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Book Buddies

Read with a buddy! Tuesdays at 2 pm in the Meeting Room.

Jul 25 @ 2:00 PM, Aug 1 @ 2:00 PM, Aug 8 @ 2:00 PM, Aug 15 @ 2:00 PM, Aug 22 @ 2:00 PM

Adult Coloring Get Together

Coloring is not just for kids! Join us to enjoy a relaxing and creative way to express yourself. We'll provide coloring sheets and pencils. Bring a friend and come join the fun!

Jul 31 @ 12:00 PM, Aug 28 @ 12:00 PM

Adult Coloring Get Together

Coloring is not just for kids! Join us to enjoy a relaxing and creative way to express yourself. We'll provide coloring sheets and pencils. Bring a friend and come join the fun!

Aug 7 @ 4:00 PM, Aug 21 @ 4:00 PM

The Evolution of Bollywood

The Payalia Dance Company provides a performance of Bollywood dance, discusses the various dance styles and invites the audience to join in and learn some of the steps.

Aug 17 @ 6:30 PM

Jul
25
2:00PM

--to--

2:45PM

Book Buddies

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

Read with a buddy! Tuesdays at 2 pm in the Meeting Room.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
25
3:00PM

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3:45PM

Crafts for Grades K-3

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

Join us for a fun summer craft. Tuesdays at 3 pm in the Meeting Room. Grades K-3 only.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
26
11:30AM

--to--

12:15PM

Storytime

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

Join us for stories, fingerplays, songs and fun! Ages 18 months-3 years.

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

Additional Dates


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Jul
26
2:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Fun and Games

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

Join us for games, movies and special programs. Wednesdays at 2:00 in the Meeting Room.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
27
3:00PM

--to--

3:45PM

Summer Craft Grades 4-6

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

Join us for a fun summer craft. Grades 4-6. Thursdays at 3:00pm in the Meeting Room.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
27
6:30PM

--to--

7:30PM

Meditation Workshop Series for Adults

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

Vajra Henderson teaches simple but effective techniques for transcending limitations and discovering your true potential, and shows you how to integrate these ancient and powerful techniques into your daily life.


Jul
28
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Teens & Tweens Summer Reading Book Talks

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

Teens and Tweens will meet weekly to talk about the books they've read and hear about books other teens are reading. Hopefully we will be able to select a short story and make a dramatic presentation of it to the library at large by the end of the summer.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
28
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Teens & Tweens Summer Crafts

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

Teens and Tweens will participate in moderately challenging crafts from 3-4 on Fridays in July and August.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
31
12:00PM

--to--

1:00PM

Adult Coloring Get Together

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

Coloring is not just for kids! Join us to enjoy a relaxing and creative way to express yourself. We'll provide coloring sheets and pencils. Bring a friend and come join the fun!

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

Additional Dates


Jul
31
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Coding Club

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

Come and check out Coding Club! Learn about introductory coding and most of all...have fun! This program is for children ages 8-14. Registration begins on June 19 in person. You must be able to attend all sessions!

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

Additional Dates


Aug
2
2:00PM

--to--

5:30PM

Legal Advice for Homeowners

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

Are you a homeowner in Queens with concerns about your mortgage, property taxes, homeowner's insurance, or water and sewage bills? Have you been served with court papers initiating a foreclosure action, or are considering bankruptcy?

A representative from The Legal Aid Society's Foreclosure Prevention Unit will be at the following libraries to answer your questions one-on-one:


Aug
3
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Books Into Film Book Club

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

Join us on 7/6, 7/20, 8/3 and 8/17 for our Books to Film Book Club. Read the book at home and come watch the movie together! 2:00 in the Meeting Room.
7/6 - Coraline, Neil Gaiman
7/20 -Charlotte's Web
8/3 - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
8/17 - Matilda, Roald Dahl

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

Additional Dates


Aug
3
5:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Knitting and Crocheting

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

Join us for Hollis' newest club - learn to knit or crochet. Please bring your own materials - and ask a friend to join you!


Aug
7
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Adult Coloring Get Together

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

Coloring is not just for kids! Join us to enjoy a relaxing and creative way to express yourself. We'll provide coloring sheets and pencils. Bring a friend and come join the fun!

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

Additional Dates


Aug
14
12:30PM

--to--

1:30PM

Microsoft Word for Beginners

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

Learn how to use Microsoft Word to create documents. Learn how to save and print your documents. Basic computer skills required. Sign up at the reference desk.


Aug
14
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Adult Book Club

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

We will be reading and discussing the following books on the following dates: "Black Man in a White Coat" by Damon Tweedy on May 15, "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" by Lisa See on June 19, "When Breath Becomes Air" by Paul Kalanithi on July 17 and "The Rent Collector" by Camron Wright on August 14. Light refreshments will be served.


Aug
17
6:30PM

--to--

7:45PM

The Evolution of Bollywood

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

The Payalia Dance Company provides a performance of Bollywood dance, discusses the various dance styles and invites the audience to join in and learn some of the steps.


Aug
25
2:00PM

--to--

2:45PM

Theatricks by Phil the Magician

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

Mr. Philip Levy will dazzle children with his Summer Magic show!


Sep
4
12:30PM

--to--

1:15PM

Toddler Time

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

Stories, songs, nursery rhymes and a coloring page. Ages 18 to 36 months.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
5
4:00PM

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4:45PM

Back to School Craft

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

Join us for a back to school craft!


Sep
6
11:30AM

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12:15PM

Storytime

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

Join us for stories, fingerplays, songs and fun! Ages 2-4 years.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
9
1:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Video Game Club

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

Join us on Saturday afternoons to play Wii, board games, and more!

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

Additional Dates


Sep
11
5:30PM

--to--

6:30PM

Belly Dancing 101: An Introduction

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

Belly dancing, also known as "Raqs sharqi," is an ancient, mystical and healing dance form. Learn its fundamentals with Cashel Campbell. Space is limited. Participation is 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


Sep
15
3:00PM

--to--

4:45PM

Monday Movie Matinee

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

9/11: "Everybody Loves Somebody"; 9/18: "The Fate of the Furious"; 9/25: "Chips"

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

Additional Dates


Sep
16
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Language Learning Group for Beginners in Spanish

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

Have you ever wished you could speak Spanish? Learn how to use Transparent Language Online and benefit from a 10-week group learning experience too! You will need a Queens Library card and a computer, tablet, or smart phone to access Transparent Language to do your weekly assignments. Bring your device to the first session for help in setting up your Transparent Language Online account. Space is limited and preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
16
1:00PM

--to--

3:30PM

SHSAT Practice Exam with the Princeton Review

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

Take this free, full-length practice test to find out how you might score on the real thing! Your personalized score report pinpointing your strengths and weaknesses will help you know what to focus on as you prep. In person registration is required.


Sep
18
12:30PM

--to--

1:30PM

Computer Class for Adults

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

Classes will cover basic computer skills, computer terminology and an introduction to the Internet. Please sign up at the reference desk.

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 Hollis Community Library has:

  • 6 adult public computers
  • 4 children's public computers
  • 1 early literacy station
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing
  • Live homework help online through Tutor.com. Please contact the library for more details.

 

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International Language Collections at the Hollis Community Library include:

  • Chinese
  • French
  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

 

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

  • Black Experience
  • 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
Hollis Community Service Center
193-25 Jamaica Ave.
Jamaica NY , 11423
phone: (718) 465-0923
Kiddy Corner
197-25 Hillside Ave.
Jamaica NY , 11423
phone: (718) 740-0717
Little Red Wagon Day Care Center
188-06 Jamaica Ave.
Jamaica NY , 11423
phone: (718) 468-6627
Precious Children Day Care
202-11 Jamaica Ave.
Jamaica NY , 11423
phone: (718) 479-2127
Rainbow Day Care
90-16 187th Pl.
Jamaica NY , 11423
phone: (718) 454-4284
 

Community Board
Community Board District # 12
90-28 161 Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 658-3308
fax: (718) 739-6997
  

Community Organizations & Services
Community Care
97-11 Springfield Blvd.
Queens Village NY , 11429
phone: (718) 465-7677
YMCA of Greater New York
89-25 Parsons Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 739-6600
 

Fire Department
Engine 301 Ladder 150
91-02 197 St
Hollis NY , 11423
  

Local Hospitals
Holliswood Hospital
87-37 Palermo Street
Hollis NY , 11423
phone: (718) 776-8265
  

Parks and Playgrounds
Bellaire Playground
89 Ave., 207 & 208 Streets
Hollis NY , 11472
  

Police Department
107th Precinct
71-01 Parsons Boulevard
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718) 969-5100
  

Post Office
Hollis Post Office
197-33 Hillside Ave.
Hollis NY , 11423
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Yeshiva University HS For Girls
86-86 Palo Alto Street
Jamaica NY , 11423
phone: (718) 479-8550
Summit School
187-30 Grand Central Parkway
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 264-2931
Incarnation
89-15 Francis Lewis Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11427
phone: (718) 465-5066
Cambria Heights Academy
188-04 91 Ave.
Hollis NY, 11423
  

Public Elementary Schools
PS 35 Nathaniel Woodhull
191-02 90 Avenue
Hollis NY , 11423
phone: (718) 465-6820
PS 118 Lorraine Hansberry
190-20 109 Road
Hollis NY , 11423
phone: (718) 465-5538
PS 134 Hollis
203-02 109th Avenue
Hollis NY , 11412
phone: (718) 464-5544
PS 178 Holliswood
189-10 Radnor Road
Jamaica NY , 11423
phone: (718) 464-5763
Ps 135 The Bellaire School
207-11 89th Ave.
Queens Village NY, 11427
phone: (718) 464-2119
 

Public High Schools
Martin Van Buren HS
230-17 Hillside Avenue
Queens Village NY , 11427
phone: (718) 776-4728
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
IS 109 Jean Nuzzi
213-10 92 Ave.
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 465-0651
IS 238 Susan B. Anthony
88-15 182 St.
Hollis NY , 11423
phone: (718) 297-9821
 

Senior Centers
Allen Community Senior Center
166-01 Linden Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 658-0980
Hillside Comprehensive Care Center
188-11 Hillside Avenue
Hollis NY , 11423
phone: (718) 264-6680
Jewish Association for services to the aged (JASA) Young Israel of Holliswood / Holliswood Jewish Center
86-25 Francis Lewis Blvd
Queens Village NY, 11427

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. Leroy Comrie
Comrie@nysenate.gov
District Office 113-43 Farmers Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 454-0162
fax: (718) 454-0186
Albany Office Room 617, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2701
fax: (518) 455-2816
US Congress
Hon. Gregory W. Meeks

District Office 153-01 Jamaica Ave., 2nd Floor
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 725-6000
fax: (718) 725-9868
Legislative Office 2234 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-3461
fax: (202) 226-4169
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

The town of Hollis is subdivided into two major sections, Hollis and Holliswood. It was originally part of the famous Dutch purchase of Jamaica in 1656 from the Jameco Indians. During the revolutionary war, General Nathaniel Woodhull, the commander of the Queens and Suffolk militia, was mortally wounded by the British forces in a tavern at Hollis’ village center. His crime was refusing to say “God save the King”.

Previously known as East Jamaica, Hollis was developed in 1884-5 by former Queens Highway commissioner Frederick W. Dunton. After having purchased 136 acres of land in Hollis, Dunton interested several of his friends in the district, and sold them land lots. Homes were quickly built on the land that was previously farmland. Dunton named the town after Hollis, New Hampshire, where he was born. In 1885, Dunton and several other residents donated land and opened a new railroad station.

In 1895, the towns little old wooden school house was replaced by Public School 35, which was later moved to a larger building. In 1896, a library in Hollis was organized through voluntary contributions, and by 1897, the library contained 800 volumes. The Hollis library became a branch of the Queens Borough Public Library on January 1, 1901, and in that year circulated 4,428 books. The library’s present location on Hillside Avenue was established in 1973.

By 1920, the population of Hollis grew to almost 4,000 residents, and attracted many Manhattan commuters. Hollis now houses approximately 31,000 residents. It is a growing and diverse community with Hillside and Jamaica avenues serving as its main shopping areas. Famous residents of Hollis have included Mario Cuomo, L.L. Cool J., and Colin Powell.

More information about the Hollis community is available from the following sources:

Global Community in Queens, New York City, HollisNY.com, http://www.hollisny.com/history.htm

Hollis, Ruth M. Haines, The Queens Borough Public Library Bulletin, 1937 (pamphlet)

Hollis in History, Edward Hale Brush, Long Island Life, 1922 (pamphlet)