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Elmhurst

Join Us for 50 Years of Integration

Queens Library, in partnership with Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, presents "50 Years of Integration" with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Starr Foundation.

This exciting series of panel discussions and workshops starts this Saturday and Sunday, ...

African-American History Month: The Power of Music

Whether it’s hip hop, jazz, rhythm and blues, or rock n' roll, music has played a central role in the lives of people of African descent in the Americas.

In honor of African-American History Month, Queens Library’s Culture Connection will host four special events at Central Library in Jamaica ...

Celebrate the Lunar New Year!

Xin Nian Kuai Le! Join us as we celebrate the Lunar New Year at Queens Library!

The Lunar New Year is a centuries-old tradition in China and several other Asian countries, and is a time to honor deities and ancestors, as well as make way for good fortune in the upcoming year.

At Queens Library, you can attend traditional ...

Queens Library's Broken Heart Week

We hope you will join us at Queens Library for our inaugural Broken Heart Week this February!

Broken Heart Week (February 12–18) is a time to celebrate loves won and lost. Sure, February 14 is Valentine’s Day, but at Queens Library, every facet of love and heartbreak will be explored in this week-long ...

Shape the Future of Queens Library!

At Queens Library, we are continually working to serve you better.

To do this, we are undertaking a strategic planning process across the borough that will guide the Library for the next five years.

You can be a part of this process. Take our survey and share your thoughts.

To ...

Free UPK at Ravenswood

Start the New Year right by planning for your child’s education!

Queens Library’s Universal Pre-K at Ravenswood will soon be available for children born in 2013.

Queens Library’s free UPK program offers outstanding pre-K education; free nutritious lunches and snacks; warm, friendly, highly qualified ...

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 ...

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.

There will be an interesting twist to the schedule in January and February, when TITAN will present eight of ...

Video Visitation at Queens Library

Video visitation is a free program offered at libraries across the city that connects a live video feed between participating library locations and NYC Department of Corrections facilities, allowing incarcerated New Yorkers to talk, read, and share stories together with their loved ...

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 ...

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

Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Elmhurst Community Library has:

  • Free Wireless Internet access
  • Limited free printing

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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International Language Collections at the Elmhurst Community Library include:

  • Bengali
  • Chinese
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Korean
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
  • Urdu

 

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

  • Chinese VCD’s
  • Citizenship
  • Graphic Novels
  • Study Aid/Test Preparation

 


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

Child Care / Preschools
Red Apple Child Development Center
83-08 Broadway
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 507-1687
Happy Dragon Day Care Center
86-02 57th Avenue
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 507-1687
Little Friends Nursery School
85-03 Britton Avenue
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 458-5415
Little Hands Nursery/Child Care
75-02 51 Avenue
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 899-1532
Star America Inc.
80-07 Broadway
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 396-9739
Star Paradise Inc.
86-55 Broadway
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 478-7361

Community Board
Queens Community Board # 4
46-11 104th Street
Corona NY , 11368
phone: (718) 760-3141
fax: (718) 760-5971
  

Community Organizations & Services
Offices of the Queens Borough President
120-55 Queens Boulevard
Kew Gardens NY , 11424
phone: (718) 286-3000
Elmhurst Community Services Inc.
88-22 Corona Avenue
Elmhurst NY , 11373
Elmhurst Economic Development Corporation
87-02 Queens Blvd.
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 396-9413
fax: (718) 458-0539
Family Lawyer Foundation
91-31 Queens Blvd. Suite 5
Elmhurst NY , 11373
Human Services Foundation
87-08 Justice Avenue
Elmhurst NY , 11373
Salvation Army - Queens Temple Community Center
86-07 35th Avenue
Queens NY , 11372
phone: (718) 335-3693
South Asian Youth Action
54-05 Seabury Street
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 651-3484
fax: (718) 651-3480
  

Fire Department
Engine Company 287 Ladder 136
86-55 Grand Ave
Elmhurst NY , 11373
  

Local Hospitals
Elmhurst Hospital Center
79-01 Broadway
Elmhurst NY , phone: (718)334-5207
  

Parks and Playgrounds
Veterans Grove
Between Whitney Ave, Judge St, and 43 Ave
Newtown Playground
92 Street and 56 Avenue
Frank D. O'Connor Playground
Broadway and 78th Street

Police Department
110th Precinct, Elmhurst
94-41 43rd Avenue
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 476-9311
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Ascension (PK-8)
86-37 53 Ave
Flushing NY , 11373
phone: (718) 335-9755
Cathedral Prep. Seminary (9-12)
56-25 92 St.
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 335-9755
St. Adalbert's (K-8)
52-17 St.
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 424-2376
St. Bartholomew (PK-8)
44-15 Judge St.
Flushing NY , 11373
phone: (718) 898-0096
fax: (718) 446-7575
  

Public Elementary Schools
P007 Louis F. Simeone
80-55 Cornish Ave
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 446-2726
fax: (718) 397-7916
P013 Clement C. Moore (K-5)
55-01 94 St.
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 271-1021
fax: (718) 669-3008
P089 Elmhurst (K-5)
85-28 Britton Ave
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 898-2230
fax: (718) 672-3066
P102 Bayview (K-6)
55-24 Van Horn St.
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 446-3308
fax: (718) 672-3101
Q855 51 Avenue Academy
76-05 51 Ave
Elmhurst NY , 11373
 

Public High Schools
Q455 Newtown High School (9-12)
48-01 90 St.
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 595-8400
fax: (718) 699-8584
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
I005 Walter H. Crowley (6-8)
50-40 Jacobus Street
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 205-6788
fax: (718) 429-6518
  

Senior Centers
Institute of Puerto Rican & Hispanic Elderly (IPRHE) Elmhurst-Jackson Heights Senior Center
75-01 Broadway #3
Flushing NY , 11373
phone: (718) 478-7171
fax: (718) 478-3844
Italian Charities Senior Center
83-20 Queens Blvd.
Flushing NY , 11373
phone: (718) 335-7272
Maspeth Senior Center
69-61 Grand Ave
Flushing NY , 11378
phone: (718) 429-3636

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Daniel Dromm
DDromm@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 37-32 75th Street, 1st Floor
Jackson Heights NY, 11372
phone: (718) 803-6373
fax: (718) 803-9832
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1826
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-7066
fax: (718) 803-9832
NYS Assembly
Hon. Jeffrion L. Aubry
AubryJ@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 98-09 Northern Blvd.
Corona NY , 11368
phone: (718) 457-3615
fax: (718) 457-3640
Albany Office LOB, Room 646
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4561
fax: (518) 455-4565
NYS Senate
Hon. Toby Ann Stavisky
stavisky@nysenate.gov
District Office 142-29 37th Avenue, Suite 1
Flushing NY, 11354
phone: (718) 445-0004
fax: (718) 445-8398
Albany Office Room 706, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-3461
fax: (518) 426-6857
US Congress
Hon. Grace Meng

District Office Address 40-13 159th Street
Flushing NY, 11358
phone: (718) 445-7860
fax: (718) 445-7868
Legislative Office 1317 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-2601
fax: (202) 225-1589
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Elmhurst occupies a site in the northwest part of Queens. It is a heavily urbanized area with endless rows of houses, high-rise apartments, and mega-chain stores. Elmhurst is the modern name for the old Newtown Village. The village of Newtown (Elmhurst) was settled in 1652 and named Middleburg after a city in the Netherlands. In 1663, by a proclamation of the king of England, the name was changed to Hastings, after the town in England. Two years later it was officially named New Towne, soon shortened to Newtown.

On January 1, 1898, when it became part of New York City, the name Elmhurst was adopted for the entire village. The name Elmhurst was chosen because of the many elm trees that grew in the area, especially the large elm tree in front of John Furman’s store, the site now occupied by the library.

The residents of Elmhurst are mainly Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean, Mexican, and other Hispanic immigrants. In fact, Elmhurst is one of the most diverse, concentrated areas in the entire world. Houses of worship include The Reformed Church of Newtown., established in 1731; and The Saint James Episcopal Church.

Beginning in May 1900, residents began planning for the library. In 1901 a mass meeting was held to obtain a Carnegie grant. Construction began in 1904, and the “Carnegie Library Building at Elmhurst” was officially opened on March 31, 1906. The grounds were beautifully landscaped with terraces, rock gardens, and a pool. The book collection numbered 3003.

In 1932 a new reference collection of over 2,000 volumes was purchased. A listing of these titles was published in pamphlet form. In the late 1940’s the Elmhurst-Jackson Heights American Legion began making donations toward a memorial collection. Each Memorial Day the Legion still gives money to the library for this collection. One of the first record collections in the Queens Library system was started at the branch when residents contributed money in the memory of Miss Portia Conklin, who was branch librarian at Elmhurst up to the time she died in 1947.

Alterations in 1980 left intact the original plaster ceiling and a Colonial Revival style wooden mantel decorated the library seal in the Children’s Room. In 1985 a new circulation desk and lighted display shelves were installed. An Adult Learning Center, specializing in English and literacy classes, was constructed.

In 2000 new windows, roof, and mechanical systems were installed and the interior was renovated. A modern handicapped access ramp and concrete steps with an aluminum pipe rail have been installed at the entrance. The landscape around the library is a community garden today, which dedicated volunteers maintain.

In 2005 a new initiative has been launched for the design of a new library facility and extension of the current site. This will allow the Elmhurst Library to expand and enhance the services it provides to its customers.

The Elmhurst Community Library currently serves its diverse community through a number of entertainment and educational programs, classes, and print and media collections focusing on customers’ diverse interests and needs. It is no longer just an information service provider; it is a center for the dynamic community’s activities.

Sources:

Sanjek, Roger. The Future of Us All: Race and Neighborhood Politics in New York City. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1998.

Seyfried, Vincent F. Elmhurst: From Town Seat to Mega-Suburb. 1995.

Special Services

Queens Library HealthLink

 

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately one of two American men and one of three American women will have some type of cancer at some point during their lifetime. Queens Library HealthLink seeks to increase access to cancer screening and cancer treatment among medically underserved communities in Queens. Queens Library HealthLink is a partnership between Queens Library, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Queens Cancer Center of Queens Hospital and the American Cancer Society.