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Honor Martin Luther King Jr. at Queens Library

This January and February, we hope you will join us for special events that pay tribute to the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., including poetry readings, dramatic performances, fun learning opportunities for kids, and much more.

We also have suggestions below for great books and movies about Dr. King.

All ...

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 ...

Young Adult Literacy Program: Pre-Register Now!

Are you interested in getting your High School Equivalency, but not sure where to start?

The Young Adult Literacy Program (YALP) is here to help!

This program is open to students ages 16–24, and offers four days of classes per week, as well as one day of service learning and job shadowing to help build your ...

Watch Great Films with Kanopy!

Get out your Queens Library card and sign up for Kanopy, the Library's newest on-demand video streaming service, where you can watch more than 30,000 classic movies, indie films, foreign films, and acclaimed documentaries!

You can stream films from hundreds of popular producers such as The Criterion ...

Immigration Assistance at Queens Library

Queens Library offers several resources for new Americans and prospective citizens.

Join us for citizenship classes and workshops, free legal help and financial counseling from NYCitizenship, and more.

Learn about your rights and the realities of the immigration process, and receive assitance from experienced lawyers and ...

Jan
18
6:00PM

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7:00PM

JDRF in Your Neighborhood Meet and Greet

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

We know that hearing, "Your child has type 1 diabetes," is tough and can be an isolating experience. JDRF wants to connect you with others who have been where you are right now. Connect with “veteran” families and see that you are not alone. Join us as other families share their T1D journey with much optimism and hope for your family’s future.
This program is designed for families new to the T1D community. RSVP is required, email srogers@jdrf.org or call 212-478-4314.


Jan
19
3:00PM

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5:30PM

STACKS Homework Help Program

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Homework assistance help for grades 1-8. Registration is required.


Jan
20
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Saturday Movies @ St. Albans

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Join us as we show the latest & hottest new releases.
"The Hitman's Bodyguard" ...Ryan Reynolds & Samuel L. Jackson star as an elite bodyguard and renowned hit man who are forced to work together. In order to succeed, they don't just have to avoid getting killed...they have to avoid killing each other.


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Jan
20
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Adult Coloring

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Coloring isn't just for kids anymore! Join us for a relaxing morning of coloring.


Jan
20
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Mother-Daughter Book Club: "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeline L'Engle

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him.


Jan
20
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Saturday Movies @ St. Albans: "Dark Tower"

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Join us on selected Saturdays as we show the latest & hottest new releases.


Jan
22
5:00PM

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7:30PM

Book Flicks, Book vs Movie Club

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

All are welcome to the Book Flicks, Book vs Movie club. Each month the group reads a selected title and meets to watch the movie, in order to discuss the differences and similarities. This month title is "A Passage to India" by E.M. Forster.


Jan
27
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Adult Craft Hour - Wine Glass Art

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Registration is now closed

Join us as we transform plain wine glasses into wonderful works of art! All supplies will be provided.
Preregistration is required to attend this event.


Feb
1
12:00PM

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7:00PM

Who Am I? (Display)

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

An interactive display for Black History Month, share historically important facts about 17 Black Americans. Users are invited to read the information and guess to whom the facts are referring.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
3
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Paint Me a Broken Heart Poem

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Take creative license and paint a broken poem. Put the words into a picture.


Feb
9
4:00PM

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5:15PM

NY Aquarium Programs

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

An educational program offering fun and an engaging experience. Come in and enjoy the fun at the St. Albans Library. Call (718) 528-8196 for more information.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
10
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Adult Coloring

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Join us on selected Saturday mornings for a relaxing time of coloring and meeting new friends.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
10
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Saturday Movie at St. Albans

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

In "Fences", Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) makes his living as a sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh. Maxson once dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player, but was deemed too old when the major leagues began admitting black athletes. Bitter over his missed opportunity, Troy created further tension in his family when he squashes his son's (Jovan Adepo) chance to meet a college football recruiter.


Feb
12
5:15PM

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7:30PM

Broken Heart Week Movie: "The Shack"

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant, "The Shack" wrestles with the timeless question, "Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?"
For all Broken Heart Week programs, visit http://queenslib.org/BHW18


Feb
15
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Big Read with St. John's University - Adult Book Club

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Join us as we partner with St. John's University in this Big Read Event. We will be reading "Citizen : An American Lyric" by Claudine Rankine. She wrote a collection of short pieces and poetry about racism and its effect on an individual. This is Claudia Rankine's long-awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book "Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric".


Feb
17
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Mother-Daughter Book Club

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

This month we will be reading "No Ordinary Sound" by Denise Lewis Patrick. Melody has been chosen to sing a solo at her church, but when tragedy strikes in Birmingham, she's left at a loss.


Feb
17
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Saturday Movie at St. Albans

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

In "Selma", The Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, but discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr (Davis Oyeloeo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march.


Feb
24
2:00PM

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3:45PM

Book Flicks Book vs Movie Club

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Each month the group reads a selected title then meets to watch the movie and discuss the differences and similarities. This month title is "The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley.


Apr
9
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Learning to Let Go: How End Of Life Doulas Help Their Loved Ones Say Goodbye

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

End of life doulas provide emotional support and comfort to patients and their loved ones who are in the final phase of life. The focus of this program is on planning for death and it will help patients who lack family or adequate caregiver support to die comfortably and without fear of being alone.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The St. Albans Community Library has:

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

  • 11 public computers
  • Free Internet Access
  • Microsoft Office Software
  • Limited free printing.Please contact the library for more details.

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International Language Collections at the St. Albans Community Library include:

  • French
  • Haitian Creole
  • Spanish

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the St. Albans Community Library include:

  • African American fiction and non-fiction
  • Caribbean fiction and non-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
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
Jamaica NAACP Linden Day Care
189-26 Linden Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 978-0400
Montessori Progressive Learning Center, Inc.
195-05 Linden Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 723-3967
Quick Start
118-46 Riverton Street
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 978-0800
fax: (718) 527-7930
True Deliverance Christian Pre-School
188-15 Turin Drive
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 978-0601
  

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

Community Organizations & Services
NAACP-Jamaica Branch
189-26 Linden Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 723-3653
Parent Leadership Institute, Alumni Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 120310
St. Albans NY , 11412-0310
phone: (718) 276-4263
fax: (718) 723-4993
St. Albans Civic Improvement Association
P.O. Box 120561
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (646) 373-6087
fax:

Fire Department
Engine 317 Ladder 165 Battalion 54
117-11 196th Street
St. Albans NY , 11412
  

Local Hospitals
Queens Hospital Center
82-68 164th Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-3000
  

Local Newspapers
Queens Chronicle - East Queens Edition
Press of Southeast Queens

Parks and Playgrounds
St. Albans Memorial Park
Merrick Boulevard, 173 Place, Sayers Avenue
Roy Wilkins -- Southen Queens Park
Baisley & Merrick Boulevards, 115Avenue
Locust Manor Playground (PS 15)
192 Street, S/S 121 Avenue
Nautilus Playground
Merrick & Baisley Boulevards, 120 Avenue
  

Police Department
113th Precinct
167-02 Baisley Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11434
phone: (718) 712-7733
  

Post Office
Archie Spigner Post Office
195-04 Linden Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (800) 275-8777 (718) 528-5026
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Allen Christian School (K-8)
171-10 Linden Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 657-1676
fax: (718) 291-7751
True Deliverance Christian School (K-5)
188-15 Turin Drive
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 978-0601
 

Public Elementary Schools
P.S. 15 Jackie Robinson School (K-5)
121-15 Lucas Street
Springfield Gardens NY , 11413
phone: (718) 525-1670
fax: (718) 723-7613
P.S. 36 The St. Albans School (K-5)
187-01 Foch Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 528-1862
fax: (718) 723-6928
Riverton Street Charter School (K-3)
118-34 Riverton Street
St. Albans NY, 11412
phone: (866) 642-3676
PS 118 Lorraine Hansberry School
190-20 109 Road
St. Albans NY, 11412
phone: (718) 465-5538
  

Elected Officials

History

The colonial history of St. Albans is rather vague in as much as it wasn’t until about 1899 that it received its present name. A committee of residents selected the name St. Albans for the railroad station after the English village of the same name in Hertfordshire, England. It is known that it was an early farming community owned by the families of Nicolas Everitt, Benjamin Carpenter, and Everett Remsen.

The St. Albans Golf Club opened in 1919 along Merrick, Linden, and Baisley Boulevards. Addisleigh Park, a beautiful residential section was developed overlooking the golf course in 1926.

The post-war boom period, which followed 1920, unprecedented expansion in real estate was responsible for bringing in most of the residents who poured into the area. The creation of the government financing agency for home building in the 1930’s caused another spurt in real estate activity. The sale of the 100-acre St. Albans Golf Club to a building organization in the 1930s for a housing development did not materialize. The U.S. government acquired the property and the Department of Defense built the St. Albans Naval Hospital. The buildings and grounds are an architectural asset to the community. When the hospital closed in 1974, the Veterans Administration converted the facility into an extended care center. Fifty-three acres were given to the City of New York in 1977 which developed the Roy Wilkins Park.

During the 1940s, the population became more ethnically diverse as Lena Horne, Count Basie, Fats Waller, Roy Campanella, and other prominent African-Americans moved into Addisleigh Park. By the early 1970s, St. Albans was considered an African American community; during the 1980s, immigrants from the Caribbean, Africa, and the United Kingdom settled in the community.

Seyfried, Vincent, “St. Albans” The Encyclopedia of New York City, Yale University Press, 1995:1032-1033.

The Library in St. Albans has a unique history. Then, as now, community involvement has factored into the design and delivery of library services to the residents of St. Albans. On July 16th, 1918, the St. Albans Library was established as a small library called a village collection utilizing the services of volunteers. The Ladies Society and Red Cross workers spearheaded the project. The lending collection was housed in a small room in the Ladies Social Club building on Baisley Boulevard near Farmers Boulevard. Books were given out each week on Wednesdays.

The Library was taken over by Queens Borough Public Library in 1920 and also became a station collection the same year. The club house building was sold and the volunteer librarian relocated. The Library faced closure. The Mother’s Club of P.S. 36 came to the rescue. A small bunkhouse which looked like a “lunch wagon” was purchased and made into an attractive library. It was a small building on wheels. The use of a lot on a street very near the railroad station was donated by the owner. The building opened in January 1922. The wagon was used at this site for several years, until development in the area necessitated the moving of the wagon to a new location on Everitt Place where the lot was rent free.

In July 1931, the Library moved to a storefront at 187-10 Linden Boulevard and became a full-fledged branch.

On February 5, 1947, the library received a certificate of registration from the Board of Regents of the State of New York.

The building of the present site, 191-05 Linden Boulevard was erected in 1968. This facility was designed by an African-American architect, Frank Thompson. The city owned building was dedicated on March 10th, 1969.

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.