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A Message from Ethan Hawke

“Just last night, my 16-year-old son asked me, ‘Do people really still use libraries?’ I was happy to be able to tell him yes. It's a fact: More people than ever are visiting their neighborhood branches and using the myriad free resources the Library provides,” writes Ethan Hawke in a new ...

Get Free Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park!

Shakespeare in the Park is one of New York City's most beloved summer traditions—and now you can get your tickets at Queens Library!

Free ticket vouchers for Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s (Jitney, The Piano Lesson) sumptuous new production of Shakespeare’s "Othello," performed ...

Storytime with Your Council Member!

Help support your community library during this important advocacy season—and bring your kids to a wonderful storytime, too!

Queens Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott will be joined by members of the New York City Council at special storytimes in June to demonstrate ...

Support Queens Library with Your 2018 Annual Fund Gift

The last day of school is just a few weeks away—and we’re already hard at work preparing programs, signing kids up for summer reading, and ensuring that we can meet the needs of the 52,000 children and young adults who are expected to visit Queens Library this summer.

The thousands of programs we offer are made ...

Tweet to Your Council Member in Support of Libraries!

Stand with your library on Twitter!

Our city officials are now deciding the amount of funding that New York City’s libraries will receive in the upcoming fiscal year.

Click the links below to find the Twitter handles of your city leaders and the New York City Council Member that represents your community library ...

Drag Queen Story Hour At The Library!

We hope you will join us at several 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 ...

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 ...

Mental Health Awareness Month at Queens Library

Mental health challenges impact people across all demographics of society. This May, for Mental Health Awareness Month, we’re bringing you programming to both help you take care of your own mental health and teach you how to help someone else in crisis.

From programs on stress and self-care to information about the ...

May
29
2:30PM

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5:30PM

Homework Help

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Elementary children and caretakers are welcome to stop by our Queens Village Library for homework help.

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

Additional Dates


May
29
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Children's Knitting

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Children ages 10 to 15 are welcome to learn how to knit. Needles and yarn will initially be supplied and children can bring their own if they prefer.

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

Additional Dates


May
30
10:45AM

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11:15AM

Toddler Time

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Children ages 2-4 and their parent/caregiver are welcome to join in on songs and stories.

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

Additional Dates


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May
30
11:30AM

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12:00PM

Toddler Craft

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Children ages 2-4 and their parent/caregiver are welcome to make a toddler craft.

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

Additional Dates


May
30
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Children's Spelling Bee

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6 to 12 are welcome to partake in a spelling bee for fun competition.


Jun
1
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Game Day

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Children of all ages are welcome to join game day for some board game fun.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
4
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Lego Time

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5 to 12 are welcome to have fun working together with Legos.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
6
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Children's Chess

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Practice your chess skills with other children.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
7
1:30PM

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2:15PM

Toddler & Preschool Playdate

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Children ages 2-5 and their caretakers can drop in for circle time, stories, and open play. Come join this great opportunity for socialization and early literacy development.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
13
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Father's Day Craft

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Children ages 4 to 12 are welcome to make a Father's Day Craft.


Jun
19
3:30PM

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4:30PM

STEM: Measurement

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5-10 are welcome to learn how measuring works and practice it with different tools.


Jun
21
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Children's Movie Night: "Finding Nemo"

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

This month's selection is "Finding Nemo" (2003, G).


Jun
25
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Libraries Rock! with Nick The Balloonatic

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Award winning balloon artist Nick the Balloonatic has twisted balloons all over the world. The Balloonatic interacts with children ages 6-12 as he is sculpting balloons, laughing, joking, and making everyone feel special. This program is free. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.


Jun
27
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Summer Craft

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Children ages 4 to 12 are welcome to make summer crafts.


Jul
2
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading K-2: DIY Rainsticks

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Children in kindergarten to second grade can enjoy discussing their recent reading and make a rain stick craft at this summer reading program.


Jul
3
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading 3-5: DIY Drums

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Children in third to fifth grade can enjoy discussing their recent reading and make a craft drum at this summer reading program.


Jul
5
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Lego Time

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5 to 12 are welcome to have fun working together with Legos.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
6
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Early Childhood Summer Reading 0-5: Musical Crafts

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Children 0-5 years old and their caregivers are welcome to join in a storytime and do music-based crafts at this summer reading program.


Jul
6
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Game Day

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Children of all ages are welcome to join game day for some board game fun.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
9
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Google CS First Club: Sound and Music

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Code. Play. Create videos and interactive music on Scratch! Register to be a part of Queen Village's Google CS First Club: Social Media with Scratch. For school-age children in grades 2-4. Only 10 spots are available. Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
9
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading K-2: DIY Drums

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Children in kindergarten to second grade can enjoy discussing their recent reading and make a rain stick craft at this summer reading program.


Jul
10
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading 3-5: DIY Recorders

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Children in third to fifth grade can enjoy discussing their recent reading and decorate a recorder at this summer reading program.


Jul
11
11:00AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Time

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Children ages 2-4 and their parent or caregiver are welcome to join in on songs and stories.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
11
11:30AM

--to--

12:00PM

Toddler Craft

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Children ages 2-4 and their parent/caregiver are welcome to make a toddler craft.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
11
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Children's Chess

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5 to 12 are welcome to compete in friendly chess competition with their peers.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
13
11:00AM

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11:45AM

Early Childhood Summer Reading 0-5: Humming Toys

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Children 0-5 years old and their caregivers are welcome to join in a storytime and do a craft at this summer reading program.


Jul
16
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading K-2: Toy Craft

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Children in kindergarten to second grade can enjoy discussing their recent reading and making a toy at this summer reading program.


Jul
17
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading 3-5: Design a Shirt

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Children in third to fifth grade can enjoy discussing their recent reading and decorate a T-shirt at this summer reading program.


Jul
20
11:00AM

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11:45AM

Early Childhood Summer Reading 0-5: Puppets

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Children 0-5 years old and their caregivers are welcome to join in a storytime and make a puppet at this summer reading program.


Jul
23
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading K-2: Owl Windsock

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Children in kindergarten to second grade can enjoy discussing their recent reading and make an owl windsock at this summer reading program.


Jul
23
5:30PM

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7:15PM

Children's Ukulele Lessons

Location: Queens 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.

15 children ages 10 through 16 can register to take six ukulele lessons for beginners. The library will supply ukuleles and books for the lessons. Participants must attend all six lessons.

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Jul
24
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading 3-5: Bird Craft

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Children in third to fifth grade can enjoy discussing their recent reading and make a bird craft at this summer reading program.


Jul
27
11:00AM

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11:45AM

Early Childhood Summer Reading 0-5: Texture Playtime

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Children 0-5 years old and their caregivers are welcome to join in a storytime and explore textures at this summer reading program.


Jul
30
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading K-2: Mandolin

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Children in kindergarten to second grade can enjoy discussing their recent reading and make a cardboard mandolin at this summer reading program.


Jul
31
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading 3-5: DIY Pan Pipes

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Children in third to fifth grade can enjoy discussing their recent reading and making pan pipes at this summer reading program.


Aug
3
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Early Childhood Summer Reading 0-5: Parachutes and Play

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Children 0-5 years old and their caregivers are welcome to join in a storytime and have fun with creative and parachute playtime for this summer reading program.


Aug
6
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading K-2: Mask Making

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Children in kindergarten to second grade can enjoy discussing their recent reading and making masks at this summer reading program.


Aug
7
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Summer Reading 3-5: Acting Theater

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Children in third to fifth grade can enjoy discussing their recent reading and polishing their acting skills at this summer reading program.


Aug
11
11:00AM

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11:45AM

Early Childhood Summer Reading 0-5: Animal Masks

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Children 0-5 years old and their caregivers are welcome to join in a storytime and design animal masks at this summer reading program.


Aug
13
2:30PM

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3:30PM

End of Summer Reading Party K-2: Libraries Rock Cookie Decoration!

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Children in kindergarten to second grade can participate in our Library Rocks end of summer reading party at Queens Village with cookie decoration and party activities.


Aug
14
2:30PM

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3:30PM

End of Summer Reading Party 3-5: Libraries Rock Musical Painting!

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Children in third to fifth grade can participate in our Library Rocks end of summer reading party at Queens Village with party activities and a game of musical painting.


Aug
17
11:00AM

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12:00PM

End of Summer Reading Party 0-5: Libraries Rock!

Location: Queens Village
Registration: Not required

Children ages 0-5 and caregivers can participate in our Library Rocks end of summer reading party at Queens Village.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Queens Village Community Library has:

  • 8 public computers
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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International Language Collections at the Queens Village Community Library include:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Hindi
  • Haitian Creole

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Queens Village Community Library include:

  • New Americans
  • Black Experience
  • Travel
  • Audio books and large print books

 


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
Teaching, Learning, & Caring
212-47 Jamaica Ave
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718)740-6750
Redeemer Nursery School
92-10 217th St.
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 465-3252
Reach and Grow
214-09 Jamaica Ave.
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 468-3860
Jen-Lyn’s Day Care
218-14 Jamaica Ave.
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 465-8475
Queens Village Day School
219-32 Jamaica Ave.
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 479-5926
Kids for the Future
220-24 Jamaica Ave.
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 776-4200

Community Board
Community Board District # 13
219-41 Jamaica Avenue
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 464-9700
fax: (718) 464-7333
  

Community Organizations & Services
Queens Village Civic Association
P.O. Box 0766
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 468-2160
Queens Village Community Services
80-45 Winchester Blvd. Building 21
Queens Village NY , 11427
phone: (718) 264-3950
 

Fire Department
Engine 304, Ladder 162
218-44 97th Ave.
Queens Village NY , 11429
  

Local Hospitals
Long Island Jewish Medical Center
270-05 76th Avenue
New Hyde Park NY , 11040
phone: (718) 470-7000
Creedmoor Psychiatric Center
80-45 Winchester Boulevard
Queens Village NY , 11427
phone: (718) 264-4000
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Alley Pond Park
Winchester Blvd. & Union Turnpike
  

Police Department
105th Police Precinct
92-08 222 St.
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 776-9090
  

Post Office
Queens Village
209-20 Jamaica
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (800) ASK-USPS
  

Private / Parochial Schools
St. Joseph’s Parish (K-8)
217-55 100 Ave.
Queens Village NY , 11429
phone: (718) 464-8913
Our Lady of Lourdes (PreK-8)
92-80 220 St.
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 464-1480
Sts. Joachin and Anne (PreK-8)
218-19 105 Ave.
Queens Village NY , 11429
phone: (718) 465-2230
Bethel Christian Academy (K-5)
215-32 Jamaica Ave.
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 978-4357 Ext. 322
Grace Lutheran (K-8)
100-05 Springfield Blvd.
Queens Village NY , 11429
phone: (718) 465-1010
 

Public Elementary Schools
PS 18 Winchester
86-35 235 Court
Queens Village NY , 11427
phone: (718) 464-4167
PS 33 Edward M. Funk
91-37 222 St.
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 465-6283
PS 34 John Harvard
104-12 Springfield Blvd.
Queens Village NY , 11429
phone: (718) 465-6818
PS 135 The Bellaire School
207-11 89 Ave.
Queens Village NY , 11427
phone: (718) 464-2119
fax: (718) 464-8448
Merrick Academy Charter School
207-01 Jamaica Ave.
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 468-4773
 

Public High Schools
Martin Van Buren HS
230-17 Hillside Ave.
Queens Village NY , 11427
phone: (718) 776-4728
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
IS 109 Jean Nuzzi
213-10 92 Ave.
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 465-0651
  

Senior Centers
SNAP of Eastern Queens Senior Center
80-45 Winchester Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11427
phone: (718) 454-2100
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Barry Grodenchik
M23@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 73-03 Bell Boulevard
Oakland Gardens NY , 11364
phone: (718) 468-0137
fax: (718) 468-0178
Manhattan Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1744
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-7075
fax: (212) 608-6382
NYS Assembly
Hon. Clyde Vanel
VanelC@nyassembly.gov
District Office 97-01 Springfield Boulevard
Queens Village NY, 11429
phone: (718) 479-2333
fax: (718) 464-7128
Albany Office LOB, Room 548
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4711
fax: (518) 455-3740
NYS Senate
Hon. Leroy Comrie
Comrie@nysenate.gov
District Office 113-43 Farmers Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 454-0162
fax: (718) 454-0186
Albany Office Room 617, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2701
fax: (518) 455-2816
US Congress
Hon. Gregory W. Meeks

District Office 153-01 Jamaica Ave., Suite 204
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 725-6000
fax: (718) 725-9868
Legislative Office 2234 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20516
phone: (202) 225-3461
fax: (202) 226-4169
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Queens Village, located in east central Queens, is bordered to the north by Union Turnpike, to the east by the Cross Island Parkway, to the south by Murdock Avenue, and to the west by Francis Lewis Boulevard.

The area was settled by colonists in the 1640’s and became known as Little Plains. It was used as common public land for grazing cattle until the 1700s when a village was first established. The surrounding lands were gradually bought up and established as working farms.

From 1824 to 1834, the village was known as Brushville, named for Thomas Brush who opened a prosperous blacksmith shop as well as a number of other enterprises.

In 1834, the railroad arrived and the first station in Queens was established. Residents voted to change the name of the town from Brushville to Queens. Later, the Long Island Rail Road added “village” to its station’s name and thus the town became known as Queens Village.

1870 brought extensive development when Scott R. Sherwood, a prominent developer bought and subdivided a parcel of land south of the train station and divided it into 700 building lots.

By 1898, the population had grown to about 900. Still, the area remained largely rural. Many of the German descendants of the original farm owners continued to live there. In 1902, Interstate Park was opened, followed by Belmont Park in 1903.

But it wasn’t until the 1920s that Queens Village really began to take off. It was part of an overall housing boom that was spreading east through Queens from New York as people from the city sought the bucolic life.

Post World War II saw the arrival of veterans and their families, blacks and Latin Americans.

Today, many of those homes built in the twenties and thirties still stand. Charming and well maintained Dutch Colonials and Tudors currently house and continue to attract an interestingly diverse population.

 

Sources:

Books:
The Encyclopedia of New York State. Peter Eisenstadt, Editor in Chief,

Syracuse University Press, 2005.

Home Town Long Island. Staff of Newsday, Newsday Inc. 1999

The Encyclopedia of New York City. Kenneth T. Jackson, Editor, Yale University Press, 1995.

The Story of Queens Village. Vincent F. Seyfried, Centennial Association, 1974.

The Queens Village Library owes its existence to two women, Mrs. William Wood and Miss Anne Doughty. In 1896, they realized the need for a library in the growing town. An appeal to Dr. Charles Henry Miller, a well known painter of the time, and the Shakespeare Club resulted in a traveling library being obtained from New York State.

This library was housed in the Dutch Reformed Church. It proved to be so popular, that the Shakespeare Club raised funds for an independent library which was started in 1899. In 1901, its stock of 427 books were turned over to the Queens Borough Public Library.

In 1904, the library moved to the Kissam Building on Railroad Ave. In 1914, it moved to the Post Office building then on 218th St. In 1925, it moved to the northeast corner of Jamaica Ave. and Vanderveer St.

In 1937 property was purchased between 94th Rd. and 94th Ave on the east side of 217th St. In 1939, Louis J. Bailey, then chief of the Queens Borough Public Library was granted $125,000 to build the library’s first permanent home.

On Sunday June 8, 1952 the new, modern building was dedicated and opened to an enthusiastic public the following day.