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Maspeth

Now is a Great Time to Support the Queens Library!

Spring is an exciting time of growth and renewal—and a great time to give to the Queens Library Foundation!

The thousands of programs we offer are made possible by the generous support of donors like you.

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Public Budget Hearing April 19

Queens Library is preparing its operating budget for Fiscal Year 2019. The public is invited to find out what the Library’s funding priorities are and to provide input to the Library.

The Library’s public budget hearing will take place on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 6 p.m. at Queens Central Library, ...

One Book, One New York: Cast Your Vote!

Imagine all New Yorkers reading and talking about the same book at the same time!

The NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and New York Magazine have announced the return of One Book, One New York, the exciting city-wide initiative that brings book-loving New Yorkers together to read the same book at the same ...

Celebrate Earth Day at Queens Library!

April 22 is Earth Day, and we're marking the occasion with crafts, celebrations, movies, a time capsule, and more!

Join us for our special programs before and after Earth Day and help us raise awareness about protecting the planet we all call home (and have a lot of fun at the same ...

Celebrate National Poetry Month At The Library

April is National Poetry Month and we’ve got something planned for the poet in everyone.

We’ve gathered our list of recommendations from our collections, including books by poets and films about poets.

We also invite you to come to our poetry open mics and poetry slams, join in poetry writing events 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 ...

Young Adult Literacy Program: Pre-Register Now!

Are you interested in getting your High School Equivalency, but not sure where to start?

The Young Adult Literacy Program (YALP) is here to help!

This program is open to students ages 16–24, and offers four days of classes per week, as well as one day of service learning and job shadowing to help build your ...

Apr
21
10:15AM

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12:00PM

Adult Book Dicussion: "The Elegance of the Hedgehog" by Muriel Barbary

Location: Maspeth
Registration: Not required

Please join us for our monthly book discussion. This month's selection is "The Elegance of the Hedgehog" by Muriel Barbary.


Apr
25
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

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

Additional Dates


Apr
25
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.

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

Additional Dates


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Apr
27
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Spring Crafts for Kids

Location: Maspeth
Registration: Not required

Come make something special for the Spring.


May
1
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Laughter at the Library

Location: Maspeth
Registration: Not required

Special Services presents comedian Mark Brier, who shares his unique humor, including jokes, anecdotes, and impressions, in a fun-filled program.


May
10
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Mother's Day Crafts for Kids

Location: Maspeth
Registration: Not required

Mother’s Day is coming up, so make sure you have something special to give to your mother.


May
11
3:00PM

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5:30PM

Maspeth Movie Matinee Presents Coco

Location: Maspeth
Registration: Not required

The Maspeth Library proudly presents Disney Pixar's award-winning film "Coco." The 2017 film is rated PG and runs 145 minutes. The film centers around Miguel, who enters the land of the dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.


May
12
10:30AM

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11:45AM

Book Discussion: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Location: Maspeth
Registration: Not required

Please join us for a discussion of the award-winning novel by Mark Haddon. Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically gifted, autistic 15-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.


May
16
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Exploring the Solar System

Location: Maspeth
Registration: Not required

Join us for a fun time exploring the solar system! We'll discuss planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and what happened to Pluto?


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.


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.


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.