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It's Time for Kind: Movie Series

It's Time for Kind! Join us on Saturdays for some wonderful movies about being kind to others!
11/17: "The Wiz" (1978, G)
11/24: "Annie" (1982, PG)
12/1: "Charlotte's Web" (2006, G)
12/8: "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella" (1957, G)
12/22: "Disney's A Christmas Carol" (2009, PG)
12/29: "Finding Nemo" ...

Nov 24 @ 1:00 PM, Dec 1 @ 1:00 PM, Dec 8 @ 1:00 PM, Dec 22 @ 1:00 PM, Dec 29 @ 1:00 PM

It's Time for Kind: Card Making

Everyone loves to receive a kind word, even from a stranger. Come join Ms. Christine as she teaches you how to make your own greeting cards. All cards made this night will be given out to seniors in our Laurelton community. For more It’s Time for Kind programming, visit queenslib.org/itstimeforkind2018.

Dec 6 @ 6:00 PM

Draw Night

Come join us for Laurelton Library's first ever "Draw Night" with Ms. Christine. Using one piece, you will create a masterpiece of your own unique perspective. Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own markers, ink, and colored pencils. Ages 12 and up are welcome. Registration is required.

Dec 13 @ 6:00 PM

Nov
20
1:00PM

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4:00PM

Job Search Strategies

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Job searching can be an overwhelming process. Prepare yourself for success! This workshop teaches traditional and creative ways to find jobs, identify career-specific websites, and network.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
20
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Resume and Cover Letter Writing for Teens

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Are you in high school and interested in finding a job? Come learn how to create a powerful cover letter and resume. It's never too early to learn skills that will help your future!

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

Additional Dates


Nov
21
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Reading Help

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Our reading program is designed to build the critical reading skills that will help your child develop a lifelong love of reading – and a solid foundation for academic success.

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

Additional Dates


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Nov
21
4:00PM

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5:00PM

African American History Club

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Join us as we travel back in time and honor our African American heroes. Every session we will learn the history of our beloved African American public figures.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
24
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Shape Up NYC: Zumba for Adults

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Instructor Eulanda leads this Zumba fitness class, which incorporates low and high intensity dance moves to rhythms including salsa, soca, hip-hop and African beats. Come and have fun while burning calories.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
24
1:00PM

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3:00PM

It's Time for Kind: Movie Series

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

It's Time for Kind! Join us on Saturdays for some wonderful movies about being kind to others!
11/17: "The Wiz" (1978, G)
11/24: "Annie" (1982, PG)
12/1: "Charlotte's Web" (2006, G)
12/8: "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella" (1957, G)
12/22: "Disney's A Christmas Carol" (2009, PG)
12/29: "Finding Nemo" (2003, G)
For more It’s Time for Kind programming, visit queenslib.org/itstimeforkind2018.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
26
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Laurelton's Literary Society

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Please join the Laurelton Literary Society! Our next meeting will be October 22, 2018 in the large meeting room. We will discuss "The Burning Girl" by Claire Messud. Future dates will be November 26 and December 17th. We will be pick books for those dates, probably at October's meeting.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
27
1:00PM

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4:00PM

Interview Preparation

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

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.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
29
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Computers For Seniors

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Today’s tech tools are evolving faster than ever. Do you ever feel like it’s too much to keep up with? We’ve all been there at some point, but with a little help it’s easy to improve your skills. Computer classes for seniors can help you learn how to use today’s tech to enrich your life.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
29
3:00PM

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4:00PM

It's Time for Kind: The Power of Gratitude

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

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


Nov
29
5:30PM

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7:30PM

Thursday Chess Days

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Join us at the Laurelton Library every Thursday at 5:30pm for our Chess Club. It doesn't matter if you're a beginner or an expert; there's something for everyone to learn! Ages 10 and up.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
30
4:00PM

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5:00PM

It's Time For Kind: Build A Bird Feeder

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Be kind to nature and build a bird feeder. Participants ages 6-12 will create a beautiful bird feeder from popsicle sticks. For more It’s Time for Kind programming, visit queenslib.org/itstimeforkind2018.


Dec
3
4:30PM

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6:30PM

Crocheting with Mrs. Belynda

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Get your crochet hooks, knitting needles, and yarns ready! Learn how to make your very own hats, scarves, and other cozy things for your friends and family. Beginners are welcome.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
3
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Open Mic Night

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

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


Dec
5
10:30AM

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11:30AM

It's Time for Kind: Kindness Read-Aloud

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Enjoy stories and songs that focus on love, empathy, and kindness for ages 18 months to 5 years.
Enjoy finger plays and creative movement and create a beautiful craft. For more It’s Time for Kind programming, visit queenslib.org/itstimeforkind2018.


Dec
6
6:00PM

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7:30PM

It's Time for Kind: Card Making

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Everyone loves to receive a kind word, even from a stranger. Come join Ms. Christine as she teaches you how to make your own greeting cards. All cards made this night will be given out to seniors in our Laurelton community. For more It’s Time for Kind programming, visit queenslib.org/itstimeforkind2018.


Dec
10
5:30PM

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6:30PM

Resilience: A Personal Memoir

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Elizabeth Garcia is the author of the bestselling bilingual picture book "El Viaje de Lucita"/"Lucita’s Journey"; she is a former manager of Queens Library at Auburndale. With this program, Elizabeth will introduce her book "Resilience: A Memoir." It is written in simple language so children in the fifth and sixth grade can read it as well as adults.


Dec
13
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Draw Night

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

Come join us for Laurelton Library's first ever "Draw Night" with Ms. Christine. Using one piece, you will create a masterpiece of your own unique perspective. Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own markers, ink, and colored pencils. Ages 12 and up are welcome. Registration is required.


Dec
15
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Springfield Gardens Leos Club

Location: Laurelton
Registration: Not required

The Springfield Gardens Leo Club is looking for volunteers between the ages of 10-16. If you're looking to join an organization that organizes events and activities for the community, you are welcome to join!


Jan
17
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.

Come join us for Laurelton Library's first ever Draw Night with Ms. Christine. Using one piece, you will create a masterpiece of your own unique perspective, but feel free to bring your own markers, ink, and colored pencils. Ages 12 and up are welcome. Registration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
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


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Laurelton Community Library has:

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

 

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International Language Collections at the Laurelton Community Library include:

  • Creole
  • French
  • Spanish

 

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

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

 


Child Care / Preschools
Community Board
Community Organizations & Services
Fire Department
Local Hospitals
Local Newspapers
Parks and Playgrounds
Police Department
Post Office
Private / Parochial Schools
Public Elementary Schools
Public High Schools
Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Donovan Richards
DRichards@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 1931 Mott Avenue, Suite 410
Far Rockaway NY , 11691
phone: (718) 471-7014
fax: (718) 327-4794
Legislative Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1731
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-7216
fax: (212) 227-1210
NYS Assembly
Hon. Alicia Hyndman
HyndmaA@nyassembly.gov
District Office 232-06A Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica NY, 11413
phone: (718) 723-5412
fax: (718) 723-5465
Albany Office LOB, Room 820
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4451
fax: (518) 455-5522
NYS Senate
Hon. Leroy Comrie
Comrie@nysenate.gov
District Office 113-43 Farmers Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 454-0162
fax: (718) 454-0186
Albany Office Room 617, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2701
fax: (518) 455-2816
US Congress
Hon. Gregory W. Meeks

District Office 153-01 Jamaica Ave., Suite 204
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 725-6000
fax: (718) 725-9868
Legislative Office 2234 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20516
phone: (202) 225-3461
fax: (202) 226-4169
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sources:

 

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