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Poppenhusen

It's #BookTuesday!

Every Tuesday, Queens Library will introduce you to a great book!

Our #BookTuesday pick is Palaces for the People by Eric Klinenberg.

Don’t miss our author talk with Eric Klinenberg on Monday, October 22, where he will discuss Palaces for the People with Queens Library President and CEO ...

Indie Author Day at Queens Library!

In October, libraries across North America will host Indie Author Day events to bring local writing and reading communities together.

Join us on Saturday, October 20 at Central Library in Jamaica for children’s book readings, a publishing workshop, and more.

Get involved with your New York indie ...

Palaces for the People: An Author Talk with Eric Klinenberg

What do places like libraries, childcare centers, bookstores, churches, synagogues, and parks have in common? They are part of our "social infrastructure,” places where people can gather, make friends, communicate with each other, and do much more.

At his author talk on Monday, October 22 at Central Library in ...

Culture Connection 5th Anniversary Concerts!

Culture Connection, the program that brings NYC’s artistic talent to Queens, is turning five this year!

To celebrate, we're hosting a star-studded series of five concerts at five different library locations this October.

Get your taste of musical magic at these exciting events featuring a Broadway star and ...

Drag Queen Story Hour At The Library!

We hope you will join us at our community libraries for Drag Queen Story Hour, a unique storytime for children ages 3-8 that raises awareness of gender diversity, promotes self-acceptance, and builds empathy through an enjoyable literary experience.

Created by Michelle Tea and RADAR Productions in San Francisco, DQSH now happens ...

Promote a Lifelong Love of Learning. Donate Now!

Our STACKS afterschool program provides a nurturing environment to read and to do homework. It also encourages participation in other learning activities that help develop life skills.

But we can’t offer programs like this without the support of our community.

Programs like STACKS are made possible thanks to the ...

Run the River with Queens Library!

Once again, Queens Library is partnering with the Randall’s Island Park Alliance for Run the River, a 5K fun run on Randall’s Island, on Saturday, October 27!

Now in its ninth year, you can run to protect the waterways, wetlands, and recreational areas of Randall’s Island Park. ...

Discover Your City With Culture Pass!

Start planning your fall 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, a ...

Hispanic Heritage Celebrations!

Hispanic Heritage Month 2018 begins September 15, and we’re celebrating with programs and events all month long!

Help us honor the histories and cultures of Hispanic Americans with concerts, dance performances, crafts, cooking classes, and much more!

Hispanic Heritage Celebrations will take place at multiple ...

Queens Library’s Back-to-School Guide!

It’s time for kids to go back to school—and we’ve got the perfect guide to help you prepare for a successful school year!

From tips on healthy eating and sleeping to how to talk to your child about their day, our Back-to-School Guide will help smooth the transition from summer to school.

Our guide is ...

There are no programs scheduled here at this time. Please check our Programs page for our other locations and programs you might be interested in attending.

Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Poppenhusen Community Library has:

  • 12 public computers
  • 1 public catalog
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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International Language Collections at the Poppenhusen Community Library include:

  • Chinese
  • Korean
  • Spanish
  • Hindi

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Poppenhusen Community Library include:

  • Cookbooks
  • Mind and Body
  • YA Graphic Novels
  • Community History(College Point)


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

Child Care / Preschools
Flushing YMCA Nursery School
13846 Northern Blvd
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 961-6884
Little Angels Day Care
3-17 127 St.
College Point NY , 11356
phone: (718) 353-0544
Sensational Kids
12406 14th Ave.
Flushing NY , 11356
phone: (718) 445-2580
Corner School
15003 Bayside Ave.
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 445-2811
fax:
Tutor Time Learning Ctr.
2556 Ulmer St.
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 661-4700
Little Kids on the Block Group Daycare, Inc.
18-34 120 St.
College Point NY , 11356
phone: 718-359-1853
fax:
Daycare Kangaroo
13th Ave. and 127 St.
College Point NY , 11356
phone: 347-438-1141
fax:
Just Like Your Home Day Care Inc.
7-43 130 St.
College Point NY , 11356
phone: 718-461-2374
fax:
 

Community Board
Community Board District # 7
45-35 Kissena Blvd.
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 359-2800
fax: (718) 463-3891
  

Community Organizations & Services
College Point Civic & Taxpayers Assoc.
P.O. Box 564294
College Point NY , 11356
phone:
fax:
College Point Community Volunteer Ambulance Corps
123-06 18th Ave.
College Point NY , 11356
phone: (718) 353-0199
College Point Little League
1328 123rd St.
College Point NY , 11356
phone: (718) 460-8408
College Point Security Patrol
P.O. Box 4563,
College Point NY , 11356
Everett F. Herrel Post 885 VFW
120-19 14th Road
College Point NY , 11356
phone: (718) 762-8886
fax: (718) 762-8886
Oscar Ammann Post 853 American Legion
120-17 18th Ave.
College Point NY , 11356
phone: (718) 359-3029
Poppenhusen Institute
114-04 14th Road
College Point NY , 11356
phone: (718) 358-0067
College Point Arts Center
14-48 College Point Blvd.
College Point NY , 11356
phone: 718-539-3550
fax:
 

Fire Department
Engine 273 Hook & Ladder
40-18 Union St.
Flushing NY , 11354
  

Local Hospitals
New York Hospital Queens
5645 Main St.
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 670-1231 or (800) 282-6684
Flushing Hospital Medical Center
4500 Parsons Boulevard
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 670-5000
 

Local Newspapers
Whitestone Times

Parks and Playgrounds
College Point Park
College Point Blvd & 14th Ave.
Herman A. MacNeil Park
Poppenhusen Ave, College Place 115 St, East River
Poppenhusen Playground
20th Ave. Between 23rd & 124th St

Police Department
109th Precinct
37-05 Union St.
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 670-5540
  

Post Office
College Point Branch
120-05 15 Ave.
College Point NY , 11356
phone: (718) 359-8691
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Promise Christian Academy (preK-8)
130-30 31 Ave.
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 461-4409
fax:
Holy Trinity School (1-8)
14-45 143rd St.
Whitestone NY , 11357
phone: (718) 746-1479
St. Agnes' Academic High School
13-20 124th St.
College Point NY , 11356
phone: (718) 353-6276
St. Fidelis School (K-8)
124-06 14th Ave.
College Point NY , 11356
phone: (718) 539-2628
  

Public Elementary Schools
Community School District 25
30-48 Linden Place
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 281-7600
fax: (718) 281-7608
PS 29 (preK-5)
125-10 23rd Avenue
College Point NY , 11356
phone: (718) 886-5111
fax: (718) 461-6812
PS 129 (preK-5)
128-02 7 Ave
College Point NY , 11356
phone: (718) 353-3150
fax:

Public High Schools
Flushing High School
3501 Union St.
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 888-7500
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Edward Bleeker J.H.S. 185
147-27 25th Dr.
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 445-3232
William H Carr Jr High # 194Q
15460 17th Ave
Flushing NY , 11357
phone: (718) 746-0818
 

Senior Centers
College Point Senior Luncheon Club
13-28 123rd St.
College Point NY , 11356
phone: (718) 961-0344
fax: (718) 561-0349
North Flushing Senior Citizen Club
22-38 College Point Blvd.
College Point NY , 11356
phone: (718) 359-9488
 

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Paul Vallone
District19@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 42-40 Bell Boulevard, Suite 507
Bayside NY, 11361
phone: (718) 619-8611
fax: (718) 631-4100
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1792
New York NY, 10007
phone: 212-788-7250
fax: 212-788-1860
NYS Assembly
Hon. Daniel Rosenthal
Beckstk@nyassembly.gov
District Office Address 159-06 71st Avenue
Flushing NY, 11365
phone: (718) 969-1508
fax: (718) 969-8326
Albany Office LOB, Room 431
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4404
fax: (518) 455-5408
NYS Senate
Hon. Tony Avella
Avella@nysenate.gov
District Office 38-50 Bell Boulevard, Suite C
Bayside NY, 11361
phone: (718) 357-3094
fax: (718) 357-3491
Albany Office Room 902, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2210
fax: (518) 426-6736
US Congress
Hon. Joseph Crowley
District Office 82-11 37th Avenue, Suite 402
Astoria NY , 11372
phone: (718) 779-1400
fax: (718) 505-0156
Legislative Office 1035 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-3965
fax: (202) 225-1909
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

In 1645, the Matinecock tribe sold 17,000 wooded acres of land to the Governor of the New Netherlands, Willem Kieft, who parceled the land out among Dutch and English settlers. A descendant of English nobility named William Lawrence received 900 acres in an area called Tew’s Neck, as it was then called. In this way, he became College Point’s first English settler. Later, a gentleman named Eliphalet Stratton acquired 320 acres of this original parcel, and Lawrence Neck became Strattonport. In 1838, the Reverend William Augustus Muhlenberg, rector of St. George Episcopal Church in Flushing, founded St. Paul’s College on the site of what is now MacNeil Park. This institution lasted less than a decade, but its name became permanently stamped on the entire community of College Point.

In the 1850’s, a German immigrant named Conrad Poppenhusen arrived in College Point and changed it forever. The process known as Vulcanization – the process of treating rubber to give it strength and durability – had recently been discovered, and Poppenhusen saw the economic potential. He was able to use hard rubber to replace whalebone (which was the standard at the time) in everything from ladies corsets to scientific equipment. Poppenhusen built a large factory in the area, employing hundreds of immigrant workers and constructed a model community with schools, water and sewage systems, a branch of the Long Island Railroad, and a cobblestone road to Flushing. The very first free Kindergarten in the United States was established by Conrad Poppenhusen at the Poppenhusen Institute, an edifice he created for the education and enlightenment of his workers. The original core collection of what would become the Library was housed within the Poppenhusen Institute.

In the year 1904, when Theodore Roosevelt was President of the United States, the Poppenhusen Branch of the Queens Borough Public Library opened its doors to an enthusiastic community. It was constructed of brick and stone in the Classical Revival style by Heins and LaFarge, and was one of the original Carnegie buildings in the Queens system. Only six of these remain in the borough. While the building itself was financed by railroad magnate Andrew Carnegie, the land was donated by the citizens of the College Point community. The core of the original collection was donated by Conrad Poppenhusen and family, comprised of the books that had originally been housed at the Poppenhusen Institute. In addition to achieving Landmark status, the branch has gone through a complete interior renovation which preserves its stately appearance while enhancing library service with modern technology. The library celebrated its official Centennial in October of 2004. The Poppenhusen branch proudly bears the name of the historic benefactor of College Point.

While College Point had become known during the latter part of the 19th Century as the hard rubber capital of the Northeast, plastics would eventually take over and replace hard rubber as a component in the manufacture of small consumer goods. The rubber company Mr. Poppenhusen had established at College Point moved to New Jersey in the 1930’s, and the last of the College Point rubber factories closed in the 1970’s. College Point is still home to a number of small businesses and factories, and its community remains vital and involved, solidified by long-time residents and merchants, and revitalized by new immigrant families. College Point, with its many changes over time, still maintains a waterside, small-town feel.