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This Weekend at Queens Library

Our Lunar New Year and Black History Month events continue this weekend at the Library! Plus, you can get help with your taxes, take a writing class, join a crochet circle, bring your kids to a Family Engineering Festival, and so much more! We hope to see you ...

Queens Library To Take Plastic Bags Out of Circulation

In an effort to protect the environment and better use our financial resources, Queens Library will stop offering plastic shopping bags to our customers at all 65 locations on June 30, 2018.

Plastic bags release toxins into the ground and water, can take hundreds of years to decompose, and in many cases are used ...

Celebrate National Library Lovers Month

Show your love for libraries by entering our Share Your Love for Queens Library Photo Contest.  

Enter the contest today and show how much you love your library for a chance to win a Samsung 16 GB Galaxy Tablet!

Complete contest rules here.

Free UPK at Ravenswood

Queens Library’s Universal Pre-K at Ravenswood, located at 35-32 21st Street in Long Island City, offers an outstanding pre-K education; free nutritious lunches and snacks; warm, friendly, highly qualified staff; the best learning experience for your child; free after-school care until 5:30 p.m.; and all the ...

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 ...

Free Tax Help at Queens Library!

It’s that time of year again!

If you need help figuring out and filing your ‪tax return‬, come to Queens Library for free tax-preparation assistance if you're age 60 and older, or earn $66,000 or less a year.

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance is offering free electronic ...

Celebrate Black History Month at Queens Library!

We hope you will join us at Queens Library this February for Black History Month!

We’ll be screening movies, hosting talks, and presenting concerts to celebrate and commemorate the Black experience in America.

Programs are available for children, teens, and adults, including five special events focusing on Claudia ...

Free English Classes!

Are you a new American who wants to learn English or improve your English language skills?

You can learn English at Queens Library for FREE!

Join a supportive community of students and teaching professionals at our community libraries. Classes are available for Beginners and at Intermediate and Advanced ...

Feb
26
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Mother Goose Rhyme & Storytime

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

For kids up to age 5. Enjoy songs, storytimes, and free play.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
26
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Learn to Play Mancala

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Learn to play Mancala at the Hillcrest Library! In honor of Black History Month, learn how to play Mancala and take home your own Mancala game kit to decorate!
For all Black History Month programs, visit http://queenslib.org/blkhistorymonth18


Feb
27
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Playdough Play Hour

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Get creative with playdough for an hour of imagination & fun! For kids ages 4+


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Mar
2
10:00AM

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6:00PM

Dr. Seuss Day Extravaganza

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Drop in and celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday all day with events inspired by Dr. Seuss' books & characters. There will be stories, games, coloring and crafts!


Mar
5
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Mother Goose Rhyme & Storytime

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Enjoy songs, storytimes, and free play. For children ages 0-5.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
6
4:30PM

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5:30PM

STEM: LEGO Engineering Challenge

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Build structures, vehicles, & other creations with LEGOs! Each week will have a new challenge in order to experiment with STEM skills, or just come to play with LEGOs!! Kids ages 5+.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
7
10:30AM

--to--

11:30AM

Music and Play hour

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Enjoy songs, make music with baby instruments, and join us for free play afterwards. For children ages 0-5.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
7
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Hungry Hungry Caterpillar Craft

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come make a caterpillar craft and learn about how caterpillars turn into butterflies! For kids ages 4+


Mar
8
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Playdough Play Hour

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Get creative with playdough for an hour of imagination & fun! For kids ages 4+


Mar
14
4:30PM

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5:30PM

St. Patrick's Day Slime

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

Come make green slime with us to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! Registration is required by phone at 718-454-2786 or in person. Registration opens Feb. 14. For kids 6+


Mar
22
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Sewing for Kids

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

Have you always wanted to learn how to sew? Ms. Ashley will help you learn the basics of sewing by hand! Over a few weeks learn how to thread a needle, sew a running stitch and whip stich, and use stencils for fabric patterns!

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

Additional Dates


Mar
28
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Bunnies & Eggs Wreath Craft

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come create a festive Spring wreath by coloring bunnies and eggs for colorful spring decor. Kids ages 4+


Apr
2
10:30AM

--to--

11:30AM

Mother Goose Rhyme & Storytime

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

For kids up to age 5. Enjoy nursery rhymes, storytimes, and free play.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
3
4:30PM

--to--

5:30PM

Play-dough play hour

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come use your imagination and create with Play-Dough! For children 3+.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
4
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Up-cycled Craft Series

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Sunday, April 22 is Earth Day! In celebration Hillcrest will be having an up-cycled craft series for kids where recycled materials are used! Please see the below list for exact crafts programming:
4/4/18: Up-cycled windmill craft
4/11/18 Up-cycled bird feeder
4/18/18 Up-cycled book collage poster
4/25/18 Up-cycled flower pot

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

Additional Dates


Apr
9
5:00PM

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5:45PM

Math Bee Competition: Grades 1-4

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

Come join us for a math bee competition! Participants grades 1-4 can do quick mental-math problems in a format like a spelling bee to win library prizes! Dates below:
4/9: Grade 1 & 2 round 1
4/16: Grade 3 & 4 round 1
4/23: Grade 1 & 2 final round
4/30: Grade 3 & 4 final round

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

Additional Dates


Apr
21
12:45PM

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4:45PM

Earth Day! Films

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Celebrate Earth Day with us!

Wall-E (G)- CGI-animated delight about the misadventures of the last robot on Earth, circa 2800, who romances a sleek, high-tech android.

Hoot (PG) -- Kids try to save endangered owls threatened by a construction project. Based on children's novel by Sachar.


Apr
26
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Keep it Fresh!

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

At this interactive educational workshop we will be discussing healthy habits for youth like you. Come make your very own soap and hygiene kit!


Jun
11
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Animals Rock! with Queens Library Summer Reading

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Summer 2018 Animals Rock!
This animal show will rock your library
with many creatures. Discover why frogs
sound like a drum, how some bugs sing &
how animals make music. Meet frogs,
bugs, a bunny, guinea pigs, reptiles, birds
& more. Everyone is encouraged to dance
our version of the Crazy Chicken Dance
with Feathers our chicken.


Jun
26
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Queens Library Rock! with the Rappin Fireman

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

The "Rappin Fireman" John Ruiz engages and teaches children about fire prevention and fire safety. This event encourages audience participation. For ages 6 to 12.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Hillcrest Community Library has:

  • 10 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 Hillcrest Community Library include:

  • Chinese
  • Spanish
  • Hebrew
  • Russian

 

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

  • CD-ROMs

 


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
Little Friends House II Day Care, Inc
75-41 164th Street
Fresh Meadows NY , 11366
phone: (718) 380-8800
All My Children Day Care, Inc.
175-44 Mayfield Road
Jamaica Estates NY , 11432
phone: (718) 658-1563
First Step International
67-11 Utopia Parkway
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
Little Meadows Early Childhood Center
67-25 188th Street
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 454-6460
Jack & Jill Nursery School II
68-05 Fresh Meadow Lane, #1
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718) 939-8687
QCP Children’s Center, Apple Pre-School, and Apple Tree Nursery School
82-25 164th Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 374-0002
Rainbow Montessori International School, Inc. (2 locations)
164-07 Goethals Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 380-1384
Rainbow Montessori International School, Inc
150-30 Union Turnpike
Flushing NY , 11367
phone: (718) 380-1384
 

Community Board
Community Board District #8
81-26 150th Street
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 264-7895
fax: (718) 264-7910
  

Community Organizations & Services
Jamaica Estates Civic Association
Holliswood Civic Association

Fire Department
Engine 315 Ladder 125
159-06 Union Turnpike
NY ,
EMS Hillcrest Station #50-Queens
82-68 164th Street
NY ,
 

Local Hospitals
Queens Hospital Center
82-70 164th Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-3000
  

Local Newspapers
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Utopia Playground
73rd Avenue, between Jewel Avenue and Utopia Pkwy
NY ,
Cunningham Park
Union Turnpike and 196th Street
NY ,
 

Police Department
107th Precinct
71-01 Parsons Boulevard
Flushing NY , phone: (718) 969-5100
  

Post Office
Utopia Station
182-04 Union Turnpike
Fresh Meadows NY , 11366
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Holy Family Catholic School
74-15 175th Street
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718) 591-6438
Summit School
183-02 Union Turnpike
Flushing NY , 113661
phone: (718) 969-3944
United Cerebral Palsy of Queens
Yeshiva Madreigas Haadam
171-05 Jewel Avenue
Fresh Meadows NY , phone: (718) 969-7437
  

Public Elementary Schools
P.S.173 Fresh Meadows School (K-6)
174-10 67th Avenue
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718) 358-2243
P.S.178 Holliswood (Pre-K-5)
189-10 Radnor Road
Jamaica Estates NY , 11423
phone: (718) 464-5763
 

Public High Schools
Francis Lewis HS
58-20 Utopia Parkway
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 357-7740
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
J.H.S. 216 George J. Ryan
64-20 175th Street
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 358-2005
  

Senior Centers
BFFY Hillcrest Senior Center
168-01b Hillside Ave.
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 297-7171
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Rory Lancman
RLancman@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 78-40 164th Street
Hillcrest NY , 11366
phone: (718) 217-4969
fax: (347) 561-6116
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1773
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-6956
fax: (212) 676-0471
NYS Assembly
Hon. Nily D. Rozic
RozicN@nyassembly.gov
District Office 159-16 Union Turnpike, Suite 210
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718) 820-0241
fax: (718) 820-0414
Albany Office LOB, Room 547
Albany NY , 12248
phone: (518) 455-5172
fax: (518) 455-5479
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
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

Hillcrest was developed on two hundred acres of farmland in 1909 by William F. Wyckoff of the Hillcrest of Jamaica Company. Prior to development, the area was referred to as “The Hills,” a name deriving from its location on the hills between Jamaica and Flushing. Situated in central Queens, Hillcrest lies primarily in Jamaica and partly in Flushing. This small residential area of mainly one-family houses and some 2-family and multi-family dwellings is roughly defined by Union Turnpike to the north, Jamaica Estates to the east, Hillside Avenue to the south, and 164th street to the west. The population of Hillcrest had became more ethnically diverse in the 1980’s when immigrants from Guyana, Haiti, China, India and Colombia began settling into the area.

The 7,500 sq. ft library building situated in the commercial strip of Union Turnpike was completed in 1974, but its opening was delayed because of a fiscal crisis. During this interim, the building was rented out to several community groups. When it opened on April 28, 1980, it became the 54th branch of the Queens Borough Public Library system.