Help for Teens on the Road to College!

College planning may feel overwhelming, with many tasks and forms to complete.

Queens Library for Teens is here to help teens through the process!

Teens can attend these upcoming college programs and learn about writing scholarship essays, take a visit to a simulated college campus, and much ...

Dreams Start Here: the Queens Library Foundation 2016 Autumn Gala

We cordially invite you to help inspire, educate, and celebrate children on Wednesday, October 26 at our 2016 Autumn Gala!

The Gala will benefit programs and services for children and adolescents that inspire them to learn, grow, and achieve their dreams.

We will also honor our ...

What's Your Favorite Scary Story?

Halloween is on its way, and we asked our librarians to share some favorite terrifying tales from books, movies, children’s literature, and more!

Do you want to add your favorite scary story to the list? Email us at socialmedia@queenslibrary.org with your gruesome ...

It's #BookTuesday!

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

Our #BookTuesday pick for October 25 is Dark Matter by Blake Crouch.

"Are you happy with your life?"

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before a masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakens ...

Free Home Internet Access for Eligible NYC Students!

Do you know a New York City public school student with no home Internet access?

Their family may be eligible to borrow a hotspot from Queens Library and get FREE Internet service at home!

The ConnectED Library Hotspot Program is a free program designed to help NYC ...

Run the River with Queens Library!

Run with the Randall’s Island Park Alliance and Queens Library on Saturday, October 29 to protect the waterways, wetlands, and recreational areas of Randall’s Island Park!

Run the River is a five-kilometer fun run that starts and ends at the famed Icahn Stadium. It's ideal for both ...

Our New Music For October!

Looking for new music? Look no further than your local Queens Library!

Every month, our expert staff will bring you the best of what's new in our physical and digital collections.

This month features music from Radiohead, Jake Owen, YG, Fantasia, Heart, Bastille, Justin Moore, Tamela Mann, Needtobreathe, and ...

Two Paths to High School Equivalency!

The Adult Learner Program at Queens Library provides two paths to High School Equivalency (HSE)—both are completely FREE with your Queens Library card, and both are offered in partnership with the NYS Education Department.

The Test Assessing Secondary Completion is a state-of-the-art, ...

Get Help From a Financial Coach

Are financial problems causing you stress?

You can make an appointment to see a financial coach at Queens Library!

A financial coach can help you develop the skills you need to manage money and gain financial stability.

You can get free advice on various topics like reviewing and understanding your credit report, ...

Buy-A-Book for Queens Library

Did you know that every children’s book you buy for Queens Library will be read by 40 or more kids?

You can help the youngest members of our communities—and many others—explore their dreams through Queens Library’s Buy-A-Book program.

For every $25 you donate, a bookplate with ...




Family Movie: "Zootopia"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

"Zootopia" (rated PG, 2016) In a city inhabited by anthropomorphic animals who have abandoned traditional predator/prey roles in favor of civilized coexistence, uptight rabbit police officer Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) is forced to work with charismatic fox con artist Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) to crack a major case involving the mysterious disappearance of some carnivorous citizens.




Mother Goose

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-18 months and their parent/caregiver are invited to join us for simple picture books, nursery rhyme fingerplays, and play time.

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

Additional Dates




Toddler Time

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 18-36 months and their parent/caregiver are invited to join us for simple picture books, nursery rhyme fingerplays, songs, and play time.

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

Additional Dates




Family Movie: "Norm of the North"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

"Norm of the North" (rated PG, 2016), in this animated comedy for the whole family, an oddball polar bear named Norm (voice of Rob Schneider) is outraged when he learns that human beings are planning to build condos in his Arctic home. He and three lemming pals decide to go to New York City to confront the real-estate developer responsible.




Family Movie: "Prancer"

Location: Briarwood
Registration: Not required

"Prancer" (rated G, 1989) if you know the Clement Clark Moore poem, you'll know that Prancer is one of Santa Claus' "eight tiny reindeer." When 9-year-old Rebecca Harrell, who still believes in Santa despite the remonstrations of her parents and the taunts of her peers, stumbles across the selfsame Prancer in a remote part of the forest, no one will believe the girl.

Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Briarwood Community Library has:

  • 5 public computers for Adults
  • 4 public computers for Juneniles
  • 3 public computers for the Young Adults
  • Wireless access(For wireless access information see Wireless Policy)
  • Free Internet Access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing


Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.









International Language Collections at the Briarwood Community Library include:

  • Spanish
  • Chinese
  • Russian
  • Hindi
  • Hebrew


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

  • Black Experience
  • New Americans Program (ESL)


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
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
A To Z Learning Center
123-21 Jamaica Ave.
Queens NY , 11418
phone: (718) 805-4400
Bovov World Wide HS
83-06 Abingdon Rd.
Queens NY , 11415
Briarwood Early Childhood Center
139-76 85th Drive
Queens NY , 11435
phone: (718) 297-5288
Iras's Parkway Toodlers Program
141-20 Grand Central Parkaway
Queens NY , 11435
phone: (718) 526-1803
Kids Palace
84-75 Daniels Street
Queens NY , 11435
phone: (718) 658-7818
Sholom Day Care
82-52 Abingdon Road
Queens NY , 11415
Yeshiva Tifereth Moshe DC
83-06 Abingdon Rd
Queens NY , 11415
phone: (718) 846-7300

Community Board
Community Board District #8
197-15 Hillside Avenue
Hollis NY , 11423
phone: (718) 264-7865
fax: 718-264-7910

Community Organizations & Services
Briarwood Community Association
139-15 Pershing Crescent
Briarwood NY , 11435
phone: (718) 297-4542 or (718) 297-9680

Fire Department
Engine 298
153-11 Hillside Avenue
Queens NY , 11432

Local Hospitals
Queens Hospital Center
82-68 164th Street
Queens NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-3000
Jamaica Hospital Center
8900 Van Wyck Expwy.
Queens NY , 11418
phone: (718) 206-6000
Mary Immaculate Hospital
152-11 89th Avenue

Local Newspapers
Jamaica Times
41-02 Bell Blvd
Bayside NY , 11361
phone: 718-260-4545

Parks and Playgrounds
Briarwood Playground
148th St and 85th Avenue
Manton Playground
Manton Street and 83rd Avenue

Police Department
107th Precint
71-01 Parsons Blvd.
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718) 969-5100

Post Office
Briarwood Finance Station
138-69 Queens Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11435-9996
phone: (800) 275-8777

Private / Parochial Schools
Archbishop Molloy High School
83-53 Manton Street
Briarwood NY , 11435-1697
phone: (718) 441-2100
fax: (718) 849-8251
Ezra Academy (Grades 7-12)
119-45 Union Turnpike
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 263-5500
Kew-Forest School (Grades K-12)
119-17 Union Turnpike
Forest Hills NY , 11375-6143
phone: (718) 268-4667
Our Lady of the Cenacle School
87-25 136th St.
Richmond Hill NY , 11418
phone: (718) 657-6690
St. Nicholas of Tolentine School (Grades Pre-K-8)
80-22 Parsons Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 380-1900
Yeshivat Ohr Haimm
82-52 Abingdon Rd.
Kew Gardens NY , phone: (718) 633-2540
Yeshiva Tifereth Moshe
83-06 Abingdon Rd.
Kew Gardens NY , phone: (718) 846-7300

Public Elementary Schools
PS 82 Hammond
88-02 144 Street
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 526-4139
fax: (718) 297-0290
PS 99 Kew Gardens
82-37 Kew Gardens Road
Kew Gardens NY , 11415
phone: (718) 544-4343
fax: (718) 544-5992
PS 117 Joyce Keld/Briarwood School
85-15 143 Street
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 526-4780
fax: (718) 297-1796

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
JHS 217 Robert A. Van Wyck School
85-05 144 Street
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 657-1120
fax: (718) 291-3668

Senior Centers
BFFY Hillcrest Senior Center
168-01b Hillside Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 297-7171
Young Israel Queens Valley Senior Center
141-55 77th Avenue
Flushing NY , 11367
phone: (718) 263-6995

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Rory Lancman
District Office Address 78-40 164th Street
Hillcrest NY , 11366
phone: (718) 217-4969
fax: (347) 561-6116
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1773
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-6956
fax: (212) 676-0471
NYS Assembly
Hon. Michael A. Simanowitz
District Office Address 159-06 71st Avenue
Flushing NY, 11365
phone: (718) 969-1508
fax: (718) 969-8326
Albany Office LOB, Room 742
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4404
fax: (518) 455-5408
NYS Senate
Hon. Leroy Comrie
District Office 113-43 Farmers Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 454-0162
fax: (718) 454-0186
Albany Office Room 617, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2701
fax: (518) 455-2816
US Congress
Hon. Grace Meng

District Office Address 40-13 159th Street
Flushing NY, 11358
phone: (718) 445-7860
fax: (718) 445-7868
Legislative Office 1317 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-2601
fax: (202) 225-1589
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Hon. Bill de Blasio


The present Briarwood community stretches from Union Turnpike on its northern side to Hillside Avenue and Queens Blvd., to Parsons Blvd. on its the eastern side. The Briarwood area of Queens was undeveloped until after the turn of the century. In 1907 real estate developer Herbert A. O’Brien formed the Briarwood Land Company to develop the area between Parsons Blvd. and Queens Blvd. The name “Briarwood” was suggested by Mrs. O’Brien because the area was heavily wooded and full of briars. The company went bankrupt and the area remained undeveloped. In 1936 Briarwood Estates Development Corporation began selling homes in the area. In an ad in the 1939 World’s Fair News it proclaimed “You owe it to yourself to visit Briarwood Estates, a refined residential community”; however the area didn’t fully develop until after WWII when returning GI’s settled in the area. Of note, Archbishop Molloy High School is located across the street from the library at 83-53 Manton Street. It was opened in 1957. The population of Briarwood has grown from only a few residents at the turn of the century, to 10,000 in 1940, to its current population of almost 30,000 residents who reside in over 2,000 private homes and over 100 apartment buildings. The Briarwood Branch of the Queens Library was opened in 1975.


About Briarwood by Seymour Schwartz, President of the Briarwood Community Association (pamphlet)

Briarwood by Gerhard Heese, 1st Vice President of the Briarwood Community Association (pamphlet)