Happy Thanksgiving from Queens Library! This weekend, bring your children to the Saturday Story Costume Party and the Kids’ Clothing Swap, enjoy the cinematic guitar of Woodside's own Hiroya Tsukamoto, attend a lecture on Chinese poetry, watch great movies—including "Jurassic World"—and more! We hope to see ...
Asia Society in Queens: Free Programs This Fall in Flushing
Our Asia Society in Queens series continues on Wednesday, December 2 at 6:30 p.m. with journalist Eric Fish, who will discuss his ﬁrst book, "China’s Millennials: The Want Generation," which profiles Chinese youth coming of age in different parts of their country and how they are navigating the education ...
The 7th Annual Langston Hughes Literary Arts Festival
The Langston Hughes Literary Arts Festival returns on Saturday, December 5. This year's festival is based on sharing stories and creating connections. Join us in celebrating writers and be inspired by the power of literature.
Learn more about this year's great lineup of writers and register ...
A Saturday Afternoon with Route 9 Ensemble: Standards and Holiday Highlights
Route 9 Ensemble's core string quartet will delight music lovers of all ages with an exciting program featuring standard chamber music repertoire and holiday favorites. The quartet will perform *Schubert's Quartet No. 14 in D minor*, also known as *Death and the Maiden*, and Joan Tower's *Night Fields*, as well as selections ...
#GivingTuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
Invest in Our Library, Our Neighborhood, and Our Future!
Make an Year End Donation to Queens Library through the Buy A Book program. For every $25 donation Queens Library can purchase a book and did you know that books at Queens Library are read by an average of 40 children.
This December, Queens Library is participating in the New York Cares Coat Drive!
Queens residents can visit 47 community libraries to donate new and gently used winter coats that will be distributed to men, women, and children in need. Each year, more than 100,000 coats are collected across the five ...
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.
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)