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In the Mood For Love? Here Are Some Great Romantic Reads!

Valentine's Day is here, and we asked our staff members to share some of their favorite tales of romance!

We hope you enjoy this diverse list, filled with classics and contemporary titles, all of which you can find at Queens Library!

Have a happy and romantic ...

This Weekend at Queens Library

This weekend, join us at Queens Library for events celebrating Valentine's Day and African American History Month (including the 31st Annual Langston Hughes Celebration), as well as arts-and-crafts programs, adult coloring, family science, yoga for kids, great concerts, movies, magic shows, and much more! We hope to see you ...

Discovery Day Engineering Fair!

Please join us on Wednesday, February 17 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Children's Library Discovery Center in the Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica, for a chance for kids to learn about science, technology, and engineering — and have fun at the same ...

Upcoming Concerts to Mark on Your Calendar!

Our Culture Connection program has several upcoming concerts this February and March! Enjoy performances by singer and songwriter Charles Duke, jazz trumpet virtuoso Shareef Clayton, and more!

Click here for dates and free tickets. 

Our New Music For February!

Looking for new music? Look no further than your local Queens Library!

Every month, our expert staff will bring you the best of what's new in our physical and digital collections.

This month features music from David Bowie, Babyface, Hank Williams Jr., Tamar Braxton, Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap, G-Eazy, Young ...

Free Universal Pre-K at Ravenswood!

Registration is now open for Universal Pre-K at Ravenswood UPK in Long Island City!

FREE Queens Library Universal Pre-K offers:

  • outstanding pre-K education from 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • free nutritious lunches and snacks
  • warm, friendly, highly-qualified staff
  • the best learning ...

Get Free Help With Your Taxes!

Do you need help with your ‪tax return‬?

Queens Library, in cooperation with the New York State Tax Department, is offering free tax-preparation assistance at participating libraries from January to April!

If your income was under $62,000 in 2015, you qualify to e-file your taxes at no cost. Volunteers ...

Free Digital Music!

Get free digital music on your own computer and/or device!

Freegal Music is a downloadable music and streaming service that gives patrons access to over 7 million songs in more than 100 genres in MP3 format, and 12,000 music videos, including Sony Music's catalog of artists. The collection is comprised of music from over ...

Borrow eBooks and Audiobooks!

Borrow eBooks and Audiobooks for free!  Queens Library offers a variety of methods to access digital books and articles in any language for all age groups. eBooks can be used on a variety of devices such as PCs, laptops, and supported PDAs.

Axis 360 delivers digital Audiobooks and eBooks for library users in ...

Feb
17
11:30AM

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5:30PM

Free E-File Tax Assistance for Qualified Tax Payers

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Queens Library, in cooperation with the New York State Tax Department, is offering free tax-preparation assistance at participating libraries from January to April. If your income did not exceed $62,000 in 2015, you qualify to e-file at no cost. Volunteers will be available that speak English. To learn more about the free e-file program, visit www.tax.ny.gov. For a listing of participating Queens Community Libraries, visit www.queenslibrary.org/events.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
17
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Homework Help

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Teen volunteers are available to help children in grades K-6 with their school assignments.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
18
12:00PM

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2:00PM

Learn to Play Bridge

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Learn to play bridge! It will keep you mentally fit, make you new friends, and add to your card-playing enjoyment.

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

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Feb
18
2:30PM

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3:15PM

The Great Migration: The Paintings of Jacob Lawrence

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us for an intergenerational discussion about the era in American history known as the Great Migration. "The Migration Series," a collection of paintings by Jacob Lawrence, will be our visual guide to the experiences of 6 million African-Americans on their journey to and resettlement in the North. Families and older adults are encouraged to attend.


Feb
20
12:00PM

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2:00PM

Homework Help

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Teen volunteers are available to help children in grades K-6 with their school assignments.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
20
3:00PM

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4:00PM

The "Fats" Waller Story

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Music made great by jazz pianist "Fats" Waller takes center stage in this program about his life and career.


Feb
22
2:30PM

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3:45PM

The Underground Railroad

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Richard Hourahan of Queens Historical Society will talk about the Underground Railroad in Manhattan and Queens and some of the early African-American churches in Queens.


Feb
23
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Snack and Chat

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Children and teens can bring and consume their own snacks and drinks in the Meeting Room before tackling their homework. Sorry, but hot food is not permitted.

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

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Feb
26
3:30PM

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4:00PM

Songs of the Civil Rights Movement

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

All children are invited to listen to the powerful words and beautiful music of protest songs from the Civil Rights Movement. We'll read the lyrics, explore their meanings and maybe sing too! Registration not required.


Mar
3
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Beginners' Microsoft Word

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 3 openings

Using self-paced learning software, participants will learn how to create, open, modify and save documents and work with Microsoft Word’s other basic functions. Preregistration is required for all 3 sessions.

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

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Mar
5
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Make Your Path to Prosperity: Practical Strategies to Achieve Your Goals

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Elease A. Wiggins is an adjunct professor of sociology at LaGuardia Community College, self-published author, entrepreneur, and life coach who works with single mothers and women transitioning off public assistance. In this workshop, based on her book "A Farewell to Welfare," she will guide participants in deciding how to turn their education, personal experiences, and natural gifts into the foundation of a new, financially successful life.


Mar
5
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Pathway to U.S Citizenship: Becoming a U.S. Citizen and Building Your Civic Knowledge

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Are you ready to become a U.S. citizen? Sessions are in English and include a workshop and basic civics education. 3 /5-Are you ready to be a U.S. citizen?/Introduction to American history; 3/12-Required documents and more/Introduction to American government and politics; 3/19-Common barriers to naturalization/American culture and geography; 3/26-Naturalization interview and beyond/Review of 100 questions.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
8
1:00PM

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5:00PM

Food Assistance Outreach Event

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Find out if you qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as Food Stamps, and get help applying.


Apr
7
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Beginners' Refresher Knitting Workshop for Adults

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

Madelyn Rich teaches participants with little or no experience how to knit. Yarn will be provided. Participants must bring their own 9-inch No. 7 straight knitting needles, a measuring tape or rule, and a tapestry needle. Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
16
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Poetry Reading with Chester R. Phillips

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Queens resident Chester R. Phillips reads and discusses his poetry.


Apr
18
4:00PM

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5:30PM

DJ School 101

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

This 2-session workshop taught by an instructor who is also an industry professional will cover everything an aspiring DJ needs to learn to advance his or her craft, from equipment setup and basic DJing techniques, to running a live performance and creating accessible video content.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
23
2:00PM

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3:30PM

DJ School 101

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

This 2-session workshop taught by an instructor who is also an industry professional will cover everything an aspiring DJ needs to learn to advance his or her craft, from equipment setup and basic DJing techniques, to running a live performance and creating accessible video content.

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

Additional Dates


May
6
2:30PM

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3:45PM

Triboro: A Concert

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Triboro hails from the boroughs of New York, but looks to other places and times for inspiration. Twelve years after their first CD, they are still going strong, bringing three-part harmonies to a wide range of songs ranging from gospel, Hawaiiana, traditional folk and old-time to bluegrass. TRIBORO has released a CD, *Harmony x 3*.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Rochdale Village Community Library has:

  • 4 public computers in Adult room
  • 4 public computers in Children room
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the Rochdale Village Community Library include:

  • French
  • Haitain Creole

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Rochdale Village Community Library include:

  • Black Experience
  • Cook Books
  • Audio Books
  • College Admission Books
  • Civil Service Test Books
  • Large Print Books

 


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
Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
CCS Montessori Center
165-21 Baisley Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-9538
D’s Sunshine DC Pre-School
121-07 Sutphin Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 659-3855
First Star Day Care Learning Center
145-88 Guy R Brewer Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-3363
Herbert Birch Early Childhood
145-02 Farmers Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 527-5220
Holy Unit7 Dare Care
167-10 137th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-3794
Myrtle Pl Jarmon E.C.E. Center
116-55 Guy Brewer Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-0922
New World Education Center
137-37 Farmers Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 52808751
Rochdale Village Kinder Garden
170-10 130th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 723-2224
Rochdale Village Kinder Nursery School
170-20 130th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 723-2224
Yahweh Day Care
115-13A Merrick Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 206-1922
  

Community Board
Community Board District # 12
90-28 161st Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 658-3308
fax: (718) 739-6997
  

Community Organizations & Services
Rochdale Village Civic Association
P.O. Box 340881 Rochdale Village Station
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-7588 or (718) 723-5390
fax: RochVillCivAssoc@aol.com
Rochdale Village Board
169-65 137th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-5700 ext. 336
Rochdale Village Community Center
169-65 137th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-5700 ext. 339
Girl Scouts
169-65 137th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-5700 ext. 336
Boy Scouts
169-65 137th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-5700 ext. 336
Little League (Baseball)
RVCC Defensive Drivers Class
169-65 137th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-5700 ext. 338
Sign Language Class
169-65 137th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-5700 ext. 338
Toastmasters Club
169-65 137th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-5700 ext. 338
Math Tutorial Classes
169-65 137th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-5700 ext. 338
  

Fire Department
Engine 275/Ladder 133
111-36 Merrick Blvd.
Engine 311/Ladder 158
145-50 Springfield Blvd
 

Local Hospitals
Queens Hospital Center
82-68 164th Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-3000
South Queens Community Health Center
114-02 Guy R Brewer Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: 718) 883-5262
Friendship Center Clinic
145-06 Farmers Blvd.
Jamaica NY , phone: (718) 657-6648
HIP Center
169-59 137th Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 525-5600
  

Local Newspapers
Rochdale Village Bulletin
Southeast Queens Press
Jamaica Times
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Baisley Pond Park
N Conduit Ave Baisley Boulevard
Rochdale Park
Guy Brewer Boulevard, 134 Avenue
Roy Wilkins - Southern Queens Park
Baisley and Merrick Boulevard, 115 Avenue
North Rochdale Playground (PS 30)
Baisley Blvd and Bedell Street
Jamaica NY , 11434
South Rochdale Playground (PS 80)
173 Street, 137 Avenue, 134 Road
Jamaica NY , 11434
 

Police Department
113 Precinct
167-02 Baisley Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 712-7733
  

Post Office
Rochdale Village Post Office
165-100 Baisley Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (800)275-8777
fax: (718) 978-2765
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Allen Christian School
171-10 Linden Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 657-1676
Gil-Blu Nursery-Kinder Garden (PreK-K)
120-02 Merrick Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 723-8454
New World Education Center (K-2)
137-37 Farmers Blvd.
Springfield Gardens NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-8751

Public Elementary Schools
PS 030
126-10 Bedell Street
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-8785
fax: (718) 949-0029
PS 052
178-37 146 Terrace
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-2238
fax: (718) 276-2854
PS 080 Thurgood Marshall Magnet
171-05 137 Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-7070
fax: (718) 949-0963
PS 223 Lyndon B Johnson
125-20 Sutphin Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 322-9012
fax: (718) 925-9020
Cynthia Jenkins School
179-37 137 Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-5399
fax: (718) 949-0887
 

Public High Schools
HS For Law Enforcement & Public Safe
116-25 Guy R Brewer Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 977-4800
fax: (718) 977-4802
August Martin HS
156-10 Baisley Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-2920
fax: (718) 276-1846
 

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
JHS 072 Catherine & Count Basie
133-25 Guy R Brewer Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 723-6200
fax: (718) 527-1675
  

Senior Centers
JSPOA Friendship Nutrition Center
145-06 Farmers Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 657-6660
Rochdale Village Senior Center
169-65 137 Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 276-5700
Robert Couche Senior Citizens' Center
137-57 Farmers Blvd.
Springfield Gardens NY , 11434
phone: (718) 978-8352

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Ruben Wills
Ruben.Wills@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 95-26 Sutphin Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 206-2068
fax: (718) 206-2748
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1877
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-6850
fax: (212) 442-2729
NYS Assembly
Hon. Vivian E. Cook
CookV@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 142-15 Rockaway Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11436
phone: (718) 322-3975
fax: (718) 322-4085
Albany Office LOB, Room 939
Albany NY , 12248
phone: (518) 455-4203
fax: (518) 455-3606
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

For more than fifty-five years the air in a comparatively quiet but progressively decaying area of Queens just outside Jamaica, reverberated to the thunder of horse’s hooves as they beat around an elliptical course known as the Jamaica Race Track. Then progress in the form of a population-explosion out stripped the facilities of the Jamaica track, and on August 1, 1959 the last race was run at Jamaica. The possibilities of erecting a large housing development on the 170 acre site of the Jamaica track was the vision of Robert Moses, the then Chairman of the Slum Clearance Committee and City Construction Coordinator. The Jamaica Race Track was demolished in 1960 to make way for the complex, which was built for $ 86 million as a middle income cooperative.

Since Rochdale Village was to be the largest single cooperative housing community ever to be undertaken at that time, considerable thought was given to endowing it with an appropriate name. Because it was expected that the development would set a precedent for establishment of future “cooperative villages” around the country, the name most fitting seemed to be that of the little English village of Rochdale which gave birth to the Cooperative movement in 1844. This lead to the Rochdale Principles of Cooperation. Thus did Rochdale Village derive its name.

The architect’s concept for Rochdale Village was an attractive community covering 122 city blocks, that would provide the residents with the park-like setting and facilities of suburbia within the limits of the urban Jamaica area.

Rochdale Village in southeast Queens opened in 1963 ( pop. over 25,000), lying within South Jamaica and bounded to the north by Baisley Boulevard and Bedell Street, to the east by Bedell Street, to the south by 137th Avenue, and to the west by Guy R. Brewer Boulevard. When the village first opened in 1963 it was the largest private housing complex in the world (later surpassed by Co-op City). The population was at first heavily Jewish but became mostly black in the early 1970s.

Rochdale Village is composed of 20 buildings, each with 3 sections, 13 floors. In addition, there are two shopping malls with parking lots, 11 cooperator parking lots (3,200 spaces) and a community center. This complex has its own power plant, its own post office, police precinct, 3 schools and is surrounded by other stores on Guy R.Brewer Boulevard.

Rochdale Village library was built to serve the Rochdale Village-Springfield Gardens area . The library was planned for the north side of 137th Avenue and the west side of 173th Street. In 1965, Mayor Robert Wagner approved preliminary plans for the proposed library branch. The nearest libraries are the South Jamaica branch and the Baisley Park branch. The library was dedicated on April 21, 1969 and invited then mayor John Lindsay, Municipal Service Administrator John G. Duba, Borough President Sidney Leviss, and trustees of the Queens library board. The Rochdale Village library is the 55th branch of the Queens system.

In 1985, the Rochdale Village branch opened its new Adult Learning Center to serve adults who wanted to improve their basic reading skills. Now it has been expanded to a full-fledged center, with computer-assisted instruction and a full range of instructional materials both for learners and teachers of Adult Basic Education.

Excerpts from: Rochdale Village: A New Concept In Community Living United Housing Foundation. 1967

Book: The Encyclopedia of New York City edited by Kenneth T. Jackson

Queens Borough Public Library News July-August 1969.

Rochdale Village Bulletin December, 2004