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This Weekend at Queens Library

Join us this weekend for a Library ComicCon, our Earth Day celebrations, author talks with Voncille Chaney, Crystal Wolfe, and Valery Ponomarev, a minipainting workshop, a poetry slam, writing classes, a bike maintenance workshop for beginners, our “Wonderful World” lecture on Louis Armstrong, happiness workshops, our latest ...

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.

Your gift today means we can continue to meet the needs of our diverse community.

With your gift, we ...

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 arts & crafts, celebrations, science workshops, and more.

Plus, you can watch several Earth Day-themed movies on Kanopy, our on-demand video streaming service, all for free with your library card.

Join us for our special programs before ...

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
23
3:00PM

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6:00PM

Homework Help

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Homework help for children, grades K-6. From 3:00-6:00 PM.

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

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Apr
23
5:00PM

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5:30PM

Beginning Reader

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Come to the library and read with your children. Beginning readers and their caregivers are welcome to join us in promoting positive reading experiences with your child and a librarian.

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

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Apr
24
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Classical Music Hour

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Please join us for an hour of soothing classical music every Tuesday at 3PM.

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

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Apr
25
10:30AM

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11:15AM

Toddler Time

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Join us for Toddler Time! Children can enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, and all around fun.

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

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Apr
25
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Crafts For Kids

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Join us to create fun crafts for kids.

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

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Apr
26
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Afternoon Movie Matinee

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Please join us at 2PM every Thursday for a classic film from the 1930's through 1970's.

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

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Apr
26
4:30PM

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6:00PM

Chess Club

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

A time for chess play and instruction for kids 6-11.

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

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Apr
27
10:30AM

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11:15AM

Mother Goose Time

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Join us for our Mother Goose program! Stories, songs, finger-plays, and more. This fun program is for children 6 months to 2 years old, with a caregiver.

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

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Apr
27
11:45AM

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12:30PM

Picture Book Time

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Join us for picture book storytime for preschool children and their caregivers.

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

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Jun
20
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Queens Library & Sciencetellers Rock with the Wild West: "The Mystery of the Golden Piano"

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Throughout this absolutely wild adventure story, volunteers from the audience will help us explore the fascinating science behind chemical reactions, combustion, air pressure, inertia, and more. Don’t miss this classic action-packed western with ‘notes’ of science!


Jun
22
2:00PM

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3:00PM

I-Heung Lee in Concert

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Classical pianist I-Heung Lee performs the works of Mozart, Bach, Schumann, Liszt, Chopin, and others.


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. 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. Andrew Hevesi
HevesiA@nyassembly.gov
District Office 70-50 Austin Street, Suite 118
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, 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

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.