM

Teen Graphic Novel and Anime Club

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 didn't.

Jul 27 @ 4:00 PM, Aug 3 @ 4:00 PM, Aug 10 @ 4:00 PM, Aug 17 @ 4:00 PM, Aug 24 @ 4:00 PM

Harry Potter Birthday Bash

Teens, your Hogwarts acceptance letter has finally arrived! Come celebrate the boy who lived at the library for our Harry Potter Birthday Bash! We will have an assortment of activities, including make your own Butterbeer and wand crafting! Hogwarts robes are encouraged, but not required.

Jul 31 @ 12:00 PM

Underwater Watercolors

The New York Aquarium returns with another program for children to dive right into: Underwater Watercolors for children up to age 12. Families are welcome too.

Jul 31 @ 2:00 PM

Creative Writing Workshop

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 world building to character development. Space is limited. ...

Aug 2 @ 4:00 PM, Aug 9 @ 4:00 PM, Aug 16 @ 4:00 PM, Aug 23 @ 4:00 PM, Aug 30 @ 4:00 PM

Jul
21
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Dr. Caterwaul's Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Based in New Haven, CT, Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps plays music from around the world and uses it as a launching pad for improvisations that never lose their sense of groove—whether it’s Colombian cumbias, Ethiopian jazz, Romanian horas, Argentinian tangos, traditional music from the United States, original songs by accordionist and singer Adam Matlock—or music from the Simpsons.


Jul
23
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 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


Jul
23
10:00AM

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12:00PM

MS Excel: Formulas and Functions

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is now closed

Make Excel do math for you! Learn how to use basic formulas and functions in Microsoft Excel. Call 718-990-8625 to register.


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Jul
23
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Sewing Club: Kimono Style Jacket

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.

Come and sew your own kimono style light jacket. This program is for intermediate sewers and adults only. You must know how to use a sewing machine. This program is limited to 10 participants. This program starts promptly at 10AM, latecomers will not be seated. All materials will be provided.

Central LibraryMon, Jul 30, 201810:00AM - 1:00PM

Jul
23
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.

The summer session of Toddler Time is coming so don't miss out. Children 18 months to 3 years along with their caregiver are invited to enjoy stories, songs, finger plays, and more! Registration will begin on June 25th.

Central LibraryMon, Jul 30, 201810:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryMon, Aug 6, 201810:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryMon, Aug 13, 201810:30AM - 11:30AM

Jul
23
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Library Rocks Craft!

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Get rockin' this summer with our weekly Library Rocks craft! No registration required, but if you wanna get rocked make sure you get here before space runs out!

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

Additional Dates


Jul
23
6:00PM

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7:00PM

The Art of Thinking Positively

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Swami Radheswarananda, Hardik Sevak, and Serita Babulal, of Divya Jyoti Jagrati Kendra, teach meditation and how to understand and harness the mind's positive energy to attain true peace and sustaining happiness.

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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1:30PM

Council for Airport Opportunities

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Take flight into an exciting career within the aviation industry. The Council for Airport Opportunities will be available to answer questions and provide information on positions available at the airport.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
24
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Tuesday Afternoon Movie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Tuesdays in July, we will screen the following movies:

7/3: Taken 3 (2015, PG-13) Customer Request
7/10: The Terminator (1984, R) Customer Request
7/17: Almost Famous (2000, R)
7/24: The Living Daylights (1987, PG) Customer Request
7/31: Interview With the Vampire (1994, R) Customer Request

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

Additional Dates


Jul
24
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Vinny Voltage Super Science Show

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Bored this summer? That's shocking to hear! Vinny Voltage is back this summer and has some exciting stuff in store for boys and girls. Space is limited, so don't miss out!


Jul
24
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Summer Reading: Origami

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children age 6 and up are invited to join Ms. Sue to learn the ancient art of paper folding known as origami. Each week in this six-week series, children will learn a new origami that they can take home and enjoy.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
24
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Rock Star Artistry

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

Join the Teen Space for our Rock Star Artistry program where you can show off your artistic skills and make your very own canvas art! Make a silhouette of the stars, an instrument, or even your favorite performer! All young adults ages 12-19 years old are invited to attend but space is limited!


Jul
24
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Setting Up Your Business

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 4 openings

In this course, students will be guided through the fundamental elements needed to set up a business and become aware of the variety of resources available to help fund their business. The course will cover traditional and nontraditional ways of getting the money you need to get your business off the ground and successful. Learn about various loans, crowdfunding, alternative lenders, and more. Call 718-990-8625 for more information.


Jul
25
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Summer Film Fest

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Enjoy a family movie! Every week we will have a different film for everyone to enjoy in our auditorium. No registration is required, but seating will be limited so don't miss out.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
25
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Cover Letters

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 7 openings

Are you ready to apply for jobs? Does your cover letter stand out from the crowd? Make it the best possible by learning how to get started, what to include and not include, and tips for making it stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information, please call 718-990-8625.


Jul
25
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.

Summer's here, and the time's right...for Timeless Tales! Children ages 3-5 and their caregiver are invited to enjoy stories, songs, and all sorts of fun. Registration begins on June 27th so don't miss out!

Central LibraryWed, Aug 1, 201810:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryWed, Aug 8, 201810:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryWed, Aug 15, 201810:30AM - 11:30AM

Jul
25
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Summer Reading: Crafty Wednesday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Summer is such a fun time of year to roll your sleeves up and get crafty! Join us each Wednesday for a new fun-filled activity.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
25
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Soundation

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-12, come and learn how to create your own music using web-based software. Create your own tracks and even work on them from home if you like! You own email address is not required, but recommended. 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
25
5:00PM

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7:00PM

Ralph McDaniels & Video Music Box Celebrate 35 Years at Queens Library

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Ralph McDaniels & Video Music Box celebrate 35 years at Queens Library. Join the celebration of the groundbreaking show and its influential founder with a Video Music Box exhibit on display from July 25 to August 12, 2018 at Queens Central Library.


Jul
25
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Liquid Sky: Sci-Fi, Fashion, Passion, and Punk

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

This independent sci-fi cult classic stars American actress Anne Carlisle, co-writer of its screenplay, in a dual role as Margaret and Jimmy. Invisible aliens overtake Margaret’s body after landing on the rooftop of the aspiring fashion model’s downtown Manhattan apartment. This program will include a film viewing followed by a Q&A with the film's director, Slava Tsukerman, and star Anne Carlisle. To register for free tickets, visit https://liquidskymovie.eventbrite.com/?aff=listing.


Jul
26
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Mock Interviews

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

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

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

Additional Dates


Jul
26
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Classic Movie Thursday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

6/7/18-"Father of the Bride" (1950), 6/14/18-"All the Presidents Men" (1976) Customer Suggested, 7/19/18- "Life With Father" (1947) Customer Suggested, 7/26/18-"The Children's Hour" (1960) Customer Suggested


Jul
26
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Craft Time

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Boys and girls 6-12 years of age, beat the heat with our cool summer craft time program. Come and create something new and fun each week. No registration is required, but 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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5:00PM

Library Jeopardy

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The answer is: A fun way for children to show how much they know and even learn a few things while having fun. And the question is...What is Library Jeopardy? Boys and girls ages 8-12 are welcome to join us! No registration is required; however, space is limited. Program begins on July 5th and runs until August 23rd.

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

Creative Writing Workshop

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 world building to character development. Space is limited. For ages 12-19.


Jul
27
9:00AM

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12:00PM

Free DMV Permit Practice Tests

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Jul
27
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Online Job Applications

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

Online job applications have become the standard for applying to many jobs and they can be difficult to navigate if you’re not prepared. Participants will learn how to prepare information to make online applications easier; common online application sections; and how to get noticed and how to avoid rejection! For further information, please call 718-990-8625.


Jul
27
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Summer Reading: Stop Motion Friday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to join us in the Children's Library Discover Center for Stop Motion Friday. This program will take place every Friday between July 13 and August 24 from 2PM to 3PM. Children will create their own claymation characters and learn how to produce their own stop motion movie staring their clay creations. No registration is required, but space and materials are limited.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
27
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Amazing Readers' Kids Book Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 8-12 will discuss Thomas Rockwell’s "How to Eat Fried Worms" at this session of Amazing Readers. Participation will count toward the Read Down Your Fines program.


Jul
27
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Teen Graphic Novel and Anime 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 didn't.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
27
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Movie Time for Amazing Readers

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Read the book; check out the movie. The book club members between ages 7-12 will watch the movie "How to Eat Fried Worms" together after discussing the book written by Thomas Rockwell.


Jul
27
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Teen Code Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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


Jul
28
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Saturday Science Lab

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Boys and girls to age 12 are invited to join us (almost) every Saturday for a hands-on science experiment. Observe, learn, and...most importantly...DO! Families are welcome too. No registration is required so don't miss out!

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

Additional Dates


Jul
29
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Sunday Movie: Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018, PG-13)
Young hero, Thomas, embarks on a mission to find a cure to a deadly disease known as the "Flare."


Jul
30
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Spelling Bee for Kids

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

What's all the buzz about? It's the Spelling Bee! Boys and girls in grades 3 through 6 are invited to test their spelling skills and compete in an exciting friendly competition. Space will be limited so please register in person beginning July 2nd. Note: the spelling bee will take place over 4 sessions so do not register unless you are able to attend ALL of them! May the best speller win!

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

Additional Dates


Jul
31
12:00PM

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3:00PM

Harry Potter Birthday Bash

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Teens, your Hogwarts acceptance letter has finally arrived! Come celebrate the boy who lived at the library for our Harry Potter Birthday Bash! We will have an assortment of activities, including make your own Butterbeer and wand crafting! Hogwarts robes are encouraged, but not required.


Jul
31
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Underwater Watercolors

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The New York Aquarium returns with another program for children to dive right into: Underwater Watercolors for children up to age 12. Families are welcome too.


Jul
31
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Building Extraordinary Relationships

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

This class is geared toward developing 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.


Aug
1
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Resume Building

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

Make your resume the best it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn about types of resumes, how to get started, what to include and not include, and tips for making a resume stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information call 718-990-8625.


Aug
1
5:30PM

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6:30PM

Prenatal Classes: Getting Ready for your New Baby

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

You're having a baby! This can be a joyful but overwhelming time. Come learn about important topics, like bonding with your baby, how to take care of yourself while you're pregnant, your baby's development, getting ready for labor and delivery and more! Call/text Katherine at 646-841-2864 or email maternalchildhealth@shelteringarmsny.org for more information or to reserve a seat. All expectant parents are welcome.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
1
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Movie Night Wednesday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Wednesdays in August, we will screen the following films:

8/1: Proud Mary (2018, R) Customer Suggestion
8/8: Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017, R) Customer Suggestion
8/15: The Greatest Showman (2017, PG) Customer Suggestion
8/22: Lady Macbeth (2017, R) Customer Suggestion
8/29: Downsizing (2017, R) Customer Suggestion

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

Additional Dates


Aug
2
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Mock Interviews

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is now closed

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

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

Additional Dates


Aug
2
4:00PM

--to--

5:30PM

Creative Writing Workshop

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 world building to character development. Space is limited. For ages 12-19.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
2
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:
Queens Library at Rosedale
Thursday, July 12 6-8PM: "Black Panther" (2018, PG-13)
Thursday, July 26 6-8PM: "Despicable Me 3" (2017, PG)
Queens Library at Central
Thursday, August 2 6-8PM: "Black Panther" (2018, PG-13)
Queens Library at Laurelton
Thursday, August 16 6-8PM: "Coco" (2017, PG)
Thursday, August 30 6-8PM: "Black Panther" (2018, PG-13)


Aug
3
4:00PM

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5:15PM

Tie-Dye Shirts

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

Check out this totally groovy activity. Boys and girls ages 8-12 can make your very own tie-dyed T-shirt that you can take home with you. Space and supplies will be limited. Online registration will start on July 20th so don't miss this activity. You must bring your own plain white T-shirt!


Aug
4
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Introduction to Microsoft Word

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

Make your documents stand out with Microsoft Word. In this beginners' 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. Register online.
queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625.


Aug
6
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Microsoft Word Workshop

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

Build upon your basic knowledge of Microsoft Word in these workshops. Learn how to format your Word document; insert tables and charts; format bibliographies; and insert headers and footers. Register online or by calling 718-990-8625. Basic computer skills and knowledge of MS Word are required. Bringing your own USB flash drive is recommended.


Aug
6
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 must 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
6
3:00PM

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4:00PM

SAT or ACT Information Session

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Need Information about which test is right for you the SAT or the ACT? Please come to this information session, questions about the SAT and ACT will be answered.


Aug
6
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Teen Space Video Games

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

All teens ages 12-19 years old are invited to join the Teen Space staff for Video Game Mondays! Want to ball like Lebron or have a true need for speed? How about you come and show your skills on the PS4 and Xbox? Or do you like the Wii U? Well, we do too! See you there at 3PM.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
6
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Finding Your Singing Voice

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 August 6, 2018
Availability: 6 openings

The Central Library invites you to participate in our two-week program of formal vocal instruction. This program is open to adults and teens. Advance registration is required. Register once for the full series of eight classes. Registrants are expected to attend all sessions. Prior singing experience is not necessary; whether you’ve been practicing the art for years and are looking for a refresher or are just starting out, you will be welcome. We look forward to seeing you there.

Central LibraryTue, Aug 7, 20186:00PM - 7:00PM
Central LibraryWed, Aug 8, 20186:00PM - 7:00PM
Central LibraryThu, Aug 9, 20186:00PM - 7:00PM
Central LibraryMon, Aug 13, 20186:00PM - 7:00PM
Central LibraryTue, Aug 14, 20186:00PM - 7:00PM
Central LibraryWed, Aug 15, 20186:00PM - 7:00PM
Central LibraryThu, Aug 16, 20186:00PM - 7:00PM

Aug
7
2:00PM

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4:15PM

Tuesday Afternoon Movie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Tuesdays in August, we will screen the following films:

8/7: A Bigger Splash (2016, R) Customer Suggestion
8/14: The Bourne Identity (2002, PG-13) Customer Suggestion
8/21: Presumed Innocent (1990, R)
8/28: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982, PG) Customer Suggestion

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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7:30PM

Web Design using CSS

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

Style and customize your own website using CSS! You've got ideas and we want to give you the skill set to bring your ideas to life. Express your creativity and share your ideas on the world wide web. We'll train you in the basics of web design and development with hands-on practice. Register now!

Tuesdays August 7, 14, 21, 28 2018
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Central Library Cyber Center Training Room

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

Additional Dates


Aug
7
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Traditional Marketing

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

Marketing activities continue to evolve from traditional strategies to nontraditional methods that involve the Internet. Both traditional and nontraditional marketing have advantages and disadvantages. Traditional marketing activities help you become visible and attractive to your target customer and typically involve advertising, publicity, sales, merchandising, and distribution. To preregister or for more information, call 718-990-8625.


Aug
9
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Email

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

In this introductory workshop, you will learn how to create an email account, how to log on, how to navigate your email account, how to send and receive email messages, and how to attach documents. Register 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.


Aug
9
3:00PM

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4:30PM

SHSAT Information Session

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Parents, teen and tweens, questions about the SHSAT? Please come to this informative program and have all your questions answered about the SHSAT.


Aug
9
6:00PM

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7:30PM

A Summer Evening of Afro-Cuban Passion and Heat with Jazz Saxophonist Román Filiú

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

New York-based Roman Filiú has been a saxophonist, bandleader, and composer for over 20 years. Born and raised in Santiago de Cuba, he has played, recorded, and toured worldwide with a great variety of artists. Among his many collaborations, Román has played in Chucho Valdés´ Irakere (Grammy Award nominated Babalú Ayé, Grammy Award winning New Conceptions).
http://www.romanfiliumusic.com/


Aug
10
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Identifying Your Work Skills

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

In this workshop you will learn how to define and categorize job skills, identify your own job skills, understand the difference between job skills and job duties, market your job skills, and become aware of the most sought-after job skills.


Aug
11
2:30PM

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4:00PM

THE VOICE OF THE VIOLIN: Gil Morgenstern, Violin: Reiko Uchida, Piano

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Acclaimed for his artistry and technical brilliance, violinist Gil Morgenstern is devoted to expanding the traditional classical music concert experience through his Reflections Series International. He is a violinist with a long history of performing in the world’s great concert halls.
https://www.gilmorgenstern.com/


Aug
13
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Internet

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

Learn how to access and navigate the Internet. In this class, you will learn key terminology, use a web browser, and understand how to use searches and websites. Register online or by calling 718-990-8625. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop.


Aug
13
10:00AM

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12:30PM

Sewing Club - Learn How to Sew (Beginners)

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

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 seven participants. Class starts promptly and extreme latecomers will not be admitted. Register online or call 718-990-0714.


Aug
13
12:00PM

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4:00PM

SAT Practice Test

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

Free SAT practice test.


Aug
14
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Presenting with PowerPoint

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

Brush up on your public speaking skills with this PowerPoint workshop. Call 718-990-8625 to register.


Aug
14
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Social Media Marketing

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

In an advanced technological world with so many resources for socially connecting to your customers, it's hard to decide on which platform to choose and how to use it. Learn strategies to becoming successful in social media marketing for your business. Call 718-990-8625 for more information.


Aug
15
12:00PM

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3:00PM

SHSAT Practice Test

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 26 openings

Free SHSAT practice test


Aug
16
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Salary Negotiations

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

Have you been offered a new job? If so, do you know the best way to conduct salary negotiations? Before you start negotiating with a prospective employer about salaries, you need to find out how much you and the job are worth. Learn how to negotiate salaries in this workshop! Preregister at 718-990-8625.


Aug
18
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Excel: Creating Charts and Graphs

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

Learn how to create charts and graphs in Microsoft Excel. To register call 718-990-8625.


Aug
20
5:00PM

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6:30PM

SHSAT Tutoring

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 August 20, 2018
Availability: 21 openings

Free SHSAT Tutoring.

Central LibraryMon, Aug 27, 20185:00PM - 6:30PM
Central LibraryMon, Sep 10, 20185:00PM - 6:30PM
Central LibraryMon, Sep 17, 20185:00PM - 6:30PM
Central LibraryMon, Sep 24, 20185:00PM - 6:30PM
Central LibraryMon, Oct 1, 20185:00PM - 6:30PM
Central LibraryMon, Oct 15, 20185:00PM - 6:30PM

Aug
21
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Typing Class

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

School will be back before you know it (sorry kids), but that big report you have to do won't take as long! Learn typing skills and get finished quicker. It's a skill you can use forever!

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

Additional Dates


Aug
21
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Funding Your Business

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

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. For more information call 718-990-8625.


Aug
22
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Cover Letters

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

Are you ready to apply for jobs? Does your cover letter stand out from the crowd? Make it the best possible by learning how to get started, what to include and not include, and tips for making it stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information, please call 718-990-8625.


Aug
24
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Online Job Applications

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

Online job applications have become the standard for applying to many jobs and they can be difficult to navigate if you’re not prepared. Participants will learn how to prepare information to make online applications easier; common online application sections; and how to get noticed and how to avoid rejection! For further information, please call 718-990-8625.


Aug
24
3:00PM

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4:30PM

The Phantom and the Opera

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 My Fair Lady, West Side Story, Carmen, Lucia Di Lammermoor, Phantom of the Opera, and more!


Aug
27
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Mistake Free Interviewing

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

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


Aug
28
3:00PM

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5:00PM

MS Excel: Basics of Data Entry

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

Join these classes to learn how to use Excel to your advantage. Topics include basics of data entry and vary from class to class. Register online or by calling 718-990-8625. Basic computer skills and knowledge of Excel are required; bringing your own USB flash drive is recommended.


Aug
28
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Entrepreneurship Open Lab

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 an opportunity to come in and meet directly with a certified small business consultant. Ask questions and solve your challenging problems. Meetings are on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 718-990-8625 for more information.


Aug
30
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.


Aug
31
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Amazng Readers' Kids Book Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 8-12 will discuss Roald Dahl’s "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" at this session of Amazing Readers. Participation will count toward the Read Down Your Fines program.


Aug
31
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Movie Time for Amazing Readers

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Read the book; check out the movie. The book club members between ages 7-12 will watch the movie "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" together after discussing the book written by Roald Dahl.


Sep
4
10:00AM

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5:00PM

Naturalization Workshop (in English and Spanish)

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

This workshop is for legal permanent residents to fill out the N-400 application for naturalization and a full or partial fee waiver, if eligible. To register for the workshop call 718-990-0730 or go online: https://www.citizenshipworks.org/info/vieweventdetail/1623 or text Catholic Migration Services at 718-866-3687.


Sep
4
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Introduction to Coding Using JavaScript

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

Want to learn how to code, but don’t know where to start? Come join us in our four-lesson course where we will teach you how to become a programmer using JavaScript. Register now!

Tuesdays September 4, 11, 18, 25 2018
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Central Library Training Room

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

Additional Dates


Sep
8
10:30AM

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12:00PM

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 2018. The competition gives entrepreneurs a chance to strengthen their business knowledge, learn about business trends, and gain insights into starting and growing a business while also introducing them to the vast resources available to them at Queens Library. Learn more at these information sessions and watch for more news about classes starting in October.


Sep
12
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Volunteers in the Vaults: Hosted by the Archives at Queens Central Library

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Volunteers in the Vaults will be hosted by the Archives at Queens Library, housed in the Queens Central Library (89-11 Merrick Blvd). Please join us! Volunteers in the Vaults is a public, bi-monthly program for anyone interested in learning about upcoming Queens Memory events and volunteer opportunities. Attendees have the chance to discuss their ideas for Queens-related oral history projects and network with Queens Memory volunteers and staff. RSVP to digitalarchives@queenslibrary.org.


Sep
13
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Hindi Beginner Conversational Class

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.

This course introduces the basic elements of the Hindi language within a cultural contex. Emphasis is on the development of basic vocabulary related to greeting, how to introduce onself, how to express likes and dislikes, how to talk about a present action, and so on. Develop basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.
By the end of the course you will have some proficiency in basic Hindi grammar and vocabulary
and beginner level conversational skills.

Central LibraryThu, Sep 20, 20186:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryThu, Sep 27, 20186:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryThu, Oct 4, 20186:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryThu, Oct 11, 20186:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryThu, Oct 18, 20186:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryThu, Oct 25, 20186:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryThu, Nov 1, 20186:30PM - 8:00PM

Sep
28
3:00PM

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4:30PM

An Afternoon Concert with the Giannini-Pagán Duo

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Please join us for an exciting performance by the Giannini-Pagán Duo! Hear music by some of the greatest 19th century Italian composers to write music for guitar and violin, such as Mauro Giuliani and Ferdinando Carulli. The colorful and rhythmic music of Argentina and other Latin American countries will also be featured in their performance.


Oct
2
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Introduction to Coding Using Python

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

Want to learn how to code, but don’t know where to start? Come join us in our four-lesson course where we will teach you how to become a programmer using Python. Register now!

All participants MUST have knowledge in basic computer skills, such as knowing how to use the keyboard and mouse, and creating files and folders. Participants must attend all four classes.

Tuesdays October 2, 9, 16, 23 2018
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Central Library
Cyber Center Training Room

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

Additional Dates


Oct
7
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Sunday Concerts at Central: Gerardo Contino & Los Habaneros

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The explosive Los Habaneros are a force to behold on stage. Mixing musical styles from their home in Cuba with the diversity of sounds they encountered when they made New York City their home, Los Habaneros transcend traditional musical genres to create a real fusion that provokes fans into hip-shaking abandon.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Central Library in Jamaica has:

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

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Local Newspapers
Jamaica Times
Queens Chronicle
Queens Tribune

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. I. Daneek Miller
IDMiller@council.nyc.gov
District Office 172-12 Linden Boulevard
St. Albans NY, 11434
phone: (718) 776-3700
fax: (718) 487-3580
Manhattan Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1810
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-7084
fax: (212) 788-7093
NYS Assembly
Hon. Alicia Hyndman
HyndmaA@nyassembly.gov
District Office 232-06A Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica NY, 11413
phone: (718) 723-5412
fax: (718) 723-5465
Albany Office LOB, Room 820
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4451
fax: (518) 455-5522
NYS Senate
Hon. Tony Avella
Avella@nysenate.gov
District Office 38-50 Bell Boulevard, Suite C
Bayside NY, 11361
phone: (718) 357-3094
fax: (718) 357-3491
Albany Office Room 902, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2210
fax: (518) 426-6736
US Congress
Hon. Gregory W. Meeks

District Office 153-01 Jamaica Ave., Suite 204
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 725-6000
fax: (718) 725-9868
Legislative Office 2234 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20516
phone: (202) 225-3461
fax: (202) 226-4169
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Community History

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Library History

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

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

Bibliography

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

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

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

Queens Poet Laureate 2007 – 2010

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

Julio Marzan
Queens Poet Laureate

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

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