An Interview with Maria Lisella, the New Queens Poet Laureate!

This past June, Astoria resident and Queens native Maria Lisella became the borough's new Poet Laureate. Maria will be joining us at Central Library on Sunday, October 11 at 2:00 p.m. for our Open Mic for Poets.

Maria is the author of three books of poetry, including the recently published ...

Read Across the Globe: October 19

Help Queens Library shine a light on literacy and join the global effort to set a new Guinness World Record for the most children read to in 24 hours.

Bring your child to this one-day event to listen and read along as part of this worldwide effort to promote literacy!

Reserve your spot and get a FREE T-SHIRT for ...

Learn More About Elder Law

Would you like to learn more about planning for your retirement and financial future? If so, come join us at one of our many Elder Law Seminars (free of charge), where you can learn valuable information about financial planning for yourself and your loved ones.

A specialized attorney will be discussing various ...

An Alternate Path to the High School Diploma with the National External Diploma Program

  • Earn a traditional high school diploma from Long Beach High School
  • Flexible and confidential
  • Complete program in 6 to 12 months
  • Aligned with the college and career readiness standards
  • Work through online activities and with an advisor to complete your program
  • Work at home, ...

10th Annual StartUP Queens

Get the Tools You Need to Launch Your Own Business and Enter a Contest to Win $10,000 in Seed Funding!

The mandatory training sessions for the 10th Annual StartUP! Compettion begin in October. All participants must complete a session on each of the four training topics.

All live training sessions are ...


Mail-A-Book continues to enrich the lives of the homebound with both new and traditional ways to communicate with its customers!

Queens Library’s Mail-a-Book Service offers customers the convenience of having library materials delivered to their door free of charge. These materials include books in large print, regular ...

Lincoln Center Programs at Queens Library

Discover the magic of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in your neighborhood! Queens Library has partnered with Lincoln Center to bring FREE events to a library near you.

Lincoln Center Local offers live hour-long programs combining performance with a question-and-answer session in a dynamic, first-hand encounter with ...

Our New Music For October!

Looking for new music? Look no further than your local Queens Library!

Every month, our expert staff will bring you the best of what's new in our physical and digital collections.

This month features music from The Weeknd, Vince Staples, Courtney Barnett, Hilary Duff, NF, the New Hanover Public Library Rap Club, Elvis ...

The Greek Crisis & Philanthropy’s Response

Queens Library presents a special event that will explore the effects of the Greek economic crisis on the lives of the country’s citizens and the efforts of the nonprofit sector to address the immediate humanitarian needs of the country’s most vulnerable groups, while fostering long term economic growth. 

Part 1 ...

An Evening Conversation with Jelani Cobb

"Queens Library Presents" is a new series of literary salons and other community-based literary events designed to bring our programs out of library buildings and into Queens communities.

We’re honored that our first event will be an evening of conversation with author Jelani Cobb on ...




Simple Science Wednesdays

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

Teens and children age 8 and up do fun science experiments and learn a little in the process.

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

Additional Dates




Art with Legos with Yvonne Short

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

Children will learn about some of the great Lego artists and designers, how they use layering to create their work and what effects the laws of physics have on Lego constructions. They will then build animals, such as minecraft cows, out of Legos and will work together to create objects on a larger scale.




Polyhedron Origami

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

Using brightly colored paper, teens will make three-dimensional geometric shapes that can be put together, stacked or connected to form towers, containers and much more.




Magic Show

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

Jeremy the Magician will amaze you with his magic, then teach you how to perform simple tricks.




Zumba: Latin Dance Fitness

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

Instructor Meiling Schumm uses Latin dance moves to create a workout that helps you lose fat, build muscle, and feel more energized. Dress for exercise, bring a bottle of water, and come early to complete an exercise release form. Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates




Animals Alive

Location: Lefferts
Registration: Not required

Learn about and visit with an assortment of animals from Alley Pond Environmental Center.

Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Lefferts Community Library has:

  • 9 public computers
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing


Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.









International Language Collections at the Lefferts Community Library include:

  • Bengali
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Malayalam
  • Punjabi
  • Spanish
  • Urdu


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

  • Graphic Novels
  • Caribbean collection
  • New York Times on microfilm


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
Elected Officials
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
A to Z Learning Center
123-21 Jamaica Avenue
Richmond Hill NY , 11418
phone: (718) 805-4400
Happy Day Nursery
104-25 Jamaica Ave
Richmond Hill NY , 11418
phone: (718) 847-0223
Nareesa’s Day Care
104-30 116th Street
Richmond Hill NY , 11419
phone: (718) 835-6721
Playmates Nursery Inc.
131-15 Liberty Avenue
Richmond Hill NY , 11419
phone: (718) 659-0474
fax: (718) 529-6690
Talented Little Children Pre-School
104-18 134th Street
Richmond Hill NY , 11419
phone: (718) 658-6380
Wonder World
107-42 117th Street
Richmond Hill NY , 11419
phone: (718) 835-9660
fax: (718) 925-9061

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

Community Organizations & Services
Kew Gardens Civic Association
105 82nd Street
Kew Gardens NY , 11415
NHS (Neighborhood Housing Services) of Richmond Hill
115-02 Jamaica Avenue
Richmond Hill NY , 11418
phone: (718) 441-3063
Richmond Hill Block Association
110-08 Jamaica Avenue
Richmond Hill NY , 11418
phone: (718) 849-3759
South Queens Boys & Girls Club
110-04 Atlantic Avenue
Richmond Hill NY , 11419
phone: (718) 441-6050

Fire Department
Engine 308
107-12 Lefferts Boulevard
South Richmond Hil NY , 11419

Local Hospitals
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
8900 Van Wyck Expressway
Queens NY , 11418
phone: 718) 206-6000

Local Newspapers
Caribbean Life
The Forum South
Neighborhood News
Queens Tribune
Senior News

Parks and Playgrounds
Smokey Oval
125th Street and Atlantic Avenue
NY ,

Police Department
106th Precinct
103-53 101st Street
Ozone Park NY , 11417
phone: (718) 845-2211

Post Office
South Richmond Hill Post Office
117-04 101st Avenue
South Richmond Hill NY , 11419
phone: (800) 275-8777

Private / Parochial Schools
St. Benedict Joseph Labre (PK-8)
94-25 117th Street
Richmond Hill NY , 11419
phone: (718) 441-6674
St. Teresa of Avila (K-8)
109-55 128th Street
South Ozone Park NY , 11420
phone: (718) 641-1316
Our Lady of Perpetual Help School (PK-8)
111-10 115th Street
South Ozone Park NY , 11424
phone: (718) 843-4184

Public Elementary Schools
PS 055 Maure (PK-6)
131-10 97th Avenue
Richmond Hill NY , 11419
phone: (718) 849-3845
fax: (718) 847-5473
PS 062 Chester Park (K-5)
97-25 108th Street
Richmond Hill NY , 11419
phone: (718) 849-0992
fax: (718) 850-5521
PS 100 Glen Morris School (K-5)
111-11 118th Street
South Ozone Park NY , 11420
phone: (718) 843-8390
PS 108 Capt. Vincent G. Fowler (K-5)
108-10 109th Avenue
South Ozone Park NY , 11420
phone: (718) 641-4956
PS 121 (K-6)
126-10 109th Avenue
South Ozone Park NY , 11420
phone: (718) 738-5126
fax: (718) 843-5584
PS 161 Arthur Ashe School (K-6)
101-33 124th Street
Jamaica NY , 11419
phone: (718) 441-5493
fax: (718) 441-6202

Public High Schools
John Adams High School (9-12)
101-01 Rockaway Boulevard
Ozone Park NY , 11417
phone: (718) 322-0500

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Ruben Wills
District Office Address 95-26 Sutphin Blvd
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 206-2068
fax: (718) 206-2748
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1877
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-6850
fax: (212) 442-2729
NYS Assembly
Hon. David I. Weprin
District Office 185-06 Union Turnpike
Fresh Meadows NY, 11366
phone: (718) 454-3027
fax: (718) 454-3178
Albany Office LOB, Room 602
Albany NY , 12248
phone: (518) 455-5806
fax: (518) 455-5977
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
Hon. Bill de Blasio


Lefferts is in the South Richmond Hill area of Queens where the first settlers were the Rockaway Indians. Its modern history can be traced back to 1869 when Mr. Albon Man, a New York Lawyer, purchased the Lefferts farm. He then bought Welling Farm from the Indians for a bag of shells. He continued to buy the adjacent area and called his whole land Richmond Hill. With Edward Richmond and other assistants’ help, Mr. Man and his son Alrick built streets and lined them with Elm and Cedar trees. The main avenue was later named Lefferts Boulevard.

Today the Lefferts community is composed of mostly Guyanese and Asian Indians, African Americans, Hispanics, and other ethnic groups.

Lefferts Community Library, actually named the Lefferts Reference Center, opened to the public on September 3, 1975. Since then, in the Richmond Hill area, the Lefferts Reference Center has been providing service as the regional branch for its immediate community and a higher level of reference and resource service between the local branch and Central library.

On May 31, 1978, the Lefferts Reference Center initiated the computerized library circulation system, the first of its kind in New York City. The computerized system checked out the books, now with attaching barcodes, to the customers’ library cards. This technology greatly helped the library staff to issue items and accept returns, and offered the customers information about the items, fines, and other information on their cards.

In 2003, The Lefferts Reference Center again pioneered the use of new circulation technology. That spring, when the branch was renovated, new self check machines were installed. Customers can now check out books, music CDs, videotapes, and DVDs by using the machines themselves, which changed the function of the Circulation desk into the Customer Service desk.