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Sunnyside

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May
25
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month: Learn How to Make: Korean Tea Cookies [Da-shik]

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Get a taste for Korea with our Korean tea cookie making workshop. Participants will learn how to make Da-shik; wonderfully light and mildly sweet, they melt in your mouth. Dating all the way back to the 17th century, these cookies were served with traditional tea and enjoyed only by the nobility and royalty. Come join us in this tasty workshop! All equipment and materials will be provided.


May
28
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Kickoff to Kindergarten

Location: Sunnyside
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.

Parents and other caregivers can help children learn the skills they need to be successful before they start kindergarten. During eight weekly sessions, library staff will show parents, caregivers, and children how to use games, hands-on activities, and stories that help build the most important language and social skills. Children will be able to keep the games and stories and use them again at home. This program is for children ages 3-5 and their parents/caregivers.

SunnysideTue, Jun 4, 201910:30AM - 12:00PM
SunnysideTue, Jun 11, 201910:30AM - 12:00PM
SunnysideTue, Jun 18, 201910:30AM - 12:00PM

May
28
3:00PM

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Creative Aging: Intermediate Drawing

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 1 openings

This nine-week course for adults 50+ will focus on learning two systems: perspective and proportions for portraiture. We will use a variety of dry and wet drawing materials. The first several sessions will review processes and ideas from the "Drawing to See" course. We will work on self-portraits as well as portraits of participants in the course. Space is limited. Registration required with Sunnyside Library at 718-784-3033.

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

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May
30
4:00PM

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5:30PM

English Conversation Group

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Join the English Conversation Group at Sunnyside Community Library. Registration is not required; just walk in.


May
30
6:00PM

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7:00PM

ShapeUp NYC: Total Body Conditioning Class for Adults

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

ShapeUp NYC instructor Zarina leads this fitness class designed to assist with your daily activities, from lifting shopping bags to climbing the stairs and pushing the carts. Using your own bodyweight, we will incorporate moves like squats and lunges that will build muscle, gain strength, and burn calories. 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.

Additional Dates


Jun
1
3:00PM

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4:45PM

Family Movies

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Join us for some family movies in June:
6/1 - "Incredibles 2" (PG)
6/26 - "My Little Pony: The Movie"

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

Additional Dates


Jun
3
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Classic Movie Mondays

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Join us for some great classics in June:

6/3 - "The Big Knife" (1955)
6/10 - "Platinum Blonde" (1931)
6/17 - "Humoresque" (1946)
6/24 - "Gold Diggers" (1935)

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

Additional Dates


Jun
3
5:30PM

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7:00PM

Korean for Beginners II

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

This class offers additional daily conversational skills and more vocabulary. This class also covers Korean grammar and sentence patterns with a solid foundation of four aspects of language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Completion of Korean for Beginners I is not required.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
5
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Meditation Workshop

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

In this workshop, instructors will use sound in a guided meditation. Teens will learn the basis of meditation and its benefits to assist with stress.


Jun
10
5:30PM

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7:00PM

Classic Comedies: "She Stoops to Conquer"

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Join us for a staged reading by Titan Theatre Company of "She Stoops To Conquer" by Oliver Goldsmith. A rich country squire tries to arrange for his beautiful daughter Kate to marry the son of an aristocrat. Unfortunately, the young man is comfortable only with lower class women. Determined to catch him, Kate pretends to be a servant girl. A comedy of errors makes this stunning romantic farce one of the wittiest cross matches in the canon of Restoration/eighteenth century literature.


Jun
12
3:30PM

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4:30PM

A Universe of Stories with Storyteller Ria Alexander

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Join Alexair Dreams in an exciting show about space, rockets, and the solar system! Participants will explore the universe; it's sure to be an "out of this world" experience! Space is limited. Pre-registration is required for ages 6-9.


Jun
15
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Let Your Fingers Do the Talking: Introduction to American Sign Language

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Learn how to communicate with your hands in this interactive workshop on the basics of American Sign Language.


Jun
17
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Open Mic Night

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Performers are invited to share their talents in a short presentation of either poetry, written word, music, comedy, or spoken word. Spectators are also welcome.


Jun
21
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Summer Reading: Teen Kickoff Celebration

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Come to the Summer Reading Kickoff Celebration! Enjoy making a solar print (weather permitting) and learn about all the different summer reading programs going on this summer. This program is for teens entering grades 7-12.


Jun
22
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Bring Your Story: An Introduction to Samba: Music, Dance, and Culture by Samba New York!

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Ethnomusicologist/percussionist Philip Galinsky shares some interesting facts about the origins of samba, its instruments, and rhythms. Also included in the program will be a live samba dance demonstration along with a short samba dance lesson!


Jun
28
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Bring Your Story: Create your Family Flag

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Let your imagination run free and create your family flag! Combine colors and shapes which come from the flags of your family's country or countries of origin, or use colors and pictures that are meaningful to your family, and make a unique family flag that celebrates your heritage!


Jun
29
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Bring Your Story: Ali Bello & The Latin American Songbook

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Violinist Ali Bello and his ensemble present an intimate encounter of melody, harmony, and voice that brings a new perspective on the rich musical repertoire of Latin American and captures the vibrant legacy of styles such as boleros, ballads, tangos, guarachas, festejos, and bossas.


Jul
1
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Classic Movie Mondays

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Join us in July as we screen movies from the early 1970s.
7/1 - Butterflies Are Free (1972)
7/8 - Chinatown (1974)
7/15 - The Way We Were (1973)
7/22 - Love Story (1970)
7/29 - Jeremiah Johnson (1972)

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

Additional Dates


Jul
8
6:00PM

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7:00PM

I Just Had a Baby! Now What?

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

This talk will address what to expect during different stages of the postpartum period. Some common issues facing postpartum mothers, such as breastfeeding, postpartum blues and depression, and physiologic changes experienced by mothers, will be addressed. All are welcome, so feel free to bring your little one(s)!


Jul
10
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Summer Reading: Toddler Time

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

This is a program of stories, songs, and rhymes for 2 to 3-year-olds. First-come, first-served.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
10
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Summer Reading: NASA Challenge

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Using common household items, engineer solutions to problems similar to those NASA encounters on real space missions, like landing equipment on the moon or designing rockets. This program is for teens entering grades 7-12 only.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
11
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Chair Stretching and Guided Meditation

Location: Sunnyside
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


Jul
17
2:30PM

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3:15PM

Summer Reading: Galaxy Bracelets

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Make a space themed bracelet to keep or to give as a gift. All materials will be provided.


Jul
19
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Summer Reading: Picture Book and Craft Time

Location: Sunnyside
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.

4 to 5-year-olds will enjoy space-themed picture book stories and making theme-related crafts.

SunnysideFri, Jul 26, 201910:30AM - 11:30AM
SunnysideFri, Aug 2, 201910:30AM - 11:30AM
SunnysideFri, Aug 9, 201910:30AM - 11:30AM
SunnysideFri, Aug 16, 201910:30AM - 11:30AM

Jul
24
2:30PM

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3:15PM

Summer Reading: Glow in the Dark Lacing Constellations Cards

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Explore the night sky! This craft activity allows youth to learn about constellations.


Jul
31
2:30PM

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3:15PM

Summer Reading: Constellations

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Learn about different constellations such as the Big Dipper, Orion and Taurus and then make your own constellation to take home.


Aug
1
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Summer Reading: Galaxy Painting

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Make an out-of-this-world galaxy painting using a spray bottle technique and sharpie markers! This program is for teens entering grades 7-12.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
7
2:30PM

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3:15PM

Summer Reading: Astronaut Glove Box

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Pretend you are an astronaut in space as you complete different challenges.


Aug
8
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Summer Reading: Sew the Stars

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Learn to embroider by stitching a favorite constellation, or make up your own! This program is for teens entering grades 7-12.


Aug
14
2:30PM

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3:15PM

Summer Reading: Star Constellation Viewer Craft

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Make your own constellation viewer as you learn about the night sky.


Aug
29
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Summer Reading: Teen Closing Celebration

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Join us for our Teen Summer Reading Closing Celebration! Book logs and game boards are due in order to attend. There will be take-home crafts, games, and giveaways. This program is for teens entering grades 7-12.


Dec
4
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Hip and Knee Pain

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Do you suffer from hip or knee pain from arthritis? Come learn some common causes and possible treatments from an orthopedic surgeon from H+H/Elmhurst. All are welcome!


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Sunnyside Community Library has:

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

 

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International Language Collections at the Sunnyside Community Library include:

  • Spanish
  • Korean
  • Chinese
  • Bengali
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Romanian
  • Turkish
  • Portuguese

 

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

  • Citizenship
  • ESOL
  • Graphic Novels

 


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
Holy Mountain Nursery #1
41-05 45th Street
Sunnyside New York , 11104
phone: (718) 361-0601
Holy Mountain Nursery #4
45-08 Skillman Avenue
Sunnyside New York , 11104
phone: (718) 361-0080
Little Friends Sunnyside, Inc.
43-42 47th Street
Sunnyside New York , 11104
phone: (718) 786-4644

Community Board
Queens Community Board #2
43-22 50th Street
Woodside New York , 11377
phone: (718) 533-8773
fax: (718) 533-8777
  

Community Organizations & Services
Sunnyside Community Services
43-31 39th St
Queens New York , 11104
phone: (718) 392-6944
fax: (718) 784-7266
Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce
31-10 Thomson Avenue (suite M222)
Long Island City New York , 11101
phone: (718) 482-6053/8752
Thalia Spanish Theatre
41-17 Greenpoint Avenue
Sunnyside New York , 11104
phone: (718) 729-3880

Fire Department
Engine 325 / Ladder 163
41-24 51st Street
Woodside New York , 11377
  

Local Hospitals
Elmhurst Hospital Center
79-01 Broadway
Elmhurst New York , 11373
phone: (718) 334-4000
  

Local Newspapers
Queens Tribune
Woodside Herald
43-11 Greenpoint Avenue
Sunnyside New York , 11104
phone: (718) 729-3772
fax: (718) 729-8614
Woodside Times

Parks and Playgrounds
Noonan Playground
43rd St & Greenpoint Avenue
Sunnyside New York , 11104
Lou Lodati Playground
43rd St & Skillman Avenue
Sunnyside New York , 11104
 

Police Department
108th Precinct
5-47 50th Avenue
Long Island City New York , 11105
phone: (718) 784-5411
  

Post Office
Sunnyside Station
45-15 44th Street
Sunnyside New York , 11104
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Queen of Angels R.C. School (preK-8)
41-12 44th Street
Sunnyside New York , 11104
phone: (718) 786-2990
St. Raphael’s R.C. School (preK-8)
48-25 37th Street
Long Island City New York , 11101
phone: (718) 784-0482
 

Public Elementary Schools
PS 150(K-6)
40-01 43rd Avenue
Sunnyside New York , 11104
phone: (718) 784-2252
PS 199 (K-4)
39-20 48th Avenue
Long Island City New York , 11104
phone: (718) 784-3431
 

Public High Schools
Aviation Career & Technical HS 610(9-12)
43-30 36th Street
Long Island City New York , 11101
phone: (718) 361-2032
Queens Vocational HS (Q 600) (9-12)
37-02 47th Avenue
Long Island City New York , 11101
phone: (718) 937-3010
 

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
IS 125 (5-8)
46-02 47th Avenue
Woodside New York , 11377
phone: (718) 937-0320
  

Senior Centers
Sunnyside Community Senior Center
43-31 39th Street
Sunnyside New York , 11104
phone: (718) 392-6944
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Jimmy Van Bramer
JVanBramer@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 47-01 Queens Boulevard, Suite 205
Sunnyside NY, 11104
phone: (718) 383-9566
fax: (718) 383-9076
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1833
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-7370
fax: (212) 513-7195
NYS Assembly
Hon. Catherine T. Nolan
NolanC@nyassembly.gov
District Office 47-40 21st Street, Room 810
Long Island City NY, 11101
phone: (718) 784-3194
fax: (718) 472-0648
Albany Office LOB, Room 739
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4851
fax: (518) 455-3847
NYS Senate
Hon. Michael Gianaris
Gianaris@nysenate.gov
District Office 31-19 Newtown Avenue, Suite 402
Astoria NY , 11102
phone: (718) 728-0960
fax: (718) 728-0963
Albany Office Capitol Building, Room 413
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-3486
fax: (518) 426-6929
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  
US Congress
Hon. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
District Office
Legislative Office229 Cannon HOB
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-3965

History

The Sunnyside Community Library serves the area bounded by Skillman Ave. to the north, the Queens-Midtown Expressway to the south, 30th Street to the west, and 52nd Street to the east.
The community name of Sunnyside can be traced back to the 1800s, when the Bragaw family of settlers owned the Sunnyside Hill Farm in western Queens. By 1846 a community of houses, farms, and roadhouses had sprung up in the area north of Queens Boulevard. A railroad station built in 1850 was named the Sunnyside Railroad Station. The area still consisted largely of swamps and farmland until the early 1900s.
In 1902, the Pennsylvania Rail Road began buying up property in Sunnyside, leveling the land and filling in the swamps. In 1909 the Queensboro Bridge opened and in 1915 train service between Manhattan and Long Island City began. During the 1920s, Sunnyside experienced a construction boom in residential units following the expansion of the elevated Number 7 Train.
In 1924, construction began on Sunnyside Gardens, one of the nation's first planned communities. The community is located approximately two blocks north of Queens Boulevard between 43rd and 49th Streets. The planners' aim was to advance a Utopian vision by providing affordable, quality housing in beautiful surroundings for working class New Yorkers. In designing the community, architects Clarence Stein and Henry Wright adapted the English garden city model to an American urban environment. In 1974, the City of New York designated Sunnyside Gardens as a Community Preservation District. It continues to be regarded as an outstanding example of urban planning.
From the 1920s to the 1960s, Sunnyside was made up of predominantly Irish, Italian, and Jewish residents. Today it has become one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Queens. According to 2000 Census data, 61% of Sunnyside residents were born outside the United States. The top 10 countries of origin were Ecuador, Columbia, Korea, Mexico, Bangladesh, China, Dominican Republic, Romania, India, and Ireland.
The first public library facility in Sunnyside opened in 1933 at a location on Queens Boulevard. The Queens Library has been serving the Sunnyside community at its current facility since 1976.  In 2009, the Sunnyside library reopened for service after the completion extensive renovations.
More information about the Sunnyside community is available from the following sources:
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Special Services

Queens Library HealthLink

 

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately one of two American men and one of three American women will have some type of cancer at some point during their lifetime. Queens Library HealthLink seeks to increase access to cancer screening and cancer treatment among medically underserved communities in Queens. Queens Library HealthLink is a partnership between Queens Library, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Queens Cancer Center of Queens Hospital and the American Cancer Society.