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Indiana Jones Summer Series

Get ready for an a month of Indiana Jones madness! We will be showing all four movies: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Be prepared for some archaeological, action-ready entertainment each Wednesday.

Jul 6 @ 3:30 PM, Jul 13 @ 3:30 PM, Jul 20 @ 3:30 PM, Jul 27 @ 3:30 PM

Teen Library Scavenger Hunt

Think you know your way around the library? Come in and prove it! Let’s see who can score the most points.

Jul 8 @ 3:00 PM

Scratchboard Art Program

Tired of the coloring trend craze? Want an alternative? Try out our Scratchboard program. You will be using engraving tools on scratchboards to create beautiful and fun designs. Join us every other Monday at 4pm in the public service area.

Jul 11 @ 4:00 PM, Jul 25 @ 4:00 PM, Aug 8 @ 4:00 PM, Aug 22 @ 4:00 PM

Science Rocks!

Science Rocks! is a program where children and families will be working on amazing science experiments. Join us in our summer series!

Jul 12 @ 4:00 PM, Jul 26 @ 4:00 PM, Aug 9 @ 4:00 PM, Aug 23 @ 4:00 PM

Teen Movie: "Ghostbusters"

Who you gonna call? The new Ghostbusters movie starts tonight! See the original from 1984 (Rated PG) with us first!

Teens 12 years old & older.

Jul 15 @ 2:00 PM

Re-purpose Old Books!

Have old books you want to get rid of? Re-purpose your old books! We will have several crafts re-purposing old books into amazing book art. All ages are welcome.

Jul 15 @ 4:00 PM

Still Life Drawing in Charcoal

Use the charcoal medium to draw an arranged still life. Basic supplies will be available.

Jul 22 @ 3:30 PM, Aug 26 @ 3:30 PM

Shell Craft Series

Do you like going to beach and collecting shells? Bring them in for our Shell Craft Series! Every other Tuesday, we will have a different craft using shells. All are welcome.

Aug 2 @ 4:00 PM, Aug 16 @ 4:00 PM, Aug 30 @ 4:00 PM

Sea Creature Crafts!

Dive deep into the ocean and create Sea Creatures with us this Summer!

Aug 3 @ 4:00 PM, Aug 10 @ 4:00 PM, Aug 17 @ 4:00 PM

Summer Movie Series

At the Peninsula Library, we will be showing summer-themed movies. Here's our list for August: The Goonies (PG, 111 mins), My Girl (PG, 105 mins), Dirty Dancing (PG-13, 97 mins), and One Crazy Summer (PG, 93 mins).

Aug 4 @ 4:00 PM, Aug 11 @ 4:00 PM, Aug 25 @ 4:00 PM

Jul
5
10:30AM

--to--

1:00PM

One-on-One Computer Help

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

Come to a one-on-one computer session to brush up on anything you may have forgotten about computers.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
5
3:00PM

--to--

4:45PM

Teen Movie Tuesdays: The Summer Edition!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Get in the Game this Summer and watch some sports-themed movies with us!
June 28- "Space Jam," PG, 4-5:30 pm
July 5- "The Mighty Ducks," PG 3-4:40 pm
July 12- "42," PG-13, 3-5 pm
July 19- "The Gabby Douglas Story," NR, 3-5 pm
July 26- "Talladega Nights," PG-13, 3-4:50 pm
August 9- "Cool Runnings," PG, 3-4:30 pm
August 16- "Coach Carter," PG-13, 3-5:20 pm
August 23- "Pride," PG, 3-4:50 pm
August 30- "Miracle," PG, 3-5:15 pm

Teen 12 years old and older are invited.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
5
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Watercolors for Fun!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Join other people who enjoy painting with watercolors for fun, relaxation and creative expression. Share your work and make new friends. Bring your own paper, watercolors, and brushes. We will also provide supplies.

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

Additional Dates


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Jul
6
11:00AM

--to--

11:45AM

Toddler Time

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Children ages 18-36 months are welcome to join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and more!

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

Additional Dates


Jul
6
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

2016 Summer Reading Program for Grades 1-3: On Your Mark, Get Set...Read!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

On Your Mark, Get Set...Read! Children in grades 1-3 are invited to participate in Summer Reading. Weekly meetings will include: reading, sharing books, and fun crafts.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
6
3:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Board Games for Teens

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Checkers, Uno, Jenga oh my! We have board games here for you to play!
Teens 12 years old and older are invited to play.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
6
3:30PM

--to--

5:15PM

Indiana Jones Summer Series

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Get ready for an a month of Indiana Jones madness! We will be showing all four movies: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Be prepared for some archaeological, action-ready entertainment each Wednesday.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
7
5:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Summer Recipe Swap

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Come to our Summer Recipe Swap to share your favorite recipes with other members of the community and sample dishes prepared by the library staff. Bring your favorite recipe written on a piece of paper or index card, or write it out when you arrive.


Jul
7
5:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Video Games for Teens

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Come in to the library and play video games with us!
Teens 12 years old and older are invited.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
7
6:30PM

--to--

7:30PM

Book Discussion Group

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

We meet the first Thursday of each month at 6:30. Selections for the summer are:
6/2: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
7/7: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo
8/4: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Books can be checked out of the library prior to each meeting.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
8
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Teen Library Scavenger Hunt

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Think you know your way around the library? Come in and prove it! Let’s see who can score the most points.


Jul
11
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

2016 Summer Reading Program for Grades 4-6: On Your Mark, Get Set... Read!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

On Your Mark, Get Set ... Read! Children in grades 4-6 are invited to join for Summer Reading. Weekly sessions will include reading, crafts, and lots of other fun activities.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
11
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Scratchboard Art Program

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Tired of the coloring trend craze? Want an alternative? Try out our Scratchboard program. You will be using engraving tools on scratchboards to create beautiful and fun designs. Join us every other Monday at 4pm in the public service area.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
12
4:00PM

--to--

5:30PM

Science Rocks!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Science Rocks! is a program where children and families will be working on amazing science experiments. Join us in our summer series!

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

Additional Dates


Jul
15
2:00PM

--to--

3:45PM

Teen Movie: "Ghostbusters"

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Who you gonna call? The new Ghostbusters movie starts tonight! See the original from 1984 (Rated PG) with us first!

Teens 12 years old & older.


Jul
15
4:00PM

--to--

5:30PM

Re-purpose Old Books!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Have old books you want to get rid of? Re-purpose your old books! We will have several crafts re-purposing old books into amazing book art. All ages are welcome.


Jul
16
2:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Access to Opportunity Transportation Study in the Eastern Rockaways

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

The Department of Transportation presents workshops where community residents hear about existing conditions and suggest design improvements for the Eastern Rockaways.


Jul
18
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Get in the Poetry Game

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Calling all poets! Queens Public Library is having a poetry contest. You can enter any type of poem you want as long as it’s theme is Get in the Game and under 250 words. Come into the library to work on it here and then submit it on the website!

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

Additional Dates


Jul
22
3:30PM

--to--

5:00PM

Still Life Drawing in Charcoal

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Use the charcoal medium to draw an arranged still life. Basic supplies will be available.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
29
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Cosplay Show & Tell

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Do you like dressing up as characters from anime, manga, movies or games? Come in dressed up and show others your creativity. Tell your friends to dress up too!


Jul
30
3:30PM

--to--

4:45PM

Foot Jewelry Workshop for Adults

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 7 openings

Craft artist Melody Burns teaches participants how to transform colorful beads into jewelry for your feet. Materials will be available for up to 12 participants. Preregistration is required. Space is limited.


Aug
1
6:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Guided Meditation

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Guided meditation calms the mind and relaxes the body. Those who practice it regularly experience reduced levels of stress and increased inner peace and wellbeing.
The instructor will help you focus on relaxing your mind and making positive mental changes.


Aug
2
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Shell Craft Series

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Do you like going to beach and collecting shells? Bring them in for our Shell Craft Series! Every other Tuesday, we will have a different craft using shells. All are welcome.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
3
4:00PM

--to--

5:30PM

Sea Creature Crafts!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Dive deep into the ocean and create Sea Creatures with us this Summer!

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

Additional Dates


Aug
4
4:00PM

--to--

5:15PM

Summer Movie Series

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

At the Peninsula Library, we will be showing summer-themed movies. Here's our list for August: The Goonies (PG, 111 mins), My Girl (PG, 105 mins), Dirty Dancing (PG-13, 97 mins), and One Crazy Summer (PG, 93 mins).

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

Additional Dates


Aug
18
4:00PM

--to--

5:30PM

Summer Planting Fun!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Get your hands in the soil and start planting! We will be creating mini beach themed gardens in this program. Bring your friends and family. Materials will be provided.


Aug
19
4:00PM

--to--

5:30PM

Peninsula Mini Golf

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Have you ever tried mini golf at your library? Join us for some fun at the Peninsula Branch. Bring your family and friends. Score cards, golf clubs, and golf balls will be provided.


Sep
1
4:00PM

--to--

6:15PM

Back to School Movies!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Ready for School? Join us to watch some great movies with a school spin. Here's our line up: Kindergarten Cop (PG-13; 111mins), Back to School (PG-13; 96mins), Dead Poets Society (PG; 108mins), Back to the Future (PG; 116mins)/Back to the Future II (PG; 108 mins), and Mean Girls (PG-13; 97 mins)/Clueless (PG-13; 97 mins).

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

Additional Dates


Sep
10
12:00PM

--to--

1:00PM

ShapeUp NYC: Just Keep Moving

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Instructor Alice Ostrowsky leads this low impact aerobics class choreographed to music that aims to increase cardiovascular health while reducing the stress on joints and feet. Participants will perform exercises that will improve muscle mass and mobility and also strengthen and tone the abs.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
13
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Salt Painting Program

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

Try this fun craft project by using salt and watercolors. Supplies will be provided.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
26
6:00PM

--to--

7:30PM

Blood Pressure Screening

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

The Addabbo Family Health Center will be offering free blood pressure screenings for adults. No appointment necessary. Just stop by!


Sep
28
4:00PM

--to--

5:30PM

Book Tasting at Peninsula!

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

At the Peninsula Branch, we will be having our second Children's Book Tasting! Children will learn how to "sample" books, and decorate their favorite book character cookie. Grades K-5 are welcome to participate.


Oct
6
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Stress Management

Location: Peninsula
Registration: Not required

You don’t need to plan an expensive spa weekend in order to ease your stress. It can actually take less time than you think to discover how to begin to unwind. Come learn more!


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. Phillip Goldfeder
GoldfederP@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 95-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Rockaway Beach NY, 11693
phone: (718) 945-9550
fax: (718) 945-9549
Albany Office LOB, Room 542
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4292
fax: (518) 455-4723
US Congress
Hon. Gregory W. Meeks

District Office 153-01 Jamaica Ave., 2nd Floor
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 725-6000
fax: (718) 725-9868
Legislative Office 2234 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.