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It's National Novel Writing Month!

It's that time of year again!

Every November, thousands of writers of all experience levels dedicate themselves to writing a 50,000 word manuscript between November 1 and November 30.

If you've decided to sign up for National Novel Writing Month—or NaNoWriMo, as its fans like to affectionately call ...

A Season of Thanks at Queens Library

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. But this year, it’s not just about turkey and pumpkin pie!

Queens Library is hosting wonderful seasonal events, including Thanksgiving storytime, music, movies, arts and crafts, and even a recipe swap!

So bring your family and friends, and give thanks at your local ...

Teen Podcast Naming Contest!

Do you love podcasts? Are you creative with words? Put your skills to the test by entering the Teen Podcast Naming Contest. The winner will receive a pair of Beats Studio 2.0 Wired Over-Ear Headphones!

We want the new name to relate to the podcast’s themes of hip-hop and urban culture. Make it funny, make it playful, make ...

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 ...

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month!

November is National Native American Heritage Month! Join us at Queens Library as we pay tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.

Our special events include author talks, film screenings, historical lectures, arts and crafts for kids, and much more.

Help us honor the history and customs of First ...

Welcome Programs for Kids and Teens!

Whether you’re returning to your library for the first time in a long time, or it’s just another daily visit to your favorite afterschool hangout, all kids and teens are welcome at Queens Library!

To celebrate our younger customers, our libraries are hosting lots of special events for them this fall, including arts and ...

Immigration Assistance at Queens Library

Queens Library offers several resources for new Americans and prospective citizens.

Join us for citizenship classes and workshops, free legal help and financial counseling from NYCitizenship, and more.

Learn about your rights and the realities of the immigration process, and receive assitance from experienced lawyers and ...

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 ...

Shakespeare in Queens: The Final Season

The play’s the thing at Queens Library! We're partnering with the award-winning TITAN Theatre Company to bring dramatic staged readings of Shakespeare’s plays to libraries across Queens.

As TITAN finishes three years of performing each of the 37 plays that Shakespeare wrote, they have saved some of the best for ...

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 ...

Nov
25
10:00AM

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11:30AM

Adult Coloring

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

Bring your own coffee, tea, and biscuits. We will provide the atmosphere, including music, and coloring supplies. Coloring is a new adult craze that promises relaxation, fun, and community.


Nov
25
12:00PM

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1:45PM

Saturday Afternoon Movie

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

November 4: "Queen of Katwe"; November 18: "Everything, Everything"; November 25: "The Beguiled".


Nov
25
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Long Island's Favorite Acapella Group: The Traditions

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

This acapella group has performed with virtually all of the legends of rock'n'roll and R&B, including the Platters, the 5 Satins, and the Little Anthony & The Imperials, among others. Hear the great songs they recorded with all-time favorites such as "Teardrops", "It's All in the Game", and more.


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Nov
27
12:00PM

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3:00PM

Adult Gamers Club

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

We welcome players of various card and board games, including bridge, canasta, chess, dominoes, and more! For adults only.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
27
1:30PM

--to--

3:00PM

Watercolor Club

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

Practice your skills and meet others to share experiences. Please bring your own supplies.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
27
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Zumba Gold

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

This class is perfect for active older adults who are looking for a fun dance workout at lower-intensity. Come ready to sweat and leave feeling strong. This class focuses on all elements of fitness: cardio, muscular conditioning, flexibility and balance!

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

Additional Dates


Nov
28
1:15PM

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3:00PM

Mahjong Club

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

Play mahjong and share the fun, excitement, and camaraderie with others.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
30
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Knit and Crochet Club

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

Share patterns and techniques or just have a friendly chat while working on your projects. Please bring your own supplies.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
30
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Moving For Life: Dance Exercise for All

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

Moving for Life incorporates dance and Qi Gong, accompanied by different types of music to accentuate the body-mind connection.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
1
1:00PM

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2:30PM

English Conversation Classes

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

Adults improve their English through group conversations about everyday topics.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
2
12:00PM

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1:30PM

Saturday Afternoon Movie

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

December 2: "Beatriz At Dinner"; December 9: "Shall We Dance"; December 16: "Love Actually"; December 23: "Love the Coopers"; December 30: "New Year's Eve".

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

Additional Dates


Dec
7
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Quilting Project: Cathedral Window

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

In this three-session workshop, Alacia Stubbs will demonstrate how to create easy quilting designs. Preregistration is required; call 718-831-8636 Participants should bring at least 1.5 yards of three different fabrics that complement each other and matching thread. Cotton is recommended.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
7
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Spanish Club

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

Do you speak Spanish?
Join to talk about anything and everything including film, music, cooking and news.
Meet guest authors and connect with new friends.


Dec
8
12:30PM

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2:00PM

Genealogy Workshop

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

A two-part genealogy workshop presented by instructor Diane Warmsley, genealogist and family historian.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
12
10:15AM

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12:00PM

Microsoft PowerPoint for Beginners

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Online or by phone
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. If you wish to register, check availability for program date December 12, 2017
Availability: 10 openings

Topics include creating and editing slides, changing design and colors, inserting pictures and illustrations, and presenting a slideshow. Basic computer skills are required. Space is limited, and preregistration is required. Participants must attend all classes.

Glen OaksTue, Dec 19, 201710:15AM - 12:00PM

Dec
13
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Adult Book Discussion: "The Wangs vs. The World"

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

'Loved it or hated it, comes talk about this book". "The Wangs vs. The World" by Jade Chang.


Dec
14
5:30PM

--to--

6:30PM

Meditation Club

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

Experienced or beginner, join the club and share breathing exercises and meditation techniques that may help to reduce stress.


Dec
18
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Adult Craft Club

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

Make crafts, and make friends!


Dec
20
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Health Chat for Seniors: Cognition and Aging

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

Dr. Yael Cukier, Northwell Health, will speak about how aging affects cognition and memory and what you can do to keep your mind functioning optimally at this month's health talk for older adults, presented by Naturally Occurring Retirement Community Without Walls (NORC WOW). A question-and-answer session will be part of the presentation and blood pressure screenings will be available from 1:30-1:45PM.


Jan
2
1:15PM

--to--

3:00PM

Mahjong Club

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

Play mahjong and share the fun, excitement, and camaraderie with others.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
4
12:00PM

--to--

1:00PM

French Club

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

Do you speak French? Don’t forget this beautiful language! Join us at Club Français to talk about family, friends, and vacations; listen to music and songs; and discuss current events, art, films, cooking, and any other subject that might interest you. These will be real tête-à-têtes among friends.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
4
1:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Knit and Crochet Club

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

Share patterns and techniques or just have a friendly chat while working on your projects. Please bring your own supplies.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
4
6:00PM

--to--

7:45PM

Spanish Club

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

Do you speak Spanish?
Join to talk about anything and everything including film, music, cooking and news.
Meet guest authors and connect with new friends.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
4
6:00PM

--to--

6:45PM

Moving For Life: Dance Exercise for All

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

Moving for Life is a self-care fitness program using gentle warm-ups, light aerobics, and targeted strength in a way that is safe, fun, and enjoyable for all! Workouts can be done seated or standing. You are encouraged to do what is comfortable and modify based on your energy, range of motion and fitness level. We start where you are, so you don't have to worry if you haven't been moving in a while. This class is open and fun for everyone! Come join us for music, dance and laughs!

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

Additional Dates


Jan
5
10:15AM

--to--

12:00PM

Scrabble Club

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

We meet weekly to play this popular word game. Please bring your own Scrabble set.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
5
1:00PM

--to--

2:30PM

English Conversation Class

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

Adults improve their English through group conversations about everyday topics.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
6
10:00AM

--to--

11:30AM

Adult Coloring

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

Bring your own coffee, tea, and biscuits. We will provide the atmosphere, including music and coloring supplies. Coloring is a new adult craze that promises relaxation, fun, and community.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
6
12:00PM

--to--

1:30PM

Saturday Afternoon Movie

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

Saturday Afternoon Movies
Saturday, January 6th - "The Glass Castle"
Saturday, January 13th- "Australia"
Saturday, January 20th - "The Last Face"
Saturday, January 27th- "Lady Macbeth"

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

Additional Dates


Jan
6
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Adult Coding Club

Location: Glen Oaks
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.

This program introduces adult participants to the world of coding. Participants will learn basic HTML, CSS and JavaScript to create their very first webpage. Basic computer skills and keyboard skills are required. Attendance is required for all four sessions. Register in person or by calling 718-831-8636.

Glen OaksSat, Jan 13, 20183:00PM - 4:30PM
Glen OaksSat, Jan 20, 20183:00PM - 4:30PM
Glen OaksSat, Jan 27, 20183:00PM - 4:30PM

Jan
8
12:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Adult Gamers Club

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

We welcome players of various card and board games, including bridge, canasta, chess, dominoes, and more! For adults only.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
8
1:30PM

--to--

3:00PM

Watercolor Club

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

Practice your skills and meet others to share experiences. Please bring your own supplies.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
8
5:30PM

--to--

7:15PM

Action Mondays at the Movies

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

1/8: "John Wick: Chapter 2"; 2/5: "The Hitman's Bodyguard"; 3/5: "Kingsman: The Golden Circle"; 4/2: "The Fate of the Furious"; 5/7: "Atomic Blonde"; 6/4: "Taken 3".

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

Additional Dates


Jan
11
5:30PM

--to--

6:30PM

Meditation Club

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

Experienced or beginner, join the club and share breathing exercises and meditation techniques that may help to reduce stress.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
22
6:00PM

--to--

7:30PM

Monday Night Karaoke

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 6 p.m.
Monday, February 12, 2018 @ 6 p.m.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
29
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Adult Craft Club

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

Join us for crafting fun!

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

Additional Dates


Jan
31
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Adult Book Discussion

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

1/31: "The Muralist" by B.A. Shapiro
2/28: "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead

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

Additional Dates


Feb
1
12:30PM

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3:30PM

Tax Preparation Assistance

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

IRS-trained counselors will help you complete your 2017 personal income tax return. Bring a copy of your 2016 income tax return(s); Social Security card for yourself and anyone else listed on your tax return; or SSA-1099 form if you received Social Security benefits; all W-2 , 1099 forms, and other income documents for tax year 2017; unemployment compensation 1099G; A photo ID is required for the taxpayers. The program is hosted by AARP Tax Aide Volunteers, on a first come first served basis.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
3
12:00PM

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1:45PM

Saturday Afternoon Movie

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

Saturday Afternoon Movies
Saturday, February 3rd: "The Book of Henry"
Saturday, February 10th: "The Verdict"
Saturday, February 17th: "The Big Sick"
Saturday, Febrary 24th: "Battle of the Sexes"

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

Additional Dates


Mar
14
12:00PM

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2:00PM

Paper Mache Craft Project

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

A paper mache art project with teaching artist Richard Estrin. Registration is required. Contact 718-831-8636. For older adults.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
20
12:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Intermediate Drawing

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

An intermediate level two session class. Enjoy the opportunity to continue to develop drawing skills with teaching artist Richard Estrin. Registration is required. Call 718-831-8636

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

Additional Dates


May
23
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Art History Lecture Series

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

Art History series led by Mary Dono
May 23 Van Gogh and Gauguin
May 30 Female Impressionists

Older Adult Services
Funded by Madeleine Long

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

Additional Dates


Jun
1
12:30PM

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2:30PM

Intermediate Level Watercolor/Drawing project

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

Creative Aging: Intermediate Level Drawing and Watercolor Learn perspective and portrait techniques using both mediums. (This course is designed for those who have already taken a basic watercolor and drawing course.) Registration is required. Call 718-831-8636

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 Glen Oaks Community Library has:

  • 6 public computers
  • free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • limited free printing

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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International Language Collections at the Glen Oaks Community Library include:

  • Hindi
  • Urdu
  • Malayalam
  • Gujarati

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Glen Oaks Community Library include:

  • Young Adult books including graphic novels

 


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
SAMUEL FIELD Y / TASC PS 155 Q
80-61 251th St
Floral Park NY , 11004
phone: (718) 225-6750
SAMUEL FIELD Y
58-20 Little Neck Pwy
Queens NY , 11362
phone: (718) 225-6750
TASC @ MS67/QUEENS CHILD GUIDANCE CENTER
51-60 Marathon Pkwy
Little Neck NY , 11362
phone: (718) 423-8179
Aquart, Lillieth
88-34 212th Place, Floor 1st
Queens Village NY , 11427
phone: (718) 217-7666
Xenox, Mary
86-84 208TH ST., Apt. 3H
Queens Village NY , 11427
phone: (718) 479-1228
Northside Montessori School
163-10 Union Turnpike
phone: (718) 343-5050

Community Board
Queens Community Board 13
Queens Reform Church, 219-41 Jamaica Avenue,
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718)464-9700
fax: (718)264-2739
  

Community Organizations & Services
Lost Community Civic Association
Glen Oaks Volunteer Ambulance Corp.
In an emergency call (718)347-1600
P.O. Box 340 257-02 Union Turnpike
Floral Park NY , 11004
phone: (718) 347-1637
NORCWOW (Natural Occurring Retirement Community Without Walls)
83-51 268th Street
Floral Park NY , 11004
phone: (718) 347-2244

Fire Department
Engine 251, Battalion 53
254-20 Union Turnpike
Glen Okas phone: (718) 776-9090
  

Local Hospitals
North Shore-Long Island Jewish Medical Center
270-05 76th Ave.
New Hyde Park NY , phone: (718) 470-7000
Schneider Children's Hospital
269-01 76th Ave
New Hyde Park NY , 11040
phone: (718)470-7000
Zucker Hillside Hospital
75-59 163rd St.
Glen Oaks NY , 11004
phone: (718) or (516) 470-8100

Local Newspapers
Glen Oaks Ledger

Parks and Playgrounds
Queens County Farm Museums
73-50 Little Neck Parkway
Floral Park NY , 11004-1129
phone: (718) 347-3276
JHS 172 Playground
82 Avenue, 256th to 257th St.
PS 186 Playground
Little Neck Parkway & 72 Avenue

Police Department
105 Precinct
92-08 222 Street
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 776-9090
  

Post Office
Post Office - Glen Oaks
156-29 Union Turnpike
phone: (718) 347-3764 / (800) 347-6689
fax: (718) 347-6689
Post Office - Horace Harding
5601 Marathon Pkwy
Little Neck NY , 11362-9993
phone: (800) 275-8777
fax: (718) 321-5975
Post Office - North New Hyde Park
1568 Union Turnpike
New Hyde Park NY , 11040
phone: (800)275-8777
fax: (516) 775-5029
Post Office - Floral Park
35 Tulip Avenue
Floral Park NY , 11001
phone: (800) 275-8777
fax: (516) 488-5064
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Yeshiva Har Torah School
254-04 Union Turnpike
Floral Park NY , 11004
phone: (718) 343-2533
Our Lady of the Snows
79-33 258th Street
Floral Park NY , 11004
phone: (718) 343 1346
North Side Montessori School
163-10 Union Turnpike
phone: (718) 343-5050
QCP Children's Center - Daniel Wieder Campus
249-16 Grand Central Parkway
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718) 279-9404
Creedmoor Psychiatric Center
80-45 Winchester Blvd.
Queens Village NY , 11427
phone: (718) 264-4000
 

Public Elementary Schools
PS 115 Glen Okas School
80-51 261st
Floral Park NY , 11004
phone: (718) 831-4010
PS 186 Castlewood School
252-12 72 Avenue
Bellerose NY , 11426
phone: (718) 831-4021
 

Public High Schools
High School of Teaching Liberal Arts and Sciences Q566
74-02 Commonwealth Blvd.
Glen Oaks NY , 11426
phone: (718) 736-7100
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
PS/IS 208
74-30 Commonwealth Boulevard
Glen Oaks NY , 11426
phone: (718) 468-6420
MS 172 Irwin Altman Middle School
81-14 257th Street
Floral Park NY , 11004
phone: (718) 831-4000/01
PS/IS 266
74-02 Commonwealth Blvd.
Glen Oaks NY , 11426
phone: (718) 479-3920

Senior Centers
SNAP Bell Park
227-02A Hillside Ave.
Queens Village phone: (718) 740-3906
SNAP Queens Village
80-45 Winchester Boulevard, Building 4 CBU #29
Queens Village NY , phone: (718) 454-2100
St. Gregory the Great Senior Club
242-20 88th Avenue
Bellerose NY , phone: (718) 347-3707

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Barry Grodenchik
M23@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 73-03 Bell Boulevard, Suite 1N
Oakland Gardens NY , 11364
phone: (718) 468-0137
fax: (718) 468-0178
Manhattan Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1807
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-6984
fax: (212) 608-6382
NYS Assembly
Hon. David I. Weprin
weprind@nyassembly.gov
District Office 185-06 Union Turnpike
Fresh Meadows NY, 11366
phone: (718) 454-3027
fax: (718) 454-3178
Albany Office LOB, Room 526
Albany NY , 12248
phone: (518) 455-5806
fax: (518) 455-5977
NYS Senate
Hon. Tony Avella
Avella@nysenate.gov
District Office 38-50 Bell Boulevard, Suite C
Bayside NY, 11361
phone: (718) 357-3094
fax: (718) 357-3491
Albany Office Room 902, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2210
fax: (518) 426-6736
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  
US Congress
Hon. Thomas Souzzi
District Office 250-02 Northern Boulevard
Little Neck NY, 11021
phone: (718) 631-0400
fax: (631) 923-3660
Legislative Office 2457 Rayburn HOB
DC Washington , 20516
phone: (202) 225-3335
fax: (202) 225-4669

History

The area that is now called Glen Oaks was a slice of flat terrain eagerly sought by farmers in the 1640’s. It was a rural, unnamed section of Flushing, part of a 20,000 acre land grant to Massachusetts settlers and at one time the home of many potato fields in eastern Queens. 167 acres purchased from William K. Vanderbilt’s country estate became the Glen Oaks Golf Club in 1923. In 1944, the Gross-Morton Co. purchased 175 acres of land west of the golf club. Backed by $24 million in Federal Housing Administration funds, the neighborhood was developed after World War II, with shopping along Union Turnpike. The model community of Glen Oaks Village, named after the golf club, is a garden apartment complex of 2,864 units near the Nassau border. Construction of the two-story brick buildings began in 1945, and the first residents, many of them veterans, arrived in October 1947. Census figures show that the population increased from 4,999 in 1940 to 13,746 in 1950. The development is one of the city’s largest and is home to almost 3,000 families. Numerous one-family houses also built after the war comprise the area south of Union Turnpike.

The Library’s bookmobile began regular stops at the new neighborhood at the same time; in February 1950 an “extension agency” opened in the Glen Oaks shopping center at 256-25 Union Turnpike. A site at 256th street and Union Turnpike was earmarked by NYC for a new library in 1955. A private builder bought it before City budget officials approved purchase of the site. The City then rented the proposed medical building built on the site. On October 22, 1956, the Glen Oaks branch library was dedicated with speeches by Mayor Wagner, Assemblyman Wallach and Library Director Tucker. In 1975 a $60,000 renovation provided new lights, new flooring and a ramp for the handicapped. A $50,000 grant from State Senator Frank Padavan in 2001 allowed the library to upgrade the facility, including the purchase of some new shelving and furniture.

In the fall of 2009 this building was demolished and a new 18,000 square foot library was constructed on the same site.