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Open Mic for Poets

The featured reader Richard Alexandro was born and raised in Queens. He currently works as a peer advocate, helping people with mental health challenges to use art in their recovery. His book of poetry "Unfazed in the Teeth of a Microscope" was published in 2016.

Nov 18 @ 2:00 PM

A Classic Thanksgiving: Voice of the Violin: Gil Morgenstern, Violin/Reiko Uchida, Piano

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. A violinist with a long history of performing in the world’s great concert halls, Morgenstern’s career has taken him to international venues. ...

Nov 19 @ 6:00 PM

National Novel Writing Month Workshop

In anticipation of National Novel Writing Month, this four-session course taught by Jennifer Celestin will focus on providing writers with the tools and motivation required for creating longer fiction.

Nov 19 @ 6:30 PM, Nov 26 @ 6:30 PM, Dec 3 @ 6:30 PM

Musical Bridges across the World: A Jazz Evening with Yaacov Mayman and Valery Ponomarev

Come join Yaacov Mayman’s international band and trumpeter Valery Ponomarev as they build bridges between the music traditions of the world: from jazz adaptations of Russian, Armenian, African, and Jewish folk music to the classics of American jazz.

Nov 29 @ 6:30 PM

Sunday Concerts @ Central presents Samba New York!

Samba New York! is a world-renowned samba performance company that highlights the exhilarating music and dance of Brazil. Rooted in such styles as Carnaval samba, pagode, bossa nova, and capoeira, Samba New York! uses its unique cosmopolitan sensibility to bring samba and other traditional Brazilian art forms center stage.

Dec 2 @ 3:00 PM

It's Time for Kind: Kindness Read-Aloud

We invite children ages 18 months to 3 years to join us for a bilingual story in Bengali and English! It will be followed up with a coloring page activity. No registration is required for this activity, but space will be limited. Don't miss it! For more It’s Time for Kind programming, visit queenslib.org/itstimeforkind2018.

Dec 5 @ 10:30 AM

Facebook

Learn about the social media site that everyone is using, and how you can use it to stay in touch with loved ones, keep up with the news, and leverage your network for your job search! We will help you set up your new Facebook account and answer your questions. Basic computer knowledge, Internet skills, and a valid email account required.

Dec 6 @ 10:00 AM

With Pride For Dignity: Henry Conerway III Trio

Henry Conerway III has emerged as one of the most in demand drummers on the jazz scene in the U.S. and abroad, as evidenced by his ongoing work with such global touring artists including the iconic Freddy Cole; the stalwart Jazz at Lincoln Center trumpeter, Marcus Printup; 2015 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition Winner, ...

Dec 6 @ 6:00 PM

Gloves That Fly to the Stars: Learn about Space Suits and Space Travel

Nikolay Moiseev, co-founder of Final Frontier Design, a Brooklyn-based space suit design studio, will take you on a journey through the history of space travel and space wear. He will show samples of Russian and American space garments (think valve holes, not buttonholes!), and share stories from his over 25 years of experience designing, ...

Dec 8 @ 1:00 PM

Wild Child To Couture Style: The Shailah Edmonds Story

Ms. Edmonds will talk of her journey from a small town to the couture runways of Paris.
Copies of the book "Wild Child to Courture Style" will be available for sale and signing.

Dec 11 @ 6:30 PM

Nov
17
10:00AM

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11:30AM

Beginning a Business: Fall Series

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Day 1 Steps to starting your own business
Day 2 Business plan writing
Day 3 Marketing strategies
Day 4 Expand your business to the global market & government contracting

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

Additional Dates


Nov
17
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Intro to Email

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

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. It is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop.


Nov
17
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Jerry Drake and The Front Page Big Band

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Jerry Drake is a composer and performer of original music in the Great American Songbook and classic big band style. Jerry has a long history as a multi-instrumentalist and singer. The 12-piece concert band (called The Front Page) that accompanies Jerry is comprised of many of the best musicians in the New York area, some of whom have been with Jerry for over twenty years.


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Nov
18
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Open Mic for Poets

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The featured reader Richard Alexandro was born and raised in Queens. He currently works as a peer advocate, helping people with mental health challenges to use art in their recovery. His book of poetry "Unfazed in the Teeth of a Microscope" was published in 2016.


Nov
19
9:30AM

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2:30PM

WIOA Intensive ESOL - Mon/Tues 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us for an intensive ESOL class.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
19
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


Nov
19
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Internet

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 13 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. It is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop.


Nov
19
10:00AM

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12:30PM

Sewing Club: Sleep Pants (Intermediate)

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 pair of flannel lounge pants. This is a two-session program. You must attend both sessions. This program is for intermediate sewers and adults only. You must know how to use a sewing machine. This program is limited to 7 participants. This program starts promptly at 10AM; latecomers will not be seated. All materials will be provided.

Central LibraryMon, Nov 26, 201810:00AM - 12:30PM

Nov
19
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Time

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 November 19, 2018
Availability: 30 openings

Boys and girls 18 months to 3 years are invited to join us for Toddler Time with their caregiver for stories, songs, finger plays, and all kinds of fun. Registration will begin on November 5th. Space is limited, so don't miss out!

Central LibraryMon, Nov 26, 201810:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryMon, Dec 10, 201810:30AM - 11:30AM
Central LibraryMon, Dec 17, 201810:30AM - 11:30AM

Nov
19
3:30PM

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6:30PM

Mobile Library: It's Time for Kind Tour at Queens Family Shelters

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Experience the Bookmobile. Sign up for a free library card and Digital Q (free eMagazines). Check out books & DVDs. Play video games. Find out about programs and services. Receive a free gift while supplies last. For more It’s Time for Kind programming, visit queenslib.org/itstimeforkind2018.


Nov
19
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Turkey Origami

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

This is a fun Thanksgiving program you'll be sure to "gobble up." Come by and make your own origami turkey. It's an activity that boys and girls ages 5-12 are sure to be thankful for. No registration required, but space and supplies will be limited.


Nov
19
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Teen Space Youth Court

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Hey teens! Are you interested in finding out more about the civic opportunities for young adults in the borough of Queens? Are you looking to study or start a career in criminal justice? Maybe you would just like some experiential knowledge in the juvenile justice system. Well, we have the perfect program for you! Join the Teen Space at the Central Library in Jamaica, Queens for Teen Space Youth Court.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
19
5:00PM

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8:00PM

MS Excel Formulas & Functions

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

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


Nov
19
6:00PM

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7:30PM

A Classic Thanksgiving: 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. A violinist with a long history of performing in the world’s great concert halls, Morgenstern’s career has taken him to international venues. For free tickets, visit https://voiceoftheviolin2018.eventbrite.com/?aff=listing.


Nov
19
6:30PM

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8:00PM

National Novel Writing Month Workshop

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.

In anticipation of National Novel Writing Month, this four-session course taught by Jennifer Celestin will focus on providing writers with the tools and motivation required for creating longer fiction.

Central LibraryMon, Nov 26, 20186:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryMon, Dec 3, 20186:30PM - 8:00PM

Nov
20
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


Nov
20
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Kickoff to Kindergarten

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.

Parents and other caregivers can help young children 3-4 years old learn the skills they need to be successful in school before they start kindergarten. During eight weekly sessions, Library staff and early childhood teachers will teach parents and caregivers how to use games, book-reading and hands-on activities to help build the most important language and social skills. Materials will be provided to the participants to use them at home. Preregistration is required. Space is limited.


Nov
20
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Tuesday Afternoon Movie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Tuesdays in November, we will screen the following films:
11/6: "The Quiet American" (2002, R)
11/13: "The Verdict" (1982, PG-13) Customer Suggestion
11/20: "Home for the Holidays" (1995, PG-13)
11/27: "Carnage" (2012, R)

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

Additional Dates


Nov
20
3:30PM

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6:30PM

The "Voices of Queens" Teen Radio Podcast

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn how to create your very own radio podcasts in this free workshop program! Come along and learn how to produce fun and engaging podcast episodes. Completion of this course gives you scholarship opportunities, enhances your resume, and can even get you started on the road to a rewarding career in broadcast journalism, audio engineering, news reporting, radio presentation, and beyond. This program series is for teens ages 12 – 19 years old and preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
20
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Thanksgiving Fill Your Plate Collage

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Boys and girls ages 6-12 are welcome to join us to make a Thanksgiving collage. No registration will be required for this cornucopia of fun!


Nov
20
5:30PM

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8:00PM

Introduction to Photoshop

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

Take the first steps to becoming a digital artist. Learn how to use the industry’s leading image editing tool to create graphics and edit photos and composite works of art. We’ll train you in the basics of Photoshop and give you the skills to bring your imagination to life. Preregistration is required in person or call the Cyber Center at 718-990-0769.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
20
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Entrepreneurship Series: Setting up Your Business

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 43 openings

Make your business legal! Participants are guided through the organizational tasks needed to set up a business and begin operation. Learn about legal structures and all the information you need to register and operate legally in NYC


Nov
21
9:30AM

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11:30AM

Mistake-Free Cover Letters

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

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

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

Additional Dates


Nov
21
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Learning Center

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In this five-week program, children ages 18-38 months will learn and play with their caregivers. Each week parents will speak with a different specialist in the following categories: parenting, nutrition, speech, creative movement, and reading. Space will be limited and preregistration is required. In person sign-ups begin on October 10.


Nov
21
11:30AM

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1:00PM

Central Library Book Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Central Library Book Club meets every third Wednesday of the month. Pick up our next selection at Central Library's reference desk and join us to share your thoughts!

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

Additional Dates


Nov
21
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Tinkercad

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

TInkercad allows students to create free three-dimensional models that can be translated over to .sla files and printed out using a 3D printer. The site allows for users to save their files for free with an email or create files without one.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
21
6:00PM

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7:45PM

Movie Night Wednesday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Wednesdays in November, we will screen the following films:
11/7: "Goodbye, Christopher Robin" (2017, PG)
11/14: Special Culture Connection Program This Week
11/21: "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" (2018, PG-13)
11/28: "Solo: A Star Wars Story" (2018, PG-13) Customer Suggestion

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

Additional Dates


Nov
23
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


Nov
23
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Mother Goose

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Good old Mother Goose returns for the fall/winter session! Boys and girls from 6 months to 2 years and their caregiver are invited to join us for stories, songs, and fun. No registration is required for this program. Just bring yourselves!

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

Additional Dates


Nov
23
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. 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


Nov
25
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Sunday Movie: Spider Man: Homecoming

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Spider-Man learns the ropes of being a superhero under the tutelage of Tony Stark, all while juggling his responsibilities as high schooler Peter Parker. Eager to prove himself to Stark, Parker soon gets tangled up with a villain known as the Vulture. (2017, PG-13)


Nov
26
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to PowerPoint

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 13 openings

Create awesome presentations and slideshows with PowerPoint. Topics covered will include creating and editing slides, changing the design and colors, inserting pictures and illustrations, and presenting your slide show. Basic computer skills are required; bringing your own USB flash drive is recommended.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
26
3:00PM

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4:00PM

It's Time for Kind: The Power of Gratitude

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

It's the season for kindness and gratitude! What are you thankful for? Do you know practicing gratitude can improve your health? At this arts and craft program, we will create gratitude letters for someone special to us.


Nov
26
5:00PM

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8:00PM

Job Search Strategies

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Job searching can be an overwhelming process. Prepare yourself for success! This workshop teaches traditional and creative ways to find jobs, identify career-specific websites, and network.


Nov
26
6:00PM

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8:30PM

Everything You Can't Google About Freelance Writing

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In this workshop, presenters cover everything you can’t Google about freelancing writing, including working with editors, negotiating pay, and drafting pitches that editors read and accept.
Students will review and critique real pitches directly from editors’ inboxes, practice writing and editing their own great pitches, learn about current industry rates, and how to ask for what they are worth. Leave with a list of 100+ editors’ email addresses.


Nov
27
10:00AM

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2:00PM

Outreach: Fly Into Literacy with Queens Library!

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Fly Into Literacy with Queens Library!
On Tuesday, November 27th from 10AM until 2PM, look out for the Queens Library at the LaGuardia Airport - Terminal B Concourse C.

We will be signing people up for free library cards and Digital-Q, a free e-magazine catalog provided by the library.

Everyone who signs up for a library card or e-card will receive free gifts!


Nov
27
3:30PM

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6:30PM

The "Voices of Queens" Teen Radio Podcast

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn how to create your very own radio podcasts in this free workshop program! Come along and learn how to produce fun and engaging podcast episodes. Completion of this course gives you scholarship opportunities, enhances your resume, and can even get you started on the road to a rewarding career in broadcast journalism, audio engineering, news reporting, radio presentation, and beyond. This program series is for teens ages 12 – 19 years old and preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
27
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Laptop Time

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Ages 7-12, explore Microsoft software. Find new ways to express yourself and create your own works of art!


Nov
27
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Entrepreneurship Series: Building Extraordinary Relationships

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 49 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. Please call 718-990-8625 for additional information and to preregister.


Nov
28
9:30AM

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11:00AM

How to Navigate the Queens Library Website

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

Learn how to navigate the Queens Library website at www.queenslibrary.org. Search the catalog for books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, and more. Browse our library programs and events for all ages and a multitude of valuable services. Preregistration is required in person or call the Cyber Center at 718-990-0769.


Nov
28
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Senior Classes with ChrisFit

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

ChrisFit offers seniors an approach to fitness that we call "functional fitness." Our functional fitness classes for seniors are designed to help seniors increase strength, flexibility, stamina, and endurance. We believe this approach will help seniors be better equipped to accomplish their daily functional movements, such as reaching up and down, turning side to side, sitting and standing, walking, lifting, and stepping up and down.


Nov
28
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Learn the Russian Language at Queens Library!

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Say more than just "hello!" Delve into the foundations of the Russian language: the alphabet, the sentence structure, and the rules of pronunciation. Build your vocabulary for daily activities and food. Learn how to make a good impression and use survival language, so that if you find yourself anywhere along the Trans-Siberian Railway, you'll be just fine! Preregistration required.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
29
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Bingo for Adults

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Bingo is back for the Fall! Welcoming all adults for a fun hour of Bingo every other week at Central Library. Come for the neat new prizes, making new friends, or simply for the love of the game.


Nov
29
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Youth Leadership Council

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Make your voice heard! You’ll advocate for your community and make real change in this yearlong program. Community service credit available! Visit queenslib.org/youthcouncil18 for more information.


Nov
29
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Musical Bridges across the World: A Jazz Evening with Yaacov Mayman and Valery Ponomarev

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come join Yaacov Mayman’s international band and trumpeter Valery Ponomarev as they build bridges between the music traditions of the world: from jazz adaptations of Russian, Armenian, African, and Jewish folk music to the classics of American jazz.


Dec
1
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Breastfeeding Basics

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Are you or a friend or loved one considering breastfeeding now or in the future?  Parents, future parents, partners, family members, and friends are encouraged to attend this workshop, which will provide support, build confidence, and assist with common challenges associated with breastfeeding.  This program is delivered by a Certified Lactation Counselor from Jamaica-Southeast Queens Healthy Start. To register, please call or text Jasmin at 646-629-2413.


Dec
1
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Introduction to Microsoft Word

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


Dec
2
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Sunday Concerts @ Central presents Samba New York!

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Samba New York! is a world-renowned samba performance company that highlights the exhilarating music and dance of Brazil. Rooted in such styles as Carnaval samba, pagode, bossa nova, and capoeira, Samba New York! uses its unique cosmopolitan sensibility to bring samba and other traditional Brazilian art forms center stage.


Dec
3
10:00AM

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12:00PM

LinkedIn

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

Refresh and revive your online professional persona! In today’s world of social media, it’s more important than ever to ensure that your online profile and resume are fresh, current, and discoverable by your colleagues. Come to this LinkedIn workshop and learn how to create a professional profile that puts your best foot forward and shows off your abilities and accomplishments.

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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11:30AM

It's Time for Kind: Toddler Time

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Boys and girls 18 months to 3 years who have already registered for the November/December Toddler Time are invited to join us for this very special session. We will enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, and all kinds of fun with a special focus on kindness. If you are already registered for November/December's Toddler Time, you do not need to register again. All other participants will be on a first-come, first-served basis.


Dec
3
5:00PM

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8:00PM

Interview Preparation

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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.


Dec
3
6:00PM

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7:30PM

LITHIUM The 90's Experience Concert

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Get your grunge on with Lithium, a 90s grunge rock band featuring some of the best musicians in the tri-state area assembled in one band. Hear music from some of the best bands that made grunge into what it is with music from Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stone Temple Pilots, Jane's Addiction, and more.


Dec
4
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 films at 2pm.
12/4: "Eastern Promises" (2005, R)
12/11: "Gremlins" (1984, PG)
12/18: "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993, PG) Customer Suggestion

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

Additional Dates


Dec
4
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Typing Class

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Presenting a fun and educational program that will be...just your type! Children ages 6-12 are invited to learn how to type. This two-part class will show you how the keyboard is set up, let you practice typing, and teach you a skill you will use always! No registration is required, but space is limited. Please make sure you attend both sessions.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
4
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Introduction to PHP

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

Looking to become a software engineer? Take the first step and join us in our three-week course where we teach you the basic concepts of programming and participate in open discussions with other people learning how to code. Register now!

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

Additional Dates


Dec
4
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Entrepreneurship Series: Traditional Marketing And Social Media Marketing

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 100 openings

Still one of the most recognizable types of marketing, traditional marketing encompasses the advertisements that we see and hear every day. Determine the traditional marketing activities to make you visible and attractive to your target customer.

Social Media Marketing will provide you with the knowledge to skillfully utilize social media resources to connect to your customers. Pick up strategies to becoming successful in a variety of social media marketing strategies for your business.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
5
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
5
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Identifying Your Work Skills

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

In this competitive job market, it is vitally important to know your work skills and market those skills to potential employers during a job search. This workshop will explain the benefits of knowing your work skills and how to identify them.


Dec
5
10:30AM

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11:30AM

It's Time for Kind: Kindness Read-Aloud

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

We invite children ages 18 months to 3 years to join us for a bilingual story in Bengali and English! It will be followed up with a coloring page activity. No registration is required for this activity, but space will be limited. Don't miss it! For more It’s Time for Kind programming, visit queenslib.org/itstimeforkind2018.


Dec
5
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 films at 6pm.
12/5: "Murder on the Orient Express" (2017, PG-13) Customer Suggestion
12/12: "Black Panther" (2018, PG-13) Customer Suggestion
12/19: "Office Christmas" Party (2016, R) Customer Suggestion
12/26: "A Wrinkle in Time" (2018, PG) Customer Suggestion

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

Additional Dates


Dec
6
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Facebook

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

Learn about the social media site that everyone is using, and how you can use it to stay in touch with loved ones, keep up with the news, and leverage your network for your job search! We will help you set up your new Facebook account and answer your questions. Basic computer knowledge, Internet skills, and a valid email account required.


Dec
6
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Mock Interviews

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

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

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

Additional Dates


Dec
6
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Family Playtime

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

An exciting program for children ages birth to 5 years old. Learn and have fun at the same time. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. No registration is required, but space will be limited. Don't miss it!

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

Additional Dates


Dec
6
11:00AM

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12:30PM

It's Time for Kind: Kids' Box Challenge

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

A fun program for children ages 3 to 5 we're certain they'll kind of enjoy. Children can have fun and learn about kindness at the same time! No registration is required; however, space may be limited. Don't miss it!


Dec
6
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Classic Movie Thursday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

12/6: "Cash on Demand" (1961)
12/13: "White Christmas" (1954) Customer Suggestion
12/20: "The Man Who Came to Dinner" (1942)
12/27: "Holiday" (1938) Customer Suggestion

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

Additional Dates


Dec
6
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Youth Leadership Council

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Make your voice heard! You’ll advocate for your community and make real change in this yearlong program. Community service credit is available! Visit queenslib.org/youthcouncil18 for more information.

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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8:30PM

Introduction to Microsoft Word (in Spanish)

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 how to create a document and work with tables. Participants should have basic computer skills and must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Central Library Cyber Center reference desk beginning Thursday, November 29 at 10:00 am or call 718-990-0769.

Central LibraryThu, Dec 13, 20186:00PM - 8:30PM
Central LibraryThu, Dec 20, 20186:00PM - 8:30PM

Dec
6
6:00PM

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7:30PM

With Pride For Dignity: Henry Conerway III Trio

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Henry Conerway III has emerged as one of the most in demand drummers on the jazz scene in the U.S. and abroad, as evidenced by his ongoing work with such global touring artists including the iconic Freddy Cole; the stalwart Jazz at Lincoln Center trumpeter, Marcus Printup; 2015 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition Winner, Jazzmeia Horn; and Grammy nominated trumpeter, Russell Gunn.


Dec
7
9:30AM

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11:00AM

RB Digital

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

RB Digital is compatible with all popular listening devices, and mobile apps are available for the iPhone, Android, and Kindle Fire. RB Digital features an easy-to-use interface with streamlined navigation, fast downloads, and automatic software updates. Preregistration is required in person or call the Cyber Center at 718-990-0769.


Dec
7
11:00AM

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12:00PM

It's Time for Kind: Mother Goose

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Boys and girls age 6 months to 2 years along with a caregiver are invited to join us for a very special edition of Mother Goose. There will still be the same fun, stories, songs, and more, but with a special focus on kindness. No registration is required for this program.


Dec
7
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. 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


Dec
8
1:00PM

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2:30PM

Gloves That Fly to the Stars: Learn about Space Suits and Space Travel

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Nikolay Moiseev, co-founder of Final Frontier Design, a Brooklyn-based space suit design studio, will take you on a journey through the history of space travel and space wear. He will show samples of Russian and American space garments (think valve holes, not buttonholes!), and share stories from his over 25 years of experience designing, building, and flying space suits. This is a family program for all ages.


Dec
9
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Open Mic for Poets

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us for the open mic for poets. Our featured readers for this month are Jennifer Franklin and Michael Collins. Jennifer Franklin is the author of "No Small Gift" and "Looming." Michael Collins’ poems have received Pushcart Prize nominations and appeared in more than 70 journals and magazines. He is also the author of the chapbooks "How to Sing when People Cut off your Head and Leave it Floating in the Water" and "Harbor Mandala."


Dec
11
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Wild Child To Couture Style: The Shailah Edmonds Story

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Ms. Edmonds will talk of her journey from a small town to the couture runways of Paris.
Copies of the book "Wild Child to Courture Style" will be available for sale and signing.


Dec
11
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Entrepreneurship Series: Funding Your Business

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 99 openings

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. Call 718-990-8625 for more information.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
12
9:30AM

--to--

11:00AM

Introduction to Computers

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

Learn the basics of using computers: logging on and off, using a keyboard and mouse, opening and closing windows, and using tool bars and scroll bars. Preregistration is required by phone or in person at the Cyber Center Desk. For details, please call 718-990-0769.


Dec
12
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Creating Impactful Resumes

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

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

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

Additional Dates


Dec
14
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Bangladesh Victory Day

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Mohan Bijoy Dibosh is a glorious day in the history of Bangladesh. This is called December 16th in Bangladesh. In English, it is the victory day of Bangladesh. More than 40 years ago, to the day, Bangladesh was free from Pakistan. You could call it the birthday of Bangladesh.
No registration required; children up to age 12 are welcome.


Dec
15
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Presenting with PowerPoint

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

Brush up on your public speaking skills with this PowerPoint workshop. Call 718-661-1205 to register.


Dec
17
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Writing Resumes in Microsoft Word

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

Whether you are new to the workforce or have been a professional for years, keeping an up-to-date resume is important! In this class, you will learn layouts and formatting skills to make your resume stand out above the rest. Basic computer skills are required.


Dec
18
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Entrepreneurship Series: Entrepreneurs 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! Question and Answer Panel with experienced Industry Professionals to hear their real life struggles and successes, or address your inquiries about Entrepreneurship. This is an opportunity to come in and meet directly with Industry Professionals. Open for all..org or call 718-990-8625.


Dec
18
7:00PM

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8:00PM

Locate, Advertise, and Activate with Google Digital Marketing

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

Transform your business by creating an advantage online using Google products.
No entry without registration. You must register by December 11, 2018.


Dec
19
9:30AM

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11:30AM

Intro to Job Interviews

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.


Dec
19
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, how to 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
20
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Salary Negotiations

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

Before you start negotiating salary with a prospective employer, you need to know how much you and the job are worth. Learn how to negotiate in this workshop.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
20
6:00PM

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7:30PM

"I Hear a Symphony:" Supremes and Dreamgirls Holiday Tribute Extravaganza

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Get in the holiday spirit with Culture Connection’s Supremes and Dreamgirls inspired musical tribute with Emilie Surtees. Emilie is an independent recording artist who writes, co-produces, and performs her original music all around her native New York and abroad. She also performs tribute shows at some of New York's premiere venues.


Dec
27
12:00PM

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2:00PM

It's Time For Kind: Sewing Kindness

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

Let's make it a warm holiday season for everyone. Learn how to sew a reversible blanket; make one to give and one to keep.


Dec
27
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Kwanzaa Celebration with Atiba Kwabena-Wilson

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Musician, poet, and storyteller Atiba Kwabena-Wilson brings forth the beauty and joyousness of Kwanzaa in an uplifting program of music, dance, and celebration. To the beat of drums, you will learn the significance of Nguzo Saba, the seven life-affirming principles of Kwanzaa, and how they can guide you throughout the year. Whether you are young or old, you don't want to miss this joyous musical affirmation of heritage and culture.


Dec
30
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Sunday Movie: "Annihilation"

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Biologist Lena volunteers to lead an all-female team on an expedition into a mysterious region where evolution has taken a twisted turn. The group must uncover the area's monstrous secrets to save Lena's husband and the world. (2018, R)


Jan
3
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Bingo for Adults

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come in from the cold and join us for a fun hour of Bingo every other week at Central Library. We welcome all adults, both young and old. Come for the neat prizes, making new friends, or simply for the love of the game.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
7
10:00AM

--to--

11:30AM

Stay Well

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Jan
26
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Financing Your Education Presented by NYS Department of Financial Services

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

This program is open to families and high school students. The subjects covered include
completion of the FAFSA, grants,scholarships (including the Excelsior Scholarship and Enhanced Tuition Awards), work study, and various types of loans. Bring your friends. This information will be helpful as you pursue secondary education.


Jan
31
4:00PM

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6:00PM

NYCitizenship Information Session

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


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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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