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Queens Library offers Universal Pre-Kindergarten at our locations in Woodhaven and Ravenswood.  For more information on the Queens Library UPK program, please visit http://connect.queenslibrary.org/756

Sep
22
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Lego Hour

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Come and get your Lego on! Ages 6 & up.

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

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Sep
24
12:00PM

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8:00PM

Don't read these books!

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Help us celebrate Banned Books Week. Browse our selection of banned books, and then tell us about your favorite banned book and win a prize of insurmountable glory! (Almost)

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

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Sep
24
6:00PM

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6:45PM

Story Night

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Join us for an interactive adventure of the imagination! Ages 3-8.

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

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Sep
25
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Toddler Learning Center

Location: Woodhaven
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.

In this five-week class children ages 1-3 years will learn and play with their caregivers. Each week parents will speak with a different specialist in the following categories: parenting, speech development, reading, nutrition, & creative movement. Preregistration required. Limited space. Sign-ups start Wednesday September 5.

WoodhavenTue, Oct 2, 201810:30AM - 12:00PM
WoodhavenTue, Oct 9, 201810:30AM - 12:00PM
WoodhavenTue, Oct 16, 201810:30AM - 12:00PM

Sep
26
10:15AM

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11:00AM

Toddler Music

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Songs, stories, dancing, instruments, marching, and a simple craft. Caregiver must attend. Ages 1-3 years.

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

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Sep
26
11:15AM

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11:45AM

Mommy or Daddy and Me

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Songs, stories, and simple rhymes followed by free play. Ages birth- 1 year. Caregiver must attend.

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

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Sep
26
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Karaoke!

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Belt or croon? Anything goes at karaoke! For all ages.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
27
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Shape Up NYC: Zumba for Adults

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

ShapeUp NYC instructor Annette leads this fitness class designed for adults that includes a combination of high and low impact aerobics and incorporates dance moves to the beat of salsa, merengue, and a variety of music. Space is limited. Bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable clothing. Participation is on 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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Sep
28
10:15AM

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11:00AM

Toddler Time

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Stories, songs, rhymes, and a coloring page. Ages 1-3 years. Caregiver must attend.

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

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Sep
28
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Game Day

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Come and play one of our many board games for the whole family.

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

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Sep
29
10:00AM

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5:00PM

Open House for NYC Schools and Student Success

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Stop by the library and learn about our many school-oriented programs & library resources, find out about volunteer opportunities, attend a school- themed storytime (11AM Ages 3-8), and create a school-themed craft (2PM Ages 6-12).


Sep
29
10:15AM

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10:45AM

Mommy or Daddy and Me

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Stories, songs, and simple rhymes, followed by free play. Caregiver must attend. Ages birth- 1 year.


Sep
29
11:00AM

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11:30AM

Costume Storytime

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Come in costume for an interactive adventure of the imagination! Ages 3-8.

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

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Sep
29
12:00PM

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4:00PM

Voter Drive hosted by ACE

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Are you registered to vote? Don't wait to the last minute! ACE (Alliance for Civic Engagement) will be hosting a voter drive at the Woodhaven library. Find out if you're registered and who is running in your district. Don't miss your opportunity to make your voice heard!


Sep
29
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Craft Time

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Get your craft on! Ages 6-12.


Sep
29
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Herb Craft

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

Join us for a visit to our herb garden and then assemble in our meeting room for a craft using herbs from the garden. Preregistration required. Limited space.


Oct
1
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Meditation for Kids

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Learn the benefits and different techniques of meditation! Ages 5-12.


Oct
1
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Storytime Theater Troupe

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Are you outgoing? Are you not afraid to get silly? Do you like acting? If you answered yes to any of those questions, the Storytime Theater Troupe might be for you! Join us as we turn a fairy tale into a play! Then perform it for children! All participants must have a signed permission slip from parent/guardian. Must attend all classes to participate.

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

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Oct
4
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Movie Night

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Join us as we watch "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993, PG).


Oct
5
10:00AM

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4:00PM

Self-Serve Craft

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Everything is ready and waiting for this self-guided craft for ages 6-12.

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

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Oct
10
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Think Tank

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

How well can you solve a puzzle under pressure? Test your limits of endurance! Be prepared to be frustrated! Ages 8-15.


Oct
15
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Scarecrow Glass Votive

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

Adults, get your craft on! Limited space. Preregistration required.


Oct
17
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Adult Book Discussion

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Join us as we read "Autumn" by Ali Smith.


Oct
17
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Hispanic Heritage Month: Frida Kahlo's A Broken/Feisty Heart

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Claudia Norman, producer and executive director of the Celebrate Mexico Now Festival, will offer a multimedia presentation of Frida Kahlo’s passionate love life that inspired some of her most famous and celebrated works. Fragments of love letters, diary entries, music and, of course, art will bring the feisty artist to life in celebration of her uncompromised spirit in art and love. For a complete listing of Hispanic Heritage Month programs, visit https://queenslib.org/hispanicheritage2018.


Oct
18
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Adult Movie Matinee

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Join us as we watch "Book Club" (2018, PG-13). Light snacks provided or bring your own.


Oct
29
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Haunted House Craft

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Kids ages 6-12, make a haunted house and show your friends the true terror of Halloween!


Oct
31
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Craft of Terror!

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Join us for this not-so-scary craft for ages 5-12 if you dare!


Oct
31
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Haunted Hallway of Horrors!

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

The haunted hallway is back to strike fear into the hearts of children! Beware! Beware! Beware! Ages 8-15. (We're serious. This is kind of scary!) Wear your costume!


Nov
6
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Spelling Bee

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Children in grades 3-8, test your spelling skills and use your newfound power to fight the forces of evil! Or just be a really good speller.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
9
10:15AM

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11:15AM

Bilingual Birdies presents Movin' to Mandarin Storytime

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Preschool children and their parents/caregivers will enjoy a storytime class in Mandarin.


Nov
13
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Animal Show with Jason Reilly

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Join Jason Reilly as he introduces his animal friends. Children will learn where these animals are from, what they eat, when they sleep, and how they protect themselves. Meet frogs, bugs, a bunny, guinea pigs, chinchillas, mice, reptiles, birds, hermit crabs, and a chicken. Enjoy dancing, singing, and a surprise activity at the end of the show.


Nov
15
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Adult Movie Matinee

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Please join us as we watch "Uncle Drew" (2018, PG-13). Light snacks provided or bring your own.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Woodhaven Community Library has:

  • 7 public computers in the Adult room
  • 4 public computers in the Children’s room
  • One additional computer is an online public access catalog (OPAC.

 

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International Language Collections at the Woodhaven Community Library include:

  • Spanish
  • Chinese
  • Bengali

 

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

  • Citizenship
  • YA Assignments
  • Graphic Novels
  • Careers
  • Large Print
  • Home Improvement

 


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
Kids’ Haven
89-21 86th Street
Woodhaven New York , phone: (718)441-8114
Kids’Haven2 Group Family Day Care
First Friends Day Care
107-45 89th Street
Jamaica New York , 11417
phone: (718) 845-8339
Rich Haven Day Care
104-20 89th Avenue
Jamaica New York , 11418
phone: (718) 441-6083
Vip Day Care Center
101-07 Woodhaven Boulevard
Jamaica New York , 11416
phone: (718) 641-2345
 

Community Board
Queens Community Board # 9
120-55 Queens Boulevard, Room 310A
Kew Gardens New York , 11424
phone: (718) 286-2686
fax: (718) 286-2685
  

Community Organizations & Services
Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association
84-20 Jamaica Avenue
Woodhaven New York , 11421
phone: (718) 296-3735
Woodhaven Business Improvement District
84-01 Jamaica Avenue
Woodhaven New York , 11421
phone: (718) 805-2929
Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps
8-15 Jamaica Avenue
Woodhaven New York , 11421
phone: (718) 296-7918

Fire Department
Engine 293
89-40 87 Street
Woodhaven New York , 11421
  

Local Hospitals
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
8900 Van Wyck Expressway
Jamaica New York , 11418
phone: (718) 206-6000
Queens Hospital Center
82-68 164th Street
Jamaica New York , 11432
phone: (718) 883-6500
 

Local Newspapers
Queens Chronicle
62-33 Woodhaven Boulevard
Rego Park New York , 11374
phone: (718) 205-8000
Queens Ledger
69-60 Grand Avenue
Maspeth, New York , phone: (718) 426-7200

Parks and Playgrounds
Equity Park
88th to 89th Avenue, 90th Street
Woodhaven New York , 11421
Forest Park
Woodhaven Boulevard & Forest Park Drive
Woodhaven New York , 11421
 

Police Department
102nd Precinct
87-34 118th Street
Richmond Hill New York , phone: (718)805-3200
  

Post Office
Woodhaven Post Office
86-42 Forest Parkway
Woodhaven New York , 11421-9997
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Saint Thomas Apostle School (Elementary)
87-49 87th Street
Woodhaven New York , phone: 718) 847-3904
St. Elizabeth’s School
94-01 85th Street
Jamaica New York , phone: (718) 641-6990
St. Staninlaus B & M School
90-07 101st Avenue
Ozone Park New York , phone: (718) 845-3188

Public Elementary Schools
PS 60
91-02 88th Avenue
Woodhaven New York , 11421
phone: (718) 441-5046
PS 97
85-52 85th Street
Woodhaven New York , 11421
phone: (718) 849-4870
 

Public High Schools
Richmond Hill High School
89-30 114th Street
Richmond Hill New York , phone: (718) 846-3335
Franklin K. Lane High School
999 Jamaica Avenue
Brooklyn New York , 11208
phone: (718) 647-2100
 

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Elizabeth Blackwell JHS (210)
93-11 101st Avenue
Ozone Park New York , 11416
phone: (718) 845-5942
Robert H. Goddard (202)
138-30 Lafayette Street
Ozone Park New York , 11417
phone: (718) 848-0001
 

Senior Centers
Ozone Park Senior Center
103-12 101st Avenue
Ozone Park New York , 11416
phone: (718) 847-2100
Richmond Hill Senior Center
87-25 118th Street
Richmond Hill New York , 11418
phone: (718) 846-2877
 

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Eric Ulrich
EUlrich@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 93-06 101st Avenue
Ozone Park NY, 11416
phone: (718) 738-1083
fax: (718) 738-1918
Legislative Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1555
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-7069
NYS Assembly
Hon. Michael Miller
MillerMG@nyassembly.gov
District Office 83-91 Woodhaven Boulevard
Woodhaven NY, 11421
phone: (718) 805-0950
fax: (718) 805-0953
Albany Office LOB, Room 519
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-4621
fax: (518) 455-5361
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. Nydia M. Velazquez
District Office 266 Broadway, Suite 201
Brooklyn NY , 11211
phone: (718) 599-3658
fax: 718-599-4537
Legislative Office 2302 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-2361
fax: (202) 226-0327
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Old Woodhaven Village grew and prospered during the years from 1850 to 1900. A large part of the growth was due to the Lalance & Grosjean Manufacturing Co., established by Florian Grosjean. This factory Produced sheet-metal culinary utensils. Grosjean bought a site in Woodhaven in 1863. Woodhaven became a prototype of the factory town in America. The utensil factory changed the course of Woodhaven’s development. Half of Woodhaven’s inhabitants (500) were employed at the factory in 1882. Grosjean’s mansion was on the site of St. Anthony’s Hospital on Woodhaven Blvd.

During that same half century, John Pitkin began buying and then subdividing some of the area’s large estates. By 1852 he had created a tract of land which he called “Woodville.” After buying thelots at auction, the new residents changed the name of the village to Woodhaven, since there was already another town called Woodville further north. Pitkin also purchased several farms and established a shoe factory on the avenue which still bears his name. Even before Pitkin sold his land, Woodhaven was renowned for a world famous racetrack, called the Union Course racetrack. It was referred to as the “tack of the North.” Union Course was opened in 1821, in the area which is now 78th to 86th Street from Jamaica to Atlantic Avenues. In May 1845, almost 100,000 people came to see the big race between Fashion of the North and Peytona of the South. When trotting races became popular, many jockeys, such as Hiram Woodruff and John Murphy, became famous. Flora Temple, William Tell, Patchen, and Dexter were some of the horses that became legends. Dexter Park, a well-known baseball park in Brooklyn, was named after the legendary trotter, Dexter, who won the international trotting title. The famed horse trainer Hiram Woodruff had his stables in that area.

Interesting Facts about Woodhaven and the Neighboring Communities

Nobody knows why it was named after a Canadian-born Secretary of the Interior. Behind the Cordon Blue on Woodhaven Blvd., the remains of the old Wyckoff-Snedeker Burying Grounds, where prominent Dutch farm owners from this are buried their families. The plot dates back to the late 1600’s. Woodhaven Boulevard was once called Trotting Course Lane because it led to the Popular Centerville Trotting Course which opened in 1825.

George Gershwin was born at 242 Snedeker Avenue and Danny Kaye grew up on Bradford Street. Film and TV star Barry Sullivan is a Woodhaven native and Mae West lived on 88th Street. Vince Edwards was a lifeguard at Cypress Hills Swimming Pool.

The house in which Betty Smith wrote “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” still stands across the street from the Woodhaven Library. In this best selling novel, the widow Nolan marries a policeman with a civil service job and moves to Cypress Hills where it is quiet and there are trees.

The murals in the Woodhaven Post Office showing excerpts from the Constitution were created by the world famous modern artist Ben Shahn.

Brian Hyland, a Woodhaven boy, wrote the song “Little Bitsy, Teeney Weeney, Yellow, Polka Dot Bikini.” Carol Heiss from Ozone Park won the 1960 Olympic figure skating medal. The Movie “Queen of the Stardust Ballroom” starring Maureen Stapleton was filed near the Jamaica El.

Library History

The Woodhaven branch was first opened for business on March 4, 1911. Twelve hundred books lined the shelves of the library room, located in a store at the corner of Jamaica and Dennington (now 88th Street) Avenues. It was originally known as Manor Branch: several members of the Manor Literary Society and other citizens started the library as an Extension Department agency in the Brooklyn Manor section of Woodhaven. It was the 18th library to be started in the borough.

In 1919 the name of the library was changed to Woodhaven Branch. The cornerstone for the new building was laid by Mayor Hylan on June 28, 1923. The library, the last to be built by Carnegie funds, was opened on January 7, 1924. Located at 85-41 Forest Parkway, this branch now contains more than 23,000 volumes. In 1933 work was begun on the basement, a remodeling project using CWA funds for material and labor. The basement housed CLASP staff members until 2001. It is now used as the storage and book sale room.