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Discover Your City With Culture Pass!

It's summer in the city and 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, a ...

Free Car Seat Inspection Next to Central Library

Did you know that nearly 9 out of 10 car seats are installed incorrectly? A poorly installed seat leaves a child vulnerable in the event of a collision, so we are here to help.

If you’re a parent or caregiver of an infant, toddler, or young child, you won’t want to miss this opportunity for a free car seat inspection ...

Get Free Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park!

Shakespeare in the Park is one of New York City's most beloved summer traditions—and now you can get your tickets at Queens Library!

Free ticket vouchers will be available at Flushing Library (41-17 Main Street) on Friday, July 27, from 12 to 2 p.m. for The Public ...

In Search of Earth’s Secrets: A Pop-Up Science Encounter

Are you curious about how our planet has evolved in the past—and how it is changing now?

Join us this summer and fall for a unique pop-up science exhibit where you will learn how scientists on board a research drilling ship are studying the seafloor’s core!

The JOIDES Resolution is a ship that drills into ...

Summer Reading: Libraries Rock!

Summer reading is here, and our theme this year is Libraries Rock!

We can’t wait for you to rock and roll with us at our music-themed events all summer long, from making your own instruments to sing-alongs!

Get your reading groove on this summer and track your reading progress through fun activities at your ...

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 ...

Immigrants Need Our Support. Donate Now!

Queens is home to 1.1 million immigrants. These new Americans arrive from countries near and far looking to learn English, contribute to the community, and make a better life for their families—and many find the help they need at Queens Library.

Your support today means we can continue to offer critical services, like our ...

Summer Meals For Kids & Teens

For children and teens up to 18 years old, free, nutritious Summer Meals will be available from Wednesday, June 27 through Friday, August 31.

Meals will be provided Monday through Friday, from 1pm to 2pm, at 35 Queens Library locations. Enrollment is not required.

Queens ...

Jul
20
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Family Crochet Club

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Know how to crochet? Would you like to learn? Come and meet with others and share your talents and ideas. Class is open to all (beginners, intermediates, and advanced members) and all ages every Wednesday and Friday at your Laurelton Community Library.

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

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Jul
20
11:00AM

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Chinese for Travel

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Dr. Dave Wang will introduce you to the basic language you will need to eat, live, and get around in Mandarin speaking countries. Since this is a language course, we recommend taking this course with a friend or group of friends. Practicing with others by speaking the language will help you learn it more effectively. Additionally, Mandarin is a tonal language, which means that in order to truly master it, you will need to say the words out loud!

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

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Jul
20
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Math Club For Students

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

There are many benefits to engaging children in math. Our math club will meet every day and promote a love of learning.

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

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Jul
20
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Arts and Crafts with Mrs. K

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Do you have a love for arts and crafts? Every Friday join Mrs. K for some creative projects fun for the whole family!

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

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Jul
20
1:30PM

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African-American History Club

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

The African-American History Club is organized to expose students to the rich heritage of African Americans and to support them in their own academic and personal growth as black citizens thriving in a global world.

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

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Jul
20
3:00PM

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Google Computer Science First: Music and Sound with Scratch. Make. Code. Music.

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Ages 9-12, create your own digital music and sounds. Use the computer to design your own music, create your own instruments and music videos, and learn how technology is used in the music industry. Registration is required. Space is limited. This is an eight-week workshop. Participants are required to attend all sessions. Call 718-528-2822 to register.


Jul
23
2:30PM

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Summer Reading Club 2018: Libraries Rock!

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Summer Reading Club 2018: "Libraries Rock!" Ages 6-12, read one or more books this summer and receive a certificate and prizes. Report on books and enjoy games, puzzles, and crafts. Registration is required.

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

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Jul
23
6:00PM

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Shape Up NYC: Full Body Toning for Adults

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Full body or Toning is a gentle workout with the goal of improving balance, coordination, flexibility, strength, and heart health. Instructor Ysabel Chirinos leads the program for adults who want to have a strong and skillful body.

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

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Jul
25
10:30AM

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Read to Me Club 2018: Libraries Rock!

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Queens Library/Laurelton presents Read to Me Club 2018 /Libraries Rock! Enjoy stories, songs, finger plays, and crafts with your toddler. Read one book or more to your child and receive a certificate and prizes. Ages 18 months — 5 years. Registration is required. Call 718 528-2822 to register.

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

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Jul
25
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Open Mic

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Open to performers and spectators of all ages. Instrumentalists, singers, dancers, storytellers, poets, jugglers, magicians, and others are all welcome. Audience seating is on a first- come, first-served basis. Interested in performing? The Laurelton Community Library would love to hear your talent.


Jul
26
6:00PM

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Bingo Night

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Bingo can be played right here at the Laurelton Community Library. Join us every other week. Bring the family for some good old fashioned fun!

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

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Aug
15
3:00PM

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Erik the Reptile Guy Presents an Environmentally Friendly Approach to Conservation Wildlife

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Get ready for a great adventure with Erik the Reptile Guy and his "menagerie" of life sized GIANT reptiles, amphibians, and bugs! Ever want to see a 12 foot crocodile up close? You will! This fun-filled event is for ages 6-12.


Aug
16
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Summer Movie Nights with Assembly Member Alicia Hyndman

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Please join Assembly Member Alicia Hyndman as she hosts movie nights at three libraries:
Queens Library at Rosedale
Thursday, July 12 6-8PM: "Black Panther" (2018, PG-13)
Thursday, July 26 6-8PM: "Despicable Me 3" (2017, PG)
Queens Library at Central
Thursday, August 2 6-8PM: "Black Panther" (2018, PG-13)
Queens Library at Laurelton
Thursday, August 16 6-8PM: "Coco" (2017, PG)
Thursday, August 30 6-8PM: "Black Panther" (2018, PG-13)

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

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Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Laurelton Community Library has:

  • 27 public computers
  • 9 laptops for homework help
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the Laurelton Community Library include:

  • Creole
  • French
  • Spanish

 

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

  • Black Experience
  • African American popular fiction
  • Ob tape and CD and an extensive DVD/Video

 


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
Care & Love Day Care Center
228-23 Merrick Boulevard
Springfield Gardens NY , 11413
phone: (718) 949-9890
Hermy’s Day Care Center
133-55 242nd Street
Rosedale NY , 11422
phone: (718) 276-2020
Linden Day Care
137-01 228 Street
Laurelton NY , 11413
phone: (718) 527-6868
Little Flowers Early Childhood Center
234-10 Merrick Boulevard
Laurelton NY , 11413
phone: (718) 712-1440
Middleton’s Day Care Center and First Grade
225-16 Merrick Boulevard
Laurelton NY , 11413
phone: (718) 712- 4845
Middleton Day Care Center
226-02 Merrick Boulevard
Springfield Gardens NY , 11413
phone: (718) 949-9890

Community Board
Community Board District # 13
219-41 Jamaica Avenue
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 464-9700
fax: (718) 264-2739
  

Community Organizations & Services
224th/ 225th Street Block Association of Laurelton
PO Box 130171
Laurelton NY , 11413
phone: (718) 670-3303
Concerned Citizens of Laurelton
PO Box 130206
Laurelton NY , 11413
phone: (718) 723-9085
Federated Blocks of Laurelton
137-07 Francis Lewis Boulevard
Laurelton NY , 11413
phone: (718) 978-7456
The Garden Club of Laurelton
135-06 230 Street
Laurelton NY , 11413
phone: (718) 949-3455
  

Fire Department
Engine 311
145-50 Springfield Blvd
Springfield Gardens NY , 11413
phone: (718) 476-6211
  

Local Hospitals
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
8900 Van Wyck Expressway
Jamaica NY , 11418
phone: (718) 206-6000
  

Parks and Playgrounds
Brookville Park
149 Ave & 235 St & Brookville Boulevard
Springfield Park
149 Ave & Springfield Boulevard
Laurelton Playground
Brookville Boulevard & 137 Avenue
Springfield Playground
147 Avenue & 184 Street
  

Police Department
105th Precinct
92-08 222nd Street
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 776-9090
  

Post Office
Springfield Gardens Station
218-10 Merrick Boulevard
Springfield Gardens NY , 11413-9997
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Christopher Robin Academy
222-16 Merrick Boulevard
Springfield Gardens NY , 11413
phone: (718) 525-1330
Dessaline Academy School for the Gifted
133-55 242 St
Rosedale NY , 11422
phone: (718) 977-1900
Laurelton Academy
141-25 Merrick Boulevard
Laurelton NY , 11413
phone: (718) 712-1860
Linden Seventh Day Adventist Elementary
137-01 228th Street
Laurelton NY , 11413
phone: (718) 527-6868
Martin de Porres School for Exceptional Children
136-25 218th Street
Springfield Gardens NY , 11413
phone: (718) 525 -3414
 

Public Elementary Schools
PS 37 The Cynthia Jenkins School
179-37 137 Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 528-5399
P.S. 270 (Q270) (K-8)
233-15 Merrick Blvd
Rosedale NY , 11422
phone: (718) 341-8280
231 Educational Magnetech (6-8)
145-00 Springfield Blvd
Laurelton NY , 11413
phone: (718) 276-5140
PS 156 Laurelton School (K-6)
229-02 137 Avenue
Springfield Gardens NY , 11413
phone: (718) 528-9173
  

Public High Schools
Excelsior Preparatory High School
143-10 Springfield Boulevard
Springfield Gardens NY , 11413
George Washington Carver High School
143-10 Springfield Boulevard
Springfield Gardens NY , 11413
phone: (718) 281-7612
Queens Preparatory Academy
143-10 Springfield Boulevard
Springfield Gardens NY , 11413
Springfield Gardens High School
143-10 Springfield Boulevard
Springfield Gardens NY , 11413
phone: (718) 341-3033
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
IS 59 Springfield Gardens School (6-8)
132-55 Ridgedale Street
Springfield Gardens NY , 11413
phone: (718) 527-3501
231 Educational Magnetech (6-8)
145-00 Springfield Blvd
Laurelton NY , 11413
phone: (718) 276-5140
 

Senior Centers
Laurelton-Rosedale Senior Center
133-21 232nd Street
Laurelton NY , 11413
phone: (718) 527-7577
Robert Couche Senior Citizen Center
137-57 Farmers Boulevard
Springfield Gardens NY , 11434
phone: (718) 978-8352
 

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Donovan Richards
DRichards@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 1931 Mott Avenue, Suite 410
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 471-7014
fax: (718) 327-4794
Legislative Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1731
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-7216
fax: (212) 227-1210
NYS Assembly
Hon. Alicia Hyndman
HyndmaA@nyassembly.gov
District Office 232-06A Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica NY, 11413
phone: (718) 723-5412
fax: (718) 723-5465
Albany Office LOB, Room 820
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4451
fax: (518) 455-5522
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 617, 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 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

In 1905 the Laurelton Land Company purchased several farms in this area and developed these properties the following year. One theory for the name is that it was given because of the laurels that grew in the vicinity of the railroad station, but it is more probable that there were no laurels and it was simply given a name that seemed attractive.

The Laurelton-Springfield Gardens area was developed as a bedroom community, an area providing a welcome respite for people who worked in New York City and its surrounding areas. The Laurelton-Springfield Gardens area was typical of the many tranquil neighborhoods which offered single family homes and well manicured lawns; a comfortable alternative to the congestion found in Manhattan and other boroughs of New York.

From the 1920s to the 1930s, Laurelton's population expanded tenfold, from 3,000 to 30,000, fueled by Jewish, Irish, Italian and German immigrants seeking homes with backyards for their children. African-Americans with the same objective began arriving in the 1940s. There was some racial tension at first.

The 1960’s and early 1970’s witness a significant increase in Black home ownership in Laurelton. The movement of the black families into the Laurelton –Springfield community though, was accelerated by blockbusting practices. Here unscrupulous real-estate dealers engineered a panic in whites living in the area. By convincing white families that an influx of blacks would cause the value of their property to decline, many whites were persuaded to sell their homes and move to areas more remote with respect to New York City. With more houses available for purchase, a shift in the racial composition of the community was produced. Hoping to stop the blockbusting, Rabbi Harold Singer, leader of a synagogue, began a free real-estate service, employing volunteers to encourage white as well as black families to buy into the community. The experiment gained nationwide attention.

Hoping to stop the blockbusting, Rabbi Harold Singer, leader of a synagogue, began a free real-estate service, employing volunteers to encourage white as well as black families to buy into the community. The experiment gained nationwide attention. Laurelton's population is now predominately black. That is, there is a large presence of African Americans, as well as West Indian Americans. African immigrants are also represented. Hispanic and Asian-American residents are also present in Laurelton.

Sources:
Ricard, Herbert F. - The Origin of Community Names in Queens. 1944
Jamaica Times 21 Date: FLBA
www.lihistory.com

Library service in Laurelton began with two Book Bus stops in 1934. One of the stops moved to a public school in the community, followed by a Deposit Station which opened in April 1936. In response to increasing circulation, the library moved to a larger location on Merrick Boulevard in December 1937.

The branch opened at its current location on January 11, 1955. It was designed and constructed on an 80 by 90 foot site, under the supervision of the Department of Public Works. In 1968 the branch was expanded and in 1985 underwent extensive renovation. The branch’s most recent renovation was completed in the summer of 2004. At this time, two dividable meeting rooms, three self-check machines and nine more computers were added. In September, 2004, the branch celebrated its renovation with entertainment for children and adults. In the summer of 2005 a new roof was added to the library.

The branch’s most recent renovation was completed in the summer of 2004. At this time, two dividable meeting rooms, three self-check machines and nine more computers were added. In September, 2004, the branch celebrated its renovation with entertainment for children and adults. In the summer of 2005 a new roof was added to the library. The funds were raised by Queens Councilman James Sanders Jr., who secured $335,000.

Sources:

 

  1. The Queens Borough Public Library Bulletin, October 1939
  2. Queens Chronicle-Eastern/South Eastern edition
  3. New York Daily News, June 29, 2005