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Briarwood

Honor Martin Luther King Jr. at Queens Library

This year marks the 90th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We hope you will join us for our special events that pay tribute to his life and legacy.

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

All Queens Library locations will be closed on Monday, January 21 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. ...

Corona Library's 50th Anniversary!

 On Saturday, December 8, 2018, the Friends of Corona Library hosted the branch’s celebration of 50 years at its current location.

Our guests included Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, NYS Senator Jessica Ramos, NYS ...

Ask Yourself What You Feel Curious About

Pat Cummings has always loved libraries. They were places where she could follow up on any topic that she was curious about—and after her mother became a librarian, she spent even more time at the library.

Now, as an author, illustrator, and teacher, Cummings describes herself as heavily dependent on libraries, to get 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 ...

What We Bring: Immigrant Art On View at Central Library

Join us for a new art exhibit at Central Library in Jamaica from January 7 to March 2 that honors the artistic talents and cultural contributions of new immigrants.

What We Bring: New Immigrant Gifts adds to the national dialogue on immigration. Focusing on the cultural contributions of immigrants who came to the U.S. in the ...

Free Job Readiness Training

Queens Library's Job & Business Academy and the Consortium for Worker Education have partnered to provide a free Job Readiness and Computer Training program for the unemployed or underemployed.

This 7-week training program is a comprehensive series of workshops that offers entry-level to ...

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, ...

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 ...

Jan
22
3:00PM

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5:30PM

STACKS Program

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

The STACKS program will enhance learning experiences through structured and unstructured age appropriate activities for kids ages 6-14.

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

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Jan
23
10:00AM

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10:30AM

Mother Goose

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-18 months and their parent/caregiver are invited to join us for simple picture books, nursery rhyme finger plays, and playtime.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
23
11:00AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Time

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 18-36 months and their parent/caregiver are invited to join us for simple picture books, nursery rhyme finger plays, songs, and playtime.

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

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Jan
23
12:30PM

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2:00PM

English Conversation Class with Ms. Rosalie

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Improve your English conversation skills in a friendly, fun, and casual environment with Rosalie from Friends of Briarwood Library.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
25
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Basic Computer Class for Adults

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

Join us to learn what a computer is and its functions; how to use a mouse, keyboard, and social media; and how to save and print your document. Preregistration is required in person at the Briarwood Reference Desk or by phone at 718-658-1680.

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

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Jan
25
3:30PM

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4:00PM

Arts and Crafts

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

School-age children, come and join us on Friday afternoons to make an arts and crafts project.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
26
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Afternoon Wii/Xbox Game Time!

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Come to the Briarwood Community Library to have some fun playing a variety of board and card games and/or take turns playing games with the library's Wii/Xbox!


Jan
26
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Lego Club

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Visit the Briarwood Community Library and build with Legos for ages 6 and up.


Jan
28
5:30PM

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7:30PM

Movie: "Ant-Man And The Wasp"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Visit Briarwood Library and watch the movie "Ant-Man And The Wasp" (2018, PG-13). "Ant-Man And The Wasp" is about the Ant-Man fighting alongside the Wasp to defeat the Ghost, while also investigating the secret of their powers.


Feb
2
1:00PM

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2:30PM

Building Your Own Comic Book

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 openings

Ages 8-12, learn the basics behind creating your own comic book by writing a script and constructing your own heroes and villains to tell a visual story.


Feb
2
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations - Hip Hop Karaoke

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

This is a karaoke program to celebrate the different genres of music in black history over the past several decades. The genres will include Motown (R&B), disco, funk, house, and rap. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
4
5:30PM

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7:30PM

Movie: "Crazy Rich Asians"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Visit Briarwood Library and watch the movie "Crazy Rich Asians" (2018, PG-13). "Crazy Rich Asians" is about a native New Yorker, Rachel Chu, going to Singapore with her boyfriend Nick Young for his best friend's wedding. While in China, Rachel meets Nick's family for the first time and learns new things about him.


Feb
5
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Crocheting with Barbara

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Have you ever wanted to learn how to crochet? This is a beginner crocheting class for anyone interested in learning the craft. Gather and socialize with others who share your interest and perhaps gain a few tips and tricks as you work on your own creations! All materials will be provided but feel free to bring your own. Registration is limited to 15 participants so be sure to register by phone at 718-658-1680 or in person. This program is sponsored by Friends of Briarwood Library.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
7
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations - Hip Hop Trivia

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

How much do you know about hip hop?! Come and try to answer our questions about hip hop. Visit the Briarwood Library and have some fun learning from our hip hop trivia. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Feb
8
3:30PM

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4:15PM

Valentine's Day Arts & Crafts Project

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Visit the Briarwood Library to decorate your own heart for Valentine's Day.


Feb
9
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Multi-Layered Fused Glass Jewelry Workshop

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Please join us for a multi-layered fused glass jewelry workshop with Naomi to create a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry. The program is limited to the first 15 people. This program is sponsored by the Friends of Briarwood Library.


Feb
14
5:30PM

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7:15PM

Broken Heart Week: Family Movie - "A Walk to Remember"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Visit the Briarwood Library to watch the movie "A Walk to Remember"(2002, PG). The movie is the story of two North Carolina teens, Landon Carter and Jamie Sullivan, who are thrown together after Landon gets into trouble and is made to do community service. For more Broken Heart Week programming, visit https://queenslib.org/BHW2019


Feb
15
3:30PM

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4:15PM

Broken Heart Week: Arts & Crafts - Create A Broken Heart Bookmark for All Ages

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Have fun creating your own broken heart bookmark. Materials will be provided. For more Broken Heart Week programming, visit https://queenslib.org/BHW2019


Feb
19
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Free Health Literacy ESOL Registration

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Learn to talk to your doctor in English--for free! Are you an intermediate ESOL student? This course will help you learn the correct words and phrases to use when talking to your doctor about your health. It's important to be able to communicate what's wrong and what you need from your doctor. Registration is required.


Feb
22
3:30PM

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4:00PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations - Putting my traveling shoes on and off I go on ..?

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Kids are invited to create the vehicle that will take them to their next traveling adventure: Car or spaceship? Boat or flying dragon? There is no limit to where the mind and heart can travel! For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Feb
28
4:30PM

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6:30PM

Family Movie: "Incredibles 2"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Visit Briarwood Library and watch the family movie "Incredibles 2" (2018, PG). "Incredibles 2" is about Bob Incredible, who is left home with the kids (Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack), when Elastigirl becomes the new face of superheroes.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Briarwood Community Library has:

  • 6 public computers for Adults
  • 4 public computers for Juneniles
  • 4 public computers for the Young Adults
  • Wireless access(For wireless access information see Wireless Policy)
  • Free Internet Access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the Briarwood Community Library include:

  • Spanish
  • Chinese
  • Russian
  • Hindi
  • Hebrew

 

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

  • Black Experience
  • New Americans Program (ESL)

 


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 Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
A To Z Learning Center
123-21 Jamaica Ave.
Queens NY , 11418
phone: (718) 805-4400
Bovov World Wide HS
83-06 Abingdon Rd.
Queens NY , 11415
Briarwood Early Childhood Center
139-76 85th Drive
Queens NY , 11435
phone: (718) 297-5288
Iras's Parkway Toodlers Program
141-20 Grand Central Parkaway
Queens NY , 11435
phone: (718) 526-1803
Kids Palace
84-75 Daniels Street
Queens NY , 11435
phone: (718) 658-7818
Sholom Day Care
82-52 Abingdon Road
Queens NY , 11415
Yeshiva Tifereth Moshe DC
83-06 Abingdon Rd
Queens NY , 11415
phone: (718) 846-7300
  

Community Board
Community Board District #8
197-15 Hillside Avenue
Hollis NY , 11423
phone: (718) 264-7865
fax: 718-264-7910
  

Community Organizations & Services
Briarwood Community Association
139-15 Pershing Crescent
Briarwood NY , 11435
phone: (718) 297-4542 or (718) 297-9680
  

Fire Department
Engine 298
153-11 Hillside Avenue
Queens NY , 11432
  

Local Hospitals
Queens Hospital Center
82-68 164th Street
Queens NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-3000
Jamaica Hospital Center
8900 Van Wyck Expwy.
Queens NY , 11418
phone: (718) 206-6000
Mary Immaculate Hospital
152-11 89th Avenue

Local Newspapers
Jamaica Times
41-02 Bell Blvd
Bayside NY , 11361
phone: 718-260-4545
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Briarwood Playground
148th St and 85th Avenue
Manton Playground
Manton Street and 83rd Avenue
 

Police Department
107th Precint
71-01 Parsons Blvd.
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718) 969-5100
  

Post Office
Briarwood Finance Station
138-69 Queens Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11435-9996
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Archbishop Molloy High School
83-53 Manton Street
Briarwood NY , 11435-1697
phone: (718) 441-2100
fax: (718) 849-8251
Ezra Academy (Grades 7-12)
119-45 Union Turnpike
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 263-5500
Kew-Forest School (Grades K-12)
119-17 Union Turnpike
Forest Hills NY , 11375-6143
phone: (718) 268-4667
Our Lady of the Cenacle School
87-25 136th St.
Richmond Hill NY , 11418
phone: (718) 657-6690
St. Nicholas of Tolentine School (Grades Pre-K-8)
80-22 Parsons Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 380-1900
Yeshivat Ohr Haimm
82-52 Abingdon Rd.
Kew Gardens NY , phone: (718) 633-2540
Yeshiva Tifereth Moshe
83-06 Abingdon Rd.
Kew Gardens NY , phone: (718) 846-7300
  

Public Elementary Schools
PS 82 Hammond
88-02 144 Street
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 526-4139
fax: (718) 297-0290
PS 99 Kew Gardens
82-37 Kew Gardens Road
Kew Gardens NY , 11415
phone: (718) 544-4343
fax: (718) 544-5992
PS 117 Joyce Keld/Briarwood School
85-15 143 Street
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 526-4780
fax: (718) 297-1796

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
JHS 217 Robert A. Van Wyck School
85-05 144 Street
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 657-1120
fax: (718) 291-3668
  

Senior Centers
BFFY Hillcrest Senior Center
168-01b Hillside Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 297-7171
Young Israel Queens Valley Senior Center
141-55 77th Avenue
Flushing NY , 11367
phone: (718) 263-6995
 

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Rory Lancman
RLancman@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 78-40 164th Street
Hillcrest NY , 11366
phone: (718) 217-4969
fax: (347) 561-6116
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1773
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-6956
fax: (212) 676-0471
NYS Assembly
Hon. Daniel Rosenthal
RosenthalD@nyassembly.gov
District Office Address 159-06 71st Avenue
Flushing NY, 11365
phone: (718) 969-1508
fax: (718) 969-8326
Albany Office LOB, Room 431
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4404
fax: (518) 455-5408
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. Grace Meng

District Office Address 40-13 159th Street, Suite A
Flushing NY, 11358
phone: (718) 445-7860
fax: (718) 445-7868
Legislative Office 1317 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-2601
fax: (202) 225-1589
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

The present Briarwood community stretches from Union Turnpike on its northern side to Hillside Avenue and Queens Blvd., to Parsons Blvd. on its the eastern side. The Briarwood area of Queens was undeveloped until after the turn of the century. In 1907 real estate developer Herbert A. O’Brien formed the Briarwood Land Company to develop the area between Parsons Blvd. and Queens Blvd. The name “Briarwood” was suggested by Mrs. O’Brien because the area was heavily wooded and full of briars. The company went bankrupt and the area remained undeveloped. In 1936 Briarwood Estates Development Corporation began selling homes in the area. In an ad in the 1939 World’s Fair News it proclaimed “You owe it to yourself to visit Briarwood Estates, a refined residential community”; however the area didn’t fully develop until after WWII when returning GI’s settled in the area. Of note, Archbishop Molloy High School is located across the street from the library at 83-53 Manton Street. It was opened in 1957. The population of Briarwood has grown from only a few residents at the turn of the century, to 10,000 in 1940, to its current population of almost 30,000 residents who reside in over 2,000 private homes and over 100 apartment buildings. The Briarwood Branch of the Queens Library was opened in 1975.

Sources:

About Briarwood by Seymour Schwartz, President of the Briarwood Community Association (pamphlet)

Briarwood by Gerhard Heese, 1st Vice President of the Briarwood Community Association (pamphlet)