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Woodhaven

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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

Jan
23
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Reading and Writing Help for 3rd, 4th, & 5th Graders

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.

Practice for the ELA and improve comprehension, writing, and vocabulary for 3, 4, & 5 graders. Preregistration required. Limited space. Sign-ups start on Monday, December 18.

WoodhavenTue, Jan 30, 20183:00PM - 4:00PM

Jan
23
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Spelling Bee

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Test out your spelling skills! There will be a 3rd and 4th grade competition and a 5th and 6th grade competition. Sign-ups start Tuesday January 2nd. Until then, good luck and good night!


Jan
24
10:15AM

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11:00AM

Toddler Music

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

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

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

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Jan
24
11:15AM

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11:45AM

Mommy or Daddy and Me

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Simple rhymes, songs, and stories. Followed by free play. Caregiver must attend. Ages Birth-1 year.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
24
4:00PM

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5:00PM

S.T.E.A.M.

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Join us for hands-on activities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math. For ages 8-15.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
25
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Adult Movie Matinee

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Please join us as we watch "Girl's Trip" (2017, rated R). Light snacks provided or bring you own.


Jan
26
10:15AM

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11:00AM

Toddler Music

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

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


Jan
26
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Game Day

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Play one of many board games. For the whole family.


Jan
27
10:15AM

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10:45AM

Mommy or Daddy and Me

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Jan
27
11:00AM

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11:30AM

Musical Story Time

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Join us for an interactive adventure of the imagination! Children must be accompanied by caregivers. For ages 3-8.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
27
2:00PM

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3:15PM

Pop Music Meets Flamenco and Modern Dance

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Recording Artist/singer/guitarist Edwin Vazquez mixes the dance styles of modern dance and flamenco with pop music.


Jan
27
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Arts and Crafts

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Crafts are for the people! In this case, the ones that are between ages 6 -12.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
27
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Lego Hour

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Get your Lego on! For children ages 6 and up.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
29
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Healthy Homes

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Come learn from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene about:
-Lead poisoning and sources of lead
-How to control pests safely
-How to prevent and get rid of bedbugs
All are welcome. For more information, please call (646) 632-6023


Jan
29
5:00PM

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7:00PM

Financial Literacy & Mobile Banking

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

Listos Clic Avance is a micro learning video series. This 4 part workshop series will be incorporated into a 6 week Financial Literacy program where customers will learn to download and navigate finance and banking apps. They will also learn how to deposit checks from their phone, pay bills online and create budgets. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 347-272-4875 and to register visit queenslibrary.org.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
30
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Pokemon Battle

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Test out your Pokemon card playing skills. Must bring your own Pokemon cards along with your sense of fair play, fun, and down to the wire Pokemon excitement! Ages 5-12.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
31
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Karaoke!

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Sing your heart out! Or just watch. For the whole family.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
1
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Movie Night

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Join us as we watch "The Lego Ninjago Movie" (PG 2017). Light snacks provided or bring your own.


Feb
1
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Shape Up NYC: Zumba for Adults

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Annette Pagan leads this fitness class designed for adults that includes a combination of high and low impact aerobics 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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Feb
2
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Broken Heart Week: Blind Date with a Book

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Choose a mystery book for your next great read! For the entire month of February, you can choose a book for a literary blind date. Let us know what you think and be entered into a raffle to win a box of candy!
For all Broken Heart Week programs, visit http://queenslib.org/BHW18

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

Additional Dates


Feb
3
10:00AM

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4:00PM

Self Serve Craft

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Make a craft on your own! Available all day. For ages 6-12.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
3
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Pathway to U.S Citizenship: Becoming a U.S. Citizen and Building Your Civic Knowledge

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Are you ready to become a U.S. citizen? Sessions are in English and include a workshop and basic civics education. 2/03- Are you ready to be a U.S. citizen?/Introduction to American history; 2/10- Required documents and more/Introduction to American government and politics; 2/17- Common barriers to naturalization/American culture and geography; 2/24- Naturalization interview and beyond/Review of 100 questions.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
5
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Meditation for Kids

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

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


Feb
6
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Reading and Writing Help for 3rd,4th, & 5th grade

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.

Practice for the ELA and improve comprehension, writing, and vocabulary. For 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade. Preregistration required. Space is limited. Sign-ups start Monday January 22, 2018.

WoodhavenTue, Feb 13, 20183:00PM - 4:00PM
WoodhavenTue, Feb 20, 20183:00PM - 4:00PM
WoodhavenTue, Feb 27, 20183:00PM - 4:00PM

Feb
6
4:00PM

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5:00PM

"The Maze Runner" Book Discussion Group

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Get a free copy of "The Maze Runner" to read and discuss! Limited supplies, get your free book starting January 2, 2018!


Feb
7
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Broken Heart Week: Valentine's Day Craft

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

How dost thou love me? By making a craft, of course! Ages 6-12.
For all Broken Heart Week programs, visit http://queenslib.org/BHW18


Feb
14
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Broken Heart Week: Love Me Not Karaoke

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Sing a love song to your loved one or sing a lonely song for your lonely heart. It's all good! For the whole family! For all Broken Heart Week programs, visit http://queenslib.org/BHW18


Feb
15
4:00PM

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5:45PM

Broken Heart Week: Sing-Along Screening of "Frozen"

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

When their kingdom becomes trapped in perpetual winter, fearless Anna joins forces with mountaineer Kristoff and his reindeer sidekick to find Anna's sister, Snow Queen Elsa, and break her icy spell. Join us for a screening and sing-along of favorite songs such as “For the First Time in Forever”, “Fixer Upper”, and “Let It Go”.
For all Broken Heart Week programs, visit http://queenslib.org/BHW18


Feb
21
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Adult Book Discussion

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Please join us as we read "Lincoln in the Bardo" by George Saunders.


Feb
21
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Arts and Crafts

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Make a craft and help make the world a better place! Ages 6-12.


Feb
22
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Adult Movie Matinee

Location: Woodhaven
Registration: Not required

Please join us as we watch "The Glass Castle" (2017, rated PG-13). Light snacks will be provided or bring you 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.