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Kew Gardens Hills

Discover Your City With Culture Pass!

It's summer in the city and NYC’s libraries are making it easier for you to explore local museums, public gardens, and other cultural attractions for FREE with your friends and family!

Queens Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and the New York Public Library are excited to announce Culture Pass, a ...

In Search of Earth’s Secrets: A Pop-Up Science Encounter

Are you curious about how our planet has evolved in the past—and how it is changing now?

Join us this summer and fall for a unique pop-up science exhibit where you will learn how scientists on board a research drilling ship are studying the seafloor’s core!

The JOIDES Resolution is a ship that drills into ...

Summer Reading: Libraries Rock!

Summer reading is here, and our theme this year is Libraries Rock!

We can’t wait for you to rock and roll with us at our music-themed events all summer long, from making your own instruments to sing-alongs!

Get your reading groove on this summer and track your reading progress through fun activities at your ...

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 ...

Summer Meals For Kids & Teens

For children and teens up to 18 years old, free, nutritious Summer Meals will be available from Wednesday, June 27 through Friday, August 31.

Meals will be provided Monday through Friday, from 1pm to 2pm, at 35 Queens Library locations. Enrollment is not required.

Queens ...

Summer Programs at the Library!

Summer Programs are in full swing at the Library! Come out to enjoy music, theater, and learning opportunities that are perfect for the family.

If the play’s your thing, don’t miss the chance to stop by and pick up free tickets to Shakespeare in the Park.

For an experience the entire family ...

Aug
20
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Kew Gardens Hills Adult Book Club

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Please join us for our monthly book club discussion. "Before We Were Yours" by Lisa Wingate, 7/16. "Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking" by Susan Cain, 8/20. " We Were the Lucky Ones, by Georgia Hunter, 9/17

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This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Aug
20
5:30PM

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6:30PM

Fashion and Design

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Google Computer Science First teaches tweens about computer science and programming. They will especially learn about computer coding for free. Our theme this year is fashion and design. There will only be 10 spots available per class. Please reserve your spot. The classes will be first-come, first-served.


Aug
21
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Flutes of the World: A Concert by Tereasa Payne

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Tereasa Payne, flautist from NYC, presents an exciting program of flutes from around the world. Pan flutes, Ocarinas, Native American flutes and more! Tereasa performs solos on each of these world flutes, while sharing interesting anecdotes about the history and cultural significance of each one!


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Aug
21
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Tuesday Pop-up Art

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

On Tuesdays Jackie and friends are making art. Join us. Ask to see our pop-up art menu for a list of our current art activities.

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

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Aug
22
11:30AM

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12:45PM

Kew Gardens Hills C.A.T.S

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

C.A.T.S stands for Creativity Artistic Teaching Session. Please join us for weekly DIY arts and crafts learning sessions on how to create paper flowers, beading sessions, and more DIY projects to take home.

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

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Aug
22
2:30PM

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4:00PM

"The Cultured Purls" Knitting Club

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Join fellow knitters (and crocheters!) to work on current projects while sharing tips and tricks in a laid-back atmosphere. Conversation encouraged; all skill levels welcome! Please bring your own supplies.

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

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Aug
23
2:15PM

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3:30PM

Summer Family Film

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Please join us for our summer family film. 8/9: "Sherlock Gnomes" (2018,PG) 8/16: "Tad: The Lost Explorer" (2012, PG) 8/23: "Paddington 2" (2017, PG) 8/30: "Show Dogs" (2018, PG)

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

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Aug
23
4:45PM

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5:30PM

Learn the Secrets of Magic with Ritz the Great

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-12, learn the secrets of magic with Yitz the great.


Aug
26
3:00PM

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3:30PM

Harry Potter 20: Super Fan Quote Challenge

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Test your knowledge of Harry Potter and see if you can match the quotes to the books to win (Potter-themed) prizes.


Aug
26
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Super Fan Quote Contest

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Are you a Harry Potter super fan? Fans will have an opportunity to test their Harry Potter knowledge at participating library locations. To enter you must identify the Harry Potter quote. If you answer correctly your name will be entered into the drawing to win Harry Potter prizes.


Aug
30
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Gentle Yoga

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Leslie Taylor leads this gentle, beginning-level yoga class for older adults. First-come, first-served; space is limited.

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

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Aug
31
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Harry Potter Jeopardy

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

You may think you're an expert on Harry Potter. Find out how much you really know by playing this game. We'll also be announcing the winners of our Summer Reading Club contests and activities, and there will be plenty of other surprises.


Sep
5
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Introduction to Microsoft Office

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Learn the basic functions and commands of Microsoft Office. You will learn how to create and edit documents in MS Word, create spreadsheets in Excel, and create slideshows in PowerPoint. Basic computer skills are required. Please register at the reference desk.

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

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Sep
9
12:30PM

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1:30PM

Sunday Movie Matinee for Adults

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Please join us for our Sunday feature film "Arranged" (2007, NR) .


Sep
16
2:00PM

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3:15PM

Meet the Author: "The Look-Alike" by Joseph A. Levy

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Local author Joseph A. Levy will discuss his legal thriller “The Look-Alike,” a story of mistaken identity and the criminal justice system. Born in Cairo, Egypt and brought to the U.S. as an infant, Mr. Levy was raised in New Jersey, moved to Rego Park in 1982, graduated from law school, and practiced both civil and criminal law for twenty years. In addition to his writing, Mr. Levy speaks on secular and Jewish subjects.

Books will be available for sale and signing.


Sep
17
1:00PM

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2:30PM

Jewelry Making Project with Phyllis Ger

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Registration is limited to 15 participants. Please register at the library.

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

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Sep
30
12:30PM

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2:00PM

Sunday Family Film

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Please join us for our Sunday family film "The Greatest Showman" (2017, PG).


Oct
3
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Working with Watercolors

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

Professional teaching artist Richard Estrin leads this nine session sequential Introduction to Watercolor workshop. Learn about color theory and the basics of watercolor painting. Pre-registration is required. Call Kew Garden Hills Library to register 718-261-6654

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

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Oct
4
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Periodontal Disease and Your Health

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, affects almost half of adults. This lecture will educate the public about what periodontal disease is and how it might be related to other conditions, like diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, to name a few. The dentist will also teach you some ways that you might be able to prevent or minimize the risk of periodontal disease. Come learn how you can improve your oral health!


Oct
7
2:00PM

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3:45PM

Family Movie Time

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Please join us for this month's family movie time screening of "James and the Giant Peach" (1996, PG).


Oct
22
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Music and Movement Workshop for Seniors

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Linda Choldenko leads a music and movement workshop for seniors 50+. Ms. Choldenko is professional dancer, director, and choreographer. She worked on Broadway, off Broadway, and in regional theatre, touring companies, and in Paris and Montreal. She has been a Teaching Artist with Lincoln Center for 20 years.

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

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Oct
23
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Love Songs From Around The World

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Natalie Zeitlin sings beautiful love songs from around the world in Hebrew, French, Italian, Spanish, Greek, and more. Enjoy an afternoon of music and singing.

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

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Oct
25
5:30PM

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7:00PM

Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.'s Mobile Office Hours

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. is hosting library hours to listen to constituent/community concerns and to make his office more accessible to the public.

5:30PM - 7PM
Thursday, August 16: Glendale temporary space
Thursday, September 6: Broad Channel
Thursday, September 20: Middle Village
Thursday, September 27: Seaside
Thursday, October 4: North Forest Park
Thursday, October 11: Ozone Park
Thursday, October 18: Howard Beach
Thursday, October 25: Kew Gardens Hills


Oct
25
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Zumba Gold Workshop

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Zumba Gold instructor Suzanne Windland will teach dance moves mixed with exercise for an effective low-impact workout. Wear loose clothing and sneakers. First-come, first-served.

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

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Nov
5
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Beginning Tai-Chi

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Instructor Kevin M. Sullivan teaches participants a gentle form of martial arts often referred to as "mediation in motion". This program is supported by Friends of Kew Gardens Hills and funded by New York Council Member Rory Lancman.

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

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Dec
5
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Working with Clay: A Workshop

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

A four-session workshop with teaching artist Alacia Stubbs. Learn how to sculpt with air drying clay. You will learn how to varnish and decorate with acrylic paint. Registration is limited. Please call the library to register.

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

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Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Kew Gardens Hills Community Library has:

  • We have total  12 public computers

    6  in the adult room and 1 Catalog Station

    6 in the teen area

    5 in the children area
     
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the Kew Gardens Hills Community Library include:

  • Russian (Privet collection)
  • Hebrew, Chinese
  • Persian and Yiddish.

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Kew Gardens Hills Community Library include:

  • Holocaust history/literature
  • International musical CD collection
  • Russian
  • Hebrew and DVDs
  • Jewish Interest
  • Graphic Novels
  • Large Print.

 


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
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
ECLC (Early Childhood Learning Center)
71-25 Main Street
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 268-7085
Positive Beginnings
Special education for language impaired children (ambulatory only)
71-25 Main Street
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 261-0211
P.S. 165 (PK-6)
Includes nursery school
70-35 150 Street
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 263-4004
Queen of Peace
Includes nursery school
141-25 77 Road
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 969-3640
Stepping Stone
Special education (early childhood intervention)
77-40 Vleigh Place
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 591-9093
Yeshiva of Central Queens
147-37 70 Road
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 793-8500

Community Board
Community Board District #8
197-15 Hillside Avenue
Hollis NY , 11423
phone: (718) 264-7895
fax: (718) 264-7910
  

Community Organizations & Services
Beacon 168 / Parsons J.H.S.
158-40 76 Road
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718) 820-0760
Doe Fund, Inc/Ready Willing & Able
Sponsored by Councilperson from District #24
Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association
P.O. Box 670085
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 263-1760
  

Fire Department
Engine 315 Ladder 125
159-06 Union Turnpike
Flushing NY , 11366
  

Local Hospitals
New York Hospital Queens
56-45 Main Street
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 670-1200
  

Local Newspapers
Flushing Times
41-02 Bell Boulevard
Bayside NY , 11361
phone: 718-260-4545

Parks and Playgrounds
Albert Mauro Playground
West side of Park Dr. East btwn Union Turnpike and
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Grand Central Parkaway, Van Wyck Expressway
Freedom Square Park
Vleigh pl., west side of Main St. & 73 Terrace
Haym Salomon Square
72nd rd, btwn Vleigh Pl. and east side of Main St.
Vleigh Place Park
Vleigh Place btwn 141 St. & Union Turnpike
 

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

Post Office
Flushing Station C
75-23 Main Street
Flushing NY , 11367
phone: (718) 544-0989
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Queen of Peace (PK-8)
141-25 77 Road
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 969-3640
Rabbinical Seminary of America High School (Boys only, 9-12)
76-01 147 Street
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 263-1446
Shevach High School (Girls only, 9-12)
75-09 Main Street
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 263-0525
Yeshiva Berachel David-Torah High School (Boys only, 9-12)
150-62 78 Road
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 849-4140
Yeshiva Ketana of Queens (Boys only, PK-8)
78-15 Parsons Blvd.
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718) 969 – 1000
Yeshiva of Central Queens (PK-8)
147-37 70 Road
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 793-8500
Yeshivah Education for Special Students (K-8)
147-37 70 Road
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 268-5976
  

Public Elementary Schools
P.S. 164 (K-6)
138-01 77 Ave
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 544-1083
P.S. 165 (PK-6)
70-35 150 Street
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 263-4004
P.S. 499 (K-6)
148-20 Reeves Avenue
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 461-7462

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Robert F. Kennedy Community Middle School (I 250, 5-8)
75-40 Parsons Blvd
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718) 591-3015
Robert F. Kennedy Collaborative H.S. (Q 670, 9-12)
75-40 Parsons Blvd.
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718) 969-5510
 

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. Daniel Rosenthal
Beckstk@nyassembly.gov
District Office Address 159-06 71st Avenue
Flushing NY, 11365
phone: (718) 969-1508
fax: (718) 969-8326
Albany Office LOB, Room 431
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4404
fax: (518) 455-5408
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. Grace Meng

District Office Address 40-13 159th Street, Suite A
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

The Kew Gardens Hills Community Library is located at 72-33 Vleigh Place. The name Vleigh Place comes from the swamps which existed beside Flushing Creek. Until 1801, this prevented direct routes between Flushing and the west so traffic only went as far as Kew Gardens. This connected with the road which circled the head of the marshland and ran north to Flushing. This road was called Head of the Vleigh Road for the Dutch word, also written Vly or Fly, which means “valley” or “swamp”. In 1937, the name was changed to Vleigh Place.

Kew Gardens Hills is related to Kew Gardens in name only. The neighborhood has also been referred to variously as “East Forest Hills” and “Queens Valley”. The legend is that Abraham Wolosoff, who developed a community of small homes and apartments in southwest Flushing in the 1930s, became so impressed with what he perceived as the classy neighborhood, he incorporated the name into his development. The hilliness of the area helped contribute to its name.

During the 1700s the area was owned by William Furman, who called his farm Willow Glen. The land was later sold to Timothy Jackson, who developed trotting horses. Although the area was still farmland in the late 1800s, improved transportation was attracting developers and businessmen. The Queens Valley Golf Club was opened in 1933, followed by the Arrowhead and Pomonok courses.

The expansion of the IND subway, coupled with the linkage of the Kew Gardens interchange on the Grand Central Parkway and the paving of Queens Boulevard, led to 1,200 new residents moving into the neighborhood and hundreds of new homes being built. The opening of the World’s Fair in 1939 also spurred growth. Early arrivals included German, Irish and Italian families moving out from Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Eventually, thousands of apartments were built in garden apartment complexes and low-rise three to six story buildings due to the demand for housing after World War II. Most of the units were originally built as rentals but were converted to non-eviction co-ops during the 1980’s, greatly diminishing the area’s rental supply.

The Orthodox community took root in 1950 when 15 families founded the congregation of Young Israel of Forest Hills. There are now at least 20 synagogues, large and small.

Among more recent immigrants have been Indians, Afghans and other Asians, and Jews from former republics of the Soviet Union.

The Queens Borough Public Library provided service to the Kew Gardens Hills community initially by Book Bus in 1943. The first regularly scheduled stop was at the Regency Park Apartments at 78th Avenue and Main Street. Nine years later, a second stop was added for the Park Drive Section at Jewel Avenue and 138th Street. The Regency Park book bus stop was moved to its final location across the street from the new Queens County Savings Bank.

On February 14, 1954, the branch opened in the new building of the Queens County Savings Bank, a building modeled after Independence Hall in Philadelphia. It had the unique distinction of being the first air-conditioned library in Queens.

On March 13, 1967, the present location was opened in a large, city owned building. A dedication ceremony was held, presided over by then-Library Director Harold W. Tucker.

The branch was closed for renovations for several months in 1985, re-opening in October.

On April 16th, 1998, the name of the branch was officially changed from “Vleigh” to “Kew Gardens Hills” to more accurately reflect the geographic location of the branch.