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Join Us for Banned Books Week!

It’s time for Banned Books Week, the annual event celebrating the right to read—and we're hosting all kinds of great events at the Library!

Banned Books Week (September 23 to 29) brings together the entire literary community—librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all ...

It's #BookTuesday!

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

Our #BookTuesday pick is Fashion Climbing by Bill Cunningham.

For Bill Cunningham, New York City was the land of freedom, glamour, and, above all, style. When he arrived in New York, he reveled in people-watching. He spent his nights at ...

Promote a Lifelong Love of Learning. Donate Now!

Our STACKS afterschool program provides a nurturing environment to read and to do homework. It also encourages participation in other learning activities that help develop life skills.

But we can’t offer programs like this without the support of our community.

Programs like STACKS are made possible thanks to the ...

Older Adults Day at Glen Oaks!

Queens Library's Older Adult Services Program is proud to present Older Adults Day, which will feature FREE health screenings, live entertainment, and information on healthcare, benefits, and other important topics specifically for adults age 50 and older.

In addition to special seminars and activities, there will be more ...

Library Open Houses!

On Saturday, September 29, every Queens Library location will host a Fall Open House so students, families, and others can learn about all our resources and services! All are welcome.

Stop by your community library that day to find everything you and your family need to succeed—from millions of books to ...

Hispanic Heritage Celebrations!

Hispanic Heritage Month 2018 begins September 15, and we’re celebrating with programs and events all month long!

Help us honor the histories and cultures of Hispanic Americans with concerts, dance performances, crafts, cooking classes, and much more!

Hispanic Heritage Celebrations will take place at multiple ...

Discover Your City With Culture Pass!

Start planning your fall 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, a ...

Back-To-School: Get Ready At The Library!

It’s back-to-school time, and a new year of discovery and growth is about to begin.

Come to the Library to get ready for the school year with crafts, storytimes, tours, giveaways, and previews of our fall programs, such as our STACKS after-school program.

Our Back-to-School Guide, with tips on healthy eating, ...

Queens Library’s Back-to-School Guide!

It’s time for kids to go back to school—and we’ve got the perfect guide to help you prepare for a successful school year!

From tips on healthy eating and sleeping to how to talk to your child about their day, our Back-to-School Guide will help smooth the transition from summer to school.

Our guide is ...

Run the River with Queens Library!

Once again, Queens Library is partnering with the Randall’s Island Park Alliance for Run the River, a 5K fun run on Randall’s Island, on Saturday, October 27!

Now in its ninth year, you can run to protect the waterways, wetlands, and recreational areas of Randall’s Island Park. ...

Sep
26
10:15AM

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10:45AM

Storytime

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Children ages 1-3 and their adult caregivers are invited to share books, songs, and fun! Space is limited; please pick up a ticket at the children's libarian desk prior to the program.


Sep
26
11:00AM

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11:30AM

Storytime

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Children ages 1-3 and their adult caregivers are invited for books, songs, and fun! Space is limited; please pick up a ticket at the children's libarian desk prior to the program.


Sep
27
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Mobile Device Computer Classes

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Bring your Google Android or Apple IOS device and learn how to use it.

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

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Sep
27
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Adult Coloring

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Color your stress away with us! Materials will be provided or you can bring your own.

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

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Sep
27
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Know Your Rights: Keep Your Family Safe and Together (in Bengali)

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

In this workshop you will learn how to have a healthy relationship, get a job in the U.S., and learn about your rights for legal options and immigration remedies for victims of domestic violence.

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

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Sep
28
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Toddler Playtime

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Come enjoy an hour of free play with us here at Woodside, as we build with blocks and play with toys! For toddlers ages 1-3 years old and their caregivers.
No registration required, but space is limited. First-come, first-served.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
28
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Chinese Musicians Cunyi Liu and Cheng-Han Huang Perform Traditional Music from China

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Please join Chinese musicians Cunyi Liu and Cheng-Han Huang who will perform traditional music from China using the hulusi, huqui, and electronic wind instruments.


Sep
28
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Chess Club with New York Cares

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

New York Cares offers chess lessons for beginners, and an opportunity for experienced players to get in the games.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
29
10:00AM

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5:00PM

Open House for NYC Schools and Student Success

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

It's back-to-school time! Drop by the Woodside Library and see what we're offering this fall. With a variety of programs for all ages, you're sure to find something you like!


Sep
29
2:00PM

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2:30PM

Slime Club

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Join us to make fishbowl slime! Supplies are limited; first-come, first-served.


Sep
29
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Face Painting

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Join us for face painting with Shahnaz Begum.


Sep
29
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Zumba with Susy

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Certified Zumba instructor Susy Bustamante leads a four-session fitness class for adults. Space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first served basis.


Oct
1
5:30PM

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6:30PM

Gentle Yoga

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Practice gentle, restorative yoga with certified instructor Mirelle Netelle.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
1
6:30PM

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7:30PM

New York Cares Presents: Computers for Beginners

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Learn the basics: how to open an email account, navigate the Internet and use Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel programs.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
1
6:45PM

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7:45PM

Tai Chi

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Practice Mirelle Netelle's beginner Tai Chi for health and well-being, which consists of five elements of qigong, sequences of Tai Chi forms, and 'push-hands'.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
2
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Knitting and Crafts with Shahnaz

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Come knit and make crafts with local artist Shahnaz! Supplies will be provided, but are limited: first- come, first-served.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
2
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Sewing with Shahnaz

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Come learn and practice basic sewing skills with our resident artist Shahnaz. Supplies will be provided, but are limited on a first-come, first-served basis. For 6th grade and up.

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

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Oct
3
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Moving for Life

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Moving for Life incorporates gentle warm-ups, light aerobics, and targeted strengthening in a way that is fun and enjoyable for all! Workouts can be done seated or standing. You are encouraged to do what is comfortable and modify based on your energy, range of motion, or fitness level. We start where you are, so don’t worry if you haven’t been moving in a while. This program is first-come, first- served and for adults 18 and older.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
4
5:45PM

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7:45PM

Halloween Film Festival

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

It's that time of year! Come join us for a frightful flick and celebrate the Halloween season.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
6
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Pathway to US Citizenship: Becoming a US Citizen and Building Your Civic Knowledge

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Are you ready to become a U.S. citizen? Sessions are in English and include a workshop and basic civics education. 10/6- Are you ready to be a U.S. citizen?/Introduction to American history; 10/13 - Required documents and more/Introduction to American government and politics; 10/20- Common barriers to naturalization/American culture and geography; 10/27- 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


Oct
11
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month: Quinoa Superfood, healthy and delicious with Christina Camacho

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Please join nutritionist Christina Camacho for a food preparation and tasting workshop. We will be preparing a healthy and delicious adaptation of traditional fried rice using quinoa, vegetables, and scrambled eggs. For a complete listing of Hispanic Heritage Month programs, visit https://queenslib.org/hispanicheritage2018.


Oct
31
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Mummy Wrap

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Do you like Halloween? Do you like toilet paper? Come take part in Woodside's second annual Mummy Wrap! For kids, tweens, and teens.


Nov
2
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Pokemon Go!

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Come learn about and play Pokemon Go, and play Pokemon cards! For kids, teens, and tweens. (Must provide own phone for Pokemon Go.)

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

Additional Dates


Nov
3
3:00PM

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4:00PM

How to Shop for Healthy Items at the Grocery Store

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Many foods are labeled with healthy sounding words, but are they really good for you and your family? Learn how to read nutritional labels and evaluate the food you are buying. Discover the secrets of efficient grocery store shopping to find the healthiest foods.


Nov
8
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Tenant Rights in Rent Controlled, Rent Stabilized, or Unregulated Apartments

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Central Astoria LDC, which provides housing advice and assistance to the public, presents a workshop on tenant and landlord responsibilites; basic rights of tenants; rent, rent increases and rent surcharges; and complaint forms and procedures.


Nov
10
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Healthy Eating on a Budget

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Eating healthy doesn't have to cost a lot of money. Whether you buy organic, canned, fresh, or frozen foods there are many ways to save. Come and learn some basic money-saving tips and strategies, including couponing, that will help you add healthy foods to your diet and save you money too!


Nov
29
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Insomnia

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Chronic sleeplessness can result in ongoing fatigue, irritability, poor concentration, and increased risk of serious illnesses. It can make us feel terrible and impact how we treat ourselves and those around us. Sleeping better makes us kinder! Give yourself the gift of sleep and self-care by attending this workshop and learning what is getting in the way of your peaceful sleep and how you can sleep better.
Presenter: Merryl Reichbach, LCSW, Program Manager of SHAREing and CAREing


Dec
11
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Stress Management

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

One of the greatest acts of kindness we can do for ourselves is to become aware of our stress and how it’s impacting us (and the people around us), and learn and practice some healthy and simple strategies to manage our stress. In this workshop, we will do just that! We will be doing some brief, light stretching so wear comfortable clothing. Increase the kindness and bring a friend!
Presenter: Merryl Reichbach, LCSW, Program Manager of SHAREing and CAREing


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Woodside Community Library has:

  • 16 Public Computers
  • Free internet access
  • Microsoft Office Software
  • Limited free printing
  • Live homework help online through Tutor.com. Please contact the library for more details.

     

 

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International Language Collections at the Woodside Community Library include:

  • Bengali
  • Chinese
  • Hindi
  • Korean
  • Spanish

 

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

  • Citizenship
  • ESOL
  • Audio Books
  • Large Print
  • Graphic Novels
  • Careers
  • Classical Music
  • Periodicals
  • Rotating Language Collection

 


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 Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
Bright Beginnings
49-22 30th Avenue
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 777-6664
Maspeth Town Hall PS 229
67-25 51st Road
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 446-2120
NYCHA Woodside Community Center
50-19 Broadway
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 932-0771 Rainbow Christian
Rainbow Christian Pre-School & Kindergarten
72-01 43rd Avenue
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 335-3361
Rainbowland Nursery School
39-60 54th Street
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 899-7590
Sports & Arts in School Foundation IS 125
46-02 47th Avenue
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 752-9210
YMCA Virtual Y P.S. 229
67-25 51st Road
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 392-7932
Woodside Children’s Center
50-37 Broadway
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718)-278-3616
Woodside’s Montessori
39-04 61st Street
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 205-7570
Towers Play-N-Learn
60-10A 47th Avenue
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 478-3885
  

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

Community Organizations & Services
Queens Child Guidance Center
60-02 Queens Boulevard
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718)-651-7770 ext. 202
fax: (718)-651-5029
Woodside on the Move
39-42 59th Street
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 476-8449
fax: (718) 476-6946
Anoroc Democratic Club
45-25 47th Street
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 784-2193
VFW Post 2813
51-27 Queens Boulevard
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 335-0700
Catholic War Veterans Post 870
39-46 61st Street
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 476-8539
Kiwanis Club of Sunnyside
45-25 47th Street
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 784-2468
United Forties Civic Association
45th Street and 50th Avenue
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (917) 650-7776
Sunnyside/Woodside Lions Club
42-09 47th Avenue 1B)
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 784-8437
 

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

Local Hospitals
Elmhurst Hospital Center
79-01 Broadway
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 334-4000
Queens Blvd Ext Care Facility
61 - 11 Queens Boulevard
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 205-0288
Family Health Center
57-18 Woodside Avenue
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 898-9494
fax: (718) 898-5023
Western Queens Alcoholism Center
62-07 Woodside Avenue
NY , phone: (718) 898-5085
Woodside Clinic
67-14 41st Avenue
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 458-4243
fax: (718)-458-4481
 

Local Newspapers
Woodside Herald
43-11 Greenpoint Avenue
Sunnyside NY , 11104
phone: (718) 729-3772
fax: (718) 729-8614
Woodside times

Parks and Playgrounds
Bush Park
61st Street, N/S Brooklyn-Queens Expressway
Dough Boy Park
Woodside Ave, Between 54th and 56th Street
Windmuller Park
52nd to 54th Street, Woodside Ave, 39th Road, 39th
Brig Gen Jos T. Hart Memorial Playground
65th to 69th Streets, 37th Avenue, Broadway
Carl R Sohncke Square
Roosevelt Avenue, Woodside Avenue, 58th Street
Winfield Plaza
Woodside Avenue, E/S Brooklyn-Queens Expressway
Woodside Park
Roosevelt Avenue, 60th Street, Woodside Avenue
  

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

Post Office
Woodside Station
39-25 61st Street
Woodside NY , 11377-9997
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
St. Sebastian (PK-8)
39-76 58th Street
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 429-1982
Razi School (PK-12)
55-11 Queens Blvd
Wodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 429-4700
St. Illuminator's Armenian Day (PK-6)
69-23 47th Ave
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 478-4073
Greater New York Academy
41-32 58th Street
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 639-1752
ABC Child Care
66-26 Laurel Hill Boulevard
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 672-2292
B V M Help Of Christians School (PK-8)
70-20 47th Avenue
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 639-8042
Corpus Christi School (PK-8)
31-29 60th Street
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 721-2484
Greater Ny Sda Academy (9-12)
41-32 58th Street
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 639-1752
Jackson Heights School Sda (K-8)
72-25 Woodside Avenue
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 426-5729
St Teresa School (PK-8)
50-15 44th Street
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 784-0178
  

Public Elementary Schools
P.S. 011 Kathryn Phelan (K-6)
54-25 Skillman Avenue
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718)-779-2090
fax: (718) 458-6362
P.S. 012 James B. Colgate (K-5)
42-00 72nd Street
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 424-5905
fax: (718) 424-0207
P.S. 151 Mary D. Carter School
50-05 31 Avenue
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718)728-2676
fax: (718) 545-2028(718) 545-2028
P.S. 152 Gwendoline Alleyne (K-6)
33-52 62nd Street
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 429-3141
fax: (718) 779-7532
P.S. 229 Emanuel Kaplan (PK-7)
67-25 51 Road
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 446-2120
fax: (718) 672-3117
 

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
I.S. 125 Thomas J. McCann (5-8)
46-02 47 Avenue
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 937-0320
fax: (718) 361-2451
  

Senior Centers
Woodside Senior Center
50 - 37 Newtown Road Building 19
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 932-6916
Woodside Senior Assistance Program
61-20 Woodside Ave
Woodside NY , 11377
phone: (718) 779-1234
 

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 1882
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-7370
fax: (212) 513-7195
NYS Assembly
Hon. Brian Barnwell
BarnwellB@nyassembly.gov
District Office 55-19 69th Street
Maspeth NY, 11378
phone: (718) 651-3185
fax: (718) 651-3027
Albany Office LOB, Room 921
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4755
fax: (518) 455-5032
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
US Congress
Hon. Joseph Crowley
District Office 82-11 37th Avenue, Suite 402
Astoria NY , 11372
phone: (718) 779-1400
fax: (718) 505-0156
Legislative Office 1035 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-3965
fax: (202) 225-1909
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Woodside is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Queens. Although it was inhabited by European settlers in the early years, it did not grow substantially until the 1800s because it was a dangerous and isolated area of snake-infested swamps and wolf-inhabited woods. In the1860’s, the first developers, Benjamin W. Hitchcock and John Andrew Kelly, moved in and the Community of Woodside was formed. Kelly built a home that he called “Woodside” after the nearby forests. The name also became popular from a series of newspaper articles he wrote from his home. In 1869, more than one thousand lots were laid out by Benjamin Hitchcock, generating the first massive building of the new village Woodside.

The completion of the Queensboro Bridge and subway tracks allowed more people to migrate into Woodside and the population reached 6000 by 1910. Eventually the city of New York and other developers began building in the area to accommodate the influx of people. Woodside has since grown as a mixed residential, commercial, and manufacturing suburb for working class people.

Public library service didn’t arrive in Woodside until 1908 when the Woodside Improvement Association succeeded in converting Mr. H. Wikters’ General Store into a public library, known as a “traveling library station”. On June 19, 1910, the city-funded branch library opened to the public with Anna Burns as librarian. The library was housed on the first floor of a two-story frame building on the southwest corner of Roosevelt Avenue and 58th Street. During World War I, the library served as a community activity center. The branch later temporarily relocated to a newly built store at 59-12 Woodside Avenue until 1932 when it moved to its permanent location on the southwest corner of 55th Street and Skillman Avenue. In 1963, after the building underwent extensive renovation and rehabilitation, it reopened to the public with a new entrance on Skillman Avenue. The branch building was again updated in 1999, improving access to the building for those with disabilities. The Woodside Community Library primarily serves the area bounded by Northern Boulevard to the north, Maurice Ave to the south, 50th St. to the east, and Brooklyn–Queens Expressway to the west. Among the residents of Woodside, most are immigrants. Chinese immigrants are the largest group. Ecuadorians are the second largest group. Koreans, Colombians, Bangladesh, Filipinos, Asian Indians, Guyanese, Peruvians and Irish are also well represented in Woodside.

More information about the Woodside community is available from the following sources:

Woodside at a glance:www.maxhome.netfirms.com/

Woodside: a tour through the past, present, and culture of a historic urban community:http://users.bestweb.net/~brouwer/

Catherine Gregory: Woodside, Queens County, New York : a historical perspective, 1652-1994.

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.