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Feb
22
4:00PM

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5:30PM

NY Aquarium: Watercolors Underwater

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

STACKS presents a NY Aquarium program where art and science come together, in which students create watercolor paintings of marine wildlife and their habitats. With the story of the Bathysphere Expeditions as our inspiration, we will observe bio-facts from different species and meet an animal to fuel the art we create!


Feb
26
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Learn to Dance Soca!

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

Instructor Davin McLeod shares the history and movements of this masquerade dance, the "soul of Calypso" and "the power of movement," which is performed at the annual Caribbean Carnival. You do not need to know how to dance to participate, but you will certainly feel like a dancer when you leave!


Feb
26
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Therapy Zone Adult Coloring

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

Coloring helps us de-stress because when we focus on a particular activity, we focus on it and not on our worries. Coloring generates wellness, quietness and also stimulates brain areas related to motor skills, the senses and creativity.

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

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Mar
1
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Cancer Support Group

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

Having cancer is often one of the most stressful experiences in a person's life. However, support groups help many people cope with the emotional aspects of cancer by providing a safe place to share their feelings and challenges. This group is for cancer survivors and anyone fighting cancer.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
5
6:00PM

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7:45PM

Caribbean Equality Project Support Group

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

If you are struggling with self-acceptance as a member of the Caribbean Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer community, need help accepting a friend or relative who is a member of this community, or want to show support for a Caribbean LGBT family member or friend, this culturally-sensitive group may be for you. We will meet monthly, and all meetings will be facilitated by a licensed psychotherapist.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
7
11:00AM

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4:00PM

Don't Pay to Get Your Refund, File Taxes for Free at the Lefferts Library

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

Individuals, families or cash-earners -- with an income up to $66,000 -- are eligible to receive free tax preparation through New York City. By appointment only, call 718-478-3848.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
19
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Specialized High Schools Admissions Infomation Session

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

Specialized high schools admissions information session hosted by the NYC Department of Education. Learn about the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), find out about LaGuardia High School auditions, and speak to a NYC Department of Education representative. At the session, families can learn about the Specialized High Schools and the admissions process, and they can ask any questions they may have. Space is limited and available first-come, first-served.


Mar
22
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Slime Time with the Mad Science team!

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

Come join the STACKS program and ooze into a gooey hour of sliming around! Create slime using the Mad Science recipe, and then enter the Slime Olympics! Take home your own concoction of Mad Science Slime!


May
9
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Mental Health Matters: Stress and Self-Care

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

This Mental Matters series focuses on the benefits of self-care and how to reduce stress. When was the last time you did something just for yourself? Today is the day to get started!


May
10
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Manga workshop with Ivan Velez

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

Children ages 8-12 learn to build their own manga stories in their own manga style in this workshop taught by a professional cartoonist. Preregistration is required.


Jun
11
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Laughter at the Library

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

Special Services presents comedian Mark Brier, who shares his unique humor, including jokes, anecdotes, and impressions, in a fun-filled program.


Jun
12
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Animals Rock! with Queens Library Summer Reading

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

Summer 2018 Animals Rock!
This animal show will rock your library
with many creatures. Discover why frogs
sound like a drum, how some bugs sing &
how animals make music. Meet frogs,
bugs, a bunny, guinea pigs, reptiles, birds
& more. Everyone is encouraged to dance
our version of the Crazy Chicken Dance
with Feathers our chicken.


Jul
10
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Libraries Rock! with Nick The Balloonatic

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

Award-winning balloon artist Nick the Balloonatic has twisted balloons all over the world. The Balloonatic interacts with children ages 6-12 as he is sculpting balloons, laughing, joking, and making everyone feel special.
This program is free. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.


Aug
2
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Queens Library Rocks! with Mr. Chris's Musical Experience

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

Children will engage in a high energy and interactive show with Mr. Chris featuring music, song, and dance with an educational twist. Come kick off Summer Reading and pick out great books to read over the summer. For children 6-12. Space is limited.


Aug
23
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Face Painting with Apryl Cadabra Entertainment

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

Children will enjoy the adorable face painting of familiar children's characters with colorful designs.


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

 

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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
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.