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Baisley Park

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.

You can also donate to our canned food drive in partnership with the Food Bank For NYC from November 19 to 30, share ...

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 ...

A Season of Thanks at Queens Library

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. But this year, it’s not just about turkey and pumpkin pie!

Queens Library is hosting wonderful seasonal events, including Thanksgiving storytime, music, arts and crafts, and more!

So bring your family and friends, and give thanks at your local ...

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, and our ...

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
19
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Mad Science STEM Workshops at Baisley Park

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

An educational fun and learning experience with Mad Science. Children will engage in exciting hands-on activities, watch spectacular demonstrations, participate in science discussions, and take home things that they have made themselves. Space is limited. Preregistration is required. All material is free.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
20
10:00AM

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11:00AM

It's Time for Kind: On the Spot Activities Kindness Coloring

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Visit the Baisley Park Library and color a kindness coloring page! Children and families of all ages will have the opportunity to sit down in our Children's Public Area to discuss kindness and color together! Families may visit anytime during our normal business hours.

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

Thankful Turkeys

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Join us at the library to celebrate our family and friends. Children will make Thankful Turkeys!


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Nov
21
11:00AM

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11:45AM

Toddler Time

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Toddlers ages 2 to 4 years old and their accompanying grown-up can enjoy stories, music, nursery rhymes, toys, and peer interaction! Families will have the opportunity to connect with each other for support and resources.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
21
2:00PM

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6:00PM

Reading Specialist Sessions

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Join us at the Baisley Park Library, where children can sit down with our reading specialist. Children in pre-K to sixth grade can build their reading readiness and literacy skills. Children may attend anytime between 2-6pm on Wednesdays, and between 10-5pm on Saturdays. Call 718-529-1590 for more information.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
21
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Literacy INC

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

LINC's mission is to engage families and community members to support young readers in high need neighborhoods. Children will listen to a read aloud, and conduct a writing activity that enhances their reading comprehension and writing skills. For grades K-5.

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

Computer Class For Adults

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Learn the basics of how to use a computer, work in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, and use email.
Space is limited. Preregistration is required in person.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
23
12:15PM

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1:00PM

My Baby and Me

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Babies ages 6 months to 2 years and their accompanying grown-up can enjoy stories, music, nursery rhymes, toys, and peer interaction! Families will have the opportunity to connect with each other for support and resources.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
24
10:00AM

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12:00PM

On the Spot: Weekend

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Children ages 2-12 and families can visit the library and play cards, do a puzzle, draw a picture, read stories, or color a coloring sheet with each other in the Children's Public Area.
All ages

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

Additional Dates


Nov
24
10:00AM

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3:00PM

Reading Specialist Sessions

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Join us at the Baisley Park Library, where children can sit down with our reading specialist. Children in pre-K to sixth grade can build their reading readiness and literacy skills. Children may attend anytime from 2-6pm on Wednesdays and from 10-5pm on Saturdays. Call 718-529-1590 for more information.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
27
4:00PM

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5:00PM

It’s Time for Kind: Kindness Catchers

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

It is always important to be kind. Join us at the Baisley Park Library where children will learn how to spread kindness in the world. Children will create their own kindness catchers!


Nov
29
4:00PM

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4:45PM

Nutrition Workshop

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5-12 are encouraged to join us to learn about healthy eating habits. Children will have the opportunity to make a healthy snack! Children under 7 years old must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Children and parents should be aware of their allergies.


Nov
29
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Nutrition Workshops for Children Ages 6-12

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6 to 12 will learn about nutrition in a fun and interactive way. This program focuses on nutritious food choices. Children will learn the five food groups and why healthy eating is important for their bodies.


Dec
4
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Manga Comics Workshop

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

This manga comic workshop focuses on Japanese and American style comics. Participants will learn the history of this popular form of comics and make connections to their own experiences and cultures as they create their own characters for their own comics.


Dec
5
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Author Talk with Melanie Hope Greenberg

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Melanie Hope Greenberg will read and discuss from her book "Aunt Lily's Laundromat."

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

Additional Dates


Dec
6
4:00PM

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5:00PM

It's Time for Kind: The Power of Gratitude

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

It's the season for kindness and gratitude! What are you thankful for? Do you know practicing gratitude can improve your health? At this arts and craft program, we will create gratitude letters for someone special to us. For more It’s Time for Kind programming, visit queenslib.org/itstimeforkind2018.


Dec
7
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Fun Friday STACKS

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Children in the free STACKS After-school Program will participate in various fun activities.

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

Author Talk with Pat Cummings

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Children will listen to author Pat Cummings read from her book "Ananse and the Lizard."


Dec
8
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Magic Show with Phil Levy

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

As part of the Family Day Celebration, magician Phil Levy will dazzle the children with magic tricks.


Dec
8
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Family Literacy Day: Face Painting and Balloning

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Join us at this Family Literacy Day event for children.


Dec
10
3:00PM

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6:00PM

It’s Time for Kind: Kids’ Box Challenge

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Ages 5-12, join us at the Baisley Park Library as we spread kindness! Every half hour, we will choose a child to pick from our kindness box and perform an act of kindness. Children will learn empathy skills and the importance of being kind.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
11
4:00PM

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5:15PM

Baisley STEM Makerspace: Holiday Playdough

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Participants ages 4-12 will create their own holiday playdough! They will discuss the physical and chemical reactions of the ingredients. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by a grown-up. Space is limited. Arrive early.


Dec
12
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Author Talk with Melanie Hope Greenberg

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Children will meet the author and hear her read from her book "Aunt Lilly's Laundromat."


Dec
20
4:00PM

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5:15PM

Tree Ornament

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Join us at the Baisley Park Library for a tree ornament craft! Children ages 4-12 will use beads, glue, glitter, popsicle sticks, and pipe cleaners!


Dec
26
4:00PM

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5:00PM

It’s Time for Kind: Storytime and Craft

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

Join us at the Baisley Park Library for a kindness storytime for ages 2-12! Children will have the opportunity to listen to read-alouds about kindness and discuss the importance of being kind to one another. Children will participate in a kindness chain craft after storytime.


Jan
9
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Literacy INC

Location: Baisley Park
Registration: Not required

LINC's mission is to engage families and community members to support young readers in high need neighborhoods. Children in grades K-5 will listen to a read-aloud, and conduct a writing activity that enhances their reading comprehension and writing skills.

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

Additional Dates


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Baisley Park Community Library has:

  • Five adult computers
  • Four teen computers
  • Four children's computers
  • One card catalog computer
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the Baisley Park Community Library include:

  • Spanish- Books, CD’S & DVD’s
  • French- Books, CD’S & DVD’s
  • Chinese- Books only
  • Haitian Creole- Books, CD’S & DVD’s
  • Bengali- Books & DVD’s
  • African- DVD’s only

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Baisley Park Community Library include:

  • Black Experience
  • Graphic Novels
  • Young Adult Books
  • Christian Fiction

 


Community Board
Community Organizations & Services
Fire Department
Local Hospitals
Local Newspapers
Parks and Playgrounds
Police Department
Post Office
Public Elementary Schools
Public High Schools
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

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

Community Organizations & Services
Afro-American Parents #2
112-06 Sutphin Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 322-9080
Afro-American Parents #1
117-16 Stuphin Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 322-2030
Quick Start Head Start
126-22 150 Street
S. Ozone Park NY , 11434
phone: (718)659-6928

Fire Department
Engine 302 Ladder 155
143-15 Rockaway Blvd.
  

Local Hospitals
Cath Medical Center Brooklyn
8825 153rd Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718)558-6900
Queens Hospital Center
82-68 164th street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 558-2000
Mary Immaculate Hospital
15211 89 Ave.
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718)558-2000
Long Island Jewish Medical Center
Merrick Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718)291-5400
  

Local Newspapers
Courier
editorial@queenscourier.com
38-15 Bell Blvd
Bayside NY, 11361
phone: (718) 224-5863
Press of Southeast Queens
150-50 14th Road
Whitestone NY, 11357
phone: (718) 357-7400
fax: (718) 357-9417
Laurelton Times Timesledger Newspapers
timesledgernews@cnglocal.com
41-02 Bell Blvd 2 fl
Bayside NY, 11361
phone: (718) 229-0300
Queens Chronicle
letters@qchron.com
62-33 Woodhaven Blvd
Rego Park NY, 11374
phone: (718) 205-8000
fax: (718) 205-0150
  

Parks and Playgrounds
Baisley Pond Park
Foch, Rockaway Boulevard
Dr. Charles Drew Memorial Park
Van Wyck, 116 Avenue, 140 Street,115 Avenue
Van Wyck Playground
Van Wyck Exwy, Rockaway Boulevard, 140 Street,

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

Post Office
Rochdale Village Post Office
165100 Baisley Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 723-1726
  

Public Elementary Schools
PS 45 - The Clarence E. Witherspoon (K-5)
126-28 150th Street
South Ozone Park NY , 11436
phone: (718) 529-1885
PS 223 - Lyndon B. Johnson School (PK-K-6)
125-20 Sutphin Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11436
phone: (718) 322-9012
PS 123 (K-5)
145-01 119 Avenue
South Ozone Park NY , 11435
phone: (718) 529-4300
P.S. 160 -Walter F. Bishop School
109-59 Inwood Street
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 526-8196
  

Public High Schools
August Martin High School (8-12)
156-10 Baisley Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-2920
Q752 - Queens School for Career Development
142-10 Linden Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11436
phone: (718) 322-3580
 

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Adrienne E. Adams
AAdams@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 165-46 Baisley Boulevard
Jamaica NY, 11434
phone: 718-723-0680
fax:
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@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. James Sanders, Jr.
Sanders@nysenate.gov
District Office Address 142-01 Rockaway Boulevard
South Ozone Park NY , 11436
phone: (718) 523-3069
fax: (718) 523-3670
Albany Office Room 508, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY , 12247
phone: 518-455-3531
fax: 518-426-0529
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 Baisley Park area was originally in the territory through which the Rockaway Indians (who spoke the Algonquin language) passed on their way to Jamaica.

Sutphin Blvd and Rockaway Blvd at present are built on much of the old Indian trail. The community was named for early Queens resident David Baisley, who sold his pond (Baisley Pond) to a Brooklyn water supply company in 1857. In 1858, a large quantity of teeth belonging to the American Mastodon were found near the pond. There was speculation that a herd of Mastodons came down to Baisley Pond to drink and were trapped by a huge wall of ice.

At the beginning of the century, Baisley Park was still farmland. The modern suburban development of Baisley Park began about 1923. The area became settled with one-family frame homes; small business and shopping centers grew up on Sutphin Blvd in the heart of the development. Churches and schools were also established.

Baisley Pond was drained to provide deeper water for residents to go boating and ice skating, and a picturesque Baisley Park was built around the pond. In the past 50 years area residents and others have put great efforts in beautifying the area, improving housing, and fighting drugs.

Community library service began on July 17th 1930, when the Queens Library Book Bus, “The Pioneer”, made its first regular stop in the neighborhood. The public response to this service was enthusiastic: in the first 6 months, 6000 books were circulated. In 1933, the Cherokee Democratic Club offered its club room for after-school children to wait for the book bus. Finally, in 1935, the Baisley Park station (as a sub-branch) was opened next to the park. It was designated as a branch in 1956.

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, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Queens Cancer Center of Queens Hospital and the American Cancer Society.

 

Cancer Action Council

The Baisley Park Cancer Action Council is a group of community leaders who discuss community health issues and make plans for action in Baisley Park. Contact (718) 990-5197 or (718) 529-1590