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Laurelton

Our Renewed Promise to the Public

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

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

At Queens Public Library, we speak your ...

Oct
15
3:00PM

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6:00PM

Stacks Program

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

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

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

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Oct
16
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Teen Resume Workshop

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Come and take your resume to the next level with your recent work and volunteer experience.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
17
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Computer Class for Seniors

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Learn the basics of using a computer and how to navigate the Internet. Our class is for seniors who want to explore the World Wide Web.

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

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Oct
17
3:00PM

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4:00PM

African American History

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Come and join us for an education and discussion about African American history. This program is designed for children that are 5 to 10 years old.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
17
5:30PM

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7:30PM

Chess Club

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Come to our children's chess club and learn the game of chess! Have fun while learning a game that opens your mind to deep thought, analysis, imagination, and enjoyment. An experienced chess player will be present to provide assistance. This program is for children ages 6 to 12. Registration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
17
5:30PM

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7:30PM

Crochet with Mrs. B

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Join us to share crochet patterns and techniques. There will be lessons for beginners, with all skill levels welcome to attend.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
17
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Quilting Club

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Please join us Thursday evenings for beginner quilting. We will learn basic and intermediate techniques to create beautiful individual and group projects. All are welcome; supplies will be available for use during the sessions.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
17
6:00PM

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7:30PM

NYC Open Data 101

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 30 openings

Want to know more about how your local government and city agencies work? Curious how you can use open data to better understand and advocate for change in your community? Join us for this introductory workshop to learn how to access, filter, and analyze information about your neighborhood from New York City’s open data platform.


Oct
18
10:30AM

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11:15AM

Crazy Art

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Preschool families enjoy art with crazy ingredients plus creativity.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
18
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Talk Sports with Jeff

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Come in and let’s wrap up the week in sports. We’ll cover all sports and engage in dialogue with regards to that week in sports.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
19
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Shape Up NYC: Cardio Dance Fitness

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

ShapeUp NYC Instructor Althea leads this fitness class that uses easy-to-follow dance moves geared at increasing cardiovascular fitness, body toning, and burning calories. Wear loose clothing and sneakers. Be sure to bring a bottle of water. Space is limited. Participation is first-come, first-served.

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

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Oct
21
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Crochet with Mrs. B

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Join us to share crochet patterns and techniques. There will be lessons for beginners, with all skill levels welcome to attend.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
21
5:30PM

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6:30PM

Open Mic

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Laurelton Library invites all neighborhood performers to come and be a part of our open mic night! Bring your guitars, mandolins, voices, poetry, dancing shoes, and more. Let's celebrate each other's creativity and just have fun!

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

Additional Dates


Oct
21
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Draw Night at Laurelton

Location: Laurelton
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.

Do you love to draw or would love to give it a try? Join us for Draw Night at Laurelton Library every Monday, where we will be creating colorful pictures using color pencils, ink, and pastels. Supplies and space are limited so please register either at the reference desk or give us a call at 718-528-2822.

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Oct
24
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Halloween Collage Card Making

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Happy Halloween! Bring your favorite pictures and scariest magazine clips for some Halloween collage card making where we will be taking pieces of different pictures and creating a whole new scary and fun card!


Oct
26
11:00AM

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1:00PM

Saturday Morning Movies

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Come and watch movies together with families, friends, and other library patrons.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
28
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Laurelton Literary Society

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Please come and join the Laurelton Literary Society. This is a monthly adult book discussion group. Please note we will not meet during the summer months.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
7
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Be Thankful Collage Card Making

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

In honor of Thanksgiving, join us in giving thanks by creating Thanksgiving collage cards! Bring in your favorite pictures and magazine clippings, and create a collage of all the things you're thankful for this year!


Nov
13
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Friends of Laurelton Presents STAR

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Come enjoy the Senior Theater Acting Repertory (STAR) musical performance.


Nov
21
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Fall's Paint Night

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

Join us for Laurelton Library's third paint night! Supplies and space are limited so please register at the reference desk or give us a call at 718-528-2822. Please note that our paint night starts at 6, so be sure to come ready to get creative, a bit messy, and have a lot of fun.


Dec
12
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Holiday Card Making

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Join us for fun, homemade holiday card making at Laurelton Library!


Jan
27
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Laurelton Literary Society

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Please join the Laurelton Literary Society. Each month the group will pick a book for the following month. Please call Laurelton's Adult Reference desk at 718-528-2822 to find out which book we will be reading and to sign up. Light refreshments will be served.

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

Additional Dates


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The 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
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
NYS Senate
Hon. Leroy Comrie
Comrie@nysenate.gov
District Office 113-43 Farmers Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 454-0162
fax: (718) 454-0186
Albany Office Room 612, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2701
fax: (518) 455-2816
US Congress
Hon. Gregory W. Meeks

District Office 153-01 Jamaica Avenue, Suite 204
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 725-6000
fax: (718) 725-9868
Legislative Office 2310 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-3461
fax: (202) 226-4169
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

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