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This Weekend at Queens Library

There’s so much to do at the library this weekend! You can celebrate World Vegetarian Day, Banned Books Week, and Mahatma Gandhi's birthday; share your writing at the Rockaway Author Expo; join a Queens Village-based photography project; laugh at an afternoon of clean comedy; meet author Terry Ballard; enjoy an interactive opera ...

October Starts with Great Concerts!

Start the fall season right with the hottest new musical talent!

Free tickets are still available for great Culture Connection concerts by blues-folk masters The Sean Richey Duo, featuring two-time Grammy nominee Norman Edwards, Jr., on Saturday, October 1, and soul crooner Cleveland P. Jones on ...

See Shakespeare Performed at Queens Library!

The play’s the thing at Queens Library! We're partnering with the award-winning TITAN Theatre Company to bring dramatic staged readings of all Shakespeare’s plays to libraries across Queens.

Our second season of Shakespeare in Queens starts with Macbeth on Monday, October 3 at ...

Get Your Free IDNYC Card in Laurelton!

You can sign up for IDNYC on your side of Queens!

Laurelton Community Library will be hosting a temporary "pop-up" Enrollment Center from October 3 through October 7 where you can apply for your IDNYC card in person.

IDNYC is the newly launched New York City ...

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

Join Queens Library for several special events where we will celebrate the histories and cultures of Hispanic Americans and the contributions they have made to our society!

Over the next four weeks, we will also highlight books from our collection by celebrated Hispanic authors. You can find a list of them here and see pictures of ...

Buy-A-Book for Queens Library

Did you know that every children’s book you buy for Queens Library will be read by 40 or more kids?

You can help the youngest members of our communities—and many others—explore their dreams through Queens Library’s Buy-A-Book program.

For every $25 you donate, a bookplate with your name (or the ...

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 ...

Dreams Start Here: the Queens Library Foundation 2016 Autumn Gala

We cordially invite you to help inspire, educate, and celebrate children at our 2016 Autumn Gala!

The Gala will benefit programs and services for children and adolescents that inspire them to learn, grow, and achieve their dreams.

We will also honor our distinguished guests—the 106th Mayor of the City of New York, ...

Free Movies, Music, E-Books, and More!

Enjoy digital media at home, at work, or on-the-go!

Queens Library is a one-stop shop for tech lovers. Our digital media collection includes thousands of free eBooks, audiobooks, eMagazines, music, movies, and videos.

You can download all of these items to a personal computer, smartphone, pocket PC, PDA, portable media ...

Oct
1
9:00AM

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5:00PM

Leading the Way: A Series of Exhibitions Celebrating Extraordinary Women of Queens

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

The Queens Historical Society presents a series of exhibitions on extraordinary women from Queens who are examples of what living a meaningful life is – a life of personal achievement and a life that helps others. View exhibitions at Ridgewood, Jackson Heights,and Glendale, from now until October 22nd.

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

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Oct
4
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Computer Class - Intermediate Level

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Jackson Heights Library is offering Intermediate Computer Classes on Tuesdays at 10:30 am. Topics include Microsoft Office Application, Creating an email account, navigating through the internet, using Microsoft Paint, creating and uploading the resumes. Registration is required.

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

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Oct
4
2:30PM

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3:00PM

Picture Book Story Time

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Children ages 2.5-6 years are invited to join us for stories, songs, and coloring. Caregiver must attend with child. In case of inclement weather, please call Jackson Heights at 718-899-2500 to confirm program.

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Oct
6
1:00PM

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1:45PM

Toddler Playtime

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Toddlers and their caregivers are invited to join us for play with toys. A parent or caregiver must be present. Participants are welcome to walk in at any point in the program if space permits.

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

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Oct
6
2:00PM

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7:00PM

Diversity Visa Application Assistance

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Queens Library is making computers available from October 6 to November 3 to customers who want to fill out the online application for the Diversity Visa (Green Card) Lottery (DV-2018). Applicants can get assistance scanning photos at the following libraries: Central and Flushing - Mondays and Thursdays, 3:00-8:00PM; Jackson Heights - Thursdays 2:00-7:00 PM and Mondays 9:00 AM-2:00 PM; Long Island City - Thursdays 2:00-7:00 PM and Mondays 3:00-8:00 PM

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

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Oct
6
2:15PM

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3:00PM

Get Ready to Read!

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Children ages 3-5 years old and caregivers are invited to join us for activities to help new readers gain literacy skills. Space may be limited and is available 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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Oct
6
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month: Author Talk with Margarita Garcia

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Tomás Estrada Palma (1835 – 1908) was the first president Cuba before he assumed the office. The story develops in three continents, from his prison in Spain to the preparation of insurgent expeditions of arms and men and ingenious schemes for fund raising for the struggle for independence from Spain. The book includes never-before-seen photographs and other documents. It ends the day of establishment of the Republic of Cuba, the 20th of May, 1902.


Oct
7
10:30AM

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11:45AM

Toddler Learning Center

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Bring your child ages 18-36 months for a Little TLC! Play and learn with your child in a free, five-session workshop that include toys, games, puzzles and other items specifically selected to enhance a toddler's educational and physical development. Preregistration is required.

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

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Oct
7
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Teen Time is Fun Time!

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Come enjoy the beginning of your weekends with a variety of activities! Participate in gaming, crafts and other activities sure to entertain any kinds of teens.


Oct
7
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Zumba for Kids

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Join us for a fun dance-based exercise, designed just for kids!

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

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Oct
8
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Tenant Rights in Rent Controlled, Rent Stabilized and Unregulated Apartments

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Central Astoria LDC, which provides housing advice and assistance to the public, presents a workshop on tenant and landlord responsibilities; basic rights of tenants; rent, rent increases and rent surcharges; and complaint forms and procedures.


Oct
14
3:30PM

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5:00PM

After School Weekend Bash

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Start your weekends off with games, crafts and other random fun!

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

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Oct
15
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Meet the Author: Cassandra Langer Presents "Romaine Brooks: A Life"

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Art historian, painter, poet and critic Cassandra Langer became the accidental biographer of Romaine Brooks (1874 - 1970) when a search to uncover the artist's aesthetics led Langer to rethink the flawed narrative of Brooks' life. This slide illustrated presentation will highlight the work of an artist currently on display at the Smithsonian Museum of Art in Washington, D.C. and her life in Paris between the wars. Books will be available for sale and signing.


Oct
18
3:30PM

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5:30PM

NYCitizenship Information Session

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Come to an information session with a NYCitizenship attorney to find out how to apply for U.S. citizenship, and learn about the benefits of becoming a citizen and receiving financial counseling.

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

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Oct
18
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Changes in Your Diet That Can Improve Your Health

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

With our hurried lifestyles, healthy eating is sometimes the last thing on our minds. Our registered dietician will offer healthy tips, ideas, and recipes from that will make healthy eating seem like second nature!
Presenter: Marie Keogh MPH, RD, CDN


Nov
4
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Chess Education Program

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Chess instruction for children.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
5
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Free Writing Classes: Truth and Lies: Writing Memoir

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Writing from life can be a tricky business. Author Bushra Rehman teaches participants techniques to transfer life experiences to the page. Look for other workshops, part of this series of free writing classes provided by the Newtown Literary Alliance, Inc. in partnership with Queens Library.


Dec
2
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Theater Explorations with the Apollo Theater

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Explore and perform techniques used in theater productions. Learn dialogue, improvisation, gestures and how they create powerful theater.


Dec
3
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Free Writing Classes: Stop Making Sense!: A Poetry-Writing Class

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Taking its title from a Talking Heads song, author Luis Francia teaches participants to how to use verbal play, emphasizing lyricism, and non narrative technique to inspire your poetry. Look for other workshops, part of this series of free writing classes provided by the Newtown Literary Alliance, Inc. in partnership with Queens Library.


Jan
7
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Free Writing Classes: Writing from the Gut

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Author Norman Stock teaches you how to write poetry spontaneously, with strong feelings, no holds barred, with energy, forcefulness, humor, anger, despair, whatever comes up. Look for other workshops, part of this series of free writing classes provided by the Newtown Literary Alliance, Inc. in partnership with Queens Library.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Jackson Heights Community Library has:

  • 25 public access computers
  • 8 computers each available for an hour in the cyber center
  • 4 additional computers each available in the adult room for use for half an hour
  • 1 X :15 express adult PC
  • 4 X :30 PCs in Young Adult area
  • 8 computers in the children's room, also available for half an hour
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the Jackson Heights Community Library include:

  • Spanish
  • Korean
  • Chinese
  • Russian
  • Hindi

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Jackson Heights Community Library include:

  • Classics section
  • Young Adult Collection
  • Student Assignment center
  • Test Preparation center
  • Extensive Citizenship Preparation
  • Language Collection with videotapes and audiotapes

 


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
Children’s Big Apple Nursery & Kindergarten II
41-26 Case Street
Queens NY , 11372
phone: (718) 565-5311
Garden School
33-16 79th Street
Queens NY , 11372
phone: (718) 335-6363
Rainbowland Nursery School
33-11 77th Street
Queens NY , 11372
phone: (718) 803-1728

Community Board
Queens Community Board # 3
82-11 37th Avenue - Suite 606
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718) 458-2707
fax: (718) 458-3316
  

Community Organizations & Services
Jackson Heights Beautification Group
P.O. Box 720253
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718) 565-5344
Jewish Center of Jackson Heights
37-06 77th Street
Flushing NY , 11372
phone: (718) 429-1150
Queens Chamber of Commerce
75-20 Astoria Boulevard, Suite 140
Jackson Heights NY , 11370-1131
phone: (718) 898-8500
fax: (718) 898-8599
Jackson Heights Business & Professional Association
P.O. Box 36 77-10 34 Avenue, Apt A74
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718) 476-3173
fax: (718) 476-0671
  

Fire Department
Engine 307, Ladder 154
81-17 Northern Boulevard
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
  

Local Hospitals
Elmhurst Hospital Center
79-01 Broadway
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 334-4000
  

Parks and Playgrounds
Travers Park
78th Street, South of Northern Boulevard
Frank O’Connor Playground
78th street & Broadway
 

Police Department
115th Precinct
92-15 Northern Boulevard
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718) 533-2002
  

Post Office
Jackson Heights Post Office
78-02 37th Avenue
Jackson Heights NY , 11372-9997
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Blessed Sacrament Church - School (K-6)
3443 93rd Street
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718) 446-4449
Garden School (K-12)
33-16 79th Street
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718)335-6363
fax: (718) 565-1169
St Joan of Arc Parochial School (K-6)
8202 35th Avenue
Flushing NY , 11372
phone: (718) 639-9020
Msgr. McClancy Memorial High School
71-06 31st Avenue
East Elmhurst NY , 11370
phone: (718)898-3800
  

Public Elementary Schools
PS 69 (K-5)
77-02 37 Avenue
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718) 424-7700
fax: (718) 458-6567
PS 149 Christa McAuliffe (K-5)
93-11 34 Avenue
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718) 898-3630
fax: (718) 476-1976
PS 212
34-25 82 Street
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718) 898-6973
fax: (718) 898-7068
F F Christopher A Santora K-5)
86-15 37 Avenue
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718) 429-2563
fax: (718) 429-3484
  

Public High Schools
Renaissance Charter School
35-59 81 Street
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
Newtown High School
48-01 90 Street
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 595-8400
fax: (718) 699-8584
William Cullen Bryant High School
48-10 31 Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11103
phone: (718) 721-5404
fax: (718) 728-3478
Aviation Career and Technical Education High School
45-30 36 Street
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 361-2032
fax: (718) 784-8654
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
IS 145 Joseph Pulitzer (6-8)
33-34 80 Street
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718) 457-1242
fax: (718) 335-0601
I.S. 230 (6-8)
73-10 34 Avenue
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718) 335-7648
fax: (718) 335-7513
I.S. 235 (6-8)
30-14 30th Street
Jackson Heights NY , 11103
phone: (718) 932-5876
fax: (718) 932-5990
Lexington School for the Deaf
30 Avenue & 75th Street
Jackson Heights NY , 11370
phone: (718)350-3300
fax: (718)899-9846
  

Senior Centers
Catherine Sheridan Senior Center
35-24 83rd Street
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718) 458-4600
Elmhurst Jackson Heights Senior Center
87-11 Whitney Avenue
Jackson Heights NY , 11373
phone: (718) 478-7171
 

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Daniel Dromm
DDromm@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 37-32 75th Street, 1st Floor
Jackson Heights NY, 11372
phone: (718) 803-6373
fax: (718) 803-9832
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1826
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-7066
fax: (718) 803-9832
NYS Assembly
Hon. Michael G. DenDekker
DenDekkerM@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 75-35 31st Avenue, Suite 206B
East Elmhurst NY , 11370
phone: (718) 457-0384
fax: (718) 335-8254
Albany Office LOB, Room 841
Albany NY , 12248
phone: (518) 455-4545
fax: (518) 455-4547
NYS Assembly
Hon. Francisco P. Moya
MoyaF@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 82-11 37th Avenue, Suite 709A
Jackson Heights NY, 11372
phone: (718) 458-5367
fax: (718) 478-2371
Albany Office LOB, Room 727
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4567
fax: (518) 455-5375
NYS Senate
Hon. José Peralta
jperalta@nysenate.gov
District Office 32-37 Junction Boulevard
East Elmhurst NY , 11369
phone: (718) 205-3881
fax: (718) 205-4145
Albany Office Room 415, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY , 12247
phone: (518) 455-2529
fax: (518) 426-6909
US Congress
Hon. Joseph Crowley
District Office 82-11 37th Avenue, Suite 402
Astoria NY , 11372
phone: (718) 779-1400
fax: (718) 505-0156
Legislative Office 1436 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-3965
fax: (202) 225-1909
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Jackson Heights, where the land was somewhat higher than in the surrounding towns, was named after the Jackson family, a prominent family who lived in the area of Northern Boulevard. When the Queensborough Bridge opened in 1908, connecting Manhattan to Queens, Edward MacDougall's Queensborough Corporation began purchasing local farms. In 1909 it purchased a 325-acre parcel of land and continued purchasing land through 1918 with the vision of creating a viable commuter suburb. In 1915 Interborough Rapid Transit (the IRT) built a subway line connecting Queens to Manhattan, and many apartment buildings were built in Jackson Heights. These garden style apartments were designed after garden apartments that were popular in London at the time. Rustic-looking houses were built around spacious courtyards, and these buildings remain some of the most beautiful housing in the city. The City Landmark Preservation Commission designated Jackson Heights a historic district in 1994.

In the 1965 the Hart-Celler Act increased immigration and waves of Asians and Latin Americans entered the United States via New York City. Many of these new Americans settled in Jackson Heights and built communities here. Jackson Heights is now one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the New York City.

A traveling station library opened on April 17, 1917 to serve what had been mostly farmland, but was becoming more urbanized. During the 1920s and 1930s temporary branches were established in a number of storefronts along 37th avenue. The Jackson Heights Community Federation led an effort to have a library built after World War II, but building restrictions and a lack of funds hindered these efforts, and the Jackson Heights branch would not be finished until 1954. The Jackson Heights Branch of the Queens Borough Public Library opened at its present location on October 26, 1954. Extensive renovations occurred in 1970 and again in 1985. An elevator was built and the adult bathrooms were made handicapped accessible in 1999. The branch is now 17,100 square feet in area.

A multi-year initiative has been launched for the design and construction of a 50,000 square foot new library facility on the current site. This will eventually allow the Jackson Heights Library to greatly expand and enhance the services it provides to its diverse and vibrant community.

The Jackson Heights northern border is the Grand Central Parkway, and the western border of the neighborhood is the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. Roosevelt Avenue is along the southern edge of Jackson Heights and the eastern border is Junction Boulevard.

Special Services

Video Relay Service for the Deaf – Free!

Queens Library at Jackson Heights provides a video interpreting sign language relay service that allows interpreters who sign ASL to speak in English and Spanish. All in real time through LifeLinks.

It is an easy, convenient way to call friends or family, make a doctor's appointment, call a utility, or even talk to a librarian! Our friendly video interpreters will respond within seconds to assist you in placing your call. The service is available in English and Spanish.

Making a call using sign language has never been easier or faster!

Visit the Jackson Heights Library Today

For additional information: 718-990-0746 (voice) 718-990-0809 (TTY)

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