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The Whole Food Plant-Based Diet Revolution: Discussion and Film Screening

Local resident and educator Mike McGowan will discuss the connection our choices have on animal welfare, climate change, and ourselves. Join us for an illustrated presentation of the latest findings of the benefits of a vegan diet followed by a screening of the documentary "Vegucated" (2011). The film follows three meat and cheese loving New ...

Oct 19 @ 2:00 PM

Aug
21
11:30AM

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12:00PM

Summer Reading: Toddler Time in Space

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Children ages 18-36 months are welcome to join us for space-themed stories, songs, finger plays, and rhymes. Space is limited.

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

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Aug
21
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading: Space Storytime and Craft

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us Wednesdays at 2:30pm for our fun space themed storytime and craft program. Supplies are limited.

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

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Aug
21
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Mighty Story Action Time presents The Magical Castle of Now

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

This is a fast-paced, participatory storytelling performance, combining stories, song, poetry, and movement. The young audience rehearses and performs magic spells, creates pictures, and sees stories and poetry come to live. This program is for children ages 6 to 12. Space is limited.

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

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Aug
22
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading: Space Bookmark Making

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us at 2:30pm for our space-themed bookmark coloring program. We'll provide paper bookmarks, crayons, markers, and color pencils for ages 4-12.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
22
3:00PM

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3:45PM

Summer Reading: Take It With You Craft for Teens

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Teens are welcome to join the Peninsula Library to make and take the craft of the day.


Aug
23
11:00AM

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11:30AM

Baby and Me

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Babies (3-17 months) and their parents and caregivers are welcome to join us for bounces, nursery rhymes, stories, and more!

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

Additional Dates


Aug
23
11:30AM

--to--

12:00PM

Summer Reading: Super Space Storytime!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our space-themed storytime! All ages are welcome. Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
23
2:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

End of Summer Reading: Space Scavenger Hunt!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Let's celebrate the end of Summer Reading with a space-themed scavenger hunt! At the end of the program, we will hand out children's summer reading certificates.


Aug
24
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Knitting Club

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Share patterns and techniques or just have a friendly chat while working on your knitting projects!


Aug
26
11:00AM

--to--

1:00PM

Monday Midday Matinee

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for a morning movie on Mondays at 11:00 am.


Aug
26
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading: Space Poetry

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

In this fun workshop, children will create their own space-themed acrostic poems.


Aug
27
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Summer Reading: Space Movie of the Summer: "Wall-E"

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

We will be watching our space-themed movie of the summer, Wall-E. Refreshments are welcome and this movie is rated G.


Aug
28
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: Build This Weird Thing...In Space

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Your mission? To help “astronauts” build a structure in space. The catch? You can’t see them and they can’t see you.


Aug
30
3:00PM

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3:45PM

National Love People Day Activity

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Teens are welcome to join in the discussion and later activity regarding National Love People Day. This is a chance to talk about the importance of being kind and empathetic to our friends, family, neighbors, and even people we only meet briefly during our daily lives.


Sep
3
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Beginning Ballet for Kids

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us Tuesdays at 3:30pm for beginning ballet for children ages 4-7. Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
4
11:00AM

--to--

11:30AM

Toddler Time

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Children ages 18-36 months are welcome to join us for stories, songs, finger plays, and rhymes. Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
4
11:30AM

--to--

12:00PM

Toddler Time

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Children ages 18-36 months are welcome to join us for stories, songs, finger plays, and rhymes. Space is limited.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
5
3:30PM

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5:00PM

Build it Club

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Get creative with our STEAM based program for children in grades K-5.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
5
6:30PM

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7:45PM

Book Discussion

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our book discussion group! We meet at 6:30 pm on the first Thursday of the month. We will be reading the following:
7/11: Naomi Alderman, "Disobedience"
8/1: Kevin Powers, "A Shout in the Ruins"
9/5: Chloe Benjamin, "The Immortalists"
10/3: Paul Howarth, "Only Killers and Thieves"

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

Additional Dates


Sep
6
11:00AM

--to--

11:30AM

Baby and Me

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Babies (3-17 months) and their parents and caregivers are welcome to join us for bounces, nursery rhymes, stories, and more!

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

Additional Dates


Sep
6
11:30AM

--to--

12:00PM

Morning Storytime

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for our all ages storytime, Fridays at 11:30am. We will read books, sing songs, do finger plays, and more! All ages are welcome to participate.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
6
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Family Coloring Time

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us Fridays at 3:30pm for our family coloring time. Coloring sheets, crayons, markers, and color pencils will be provided. You can also bring your own. All ages are welcome. Supplies are limited.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
9
11:00AM

--to--

1:00PM

Monday Midday Matinee

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for a morning movie on Mondays at 11:00 am.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
9
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Welcome Back-to-School!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us as we introduce children and parents to educational resources and provide a tour of the library followed by a fun activity. We will have sessions on Mondays at 3:30pm. Space is limited.

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

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Sep
10
3:00PM

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3:45PM

Back-to-School: School Hacks

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Come create and share different school hacks for conquering the new school year!


Sep
10
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Roald Dahl Day

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Did you like reading "Matilda" and "James and the Giant Peach"? Join us in celebrating Roald Dahl's birthday. For ages 6-12. Space is limited.


Sep
11
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Back-to-School: Craft for Teens

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Come and make a homework organizer!


Sep
12
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Peninsula Rap

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join our discussion group to talk about all the things that are near and dear to your heart!

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

Additional Dates


Sep
18
3:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Back-to-School Movie Event

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Come and enjoy a back-to-school movie event.


Sep
19
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Young Ambassadors Program

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

The Young Ambassadors Program is an innovative education and leadership development program focused on experiential learning and community.


Sep
19
6:00PM

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7:30PM

QEDC: Business Plan Competition

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

The Queens Economic Development Corporation’s Annual Queens StartUP! Business Plan Competition begins in September 2019. The competition gives entrepreneurs a chance to strengthen their business knowledge, learn about business trends, and gain insights into starting and growing a business while also introducing them to the vast resources available to them at Queens Public Library. Learn more at these information sessions and watch for more news about classes starting in October.


Sep
24
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Back-to-School Teen STEM Activity

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Stop by and take part in our afternoon STEM activity for tweens and teens.


Sep
30
11:00AM

--to--

1:00PM

Monday Midday Matinee

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for a morning movie on Mondays at 11:00 am.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
1
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Tuesday Craft Club for Kids

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Children in Pre-K and kindergarten are invited to join us for arts and crafts on Tuesdays at 3:30pm. Supplies are limited.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
3
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Fall Bookmark Making for Kids

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us Thursdays at 4pm for our fall-themed bookmark making program. Supplies are limited. This is for ages 4-12.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
3
5:30PM

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7:00PM

Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.'s Mobile Office Hours

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. is hosting library office hours to listen to constituent/community concerns and to make his office more accessible to the public.


Oct
19
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

The Whole Food Plant-Based Diet Revolution: Discussion and Film Screening

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Local resident and educator Mike McGowan will discuss the connection our choices have on animal welfare, climate change, and ourselves. Join us for an illustrated presentation of the latest findings of the benefits of a vegan diet followed by a screening of the documentary "Vegucated" (2011). The film follows three meat and cheese loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks.


Oct
23
3:30PM

--to--

5:30PM

Spooky Scavenger Hunt!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Monsters have invaded the Peninsula Library! Catch them by completing a scavenger hunt and earn a Halloween‐themed prize. This is for children up to grade 6.


Oct
26
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Children’s Halloween Party

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join us for a fantastically spooky Halloween party. We will have fun games, bingo, a freeze dance contest, costume show, and a Halloween parade. This is for ages 4-8. Space is limited.


Oct
31
3:00PM

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4:45PM

Teen Halloween Event

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Wear your best costume and take part in fun Halloween activities.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Peninsula Community Library has:

  • 10 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 Peninsula Community Library include:

  • Spanish books and CD’s for children and adults
  • Armenian, Chinese, French, Hebrew, Polish, Romanian and Russian books for adults.

 

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

  • Large Print collection
  • Black Experience
  • Graphic Novels
  • Book/Multisets/Videos and software for Adult Basic Education
  • ESOL

 


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

Child Care / Preschools
Hammels-Arverne Day Care Center
216 Beach 87 Street
Rockaway Beach Blvd. NY , 11693
phone: (718) 474-3162
  

Community Board
Community Board District # 14
1931 Mott Avenue
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 471-7300
fax: (718) 868-2657
  

Community Organizations & Services
Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways
253 Beach 116th Street
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-1300
100th Precinct Community Council
333 Beach 90th Street
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693
phone: (718) 318-6536
Rockaway Artists Alliance
260 Beach 116 Street
Rockaway Beach NY , 11694
phone: (718) 474-0861
Rockaway Beach Civic Association
PO Box 930134
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693
phone: (718) 318-1973
Rockaway Museum
88-08 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Rockaway Beach NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-4000
Rockaway Rotary Club
PO Box 940631
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-0800
Visiting Nurse Service of New York Early Head Start Program/Early Steps Family Center
86-01 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Rockaway Beach Blvd. NY , 11693
phone: (718) 318-8040
fax: (718) 318-7699
  

Fire Department
Engine 266/Brush Fire Unit/Thawing Unit 266
92-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693
  

Local Hospitals
Peninsula Hospital Center
51-15 Beach Channel Drive
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 734-2000
fax: (771) 834-2993
  

Local Newspapers
The Wave
88-08 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693-0097
phone: (718) 634-4000
  

Police Department
100th Precinct
92-24 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693
phone: (718) 318-4200
  

Post Office
U.S. Postal Service Rockaway Beach
9014 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693-9997
phone: (800) 275-8777
fax: (718)634-5926
  

Private / Parochial Schools
St. Rose of Lima (PK-8)
154 Beach 84th Street
Rockaway Park NY , 11693
phone: (718) 474-7079
St Camillus School (K-8)
185 Beach 99th Street
Rockaway Beach NY , 11691
phone: (718) 634-5260
fax: (718) 634-8353
 

Public High Schools
Beach Channel High School
100-00 Beach Channel Drive
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-9419
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
PS 183 Dr. Richard R. Green (PK-8)
2-45 Beach 79th Street
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693
phone: (718) 634-9459
fax: (718) 634-9458
WATERSIDE SCHOOL FOR LEADERSHIP (Q318)
190 BEACH 110 STREET
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-1128
fax:
Q262 Channel View School for Research (6-12)
100-00 Beach Channel Drive
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-1970
fax: (718) 634-2896

Senior Centers
United Irish Foundation Hammel Senior Center
90-01 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693
phone: (718) 634-4047
Ocean Promenade Nursing Center
140 Beach 113th Street
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 945-6350
Park Nursing Home
128 Beach 115th Street
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 474-6400
Surfside Manor Home for Adults
9502 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Rockaway Park NY , 11693
phone: (718) 945-5500
fax: (718) 634-8925
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Eric Ulrich
EUlrich@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 93-06 101st Avenue
Ozone Park NY, 11416
phone: (718) 738-1083
fax: (718) 738-1918
Legislative Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1555
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-7069
NYS Assembly
Hon. Stacey Pheffer Amato
AmatoS@nyassembly.gov
District Office 95-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Rockaway Beach NY, 11693
phone: (718) 945-9550
fax: (718) 945-9549
Albany Office LOB, Room 827
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4292
fax: (518) 455-4723
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 711, 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 Avenue, Suite 204
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 725-6000
fax: (718) 725-9868
Legislative Office 2310 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-3461
fax: (202) 226-4169
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Rockaway Beach, located on the Rockaway Peninsula, has a rich history dating back to the early 17th century. Called Reckowacky or “the place of our own people”, by the Canarsie Indian tribe who had settled here, Rockaway was first sold to the Dutch in 1639.

The land was then sold to Captain Palmer in 1685. Richard Cornell purchased the land from Palmer two years later.

After the railroad opened in 1872, Rockaway Beach’s popularity grew as a premier beach resort, serving tourists and New York society’s elite families. Later, Rockaway Beach catered to the middle class.

Rockaway Beach was incorporated in 1897. In 1898 Rockaway Beach and the surrounding villages officially became part of Queens County. Steeplechase, the area’s first amusement park, was opened in 1901. Rockaway’s Playland opened in 1928 and remained a popular tourist spot until the 1980s.

Local areas of interest to tourists include “Whaleamena”, a Central Park Children’s Zoo whale sculpture donated to the Rockaways and located at the Beach 95th Street boardwalk entrance. The “Dough Girl” Monument, located on Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 94th Street, recognizes the efforts of women who served in the armed forces. A four block section of Rockaway Beach was officially designated as the city’s first surfer’s only beach. Today, renewed interest in the Rockaways is spurring housing development.

More information about the Rockaway Beach community is available from the following sources:

Websites

Rockaway … “place of waters bright” www.rockawave.com/common/history/history.html

Books

Old Rockaway, New York in Early Photographs by Vincent Seyfried and William Asadorian

Queens A Pictorial History by Vincent Seyfried

The Peninsula Branch of the Queens Borough Public Library opened in July of 1943 and was then known as the “Rockaway Branch”. The branch was closed from 1958 through 1959 but subsequently reopened as the result of community pressure. In 1972 the branch was moved to a newly built City of New York building and renamed as the Peninsula Branch. A fire in 1999 temporarily closed the Peninsula Branch for several months until repairs and renovations were completed.