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This Weekend at Queens Library

We hope you’ll join us at the Library this weekend for the New Americans Program 40th Anniversary Celebration, our Planning for Pregnancy Conference, Native American Heritage Month events, Justice League Day, an author talk with Dr. William Loren Katz, a poetry reading with Vijay R. Nathan, spelling bees, book discussion groups, ...

Celebrate 40 Years of the New Americans Program!

Since 1977, Queens Library's New Americans Program (NAP) has helped thousands of immigrants, new Americans, and prospective citizens integrate into American society and share their cultures with the greater community of Queens.

Come join the festivities on Sunday, November 19 at 12:30 p.m. at Flushing ...

Planning for Pregnancy Conference

If you're pregnant, considering parenthood, or even considering expanding your family, this free conference at Central Library on Sunday, November 19 at 12 p.m. is for you!

Join us for a day of pregnancy-related lectures, panel discussions, and more. All types of families are welcome, and you ...

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 ...

Nov
21
3:30PM

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5:00PM

Paper Flower Making for Adults

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come how to create fabulous flowers out of paper to decorate any area of your home for the holidays.


Nov
22
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Toddler and Pre-school time

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

For kids ages 2-5. Enjoy songs, storytimes, and free play.


Nov
22
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Thanksgiving Placemat Craft

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come make a colorful paper place-mat to decorate your space at the table for Thanksgiving at the Hillcrest Library! For children 4 and up.


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Nov
24
1:00PM

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3:00PM

School's Out Family Film Series

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come join us at the Hillcrest Library for a series of films when school is out!
11/7: "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie" (PG)
11/24: "Cars 3" (G)
12/29: "The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature" (PG)
Light refreshments are permitted for this program only.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
27
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Childhood Asthma

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

What is childhood asthma? How do our lungs work? At this interactive program, we will be making our own lungs! We will also learn about asthma, its causes and ways to treat it.


Nov
27
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Karaoke Dance Party After Dark!

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Join our karaoke dance party!


Nov
28
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


Nov
30
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Children's Game Night

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come and enjoy Wii games and board games with your friends and neighbors from the community at the Hillcrest library! For an hour we'll have the Wii and board games available for free play. For kids 7 and up!

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

Additional Dates


Dec
4
10:30AM

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11:15AM

Baby Movement and Music

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

For children 6 to 18 months. Enjoy songs, fingerplays, and board books.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
6
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Storytime & Free Play

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come on down to the library for a storytime and some free play with our toys & coloring!

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

Additional Dates


Dec
6
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Ismail Merchant Fil FEstival

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

This December Hillcrest honors Southeast Asian producer-director Ismail Merchant (1936-2005) with screenings of two of his films:
"Cotton Mary" (1999) December 6
"Mr. & Mrs. Bridge " (1990) December 13

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

Additional Dates


Dec
7
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Up-cycled Penguin Craft

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come make an adorable, silly penguin out of recycled materials! Up-cycling is good for creativity and good for the environment! For kids 6 and up.


Dec
11
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Holiday ornament making

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

Come make a beautiful, colorful holiday ornament by painting 'stained glass' style baubles and making decorative loops for them to hang on. For kids 6 and up. Capped at 15, please register with Ms. Ashley in Children's.


Dec
14
5:00PM

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7:15PM

After Dark Film Screening: "The Shack"

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

A grieving man experiences a divine intervention while visiting a nearby shack. Starring Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, and Tim McGraw.


Dec
21
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Up-cycled Gingerbread Man Craft

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come make a gingerbread man to decorate for winter out of recycled materials! Up-cycling is good for creativity and good for the environment! For kids 6 and up.


Dec
26
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Calendar Decorating

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Help get yourself ready for the new year by decorating printed calendars for 2018!


Dec
27
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Storytime and Free Play

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

School's out for winter break, so come on down to the Hillcrest library for a storytime and some free play with our games and toys!


Jan
2
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Upcycled Snow-Measuring Snowman

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Kids can measure how much snow has fallen with a snowman paint stirrer ruler.


Jan
3
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


Jan
4
4:30PM

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5:30PM

STEM: Making Slime

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

As part of our January STEM series, come make slime with us at the Hillcrest Library! Kids 6+.


Jan
11
4:30PM

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5:30PM

STEM: LEGO Engineering Challenge

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

As part of our January STEM series, join us at the Hillcrest Library for a LEGO engineering challenge! Kids 5+.


Jan
16
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Upcycled Newspaper Polar Bears

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come join us at Hillcrest in recycling old newspapers into polar bear portraits! Kids 5+


Jan
18
4:30PM

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5:30PM

STEM: Lava Lamps

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

As part of our STEM series, join us at Hillcrest for making electricity-free lava lamps using chemistry & physics! Kids 6+.


Jan
22
4:30PM

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6:00PM

Spelling Bee Competition: Grades 3-6

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come join us for a spelling bee competition, where participants that make it through the two rounds for their grade at our local Hillcrest Branch will go on to a Queens-library wide competition at the Central branch later in the year! Dates below:
1/22: Grade 3 & 4 round 1
1/29: Grade 5 & 6 round 1
2/5: Grade 3 & 4 final round
2/12: Grade 5 & 6 final round

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

Additional Dates


Jan
25
4:30PM

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5:30PM

STEM: Rain Clouds

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

As part of our STEM series, come do a science experiment where we learn through a visual demonstration how rain clouds work. Kids 5+.


Jan
30
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Snowflake Suncatchers

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come join us to make a beautiful snowflake suncatcher to catch all that bright winter sunlight! Kids 5+.


Feb
1
4:30PM

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5:30PM

STEM: Silly Putty

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

As part of our STEM series, come make silly putty with us at the Hillcrest Library! Kids 6+.


Feb
26
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Positive Thinking

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

“You are what you think!” Thoughts are like seeds. Loving and happy thoughts produce beautiful flowers and nourishing fruits, while angry and depressed thoughts produce painful thorns and poisonous weeds. In this workshop, we will explore how Raja Yoga Meditation enables us to master our lives by producing those ‘flowers and fruits’ that are wholesome, attractive and nourishing. It’s time to cultivate a life that brings true inner peace and contentment.


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
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.