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It’s Time for Kind

It’s time for kind at the Library and beyond this holiday season.

At all Queens Library locations, you can join us for many special programs for people of all ages, starting Tuesday, November 13.

You can also donate to our canned food drive in partnership with the ...

QI 2018: Celebrate Queens Artists in the Library

Queens International 2018: Volumes (QI 2018) opened at the Queens Museum in October, and on Saturday, November 10, for the first time ever, the Queens International will extend offsite, with art installations in three Queens Library branches: Lefrak City, Flushing, and Central Library in Jamaica.

Since it ...

Ndaba Mandela’s Advice for You

Ndaba Mandela, a 35-year-old grandson of legendary South African leader Nelson Mandela, came to the Library this fall to discuss his new book about his grandfather’s lessons.

Queens Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott interviewed Ndaba before turning the microphone over to the ...

Give the Gift of Reading, Lifelong Learning & Community

Giving to the Queens Library Foundation supports programs, services, and collections for our
diverse communities across Queens.

When you give, you are helping neighbors—children, families, adults, and seniors—access free resources like our STACKS after-school program, English language and job skills classes, ...

It's National Novel Writing Month!

Every November, thousands of writers of all experience levels dedicate themselves to writing a 50,000 word manuscript between November 1 and November 30.

If you've decided to sign up for National Novel Writing Month—or NaNoWriMo, as its fans like to affectionately call it—and you need some help, don't worry; ...

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 ...

Drag Queen Story Hour At The Library!

We hope you will join us at our community libraries for Drag Queen Story Hour, a unique storytime for children ages 3-8 that raises awareness of gender diversity, promotes self-acceptance, and builds empathy through an enjoyable literary experience.

Created by Michelle Tea and RADAR Productions in San Francisco, DQSH now happens ...

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, ...

Queens Library’s Back-to-School Guide!

It’s time for kids to go back to school—and we’ve got the perfect guide to help you prepare for a successful school year!

From tips on healthy eating and sleeping to how to talk to your child about their day, our Back-to-School Guide will help smooth the transition from summer to school.

Our guide is ...

Nov
16
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Homework Help

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Stumped by a math question? Need help with your reading assignment? Drop by the Seaside Library for some homework help!

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

Additional Dates


Nov
16
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Fun Fridays for Teens

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Come join us for a fun activity every Friday!

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

Additional Dates


Nov
17
10:00AM

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5:00PM

It's Time for Kind: Kindness Board

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Throughout the It's Time for Kind season, stop by the Seaside Library and take what kindness you need and give what kindness you can on our Kindness Board!

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

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Nov
17
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Shape Up NYC: Ultimate Cardio for Adults

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

ShapeUp NYC instructor Gloria leads this total body workout that incorporates techniques such as kicks and punches that move to a rapid pace. This fitness class is designed to promote cardiovascular fitness, strength, muscular endurance, and flexibility using high energy and motivating music. Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers; bring a water bottle and towel. Space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
19
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Meditation Mondays

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Please join us for a mindful way to begin your week. We will participate in a guided meditation where you will be invited to focus on your breath and inner thoughts.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
19
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Coloring Club

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Come down to the Seaside Library and de-stress with some coloring! Open to all ages!

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

Additional Dates


Nov
19
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Chess Club

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Join us for chess club, where you can challenge your brain, make new friends, and have fun while learning critical thinking and problem-solving skills!

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

Additional Dates


Nov
20
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Jazz Appreciation Hour

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Join us for an hour-long immersive jazz listening experience!!

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

Additional Dates


Nov
20
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Origami Club

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Learn the art of paper folding at the Seaside Library!

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

Additional Dates


Nov
20
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Arts & Crafts Hour with Ms. Sophia

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Come down to the Seaside library and join us for exploratory arts and crafts hour with Ms. Sophia!

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

Additional Dates


Nov
21
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Time

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Picture books, finger plays, action rhymes, and songs for children and their caregivers. Ages 18-36 months.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
21
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Introduction To Social Media

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Is social media confusing to you? Unsure what Facebook and Instagram are? Seaside Library has all the information for you! Join us for this Introduction to Social Media class.


Nov
21
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Mobile Device & Digital Media Class

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Questions about your mobile device? Are you curious about e-books? How do you listen to an audiobook on your smartphone? Bring your Android or iOS device and learn how to use it.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
23
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Babies & Books

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

You are your child's first teacher! Enjoy our wide variety of board books, nurture preliteracy skills, meet up with other caregivers, and discover the joy of reading with your baby at the library! For infants ages 6-17 months.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
28
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Introduction to the Internet

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Does the Internet seem confusing to you? Join us at the Seaside Library for our final computer session of November and go over Internet basics!


Nov
29
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Aging Mastery: 50+ Wellness 10 Session Workshop

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

The Aging Mastery Program is a ten-session workshop. Classes are led by experts in their field. Topics: exercise, sleep, nutrition, finances, planning, relationships, medication, community engagement, & falls prevention. Preregistration is required. For customers who live in the Rockaways only. There is a screening process. Call Seaside Library at 718-634-1876 or organizer Susan Lavin at 718-368-5079. Led by National Council on Aging.

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

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Nov
29
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Seaside Library Teen Anime Club

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Teens! Come and join us Thursday afternoons for a variety of anime features, both current and classic.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
29
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Family Game Night

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Spend some quality time with your family playing old-fashioned board games! No screens, just bonding!

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

Additional Dates


Dec
1
2:00PM

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4:00PM

It's Time for Kind Movie Matinee

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Join us Saturdays at 2pm for a seasonal selection of movies we hope our adult and older adult movie fans will enjoy.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
3
1:00PM

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2:00PM

It's Time for Kind Meditation Mondays

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Please join us for a mindful way to begin your week. We will participate in a guided meditation where you will be invited to work on balancing and grounding your heart chakra.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
4
1:00PM

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2:00PM

It's Time for Kind Jazz Appreciation Hour

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Join us for a special jazz listening experience! Participants will play an empathy-building activity while listening to jazz tunes.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
5
10:30AM

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11:30AM

It's Time for Kind: Kindness Read-Aloud

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Join us for picture books, finger plays, action rhymes, and songs depicting kindness and compassion. This program is for children and their caregivers, ages 18-36 months.


Dec
5
4:00PM

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5:30PM

It's Time for Kind: Kids' Box Challenge

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Join us at the Seaside Library for the It's Time for Kind Kids' Box Challenge. Children will pick acts of kindness and perform them throughout the day. We will also discuss kindness, what it means to the children, and how we can be kind to others.


Dec
7
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Season of Light: Babies & Books

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

You are your child's first teacher! Enjoy our wide variety of board books, nurture preliteracy skills, meet up with other caregivers, and discover the joy of reading with your baby at the library! This program is for infants ages 6-17 months.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
7
4:00PM

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5:00PM

It's Time for Kind: Karaoke

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Music can uplift the spirit and boost positivity. Join us at the Seaside Library and spread kindness during our karaoke hour. Participants can choose from a variety of songs meant to inspire kindness and compassion.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
7
4:00PM

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5:00PM

It's Time for Kind: Kindness & Cooperation Games for Teens

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Come join us for fun activities such as the No-Hands Cup-Stacking Challenge, Sneak Peek and other games that promote teamwork, communication skills, patience, compassion, and creative thinking!

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

Additional Dates


Dec
12
10:30AM

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11:30AM

It's Time for Kind: Toddler Time

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

Join us for picture books, finger plays, action rhymes, and songs depicting kindness and compassion. This program is for children ages 18-36 months and their caregivers. For more It’s Time for Kind programming, visit queenslib.org/itstimeforkind2018.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
12
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Animal Science with "Erik The Reptile Guy"

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

In this Rescue and Awareness Animal Science presentation, children will meet Erik the Reptile Guy's newest rescued animals. This presentation discusses topics of the life cycles, food webs, adaptation, endangered species, and conservation of a variety of reptiles. Come meet live frogs, lizards, snakes, and more as Erik the Reptile Guy teaches respect and awareness of nature!. For children ages 6-12.


Dec
21
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Winter Solstice: Babies & Books

Location: Seaside
Registration: Not required

You are your child's first teacher! Enjoy our wide variety of board books, nurture preliteracy skills, meet up with other caregivers, and discover the joy of reading with your baby at the library! This program is for infants ages 6-17 months.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Seaside Community Library has:

  • 13 total public access computers
  • Including:
  • Five adult computers
  • Four Young adult computers
  • Four children's computers
  • Two computers with scanners
  • Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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International Language Collections at the Seaside Community Library include:

  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Spanish

 

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

  • Popular and literary fiction
  • DVDs, videos, audio books
  • Large print fiction

 


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
School
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
A Child’s Place/Joan Gallagher
141-07 Beach Channel Dr.
Belle Harbor NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-1160
Kidz Playhouse
127-10 Newport Ave
Belle Harbor NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-7270
THE ACTION CENTER,A.S.P #2 @ PS:225
190 Beach 110th St.
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 945-5218

Community Board
Queens Community Board 14
1931 Mott Ave. 1931 Mott Ave
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 471-7300
  

Community Organizations & Services
Graybeards, Ltd.
436 Beach 129 St.
Rockaway NY , 11694
Rockaway Artists Alliance, Inc.
260 Beach 116 St
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 474-0861
Rockaway Music and Arts Council, Inc.
PO Box 97
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693
phone: (718) 474-6760
Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways
253 Beach 116 St.
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-1300
  

Fire Department
Engine 268 Ladder 137
257 Beach 116 St.
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
Engine 329
402 Beach 169 St.
Fort Tilden NY , 11695
 

Local Hospitals
Peninsula Hospital Center
51-15 Beach Channel Dr.
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 734-2000
St. Johns Episcopal Hospital South Shore
327 Beach 19th St.
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 869-7000
 

Local Newspapers
The Wave
88-08 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Rockaway Beach NY , 11693
phone: (718) 634-4000
Rockaway Point News, Inc.
PO Box 164
Ft. Tilden NY , 11695
phone: (718) 634-8730
fax: editor@rpnewsonline.com
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Gateway National Recreation Center
Beach 149 St., Beach Channel Drive, beach 169st
phone: (718) 318-4300
Fort Tilden Visitor Center
Beach 169 Street
Rockaway phone: (718) 318-4300
Breezy Point Tip
Beach 222 St., Rockaway Inlet
Atlantic Ocean
Rockaway Beach & Boardwalk
Beach 73 Street to Beach 109 Street
Rockaway Beach NY , 11694
Rockaway Park /Ocean Promenade
Beach 110 Street to Beach 126 Street
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
Rockaway Beach
Beach 126 Street to Beach 149 Street
Belle Harbor NY , 11694
Seaside Playground
Beach 109-110 Streets, Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Belle Harbor NY ,
  

Police Department
100th Precinct
92-42 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Rockaway Park NY , 11693
phone: (718) 318-4200
  

Post Office
Rockaway Park Post Office
113-25 Beach Channel Drive
Rockaway Park NY , 11694-8777
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
St. Francis de Sales (Nursery-8)
219 Beach 129 St.
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-2775
Peninsula Preparatory Academy Charter School
111-11 Rockaway Beach BLVD
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone:
Yeshiva of Belle Harbor (N-5)
134-01 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Belle Harbor NY , 11694
phone: (718) 474-0045
Yeshiva Merkaz Hatorah of Belle Harbor (HS and Post HS)
505 Beach 129 Street
Belle Harbor NY , 11694
phone: (718) 474-3064
  

Public Elementary Schools
P.S. / M.S. 114 Belle Harbor (Q114)
134-01 Cronston Avenue
Rockaway Beach NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-3382
Waterside Children's Studio School (Q317)
190 Beach 110 St
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-1344
 

Public High Schools
Beach Channel High School
100-00 Beach Channel Dr.
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 945-6900
Channel View School for Research (Q262)
100-00 Beach Channel Drive
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-1970
ROCKAWAY PARK HIGH SCHOOL FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY (Q324)
100-00 BEACH CHANNEL DRIVE
Queens NY, 11694
phone: (718) 318-6170

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
WATERSIDE SCHOOL FOR LEADERSHIP (Q318)
3-20 Beach 104 St.
Rockaway Park NY , 11694
phone: (718) 634-1128
Scholars' Academy Middle/High School
320 Beach 104th Street
Rockaway Park NY, 11694
phone: (718) 474-6918
 

School
Q318 Waterside School for leadership
1 90 Beach 110 St.
Rockaway Park NY, 11694
  

Senior Centers
JASA Rockaway Park Senior Center
106-20 Shorefront PKWY
Rockaway Park NY, 11694
  

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. Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.
Addabbo@nysenate.gov
District Office 159-53 102nd Street
Howard Beach NY, 11414
phone: (718) 738-1111
fax: (718) 322-5760
Albany Office Room 613, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2322
fax: (518) 426-6875
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

The Rockaway peninsula, a barrier beach eleven miles long in southern Queens, includes the neighborhoods of Far Rockaway, Arverne, Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Park, Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, and Neponsit. The original inhabitants of the Rockaways were the Canarsie Indians. It is thought the name Rockaway is derived from “rechquarkie”, an Indian word with many spelling variants, which means “the place of our people”, or “the sand place”.

The Rockaways, along with Coney Island in Brooklyn, were long a favorite summer resort for New Yorkers, only declining in popularity after World War II. Considered a healthy place to get away from the dirt and heat of the city, people flocked to the beaches in the summer. There were once piers, pavilions by the water, grand hotels, large rooming houses, and colonies of beach cottages. Most cottages have disappeared, but some still are in use today, and in some areas there is attention to their preservation. The amusement park “Playland” opened in 1901 and enjoyed a heyday until it closed in 1986. The entire area has undergone many changes: enduring urban blight, seeing vigorous housing development, moving from being largely a resort area to a bedroom community.

In 1935, 30,000 to 36,000 people lived in Rockaway Beach. According to the U.S. Census, the largest immigrant groups were Irish, German, Russian, and Jewish. The population rose 25% between 1950 and 1959, including the addition of African-American residents. In 1998, the population of the Rockaways was almost 100,000. Today, the population of the community includes Polish, Hungarian, Hispanic, Chinese, Korean, and Arabic immigrants.

Its proximity to the mainland still draws thousands of summer visitors from the rest of the city to enjoy its beaches and sea air.

An article in the Rockaway Argus newspaper in 1930 refers to “numerous additions” to the “collection of books” at the first Seaside Branch, located at the north side of Beach Channel Drive. In her annual report for 1929, the children’s librarian refers to the many summer beachgoers coming to the library.

In April 1961, the Seaside Branch relocated as a “storefront library” on the ground floor of the Pioneer Hotel at 184 Beach 116th Street. Open House was held during National Library Week. There were 52,000 books in its collection. Harold Tucker was Chief Librarian of QBPL. That branch closed in January 1977 while construction continued on the present branch at 116-15 Rockaway Beach Blvd. The staff moved to the Peninsula Branch until the new Seaside Branch was completed and opened in 1979.

In 2010 the Seaside Library was renovated. The renovation included new furniture, interior changes, self check out, RFID technology, a Young Adult area, and more public computers

Sources:

Seyfried, Vincent and William Asadorian. Old Rockaway, New York in Early Photographs, Dover, 2000

Bellot, Alfred H. History of the Rockaways from 1685 to 1917, Bellot’s Histories, Far Rockaway, NY, c1918.

The Wave, Wave Publishing Co., Rockaway Beach, NY.

Rockaway Argus, Rockaway Beach, NY.

Annual Reports, Seaside Branch. Long Island Division, Queens Library.

Website:www.rockawave.com