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Honor Martin Luther King Jr. at Queens Library

This year marks the 90th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We hope you will join us for our special events that pay tribute to his life and legacy.

We also have suggestions for great books and movies about Dr. King.

All Queens Library locations will be closed on Monday, January 21 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. ...

Our Celebration of Kindness

Queens Library celebrated the kindness that fills our communities with our It’s Time for Kind campaign during this past holiday season.

“Kindness can change the world,” President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott said at a kickoff event for our campaign.

Learn all about the programs and events we held across ...

New Year Nutrition Tips!

The New Year is a great opportunity to create new habits and start eating right.

Maria Biondi, RDN, CDN, and Wellbeing Coach for NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, has some tips for a nutritious diet and a healthy year ahead.

“As folks look towards the New Year, many of them want a ...

Queens Library Magazine

The new issue of Queens Library Magazine is out now!

Queens Library Magazine combines great library-themed feature stories and two months' worth of information about our free programs, services, and special events, and it's available at your neighborhood library or ...

Young Adult Literacy Program: Pre-Register Now!

Are you interested in getting your High School Equivalency, but not sure where to start?

The Young Adult Literacy Program (YALP) is here to help!

This program is open to students ages 16–24, and offers four days of classes per week, as well as one day of service learning and job shadowing to help build your ...

What We Bring: Immigrant Art On View at Central Library

Join us for a new art exhibit at Central Library in Jamaica from January 7 to March 2 that honors the artistic talents and cultural contributions of new immigrants.

What We Bring: New Immigrant Gifts adds to the national dialogue on immigration. Focusing on the cultural contributions of immigrants who came to the U.S. in the ...

Free Job Readiness Training

Queens Library's Job & Business Academy and the Consortium for Worker Education have partnered to provide a free Job Readiness and Computer Training program for the unemployed or underemployed.

This 7-week training program is a comprehensive series of workshops that offers entry-level to ...

Discover Your City With Culture Pass!

Start planning your winter adventures! NYC’s libraries are making it easier for you to explore local museums, public gardens, and other cultural attractions for FREE with your friends and family!

Queens Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and the New York Public Library are excited to announce Culture Pass, ...

QI 2018: Celebrate Queens Artists in the Library

Queens International 2018: Volumes (QI 2018) opened at the Queens Museum in October, and on Saturday, November 10, for the first time ever, the Queens International will extend offsite, with art installations in three Queens Library branches: Lefrak City, Flushing, and Central Library in Jamaica.

Since it ...

Jan
18
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Mother Goose Time

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

Bring your baby ages 6-18 months to this fun storytime program. You and your little one will hear stories, sing songs, and play, all while enhancing early literacy skills!

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

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Jan
19
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Prenatal Group

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

These four sessions will provide education and support for pregnant people. Come to connect with other pregnant people and to learn, share, and support one another. Feel free to bring a support person if you would like. Classes are free and there will be giveaways. Facilitator: Melissa Maldonado, MPH, Childbirth Educator, Certified Health Education Specialist, Certified Lactation Counselor.

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

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Jan
22
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Knitting and Crochet Club

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

Learn to Crochet: Eight-Week Mini Series
Welcome to Lefferts Library Knitting and Crochet Club!
Have you ever wanted to learn how to crochet? This is a beginner class for anyone interested in learning how to crochet. Gather and socialize with others who share your interest and perhaps gain a few tips and tricks as you work your own creations! All materials will be provided but feel free to bring your own.

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

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Jan
24
4:00PM

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5:30PM

DJ 101 with DJ Gully From Radio 103.9 FM

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

Learn how to DJ for the next big event! Join professional mixer DJ Gully from radio station WBLS as he teaches How to DJ 101. You will learn basic skills that will get you started on your next DJ gig! Learn how to cut, scratch, and blend songs. Learn how to use DJ software and equipment. Learn DJ tricks from one of the top DJs in the business. This is a two-part hands-on course to get you started.

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

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Feb
8
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Let's Move!

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

Let's Move! Come join the program inspired by former First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign. In the United States, childhood obesity rates have tripled. The “Let’s Move!” initiative aims to reduce obesity and prolong life for Americans. Come learn about the “Let’s Move!” program, the benefits of physical activity for heart health, and much more.


Feb
25
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migration - History of Soca

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

Davin McLeod traces the history of soca, both the music and dance, back to the "nature" cultures and traditions around the world. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Feb
27
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations - Recreate Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series Panel

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

More than 75 years ago, Jacob Lawrence created The Migration Series, an epic narrative that through an ambitious 60-panel series portrays the Great Migration, the flight of over a million African Americans from the rural South to the industrial North. Lawrence's work continues to have powerful echoes. Come learn about this monumental work and get inspired by it, recreating the panel that you admire the most. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Lefferts Community Library has:

  • 9 public computers
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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International Language Collections at the Lefferts Community Library include:

  • Bengali
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Malayalam
  • Punjabi
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Lefferts Community Library include:

  • Graphic Novels
  • Caribbean collection
  • New York Times on microfilm

 


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
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
A to Z Learning Center
123-21 Jamaica Avenue
Richmond Hill NY , 11418
phone: (718) 805-4400
Happy Day Nursery
104-25 Jamaica Ave
Richmond Hill NY , 11418
phone: (718) 847-0223
Nareesa’s Day Care
104-30 116th Street
Richmond Hill NY , 11419
phone: (718) 835-6721
Playmates Nursery Inc.
131-15 Liberty Avenue
Richmond Hill NY , 11419
phone: (718) 659-0474
fax: (718) 529-6690
Talented Little Children Pre-School
104-18 134th Street
Richmond Hill NY , 11419
phone: (718) 658-6380
Wonder World
107-42 117th Street
Richmond Hill NY , 11419
phone: (718) 835-9660
fax: (718) 925-9061

Community Board
Community Board District #10
115-01 Lefferts Boulevard
South Ozone Park NY , 11420
phone: 718) 843-4488
  

Community Organizations & Services
Kew Gardens Civic Association
105 82nd Street
Kew Gardens NY , 11415
NHS (Neighborhood Housing Services) of Richmond Hill
115-02 Jamaica Avenue
Richmond Hill NY , 11418
phone: (718) 441-3063
Richmond Hill Block Association
110-08 Jamaica Avenue
Richmond Hill NY , 11418
phone: (718) 849-3759
South Queens Boys & Girls Club
110-04 Atlantic Avenue
Richmond Hill NY , 11419
phone: (718) 441-6050
 

Fire Department
Engine 308
107-12 Lefferts Boulevard
South Richmond Hil NY , 11419
  

Local Hospitals
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
8900 Van Wyck Expressway
Queens NY , 11418
phone: 718) 206-6000
  

Local Newspapers
Caribbean Life
The Forum South
Neighborhood News
Queens Tribune
Senior News
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Smokey Oval
125th Street and Atlantic Avenue
NY ,
  

Police Department
106th Precinct
103-53 101st Street
Ozone Park NY , 11417
phone: (718) 845-2211
  

Post Office
South Richmond Hill Post Office
117-04 101st Avenue
South Richmond Hill NY , 11419
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
St. Benedict Joseph Labre (PK-8)
94-25 117th Street
Richmond Hill NY , 11419
phone: (718) 441-6674
St. Teresa of Avila (K-8)
109-55 128th Street
South Ozone Park NY , 11420
phone: (718) 641-1316
Our Lady of Perpetual Help School (PK-8)
111-10 115th Street
South Ozone Park NY , 11424
phone: (718) 843-4184

Public Elementary Schools
PS 055 Maure (PK-6)
131-10 97th Avenue
Richmond Hill NY , 11419
phone: (718) 849-3845
fax: (718) 847-5473
PS 062 Chester Park (K-5)
97-25 108th Street
Richmond Hill NY , 11419
phone: (718) 849-0992
fax: (718) 850-5521
PS 100 Glen Morris School (K-5)
111-11 118th Street
South Ozone Park NY , 11420
phone: (718) 843-8390
PS 108 Capt. Vincent G. Fowler (K-5)
108-10 109th Avenue
South Ozone Park NY , 11420
phone: (718) 641-4956
PS 121 (K-6)
126-10 109th Avenue
South Ozone Park NY , 11420
phone: (718) 738-5126
fax: (718) 843-5584
PS 161 Arthur Ashe School (K-6)
101-33 124th Street
Jamaica NY , 11419
phone: (718) 441-5493
fax: (718) 441-6202

Public High Schools
John Adams High School (9-12)
101-01 Rockaway Boulevard
Ozone Park NY , 11417
phone: (718) 322-0500
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Adrienne E. Adams
AAdams@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 165-90 Baisley Boulevard, Suite 5
Jamaica NY, 11434
phone: 718-206-2068
fax:
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1877
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-6850
fax: (212) 442-2729
NYS Assembly
Hon. David I. Weprin
weprind@nyassembly.gov
District Office 185-06 Union Turnpike
Fresh Meadows NY, 11366
phone: (718) 454-3027
fax: (718) 454-3178
Albany Office LOB, Room 526
Albany NY , 12248
phone: (518) 455-5806
fax: (518) 455-5977
NYS Senate
Hon. James Sanders, Jr.
Sanders@nysenate.gov
District Office Address 142-01 Rockaway Boulevard
South Ozone Park NY , 11436
phone: (718) 523-3069
fax: (718) 523-3670
Albany Office Room 508, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY , 12247
phone: 518-455-3531
fax: 518-426-0529
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

Lefferts is in the South Richmond Hill area of Queens where the first settlers were the Rockaway Indians. Its modern history can be traced back to 1869 when Mr. Albon Man, a New York Lawyer, purchased the Lefferts farm. He then bought Welling Farm from the Indians for a bag of shells. He continued to buy the adjacent area and called his whole land Richmond Hill. With Edward Richmond and other assistants’ help, Mr. Man and his son Alrick built streets and lined them with Elm and Cedar trees. The main avenue was later named Lefferts Boulevard.

Today the Lefferts community is composed of mostly Guyanese and Asian Indians, African Americans, Hispanics, and other ethnic groups.

Lefferts Community Library, actually named the Lefferts Reference Center, opened to the public on September 3, 1975. Since then, in the Richmond Hill area, the Lefferts Reference Center has been providing service as the regional branch for its immediate community and a higher level of reference and resource service between the local branch and Central library.

On May 31, 1978, the Lefferts Reference Center initiated the computerized library circulation system, the first of its kind in New York City. The computerized system checked out the books, now with attaching barcodes, to the customers’ library cards. This technology greatly helped the library staff to issue items and accept returns, and offered the customers information about the items, fines, and other information on their cards.

In 2003, The Lefferts Reference Center again pioneered the use of new circulation technology. That spring, when the branch was renovated, new self check machines were installed. Customers can now check out books, music CDs, videotapes, and DVDs by using the machines themselves, which changed the function of the Circulation desk into the Customer Service desk.