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This Weekend at Queens Library

We hope you will spend part of your Memorial Day Weekend with us at the Library! Join us for our Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month event with Queens Memory, the First Annual Friends of Ridgewood Library Arts & Crafts Fair, a celebration of Guyana and its culture, art classes for kids and adults, our tribute to Louis Armstrong with ...

A Message from Ethan Hawke

“Just last night, my 16-year-old son asked me, ‘Do people really still use libraries?’ I was happy to be able to tell him yes. It's a fact: More people than ever are visiting their neighborhood branches and using the myriad free resources the Library provides,” writes Ethan Hawke in a new ...

Get Free Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park!

Shakespeare in the Park is one of New York City's most beloved summer traditions—and now you can get your tickets at Queens Library!

Free ticket vouchers for Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s (Jitney, The Piano Lesson) sumptuous new production of Shakespeare’s "Othello," performed ...

Storytime with Your Council Member!

Help support your community library during this important advocacy season—and bring your kids to a wonderful storytime, too!

Queens Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott will be joined by members of the New York City Council at special storytimes in June to demonstrate ...

Support Queens Library with Your 2018 Annual Fund Gift

The last day of school is just a few weeks away—and we’re already hard at work preparing programs, signing kids up for summer reading, and ensuring that we can meet the needs of the 52,000 children and young adults who are expected to visit Queens Library this summer.

The thousands of programs we offer are made ...

Tweet to Your Council Member in Support of Libraries!

Stand with your library on Twitter!

Our city officials are now deciding the amount of funding that New York City’s libraries will receive in the upcoming fiscal year.

Click the links below to find the Twitter handles of your city leaders and the New York City Council Member that represents your community library ...

Drag Queen Story Hour At The Library!

We hope you will join us at several community libraries for Drag Queen Story Hour, a unique storytime for children ages 3-8 that raises awareness of gender diversity, promotes self-acceptance, and builds empathy through an enjoyable literary experience.

Created by Michelle Tea and RADAR Productions in San Francisco, DQSH now ...

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 ...

Mental Health Awareness Month at Queens Library

Mental health challenges impact people across all demographics of society. This May, for Mental Health Awareness Month, we’re bringing you programming to both help you take care of your own mental health and teach you how to help someone else in crisis.

From programs on stress and self-care to information about the ...

May
30
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Toddler Storytime

Location: Maspeth
Registration: Not required

Toddlers can join us each week with their parents and caregivers for fun songs, fantastic rhymes, stories and simple movement activities


May
30
11:30AM

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12:00PM

Preschool Storytime

Location: Maspeth
Registration: Not required

All preschool children ages 3-5, and their parents and caregivers, are welcome to join us for stories, songs, rhymes, and simple movement activities.


Jun
1
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Fun Time (ages 18-36 months)

Location: Maspeth
Registration: Not required

Children from 18 months to 3 years old and their parents/caregivers can enjoy interactive activities and spend time with other toddlers in the neighborhood.


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Jun
4
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Tai Chi for Adults

Location: Maspeth
Registration: Not required

Dino Blanche leads this three-session exercise workshop of tai chi, a series of gentle movements coordinated with deep breathing that invigorates and heals the body, clears the mind, and creates inner peace and harmony.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
5
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Healthy Eating

Location: Maspeth
Registration: Not required

Come get tips for healthy eating! This program will help you learn ways to limit tempting foods. All are welcome. Presenter: Jey Hwang, MA, RDN, CDN, Director, Food and Nutrition Services at NYC Health & Hospitals/Elmhurst.


Jun
6
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Business Findings in Grand Avenue--in Spanish

Location: Maspeth
Registration: Not required

This workshop provides business resources information for small business owners, including how to increase business with social media, the importance of email for your business, and how to increase sales and the RSVP list for your events.


Jun
14
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Your Life Story: A Memoir Writing Workshop for Adults

Location: Maspeth
Registration: Not required

Dr. Howard R. Wolf, Emeritus Professor of English (SUNY-Buffalo) and an accomplished memoirist who is the author of "Forgive the Father: A Memoir of Changing Generations" and "Far-Away Places: Lessons in Exile" will lead a "life-writing" workshop. Learn how to create a written legacy for your family and friends of your life experience.


Jun
15
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Father's Day Crafts for Kids

Location: Maspeth
Registration: Not required

Father's Day is just around the corner and we have these color your own “All About Dad” posters for showing your dad some appreciation.


Jun
16
10:15AM

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11:30AM

Book Discussion: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

Location: Maspeth
Registration: Not required

Please join us for our monthly book discussion! Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a brilliantly realistic journey back to an era of Chinese history that is as deeply moving as it is sorrowful. With the period detail and deep resonance of Memoirs of a Geisha, this lyrical and emotionally charged novel delves into one of the most mysterious of human relationships: female friendship.


Jun
20
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Magnets and Magnetism: How to Effectively Fight the X-Men Using One of Earth's Fundamental Forces

Location: Maspeth
Registration: Not required

How do you become one of the X-Men's deadliest enemies? Magnetism! Now, learn the secrets of the X-men's first and deadliest foe, the master of magnetism himself, Magneto!


Jun
22
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Libraries Rock! with Nick The Balloonatic

Location: Maspeth
Registration: Not required

Award winning balloon artist Nick the Balloonatic has twisted balloons all over the world. The Balloonatic interacts with children ages 6-12 as he is sculpting balloons, laughing, joking, and making everyone feel special. This program is free. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.


Jul
6
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Exploding Popsicle Sticks!

Location: Maspeth
Registration: Not required

Did you know that you can build an exploding chain reaction by weaving together popsicle sticks? Join us to help craft a long chain of popsicle sticks...and then watch it explode!


Jul
9
12:30PM

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1:30PM

Writing from the Heart: An Eight-Week Workshop in Creative Writing with Dr. Maxine Fisher

Location: Maspeth
Registration: Not required

Do you have the urge to write a story or essay -- perhaps based on your own personal experience -- but don't know how or where to begin? Come join a group of people who share a love of the written word and the wish to start or improve their own writing in a warm and supportive atmosphere.
Dr. Maxine Fisher taught writing for many years at Queens College and is a published author of books for children and young adults. In addition, she writes for children's television.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
13
2:30PM

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4:15PM

Summer Classic Movie "One Crazy Summer"

Location: Maspeth
Registration: Not required

Please join us for our showing of this classic summer movie starring John Cusack. An aspiring teenage cartoonist and his friends come to the aid of a singer trying to save her family property from developers. (1986, PG)


Jul
20
2:30PM

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4:00PM

For Sweet Summer Dreams: Craft a Dreamcatcher

Location: Maspeth
Registration: Not required

Please join us for a fun craft. Dreamcatchers are a small hoop decorated with feathers and beads that are believed to give their owners good dreams. For sweet summer dreams, join us in making one for yourself.


Jul
21
10:15AM

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12:00PM

Adult Book Discussion: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Location: Maspeth
Registration: Not required

Please join us for our monthly book discussion, featuring The Alice Network, an enthralling historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, in which two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.


Jul
27
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Book Discussion: Neil Patrick Harris's "The Magic Misfits"

Location: Maspeth
Registration: Not required

When street magician Carter runs away, he never expects to find friends and magic in a sleepy New England town. But like any good trick, things change instantly as greedy B.B. Bosso and his crew of crooked carnies arrive to steal anything and everything they can get their sticky fingers on.


Aug
3
2:30PM

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3:30PM

T-Shirt Painting for Teens

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

Please join us to paint and create your own T-shirt! Supplies are limited and registration is required.


Aug
10
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Classic "Back To School" Movie: Grease

Location: Maspeth
Registration: Not required

Please join us for a showing of the classic musical, Grease. Experience the friendships, romances, and adventures of a group of high school kids in the 1950s. Welcome to the singing and dancing world of "Grease," the most successful movie musical of all time. A wholesome exchange student (Olivia Newton-John) and a leather-clad Danny (John Travolta) have a summer romance, but will it cross clique lines?


Aug
11
10:15AM

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12:15PM

Adult Book Discussion Group: "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" by Mark Twain

Location: Maspeth
Registration: Not required

Please join us for our book discussion of this Mark Twain classic. In this satiric novel, published in 1889, Hank Morgan, a supervisor in a Connecticut gun factory, falls unconscious after being whacked on the head. When he wakes up he finds himself in Britain in 528 — where he is immediately captured, hauled back to Camelot to be exhibited before the knights of King Arthur's Round Table, and sentenced to death.


Aug
13
6:00PM

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7:15PM

Meet the Author: "Our Invisible Neighbors" by Crystal Wolfe

Location: Maspeth
Registration: Not required

Are you one paycheck away from homelessness like millions of New Yorkers? Local author Crystal Wolfe will discuss her book "Our Invisible Neighbors: Accounts, Causes, and Solutions to the Epidemic of Homelessness in the 21st Century" and show the city that every voice counts.

Books will be available for sale and signing.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Maspeth Community Library has:

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

 

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International Language Collections at the Maspeth Community Library include:

  • Polish
  • Chinese
  • Spanish
  • French

 

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

  • Classics
  • Graphic Novels
  • Multimedia Collections

 


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
Maspeth Town Hall Nursery School
53-37 72nd Street
Maspeth NY , 11378
phone: (718) 335-6049
Happy Dragon Day Care Center
86-02 57th Avenue
Elmhurst NY , 11378
phone: (718) 446-9021
Learning Tree
74-15 Juniper Blvd
Middle Village NY, 11379
phone: (718) 899-2020

Community Board
Queens Community Board 5
61-23 Myrtle Avenue
Glendale NY , 11385
phone: (718) 366-1834
fax: (718) 417-5799
  

Community Organizations & Services
Maspeth Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 780265
Maspeth NY , 11378
phone: (718) 326-2400
  

Fire Department
Engine 288
56-29 68th Street
Maspeth NY , 11378
  

Local Hospitals
Elmhurst Hospital Center
79-01 Broadway
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718)334-4000
Forest Hills Hospital
102-01 66 Rd
Forest Hills NY, 11375
phone: (718) 830-4000
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Maurice Park
Between Maurice Ave. & 63 St., & Borden Ave. & 54
Frontera Park
Between Brown Place and 69th Street
Crowley Playground
On 57th Ave. Opp: 83 and 84 St.
Elmhurst NY, 11373

Police Department
104th Precinct
64-02 Catalpa Avenue
Ridgewood NY , 11378
phone: (718)386-3004
  

Post Office
Maspeth
5502 69th Street
Mapeth NY , 11378-9997
phone: (718)457-5623
Middle Village
7135 Metropolitan Avenue
Middle Village NY , 11379-9997
 

Private / Parochial Schools
St. Stanislaus Kostka
61-17 Grand Ave.
Maspeth NY , 11378
phone: (718) 326-2185
St. Adalbert School
51-17 83 St.
Maspeth NY , 11373
phone: (718) 429-8055
Blessed Virgin Mary, Help of Christians
70-20 47th Avenue
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 639-8042
Christ the King Regional High School
68-02 Metropolitan Avenue
Middle Village NY , 11379-0113
phone: (718) 366-7400
Martin Luther High School
60-02 Maspeth Avenue
Maspeth NY , 11378-0113
 

Public Elementary Schools
PS 153
60-02 60 Lane
Maspeth NY , 11378
phone: (718) 821-7850
PS 229
67-25 51 Road
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 446-2120
PS 58
72-50 Grand Avenue
Maspeth NY , 11378
phone: (718) 533-6712
PS 009
58-74 57th Street
Maspeth NY , 11378
phone: (718) 456-7105
  

Public High Schools
Grover Cleveland High School
21-27 Himrod Street
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718) 381-9600
Newtown High School
48-01 90 St.
Queens NY, 11373
phone: (718) 595-8400
 

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
IS 73
70-02 54 Avenue
Maspeth NY , 11378
phone: (718) 639-3817
  

Senior Centers
Selfhelp –Maspeth Senior Center
69-61 Grand Ave.
Maspeth NY, 11378
phone: (718) 429-3636
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Robert Holden
RHolden@council.nyc.gov
District Office64-69 Dry Harbor Road
Middle Village NY, 11379
phone: (718) 366-3900
fax: (718) 326-3549
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, 1774
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-7381
fax: (212) 227-7164
NYS Assembly
Hon. Brian Barnwell
BarnwellB@nyassembly.gov
District Office 55-19 69th Street
Maspeth NY, 11378
phone: (718) 651-3185
fax: (718) 651-3027
Albany Office LOB, Room 921
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4755
fax: (518) 455-5032
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 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.