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Monday Summer Craft

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

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

Business Plan From A To Z

How can you start a business without having a plan? A business plan is the core document in convincing readers that your enterprise has potential to be successful. This course will cover the purpose, basic structure, and process to begin building your business plan right away.

Aug 20 @ 7:00 PM

All-Star Storytime with Major-League Third Baseman Todd Frazier

Join two-time All Star and Home Run Derby champion Todd Frazier, the "Toddfather", for a special storytime. After Todd reads a selection from the Soar with Reading Vending Machine, kids will have an opportunity to ask Todd some questions and choose their own books to take home. Giveaways will be provided to all participating children, while ...

Aug 21 @ 11:00 AM

Favorites from Opera & Broadway

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

Aug 23 @ 3:00 PM

Networking

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

Aug 29 @ 10:00 AM

Summer of ‘69! A Culture Connection Musical Celebration

1969. From The Stonewall Rebellion to the Apollo 11 Moon Landing to Woodstock it will forever be remembered as one of the most transformative summers in American history. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of these epic events, join us for a concert and celebration of the music, artists, and happenings that shaped a generation at Culture ...

Sep 9 @ 6:00 PM

Creating Impactful Resumes

Make your resume the best it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn about types of resumes, how to get started, what to include and not include, and tips for making a resume stronger.

Sep 10 @ 10:00 AM

Networking

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

Sep 11 @ 10:00 AM, Oct 23 @ 10:00 AM

The JBA Small Business Voices Series: Powered By Taylor Insights (Sept.)

The Job & Business Academy is proud to offer Small Business Voices, a six-session series of evening talks and networking for current small business owners (as well as aspiring business owners) here in Queens. Attendees hear from successful small business owners, authors, and/or advocates, who deliver a practical real world message and ...

Sep 12 @ 6:00 PM, Sep 19 @ 6:00 PM, Sep 26 @ 6:00 PM

When Glamour Ruled: "Halston" - Film Screening and Director’s Talk with Frédéric Tcheng

"Halston" captures the epic sweep of the life and times of legendary fashion designer Roy Halston Frowick, the man who wanted to “dress all of America.” Acclaimed filmmaker Frédéric Tcheng (“Dior and I”) expertly weaves rare archival footage and intimate interviews with Halston’s friends, family, and collaborators including Liza Minnelli, ...

Sep 18 @ 6:00 PM

Aug
20
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Teen Emotional and Mental Health Workshop

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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


Aug
21
3:30PM

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5:00PM

Robotics Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. If you wish to register, check availability for program date August 21, 2019
Availability: 15 openings

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

Central LibraryWed, Aug 28, 20193:30PM - 5:00PM15 openings
Central LibraryWed, Sep 4, 20193:30PM - 5:00PM15 openings

Aug
22
3:30PM

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5:30PM

YA Summer STEAM Workshops

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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

Additional Program Dates/Locations
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Aug
23
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Teen Code Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Aug
26
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 26, 2019
Availability: 18 openings

Join us for free SHSAT tutoring for teens at the Central Library Teen Space.

Central LibraryMon, Sep 9, 20195:00PM - 6:30PM
Central LibraryMon, Sep 16, 20195:00PM - 6:30PM
Central LibraryMon, Sep 23, 20195:00PM - 6:30PM
Central LibraryMon, Sep 30, 20195:00PM - 6:30PM
Central LibraryMon, Oct 7, 20195:00PM - 6:30PM
Central LibraryMon, Oct 21, 20195:00PM - 6:30PM

Aug
27
4:00PM

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6:00PM

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

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

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


Sep
6
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Teen Code Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Sep
14
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Princeton Review Specialized High School Information Session

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Are you confused about the specialized high school exam? Join the Princeton Review as they go over the ins and outs of the specialized high school exam and application process.


Sep
17
4:30PM

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6:00PM

"Voices of Queens" Teen Radio Podcast Open House

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

Interested in joining the "Voices of Queens" Teen Radio Podcast held at the Central Library location? You are invited to our fall open house event! Join us for a cool introduction to our all teen-produced podcast career training program. Learn all about the program and how it works and sign-up for the 2019-2020 session on the spot!


Oct
4
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Teen Code Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Oct
13
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Open Mic for Poets and Writers

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The featured reader Gillian Cummings is the author of "The Owl Was a Baker’s Daughter," selected by John Yau as the winner of the 2018 Colorado Prize for Poetry (The Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State University, 2018) and "My Dim Aviary," winner of the 2015 Hudson Prize (Black Lawrence Press, 2016).


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Central Library in Jamaica has:

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

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Local Newspapers
Jamaica Times
Queens Chronicle
Queens Tribune

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

District Office 153-01 Jamaica Avenue, Suite 204
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 725-6000
fax: (718) 725-9868
Legislative Office 2310 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-3461
fax: (202) 226-4169
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  
NYS Senate
Hon. John Liu
Liu@nysenate.gov
District Office38-50 Bell Boulevard, Suite C
Bayside NY, 11361
phone: 718-765-6675
Albany OfficeRoom 802, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: 518-455-2210
fax: 518-426-6736

History

Community History

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Library History

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

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

Bibliography

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

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

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

Queens Poet Laureate 2007 – 2010

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

Julio Marzan
Queens Poet Laureate

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

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