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The JBA Small Business Voices Series: Powered By Taylor Insights (Sept.)

The Job & Business Academy is proud to offer Small Business Voices, a six-session series of evening talks and networking for current small business owners (as well as aspiring business owners) here in Queens. Attendees hear from successful small business owners, authors, and/or advocates, who deliver a practical real world message and ...

Sep 19 @ 6:00 PM, Sep 26 @ 6:00 PM

Spanish Beginner Conversation Class

This course introduces the basic elements of the Spanish language, with an emphasis on basic vocabulary related to greetings, how to introduce oneself, how to express likes and dislikes, how to speak about a present action, and more. reregistration is required for this program, and a single registration will secure your place for all seven ...

Sep 22 @ 12:30 PM, Sep 29 @ 12:30 PM, Oct 6 @ 12:30 PM, Oct 13 @ 12:30 PM, Oct 20 @ 12:30 PM

Typing Class

Got that report due soon and need to type it faster? Learn to type faster or sharpen your skills! Children ages 7-12 can join us for learning an important skill you'll use forever. No registration is required, but space will be limited.

Sep 24 @ 6:00 PM, Oct 8 @ 6:00 PM, Oct 15 @ 6:00 PM, Oct 22 @ 6:00 PM, Oct 29 @ 6:00 PM

Introduction to Job Interviews

So, you’ve landed an interview for a wonderful job…now what? It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions, and follow up properly afterwards. Preregister online or for more information call 718-990-8625.

Sep 25 @ 10:00 AM, Oct 8 @ 12:00 PM

"The Third Wife": Film Screening and Q&A with Award-Winning Filmmaker Ash Mayfair

In 19th century rural Vietnam, 14-year-old May becomes the third wife of a wealthy landowner. Soon she learns that she can only gain prominence by giving birth to a male child. May's hope to change her status turns into a real and tantalizing possibility when she gets pregnant. Faced with forbidden love, May finally comes to an understanding ...

Sep 25 @ 6:00 PM

Meet the Author: "Where Shadows Meet the Light" by Crystal Wolfe

Come meet Queens author Crystal Wolfe for a talk about the first novel in her "Creation" series. "Where the Shadows Meet the Light" is an epic fantasy with elements of science fiction. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Sep 26 @ 6:00 PM

An Afternoon with Clara Duo

Clara Duo​ is a simple and yet very unique duo of clarinet (Asuka Elias) and piano (Aleksandra Kocheva.) Playing together since 2006 while studying at Queens College, they have been active in New York and Japan on the stage, as well as at health programs and senior living centers. Join us for an afternoon of music by Beethoven, Bartok, ...

Sep 27 @ 3:00 PM

October Oral History Workshop

Learn how to conduct a great interview to capture the history of your family or neighborhood as a Queens Memory volunteer interviewer. Queens Memory volunteers are working all over the borough to collect residents' stories and photos for safekeeping in the Queens Library digital archives. You will learn how to prepare for an oral history ...

Oct 2 @ 6:00 PM

The JBA Small Business Voices Series: Powered By Taylor Insights (Oct.)

The Job & Business Academy is proud to offer Small Business Voices, a six-session series of evening talks and networking for current small business owners (as well as aspiring business owners) here in Queens. Attendees hear from successful small business owners, authors, and/or advocates, who deliver a practical real world message and ...

Oct 3 @ 6:00 PM, Oct 10 @ 6:00 PM, Oct 17 @ 6:00 PM

Mother Goose

Fall is back and so is Mother Goose! Children birth-18 months and their parent/caregiver are invited to join us for simple picture books, nursery rhyme finger plays, and playtime. No registration is required.

Oct 4 @ 11:00 AM, Oct 11 @ 11:00 AM, Oct 18 @ 11:00 AM, Oct 25 @ 11:00 AM, Nov 1 @ 11:00 AM

Sep
19
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Mock Interviews

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

In these one-on-one practice sessions, you will learn how to prepare for an interview, successfully deal with difficult questions, and follow up properly after the interview. You must preregister for a one-on-one session.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
19
2:00PM

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4:15PM

Classic Movie Thursday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

9/5: "Grease" (1978) Customer Suggested
9/12: "Manhattan Melodrama" (1934)
9/19: "A Letter to Three Wives" (1949) Customer Suggested
9/26: "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1956) Customer Suggested

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

Additional Dates


Sep
19
3:00PM

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6:00PM

Homework Help (Math/Science & Humanities)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come to the Teen Space to receive one-on-one assistance with your math, science, ELA, and social studies homework.

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

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Sep
19
5:30PM

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6:30PM

Chess Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come and learn the tactics needed to dominate your friends in chess at the Children's Library Discovery Center!

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

Additional Dates


Sep
19
6:00PM

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8:00PM

The JBA Small Business Voices Series: Powered By Taylor Insights (Sept.)

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

The Job & Business Academy is proud to offer Small Business Voices, a six-session series of evening talks and networking for current small business owners (as well as aspiring business owners) here in Queens. Attendees hear from successful small business owners, authors, and/or advocates, who deliver a practical real world message and the tools for achieving small business success.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
19
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Hip Hop: A Cypher in Queens

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Hip Hop Programs presents A Cypher in Queens with an exhibit at 3pm and showtime at 6pm. This program features Sherwin Banfield, Jason Mizell Jr. (JMJ) & spoken word by Cheryl Boyce-Taylor (Phife Dawg's mom). A Cypher in Queens is an interactive, three-sculpture tribute to Jam Master Jay, Prodigy & Phife Dawg.


Sep
20
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Teen Code Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn to code at Queens Public Library! Our code club has no lectures: you’ll learn to make websites, animations, apps, and games by actually making them, step by step. Prepare for a tech career or learn skills you can use in the real world right now to make whatever you can dream up.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
21
11:30AM

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1:00PM

Central Library Book Club: "What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker"

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

From the cofounder of VerySmartBrothas.com, and one of the most read writers on race and culture at work today, a provocative and humorous memoir-in-essays that explores the ever-shifting definitions of what it means to be Black (and male) in America. Central Library Book Club meets every third Saturday of the month. Pick up our next selection at Central Library's reference desk and join us to share your thoughts!


Sep
21
2:00PM

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5:00PM

Register to Vote! Voter Registration Drive with the League of Women Voters

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Elected officials make decisions about things that are important to you, such as schools, health care, or immigration. Elections are your chance to choose the decision makers and tell them what you want. Come to become a registered voter or change your voter information!

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

Additional Dates


Sep
22
12:30PM

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2:00PM

Spanish Beginner Conversation Class

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

This course introduces the basic elements of the Spanish language, with an emphasis on basic vocabulary related to greetings, how to introduce oneself, how to express likes and dislikes, how to speak about a present action, and more. reregistration is required for this program, and a single registration will secure your place for all seven sessions. No previous knowledge of Spanish is required, and all adults and teens are invited to participate. We hope to see you there.

Central LibrarySun, Sep 29, 201912:30PM - 2:00PM
Central LibrarySun, Oct 6, 201912:30PM - 2:00PM
Central LibrarySun, Oct 13, 201912:30PM - 2:00PM
Central LibrarySun, Oct 20, 201912:30PM - 2:00PM
Central LibrarySun, Oct 27, 201912:30PM - 2:00PM

Sep
23
10:00AM

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11:30AM

Stay Well

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Special Services and New York City Department for the Aging-Health Promotion Unit present
Stay Well Program for New Yorkers 60 and older.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
23
10:00AM

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12:30PM

Sewing Club - Learn How to Sew (Beginners)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is now closed

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. This is a one session class. Do you want to learn how to machine sew? Beginners will learn basics like threading your machine, how to sew a straight line, and how to sew a basic seam. Adults 18 and over only. All materials are provided. Class is limited to 7 participants. Class starts promptly and extreme latecomers will not be admitted. Online Registration Only


Sep
23
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Time

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us on Mondays for stories, songs, finger plays, and more! Children 18 to 35 months accompanied by a caregiver are welcome. Registration is required!

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

Additional Dates


Sep
23
3:00PM

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6:00PM

Homework Help (Humanities)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come to the Teen Space to receive one-on-one assistance with your English language arts and history homework.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
23
5:00PM

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6:30PM

SHSAT Tutoring

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Join us for free SHSAT tutoring for teens at the Central Library Teen Space.

Central LibraryMon, Sep 30, 20195:00PM - 6:30PM
Central LibraryMon, Oct 7, 20195:00PM - 6:30PM
Central LibraryMon, Oct 21, 20195:00PM - 6:30PM

Sep
23
6:00PM

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7:30PM

National Voter Registration Day with the League of Women Voters

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The League of Women Voters of the City of New York (LWVNYC) invites you to attend a free voter registration boot camp to celebrate National Voter Registration Day! National Voter Registration Day is a national holiday celebrating our democracy.


Sep
23
7:00PM

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8:00PM

Shape Up NYC: Low-Impact Chair Fitness for Adults

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Shape Up NYC instructor Sharen leads this low-impact fitness class that focuses on improving core, upper body strength, and mobility. This low-impact, gentle workout will help you burn calories, tone your body, and increase your heart health. Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a towel and water bottle. Space is limited. 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.

Additional Dates


Sep
24
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Tuesday Afternoon Movie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Tuesdays in September, we will screen the following films:

9/3: "Mona Lisa Smile" (2003, PG-13)
9/10: "School Ties" (1992, PG-13) Customer Suggestion
9/17: "Belle Époque" (1992, R)
9/24: "McFarland, USA" (2015, PG)


Sep
24
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Typing Class

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Got that report due soon and need to type it faster? Learn to type faster or sharpen your skills! Children ages 7-12 can join us for learning an important skill you'll use forever. No registration is required, but space will be limited.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
24
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Introduction to Web Design: Build with HTML

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Build websites using HTML! There are many web developer job opportunities out there. We'll train you in the basics of web design and development with hands-on practice. Register now!
Week 1 - Introduction
Week 2 - Text Elements
Week 3 - Images and Links
Week 4 - Building a website
Space is limited.


Sep
24
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Where's The Money? Get The Money!

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 22 openings

Of course you need money to start, but in the end you’ll be making a huge profit from your own product! Become familiar with the variety of traditional and nontraditional resources available to help fund your business. The course will leave you knowledgeable about various loan options, crowdfunding, alternative lenders, and more.


Sep
25
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Job Interviews

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 13 openings

So, you’ve landed an interview for a wonderful job…now what? It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions, and follow up properly afterwards. Preregister online or for more information call 718-990-8625.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
25
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Timeless Tales

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

School is back on and so is...Timeless Tales! Children ages 3-5 along with a caregiver are invited to join us for stories, songs, and more fun. Registration will be required so don't miss out!

Central LibraryWed, Oct 2, 201910:30AM - 11:30AM

Sep
25
6:00PM

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8:15PM

"The Third Wife": Film Screening and Q&A with Award-Winning Filmmaker Ash Mayfair

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

In 19th century rural Vietnam, 14-year-old May becomes the third wife of a wealthy landowner. Soon she learns that she can only gain prominence by giving birth to a male child. May's hope to change her status turns into a real and tantalizing possibility when she gets pregnant. Faced with forbidden love, May finally comes to an understanding of the brutal truth: the options available to her are few and far between. For free tickets, visit https://thethirdwife.eventbrite.com/?aff=listing.


Sep
26
10:00AM

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3:00PM

Naturalization Workshop (in English and Spanish)

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

This workshop is for legal permanent residents to fill out the N-400 application for naturalization and a full or partial fee waiver, if eligible. To register for the workshop, call 718-990-0730 or text Catholic Migration Services at 718-866-3687 or go online to https://www.citizenshipworks.org/info/vieweventdetail/1706


Sep
26
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Bingo for Adults

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

We welcome all adults, both young and old. Please join us for a super fun hour of Bingo every other Thursday at Central Library. Win neat prizes and make new friends!!

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

Additional Dates


Sep
26
3:30PM

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5:00PM

NYCitizenship Information Session

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come to an information session with NYCitizenship staff to find out how to apply for U.S. citizenship, and learn about the benefits of becoming a citizen and receiving financial counseling.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
26
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Amazing Readers Kids Book Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children ages 7-12 will discuss "I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic 1912" at this session of Amazing Readers. Participation will count toward the “Read Down Your Fines” program.


Sep
26
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Meet the Author: "Where Shadows Meet the Light" by Crystal Wolfe

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come meet Queens author Crystal Wolfe for a talk about the first novel in her "Creation" series. "Where the Shadows Meet the Light" is an epic fantasy with elements of science fiction. Books will be available for sale and signing.


Sep
27
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to the iPad

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

In this single-session workshop, you will learn how to navigate the web using a tablet device, the differences between a PC and a tablet, how to start up programs on your tablet, how to connect wirelessly to the internet, and how to navigate using a virtual keyboard. Preregistration is required in person or by phone. Please call (718)-990-0769.


Sep
27
3:00PM

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4:30PM

An Afternoon with Clara Duo

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Clara Duo​ is a simple and yet very unique duo of clarinet (Asuka Elias) and piano (Aleksandra Kocheva.) Playing together since 2006 while studying at Queens College, they have been active in New York and Japan on the stage, as well as at health programs and senior living centers. Join us for an afternoon of music by Beethoven, Bartok, Stravinsky, and D'Rivera as well as a collection of Broadway songs.


Sep
28
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Overcoming Adversity to Discover Your True Self with Malachi Davis

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come hear the life story of Malachi Davis, recently featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show! A motivational speaker known as “Mal the Motivator,” Malachi uses his experiences to motivate and inspire others.


Sep
30
10:00AM

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12:30PM

Sewing Club: Open Lab

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Need to sew? Do you have a project you would like to work on? We provide the sewing machines and accessories, you bring your own project and fabric. *There is no instruction during the lab so you need to know how to use a sewing machine. *No registration is required but space is limited. Adults 18 and over only.


Sep
30
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Queens Artists and Non-Profit Organizations: Do You Need Funding?

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn about the 2020 Queens Arts Fund Grant Program! The Queens Arts Fund (QAF) awards grants to Queens-based individual artists and non-profit organizations that are producing arts and cultural programming in visual, performing, literary, and folk arts disciplines. Program guidelines and the application process will be reviewed.


Oct
1
12:00PM

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2:00PM

Identifying Your Work Skills

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 13 openings

In this workshop you will learn how to define and categorize job skills, identify your own job skills, understand the difference between job skills and job duties, market your job skills, and become aware of the most sought-after job skills.


Oct
1
2:00PM

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3:45PM

Tuesday Afternoon Movie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Tuesdays in October, we will screen the following films:

10/1: Like Water for Chocolate (1992, R) Customer Suggestion
10/8: Under the Same Moon (2007, PG-13)
10/15: La Bamba (1987, PG-13)
10/22: Silence of the Lambs (1991, R) Customer Suggestion
10/29: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984, R)

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

Additional Dates


Oct
1
5:30PM

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7:30PM

Basic Entrepreneurship Program (BEP) with Centro

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is now closed

JBA in partnership with Centro is hosting a nine-week Basic Entrepreneurship Program (BEP) to teach entrepreneurs about strategy, business finance, market analysis, operations, personal finance, products, and services resulting in a business plan. Centro’s Basic Entrepreneurship Program is an in-person, nine-session course for individuals primarily in the idea stage of their business and who have not been exposed yet to any formal business education.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
1
5:30PM

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8:00PM

Introduction to Web Design: Build with CSS

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

Style and customize websites using CSS! Express your creativity and share your ideas. We'll train you in the basics of web design and development with hands-on practice. Register now!

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

Additional Dates


Oct
1
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Boss Talk Live

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 50 openings

Got questions? We’ve got answers! This is a Q&A panel with experienced industry professionals who share their real life struggles and successes, and address your inquiries about entrepreneurship. This is an opportunity to come in and meet directly with industry professionals. Panelists include Joshua Rivera, the owner of Fit 2 Box Boxing Studio, L'Oreal Luchi, digital specialist for Hot 97 & WBLS and co-host of Youth Empowerment Show, and Amadeus, the CEO of Platinum Boy Music Inc.


Oct
2
9:30AM

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11:00AM

How to Navigate the Queens Public Library Website

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

Learn how to navigate the Queens Public Library website at www.queenslibrary.org. Search the catalog for books, magazines, CDs, DVDs and more. Browse our library programs and events for all ages, and a multitude of valuable services. Preregistration is required in person or call the Cyber Center at 718-990-0769.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
2
10:00AM

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12:00PM

That Suits You! Professional Style Workshop Series with PK Kersey (Oct.)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 39 openings

Author and entrepreneur PK Kersey is partnering with the Central Library Job & Business Academy (JBA) to offer style workshops and lessons on image. Come and learn about custom fittings, professional style tips, and other topics related to suit care, image etiquette, and what is the proper attire that allows you to put your best foot forward during interviews and within the workplace. All workshop attendees get a free necktie from the Job & Business Academy’s TIEbrary!

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

Additional Dates


Oct
2
10:00AM

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12:00PM

An Interfaith Breakfast: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Domestic violence is now a leading cause of homelessness in New York City, and accounts for one in every five homicides and two in every five reported assaults citywide. Each one of us has a powerful role to play in ending this destructive problem that affects so many people. Please join us to talk about how we can contribute to safer families and more peaceful communities.


Oct
2
6:00PM

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8:15PM

Movie Night Wednesday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Wednesdays in October, we will screen the following films:

10/2: "Glass" (2018, PG-13) Customer Suggestion
10/9: "The Prodigy" (2019, R) Customer Suggestion
10/16: "Us" (2019, R) Customer Suggestion
10/23: "Pet Sematary" (2019, R)
10/30: "Halloween" (2018, R) Customer Suggestion

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

Additional Dates


Oct
2
6:00PM

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8:00PM

October Oral History Workshop

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn how to conduct a great interview to capture the history of your family or neighborhood as a Queens Memory volunteer interviewer. Queens Memory volunteers are working all over the borough to collect residents' stories and photos for safekeeping in the Queens Library digital archives. You will learn how to prepare for an oral history interview, how to ask good questions, how to make a high-quality recording, and how to submit your completed interview to the library.


Oct
2
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Teen Movie Night

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Come to the Teen Space to enjoy viewers' choice movies every Wednesday.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
3
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Mock Interviews

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 1 openings

Preparation and practice make perfect when it comes to job interviews. In this two-part workshop, participants will learn about different types of interviews, how to prepare for an interview, different interview techniques and common questions, how to successfully respond to difficult questions, and how to follow up properly after an interview. For further information, please call 718-990-8625.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
3
12:00PM

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2:00PM

Intro to PowerPoint

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 openings

Create awesome presentations and slideshows with PowerPoint. Topics covered will include creating and editing slides, choosing designs and colors, inserting pictures and illustrations, and presentation tips.


Oct
3
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Classic Movie Thursday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

10/3: "The Collector" (1965)
10/10: "The Bad Seed" (1956)
10/17: "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" (1947)
10/24: "The Invisible Man" (1933)
10/31: "The Omen" (1976)

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

Additional Dates


Oct
3
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Community Engagement Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Are you interested in helping your community be a better place? Get volunteer hours while helping make your community a more wonderful place for everyone; please join us for the Teen Community Service Club.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
3
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Youth Leadership Council

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join the Youth Leadership Council and make your voice heard! Plus, earn community service hours!
New York City's government isn’t just for adults! Teens should have a say in what’s happening in their city. Queens Public Library is looking for youth, ages 14–21, to join Youth Leadership Councils at Central Library and Flushing Library.


Oct
3
6:00PM

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8:00PM

The JBA Small Business Voices Series: Powered By Taylor Insights (Oct.)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 39 openings

The Job & Business Academy is proud to offer Small Business Voices, a six-session series of evening talks and networking for current small business owners (as well as aspiring business owners) here in Queens. Attendees hear from successful small business owners, authors, and/or advocates, who deliver a practical real world message and the tools for achieving small business success.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
3
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Learn Russian Language at Queens Public Library!

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Say more than just "hello!" Delve into the foundations of the Russian language: the alphabet, the sentence structure, and the rules of pronunciation. Build your vocabulary for daily activities and food. Learn how to make a good impression and use survival language, so that if you find yourself anywhere along the Trans-Siberian Railway, you'll be just fine!

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

Additional Dates


Oct
4
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Mother Goose

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Fall is back and so is Mother Goose! Children birth-18 months and their parent/caregiver are invited to join us for simple picture books, nursery rhyme finger plays, and playtime. No registration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
4
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Teen Code Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Learn to code at Queens Public Library! Our code club has no lectures: you’ll learn to make websites, animations, apps, and games by actually making them, step by step. Prepare for a tech career or learn skills you can use in the real world right now to make whatever you can dream up.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
5
1:00PM

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4:00PM

"The Cat Rescuers" Documentary Film Screening and Q&A with Award-Winning Directors

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

"The Cat Rescuers" shows the skill, resilience, and humor these volunteer activists display in the face of such challenging work, and how their mission to reduce animal suffering makes a difference for the animals and the community, while changing the rescuers’ lives. "The Cat Rescuers" had its world
premiere at the 2018 Hamptons International Film Festival, where it won the Zelda Penzel “Giving Voice to the Voiceless” Award.


Oct
6
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Sunday Concerts at Central presents The Unique Band NYC

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

This NY-based R&B/soul and pop band bring their own unique flair to the solid beats and rhythmic soulful repertoire that leave audiences tapping their feet, bobbing their heads, and dancing to the grooves. Enjoy classic Motown and a healthy dose of today's music from James Brown to Michael Jackson to Beyoncé and more!


Oct
7
10:00AM

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12:30PM

Sewing Club: Fabric Tubs (Intermediate)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is now closed

Join us to make a decorative bowl out of strips of fabric. This program is for intermediate sewers. You must know how to use a sewing machine. This program is limited to 7 participants. This program starts promptly at 10AM, latecomers will not be seated. All materials will be provided. Adults only. Registration required.


Oct
7
6:30PM

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8:30PM

Backstage Passes: An Evening With Author & Glam Rock Legend Angie Bowie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Angela Bowie, the celebrated Empress of London’s Glam Rock scene in the 1970s, is a writer, rocker, fashion icon, and LGBT activist. Ms. Bowie was formerly married to late rock legend David Bowie and recounted their colorful life together in her bestselling memoir "Backstage Passes: Life on the Wild Side with David Bowie," a chronicle of the Golden Age of rock ’n’ roll and what it was like spending time with stars such as Mick Jagger, Elton John, Iggy Pop, and Lou Reed.


Oct
8
10:00AM

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12:00PM

"The Hard Facts About Soft Skills" Author Talk

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 29 openings

Join us at Central Library to hear author Richard Celestin, Esq. talk about the importance of soft skills in the professional world, the most critical soft skills to understand and master, and how to develop a mentality of success.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
8
12:30PM

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1:30PM

Family Homes for Adults: A One-on-One Tabling Event

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Everyone needs a place to call home, but many frail elderly persons, or persons with disabilities or with medical problems, need a home with a caregiver who will provide some basic services. If you would like to become a family home caregiver or if you or someone you know need placement as a resident in a family home, find out more at one of these information events provided by NYC Human Resources Administration.


Oct
9
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to Computers

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

Learn the basics of using computers: logging on and off, using a keyboard and mouse, opening and closing “windows,” and using tool bars and scroll bars. Preregistration is required by phone or in person at the Cyber Center Desk. For details, please call 718-990-0769.


Oct
10
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Ask for More: Salary Negotiations with Women.NYC

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Women.NYC and the American Association of University Women (AAUW) have teamed up to provide women with the necessary strategies to make the strongest possible case for a new job, a raise, a promotion, or better benefits. Participants will learn to identify their strengths, articulate their personal value, and develop strategies to use when negotiating. Register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-salary-negotiation-workshop-from-womennyc-and-aauw-tickets-66533454353

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

Additional Dates


Oct
11
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to the iPad

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

In this single-session workshop, you will learn how to navigate the web using a tablet device, the differences between a PC and a tablet, how to start up programs on your tablet, how to connect wirelessly to the Internet, and how to navigate using a virtual keyboard. Preregistration is required in person or by phone. Please call (718)-990-0769.


Oct
12
11:00AM

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4:00PM

Come Get Your Annual Mammogram!

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Patients are eligible for a screening mammogram if they:
•Are 40 and over
•Have not had a mammogram in the past year
•Have no signs or symptoms of breast disease
•Are insured, underinsured, or uninsured
To preregister, please contact The Mobile Mammography Team at 844-396-2666.


Oct
12
11:00AM

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4:00PM

Central Library Health Fair

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Everyone needs a healthy body and thriving community! Local agencies will be on-site to provide resources and educational materials on health care support, mental health services, and other topics.
Health organizations will provide mammograms, HIV testing, referrals, and more. The day will also include medical and health presentations and fitness activities. Free health screenings and giveaways will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.


Oct
12
1:30PM

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2:30PM

Raising Awareness for Peripheral Vascular Disease

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Did you know there are about three million peripheral vascular disease (PVD) cases a year and the disease affects one in five people over age 50? In Queens alone there is a high prevalence of late-stage PVD, but this can change. During this presentation by Dr. Soma Brahmanandam you will learn about the signs, symptoms, treatment, and more about peripheral vascular disease. Come be empowered and put your health first!


Oct
13
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Open Mic for Poets and Writers

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

The featured reader Gillian Cummings is the author of "The Owl Was a Baker’s Daughter," selected by John Yau as the winner of the 2018 Colorado Prize for Poetry (The Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State University, 2018) and "My Dim Aviary," winner of the 2015 Hudson Prize (Black Lawrence Press, 2016).


Oct
15
10:00AM

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12:00PM

The Hard Facts About Soft Skills Job Search Workshop: Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 18 openings

This workshop is by author Richard A. Celestin, Esq. It is an essential skill to be able to process information in a logical and coherent manner in both the personal and professional world. This session will focus on the need to think outside-of-the-box and identify the most relevant information in an effort to establish a solid foundation for handling the day-to-day obstacles and challenges we face.


Oct
16
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to Email

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

We'll help you feel comfortable and confident in managing your own email account! Learn about sending and receiving email and get a general overview of email etiquette. Students must possess basic mouse and keyboarding skills. Preregistration is required by phone by calling 718-990-0769 or in person at the Cyber Center Desk.


Oct
19
11:30AM

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1:00PM

Central Library Book Club

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Central Library Book Club meets on third Saturdays at 11:30 am. Pick up our next selection at Central Library's reference desk and join us to share your thoughts!


Oct
19
2:00PM

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3:30PM

The Great American Folk Song Revival with Caroline Doctorow

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Ms. Doctorow concentrates on the folk music of the early ‘60s, presenting the work of important American performers such as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Pete Seeger. She will discuss the songwriting process and describe what it was like growing up with her late father, world-renowned author E.L. Doctorow. This program offers the listener a unique perspective of this significant period in our country’s musical history that audience members of all ages will enjoy. Sing-alongs are encouraged!


Oct
21
10:00AM

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12:30PM

Sewing Club: Open Lab

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Need to sew? Do you have a project you would like to work on? We provide the sewing machines and accessories, you bring your own project and fabric. *There is no instruction during the lab so you need to know how to use a sewing machine.* No registration is required but space is limited. Adults 18 and over only.


Oct
21
10:00AM

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11:30AM

Data Privacy: Protect Your Online Self

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

Learn how to protect your privacy online in this hands-on workshop. Participants will learn how to use built-in browser tools and extensions to keep their browsing history private, opt out of online tracking, and customize security settings on their mobile devices to prevent unauthorized access.


Oct
22
10:00AM

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12:00PM

The Hard Facts About Soft Skills Job Search Workshop: Emotional Intelligence

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 17 openings

Richard A. Celestin, Esq. leads this workshop. Emotional Intelligence encompasses a set of critical skills that impacts what you do and say on a daily basis. In this workshop we discuss how we manage our behavior and navigate through complex social situations to make decisions that lead to positive results. In addition, we will learn about navigating through the emotions of others as we interact with them in both a personal and professional setting.


Oct
22
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Anti-Social

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

In this hands-on privacy workshop, explore what information large technology companies collect about you – and learn how to use data export tools to request your personal data files as well as how to opt out of data collection.


Oct
23
9:30AM

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11:00AM

Google Tips and Tricks

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

In this single-session workshop, participants will learn about different Google tools, including sharing documents online, organizing your medical records, and much more. Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are required. Preregistration is required by phone at 718-990-0769 or in person at the Cyber Center desk.


Oct
23
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Networking

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

Networking is the development of professional relationships. In today’s competitive job market, it is also one of the best ways to find a job. Through networking, you can exchange information with others about job opportunities, interesting organizations, or up-and-coming industries. Learn about the basics of networking and improve your job search techniques at this workshop! For more information, call 718-990-8625 .


Oct
23
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Safe, Secure, and Online: Census 2020 Info Session

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

Do you have questions about completing next year's decennial Census? Learn about the history of the US Census, discover best practices for filling out your Census form online, and explore how QPL and the city government are working to ensure that all New Yorkers are counted.


Oct
24
12:00PM

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2:00PM

PowerPoint: Animating Presentations

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

Learn how to design your PowerPoint presentations. Call 718-990-8625 to register.


Oct
24
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Safety First

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

Learn how your personal information is used online and what you can do to guard against cybersecurity vulnerabilities.


Oct
25
10:00AM

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11:30AM

Surveillance in NYC

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

With new and emerging technologies being utilized to collect information about all of us at an ever-increasing pace, do we know the extent to which our movements, decisions, and feelings are being captured and studied? Explore the history and present-day functions of surveillance, and how NYC has been at the forefront of its push into our daily lives.


Oct
25
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Jenny Lynn Stewart: Tribute to Barbara Cook

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

From starring on Broadway to concert/cabaret singer, from performing a wide range of music from the popular American Songbook to Kennedy Center Honoree in 2011, Barbara Cook seemed to have it all - but did she? Through song, Jenny Lynn Stewart will trace Barbara Cook’s career from growing up in Atlanta to her spectacular concert career and beyond. She will be joined by William Lewis on piano.


Oct
25
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Paper Masks

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Children of all ages are welcome to join us in making paper masks. After you color your mask, you can put feathers, sprinkles of glitter, and attach a Popsicle stick. No registration is required; first-come, first-served. Don't miss out!


Oct
28
10:00AM

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12:30PM

Sewing Club: Season of Giving Project Part 1 (Intermediate)

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

Space is limited to 7 participants. Use your sewing skills to help make gifts for our annual Season of Giving Initiative. Intermediate level sewers only. This program starts promptly at 10AM, latecomers will not be seated. All materials will be provided. Adults only. Registration is required.


Nov
2
2:00PM

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3:15PM

Meet the Author: "One Lucky Fan" by Rich O'Malley

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Join us as Queens native Rich O’Malley, the former executive editor of the New York Daily News, talks about his two great loves – sports and travel –that morphed into his lifelong dream of seeing a home game for every franchise in American professional sports. O’Malley turned his observations and experiences into "One Lucky Fan: From Bleachers to Box Seats, Chasing the Ultimate Sports Dream to Visit All 123 MLB, NBA, NFL & NHL Teams." Books will be available for sale and signing.


Nov
5
2:00PM

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4:15PM

Tuesday Afternoon Movie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Tuesdays in November, we will screen the following films:

11/5: "The Monuments Men" (2014, PG-13) Customer Suggestion
11/12: "The Crucible" (1996, PG-13)
11/19: "Blade Runner" (1982, R) Customer Suggestion
11/26: "What's Cooking?" (2000, PG-13)

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

Additional Dates


Nov
5
6:30PM

--to--

8:00PM

National Novel Writing Month Workshops 2019

Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

In anticipation of National Novel Writing Month, this four-session course, taught by Jennifer Celestin, will focus on providing writers with the tools and motivation required for creating longer fiction.

Central LibraryTue, Nov 12, 20196:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryTue, Nov 19, 20196:30PM - 8:00PM
Central LibraryTue, Nov 26, 20196:30PM - 8:00PM

Nov
6
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Movie Night Wednesday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Wednesdays in November, we will screen the following films:

11/6: "They Shall Not Grow Old" (2019, R) Customer Suggestion
11/13: "What Men Want" (2019, R) Customer Suggestion
11/20: "Rocketman" (2019, R) Customer Suggestion
11/27: "The Oath" (2018, R)

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

Additional Dates


Nov
7
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Classic Movie Thursday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

11/7: "The White Cliffs of Dover" (1944)
11/14: "The Wizard of Oz" (1939)
11/21: "Alice's Restaurant" (1969)

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

Additional Dates


Nov
10
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Open Mic for Poets and Writers

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Our featured reader Radha Vatsal is the author of the mystery novels "A Front Page Affair" and "Murder Between the Lines," set in WWI-era New York. She received her Ph.D. from Duke University and her writing has appeared in the online editions of the Atlantic, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Smithsonian magazine as well as CrimeReads. She is co-editor of the Women Film Pioneers Project.


Nov
17
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Concert with Sherlee Skai

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

World music artist Sherlee Skai brings a unique sound that was shaped by multicultural influences from Haitian folklore to American jazz and soul.


Nov
25
10:00AM

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12:30PM

Sewing Club: Season of Giving Project Part 2 (Beginners and Intermediate)

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

Space is limited to 7 participants. Use your sewing skills to help make gifts for our annual Season of Giving Initiative. *Beginner and Intermediate level sewers are welcome.* This program starts promptly at 10AM, latecomers will not be seated. All materials will be provided. Adults only. Registration required.


Dec
3
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Tuesday Afternoon Movie

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Tuesdays in December, we will screen the following films:

12/3: "Scrooged" (1988, PG-13) Customer Suggestion
12/10: "The Best Man Holiday" (2013, R)
12/17: "The Ref" (1994, R) Customer Suggestion
12/24: No Movie
12/31: No Movie

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

Additional Dates


Dec
4
6:00PM

--to--

8:15PM

Movie Night Wednesday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Wednesdays in December, we will screen the following films:

12/4: "Yesterday" (2019, PG-13) Customer Suggestion
12/11: "The White Crow" (2019, R)
12/18: "The Public" (2019, PG-13) Customer Suggestion
12/25: No Movie

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

Additional Dates


Dec
5
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Classic Movie Thursday

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

12/5: "All Mine to Give" (1957)
12/12: "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1969)
12/19: "A Christmas Carol" (1938)
12/26: "My Reputation" (1946)

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

Additional Dates


Dec
7
2:00PM

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4:00PM

See It Through Our Eyes: The Joy of Indian Classical Dance and Music

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Navatman Dance and Navatman Music Collective join forces for a show based on the best of Indian classical dance and music. Hear beautiful bhajans, watch a varnam, and learn about the mythology from which the music and dance take its form - and transport yourself to another place and time.


Dec
8
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Open Mic for Poet and Writers

Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Our featured reader Monica Wendel is a poet, educator, New Yorker, mother, and more. She's the author of numerous collections of poetry, including "No Apocalypse" (Georgetown Review Press, 2013) and "English Kills and Other Poems" (Mayapple Press, 2018). Since 2010, she has taught at St. Thomas Aquinas College, where she is now an associate professor of composition and creative writing.


Dec
18
10:00AM

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12:00PM

The Job & Business Academy Presents A Vision Board Workshop (Day)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 openings

Visualize your future with a vision board. The Job & Business Academy (JBA) welcomes you to join author and motivational speaker Richard Celestin, Esq. to envision the career success you desire with the creation of a vision board. This is a workshop of purpose, fun, and creativity. Bring in your old magazines and let us help you set the stage for dreaming big in 2020!


Dec
18
6:00PM

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8:00PM

The Job & Business Academy Presents A Vision Board Workshop (Evening)

Location: Central Library
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 openings

Visualize your future with a vision board. The Job & Business Academy (JBA) welcomes you to join author and motivational speaker Richard Celestin, Esq. to envision the career success you desire with the creation of a Vision Board. This is a workshop of purpose, fun, and creativity. Bring in your old magazines and let us help you set the stage for dreaming big in 2020!


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Central Library in Jamaica has:

  • 100 public computers in the Cyber Center
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  • 18 computers in the Children's Library Discovery Center for children 12 and under
  • 4 computers for toddlers
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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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
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
A Special Place for Kids
89-14 163rd St
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 739-1601
Afro American Parents Day Care Center Incorporated
117-16 Sutphin Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 322-2030
All My Children Day Care
175-44 Mayfield Rd
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 658-1563
All Our Children Family Daycare
148-07 111th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 739-5930
Early Sunrise Daycare
187-08 Hillside Ave
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 736-9064
Head Start
161-06 89th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 523-1888
Kids Circle Daycare
164-04 Goethals Ave
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 380-1280
Queens Child Guidance Center
161-06 89th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 558-8657
Sensational Kids Incorporated
176-21 Wexford Terrace
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-0851
Allen Christian Pre-School
114-32 Merrick Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11434
Gil-Blu Nursery - Kindergarten
120-02 Merrick Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
Kids Porta Bright Horizon Center
Bldg 350 JFK Airport
Jamaica NY , 11430
Little Flowers Early Childhood
23410 Merrick Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11422
Rochdale Village Nursery & Kindergarten
170-30 130th Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434
Treehouse Day Nursery
168-40 127 Ave
Jamaica NY , 11434

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

Community Organizations & Services
Greater Jamaica Development Corporation
90-04 161st Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 291-0282
fax: (718) 658-1405
Jamaica Chamber of Commerce
90-25 161st Street, Suite 505
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 657-4800
Jamaica Business Development Center
90-33 160th Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 206-2255
fax: (718) 206-3693
Community Mediation Group
89-64 163rd Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 523-6868
BFFY Jamaica Family Youth Center
90-11 160th St
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 526-5151
Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning
161-04 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 658-7400
fax:
York College Performing Arts Center
94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 262-3750
fax:
King Manor Museum
King Park, 153rd Street and Jamaica Ave.
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 206-0545
fax: (718) 206-0541
Afrikan Poetry Theatre
176-03 Jamaica Ave.
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 523-3312
fax:
Black Spectrum TheatreRoy Wilkens Park
177th St. & Baisley Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 723-1800
fax:
Chung-Cheng Art Gallery St. John's University Visual Arts
Sun Yat Sen Hall
Jamaica NY , 11439
phone: (718) 990-6583
fax: (718) 990-1881
 

Fire Department
Engine 275, Battalion 50:
111-36 Merrick Blvd.
Engine 298, Battalion 50:
153-11 Hillside Ave.
Engine 315, Battalion 50:
Engine 315, Battalion 50:
Engine 315, Ladder 125, Battalion 50:
159-06 Union Tpke.
Ladder 127, Battalion 50:
153-11 Hillside Ave.
 

Local Hospitals
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
8900 Van Wyck Expressway
Jamaica NY , 11418
phone: (718) 206-6000
Queens Hospital Center
82-70 One Hundred Sixty-Fourth Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-3000
 

Local Newspapers
Jamaica Times
Queens Chronicle
Queens Tribune

Parks and Playgrounds
Rufus King Park
Jamaica Avenue from 150th to 153rd Street
Major Mark Park
Hillside Avenue, from 173rd to 175th Street
Captain Tilly Memorial Park
Bordered by Highland Ave, Upland Pkwy, Gothic Pkwy
Harvard Playground
179th Place, north of Jamaica Ave
  

Police Department
103rd Precinct
168-02 Police Officer Edward Byrne Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 657-8181
  

Post Office
Jamaica Post Office
88-40 164th Street
Jamaica NY , 11432-9997
phone: (718) 990-1090
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Allen Christian School
171-10 Linden Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
Archbisop Molloy High School
83-53 Manton Street
Jamaica NY , 11435
Bethel Mission Junior Academy
10615 154th St
Jamaica NY , 11433
Ideal Montessori School
87-41 165th St
Jamaica NY , 11432
Immaculate Conception School
179-14 Dalny Road
Jamaica NY , 11432
Jamaica Day School of St Demet
84 35 152nd St
Jamaica NY , 11432
Jamaica Montessori
90-01 Merrick Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11432
Jamaica Seventh-day Adventist Busy Bee Learning
88-28 163rd St
Jamaica NY , 11432
New Dawn Elementary School
90-34 161st Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
Nativity B V M School
92nd St & Rockaway Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11416
St Clement Pope School
120-27 141st Street
Jamaica NY , 11436
St Peter Claver School
149-18 Jamaica Ave
Jamaica NY , 11435
St Nicholas of Tolentine School
80-22 Parsons Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11432-1096
The Mary Louis Academy
176-21 Wexford Terrace
Jamaica NY , 11432
United Nations International School
173-53 Croydon Road
Jamaica NY , 11432

Public Elementary Schools
PS 086 Queens (Q086)
87-41 Parsons Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 291-6264
fax: (718) 297-0298
PS 131 Abigail Adams (Q131)
170-45 84 Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 739-4229
fax: (718) 658-5690
PS 095 Eastwood (Q095)
179-01 90 Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 739-0007
fax: (718) 658-5271

Public High Schools
Hillcrest High School (Q505)
160-05 Highland Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 658-5407
fax: (718) 739-5137
Jamaica Educational Campus
167-01 Gothic Drive
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 739-5942
fax:
Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School (Q620)
165-65 84th Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 297-6580
fax: (718) 658-0365
Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School (Q680)
60-20 Goethals Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 969-3115
fax: (718) 969-3552
  

Senior Centers
Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults, Inc.
162-04 Jamaica Ave.,
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 657-6500
fax: (718) 523-7746
Robert Couche Senior Center
137-57 Farmers Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 978-8352
Senior Citizens Center
123-10 143rd St
Jamaica NY , 11436
phone: (718) 657-6500
Senior Citizens Center
166-01 Linden Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 658-0980
  

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. Alicia Hyndman
HyndmanA@nyassembly.gov
District Office 232-06A Merrick Boulevard
Springfield Gardens 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
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
  
NYS Senate
Hon. John Liu
Liu@nysenate.gov
District Office38-50 Bell Boulevard, Suite C
Bayside NY, 11361
phone: 718-765-6675
Albany OfficeRoom 802, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: 518-455-2210
fax: 518-426-6736

History

Community History

 

Jamaica was a former town and capital of Queens County. The first European settlers were probably New Englanders from Hempstead. They were granted a patent by Peter Stuyvesant, governor of New Netherland, on March 21, 1656. The settlement was initially called Rusdorf. After the English conquest in 1664 the name was changed to Jameco, after the Indians who were the earliest inhabitants of the area. In 1680, the present name was adopted.

On May 17, 1686, New York governor Thomas Dongan issued a charter to the landowners of Jamaica. The Dongan Charter consolidated the various hamlets into the town of Jamaica and set its boundaries. (The Dongan Charter is on display in the Long Island Division of the Central Library.)

In 1702 Jamaica briefly served as the capital of the New York Colony during a Yellow Fever outbreak in Manhattan.

Important to the history of Jamaica is Prospect Cemetery. The cemetery, which is the oldest cemetery in Queens, dates back to 1668 and includes the graves of some of the earliest inhabitants of Jamaica.

Two of Jamaica’s important landmarks are King Manor and Grace Episcopal Church. King Manor is named after Rufus King, a Massachusetts delegate to the Continental Congress, one of the two first New York Senators to Congress, a diplomat, and anti-slavery advocate. Grace Church was founded in 1702 and served as the official church of the British colonial government during the Revolutionary War. Rufus King is among those buried in the Church’s graveyard.

In 1898 Queens became part of the City of New York of which Jamaica was the county seat.

Jamaica owes its strength as a major shopping area to transportation. Jamaica Avenue was once a toll road between the ferry in Brooklyn and Hempstead. The Long Island Rail Road in Jamaica developed into a major hub. King Kullen, the first self service supermarket in the U.S., opened on Jamaica Avenue in 1930. In the 1960s, interest in Jamaica as a major shopping district began to decline. However, in recent years there has been a coordinated effort, through the work of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, to revitalize Jamaica.

Library History

The first Central Library was located on Parsons Boulevard. It opened in 1930 and was expanded with WPA funds in 1941. The current building on Merrick Boulevard was dedicated on April 11, 1966. The new building was the result of the unwavering efforts of Library Director Harold Tucker. It was designed by the architects York & Sawyer, Kiff, Colean, Voss and Souder. The new Central Library was the first major branch of an urban library to place all public services on one floor. The library cost $5,700,000 and contained 195,000 square feet of floor space. The library was renovated and expanded in 1989. Additional renovation and expansion has begun and is expected to be completed in the next few years, and will include the new Children’s Library and Discovery Center.

The Queens Library’s online catalog, InfoLinQ (Information online at Queens Library) was unveiled at the Central Library in October 1993. In January 1999 the Cyber Center opened at the Central Library. The Cyber Center has 48 computers for customer use, allowing access to the Internet and word processing. The Cyber Center, along with additional computers in the library, has helped to close the gap between the technology “haves” and “have-nots.”

Bibliography

“Libraries” by Phyllis Dan in The Encyclopedia of New York City.
Lighting the Way: The Centennial History of the Queens Borough Public Library 1896-1996 by Jeffrey A. Kroessler.

Suggested Reading on Jamaica’s History (available at the Central Library)

“Jamaica” by Vincent Seyfried in The Encyclopedia of New York City.
The Origin and History of Grace Church, Jamaica, New York by Horatio Oliver Ladd.
Recollections of Old Jamaica: 1655-1887.
Records of the Town of Jamaica Long Island: 1656-1751 edited by Josephine C. Frost.

Queens Poet Laureate 2007 – 2010

The Queens Borough President’s Office has announced the Fourth Poet Laureate to serve from 2007 to 2010:

Julio Marzan
Queens Poet Laureate

An honorary position, the Queens Poet Laureate promotes an appreciation of poetry throughout the borough and writes poetry that is inspired by, or relate to, the borough of Queens.

To learn more about the Queens Poet Laureate, go to http://www.queensbp.org/content_web/cultural_affairs
/cultural_poet2007.shtml