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Celebrate the Holidays at Queens Library!

Gather your family and friends and celebrate the holiday season at the Library!

Join us for Christmas tree decorating, Kwanzaa celebrations, Hanukkah crafts, concerts, movies, and more.

Plus, you can view our collections of recommended holiday books and holiday movies, available to borrow from your community ...

It’s Time for Kind

It’s time for kind at the Library and beyond this holiday season.

At all Queens Library locations, you can join us for many special programs for people of all ages.

You can also donate to our canned food drive in partnership with the Food Bank For NYC from November 19 to 30, share ...

All of Us Deserve Palaces

Eric Klinenberg, author of the new book Palaces for The People, advocates for libraries as part of social infrastructure that promotes interactions between people from all walks of life.

“I became a scholar because I learned to love libraries,” Klinenberg says. While working on ...

Winter Health & Safety Tips

As the temperatures drop in New York City, it’s important to focus on health and safety when braving the cold this season.

Dr. David Slotwiner, chief of Cardiology, and Dr. Jeffrey Rosen, chairman, Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, and their fellow physicians from ...

Spend Time Thinking about Your Dreams

Alice Robb has always been curious about her own dreams—which she says “have been very vivid for as long as I can remember.”

Her new book, Why We Dream: The Transformative Power of Our Nightly Journey, is a fresh approach to explain how dreams work, what dreams are for, and how dreams ...

Holiday Places in Queens

We asked Joe DiStefano, author of 111 Places in Queens That You Must Not Miss, to share his favorite locations in Queens that embody the spirit of the holidays.

He chose places like the Gurdwara Sikh Cultural Society, Gottscheer Hall, the Flushing Free Synagogue, and more.

Be sure to visit them, ...

Give the Gift of Reading, Lifelong Learning & Community

Giving to the Queens Library Foundation supports programs, services, and collections for our diverse communities across Queens.

When you give, you are helping neighbors—children, families, adults, and seniors—access free resources like our STACKS after-school program, English language and job skills classes, and our ...

The World Is Wide Enough for Us All

Genevieve Cogman is a British fantasy writer whose fifth book in the Invisible Library series was published this November.

She told Queens Library Magazine about how the rules of the library in her books were established, her writing process, influences, and more.

“We get far more out of ...

QI 2018: Celebrate Queens Artists in the Library

Queens International 2018: Volumes (QI 2018) opened at the Queens Museum in October, and on Saturday, November 10, for the first time ever, the Queens International will extend offsite, with art installations in three Queens Library branches: Lefrak City, Flushing, and Central Library in Jamaica.

Since it ...

Discover Your City With Culture Pass!

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

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

Dec
11
10:00AM

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Free Citizenship Classes

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Learn everything you need to know about American history, government, and culture to pass the citizenship exam. Register in-person at the library on Tuesday, October 2 at 10AM or call 718-278-4303 to preregister in advance. Students should have a copy of their green card when they come to register. Participants must attend the entire 12 week class series. Candidates must be green card holders. The first day of class is registration day; they should have a copy of their green card.

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

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Dec
11
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Coloring Therapy

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Come and experience the latest trend in relaxation, Adult Coloring! Studies show coloring can have a calming effect on the adult mind and helps promote overall wellness. Come and color while also listening to relaxing music. Coloring pages from books designed especially for adults as well as colored pencils and crayons will be provided.

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

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Dec
11
4:15PM

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5:00PM

Let's Read!

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

A program for beginning readers, ages 4-7.


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Dec
12
11:30AM

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Mother Goose Time

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

A lapsit storytime including simple books, chants, and songs for infants, ages 0-11 months and pre-walkers.

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

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Dec
12
4:00PM

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Wacky Wednesdays

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

You'll never know what to expect on a Wacky Wednesday! For grades K-6.

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

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Dec
13
5:30PM

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7:00PM

Chinese Folk Dance

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Come join us for Chinese folk dance!

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

Additional Dates


Dec
14
10:30AM

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11:15AM

Toddler Time

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Stories, songs, and finger plays for young walkers, ages 1-2.

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

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Dec
14
11:30AM

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12:15PM

Picture Book Time

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Stories, songs, and finger plays for young children ages 3-4.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
15
10:30AM

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11:45AM

Tai Qi Class

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Come join us for Tai Qi class!


Dec
15
12:00PM

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2:00PM

Adult Ballroom

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Come join us for adult ballroom!


Dec
17
2:30PM

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3:30PM

ESL Conversation Group

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Improve your spoken English skills in a supportive environment! Learn about your community and American culture while making new friends.


Dec
17
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Chess Club

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Children and teens can come and learn and improve your knowledge of chess.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
18
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Winter Holiday Craft for Grades K-6

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Grades K-6, make something beautiful to celebrate the many holidays of the season!


Dec
26
1:30PM

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3:00PM

Movie Break for Children

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Children and their families are invited to take a movie break during the school holidays. Movies are rated G or PG.


Dec
28
4:00PM

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5:15PM

Karaoke New Year's Party for Teens

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Sing or cheer on friends at our New Year's karaoke party. Free glow bracelets will be available.


Jan
7
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Afternoon Movies

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Come and join us for an relaxing afternoon film!

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

Additional Dates


Jan
8
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Free Citizenship Classes

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Learn everything you need to know about American history, government, and culture to pass the citizenship exam. Participants must attend the entire 12-class series.Please arrive at 10 am sharp on Tuesday, January 8 to register in person at the Elmhurst Library/ Adult Learning Center (first-come, first-served) or call 718-278-4303 to preregister in advance. Candidates must be green card holders.

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Jan
19
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Celebrate Lunar New Year with Chinese Music and Dance

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Join us for a festive afternoon of Chinese music and dance performed by the Ba Ban Chinese Music Society.


Jan
30
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Elmhurst Spelling Bee

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

So you think you can spell? Grades 3-8, get lists from an Elmhurst Children's Librarian (starting December 26) and practice, practice, practice your spelling words! We will send three winners to the spring competition at the Central Library.


Jan
31
12:30PM

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6:30PM

Save Money, E-File Your Taxes for Free

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

If your 2018 income is $66,000 or less, you qualify to receive free online tax return filing assistance. Volunteers from the New York State Tax Department and Urban Upbound will guide you through tax preparation software available on their website as you prepare and e-file your federal and state income tax returns at no cost.

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

Additional Dates


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
NYS Assembly
Hon. Jeffrion L. Aubry
AubryJ@nyassembly.gov
District Office 98-09 Northern Boulevard
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, Suite A
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.