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This Weekend at Queens Library

Join us this weekend for a concert with New York-born violinist Akiko Kobayashi, a Chinese author talk with Lan Jiang and Nancy Wang, the Turkish art of ebru, our celebration of Southeast Queens authors, empowerment storytelling with Ife The Storyteller, an open mic, a creative writing workshop, great activities for older adults, tutoring ...

Launch Your Food Business with Jamaica FEASTS!

Calling all aspiring food entrepreneurs: Jamaica FEASTS is back!

This completely FREE incubator program was created to provide resources to those who are looking to start and run their own food-based business.

Learn the fundamentals with our hands-on workshops, receive a one-on-one session with an industry expert, and ...

Enter the Naturalize NY Lottery!

Green card holders: Enter the Naturalize NY lottery today for the chance to have your citizenship application costs waived!

Winners will receive a $725 voucher to cover the cost of applying for citizenship. The deadline to register for the lottery is Friday, July 28.

You ...

Get Free Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park!

Shakespeare in the Park is one of New York City's most beloved summer traditions—and now you can get your tickets at Queens Library!

Free tickets to Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," performed by the famed Public Theater, will be available at Queens Central Library (89-11 ...

Join Us on Our Mobile Library Tour!

Queens Library's Mobile Library will be touring the borough throughout the month of July.

Visit the Mobile Library to borrow books, sign up for a library card, and more!

Our stops will include public schools, veterans' health care facilities, and the 3rd Annual Battle of the Bands at Queens College's Colden ...

Queens Library 2017 Gala

The Queens Library Foundation’s 2017 Annual Gala will take place on Tuesday, October 17, at the Queens Museum.

Nearly 300 supporters of the Library attended last year’s Gala to pay tribute to our special honorees and the Library’s mission and customers.

This year’s ...

Battle of the Bands Spotlights!

The 3rd Annual Battle of the Bands is less than a week away, and here's where you can learn about our talented contestants.

For today's spotlight, it's last year's third-place finalists, the returning Global Warming! They've played in every Battle of the Bands—is this ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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


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.