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Sunnyside

Our Renewed Promise to the Public

No matter who you are, where you’re from, or where you want to go, we speak your language.

We’re excited to announce our renewed promise to the public and our new look to reflect who we are and the exceptional service you can expect from us.

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Start planning your summer 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, ...

Reading a Woman’s Perspective Is Exciting

Lisa See’s latest novel, The Island of Sea Women, explores a matrifocal society of haenyeo, female divers on the tiny Korean island of Jeju.

It took See eight years to begin her project on the women of the island, who support their families by diving sixty feet for seafood, but once she did, she became ...

Our New JBA Brochures

Every month, Queens Library’s Job & Business Academy (JBA) provides our customers with the technology training, small business help, and job-search assistance they need to succeed—all for free.

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Reality Is Your Friend

Katy Butler lives in California, but she feels a connection to Queens. In 2014, she spoke at Jamaica Hospital about death and dying. Her new book, The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life, explores the same topic.

Butler says her book is different from others about death and dying because it ...

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 ...

Apr
18
4:00PM

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English Conversation Group

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Apr
18
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


Apr
22
3:00PM

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Classic Movie Mondays

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Join us as we celebrate the work of Alfred Hitchcock in April.
4/1 - "Notorious" (1946)
4/8 - "Stage Fright" (1950)
4/15 - "Suspicion" (1941)
4/22 - "North by Northwest" (1959)
4/29 - "I Confess" (1953)

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

Additional Dates


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Apr
23
10:15AM

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12:00PM

Computer Classes for Adults

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.

Would you like to know how to use computers, or how to send an email to a friend or family member? These classes are for you.

Topics covered include:
1) Introduction to computers and how to use the mouse
2) Navigating the Internet
3) Creating your own E-Mail account

SunnysideTue, Apr 30, 201910:15AM - 12:00PM

Apr
25
10:15AM

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12:00PM

Computer Classes for Adults

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.

Would you like to know how to use computers, or how to send an email to a friend or family member? These classes are for you.

Topics covered include:
1) Introduction to computers and how to use the mouse
2) Navigating the Internet
3) Creating your own E-Mail account


Apr
29
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


Apr
30
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Creative Aging: Intermediate Drawing

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Registration is now closed

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.

Additional Dates


May
1
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Sunnyside Book Club

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

We will be discussing "China Dolls" by Lisa See.


May
4
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Free Writing Classes: The Busy Metaphor

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Poet Jared Harél leads this workshop, where participants will be able to analyze poems and generate new poems.

Instructor: Jared Harél


May
6
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Classic Movie Mondays

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Join us for some great classic movies in May.
5/6 - "Shenandoah" (1965)
5/13 - "The Grass is Greener" (1960)
5/20 - "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town" (1936)

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

Additional Dates


May
11
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Telling the Art Deco Story of Sunnyside

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Did you know that Sunnyside has a rich and exciting history told through its beautiful and special Art Deco buildings? Discover the neighborhood's fascinating Art Deco architecture and design of the 1930s and '40s with a slide illustrated talk presented by architectural historian and licensed tour guide Matt Postal. Space is limited. Register online at SunnysideTalk.Eventbrite.com


May
20
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.

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

Additional Dates


May
23
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Printmaking: A Whitney Museum Presentation

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

This is an introduction to the process of creating artworks by printing, normally on paper. This program is presented by the Whitney Museum.


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
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
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
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
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


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.