Middle Village

Book Discussion Group

This month's selection is Alice Hoffman's bestseller "The Marriage of Opposites." This lush historical fiction tells the story of Rachel Manzana Pomié, mother of Danish-French Impressionist Camille Pissarro. Copies are available at the Information Desk or as an eBook download at the Library's website.

Jan 26 @ 2:30 PM

Book Discussion Group

This month's selection is Jami Attenberg's "Saint Mazie," about a party girl named Mazie Phillips Gordon, an actual New Yorker who lived during the Jazz Age. Later known as Saint Mazie, Queen of the Bowery, she was big hearted and bawdy. Copies are available at the Information Desk and as an eBook download at the Library's website.

Feb 23 @ 2:30 PM




Toddler Time

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

This storytime for children ages 18-36 months accompanied by a caregiver includes music, nursery rhymes and fingerplays. Space is limited; preregistration is required.

Middle VillageWed, Dec 9, 201511:00AM - 11:30AM
Middle VillageWed, Dec 16, 201511:00AM - 11:30AM




NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 openings

National Novel Writing Month happens every November! It's a fun, seat-of-your-pants writing event that challenges participants to complete an entire novel in just 30 days. For one month, you get to lock away your inner editor, let your imagination take over, and just create! Participants ages 9-12 will meet weekly to keep track of one another’s progress and share ideas and writing tips. Preregistration is required.




Chess Club

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

A chess coach will teach the game to young people ages 5-15 and answer their questions. Materials will be provided.

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

Additional Dates




Arts and Scraps

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

Children age 5 and up will exercise their creativity with traditional and non-traditional materials at this open-ended arts activity. Space is limited and preregistration is required.

Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Middle Village Community Library has:

  • 2 public computers in the adult room
  • 1 Public computer in the children room
  • Free Internet Access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing


Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.









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
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
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
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.
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
Hon. Bill de Blasio


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.


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.