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Middle Village

Vote for Your Library Projects!

It’s participatory budgeting voting season!

Each fiscal year, the New York City Council provides residents of participating Council Districts with the opportunity to directly decide how to spend at least $1 million of their districts’ capital funds.

You can use your vote to help secure more ...

Adult Learner Program: Pre-Register Now!

It’s time to spring into a new adventure! Why not complete your High School Equivalency or brush up on your reading and writing skills?

Queens Library's Adult Learner Program provides lifelong learning opportunities to address the needs of the diverse and changing populations of Queens through FREE quality educational ...

Sunday Mobile Library Service at Hunters Point!

We're pleased to announce that mobile library service is returning to Hunters Point!

Our mobile library will come to Center Boulevard near Gantry State Park on Sundays starting April 9 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The vehicle will provide free Wi-Fi, books, DVDs, pickups requested online, library card ...

Festival of Yiddish Culture!

This March, Queens Library is extremely proud to present its first-ever festival dedicated solely to Yiddish culture.

Join us for evenings of storytelling, theater, and music that will not only be informative, but funny, entertaining, and full of nostalgia too!

All events in the Festival of Yiddish Culture will take place ...

Public Budget Hearing April 20

Queens Library is preparing its operating budget for Fiscal Year 2018. 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 20, 2017 at 6 p.m. at Queens Central Library, ...

Our New Music For March!

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 The Hamilton Mixtape, plus music from Miranda Lambert, Lupe Fiasco, Reba McEntire, Tony Bennett, J. Cole, The ...

Take the Create NYC Survey!

New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs is asking New Yorkers from all walks of life to help shape the future of arts and culture in NYC as part of the city’s first-ever comprehensive cultural plan, CreateNYC: A Cultural Plan for All New Yorkers.

CreateNYC is incorporating robust public input ...

Invest in All New Yorkers: Invest in Seven-Day Service

Advocacy season for New York City’s libraries got locally underway Wednesday, March 8, as Queens Library President and CEO Dennis Walcott testified alongside the leaders of the New York Public Library and the Brooklyn Public Library at the preliminary budget hearing for the NYC Council's Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries, ...

Free Tax Help at Queens Library!

It’s that time of year again!

If you need help figuring out and filing your ‪tax return‬, come to Queens Library for free tax-preparation assistance if you're over 60 or earn less than $64,000 a year.

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance is offering free electronic ...

Celebrate Women's History Month!

March is Women’s History Month, and Queens Library is excited to present a range of programs dedicated to the creativity and achievements of women throughout history. Join us for performances, art exhibits, film screenings, children’s crafts, and plenty more!

Also, we're posting pictures of noteworthy books by ...

Mar
30
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. 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.

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

Additional Dates


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.


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
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.


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

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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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@assembly.state.ny.us
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.