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This Weekend at Queens Library

We hope you will spend part of your Memorial Day Weekend with us at the Library! Join us for our Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month event with Queens Memory, the First Annual Friends of Ridgewood Library Arts & Crafts Fair, a celebration of Guyana and its culture, art classes for kids and adults, our tribute to Louis Armstrong with ...

A Message from Ethan Hawke

“Just last night, my 16-year-old son asked me, ‘Do people really still use libraries?’ I was happy to be able to tell him yes. It's a fact: More people than ever are visiting their neighborhood branches and using the myriad free resources the Library provides,” writes Ethan Hawke in a new ...

Get Free Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park!

Shakespeare in the Park is one of New York City's most beloved summer traditions—and now you can get your tickets at Queens Library!

Free ticket vouchers for Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s (Jitney, The Piano Lesson) sumptuous new production of Shakespeare’s "Othello," performed ...

Storytime with Your Council Member!

Help support your community library during this important advocacy season—and bring your kids to a wonderful storytime, too!

Queens Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott will be joined by members of the New York City Council at special storytimes in June to demonstrate ...

Support Queens Library with Your 2018 Annual Fund Gift

The last day of school is just a few weeks away—and we’re already hard at work preparing programs, signing kids up for summer reading, and ensuring that we can meet the needs of the 52,000 children and young adults who are expected to visit Queens Library this summer.

The thousands of programs we offer are made ...

Tweet to Your Council Member in Support of Libraries!

Stand with your library on Twitter!

Our city officials are now deciding the amount of funding that New York City’s libraries will receive in the upcoming fiscal year.

Click the links below to find the Twitter handles of your city leaders and the New York City Council Member that represents your community library ...

Drag Queen Story Hour At The Library!

We hope you will join us at several community libraries for Drag Queen Story Hour, a unique storytime for children ages 3-8 that raises awareness of gender diversity, promotes self-acceptance, and builds empathy through an enjoyable literary experience.

Created by Michelle Tea and RADAR Productions in San Francisco, DQSH now ...

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 ...

Mental Health Awareness Month at Queens Library

Mental health challenges impact people across all demographics of society. This May, for Mental Health Awareness Month, we’re bringing you programming to both help you take care of your own mental health and teach you how to help someone else in crisis.

From programs on stress and self-care to information about the ...

May
29
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Science Fun

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Children ages 7 & up are welcome to join us for fun, hands-on S.T.E.A.M activities.

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

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Jun
1
3:00PM

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5:30PM

Family Movie Afternoon

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Join us for Friday movie afternoon.
June 1 - Professor Marston & the Wonder Women (2017, R)
June 8 - Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017, PG-13)
June 15 - Paddington 2 (2017, PG)
June 22 - Pitch Perfect 3 (2017, PG-13)
June 29 - Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017, PG-13)

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

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Jun
2
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Adult Coloring Club

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Come to adult coloring and enjoy a relaxing environment to color and chat!

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

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Jun
4
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Playdate for Babies and Toddlers

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Early development fun with board books, toys, and space for everyone!

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

Additional Dates


Jun
4
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Family Game Night

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Join us for some family fun and games!

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

Additional Dates


Jun
9
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Technology 101

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Technology 101

June 9, 2018: Need help using your own mobile device?
Bring in your own mobile device or tablet and learn some tips and tricks to make the best of its use.

June 30, 2018: What is Facebook?
Wanted to sign up for Facebook but don't know how? Come join us and learn how to sign up and navigate Facebook.

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

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Jun
20
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Family Mini Golf

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

It's tee time at the library! Bring the family for a round of mini-golf. Equipment will be provided.


Jun
23
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Long Island Sound Performs Hits of the '50s and More

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Take a trip down memory lane with classic tunes by Johnny Mathis, Connie Francis, great Motown artists, and more.


Jul
2
1:00PM

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1:30PM

Playdate for Infants and Toddlers

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Bring your babies! Join us for early development fun and socialization using board books and toys. Space for everyone.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
2
1:30PM

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2:00PM

Let's Listen, Learn, and Rock!

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Infants and toddlers are invited to explore, build ,and rock on along with their grown-ups as the librarian reads and sings to your little ones.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
5
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Teens: Together We Are Music

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

By using musical notes and notations, we invite teens to express what music means to them. They can write recommendations, draw how the music makes them feel, and recommend music to one another.


Jul
12
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Teens: Make Your Own Instrument

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

We will give teens hands-on experience with another culture by making their own castanets, mbira and/or zamponas.


Jul
14
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Adult Karaoke

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Sing along with popular vocal and instrumental tracks. Join us and rock on!


Jul
18
2:30PM

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3:30PM

DIY Adults: Rock Terrariums

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Fill a jar with rocks, foliage plants, or succulents for a super low-maintenance garden.


Jul
19
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Teens: Around the World in Ten Snacks

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Munch on exotic snacking options from around the world while listening to a variety of world music.


Jul
26
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Teens: Sheet Music Art

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Teens can create a unique piece of art incorporating sheet music.


Jul
28
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Storytime for Grown-Ups

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

We welcome you to a read-aloud session for grown-ups. You may share short stories or poetry or just listen.


Aug
2
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Teens: The Stacks are Alive with the Sound of Music

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

We are celebrating music by hosting a sing-along movie program. We will feature a range of musicals that teens can sing-along with. After all...Libraries Rock!


Aug
6
1:00PM

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1:30PM

Playdate for Infants and Toddlers

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Bring your babies and join us for early development fun using board books and toys. There is space for everyone!

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

Additional Dates


Aug
9
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Teens: Name that Musical Matching Game

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

How's your knowledge of musicals? Participants will match the song with its source. We will cover a range of classic and current musical theater.


Aug
11
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Music Trivia

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

How good is your music history? Can you name that tune? Bring a friend and test your skills with us!


Aug
15
3:30PM

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4:00PM

Recycled CD Coasters

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Transform CDs into durable, useful beverage coasters.


Aug
16
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Teens: Music Journalism

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

We invite our teens to consider the music they enjoy and write about it. They are welcomed to share their thoughts and feelings on artists and albums.


Aug
18
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Family Science: Musical Edition

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Families could come and explore hands-on activities, such as setting up music- or sound- based experiments.


Aug
23
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Teens: Book Discussion

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

We will discuss a book selection from our "Libraries Rock" suggested summer reading list.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Howard Beach Community Library has:

  • 6 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 Howard Beach Community Library include:

  • Italian(including VHS & DVDs)
  • Spanish (including VHS & DVDs)

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Howard Beach Community Library include:

  • Careers
  • Black Experience
  • Dummies Books
  • Mind and Body
  • Test Prep
  • Computers
  • Parenting

 

 

 


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
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
Reach for the Stars
156-18 96th Street
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 845-1429
Lynn Boutureria
158-03 82nd Street
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 843-0845
Donna Hovi
160-41 99th Street
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 925-1303
Caroline Guerra
155-25 78 Street, #1st Floor
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 845-3298
  

Community Board
Community Board District # 10
115-01 Lefferts Boulevard
South Ozone Park NY , 11420
phone: (718) 843-4488
fax: (718) 738-1184
  

Community Organizations & Services
Ozone-Howard Chamber of commerce
P.O. Box 58
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 835-9482
  

Fire Department
FDNY - Engine 331 Ladder 173|
158-57 Cross Bay Blvd.
Howard Beach NY , 11414
  

Local Hospitals
Queens Hospital Center
82-68 164 Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-3000
  

Parks and Playgrounds
Park Strip
S. Conduit Ave. & 88 Street
Spring Creek Park Addition
157th Drive, 158th Avenue, Sheridan Street
PS 207 (Walter Ward Playground)
88 & 89 Sts & 160 Avenue
PS 232 (Harold Schneiderman Playground)
155 Avenue & 83rd Street
  

Police Department
106th Precinct
103-53 101st Street
Ozone Park NY , 11414
phone: (718) 845-2211
  

Post Office
Howard Beach Post Office
160-50 Crossbay Blvd
Howard Beach NY , 11414-9997
phone: (800) 275-8777
Station B Post Office
102-12 159th Ave
Howard Beach NY , 11414-9993
phone: (800) 275-8777
 

Private / Parochial Schools
Our Lady of Grace
158-20 101 Street
Howard Beach NY , 11414-0114
phone: (718) 848-7440
Saint Helen Elementary School
155-55 Crossbay Boulevard
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 217-4242
fax: (718) 641-8290
 

Public Elementary Schools
PS 146 Howard Beach
98-01 159 Avenue
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 843-4880
fax: (718) 641-0901
PS 207 Rockwood Park
159-15 88 Street
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 848-2700
fax: (718) 848-4226
PS 232 Lindenwood
153-23 83 Street
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 848-9247
fax: (718) 738-8505

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
JHS 202 Robert H. Goddard
138-30 Lafayette Street
Ozone Park NY , 11414
phone: (718) 848-0001
fax: (718) 848-8082
  

Senior Centers
Howard Beach Senior Center
156-45 84 Street
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 738-8100
Our Lady of Grace
158-50 101 Street
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 845-6635
 

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Eric Ulrich
EUlrich@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 93-06 101st Avenue
Ozone Park NY, 11416
phone: (718) 738-1083
fax: (718) 738-1918
Legislative Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1555
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-7069
NYS Assembly
Hon. Stacey Pheffer Amato
AmatoS@nyassembly.gov
District Office 95-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Rockaway Beach NY, 11693
phone: (718) 945-9550
fax: (718) 945-9549
Albany Office LOB, Room 827
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4292
fax: (518) 455-4723
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. Hakeem Jeffries
District Office 55 Hanson Place, Suite 603
Brooklyn NY, 11217
phone: (718) 237-2211
fax: (718) 237-2273
Legislative Office 1607 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-5936
fax: (202) 225-1018
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Howard Beach’s earliest inhabitants were Canarsie and Rockaway Indians, and, later, English settlers, all attracted to rich fishing sites at Hawtree Creek and Jamaica Bay. The area was called Remsen’s Landing during the 1770’s, after Col. Jeramus Remsen, its largest landowner and a Revolutionary War Regiment leader.

By 1900, Howard Beach earned the nickname “The Venice of Long Island” for its many waterways, and the name “Ramblersville” was adopted by residents along Hawtree Creek when a visitor remarked about the charm of the sleepy fishing village. The community takes its present name from a Brooklyn glove manufacturer, William J. Howard, who operated a goat farm near Aqueduct as a source of skins for his business, and who opened a hotel and cottage community around the turn of the century. “Hotel Howard” became popular with the rich and famous, and boasted a pier that stretched two thousand feet into Jamaica Bay. Though the resort was destroyed by fire in 1907, Mr. Howard went on to develop land in the area, and the first model home of “Howard Estates” opened in 1913.

The extension of the New York City subway system, completion of a sewer line, and the opening of Aqueduct Racetrack spurred a housing boom, generating a cluster of small developments, such as West Hamilton Beach, Lindenwood, and Rockwood Park, which comprise modern Howard Beach, an amalgam of private homes, cooperative housing, condominiums, and garden apartments. Cross Bay Boulevard is a vigorous and bustling commercial strip. The population is largely Italian-American and Jewish-American.

Library services to the Howard Beach community were provided by Bookmobile until April, 1963, when a rented storefront was opened at 155-12 Cross Bay Boulevard, the Library system’s 52nd neighborhood branch. In 1979, services were moved to the present location, a city-owned building at 92-06 156 Avenue.

Sources:

Jackson, Kenneth T., ed. Encyclopedia of New York City

Ranft, Richard. “History of Howard Beach”, Queens Forum, June 13, 1997