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Inspiring Women in Science

This Women’s History Month, Queens Library is excited to explore the impact of women scientists on fields as far ranging as astronomy, chemistry, biology, physics, and so many more.

Inspiring Women in Science invites you to play Bingo at our libraries to discover fifty amazing women in science, and to participate in a ...

Public Budget Hearing April 11

Queens Library is preparing its operating budget for Fiscal Year 2020. The public is invited to find out what the Library’s funding priorities are and to provide input to the Library.

The Library’s public budget hearing will take place on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 6 p.m. at Queens Central Library, ...

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 ...

We’re More Alike Than Different

Sabina Khan’s inspiration for her new novel The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali was when her 17-year-old daughter came out.

“She spoke often of other teens at her school who came from conservative families and were unable to come out to them. Some didn’t feel safe anywhere and were hurting,” Khan ...

Free Tax Help at Queens Library!

It’s that time of year again!

If you need help figuring out and filing your ‪tax return‬, come to Queens Library for free tax-preparation assistance if you are a low-income older adult, or earn $66,000 or less a year.

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and Urban Upbound are ...

Our New JBA Brochures

Every month, Queens Library’s Job & Business Academy (JBA) provides our customers with the technology training, small business help, and job-search assistance they need to succeed—all for free.

Now, it’s easier than ever to find out which classes are being offered. Just check the listings in our monthly ...

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, ...

Mar
19
10:15AM

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11:45AM

Introduction to PowerPoint

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

Learn how to create and edit slides, insert clip art, apply designs, work with views, and run a slide show. We will also cover how to save, print, and open presentations. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.

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

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Mar
20
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Toddler Time

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Children ages 1-2, accompanied by a caregiver, will enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes.

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

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Mar
20
10:30AM

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11:15AM

Bilingual Birdies Presents Movin' to Mandarin

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Bilingual Birdies presents Movin' to Mandarin for preschoolers and their parents/caregivers. Please call the library to register at 718-591-4343.

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

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Mar
20
11:00AM

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11:30AM

Explore Play

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Children ages 1-2 and their caregivers can enjoy an exploration play session after our Toddler Time program on Wednesday and Friday mornings.

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

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Mar
20
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Mahjong Club

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

The Pomonok Mahjong Club, which meets every Wednesday afternoon, is a great place to meet people, engage in conversation, and exercise your ability to strategize.

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

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Mar
20
3:30PM

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4:00PM

Tell Me a Story

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Children ages 3-8 and their caregivers can enjoy interactive picture book storytelling and rhymes!

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

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Mar
22
11:30AM

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12:00PM

Baby and Me

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Babies (ages birth up to 1 year) and their caregivers will enjoy a lap-sit program consisting of stories, songs, and rhymes.

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

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Mar
23
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Preschool Fun

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Children ages 3-6 will play with age-appropriate games and make an occasional craft.

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

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Mar
23
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Friends of Pomonok Library Present Roz Brown's "Divas of Soul Experience"

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

In honor of Women’s History Month, Roz Brown’s “Divas of Soul Experience” will take you on an exciting hourlong musical journey paying homage to some of music's extraordinary soul divas such as Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Patti LaBelle, and Gladys Knight. Presented by Friends of Pomonok Library.


Mar
25
3:30PM

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4:00PM

Relay

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Join us for some fun and games as we practice listening skills and teamwork for ages 6-12.

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

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Mar
27
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Book Discussion Group

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

We meet once a month to read and discuss a great book.
12/19/18: "The Alice Network" by Kate Quinn
1/30/19: "Saints for All Occasions" by J. Courtney Sullivan
2/27/19: "The Clockmaker's Daughter" by Kate Morton
3/27/19: "The Fallen Architect" by Charles Belfoure
4/24/19: "The Rain Watcher" by Tatiana De Rosnay
5/29/19: "A Place for Us" by Fatima Farheen Mirza

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

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Mar
28
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Women's History Month: "Alice's World" Film Screening & Discussion

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Stuart Hersh screens his documentary on Alice Austen, one of America's first female photographers. Presented by Friends of Pomonok Library.


Apr
6
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Friends of Pomonok Present: Noni Rene

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Noni Rene brings a unique blend of rock and soul to her performance. Hear elements of various genres in her original songs from the rock break-up anthem "Get Out of Here" to the laid-back groove of "Unavailable" and the up-tempo, feel good jam "Good Vibes."


Apr
9
10:15AM

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11:45AM

Introduction to Computers

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

Do you want to become comfortable using computers? Learn the basics at our computer workshops!
Space is limited. Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
12
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Family Movie

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Come join us for our family movie for children and their caregivers!


Apr
15
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Children's Museum of the Arts: Culture Craft

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

As part of our Culture Pass program, we will be welcoming the Children's Museum of the Arts for a fun culture craft!


May
21
10:15AM

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11:45AM

Introduction to Excel

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

Learn the basics of this spreadsheet program. Space is limited; preregistration is required.


May
24
12:00PM

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2:00PM

HIAS Meeting

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Meet with representatives from the refugee resettlement agency HIAS for a refugee health promotion workshop series for their Afghan clients in Queens.

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

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Jun
1
2:30PM

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3:45PM

Friends of Pomonok: Cody Childs & The Ladies of Soul

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Cody Childs & The Ladies of Soul will perform a tribute to the songs of the 1960s titled ‘Shades of Soul: Music of the 60s.' The performance will spotlight the songs of the 1960s made famous by such groups/artists as Jackie Wilson, Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, Wilson Pickett, The Supremes, The Impressions, Joe Cocker, Otis Redding, Ben E. King, The Young Rascals, Eddie Floyd, and others.


Jun
15
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Friends of Pomonok Library Present LA Blacksmith & Jazz Plus

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

The Friends of the Pomonok Library present LA Blacksmith and his group Jazz Plus as they play the hits of Motown featuring the music of superstars like the Temptations, Smokey Robinson, the Commodores, Billy Preston, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5, Gladys Knight, The Marvelettes, Mary Wells, The Shirelles, and Ashford & Simpson.


Jun
20
4:30PM

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6:00PM

Friends of Pomonok Library Present Erik's Reptile Adventure

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Educator and author Erik the Reptile Guy will introduce you to reptiles, amphibians, and bugs from around the world, and share these amazing creatures with you. The program features 10-12 animals including snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs, and bugs! All programs include activity sheets for the children to enjoy.


Jun
27
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Summer Lunch

Location: Pomonok
Registration: Not required

Join us Mondays through Fridays from 1-2pm for free summer lunches for children ages 0-18. Meals are first-come, first-served; space is limited.

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 Pomonok Community Library has:

  • Seven public computers for adults
  • Four public computers for children
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office Software

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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International Language Collections at the Pomonok Community Library include:

  • Bengali
  • Chinese
  • French
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

 

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

  • Black Experience
  • Cook Books

 


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

Child Care / Preschools
All My Children Day Care Inc.
169-07 Jewel Avenue
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718)658-1563
Utopia Residence for Girls
162-19 76 Ave.
Flushing NY , 11366
International Nursery and Kindergarten
156-07 Horace Harding Expressway
Flushing NY , 11367
phone: (718)353-0932
Mini Nursery
65-76 162 St.
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718)969-1097
Montessori Activity School
57-32 164 St.
Flushing NY , 11365
Second Housing Nursery
161-55 Jewel Ave.
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718)969-0021

Community Board
Community Board District # 8
197-15 Hillside Avenue
Hollis NY , 11367
phone: (718)380-8921
  

Community Organizations & Services
Pomonok Residents Association
155-26 Jewel Avenue
Flushing NY , 11367
phone: (718)380-8921
Pomonok Community Center
67-09 Kissena Blvd
Flushing NY , 11367
phone: (718)380-9341
Pomonok Neighborhood Center
67-09 Kissena Blvd
Flushing NY , 11367
phone: (718)591-6060
Queens Child Guidance Center
71-50 Parsons Blvd
Kew Garden Hills NY , 11365
phone: (718)591-6750
  

Fire Department
Engine 315/Ladder 125
159-06 Union Turnpike
Fresh Meadows NY , 11366
  

Local Hospitals
NYQH OB/GN Ambulatory Care Center
163-03 Horace Harding Expressway
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
Queens Hospital Center
82-68 164 Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718)883-2350
 

Local Newspapers
Flushing Times
41-02 Bell Blvd
Bayside NY , 11361
phone: 718-260-4545
Queens Courier
38-15 Bell Blvd
Bayside NY , 11361
phone: (718)224-5863
Queens Tribune
174-15 Horace Harding Expwy
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718)357-7400

Parks and Playgrounds
Electchester Houses Playground
164 Street South of 65th Avenue
Frederick B Judge Memorial Playground
111 Avenue, 134 & 135 St, Lincoln St.
PS 200 Playground
164 Street between Jewel & 71 Avenues
Pomonok
158-05 71 Avenue
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Police Department
107th Precinct
71-01 Parsons Blvd
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718)969-5100
Housing Police Service Area #9
155-09 Jewel Avenue
Pomonok NY , 11367
Patrol Borough Command-Queens South
71-01 Parsons Blvd
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718)969-8602

Private / Parochial Schools
Herbert G. Birch School (K-12)
71-64 168 St.
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718)591-8100
Solomon Schechter (K-8)
76-16 Parsons Blvd
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718) 591-9800
 

Public Elementary Schools
PS 154 (K-6)
75-02 162 Street
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718)591-1500
PS 163 (K-6)
159-01 59 Avenue
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718)353-2514
PS 200 (K-6)
70-10 164 Street
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718)969-7780
PS 201 (K-6)
65-11 155 Street
Flushing NY , 11367
phone: (718) 359-0620
  

Public High Schools
Townsend Harris HS
149-11 Melbourne Avenue
Flushing NY , 11367
phone: (718)575-5580
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
JHS 168 (7-9)
158-40 76 Rd
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718) 591-9000
The Queens School of Inquiry (6-12)
158-40 76 Rd
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718) 935-3373
 

Senior Centers
Pomonok Senior Center
67-09 Kissena Blvd
Flushing NY , 11367
phone: (718) 591-3377
BFFY Alzheimer's Adult Day Care Program
157-16 65 Avenue
Flushing NY , 11367
phone: (718) 358-3567
 

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Rory Lancman
RLancman@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 78-40 164th Street
Hillcrest NY , 11366
phone: (718) 217-4969
fax: (347) 561-6116
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1773
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-6956
fax: (212) 676-0471
NYS Assembly
Hon. Daniel Rosenthal
RosenthalD@nyassembly.gov
District Office Address 159-06 71st Avenue
Flushing NY, 11365
phone: (718) 969-1508
fax: (718) 969-8326
Albany Office LOB, Room 431
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4404
fax: (518) 455-5408
NYS Senate
Hon. Toby Ann Stavisky
Stavisky@nysenate.gov
District Office 142-29 37th Avenue, Suite 1
Flushing NY, 11354
phone: (718) 445-0004
fax: (718) 445-8398
Albany Office Room 706, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-3461
fax: (518) 426-6857
US Congress
Hon. Grace Meng

District Office Address 40-13 159th Street, Suite A
Flushing NY, 11358
phone: (718) 445-7860
fax: (718) 445-7868
Legislative Office 1317 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-2601
fax: (202) 225-1589
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

The Pomonok buildings were erected on the grounds that used to be the Pomonok Country Golf Club, lying between Flushing and Jamaica. These buildings were part of the City’s tax free apartment development . The first 22 tenants were veterans who lived in barrack-like temporary veterans houses in Juniper Valley, Rego Park and Northern Boulevard, Queens. They moved into the two three-story walk-up apartments at 69-21 and 69-29 Kissena Boulevard with their families between September 17 and 18 1951. Later on, 13 more three-story walk-ups and 22 seven-story elevator apartment houses were added to the community.

Built for middle income families, the eligibility requirement to live in the community included a screening-checking for male head of family and no criminal history. The original tenants of the Pomonok Housing were 88% white and 12% of various heritages. Soon after the community was built other developments such as Electchester Houses and Campus Hall, Public Schools 200 and 201 and the Electhester Shopping Center were erected.

After moving in the new tenants formed the Pomonok Tenants Council to represent them. The Council helped to set up the first summer day camp for the children. They also organized the community center which ran diverse programs for all ages. Among the programs were Children’s Play Center, Friday night dances for teenagers, make-up posture grooming classes were held for young girls and adults had classes in ceramics, leather craft and jewelry making.

The name Pomonok derives from the American Indian name meaning “ The Land of Tribute. The Queens Borough Public Library opened its Pomonok Branch on June 17, 1952. The library was located at 67-09 Kissena Boulevard, directly across from Queens College. The Branch opened with about 9000 items including 3800 juvenile books and some popular magazines. By June 1953 the collection had increased to 13,000. The hours of service were: Mondays and Thursdays 2pm to 9 pm; Tuesdays and Fridays from 2pm to 5.30pm; Wednesdays from 10am to 5.30pm and Saturdays from 9am to 12pm.

On December 14 1964, the Pomonok branch was moved to the main floor of a new six-story building on 158-21 Jewel Avenue. This space which was 31/2 times larger than the old site was rented by the city on a long-term lease. This time the Branch had about 42,000 items in its collection. The fully air-conditioned library had a “a floating mezzanine”, a glass enclosed children’s room and a separate multipurpose room for programs. An electric book lift was added to the facility to connect the ground floor to the mezzanine. The new service hours were 12pm to 9pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 10am to 5.30pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Approximately 3000 people from the community attended the opening of the new branch.

The Pomonok Community Library is still at 158-21 Jewel avenue, and boasts of over 100,000 items including videos, dvds, music cds and several foreign language materials. The Pomonok Community Library is constantly diversifying to meet the needs of the community.

In 1980 it was announced that the city would turn over the project to the federal housing program. This sparked off a series of rallies and protest from the residents to keep the lower income families out. The fear at the time was that the neighborhood would change for the worst (crimes, drugs pregnancy out of wedlock were among the concerns cited). The opposition was supported by the Community Board 8 who believed that the Housing Authority and not the federal government should continue to manage the development.

Today the Community of Pomonok is heavily diversified with people from all walks of life.

Special Services

Queens Library HealthLink

 

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately one of two American men and one of three American women will have some type of cancer at some point during their lifetime. Queens Library HealthLink seeks to increase access to cancer screening and cancer treatment among medically underserved communities in Queens. Queens Library HealthLink is a partnership between Queens Library, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Queens Cancer Center of Queens Hospital and the American Cancer Society.