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Friends of the Library

Welcome to FRIENDS OF ROCHDALE VILLAGE ALC

Jan
16
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Martin Luther King, Jr. Storytime

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Listen to a Martin Luther King, Jr. story and do a fun craft to celebrate MLK's 90th birthday!


Jan
17
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Spelling Bee Practice

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Practice your spelling skills in preparation for the Rochdale Village spelling bee for grades 3-8. Then consider competing in our three spelling bees in February! (grades 3/4; grades 5/6; and grades 7/8)


Jan
17
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Thursday Night Bingo

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us for a rousing game of Bingo! Come for the bragging rights, making new friends, or simply for the love of the game. This program is for teens and adults, but children over the age of eight are welcome to join if escorted by parent or guardian.

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

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Jan
18
4:00PM

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5:00PM

STEAM Friday: Toy Car Balloon Racers

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Let off a little S.T.E.A.M. on Friday! Children are welcome to participate in a S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) activity.

No registration required!


Jan
19
1:00PM

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5:00PM

Job Readiness Drop-In Hours

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Do you need help with your resume or cover letter? Not sure how to search for a job? Come to our Job Readiness Drop-In Hours for assistance on these topics and more! For further information, visit the Rochdale Village Adult Learning Center or call 718-723-7662.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
19
1:00PM

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2:00PM

President Obama's Inaugural Anniversary

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us in celebrating President Barack Obama's inauguration anniversary. We'll laugh, we'll cry, and we'll pay tribute to America's first black president.


Jan
19
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Jazzy Adult Coloring @ Rochdale Village

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Please join us for a jazzy fun-filled adult coloring session. Materials provided.


Jan
22
1:00PM

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2:30PM

Getting Technologically Savvy!

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 7 openings

Let's chat about what skills you may need to feel more technologically savvy!
Topics will include: email, searching the web, online shopping, travel booking, and other basic tech questions or concerns. Laptops and printing will be provided.


Jan
22
4:00PM

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5:00PM

How to Play Spades: Teen Edition

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Are you tired of being left out of the spades game at family gatherings? Do you wish to have someone teach you the actual rules of the game (not the rules your uncle made up on the spot)? Here's your chance! Come learn the basics of spades with us; you'll thank us later!


Jan
24
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Open Mic for Jokes for Belly Laugh Day!

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Open mic is for all performers of jokes and riddles to take the mic for two minutes. Performers will sign up with the library staff with their joke or riddle and will be called up in a random order. Spectators are also welcome. What has a million stories but cannot tell them? Find out at the open mic.


Jan
25
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Storytime

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us for toddler storytime! Children ages 18 months to 3 years with a parent/adult caregiver may join us for stories, songs, nursery rhymes, and other activities.

Registration is not required.


Jan
25
4:00PM

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5:00PM

STEAM Friday: Build a Bridge for 21 Elephants!

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Let off a little S.T.E.A.M. on Friday! Children are welcome to participate in a S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) activity!

This week we will be learning about BUILDING BRIDGES!

No registration required!


Jan
26
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Escape the Room!

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

You have an hour to escape a locked room, using only your wits! Can you do it? Come find out! This is an escape room game for teens, tweens, and families. You and up to 25 others will need to solve the clues to unlock the box.


Jan
28
1:00PM

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5:00PM

Job Readiness Drop-In Hours

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Do you need help with your resume or cover letter? Not sure how to search for a job? Come to our Job Readiness Drop-In Hours for assistance on these topics and more! For further information, visit the Rochdale Village Adult Learning Center or call 718-723-7662.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
28
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Chess Club

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Children and teens can come to learn and improve their knowledge of chess.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
28
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Adult Book Discussion

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

The last Monday of each month we're serving up hot coffee and thought-provoking conversation. Pick up a copy of this month's read at Rochdale Village Library.

January: "An American Marriage" by Tayari Jones
February: "Becoming" by Michelle Obama
March: "Delicious Foods" by James Hannaham
April: "So You Want To Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo
May: "How Long 'Til Black Future Month?" by N.K. Jemisin
June: "A More Beautiful and Terrible History" by Jeanne Theoharis


Jan
29
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Crafty Tuesday: Beaded Gecko Keychain

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us after school to create your own beaded gecko keychain.


Feb
2
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Take Your Child to the Library Day! with a Pigeon Party! Storytime

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Take Your Child to the Library Day (TYCLD) is an international initiative that encourages families everywhere to take their children to their local library. Join us for a fun-filled storytime to celebrate the birthday of Mo Willems, author and illustrator of "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus," "Knuffle Bunny," the "Elephant and Piggie" series, and more. We'll be reading some funny books, drawing some famous characters, and creating some memorable moments!


Feb
4
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations - Black History Jeopardy

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Come to our Black History jeopardy and show us what you know about black history. There will also be an added "Name That Tune" section. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19


Feb
5
1:30PM

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3:00PM

Typing Tuesday

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 7 openings

Learn to type accurately and effectively or just brush up on your typing skills, using self-paced software. Laptops and headphones provided. Registration required.


Feb
6
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Year of the Pig: Lunar New Year Puppet Show

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us as we celebrate the Lunar New Year! In honor of the year of the pig (the twelfth of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac), we will be enjoying a puppet show based on Mo Willems' Elephant and Piggie books.


Feb
7
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Let's Move!

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Let's Move! Come join the program inspired by former First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign. In the United States, childhood obesity rates have tripled. The “Let’s Move!” initiative aims to reduce obesity and prolong life for Americans. Come learn about the “Let’s Move!” program, the benefits of physical activity for heart health, and much more.


Feb
8
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Presidents' Day Storytime

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Babies and toddlers are invited to a Presidents' Day storytime and to complete a related activity. Find out which president's birthday is closest to yours!


Feb
8
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Presidents' Day Fun

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Did you know that John Adams was the first American president to live in the White House? Join us for some fun and games about our presidents!


Feb
11
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Microsoft Word for Beginners

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 7 openings

Using self-paced learning software, participants will learn how to open, create, modify, save, and edit documents, while becoming familiar with Microsoft Word’s basic functions. Laptops and headphones provided. Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
12
1:00PM

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2:30PM

Valentine's Day Glass Painting

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 6 openings

Join us for a crafty hands-on glass painting experience. All materials provided. Registration is required.


Feb
12
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Crafty Tuesday: Valentine's Day Craft

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Valentine's Day is approaching! Join us to make a hands-on craft to share with your valentine!


Feb
13
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Black History Month Bingo

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us as we celebrate Black History Month. Learn about prominent African Americans while enjoying a game of bingo and competing for fun prizes! For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19


Feb
14
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations- Documentary "Ralph Ellison: An American Journey"

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

"Ralph Ellison: An American Journey" explores the many ways one of our most important writers and thinkers grappled with the question: "What does it mean to be an American?" The film brilliantly presents the first scenes ever filmed from Ellison's landmark novel, "Invisible Man," as well as discussions of his never completed second novel, "Juneteenth." Documentary will be presented through Kanopy. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Feb
16
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Spelling Bee

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Children in grades 3-8 are invited to test their spelling skills in the Rochdale Village spelling bee! Winners from each category will go on to the Central Library to compete against winning students from all over Queens.
2:00 pm Grades 3/4
2:30 pm Grades 5/6
3:00 pm Grades 7/8


Feb
19
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Crafty Tuesday: "I Spy Page"

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Do you like "I Spy" books or search and find puzzles? Join us to create your own "I Spy" page. We'll supply the materials; you supply the creativity. After the program, we will turn our pages into our own Rochdale Village "I Spy" book.


Feb
20
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Coding Challenges

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Kids learn about coding! Join us for a session for school-age children with coding challenges using Scratch. Space is limited based on the number of laptops, so please arrive early for this vacation program!


Feb
20
4:00PM

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5:30PM

STEAM Cooking with Teens

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join Allergic to Salad and explore new and exciting healthy foods and cultures. Cooking is known to increase fine motor skills, math, science, reasoning, and problem solving skills.


Feb
21
4:00PM

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7:00PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations - Black History Bingo for Families

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Join us as we celebrate Black History Month. Learn about prominent African Americans while enjoying a game of bingo and competing for fun prizes! Drop in any time between 4 pm and 7 pm on 2/21. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Feb
22
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Storytime

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Children birth to age 5 and their parent or caregiver are welcome to join us for stories, songs, crafts, and lots of fun. Siblings are always welcome! Note: This program is during the February school recess.


Feb
23
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations - "Taking Root" Documentary

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Wangari Maathai is the first environmentalist and African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. "Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai" tells the story of the Green Belt Movement of Kenya and presents Maathai's unstoppable and courageous thirty-year journey to protect the environment, defend human rights, and promote democracy. Documentary will be presented through the videostreaming service Kanopy. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Feb
25
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Adult Book Discussion

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

The last Monday of each month we're serving up hot coffee and thought-provoking conversation. Pick up a copy of this month's read at Rochdale Village Library.

February: "Becoming" by Michelle Obama
March: "Delicious Foods" by James Hannaham
April: "So You Want To Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo
May: "How Long 'Til Black Future Month?" by N.K. Jemisin
June: "A More Beautiful and Terrible History" by Jeanne Theoharis


Feb
26
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Crafty Tuesday: Movable Origami

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

We'll be using origami (paper folding) to make action models. Action origami models are unique in that they move. Models may include a blinking eye, a boat, a camera, a jumping frog, and more!


Feb
28
6:30PM

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7:45PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations - How Can We Sing In A Strange Land

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Saxophonist/composer Tyrone Birkett and wife Paula Ralph-Birkett on vocals explore the Great Migration through the lens of the Negro spiritual and the freedom songs of the civil rights era.


Mar
25
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Adult Book Discussion

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

The last Monday of each month we're serving up hot coffee and thought-provoking conversation. Pick up a copy of this month's read at Rochdale Village Library.
March: "Delicious Foods" by James Hannaham
April: "So You Want To Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo
May: "How Long 'Til Black Future Month?" by N.K. Jemisin
June: "A More Beautiful and Terrible History" by Jeanne Theoharis


Apr
29
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Adult Book Discussion

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

The last Monday of each month we're serving up hot coffee and thought-provoking conversation. Pick up a copy of this month's read at Rochdale Village Library.
April: "So You Want To Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo
May: "How Long 'Til Black Future Month?" by N.K. Jemisin
June: "A More Beautiful and Terrible History" by Jeanne Theoharis


May
1
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Welcome to NYC: Adapting to Life in Queens and the USA

Location: Rochdale Village
Registration: Not required

Participants will have a chance to ask questions and receive useful tips from a native New Yorker and discuss what it’s like to navigate a new culture and city as an adult. We will learn strategies for coping with homesickness, culture shock, and everything in between.
Presenter: Merryl Reichbach, LCSW, Program Manager of SHAREing and CAREing


May
20
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Adult Book Discussion

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

The last Monday of each month we're serving up hot coffee and thought-provoking conversation. Pick up a copy of this month's read at Rochdale Village Library.
May: "How Long 'Til Black Future Month?" by N.K. Jemisin
June: "A More Beautiful and Terrible History" by Jeanne Theoharis


Jun
24
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Adult Book Discussion

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

The last Monday of each month we're serving up hot coffee and thought-provoking conversation. Pick up a copy of this month's read at Rochdale Village Library.
June: "A More Beautiful and Terrible History" by Jeanne Theoharis


Thank you for your interest in the Friends of the Library at Queens Library.

Friends Chapters enrich community life around their community library. You will meet other people who care, and you will benefit your neighborhood by:

• Increasing community awareness and library use.
• Acting as liaisons between community and your library.
• Sponsoring programs that enhance the cultural life of your community.

As a Friend, you will:

• Educate your community about Queens Library’s vital services.
• Contribute your time towards programs and special activities at your library.
• Advocate for better library service to your own community through outreach, legislative contact, and fundraising.

Date Formed: May 10, 2002. Re-chartered on November 15, 2007

Current Board Members:
President – Emily Banks
Vice President – Sarah Payne
Treasurer – Marie Wheeler-Thomas
Corresponding Secretary – Karen Udo
Recording Secretary – Christine Hughes
 

Significant Accomplishments: Through the Friends advocacy and community outreach efforts. Additional grants provided funds for the purchase of a copy machine, laptops, 27" TV, Herman Miller furniture et al. The Friends also support the library on the annual trips to Albany and City Hall. Also attend the Fight out against Crime night. 

Friends Fun Facts: Created, published, and sold a cookbook at an event with samples of cookbook entries. Also organized Annual Mothers'' and Fathers' Day Plant and Bake Sales
Tea Tasting and poetry reading events. Creation of a African American History Month book, Forgotten Black Heroes. Participated in Harlem Book Fair. 

Contact Info: Center Manager Michael Semple or Friends President Emily Banks at718-723-4440.

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