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This Weekend at Queens Library

Join us at the Library for great Earth Day events; a Bangla New Year celebration; music from around the world, including our concert with Angela Wildflower; author talks with Vijay R. Nathan, Jacqueline Carr, and Carol Lynn Lustgarten; a community conversation with Queens Library President & CEO Dennis Walcott; a poetry workshop for ...

Comment on Our FY2018 Budget

Queens Library is preparing its operating budget for Fiscal Year 2018, and we'd like you to share your thoughts. Your comments online and by mail are welcome through Saturday, May 20.

Please visit our budget feedback webpage to read our Budget Priorities for Fiscal Year 2018 and fill out our ...

Saving Jamaica Bay: Film Screening

Please join us on Saturday, April 22 at Central Library in Jamaica for a screening of this new documentary about one of our city's most unique and important natural resources.

"Saving Jamaica Bay" tells how the Bay's neighbors—residents of working-class Brooklyn and Queens ...

Policy Makers Need to Hear Your Voice

Queens Library, in partnership with the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College CUNY, presents A Public Voice: Safety and Justice Forum.

The purpose of "A Public Voice" is to have community members engage in conversations to inform local, regional, and national policymakers on the topics of ...

Young Bosses of Queens

Calling all Young Bosses—go get the money!

This new and innovative program at Arverne Community Library is open to residents in all 5 boroughs, ages 14-24, and will consist of hands-on interactive workshops, held over the course of 8 weeks.

You will learn the "soft skills" and ...

Battle of the Bands 2017

The Battle of the Bands is back and better than ever, and we're looking for performers!

For the third year running, New York bands will have the opportunity to bring the house down at the 2,100-seat Colden Auditorium at Queens College’s Kupferberg Center for the Arts on Thursday, July 27.

Queens ...

Help Shape the Future of Queens Library

Queens Library is planning for its future, and we want to hear from you.

Please help us understand how to serve our customers and communities better by sharing your views and ideas at a community conversation with Dennis M. Walcott, President and CEO of Queens Library.

We hope you can join us at one of ...

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 ...

Free UPK at Ravenswood

If you didn't get a chance to sign up before, Round 2 of applications for Queens Library’s Universal Pre-K at Ravenswood is now open!

Queens Library’s UPK program now offers free after-school care, available until 6 p.m., in addition to an outstanding pre-K education; free ...

Celebrate Immigrant Heritage!

This April, Queens Library is celebrating the heritage and legacy of immigrants in America!

Join us for craft workshops, concerts, dance, and theater from around the globe.

Learn about the evolution of Bollywood with the Payalia Dance Company; explore culture and tradition with Pablo Mayor’s Folklore Urbano El ...

Apr
25
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Middle Village Adult Book Club

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Please join us for the return of Middle Village's Adult Book Discussion. On March 21 we will discuss Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarity, and on April 25 we will discuss Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes. We will have an enlightening discussion on popular literature.


Apr
27
2:00PM

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Thursday Movie Matinee

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Join us for Thursday Movie Matinee for Adults. 3/2: "Philadelphia Story" (1940) (N/R); 3/9: "Duck Soup" (1933) (N/R); 3/16: "Westside Story" (1961) (G); 3/23: "The Bridge on the River Kwai" (1957) (PG); 3/30: "The Sting" (1973) (PG); 4/6: "The Three Stooges Short Films" (1946) (PG); 4/13: "Casablanca" (1942) (PG); 4/20: "High Noon" (1952) (PG); 4/27: "Touch of Evil" (1958) (PG-13); * Movies subject to change.


May
2
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Flower Arrangements by Anna Kao

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Floral Artist Anna Kao will provide instruction on the fine art of floral arranging.


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May
4
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Thursday Movie Matinee

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Join us for Thursday Movie Matinee for Adults. 5/4-Some Like It Hot, 5/11-Chinatown, 5/18-The Night of the Living Dead (Original), 5/25-Roman Holiday, 6/1-The Adventures of Robin Hood, 6/8-Double Indemnity, 6/15-Enter the Dragon, 6/22-Dr. Strangelove, 6/29-The Quiet Man

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

Additional Dates


May
9
3:15PM

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4:00PM

Share your Stories: Creative Writing Workshop

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

In this creative writing workshop, we will explore and discover our creative writing skills. This workshop is open to all writers (Ages 18+) of all genres, backgrounds and experience levels. Writing prompts will be provided.

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

Additional Dates


May
17
2:00PM

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3:15PM

Someone to Watch over Me

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Jazz vocalist Lois Bruno performs the music and songs made great by George Gershwin.


May
23
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Ask the Pharmacist

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Bring your prescriptions, vitamins, over-the-counter medicines, herbal supplements and a list of your questions to ask the pharmacist. Learn what medications you are taking and why and get tips on how to remember to take your medicines.


May
30
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Middle Village Adult Book Club

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Please join us for the Middle Village Adult Book Discussion. On May 30 we will discuss A State of Wonder by Ann Pratchett, and on June 27 we will discuss The Dogs of Littlefield by Suzanne Berne. We will have an enlightening discussion on popular literature with light refreshments.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
6
1:30PM

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2:30PM

Dealing With Housing Issues From A Legal Standpoint

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Many resources exist that can help seniors manage their expenses at no charge. JASA, Department of Finance and the Queensboro Council for Social Welfare invite senior homeowners and fair housing advocates to this workshop. Learn how to prevent foreclosure rescue scams and how to find legitimate resources for seniors in need.


Jun
13
1:30PM

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2:30PM

Fall Prevention for Older Adults

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

More than one in three people over age 65 fall each year, but these accidents are not inevitable. Join us for this interactive workshop in partnership with QCSW and a representative from Flushing Hospital in discussing ways to avoid accidents and falls.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Middle Village Community Library has:

  • 5 public computers in the adult room
  • 4 public computer in the children room
  • Free Internet Access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the Middle Village Community Library include:

  • German
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Italian

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Middle Village Community Library include:

  • Cookbooks
  • Travel
  • Young Adults with Graphic Novels
  • Reference collection on Middle Village history

 


Child Care / Preschools
Community Board
Community Organizations & Services
Fire Department
Local Hospitals
Parks and Playgrounds
Police Department
Post Office
Private / Parochial Schools
Public Elementary Schools
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
Books & Rattles Inc.
63-08 69th Pl.
Middle Village NY , 11379
phone: (718) 381-7777
Learning Tree
74-15 Juniper Boulevard North
Middle Village NY , 11379
phone: (718) 899-2020
Positive Beginnings
72-52 Metropolitan Avenue
Middle Village NY , 11379
phone: (718) 326-0055
Ready To Learn - Crowley Education Center
67-52 79th Street
Middle Village NY , 11379
phone: (718) 326-8018
  

Community Organizations & Services
Community of Middle Village Youth Center
62-71 Dry Harbor Road
Middle Village NY , 11379
phone: (718) 335-8166
  

Fire Department
Engine 291/Ladder 140
56-07 Metropolitan Avenue
Maspeth NY , 11378
  

Local Hospitals
Ridgewood Times
66-58 Fresh Pond Road
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718) 821-7500
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Juniper Valley Park
80th Street & Juniper Boulevard South
Middle Village NY , 11379
Middle Village Playground
79th St & 68th Rd & 69th Avenue
Middle Village NY , 11379
 

Police Department
104th Precinct
64-02 Catalpa Ave.
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718) 386-3004
  

Post Office
Middle Village Station
71-35 Metropolitan Avenue
Middle Village NY , 11379
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Christ The King Regional High School (9-12)
68-02 Metropolitan Avenue
Middle Village NY , 11379
phone: (718) 366-7400
Our Lady of Hope School (K-6)
61-27 71 Street
Middle Village NY , 11379
phone: (718) 458-3535
St. Margaret's RC Church School (PK-6)
66-10 80th Street
Middle Village NY , 11379
phone: (718) 326-0922

Public Elementary Schools
PS 49 Dorothy Bonawit Kole School School (K-5)
79-15 Penelope Avenue
Middle Village NY , 11379
phone: (718) 326-2111
PS 87 Middle Village School (PK-7)
67-54 80th Street
Middle Village NY , 11379
phone: (718) 326-8243
PS 1128 Juniper Valley School (K-5)
69-26 65th Drive
Middle Village NY , 11379
phone: (718) 894-8385

Senior Centers
Middle Village Older Adult Center
69-10 75th Street
Middle Village NY , 11379
phone: (718) 894-3441
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Elizabeth Crowley
ecrowley@council.nyc.gov
District OfficeAtlas Park Mall, 71-19-80th Street, Ste.8-303
Glendale NY, 11385
phone: (718) 366-3900
fax: (718) 326-3549
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, 1765
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-7381
fax: (212) 227-7164
NYS Assembly
Hon. Andrew Hevesi
HevesiA@nyassembly.gov
District Office 70-50 Austin Street, Suite 110
Forest Hills NY, 11375
phone: (718) 263-5595
fax: (718) 263-5688
Albany Office LOB, Room 844
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4926
fax: (518) 455-5173
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
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

Middle Village was named as such because it was the middle point from Williamsburgh to Jamaica on the Williamsburgh and Jamaica Turnpike Road, which is now Metropolitan Avenue. The name also has its origin in that it was the midpoint for farmers from eastern Queens who traveled to the ferry at Newtown Creek. Another origin of the name comes about because it is an anglicization of Middleburgh, Newtown's original name.

The Middle Village Community Library serves the area bounded by Woodhaven Blvd. to the east, Eliot Ave. to the north, 69th St. to the west, and the LIRR tracks and Cooper Ave. to the south. Middle Village was founded in 1850. It grew from farmland to a prosperous community after the New York City Council announced that no further burials would be permitted on Manhattan Island after May 1, 1851. The farmland was purchased by several church groups for cemeteries. Florists, monument makers, and taverns flourished as business and industry expanded.

The area thrived until the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883 when people found it easier to travel more rapidly. By 1902, the population reached 1,300. The community continued to grow steadily. By the 1940s, much of the farmland was developed with residential homes.

Until recently, the working-class neighborhood of Middle Village was predominantly Italian. Immigrants from Latin America, Poland, Soviet Union, and Ireland have been moving in, attracted by reasonable rents and central location in New York City.

Middle Village is made up largely of private and two-family homes. There are some garden apartments, though no real large apartment buildings like those found in nearby communities like Forest Hills or Rego Park and along Woodhaven Blvd. New construction, though, has been taking place in the area with the building of a number of multiple-dwelling homes on the blocks around Metropolitan Avenue and near Juniper Valley Park, a noteworthy local attraction and neighborhood favorite location.

Sources:

Middle Village: 145 years of change. The Juniper Berry, June/July 1994, p.26.

Middle Village, NY: Queens Neighborhood Profile: http://queens.about.com/cs/neighborhoods/p/middle_village.htm

The Library was opened in a shoe store in 1911. Later it moved to a seed store for eight years and after that it was located in several different stores. In April 1967, the branch was re-opened in a modern rental building on Metropolitan Avenue, a location that, after a number of years of being unoccupied, re-opened as a 99 cent store. Then, in July 1990, the branch moved to a new rental location a few blocks west, at 72-31 Metropolitan Avenue. This location, the present Community Library, occupies part of the street-level floor of the condominium building at the same 72-31 Metropolitan Avenue address, with the Library's entrance located on the building's western side, while the branch's meeting room is situated on the eastern side. Due to this unique location, from its outside appearance the branch appears quite small. But the reality is that inside, the branch is really a full-sized library facility with regular adult and juvenile rooms, programming for all age levels and, in the spring of 2005, the branch was the host for two art exhibitions.