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This Weekend at Queens Library

Join us at the Library this weekend! There’s music from around the world, magic and mind reading, writing workshops for adults and teens, family story time, poetry reading, science fun, help with health and citizenship, arts and crafts, movies, and much more!

Queens Library is for everyone, and we hope to see you ...

Queens Library is for Everyone!

The Everyone Campaign is exactly that: for everyone. Queens Library is a safe space for all, no matter where you come from, who you love, or what you believe.

In today’s political and social climate, many people in the communities we serve feel vulnerable and afraid.

As the hub of every community across the ...

Listen to Our Volunteer Voices!

It’s National Volunteer Week 2017, and we want to celebrate the important role of volunteers at Queens Library!

All this week, to say Thank You to our volunteers, we will share their voices and let them tell you what their service to the Library means to them and their communities.

Check our special blog post ...

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.

Our next Shakespeare in Queens performance will be Coriolanus on Monday, May 1 at 5:30 p.m. at Briarwood ...

Comment on Our FY2018 Budget

Queens Library is preparing its operating budget for Fiscal Year 2018, and we'd like you to share your thoughts. Your comments online and by mail are welcome through Saturday, May 20.

Please visit our budget feedback webpage to read our Budget Priorities for Fiscal Year 2018 and fill out our ...

Our New Music For April!

Looking for new music? Look no further than your local Queens Library!

Every month, our expert staff will bring you the best of what's new in our physical and digital collections.

This month features music from CeCe Winans, Ed Sheeran, Big Sean, LeAnn Rimes, Pitbull, Kehlani, Little Big Town, and Nathan ...

Battle of the Bands 2017

The Battle of the Bands is back and better than ever, and we're looking for performers!

For the third year running, New York bands will have the opportunity to bring the house down at the 2,100-seat Colden Auditorium at Queens College’s Kupferberg Center for the Arts on Thursday, July 27.

Queens ...

Free UPK at Ravenswood

If you didn't get a chance to sign up before, Round 2 of applications for Queens Library’s Universal Pre-K at Ravenswood is now open!

Queens Library’s UPK program now offers free after-school care, available until 6 p.m., in addition to an outstanding pre-K education; free ...

Celebrate Immigrant Heritage!

This April, Queens Library is celebrating the heritage and legacy of immigrants in America!

Join us for craft workshops, concerts, dance, and theater from around the globe.

Learn about the evolution of Bollywood with the Payalia Dance Company; explore culture and tradition with Pablo Mayor’s Folklore Urbano El ...

Apr
29
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Tai Qi

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Come and join us for some morning Tai Qi!

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

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Apr
29
12:00PM

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2:00PM

Adult Ballroom Dance

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Learn to dance and practice ballroom dancing for adults.

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

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Apr
29
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Annie Gong and her Magic Symphony Orchestra

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Enjoy an afternoon of contemporary classics with renowned digital accordionist Annie Gong.


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May
1
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Learn to Type

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 8 openings

Improve your Typing Skills today! Learn to type using Mavis Beacon.


May
2
4:15PM

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4:45PM

Easy Reader Storytime

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

A half hour of stories and songs for beginning readers ages 4-7.

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

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May
3
11:15AM

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11:45AM

Mother Goose Time

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Parents and caregivers, bring your babies for stories, songs, and fingerplays. This program is for children under 12 months.

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

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May
5
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Toddler Learning Center

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

In this five week class children will learn and play with their caregivers. Ages 18-36 months. In person, preregistration is required, beginning on Friday, March 31.

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

Additional Dates


May
5
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Origami Workshop

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Teens learn how to make different origami shapes, animals and insects in this hands-on workshop.


May
6
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Free Writing Classes: Places Are Characters, Too

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Joe Okonkwo leads this writing workshop session which focuses on creating setting in a vivid way that transports the reader by showing rather than telling. Look for other workshops, part of this series of free writing classes provided by the Newtown Literary Alliance, Inc. in partnership with Queens Library.


May
8
1:00PM

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2:00PM

English Conversation Class

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Improve your English with a conversation. Join us and practice your English language skills by talking, listening, and having fun!
Registration is needed. Please register on the 2nd Floor with the Customer Service Specialist.

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

Additional Dates


May
8
5:00PM

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7:00PM

Tested: Documentary Film Screening

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

An informative documentary film about the SHSAT. Parents of middle school and junior high school students are particularly encouraged to attend.


May
9
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Mother's Day Craft

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Create something beautiful for Mom! Ages 5-11.


May
11
6:00PM

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7:15PM

An Introduction to Sahaja Yoga Meditation for Adults

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Instructor Jennifer Gilhooly teaches participants how to relax by using the mind to create a profound, deep, and inner peace.


May
12
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Game Day

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Checkers, Sorry and other board games for end of the week fun! Ages 5-11.


May
13
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Fall Prevention for Older Adults

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

More than one in three people over age 65 fall each year, but these accidents are not inevitable. Join us for this interactive workshop in partnership with QCSW and a representative from Flushing Hospital in discussing ways to avoid accidents and falls.


May
26
10:30AM

--to--

11:15AM

Toddler Time

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

A weekly storytime for children ages 1-3. Activities will include stories, songs and rhymes.

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

Additional Dates


May
26
11:30AM

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12:15PM

Picture Book Time

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

A weekly storytime for children ages 3-5. Activities will include stories, songs and rhymes.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
5
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Elmhurst Adult Book Discussion Club

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Book of the Month for June is 'Songs of Willow Frost' by Jamie Ford. Let's read the book and have a discussion! Please register in person on the 2nd Floor at the Cyber Center.


Jun
12
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

English Conversation Class

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Improve your English with a conversation. Join us and practice your English language skills by talking, listening, and having fun!
Registration is needed. Please register on the 2nd Floor with the Customer Service Specialist.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
17
3:00PM

--to--

4:15PM

Los Hacheros

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Los Hacheros revives folkloric styles like son montuno, guaracha and salsa, and often combines them with Bomba, a fiery rhythm from the mountains of Puerto Rico.


Jun
21
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Animals Build a Better World!

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Meet and greet frogs, bugs, a chicken, fuzzy creatures and more. Discover how each have an important role in nature to help make the world a better place. Enjoy dancing, singing and a surprise activity at the end of the show.


Jun
22
4:30PM

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7:30PM

Childbirth Education

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

These two sessions provide education and support for pregnant people and their families. Join us to learn more about preparing for labor, birth and the arrival of your baby. Call today to reserve your seat: 347-571-2792. Connect with other pregnant people in the community to share, learn and support each other.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
24
2:30PM

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3:45PM

Music from China presents Masterpieces of Chinese Music

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

The quartet performs masterpieces from the time-honored traditions of Chinese classical and folk music as well as contemporary work unique to Music From China.


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@nyassembly.gov
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.