Central Library

Lincoln Center Local: Elementos de Flamenco

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana builds bridges between cultures using the universal spirit of flamenco, an expression of emotion through dance. Enjoy a journey through Spain through the style’s powerful ...

Jul 12 @ 3:00 PM

Friends United (in Spanish)

Are you living with cancer? Meet with other Spanish-speakers and share your experiences, worries and hopes. To RSVP or for more information, call Carolina at 212-647-9700 x245. The group will meet at ...

Jul 15 @ 12:00 PM

Peer Mediation

Our peer mediation groups meet every Tuesday afternoon.

Jul 15 @ 4:00 PM, Jul 22 @ 4:00 PM, Jul 29 @ 4:00 PM, Aug 5 @ 4:00 PM, Aug 12 @ 4:00 PM

Movie Night Wednesday

We will screen the following movies in July: 7/2 - "About Last Night" (2014); 7/9 - "Lone Survivor" (2013); 7/16 - "The Lego Movie" (2014); 7/23 - "Heaven is for Real (2014); 7/30 - "Saving Mr. Banks" ...

Jul 16 @ 6:00 PM, Jul 23 @ 6:00 PM, Jul 30 @ 6:00 PM

Classic Movies @ 2:00

Every Thursday at 2:00PM we screen a different classic movie. In July, we feature customer requests: 7/3 - "Yankee Doodle Dandy" (1942); 7/10 - "King Kong" (1933); 7/17 - "Blackboard Jungle" (1955); 7/24 ...

Jul 17 @ 2:00 PM, Jul 24 @ 2:00 PM, Jul 31 @ 2:00 PM

Author Talk and Book Signing with Grey Johnson

Grey Johnson will give a spirited talk and PowerPoint presentation on “Inside the Whimsy Works: My Life with Walt Disney Productions” by his late father, Jimmy Johnson (1917-1975), which culled from the ...

Jul 17 @ 6:30 PM

Metastatic Cancer Support Group

Meet with others living with metastatic cancer and exchange information, resources and experiences. This program will take place at Queens Cancer Center of Queens Hospital, 82-68 164 Street, Jamaica. For ...

Jul 22 @ 12:00 PM

Movie Screening: "Down in the Delta"

We celebrate the life of poet, actress, dancer and film director Maya Angelou with a screening of the 1998 film that marked her directorial debut, the story of an inner-city Chicago family who return to ...

Jul 24 @ 6:00 PM

Intermediate PowerPoint

Take your PowerPoint presentations to the next level! Topics covered will include; creating transitions, emphasizing your information with animations, inserting charts, and inserting multimedia. Register ...

Jul 26 @ 2:00 PM

Author Talk with Jahi Issa: "Until Africa Is Redeemed"

Jahi Issa, Ph. D., the author of the forthcoming book "Until Africa is Redeemed: The Universal Negro Improvement Association in Louisiana," will discuss the fascinating, turbulent history of ...

Jul 26 @ 2:30 PM

There are no programs scheduled here at this time. Please check our Events page for our other locations and programs you might be interested in attending.

Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Ravenswood Community Library has:

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

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International Language Collections at the Ravenswood Community Library include:

  • Chinese
  • Spanish
  • Russian
  • Indian

What does a Friends Group do?

Friends of Library - Ravenswood Chapter. Contact Community Library Manager at By apptmt only or Office of Government and Community Affairs (GCA) at (718) 990-0817 if you are interested in joining.

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

Child Care / Preschools
Astoria Child Care Center
21-20 35 Avenue
phone: (718) 784-2856

Community Board
Queens Community Board # 1
36-01 35th Avenue,
Astoria NY , 11106
phone: (718) 786-3335
fax: (718)786-3368

Community Organizations & Services
Hanac Ravenswood Senior Center
34-35 12 Street #A
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 786-1550
Meals On Wheels
45-18 Court Square #501
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 482-8620
Ravenswood Community Center
35-40 21 Street
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 786-3131

Fire Department
Engine 206
11-15 37th Ave
Long Island City NY , 11106

Local Hospitals
Elmhurst Hospital Center
79-01 Broadway
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 334-4000

Local Newspapers

Parks and Playgrounds
Astoria Park Pool
19 Street and 23 Drive
Astoria NY , 1105
phone: (718) 626-8620

Police Department
114 Precinct
34-16 Astoria Blvd
Astoria NY , 11103
phone: (718) 626-9311

Post Office
Grand Station Post Office
45-08 30 Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11103

Public Elementary Schools
P.S.111 Jacob Blackwell School
37-15 13 Street
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 786-2073
P.S.112 Dutch Kills School
25-05 37th Ave
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 784-5250

Public High Schools
Long Island City High School
14-30 Broadway
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 545-7095
Aviation Career & Technical H.S.
43-30 36th St.
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 361-2032

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
I.S. 204 O. W. Holmes School
36-41 28 Street
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 937-1463

Elected Officials
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Hon. Bill de Blasio


The locality known as Ravenswood was situated between Astoria and Hunter’s Point. At the present time the entire section is known as Astoria.

Ravenswood was named after Rev. John S. Ravenscroft, Bishop of North Carolina in the mid-1600. Originally called Ravenscroft, the name was changed after the bishop’s admirers realized the bishop would not be honored by such a sparsely settled area. Ravenswood’s Indian name was Matona Everardus Bogardus, a minister of the Dutch church acquired this section from the government of New Netherlands. Ravenswood was first settled by Captain Francis Fyn in 1651. With the coming of the English the title to the land passed to Jacob Blackwell under the new governor.

The Blackwell house was believed to have been built in 1664. During the Revolutionary War it was the home of Colonel Jacob Blackwell who died in 1785. It is said that George Washington stopped here on the retreat from the battle of Long Island.

As early as 1871 Ravenswood was brought into prominence by an act passed by the State Legislature incorporating the “New York and Long Island Bridge Company”; surveys were made at that time for a bridge from about 79th street, Manhattan, to Ravenswood.

The Ravenswood public library has been moved from Public School 83 to the office of James Sheridan at Webster Ave and Hamilton St. It was becoming inadequate at the school and Mr. Sheridan offered part of his office which was much larger than the school.