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This Weekend at Queens Library

What can you do at the Library this weekend?

Well, you can enjoy the Afro-Venezuelan jazz of Alí Bello & The Sweet Wire Band, plus visit our other Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations, take a SHSAT Practice Exam, borrow a Library HotSpot, play a Pathfinder pen-and-paper RPG, learn the Turkish art of ebru, join creative ...

Citizenship Assistance at Queens Library

There's no better time than now to learn about the citizenship resources at your nearest participating library.

You can come to civic knowledge classes, Know Your Rights workshops about the DACA program, free legal consultations, and naturalization workshops to aid you in the immigration process.

Stay informed and ...

Young Adult Literacy Program: Pre-Register Now!

Are you interested in getting your High School Equivalency, but not sure where to start?

The Young Adult Literacy Program (YALP) is here to help!

This program is open to students ages 16–24, and offers four days of classes per week, as well as one day of service learning and job shadowing to help build your ...

It's a Great Day for Older Adults!

Queens Library's Older Adult Services Program is proud to present our third annual 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, ...

Free Job Readiness Training

Queens Library's Job & Business Academy and the Consortium for Worker Education have partnered to provide a free Job Readiness and Computer Training program for the unemployed or underemployed.

This 9-week training program is a comprehensive series of workshops that offers entry to ...

Free English Classes!

Are you a new American who wants to learn English or improve your English language skills?

You can learn English at Queens Library for FREE!

Join a supportive community of students and teaching professionals at our community libraries. Classes are available for Beginners and at Intermediate and Advanced ...

Back-to-School Events!

It’s that time of year again!

You and your kids can get ready for the new school year and ease the transition back to school by checking out one of Queens Library’s fun programs!

Make crafts, watch a movie, or learn about all the resources available at your library. For more information about each event, you ...

Hispanic Heritage Celebrations!

Hispanic Heritage Month 2017 begins September 15, and we’ll be celebrating with programs and events all month long!

Now through November 2, Queens Library will put the spotlight on the richness of Hispanic heritage and culture. Join us for concerts, dance performances, crafts, cooking classes, movies, and much ...

Queens Library Magazine

The new issue of Queens Library Magazine is out now!

Queens Library Magazine combines great library-themed feature stories and two months' worth of information about our free programs, services, and special events, and it's available at your neighborhood library or ...

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 Loan Program is a free program designed to help NYC ...

Sep
22
1:30PM

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3:00PM

Movie Break

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Come see a movie during your school break! Movies are rated G or PG.


Sep
22
4:00PM

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5:00PM

STEAM Cooking with Teens - Queensboro Hill Library and Elmhurst Library

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

STEM based culinary class. Teens will explore new and exciting foods while sharpening their culinary skills. They will increase their motor and science skills while building their self-esteem and self reliance.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
23
2:30PM

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4:30PM

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

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Are you ready to become a U.S. citizen? Sessions are in English and include a workshop and basic civics education. 9/9- Are you ready to be a U.S. citizen?/Introduction to American history; 9/16 - Required documents and more/Introduction to American government and politics; 9/23- Common barriers to naturalization/American culture and geography; 9/30- 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


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Sep
25
2:30PM

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3:30PM

English Conversation

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

Improve your English with a conversation. Join us and practice your English language skills by talking, listening, and having fun!
Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
25
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Chess Class/Club

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Teens and children can come learn the basics of chess or improve their game.
Location will be in the 2nd floor Sun Room!

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

Additional Dates


Sep
25
5:00PM

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7:00PM

Monday Movie Night

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Come join us at Elmhurst library for a free movie screening. All ages are welcome. Call branch for movie.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
26
4:15PM

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4:45PM

Beginning Reader Storytime

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

An interactive storytime for our youngest readers. Ages 4-7.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
27
11:30AM

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12:00PM

Mother Goose Time

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Simple stories, songs and fingerplays for the lapsit crowd. Ages 0-11 months.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
27
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Lucky Star Craft

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Children in grades K to 6 will make star wands.


Sep
28
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Yung Shing Le Shadow Puppet Theater Troupe Workshop: Shadow Puppets

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

The Yung Shing Le Shadow Puppet Theater Troupe Workshop will help you make shadow puppets that you get to keep. You will have a choice of the Monkey or Ox Devil King. Supplies are strictly limited. On a first-come, first-served basis to the first 30 guests.


Oct
3
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Free Citizenship Classes

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Learn everything you need to know about American history, government and culture to pass the citizenship exam. Register in person at the library on Tuesday, October 3 at 10:00 AM or call 718-278-4303 to preregister in advance. Students should have a copy of their green card when they come to register. Participants must attend the entire 12 week class series. Candidates must be Green Card holders. The first day of class is Registration day when they should have a copy of their Green Card.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
19
5:30PM

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6:30PM

Jazz, Pop, and Soul, from Marvin Gaye to Bruno Mars

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Singer/songwriter Edwin Vazquez and bass player James Grover perform memorable selections such as Marvin Gaye's "Mercy Me," John Legend's "All of Me," Bruno Mars's "Just the Way You Are," U2's "One Love" and Stevie Wonder's immortal "Superstition."


Oct
20
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Toddler Time

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Stories, songs and fingerplays for young children, ages 1-2.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
20
11:30AM

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12:00PM

Picture Book Time

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Stories, songs, fingerplays and coloring for young children, ages 3-4.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
24
4:00PM

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4:45PM

Pumpkin Time!

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Make a paper pumpkin! Ages 4-7


Oct
25
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Spooky Mask Storytime

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Children ages 8 to 12 will hear spooky stories, then make their own unique mask with stick on gems and beads.


Oct
28
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Introduction to the Horror Genre: Workshop by Queens Museum

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

This program will be in Chinese and English.
Ages 16 and up, please.


Dec
1
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Break Dance by The Breaking Institute of the Arts

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

The class explores the history of hip-hop dance in the form of Breaking, Rocking and the development of creative movement. Each student is introduced to the foundation of the dance form to build their own individual style, vocabulary, technique, and flow.

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

Additional Dates


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Elmhurst Community Library has:

  • Free Wireless Internet access
  • Limited free printing

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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International Language Collections at the Elmhurst Community Library include:

  • Bengali
  • Chinese
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Korean
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
  • Urdu

 

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

  • Chinese VCD’s
  • Citizenship
  • Graphic Novels
  • Study Aid/Test Preparation

 


Child Care / Preschools
Community Board
Community Organizations & Services
Fire Department
Local Hospitals
Local Newspapers
Parks and Playgrounds
Police Department
Private / Parochial Schools
Public Elementary Schools
Public High Schools
Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
Red Apple Child Development Center
83-08 Broadway
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 507-1687
Happy Dragon Day Care Center
86-02 57th Avenue
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 507-1687
Little Friends Nursery School
85-03 Britton Avenue
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 458-5415
Little Hands Nursery/Child Care
75-02 51 Avenue
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 899-1532
Star America Inc.
80-07 Broadway
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 396-9739
Star Paradise Inc.
86-55 Broadway
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 478-7361

Community Board
Queens Community Board # 4
46-11 104th Street
Corona NY , 11368
phone: (718) 760-3141
fax: (718) 760-5971
  

Community Organizations & Services
Offices of the Queens Borough President
120-55 Queens Boulevard
Kew Gardens NY , 11424
phone: (718) 286-3000
Elmhurst Community Services Inc.
88-22 Corona Avenue
Elmhurst NY , 11373
Elmhurst Economic Development Corporation
87-02 Queens Blvd.
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 396-9413
fax: (718) 458-0539
Family Lawyer Foundation
91-31 Queens Blvd. Suite 5
Elmhurst NY , 11373
Human Services Foundation
87-08 Justice Avenue
Elmhurst NY , 11373
Salvation Army - Queens Temple Community Center
86-07 35th Avenue
Queens NY , 11372
phone: (718) 335-3693
South Asian Youth Action
54-05 Seabury Street
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 651-3484
fax: (718) 651-3480
  

Fire Department
Engine Company 287 Ladder 136
86-55 Grand Ave
Elmhurst NY , 11373
  

Local Hospitals
Elmhurst Hospital Center
79-01 Broadway
Elmhurst NY , phone: (718)334-5207
  

Parks and Playgrounds
Veterans Grove
Between Whitney Ave, Judge St, and 43 Ave
Newtown Playground
92 Street and 56 Avenue
Frank D. O'Connor Playground
Broadway and 78th Street

Police Department
110th Precinct, Elmhurst
94-41 43rd Avenue
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 476-9311
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Ascension (PK-8)
86-37 53 Ave
Flushing NY , 11373
phone: (718) 335-9755
Cathedral Prep. Seminary (9-12)
56-25 92 St.
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 335-9755
St. Adalbert's (K-8)
52-17 St.
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 424-2376
St. Bartholomew (PK-8)
44-15 Judge St.
Flushing NY , 11373
phone: (718) 898-0096
fax: (718) 446-7575
  

Public Elementary Schools
P007 Louis F. Simeone
80-55 Cornish Ave
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 446-2726
fax: (718) 397-7916
P013 Clement C. Moore (K-5)
55-01 94 St.
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 271-1021
fax: (718) 669-3008
P089 Elmhurst (K-5)
85-28 Britton Ave
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 898-2230
fax: (718) 672-3066
P102 Bayview (K-6)
55-24 Van Horn St.
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 446-3308
fax: (718) 672-3101
Q855 51 Avenue Academy
76-05 51 Ave
Elmhurst NY , 11373
 

Public High Schools
Q455 Newtown High School (9-12)
48-01 90 St.
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 595-8400
fax: (718) 699-8584
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
I005 Walter H. Crowley (6-8)
50-40 Jacobus Street
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 205-6788
fax: (718) 429-6518
  

Senior Centers
Institute of Puerto Rican & Hispanic Elderly (IPRHE) Elmhurst-Jackson Heights Senior Center
75-01 Broadway #3
Flushing NY , 11373
phone: (718) 478-7171
fax: (718) 478-3844
Italian Charities Senior Center
83-20 Queens Blvd.
Flushing NY , 11373
phone: (718) 335-7272
Maspeth Senior Center
69-61 Grand Ave
Flushing NY , 11378
phone: (718) 429-3636

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Daniel Dromm
DDromm@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 37-32 75th Street, 1st Floor
Jackson Heights NY, 11372
phone: (718) 803-6373
fax: (718) 803-9832
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1826
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-7066
fax: (718) 803-9832
NYS Assembly
Hon. Jeffrion L. Aubry
AubryJ@nyassembly.gov
District Office 98-09 Northern Blvd.
Corona NY , 11368
phone: (718) 457-3615
fax: (718) 457-3640
Albany Office LOB, Room 646
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4561
fax: (518) 455-4565
NYS Senate
Hon. Toby Ann Stavisky
Stavisky@nysenate.gov
District Office 142-29 37th Avenue, Suite 1
Flushing NY, 11354
phone: (718) 445-0004
fax: (718) 445-8398
Albany Office Room 706, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-3461
fax: (518) 426-6857
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
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Elmhurst occupies a site in the northwest part of Queens. It is a heavily urbanized area with endless rows of houses, high-rise apartments, and mega-chain stores. Elmhurst is the modern name for the old Newtown Village. The village of Newtown (Elmhurst) was settled in 1652 and named Middleburg after a city in the Netherlands. In 1663, by a proclamation of the king of England, the name was changed to Hastings, after the town in England. Two years later it was officially named New Towne, soon shortened to Newtown.

On January 1, 1898, when it became part of New York City, the name Elmhurst was adopted for the entire village. The name Elmhurst was chosen because of the many elm trees that grew in the area, especially the large elm tree in front of John Furman’s store, the site now occupied by the library.

The residents of Elmhurst are mainly Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean, Mexican, and other Hispanic immigrants. In fact, Elmhurst is one of the most diverse, concentrated areas in the entire world. Houses of worship include The Reformed Church of Newtown., established in 1731; and The Saint James Episcopal Church.

Beginning in May 1900, residents began planning for the library. In 1901 a mass meeting was held to obtain a Carnegie grant. Construction began in 1904, and the “Carnegie Library Building at Elmhurst” was officially opened on March 31, 1906. The grounds were beautifully landscaped with terraces, rock gardens, and a pool. The book collection numbered 3003.

In 1932 a new reference collection of over 2,000 volumes was purchased. A listing of these titles was published in pamphlet form. In the late 1940’s the Elmhurst-Jackson Heights American Legion began making donations toward a memorial collection. Each Memorial Day the Legion still gives money to the library for this collection. One of the first record collections in the Queens Library system was started at the branch when residents contributed money in the memory of Miss Portia Conklin, who was branch librarian at Elmhurst up to the time she died in 1947.

Alterations in 1980 left intact the original plaster ceiling and a Colonial Revival style wooden mantel decorated the library seal in the Children’s Room. In 1985 a new circulation desk and lighted display shelves were installed. An Adult Learning Center, specializing in English and literacy classes, was constructed.

In 2000 new windows, roof, and mechanical systems were installed and the interior was renovated. A modern handicapped access ramp and concrete steps with an aluminum pipe rail have been installed at the entrance. The landscape around the library is a community garden today, which dedicated volunteers maintain.

In 2005 a new initiative has been launched for the design of a new library facility and extension of the current site. This will allow the Elmhurst Library to expand and enhance the services it provides to its customers.

The Elmhurst Community Library currently serves its diverse community through a number of entertainment and educational programs, classes, and print and media collections focusing on customers’ diverse interests and needs. It is no longer just an information service provider; it is a center for the dynamic community’s activities.

Sources:

Sanjek, Roger. The Future of Us All: Race and Neighborhood Politics in New York City. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1998.

Seyfried, Vincent F. Elmhurst: From Town Seat to Mega-Suburb. 1995.

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.