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Middle Village

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations

This Black History Month, join us for Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations, a celebration of the ways that black migrations—the movement of black populations across the world—have shaped societies and cultures.

Come to the Library for music, movies, art, and more—and take part in our exciting Passport ...

Celebrate National Library Lovers' Month!

February is National Library Lovers' Month, so here's a chance to let everyone know how much you love your library: submit a photo to the Share Your Love For Queens Library Photo Contest!

Take creative pictures that show your love for the library—at a library program, with your friends at the ...

Celebrate the Lunar New Year!

Xin Nian Kuai Le! Join us as we celebrate the Lunar New Year at Queens Library!

The Lunar New Year is a centuries-old tradition in China and several other Asian countries, and it is a time to honor deities and ancestors, as well as make way for good fortune in the upcoming year.

At Queens Library, you can attend ...

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 are a low-income older adult, or earn $66,000 or less a year.

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and Urban Upbound are ...

Langston Hughes Library's 50th Anniversary!

This year, the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center and its Black Heritage Reference Center will be celebrating their 50th anniversary—an important milestone for Queens Library and our borough!

Langston Hughes Library was founded in 1969 through community activism by the Library Action Committee (LAC) of ...

Free English Classes!

Are you a new American who wants to learn English or improve your English language skills?

You can learn English at Queens Library for FREE!

Join a supportive community of students and teaching professionals at our community libraries. Classes are available at Beginner and Intermediate levels.

To register, ...

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 ...

What We Bring: Immigrant Art On View at Central Library

Join us for a new art exhibit at Central Library in Jamaica from January 7 to March 2 that honors the artistic talents and cultural contributions of new immigrants.

What We Bring: New Immigrant Gifts adds to the national dialogue on immigration. Focusing on the cultural contributions of immigrants who came to the U.S. in the ...

Discover Your City With Culture Pass!

Start planning your winter adventures! NYC’s libraries are making it easier for you to explore local museums, public gardens, and other cultural attractions for FREE with your friends and family!

Queens Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and the New York Public Library are excited to announce Culture Pass, ...

QI 2018: Celebrate Queens Artists in the Library

Queens International 2018: Volumes (QI 2018) opened at the Queens Museum in October, and on Saturday, November 10, for the first time ever, the Queens International extended offsite, with art installations in three Queens Library branches: Lefrak City, Flushing, and Central Library in Jamaica.

Since it ...

Feb
21
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 1930s through 1960s.

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

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Feb
21
4:30PM

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6:30PM

Chess Club

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

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

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

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Feb
22
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Mother Goose Time/Picture Book Open Play

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Mother Goose Time is for children 18 months to 2 years of age. Join us for songs, finger plays, and stories.

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

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Feb
22
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Family Movie: "The Princess and the Frog"

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Patrons of all ages are welcome to join us for a screening of "The Princess and the Frog" (2009, G).


Feb
23
10:30AM

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12:30PM

ASVAB Test Preparation

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Come to prepare for the ASVAB exam.

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

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Feb
25
2:00PM

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3:00PM

ShapeUp NYC: Chair Aerobics for Adults

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

ShapeUp NYC instructor Doris leads this chair-based class to enhance strength, flexibility, and cardio. Exercises target both upper and lower body. Participants can work at their own pace based on ability. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel and water bottle. Space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

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Feb
26
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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Feb
27
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Toddler Storytime

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Toddler Storytime is for children ages 1 to 3. Join us for stories, finger plays, puppets, activities, and songs!

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

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Feb
27
4:00PM

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4:45PM

Home School Community Group - LEAP!

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Join us for Literary Escapades and Projects (LEAP) for kids! Each week there will be a live performative reading followed by a hands-on project.

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

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Mar
1
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Adult Crafting Club

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Do you enjoy crafting and doing creative projects? Come in for a monthly program geared towards your creative side.


Mar
5
4:00PM

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4:45PM

The Crafting Corner

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Join us in the crafting corner to make something fun you can take home!

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

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Mar
15
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Learn to Use Pinterest

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Learn how to create a profile, save pins, and set up a board to keep all your creative inspirations.


Mar
22
3:30PM

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4:15PM

Women's History Month: Middle School Book Club

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Join us for our middle grade book club! This month we are inviting our young patrons to pick their favorite biography about a woman in history to share with the group. Please ask the librarian for a recommendation if you don't already have a favorite!


Mar
25
2:00PM

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2:45PM

Caterpillar Craft for Toddlers

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Spring has sprung and that means bugs, flowers, and sunshine! Join us with your toddler for a craft that will help explore springtime. All supplies will be provided and toddlers can take home their craft at the end of the class.


Mar
26
11:00AM

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11:45AM

Bring Your Own Device

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Get one-on-one assistance with your device, ask questions, and get basic tutorials.


Mar
29
3:00PM

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4:45PM

Family Movie: "Moana"

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Customers of all ages are welcome to join us for a screening of "Moana" (2016, PG).


Apr
15
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Easter Concert at Middle Village

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Please join us in celebration of upcoming Easter with traditional folkloric music and songs sung in the different languages of Eastern Europe. Our guest is Katerina Visnjic, who was originally trained as a classical pianist, but also studied folk accordion. She has performed on Easter National Television several times as well as in concerts in New York and California. When she is not singing Katerina is a professor teaching physics at Princeton University.


Nov
15
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Chair Stretching and Guided Meditation

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

We will learn and practice stretches that you can do in a chair. To increase feelings of relaxation, energy, and overall well-being, the program also includes a guided meditation.
Presenter: Merryl Reichbach, LCSW, Program Manager of SHAREing and CAREing


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.