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Hillcrest

Now is a Great Time to Support the Queens Library!

Spring is an exciting time of growth and renewal—and a great time to give to the Queens Library Foundation!

The thousands of programs we offer are made possible by the generous support of donors like you.

Your gift today means we can continue to meet the needs of our diverse community.

With your gift, we ...

One Book, One New York: Cast Your Vote!

Imagine all New Yorkers reading and talking about the same book at the same time!

The NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and New York Magazine have announced the return of One Book, One New York, the exciting city-wide initiative that brings book-loving New Yorkers together to read the same book at the same ...

Celebrate Earth Day at Queens Library!

April 22 is Earth Day, and we're marking the occasion with arts & crafts, celebrations, science workshops, and more.

Plus, you can watch several Earth Day-themed movies on Kanopy, our on-demand video streaming service, all for free with your library card.

Join us for our special programs before ...

Celebrate National Poetry Month At The Library

April is National Poetry Month and we’ve got something planned for the poet in everyone.

We’ve gathered our list of recommendations from our collections, including books by poets and films about poets.

We also invite you to come to our poetry open mics and poetry slams, join in poetry writing events at your ...

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 ...

Young Adult Literacy Program: Pre-Register Now!

Are you interested in getting your High School Equivalency, but not sure where to start?

The Young Adult Literacy Program (YALP) is here to help!

This program is open to students ages 16–24, and offers four days of classes per week, as well as one day of service learning and job shadowing to help build your ...

Apr
24
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Origami for Adults

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

We will be making a different project each session.


Apr
24
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Play-dough play hour

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

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


Apr
25
10:30AM

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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.

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Apr
25
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Afternoon Film Screening

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

This month we are screening four films about friendship, perseverance, and faith:
April 4 1-3pm "Wedding Plan" (Hebrew w/ English subtitles) (PG)
April 11 2-4pm "Love Rosie" (R)
April 19 1-3pm "Victoria and Abdul" (PG-13)
April 25 1-3 pm "Stronger" (R)


Apr
25
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


Apr
26
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Origami Frogs

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come make origami frogs that hop hop hop! For children 7+.


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!


Apr
26
6:00PM

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7:00PM

The Jewish-American Songbook Featuring Jazz Vocalist Lois Bruno

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Jazz vocalist Lois Bruno performs classic American songs written by Jewish composers and lyricists: the Gershwins, Sammy Cahn, Oscar Hammerstein II, Irving Berlin, and many others.


Apr
30
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Beginning Tai Chi

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Instructor Kevin M. Sullivan teaches participants a gentle form of martial arts often referred to as "meditation in motion."

Space is limited on a first come, first-served basis.

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

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Apr
30
10:30AM

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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
30
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


May
1
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


May
2
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Afternoon Film Screening

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

April 25 1-3 pm Stronger (2017, R)
May 2 -4 Moka (2016, R)
May 16 2-4 Burnt By The Sun (1994, R)
May 30 2-4 Murder On The Orient Express (2017, PG-13)

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

Additional Dates


May
2
4:30PM

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5:30PM

May Craft Series: Individual crafts listed below

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Join us for our Wednesday craft series in the month of May! Kids 5+
5/2: Mother's Day marbled cards
5/9: Mother's Day gifts
5/16: Very Hungry Caterpillar craft
5/23: Memorial Day Craft
5/30: Summer reading bucket list

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

Additional Dates


May
3
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Children's Game Night

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come and enjoy Wii games and board games with your friends and neighbors at the Hillcrest Library! For an hour, we'll have these games available for free play. For kids ages 6 and up!

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

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May
7
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Relax - Reconnect - Recharge - Presented by Global Harmony House

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Have you ever felt the need to relax and refresh, not just by going on vacation but something deeper? Then join us for this hour of meditation to refresh, recharge, and calm the mind. This session will include meditation commentaries, soft music, and silence.


May
8
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Mental Health Awareness Month: Stress and Self-Care

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

This Mental Health Awareness series focuses on the benefits of self-care and how to reduce stress. When was the last time you did something just for yourself? Today is the day to get started!

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

Additional Dates


May
8
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Origami for Adults

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

We will be making a different project each session.

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

Additional Dates


May
10
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Classic Concert

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

"Music critics have described I-Heung Lee's performance as graceful, thoughtful and intelligent, touched with a unique style of artistic sophistication. Ms. Lee performs extensively in Asia as well as at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York. Her repertoire includes works by Mozart, Franz Liszt, Maurice Ravel and Frederic Chopin."


May
14
1:30PM

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2:30PM

Early Detection Education for Breast Cancer

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Ms. Ann Stephens, Outreach Coordinator from the North Well/ LIJ Women's Center, will make a presentation and demonstrate how to do self examinations of the breast. She encourages participation in the demonstrations and there will be a Q&A session as she provides informational handouts.


May
17
5:00PM

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6:30PM

Elder Law

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Learn how to protect assets, including the family home, from long-term care expenses. Understand the basics of the Medicaid program. Learn about the 5 essential documents all seniors should have. Led by Ronald A. Fatoullah, Elder Law Attorney.


May
23
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Learn CPR from FDNY-EMS

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Learn compression-only CPR. Basic instruction on how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED), compressions-only mannequins and "watch-while-practice" DVD instructions.


May
31
5:00PM

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6:30PM

Managing Depression

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

PEARLS by Visiting Nurse Service of New York. Do you know of a senior who seems sad all the time, lost interest in things they used to love, or is having trouble sleeping or loss of appetite? Feeling sad or blue from time to time is normal, but it should fade away after a few days. The Visiting Nurse Services of New York offers free screenings for participation in their new program called PEARLS. You must be 65 or older and live in Queens or Manhattan.


Jun
5
4:30PM

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5:30PM

June STEM Series

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

As part of our STEM series, come experiment with us at the Hillcrest Library! Kids 7+. Registration required in person or by phone. Registration opens 5/1/18. See list of experiments and dates below.
6/5: Slime
6/12: Shaving Cream Playdough
6/19: Paper airplane engineering challenge

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

Additional Dates


Jun
7
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Fort Building Engineering Challenge

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Build a fort in this new engineering challenge at the Hillcrest library! We have over-sized foam blocks to create forts, mazes, buildings, and anything else you can dream up! For kids ages 4+.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
11
2:00PM

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3:00PM

FDNY Fire Safety in the Home for Seniors

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Adults of all ages will gain important skills from lifesaving demonstrations on fire safety.


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
18
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Gentle Yoga

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

There's no need to bring a mat to this yoga class. Irene Failenbogen will teach techniques and exercises that can be practiced while seated in chairs. Space is limited. Preregistration is required. Please wear workout clothing and sneakers.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
18
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Sinatra & Friends

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Susanne LoFaso and Vincent Roccaro celebrate the music that never goes out of style. Sing along to great hits such as Mack the Knife, Cheek to Cheek, Orange Colored Sky, Lady is a Tramp, and many, many more.


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.


Jul
10
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Botanical Watercolor Painting

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

A four session workshop: Learn to tone fruit, vegetables, leaves, and branches. Focus on concepts of light source, value, and shading to create form. Learn about brushes and techniques to create different leaf and flower forms. Registration required. Call the Hillcrest Library to register 718-454-2786

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

Additional Dates


Aug
23
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Music for the Soul

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Sean Condron, born in Queens to Irish parents, is a modern day bard whose repertoire spans the length and breadth of American music, in itself a melting pot of world influences - from sentimental favorites to Italian and Spanish classics and everything in between. Armed with just a guitar and voice, his energetic and humor filled performances have delighted audiences the world over.


Aug
24
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Gardening Series with Gil Lopez

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

A two-session hands-on gardening workshop with Gil Lopez. Learn about how to better grow your indoor plants and about vertical gardening.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
2
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Drawing to See: A Creative Aging Program

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

This is an eight week program where participants will learn a variety of drawing techniques, deepening the experience. For beginners as well as students who wish to broaden their understanding of basic approaches to drawing. The ninth session will be a culminating event consisting of a gallery showing of participants' work. This is a Lifetime Arts Creative Aging program for adults age 50 and up. Pre-Registration is required. Please call the Hillcrest Library to register 718-454-2786

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

Additional Dates


Oct
30
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Metrocard Mobile Van at the Library

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Need a Metrocard and cannot get to the subway? An MTA Metrocard Mobile van will be in front of the Hillcrest Community Library.


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.