This weekend, you can join a writer's workshop, plan for your child's college education, explore the benefits of meditation, celebrate Brazilian Independence Day, visit the Language Learning Lab, enjoy wonderful concerts—including performances by Battle of the Bands winners Noni Rene & The Village and Cuban jazz sensation ...
Queens Library's Older Adult Services Program is proud to present our second annual Older Adults Day, which will feature FREE health screenings, live entertainment, and information on healthcare, benefits and other important topics specifically for adults over the age of 50.
Join us for the next installment of the Gracie Book Club, on Thursday, September 29 at 5:30 p.m., at Langston Hughes Community Library in Corona, where you can discuss "The Star Side of Bird Hill" with author Naomi Jackson and your fellow New Yorkers.
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 ...
The community of Maspeth was settled in 1642 by the Reverend Francis Doughty and has the distinction of being the first organized settlement in Queens history. First named Mespat after the Mespaechtes Indians who inhabited land at the head of the Newtown Creek, the region’s original name meant ‘bad water place.’ In 1643, the area was besieged by surrounding Indian tribes and destroyed. It was abandoned soon after, only to become resettled with the establishment of Middleburg (Newtown) in 1652.
With the development of roads in the 18th century, Maspeth emerged as an industrial and commercial district; residents labored in a variety of industries and trades, which included firefighting, truck driving, sanitation work, and shop keeping. Initially, the ethnic profile of the community featured peoples of a broad European ancestry; the Polish, Italian, Irish, and German communities numbered among the largest of these and provided a diverse workforce for the burgeoning area.
On July 27, 1911, library service in Maspeth began. Following nearly seven decades and a number of relocations, the Maspeth Branch library found a permanent site for operations in 1975, and remains there today. An ever-changing community, Maspeth continues to expand with the arrival of Hispanic, Indian, and Asian communities. Subsequently, the responsibilities and services of the library have expanded to meet the unique challenges of the Maspeth community and its citizens.