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Expanded Hours & Locations on July 21

UPDATE (7/19): We added more locations! Now, 18 QPL branches are open this Sunday!

New York City is going through a heat wave, and Queens Public Library is here to help with special hours of operation this weekend!

Eighteen QPL locations will be open on Sunday, July 21 from 12 pm to 5 pm ...

Summer Reading: A Universe of Stories

Blast Off Into Summer Reading! Join us this season for our summer reading activities, ranging from book discussions and films to outer space-themed crafts and projects for children and teens of all ages.

Pick up our book lists at your local library, or download them today from the convenience of your home. Keep track of your ...

Queens Public Library Magazine

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Queens Public 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 ...

Free Summer Meals For Kids & Teens

Queens Public Library, along with the NYC Department of Education, will provide FREE lunches for kids and teens all summer long.

Summer Meals are open to all children, 18 and younger. Enrollment is not required and there is no cost. Meals will be provided Monday through Friday from 1pm to 2pm.

Queens ...

Summer Reading Battle of the Books!

It’s our second annual Summer Reading Battle of the Books!

This year, we’ve selected 16 of the best YA books for you to choose from, including Fantasy, Romance, Thriller, and Inspired by Real Life.

Vote for your favorite titles during the month of July, and challenge your friends to pick their favorites, ...

Learn English & Math On The Go!

Have you ever wanted to improve your reading, English, or math skills, or work on your high school equivalency, but felt too busy?

Now Queens Public Library has the solution—an app that you can use as you’re on-the-go or from anywhere that is convenient for you.

Try it out today for FREE—and make ...

Get Free Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park!

This summer, the Public Theater will present William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus in Central Park and you’re invited to get free tickets on the day of the show!

Free tickets will be available on Thursday, July 18 at 12pm at Flushing Library (41-17 Main Street), and are first-come, ...

City Leaders Deliver for NYC’s Libraries

We are extremely grateful to Mayor de Blasio, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, and the entire City Council for investing $33 million in additional expense funding for the City’s public libraries. This crucial support will allow us to continue providing essential services in the face of rising ...

Discover Your City With Culture Pass!

Start planning your summer adventures! NYC’s libraries are making it easier for you to explore museums, public gardens, and other cultural attractions for FREE with your friends and family!

Queens Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and New York Public Library are excited to announce Culture Pass, a ...

Our Renewed Promise to the Public

No matter who you are, where you’re from, or where you want to go, we speak your language.

We’re excited to announce our renewed promise to the public and our new look to reflect who we are and the exceptional service you can expect from us.

At Queens Public Library, we speak your ...

Jul
20
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ShapeUp NYC: Cardio Sculpt for Adults

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Instructor Farrah leads this fitness class that uses high intensity weight bearing exercises interspersed with cardio to keep your heart rate up and keep you sweating. Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a towel and water bottle. 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.

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Jul
20
2:00PM

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Summer Reading: Children and Tween Art Studio

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Kids and tweens are invited to join the creative art studio at the South Jamaica Community Library; children will enjoy a variety of art projects. Ages 6+ are welcome.

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

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Jul
22
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Summer Reading Program: Lunch & Listen in the Library

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Join us at the South Jamaica Library for lunch and storytime from outer space! All youth welcome.

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

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Jul
22
5:00PM

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Summer Reading: Teen Time

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Check out all the cool programs that will be happening for teens and tweens this summer at the South Jamaica Community Library. From Ps4 Gaming to becoming a movie critic, we have it all at teen time.

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

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Jul
23
2:00PM

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Summer Reading Program: STAR Net‘s “Summer of Space”

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Celebrate 60 years of space exploration! The South Jamaica Community Library will be hosting the "Summer of Space" program, a series of STEM activities geared towards investigating the exploration of space.

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

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Jul
24
11:00AM

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Summer Reading Program: Family Story, Time Babies and Books

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Join us at the South Jamaica Community Library for family storytime. This event is appropriate for newborns and prewalkers.

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

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Jul
25
5:30PM

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Summer Reading Program: Cookie Book Club

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Join us at the South Jamaica Community Library for our monthly Cookie Book Club. This event is appropriate for 3rd-6th graders.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
25
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Summer Reading Program: Adult Book Club

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Adults are invited to the South Jamaica Library adult book club. (Book title to be determined).


Jul
26
11:00AM

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Summer Reading: STEM Storytime

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Children in pre-K to grade 1 are invited to join us weekly for a story and various STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities. This fun and hands-on program will include a read-aloud of a popular children's picture book along with a STEM craft and activity.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
26
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading Program: Maker Cart

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Join other students in creating fun and engaging maker projects with our STEAM mobile Maker Cart.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
30
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Beginner Computer Skills

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

This beginner computer skills session will help learners achieve the tech fluency they need to feel more comfortable using computers. In this session participants will be introduced to some basic computer skills, such as holding and moving a mouse.


Aug
23
1:00PM

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5:00PM

Summer Reading: End of Summer Reading BBQ

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Say goodbye to summer reading with games, crafts, and BBQ! The South Jamaica Community Library will be celebrating everyone that worked hard this summer and participated in our reading program.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Community Library has:

  • 14 public access computers
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the South Jamaica Community Library include:

  • An extensive collection of African-American materials
  • Large DVD collection

 


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
Bethel Mission Junior Academy
106-15 154th Street
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (718) 658-2484
Shiloh Baptist Nursery
173-70 106th Avenue
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (214) 748-3647
Amistad Child Cares Family Center
110-15 164th Place
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (718) 526-3068
Jamaica Day Nursery
108-17 159th Street
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (718) 526-3068
Myrtle Jarmon Child Care Center
116-55 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard
Jamaica New York , 11434
phone: (718) 528-0922
The Originals of Jamaica DCC
108-10 Sutphin Boulevard
Jamaica New York , 11435
phone: (718) 297-0343

Community Board
Community Board District #12
90-28 161st Street
Jamaica New York , 11432
phone: (718) 658-3308
  

Community Organizations & Services
New Spirit 11 Alcohol Outpatient Clinic
162-04 South Road
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (718) 291-484
Queens Village Community for Mental Health
162-04 South Road
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (718) 712-777
Allen AME Church
111-54 Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (718) 723-6106
Calvary Baptist Church
111-10 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (718) 297-2301
Godian Fellowship Food Center
106-01 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (718) 523-7309
JCAP Jamaica Community
106-04 South Road
Jamaica New York , 11433
Women of Faith
109-37 Sutphin Boulevard
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (718) 657-5727
Bethany Baptist
157-11 111th Avenue
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (718) 659-6099
Bethel Gospel Tabernacle
110-25 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (718) 291-2677
Burns Memorial C.O.G.I.C.
107-03 150th Street
Jamaica New York , 11435
phone: (718) 523-0214
Church of God in Christ Jesus
157-22 South Road
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (718) 291-9281
Burns Memorial C.O.G.I.C
107-03 150th Street
Jamaica New York , 11435
phone: (718) 523-0214
Faith Tabernacle Baptist Church
106-45 160th Street
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (718) 526-9242
Gideon Fellowship Food Center
106-07 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (718) 523-7309
 

Fire Department
Engine Company 275
111-36 Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica New York , 11433
  

Local Hospitals
Queens Health Center
97-04 Sutphin Boulevard
Jamaica New York , 11435
phone: (718) 657-7088
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
89th Avenue and Van Wyck Expressway
Jamaica New York , 11418
phone: (718) 206-6000
Mary Immaculate
152-11 89th Avenue
Jamaica New York , 11432
phone: (718) 558-2000

Local Newspapers
Jamaica Times
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Liberty Park
106th Avenue, 173rd Street, Liberty Avenue and 172
Jamaica New York ,
Marconi Memorial Field
109th Avenue, 157th Street, 108th Avenue and 155th
Jamaica New York ,
Roy Wilkins Park
Merrick Boulevard and Baisley Boulevard
Jamaica New York ,
IS 8 Playground
167th Street and 109th Avenue
Jamaica New York ,
PS 40 Playground
109th Avenue and Brinkerhoff Avenue
Jamaica New York ,
 

Police Department
103rd Precinct
168-02 P. O. Edward Byrne Avenue
Jamaica New York , 11432
phone: (718) 657-8181
  

Post Office
Jamaica Station
88-40 164th Street
Jamaica New York , 11432
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Allen Christian School
171-10 Linden Boulevard
Jamaica New York , 11434
phone: (718) 657-1676
Myrtle Jarmon School
116-55 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard
Jamaica New York , 11434
phone: (718) 528-0922
 

Public Elementary Schools
PS 40Q Samuel Huntington School
109-20 Union Hall Street
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (718) 526-1906
PS 48Q William Wordsworth School
155-02 108th Avenue
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (718) 739-4463
PS 116 William J. Hughley School
107-25 Wren Place
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (718) 526-4884
PS 140 Edward K. Ellington School
116-00 166th Street
Jamaica New York , 11434
phone: (718) 657-4760
PS 160 Walter Francis Bishop School
109-59 Inwood Street
Jamaica New York , 11435
phone: (718) 526-5523
 

Public High Schools
High School for Law Enforcement and Public Safety
116-25 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard
Jamaica New York , 11434
Queens High School for Science at York College
94-50 159th Street
Jamaica New York , 11433
 

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
MS 8 New Prepatory Middle School
108-35 167th Street
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (718) 739-6883
  

Senior Centers
Allen Community Senior Citizens Center
166-01 Linden Boulevard
Jamaica New York , 11434
phone: (718) 658-0980
South Jamaica Senior Center
107-60 159th Street
Jamaica New York , 11433
phone: (718) 657-6410
 

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. I. Daneek Miller
IDMiller@council.nyc.gov
District Office 172-12 Linden Boulevard
St. Albans NY, 11434
phone: (718) 776-3700
fax: (718) 487-3580
Manhattan Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1810
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-7084
fax: (212) 788-7093
NYS Assembly
Hon. Vivian E. Cook
CookV@nyassembly.gov
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
NYS Senate
Hon. Leroy Comrie
Comrie@nysenate.gov
District Office 113-43 Farmers Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 454-0162
fax: (718) 454-0186
Albany Office Room 612, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2701
fax: (518) 455-2816
US Congress
Hon. Gregory W. Meeks

District Office 153-01 Jamaica Avenue, Suite 204
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 725-6000
fax: (718) 725-9868
Legislative Office 2310 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

Jamaica Avenue was once an ancient trail used by Native American tribes, from as far away as the Ohio River and the Great Lakes, coming to the area to trade skins and furs for wampum.  It was in 1655 that the first settlers paid the Native Americans two guns, a coat and some gunpowder for the land lying between the old trail and “Beaver Pond,” which would later become Baisley Pond.  Dutch Governor Peter Stuyvesant dubbed the area Rustdorp, meaning Quiet Village, when granting the patent for the area.  Taken over by the English, in 1664, the area was renamed Jameco, which would eventually become Jamaica, because it was first inhabited by the Jameco, or Yamecah Indians, whose name means beaver in Algonquian.  South Jamaica, which consisted of an area of scattered farms, in the mid nineteenth century, quickly became its own entity with the 1913 completion of the Long Island Railroad Station, nearby.

South Jamaica, which has the largest African-American population in the borough of Queens, fought long and hard to become the home of the fiftieth branch of the Queens Borough Public Library.  Library service in the area began in the form of a bookmobile which made five weekly stops, bringing a variety of materials to eager residents.  While making do with the bookmobile service, community leaders battled for almost twenty years for a neighborhood library to service residents who had to travel by bus or car to reach the main branch, in Jamaica, or the Queens Village Branch.  Finally, in October 1961, the South Jamaica Branch opened for business at 110-36 New York Boulevard, in a building owned by Bethel Gospel Tabernacle. 

As the South Jamaica community continued to grow and demands on library resources increased dramatically the branch clearly needed a new home.  On December 20th, 1999, after months of preparation the branch opened for business in its spanking new, environmentally controlled building at 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, two blocks from its previous location.  The state-of-the-art “green architecture” structure was the first of its kind in New York City, using optimal natural lighting to control the internal environment.  The Community Library’s present location is approximately two-and-a half times as large as the former site with its own children’s room and a meeting room which can accommodate up to fifty people.

In 2007 the South Jamaica Community Library was renovated to include a full service Teen Area, with its own computers. The library is now fully automated with self check out stations and an automatic book return.

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.