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This Weekend at Queens Library

What can you do at the library this weekend? Well, you can still celebrate Eid al-Fitr, color with other adults, share your migration stories with Queens Memory, take a practice ACT, go to a jewelry workshop, improve your digital literacy, learn how to play Korean drums, meet a comedy illusionist, watch fun movies, hear wonderful music, ...

Join Us at National Night Out!

Queens Library takes great honor in participating in the annual National Night Out Against Crime, which happens this year on Tuesday, August 2.

You can join your local library and your local police precinct for delicious food, wonderful activities, and an opportunity to connect with the police ...

Sharpen your pencils and your poetry skills

Submissions to our Summer Poetry Contest close on July 31, so we hope you're writing up a storm!

But if you need a jumping-off point, look no further: we've got just the thing.

Check out our blog for poetry writing tips to get your creative juices ...

Read and Sing Along with The Wheels On The Bus!

It’s a song, it’s a book, and it’s the inspiration for a summer craft!

On Thursday, August 4, at 2:00 p.m., we invite children ages 3-6 and their caregivers to Whitestone Community Library to read and sing along with the book "The Wheels on the ...

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 A Midsummer Night's Dream on Monday, August 1 at ...

Celebrate Eid at Queens Library!

In honor of Eid al-Fitr, Queens Library will be hosting a special event on Saturday, July 30 for the public to celebrate and learn more about the holiday.

Members of the Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts will greet and entertain our audience with cheerful songs, dances, homemade sweets, and henna painting.

We hope ...

Our New JBA Brochures

Every month, Queens Library’s Job & Business Academy (JBA) provides our customers with the technology training, small business help, and job-search assistance they need to succeed—all for free.

Now, it’s easier than ever to find out which classes are being offered. Just check the listings in our monthly ...

Success Stories from the New Americans Program!

Since July celebrates the birth of our nation, we decided that it’s the best time to showcase our New Americans Program!

NAP helps with immigration issues and provides financial and legal advice, ESOL classes, and cultural events to help those that have recently chosen to live in the United States.

We hope you will ...

Enjoy Our Great Summer Programs!

The weather is heating up, and so is our programming.

Now, there's one place where you can get all the information you need about all the great free activities at Queens Library!

No matter what your interests are, you’ll find something to love at the library. This summer, kids and teens can enjoy free ...

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 ...

Jul
29
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Time

Location: Glendale
Registration: Not required

Play time, stories, songs and a simple craft for toddlers and their caregivers.

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

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Aug
1
12:30PM

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2:30PM

Family Film Mondays

Location: Glendale
Registration: Not required

Enjoy a different family film every week.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
3
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Mother Goose Time

Location: Glendale
Registration: Not required

Babies, toddlers and their caregivers are invited to join us for simple rhymes, songs and stories.

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

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Aug
3
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading Club

Location: Glendale
Registration: Not required

Join us for a story and arts & craft project. Ages 6-12.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
18
2:00PM

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3:00PM

The Magical Castle of Now

Location: Glendale
Registration: Not required

Mighty Action Racket presents a fast paced, participatory storytelling performance, combining stories, song, poetry, movement and props. Young audiences rehearse and make magic spells, create pictures and see stories and poetry come to life. This program is for ages 5-12.


Aug
20
9:00AM

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5:00PM

Immigrant Voices: A Series of Exhibitions

Location: Glendale
Registration: Not required

The Queens Historical Society presents a series of exhibitions that focus on immigrants in Ridgewood, Jackson Heights and Glendale neighborhoods. On view August 6-September 17 at Ridgewood; August 13-September 24 at Jackson Heights; and August 20-October 1 at Glendale.


Sep
9
10:30AM

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11:45AM

Toddler Learning Center

Location: Glendale
Registration: Not required

Bring your child ages 18-36 months for a Little TLC! Play and learn with your child in a free, five-session workshop that include toys, games, puzzles and other items specifically selected to enhance a toddler's educational and physical development. Preregistration is required.

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

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Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Glendale Community Library has:

  • 5 public computers for adults
  • 6 public computers for children
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsft Office Software
  • Limited free printing

Queens Library Internet Policy Guidelines for Public Use.

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International Language Collections at the Glendale Community Library include:

  • Albanian
  • Romanian
  • Italian
  • Polish
  • German
  • Romanian
  • Spanish
  • Serbian

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

  • ESOL
  • Graphic Novels
  • Urban Fiction


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 Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
Little Forest People Corp.
82-99 88th Place
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718) 805-2099
YMCA of Greater New York
69-02 64th Street
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718) 821-6271
Small Wonder Preschool Annex
88-66 Myrtle Avenue
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718) 850-0400

Community Board
Queens Community Board District # 5
61-23 Myrtle Avenue
Glendale NY , 11385
phone: (718) 366-1834
fax: (718) 417-5799
  

Community Organizations & Services
Glendale Civic Association
88-37 Doran Avenue
Glendale NY , 11385
phone: (718) 275-9771
Glendale Property Owners Civic Association
78-40 85 Street
Glendale NY , 11385
Glendale Civilian Observation Patrol c/o Home Federal Savings Bank
70-24 Myrtle Avenue
Glendale NY , 11385
Glendale Volunteer Ambulance Corps
61-14 Myrtle Avenue
Glendale NY , 11385
phone: (718) 386-9898
Glendale Chamber of Commerce
74-19 Myrtle Avenue
Glendale NY , 11385
phone: (718) 456-2389
Glenridge Senior Citizens Center
59-03 Summerfield Street
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718) 386-5136
Catalpa YMCA
69-02 64 Street
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718) 821-6271
Greater Ridgewood Youth Council
62-04 Myrtle Avenue
Glendale NY , 11385
phone: (718) 456-5437
 

Fire Department
Engine 286/Ladder 135
66-44 Myrtle Avenue
Glendale NY , 11385
phone: (718) 476-6286
  

Local Hospitals
Wyckoff Heights Medical Center
374 Stockholm Street
Brooklyn NY , 11237
phone: (718) 963-7272
  

Local Newspapers
Glendale Register
69-60 Grand Avenue
Maspeth NY , 11378
phone: (718) 426-7200
fax: (718) 429-1234
  

Parks and Playgrounds
Glendale Playground
Between 70 & 71st Streets & Central Avenue
Evergreen Park
Between Felix & 75th Ave & 60th Street
Joseph F Mafera Park
Between 65th Place & Catalpa Avenue & 68th Avenue
Forest Park
Between Myrtle Ave, Union Turnpike & Park Lane S
  

Police Department
104th Precinct
64-02 Catalpa Avenue
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718)386-3004
  

Post Office
Glendale Station
69-36 Myrtle Avenue
Glendale NY , 11385
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Redeemer Lutheran (Pre K - 8)
69-26 Cooper Avenue
Glendale NY , 11385-0113
phone: (718)821-6670
St. Pancras, Pre K - 8
68-20 Myrtle Avenue
Glendale NY , 11385
phone: (718)821-6721
St. John’s Lutheran
88-24 Myrtle Avenue
Glendale NY , 11385
Sacred Heart School, Pre K – 8
84-05 78th Avenue
Glendale NY , 11385-0113
phone: (718) 456-6636
  

Public Elementary Schools
PS 091 Richard Arkwright (Q091)
68-10 Central Avenue
Glendale NY , 11385
phone: (718) 821-6880
fax: (718) 386-0216
PS 113 Isaac Chauncey (Q113)
87-21 79 Avenue
Glendale NY , 11385
phone: (718) 847-0724
fax: (718) 805-0737
PS 081 Jean Paul Richter (Q081)
559 Cypress Avenue
Glendale NY , 11385
phone: (718) 821-9800
fax: (718) 386-7203

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
IS 119 The Glendale (Q119)
74-01 78 Avenue
Glendale NY , 11385
phone: (718) 326-8261
fax: (718) 456-9523
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Elizabeth Crowley
ecrowley@council.nyc.gov
District OfficeAtlas Park Mall, 71-19-80th Street, Ste.8-303
Glendale NY, 11385
phone: (718) 366-3900
fax: (718) 326-3549
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, 1765
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-7381
fax: (212) 227-7164
NYS Assembly
Hon. Michael Miller
MillerMG@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 83-91 Woodhaven Boulevard
Woodhaven NY, 11421
phone: (718) 805-0950
fax: (718) 805-0953
Albany Office LOB, Room 519
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-4621
fax: (518) 455-5361
NYS Senate
Hon. Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.
addabbo@nysenate.gov
District Office 159-53 102nd Street
Howard Beach NY, 11414
phone: (718) 738-1111
fax: (718) 322-5760
Albany Office Room 613, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2322
fax: (518) 426-6875
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

In 1642 the Dutch West India Company granted Reverend Francis Doughty 74,000 acres of land: a vast area which was mostly swampy with fresh water pools. This area was originally called “Fresh Ponds” and remained largely undeveloped for a long period.

As the Civil War came to an end, a land developer by the name of George S. Schott obtained a generous amount of this land, as a repayment of a debt owned to him. Schott is credited with giving this area the name Glendale, after a town in Ohio that he grew up in. During this period many German immigrants came to the area and established farms that were well known for their produce and dairy products.

By the late 1800’s, increases in the German immigrant population resulted in the appearance of many beer gardens and picnic grounds. When a city law was passed in 1852 that banned cemeteries from being placed in Manhattan, many looked to Queens. The area around Glendale became known as the “Cemetery Belt” because of its large number of graveyards.

After the end of World War I, farming ceased to be the majority occupation, as breweries and textile factories came on the scene. It was the beginning of the industrial period, which caught the attention of yet a new wave of German immigrants.

The eastern side of Fresh Ponds, where Forest Park is today, was called “Dry Harbor”, for it was said by many that the homes that rested there looked like they were sitting on top of the trees and hills; it looked as if there was a harbor but without any water present.

The German-American influence definitely lingers on in Glendale; the neighborhood boasts many different restaurants and establishments, such as Von Westerhagen’s and Zum Stammtisch

In the 1980’s Glendale attracted a new wave of immigrants from such places as Romania, Serbia, Croatia, and Poland, as well as many from Latin American countries. Like the rest of the borough Glendale has become a vibrantly diverse community.

Glendale is a quiet residential community of one and two-family homes near the Brooklyn-Queens border bounded on the south by Forest Park, the Jackie Robinson Parkway, and a chain of cemeteries, and on the north and northwest by the Montauk and Bay Ridge lines of the Long Island Railroad.

Since the early 1900’s, many of the locals had been interested in bringing a public library to Glendale. A small early library had moved from one spot to another, but by 1928 land for a permanent location was finally purchased by the city at the corner of Myrtle Avenue and 73rd Place. After a long period of pressure from the Glendale locals the Library finally opened its doors on May 29, 1936. Designed in the style of a Renaissance Italian castle, and built by the WPA during the Depression, the Glendale branch is one of the most beautiful of the historical branches in the Queens Library system. Recently, enough money was raised and planning began to have the branch completely restored.