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It's #BookTuesday!

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

Our pick for #BookTuesday, June 30 is Killing Monica by Candace Bushnell.

From the author of Sex and the City, Lipstick Jungle and The Carrie Diaries comes an addictive story ...

2015 Summer Reading Program

Join the action this summer and have a blast at the Summer Reading Program at Queens Library. This summer celebrate real-life and fictional heroes, cool books, popular fantasy and graphic novels to the latest in your favorite series.

Summer Reading 2015 begins Thursday, June 4.

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Thank You For Investing In Libraries!

The Mayor and the New York City Council have announced their FY 2016 Budget Agreement. We are very pleased and grateful to share that NYC libraries will receive $43 million citywide in additional funding for FY 2016!

This additional funding will increase access to library programs and services, and allow us to ...

Borrow eBooks and Audiobooks!

Borrow eBooks and Audiobooks for free!  Queens Library offers a variety of methods to access digital books and articles in any language for all age groups. eBooks can be used on a variety of devices such as PCs, laptops, and supported PDAs.

Axis 360 delivers digital Audiobooks and eBooks for library users in ...

Maker Camp 2015 at Queens Library

Maker Camp is a free summer program for kids ages 8 to 12, and Makers of all ages! Join young inventors and artists from around the world too. We make awesome projects, go on epic virtual “field trips,” and meet the world’s coolest makers.

Visit the web page to register or more information. 

Rockaways Summer of Health

Rockaways Summer of Health is a series of programs and events designed to educate and get the Rockaways fit and healthy. Participate in a variety of classes and workshops for a healthy lifestyle such as stress reduction, nutrition and exercise classes.

Get Fit! Get Healthy!

Visit the web page for more ...

Alicia Olatuja, Soul and R&B Concert

Alicia Olatuja sings with a strong, lustrous tone, and mixes elements of classical, jazz, gospel, and pop into her fluid vocalism.  She has played alongside giants like Chaka Khan, Christian McBride, and Bebe Winans.

Free tickets are available on Eventbrite

Submit Your eBook to Library Journal's eBook Awards Contest

The Library Journal will honor the best self-published ebooks in the following genres: Romance, Mystery, Science Fiction, Fantasy.  There will be a winner in each genre and each winner will receive $1,000.00 USD from Library Journal.  

Visit our Self Publish page for more information.

Queens Library Magazine

Welcome to our brand-new publication!

Queens Library Magazine combines great library-themed feature stories and information about all our programs and special events, and it's available now at your neighborhood library or ...

Free Summer Meals

Queens Library is partnering with the NYC Department of Education to provide FREE meals for kids and teens all summer long.

Summer meals are open to all children, 18 and younger, from now until September 4 at twenty-one Queens Library locations.

Enrollment is not required. Meals will be provided ...

Jul
2
1:00PM

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Summer Meals 2015

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

The Summer Meals Program provides children nutritious meals when school is not in session. Queens Library will offer summer meals from June 29th to September 4th from 1 - 2 PM at select community libraries.

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

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Jul
6
2:00PM

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3:00PM

"The Lightning Thief" Book Club

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Join us for a fun summer tackling "The Lightning Thief" by Rick Riordan, with weekly discussions and crafts for ages 8-15.

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

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Jul
7
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Kick-Off to Kindergarten

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: By phone or in person
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 young children learn the key skills they need to be successful in school well before they start kindergarten. During 8 weekly sessions, library staff and early childhood educators will “teach” and “coach” parents and caregivers in using books, games and hands-on activities to help build the most important language skills. Preregistration is required beginning Wednesday, June 17.

WoodhavenTue, Jul 14, 201510:30AM - 12:00PM
WoodhavenTue, Jul 21, 201510:30AM - 12:00PM
WoodhavenTue, Jul 28, 201510:30AM - 12:00PM
WoodhavenTue, Aug 4, 201510:30AM - 12:00PM
WoodhavenTue, Aug 11, 201510:30AM - 12:00PM
WoodhavenTue, Aug 18, 201510:30AM - 12:00PM
WoodhavenTue, Aug 25, 201510:30AM - 12:00PM

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Jul
7
11:00AM

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Introduction to Computers

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.

This 6-week comprehensive course for beginners covers the basics of Internet use, email, Microsoft Word and more. Space is limited. Preregistration is required, beginning May 18.

WoodhavenTue, Jul 14, 201511:00AM - 12:30PM

Jul
7
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Chess Club

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Learn to play, or just play a game, at our chess club for all ages.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
7
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Guitar Lessons

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: By phone or in person
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 8-week guitar course, students will learn chords, songs and scales. Participants must attend all lessons. Space is limited. Preregistration is required in person starting Wednesday, June 17.

WoodhavenTue, Jul 14, 20154:00PM - 5:30PM
WoodhavenTue, Jul 21, 20154:00PM - 5:30PM
WoodhavenTue, Jul 28, 20154:00PM - 5:30PM
WoodhavenTue, Aug 4, 20154:00PM - 5:30PM
WoodhavenTue, Aug 11, 20154:00PM - 5:30PM
WoodhavenTue, Aug 18, 20154:00PM - 5:30PM
WoodhavenTue, Aug 25, 20154:00PM - 5:30PM

Jul
8
10:15AM

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11:00AM

Toddler Music

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Children ages 1-3, accompanied by a parent or other adult caregiver, listen to various types of music, dance and play instruments.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
8
11:15AM

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11:45AM

Mommy or Daddy and Me

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

This is a lap-sit program for babies up to age 1. Parents or caregivers will learn simple rhymes to recite to their baby and have the chance to speak with other parents and caregivers.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
8
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Book Club: Grades K-2

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

There are stories, games and crafts at our book club for younger elementary students.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
8
4:00PM

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5:45PM

Community Reporting Workshop Series: What’s in a Newspaper?

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

At the Woodhaven-based Community Newspaper Project, you'll learn basic newspaper-writing techniques, from descriptive writing to opinion pieces, investigative reporting and more. No experience is required.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
9
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Gardening

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

We need help from kids age 4 and up to nurse our garden into the summer. Be prepared to get dirty!

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

Additional Dates


Jul
9
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Worms and Dirt: Making an Indoor Worm Condo

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Urban Ranger Gabriela from NYC Parks joins us to help make a worm condo for some squiggly friends who will be joining us for the rest of the summer. Learn how worms convert waste into soil as they turn our lunch scraps into rich compost for the garden!


Jul
9
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Cosmetics Tutorial

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.

This 4-week course will show the best way to apply foundation and concealers, will discuss contouring and highlighting, and will explain how to achieve smoky eyes and fuller-looking lips. Preregistration is required beginning June 17.

WoodhavenThu, Jul 16, 20156:00PM - 7:00PM
WoodhavenThu, Jul 23, 20156:00PM - 7:00PM
WoodhavenThu, Jul 30, 20156:00PM - 7:00PM

Jul
10
10:15AM

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11:00AM

Toddler Time

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Toddlers listen to stories, sing songs, enjoy fingerplays and color pages.

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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5:00PM

Movie Night

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Today's feature is "The Incredibles" (2004;PG). Snacks will be provided.


Jul
13
6:00PM

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6:45PM

Story Nights of Wonder

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Each story night, for children ages 3-8, has a different theme, but all are fun and exciting.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
17
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Reading and Writing Help: Grades 3-5, Session 1

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.

Children entering grades 3-5 will practice reading, writing and vocabulary at this three-session, three-week course. Preregistration is required beginning Wednesday, June 17.

WoodhavenFri, Jul 24, 20153:00PM - 4:00PM
WoodhavenFri, Jul 31, 20153:00PM - 4:00PM

Jul
17
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Game Day

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Play one of our many board games! All ages are welcome.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
21
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Genealogy Workshop

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Attend a brief overview of how to use the library version of genealogy website Ancestry.com or just use the computer time to take advantage of this popular resource.


Jul
27
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Microsoft Word for iPad

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Learn to create and edit document on your iPad.


Aug
14
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Reading and Writing Help: Grades 3-5, Session 2

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.

Children entering grades 3-5 will practice reading, writing and vocabulary at this three-session, three-week course. Preregistration is required beginning Wednesday, June 17.

WoodhavenFri, Aug 21, 20153:00PM - 4:00PM
WoodhavenFri, Aug 28, 20153:00PM - 4:00PM

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@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 83-91 Woodhaven Boulevard
Woodhaven NY, 11421
phone: (718) 805-0950
fax: (718) 805-0953
Albany Office LOB, Room 542
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.