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Expanded Hours & Locations on July 21

UPDATE (7/20): Due to Power Outages in Areas of Queens, Please Check our Website and Social Media Channels on Sunday 7/21 For Updates to our Sunday Cooling Centers.

Eighteen QPL locations will be open on Sunday, July 21 from 12 pm to 5 pm to serve as NYC cooling centers. (This includes ...

Summer Reading: A Universe of Stories

Blast Off Into Summer Reading! Join us this season for our summer reading activities, ranging from book discussions and films to outer space-themed crafts and projects for children and teens of all ages.

Pick up our book lists at your local library, or download them today from the convenience of your home. Keep track of your ...

Queens Public Library Magazine

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Queens Public 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 ...

Free Summer Meals For Kids & Teens

Queens Public Library, along with the NYC Department of Education, will provide FREE lunches for kids and teens all summer long.

Summer Meals are open to all children, 18 and younger. Enrollment is not required and there is no cost. Meals will be provided Monday through Friday from 1pm to 2pm.

Queens ...

Summer Reading Battle of the Books!

It’s our second annual Summer Reading Battle of the Books!

This year, we’ve selected 16 of the best YA books for you to choose from, including Fantasy, Romance, Thriller, and Inspired by Real Life.

Vote for your favorite titles during the month of July, and challenge your friends to pick their favorites, ...

Learn English & Math On The Go!

Have you ever wanted to improve your reading, English, or math skills, or work on your high school equivalency, but felt too busy?

Now Queens Public Library has the solution—an app that you can use as you’re on-the-go or from anywhere that is convenient for you.

Try it out today for FREE—and make ...

Get Free Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park!

This summer, the Public Theater will present William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus in Central Park and you’re invited to get free tickets on the day of the show!

Free tickets will be available on Thursday, July 18 at 12pm at Flushing Library (41-17 Main Street), and are first-come, ...

City Leaders Deliver for NYC’s Libraries

We are extremely grateful to Mayor de Blasio, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, and the entire City Council for investing $33 million in additional expense funding for the City’s public libraries. This crucial support will allow us to continue providing essential services in the face of rising ...

Discover Your City With Culture Pass!

Start planning your summer adventures! NYC’s libraries are making it easier for you to explore museums, public gardens, and other cultural attractions for FREE with your friends and family!

Queens Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and New York Public Library are excited to announce Culture Pass, a ...

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 ...

Jul
22
3:30PM

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Baby Playdate

Location: Court Square
Registration: Not required

Drop in every Monday from 3:30 until 5 for an unstructured playdate! This is a great opportunity to meet other parents and caregivers in the neighborhood! This playdate is for babies from birth through crawling. Once they begin walking they should attend the Toddler Playdate instead.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
22
4:00PM

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4:30PM

Baby Playdate

Location: Court Square
Registration: Not required

Drop in every Monday for an unstructured playdate! This is a great opportunity to meet other parents and caregivers in the neighborhood! This playdate is for babies from birth through crawling. Once they begin walking they should attend the Toddler Playdate instead.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
22
4:30PM

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5:00PM

Baby Playdate

Location: Court Square
Registration: Not required

Drop in for an unstructured playdate! This is a great opportunity to meet other parents and caregivers in the neighborhood! This playdate is for babies from birth through crawling. Once they begin walking they should attend the Toddler Playdate instead.

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

Additional Dates


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Jul
23
3:30PM

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4:00PM

Toddler Playdate

Location: Court Square
Registration: Not required

Drop in for an unstructured playdate! This is a great opportunity to meet other parents and caregivers in the neighborhood! This playdate is for walkers through 3 years old.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
23
4:00PM

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4:30PM

Toddler Playdate

Location: Court Square
Registration: Not required

Drop in for an unstructured playdate! This is a great opportunity to meet other parents and caregivers in the neighborhood! This playdate is for walkers through 3 years old.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
23
4:30PM

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5:00PM

Toddler Playdate

Location: Court Square
Registration: Not required

Drop in for an unstructured playdate! This is a great opportunity to meet other parents and caregivers in the neighborhood! This playdate is for walkers through 3 years old.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
24
10:15AM

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10:45AM

Toddler Time

Location: Court Square
Registration: Registration is now closed

Join us Wednesday mornings for stories, songs, and good company! Children who are walking up to 3 years old with their caregivers are welcome! Registration is required and we do not take walk-ins or keep a waiting list. Please call the branch after 10 a.m. the Friday before the program or go on queenslibrary.org to register.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
24
11:00AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Time

Location: Court Square
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 1 openings

Join us Wednesday mornings for stories, songs, and good company! Children who are walking up to 3 years old with their caregivers are welcome! Registration is required and we do not take walk-ins or keep a waiting list. Please call the branch after 10 a.m. the Friday before the program or go on queenslibrary.org to register.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
24
3:00PM

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3:45PM

Summer Reading: Storytime at Hunter's Point Park South with the Bookcycle!

Location: Court Square
Registration: Not required

Join us Wednesdays at Coffeed for stories and songs! The Bookcycle will be on hand for all of your library needs. All ages are welcome! This event is co-hosted by the Hunter's Point Park Alliance and Friends of the Court Square Library.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
25
11:15AM

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11:45AM

Mother Goose Time

Location: Court Square
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 11 openings

Join us each Thursday for songs, stories, and lap-sit rhymes. Babies from birth through crawling and their caregivers are welcome. Once they are walking they need to move on to Toddler Time. Registration is encouraged and can be done by calling the branch or going to queenslibrary.org the Friday before the program.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
25
12:00PM

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12:30PM

Mother Goose Time

Location: Court Square
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 14 openings

Join us each Thursday for songs, stories, and lap-sit rhymes. Babies from birth through crawling and their caregivers are welcome. Once they are walking they need to move on to Toddler Time. Registration is encouraged and can be done by calling the branch or going to queenslibrary.org the Friday before the program.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
25
3:30PM

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4:00PM

Bookcycle Storytime

Location: Court Square
Registration: Not required

Get out and enjoy the nice weather with a storytime and sing-along on the lawn at Murray Park! The Queens Public Library Bookcycle will be there for all of your library needs, including getting a library card and checking out books! All ages are welcome. In case of inclement weather storytime will be held at the Court Square Library.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
25
4:00PM

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4:30PM

Bookcycle Craft

Location: Court Square
Registration: Not required

Get out and enjoy the nice weather with a simple craft on the lawn at Murray Playground! The Queens Public Library Bookcycle will be there for all of your library needs, including getting a library card and checking out books! The craft will be best suited for ages 2 and up. In case of inclement weather storytime will be held at the Court Square Library.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
26
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Summer Reading: Fun Fridays!

Location: Court Square
Registration: Not required

Cool off and celebrate Summer Reading at the Court Square Library every Friday this summer with crafts, games, Lego challenges, and movies. We will do something different every Friday! Ages 4 and up are welcome.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
27
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Computer Class for Beginners

Location: Court Square
Registration: Not required

Learn how to search Queens Public Library catalog and web, how to create and use email, and learn how to use Microsoft Word 2010. For adults, preregistration is required; there is a maximum or three people for one hour.


Aug
14
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Computer Class for Beginners

Location: Court Square
Registration: Not required

Learn how to search Queens Public Library catalog and web, how to create and use email, and how to use Microsoft Word 2010. For adults, preregistration is required; maximum of three people for one hour.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
23
3:30PM

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4:30PM

End of Summer Reading Party

Location: Court Square
Registration: Not required

Come celebrate "A Universe of Stories" at the Court Square Library! Children who complete a reading log will receive a certificate of achievement and we will have crafts and other activities for all ages!


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Court Square Community Library has:

  • 10 workstations
  • 1 library catalog only PC
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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International Language Collections at the Court Square Community Library include:

  • Hindi(DVDs and CDs)
  • Spanish Books
  • Chinese (DVD's)

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Court Square Community Library include:

  • Black Fiction
  • Home/Garden
  • Classics section
  • Career/Test Preparation

 


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
Joseph DiMarco Child Care Center Joseph DiMarco Child Care Center
1109 37th Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11101-6026
phone: (718) 786-1166
Bright Beginnings
3501 24th Street
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 707-0501
 

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

Community Organizations & Services
Long Island City YMCA
32-23 Queens Boulevard
Long Island City NY , 11101-2322
phone: (718) 392-7932
fax: (718) 392-0544
  

Fire Department
Engine 260 Foam 81
11-15 37th Avenue
Queens NY , 11101
Engine 262
11-15 37th Avenue
Queens NY , 11102
Engine 263 Ladder117
30-89 21St
Queens NY , 11103
Engine 312 Battalion 49
42-06 Astoria Blvd South
Queens NY , 11105
  

Local Hospitals
The Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens
25-10 30th Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11102
phone: (718) 932-1000
  

Local Newspapers
Western Queens Gazette
42-16 34th Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 361-6161
  

Parks and Playgrounds
Albert Short Triangle
Jackson Avenue, 45th Road, 23rd Street
Long Island City NY , 11101
Bridge and Tunnel Park
Tunnel Plaza, 11th Street
Long Island City NY , 11101
Calvary Veterans Park
First Calvary, Greenpoint Avenue, Gale Street
Long Island City NY , 11101
Court Square Park
Jackson Avenue, Thompson Avenue, Court Square
Long Island City NY , 11101
Gordan Triangle
10th Street, 44th Drive, Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City NY , 11101
Hunter's Point Park
East River, 2nd Avenue, Newton Creek and Canal
Long Island City NY , 11101
McKenna Triangle
Jackson Avenue, Thompson Avenue, 45th Street
Long Island City NY , 11101
Private John Dwyer Square
Northern Boulevard, 47th Street, 34th Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11101
Queensbridge Park
21st Street, Bridge Plaza, Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City NY , 11101
Rafferty Triangle
44th Drive, Hunter Street, Crescent Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11101
Sixteen Oaks Grove
37th Avenue, 21st Street, 14th Street
Long Island City NY , 11101
Vernon Mall
51st Avenue, Vernon Boulevard, 52nd Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11101
35 Playground
Steinway Street , 35th Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11101
Andrews Playground
49th Avenue, Vernon Boulevard, 5th Street
Long Island City NY , 11101
Murray Playground
21st Street, 45th Avenue, 45th Road
Long Island City NY , 11101

Police Department
108th Precinct
5-47 50th Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11105
phone: (718) 784-541
114th Precinct
34-16 Astoria Boulevard
Queens NY , 11103
 

Post Office
Plaza Post Office
2418 Queens Plaza
Long Island City NY , 11101-9991
phone: (800) ASK-USPS
fax: (718) 321-5975
Parcel Post Annex Post Office
4310 10th Street
Long Island City NY , 11101-9992
phone: (800) ASK-USPS
fax: (718) 321-5975
Main Office Long Island City
4602 21st Street
Long Island City NY , 11101-9804
phone: (800) ASK-USPS
fax: (718) 321-5975

Private / Parochial Schools
Evangelical Christian School
39-21 Crescent Street
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 937-9600
Saint Raphael School
48-25 37th Street
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 784-0482
 

Public Elementary Schools
PS 112 Dutch Kills
25-05 37th Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 784-5250
Herbert G. Birch ECC
10-24 49th Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11101
PS 111 Jacob Blackwell
37-15 13th Street
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 786-2073

Public High Schools
Academy of American Studies High School
28-04 41st Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 361-8786
The Academy of Finance and Enterprise
30-20 Thomson Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 361-2032
Aviation Career & Technical High School
45-30 36th Street
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 361-5275
Q 580 Baccalaureate School for Global
34-12 36th Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 361-9920
Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School
30-20 Thomson Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 937-4270
Q 502 Information Technology High School
21-16 44th Road
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 937-4270
The High School of Applied Communications (Q 267)
30-20 Thomson Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11101
International High School at LaGuardia Community College
31-10 Thomson Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 482-5465
Middle College High School
45-35 Van Dam Street
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 392-3330
Newcomers High School
28-01 41sy Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 937-6005
Robert F. Wagner Jr. Secondary School for Arts and Technology
47-07 30th Place
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 472-5671
Queens Vocational High School (Q 600)
37-02 47 Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 937-3010

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Q 580 Baccalaureate School for Global Education
34-12 36th Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 361-5275
P 004 at Information Technology High School
21-16 44th Road
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 361-5275
Robert F. Wagner Jr. Secondary School for Arts and Technology
47-07 30th Place
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 937-4270

Senior Centers
HANAK Archbishop Iakovos Senior Center
32-06 21st Street
Long Island City NY , phone: (718) 726-1227
HANAK Lindsay Senior Center
29-19 24th Street
Long Island City NY , phone: (718) 626-3035
BFFY Dellamonica Senior Center
23-56 Broadway
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 626-1500
JASA
27-35 Crescent Street
Long Island City NY , 11102
phone: (718) 267-1196
Queens Senior Center
10-25 41st Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 937-1093
Queensbridge Senior Center
10-25 41st Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 937-1093
Saint Irene of Chrysovalantou Senior Center, Inc.
4211 Ditmars Boulevard
Long Island City NY ,
Saint Mary’s Senior Citizen’s Center
1015 49th Avenue
Long Island City NY , phone: (718) 729-2688
 

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Jimmy Van Bramer
JVanBramer@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 47-01 Queens Boulevard, Suite 205
Sunnyside NY, 11104
phone: (718) 383-9566
fax: (718) 383-9076
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1833
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-7370
fax: (212) 513-7195
NYS Assembly
Hon. Catherine T. Nolan
NolanC@nyassembly.gov
District Office 47-40 21st Street, Room 810
Long Island City NY, 11101
phone: (718) 784-3194
fax: (718) 472-0648
Albany Office LOB, Room 739
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4851
fax: (518) 455-3847
NYS Senate
Hon. Michael Gianaris
Gianaris@nysenate.gov
District Office 31-19 Newtown Avenue, Suite 402
Astoria NY , 11102
phone: (718) 728-0960
fax: (718) 728-0963
Albany Office Capitol Building, Room 427
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-3486
fax: (518) 426-6929
US Congress
Hon. Carolyn Maloney
District Office 1651 3rd Avenue, Ste 311
New York NY, 10128
phone: 212-860-0606
fax: 212-860-0704
Legislative Office 2308 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-7944
fax: (202) 225-4709
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Long Island City is the largest community in Queens in both area and population. It consists of five neighborhoods: Astoria, north of Broadway; Hunter’s Point, south of Broadway to Newton Creek; Ravenswood, along the waterfront; Steinway on either side of Steinway Street, and Dutch Kills.

Hunter’s Point contains the railroad yards and most of the factories, light-industry plants, and fifty-story Citicorp tower. It was the principal western terminus of the Long Island Rail Road and the seat of an extensive freight business. Some of the most extensive oil refineries in the country were located in this portion of Long Island City, as well as also shipyards capable of building vessels of any size.

In 1895, Long Island City Businessman William Nelson accepted 7, 000 books as a payment for a debt. He offered the books to anyone who wanted to establish a library. Philanthropist Dr. Walter Frey and businessman George Clay took him up on this offer. The three presented their idea to Long Island City Mayor Horatio Sanford, who assigned $3000 to finance the library for one year. Jessie Hume served as the first librarian.

Almost one hundred years later, in October 1989, the Court Square Branch of the Queens Library system opened its doors to the public. Built by Citicorp as part of a 50 story office tower in Long Island City, the Court Square Branch was leased to the Queens Public Library for 30 years at $1 a year. The new branch got its name from the nearby historic landmark. The branch itself is approximately 2500sq.feet. It is unique for Queens Public Libraries in that it is the first time a branch library has been created in concert with a corporation in order to provide library materials to the general public. Another unique attribute of the Court Square branch is that approximately 80% of its customers live in areas other than Queens.