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This Weekend at Queens Library

There’s so much to do at the library this weekend! You can celebrate World Vegetarian Day, Banned Books Week, and Mahatma Gandhi's birthday; share your writing at the Rockaway Author Expo; join a Queens Village-based photography project; laugh at an afternoon of clean comedy; meet author Terry Ballard; enjoy an interactive opera ...

October Starts with Great Concerts!

Start the fall season right with the hottest new musical talent!

Free tickets are still available for great Culture Connection concerts by blues-folk masters The Sean Richey Duo, featuring two-time Grammy nominee Norman Edwards, Jr., on Saturday, October 1, and soul crooner Cleveland P. Jones on ...

See Shakespeare Performed at Queens Library!

The play’s the thing at Queens Library! We're partnering with the award-winning TITAN Theatre Company to bring dramatic staged readings of all Shakespeare’s plays to libraries across Queens.

Our second season of Shakespeare in Queens starts with Macbeth on Monday, October 3 at ...

Get Your Free IDNYC Card in Laurelton!

You can sign up for IDNYC on your side of Queens!

Laurelton Community Library will be hosting a temporary "pop-up" Enrollment Center from October 3 through October 7 where you can apply for your IDNYC card in person.

IDNYC is the newly launched New York City ...

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

Join Queens Library for several special events where we will celebrate the histories and cultures of Hispanic Americans and the contributions they have made to our society!

Over the next four weeks, we will also highlight books from our collection by celebrated Hispanic authors. You can find a list of them here and see pictures of ...

Buy-A-Book for Queens Library

Did you know that every children’s book you buy for Queens Library will be read by 40 or more kids?

You can help the youngest members of our communities—and many others—explore their dreams through Queens Library’s Buy-A-Book program.

For every $25 you donate, a bookplate with your name (or the ...

Queens Library Magazine

The new issue of Queens Library Magazine is out now!

Queens Library Magazine combines great library-themed feature stories and two months' worth of information about our free programs, services, and special events, and it's available at your neighborhood library or ...

Dreams Start Here: the Queens Library Foundation 2016 Autumn Gala

We cordially invite you to help inspire, educate, and celebrate children at our 2016 Autumn Gala!

The Gala will benefit programs and services for children and adolescents that inspire them to learn, grow, and achieve their dreams.

We will also honor our distinguished guests—the 106th Mayor of the City of New York, ...

Free Movies, Music, E-Books, and More!

Enjoy digital media at home, at work, or on-the-go!

Queens Library is a one-stop shop for tech lovers. Our digital media collection includes thousands of free eBooks, audiobooks, eMagazines, music, movies, and videos.

You can download all of these items to a personal computer, smartphone, pocket PC, PDA, portable media ...

Oct
3
1:30PM

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3:00PM

Skype a Crossword Puzzle

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

We solve the puzzle together using your home computer and Skype. This Mail-a-Book program is open to all older adults and the homebound. First time callers please call 718-464-0084 for access numbers.

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

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Oct
3
5:30PM

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7:30PM

Chess Club

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Practice your chess skills with other adults.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
4
2:00PM

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3:30PM

The Whitney Museum

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

The Whitney Museum invites you to join us for an in-depth look at women artists in the Whitney's permanent collection. This course will highlight the women who are the foundation of the institution and the contemporary female artist who build upon their legacy. Looking at work created within the last one hundred years, we will explore work that revolutionized the field and broke barriers for female artists.

First-time participants should contact Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084 for access numbers.

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

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Oct
5
11:00AM

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12:30PM

What Are You Reading?

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Find out what other people are reading, and tell them what you're reading now. This is a teleconferenced discussion open to all older adults and the homebound. Call Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084 to register.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
6
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Books and Beyond

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Shyan Bhairo leads this teleconferenced topical discussion group.
In September we will be talking about the life and times of Shirley Temple Black
The October topic is Witchology: The Salem Witch Trials to Bewitched
First-time participants should contact Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084 for access numbers.


Oct
7
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Marion's Art History Class

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Marion Mango discusses great art in this teleconferenced program open to older adults and the homebound. First-time participants please contact Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084 for access numbers.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
7
10:00AM

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1:00PM

STARs: Senior Theater Acting Repertory

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Calling all older adults! Join our galaxy of STARs and perform theatrical works at the library with a great group of people!

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

Additional Dates


Oct
11
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Bingo

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

We're playing bingo, and you can join in from home. This is a teleconferenced event open to older adults and the homebound. Call 718-464-0084 for bingo cards, chips and access numbers.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
12
11:00AM

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12:30PM

You Be the Judge

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

We discuss real court cases and verdicts at this teleconferenced program for older adults and the homebound. First-time participants please call 718-464-0084 for access numbers.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
12
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Movie Afternoon

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

This month's selection is "Me Before You" (2016, PG-13).


Oct
13
8:00PM

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9:00PM

After Hours: Author! Author!

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

We're chatting about authors, books and genres. What to read next and which authors to put on your favorite list? This is a teleconference event. First-time callers should contact Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084 for access numbers.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
14
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Queens Museum-Art History Lecture Series

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

A series of Art History lectures presented by the Queens Museum by teleconference. First-time participants should contact Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084 for information about the lecture topic, and for access numbers. Topics include the Panorama, The World's Fair and artists Hongtu/Vida and Gropper/Oliver.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
17
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Knit and Crochet Club

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Bring your supplies and make new friends at this crafts group for adults!

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

Additional Dates


Oct
18
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Introduction to Email

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Learn how to create and navigate an email account, log on, send and receive messages, and attach documents. Participants must have basic computer skills. Preregistration and a valid Queens Library card are required.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
18
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Tribute to Louis Armstrong

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Ricky Riccardi, archivist for the Louis Armstrong House Museum and author of “What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong's Later Years,” leads this discussion. This is a teleconferenced program. First time callers please contact Mail a Book for access numbers, 718-464-0084.


Oct
19
11:00AM

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12:30PM

The Poet in You

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

First-time participants, please call 718-464-0084 for access numbers.

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

Book Discussion Group

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

We will discuss "Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction" by David Sheff.


Oct
20
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Books and Beyond: Book Discussion

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

A teleconferenced book discussion group. The September title is "Ines of My Soul" by Isabel Allende. Kathy Reich's "Bones Never Lie" is the title for October. First-time callers should contact Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084 for access numbers.


Oct
21
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Preventing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

RN Kathy Moran leads a discussion about how to prevent Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as winter depression or winter blues.


Oct
25
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Managing Diabetes

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Managing Diabetes with health educator Fiona Harvey, MPH. This is a teleconferenced program. First-time participants should contact Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084 for access numbers.


Oct
27
8:00PM

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9:00PM

After Hours: A Short Story Discussion Group

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Bonnie Sue Pokorny moderates this teleconferenced evening short-story discussion group. First-time callers, please contact Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084 for access numbers and to receive a copy of the story we will be discussing.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
3
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Books and Beyond Topical Discussion Group

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Shyan Bhairo leads this teleconferenced topical discussion group.
The November topic is "Gypsies, a Nomadic Nation"
The December topic is "Home For The Holidays"
First-time participants should contact Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084 for access numbers.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
8
2:00PM

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3:30PM

South America: Geography

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Learn about the countries from the continent of South America. This is a teleconferenced program for older adults. First-time participants should contact Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084 for access numbers.


Nov
15
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Hypertension

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Hypertension: Causes and treatments. This is a teleconference event. First-time participants should contact Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084 for access numbers.


Nov
17
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Books and Beyond: Book Discussion

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

A teleconferenced book discussion group. The November book is "Miller's Valley" by Anna Quindlin and the December book is "Ocean at the End of the Lane" by Neil Gaiman. First-time callers should contact Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084 for access numbers.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
22
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Chit Chat

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Make friends and chat over the phone in this teleconferenced program. First-time participants should contact Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084 for access numbers.


Nov
25
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Chit Chat and STARs Performance

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Chat and make friends over the phone, then enjoy scenes from classic plays performed by Senior Theater Acting Repertory. This is a teleconferenced event. First-time participants should contact Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084 for access numbers.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
13
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Africa: Geography

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Learn about the geography of Africa, its borders, cities, climate and topography, oceans and rivers. This is a teleconferenced program for older adults. First time callers please contact Mail a Book at 718-464-0084 for access numbers.


Dec
16
10:00AM

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12:00PM

MOMA: The Foundation of Twentieth Century Art

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

This two-part course will introduce participants to the foundations of twentieth-century art. Sessions will include lectures and discussions on specific objects, artists, and contemporary cultural projects. In the second session, we will consider early expressionist painting: Odillon Redon, James Ensor, and others. First-time participants should contact Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084 for access numbers.


Dec
20
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Brain Games

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Stimulating an aging brain may be a key part of dementia prevention. RN Kathy Moran will jog your memory today - the theme is the 50's and 60's. This is a teleconference event. First-time participants should contact Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084 for access numbers.


Dec
23
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Remember When...

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Share the memory of a special time in your life, led by Judy Kamilhor, freelance writer/librarian. This is a teleconference event. First time callers please call Mail a Book at 718-464-0084 for access numbers.


Dec
27
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Chit Chat

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Make friends and chat over the phone in this teleconferenced program. First-time participants should contact Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084 for access numbers.


Dec
31
7:00PM

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9:00PM

New Year's Teleconferences

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Ring in the New Year with Friends, two special teleconference events moderated by Queens Library Older Adult Services. Socialize, chit chit chat and mingle with your friends on this holiday New Years Eve from 7pm to 9pm; New Years Day from 11am to 1pm. Come join the fun. You don't have to be alone this holiday season! First-time callers must preregister at 718-464-0084.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Queens Village Community Library has:

  • 8 public computers
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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International Language Collections at the Queens Village Community Library include:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Hindi
  • Haitian Creole

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Queens Village Community Library include:

  • New Americans
  • Black Experience
  • Travel
  • Audio books and large print books

 


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
Teaching, Learning, & Caring
212-47 Jamaica Ave
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718)740-6750
Redeemer Nursery School
92-10 217th St.
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 465-3252
Reach and Grow
214-09 Jamaica Ave.
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 468-3860
Jen-Lyn’s Day Care
218-14 Jamaica Ave.
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 465-8475
Queens Village Day School
219-32 Jamaica Ave.
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 479-5926
Kids for the Future
220-24 Jamaica Ave.
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 776-4200

Community Board
Community Board District # 13
219-41 Jamaica Avenue
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 464-9700
fax: (718) 464-7333
  

Community Organizations & Services
Queens Village Civic Association
P.O. Box 0766
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 468-2160
Queens Village Community Services
80-45 Winchester Blvd. Building 21
Queens Village NY , 11427
phone: (718) 264-3950
 

Fire Department
Engine 304, Ladder 162
218-44 97th Ave.
Queens Village NY , 11429
  

Local Hospitals
Long Island Jewish Medical Center
270-05 76th Avenue
New Hyde Park NY , 11040
phone: (718) 470-7000
Creedmoor Psychiatric Center
80-45 Winchester Boulevard
Queens Village NY , 11427
phone: (718) 264-4000
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Alley Pond Park
Winchester Blvd. & Union Turnpike
  

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

Post Office
Queens Village
209-20 Jamaica
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (800) ASK-USPS
  

Private / Parochial Schools
St. Joseph’s Parish (K-8)
217-55 100 Ave.
Queens Village NY , 11429
phone: (718) 464-8913
Our Lady of Lourdes (PreK-8)
92-80 220 St.
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 464-1480
Sts. Joachin and Anne (PreK-8)
218-19 105 Ave.
Queens Village NY , 11429
phone: (718) 465-2230
Bethel Christian Academy (K-5)
215-32 Jamaica Ave.
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 978-4357 Ext. 322
Grace Lutheran (K-8)
100-05 Springfield Blvd.
Queens Village NY , 11429
phone: (718) 465-1010
 

Public Elementary Schools
PS 18 Winchester
86-35 235 Court
Queens Village NY , 11427
phone: (718) 464-4167
PS 33 Edward M. Funk
91-37 222 St.
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 465-6283
PS 34 John Harvard
104-12 Springfield Blvd.
Queens Village NY , 11429
phone: (718) 465-6818
PS 135 The Bellaire School
207-11 89 Ave.
Queens Village NY , 11427
phone: (718) 464-2119
fax: (718) 464-8448
Merrick Academy Charter School
207-01 Jamaica Ave.
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 468-4773
 

Public High Schools
Martin Van Buren HS
230-17 Hillside Ave.
Queens Village NY , 11427
phone: (718) 776-4728
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
IS 109 Jean Nuzzi
213-10 92 Ave.
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 465-0651
  

Senior Centers
SNAP of Eastern Queens Senior Center
80-45 Winchester Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11427
phone: (718) 454-2100
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Barry Grodenchik
M23@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 73-03 Bell Boulevard, Suite 1N
Oakland Gardens NY , 11364
phone: (718) 468-0137
fax: (718) 468-0178
Manhattan Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1807
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-6984
fax: (212) 608-6382
NYS Assembly
VACANT
District Office 97-01 Springfield Boulevard
Queens Village NY, 11429
phone: (718) 479-2333
fax: (718) 464-7128
Albany Office LOB, Room 547
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4711
fax: (518) 455-3740
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., 2nd Floor
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 725-6000
fax: (718) 725-9868
Legislative Office 2234 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

Queens Village, located in east central Queens, is bordered to the north by Union Turnpike, to the east by the Cross Island Parkway, to the south by Murdock Avenue, and to the west by Francis Lewis Boulevard.

The area was settled by colonists in the 1640’s and became known as Little Plains. It was used as common public land for grazing cattle until the 1700s when a village was first established. The surrounding lands were gradually bought up and established as working farms.

From 1824 to 1834, the village was known as Brushville, named for Thomas Brush who opened a prosperous blacksmith shop as well as a number of other enterprises.

In 1834, the railroad arrived and the first station in Queens was established. Residents voted to change the name of the town from Brushville to Queens. Later, the Long Island Rail Road added “village” to its station’s name and thus the town became known as Queens Village.

1870 brought extensive development when Scott R. Sherwood, a prominent developer bought and subdivided a parcel of land south of the train station and divided it into 700 building lots.

By 1898, the population had grown to about 900. Still, the area remained largely rural. Many of the German descendants of the original farm owners continued to live there. In 1902, Interstate Park was opened, followed by Belmont Park in 1903.

But it wasn’t until the 1920s that Queens Village really began to take off. It was part of an overall housing boom that was spreading east through Queens from New York as people from the city sought the bucolic life.

Post World War II saw the arrival of veterans and their families, blacks and Latin Americans.

Today, many of those homes built in the twenties and thirties still stand. Charming and well maintained Dutch Colonials and Tudors currently house and continue to attract an interestingly diverse population.

 

Sources:

Books:
The Encyclopedia of New York State. Peter Eisenstadt, Editor in Chief,

Syracuse University Press, 2005.

Home Town Long Island. Staff of Newsday, Newsday Inc. 1999

The Encyclopedia of New York City. Kenneth T. Jackson, Editor, Yale University Press, 1995.

The Story of Queens Village. Vincent F. Seyfried, Centennial Association, 1974.

The Queens Village Library owes its existence to two women, Mrs. William Wood and Miss Anne Doughty. In 1896, they realized the need for a library in the growing town. An appeal to Dr. Charles Henry Miller, a well known painter of the time, and the Shakespeare Club resulted in a traveling library being obtained from New York State.

This library was housed in the Dutch Reformed Church. It proved to be so popular, that the Shakespeare Club raised funds for an independent library which was started in 1899. In 1901, its stock of 427 books were turned over to the Queens Borough Public Library.

In 1904, the library moved to the Kissam Building on Railroad Ave. In 1914, it moved to the Post Office building then on 218th St. In 1925, it moved to the northeast corner of Jamaica Ave. and Vanderveer St.

In 1937 property was purchased between 94th Rd. and 94th Ave on the east side of 217th St. In 1939, Louis J. Bailey, then chief of the Queens Borough Public Library was granted $125,000 to build the library’s first permanent home.

On Sunday June 8, 1952 the new, modern building was dedicated and opened to an enthusiastic public the following day.