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Elmhurst Community Library Grand Opening

Queens Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott invites you to the grand opening of the Elmhurst Community Library on Tuesday, December 20 at 12 p.m.

Please join us and honored guests for the ribbon-cutting ceremony as we mark this wonderful occasion for the Elmhurst community. There will also ...

The 32nd Annual Langston Hughes Kwanzaa Celebration

Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center proudly invites you to their 32nd Annual Kwanzaa Celebration!

Co-sponsored by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and New York State Assembly Member Jeff Aubry, this all-day event will feature music, folktales, and other live ...

Lincoln Center Local Presents The Nutcracker!

Lincoln Center has partnered with Queens Library to bring a free holiday treat for the whole family to a library near you!

In this special screening of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker ®, Tchaikovsky’s beloved melodies transport the young and young at heart to a magical world where mischievous mice besiege a ...

Upcoming NYCitizenship Information Sessions

Queens Library has partnered with the NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs to bring you NYCitizenship, a program to assist New Yorkers along the path to citizenship.

Attend our upcoming information sessions with the NYCitizenship attorney to find out how to apply for citizenship easily, the benefits of ...

Video Visitation at Queens Library

Video visitation is a free program offered at libraries across the city that connects a live video feed between participating library locations and NYC Department of Corrections facilities, allowing incarcerated New Yorkers to talk, read, and share stories together with their loved ...

Your Donation Will Be Matched Dollar for Dollar*

For every $25 you donate, a new book will be added to the collection containing a bookplate with your name (or the name of someone you wish to recognize). $50 will buy two books, and so on.

*Thanks to a generous matching gift from Bloomberg Philanthropies, every Buy-a-Book donation you designate to a library will ...

Donate A Coat at Queens Library!

This holiday season, Queens Library is participating in the New York Cares Coat Drive!

Queens residents can visit 43 community library locations to donate new and gently used winter coats that will be distributed to men, women, and children in need.

Each year, more than 100,000 coats are collected across ...

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 ...

Adult Learner Program: Pre-Register Now!

Queens Library's Adult Learner Program provides lifelong learning opportunities to address the needs of the diverse and changing populations of Queens through FREE quality educational programs.

The following programs are offered at our seven Adult Learning Centers (located at Central Library, ...

Teen Podcast Workshop

Teens—have you ever wanted to create your own radio podcast?

Kids ages 12-19 can still join our FREE workshops at Queens Library for Teens in Far Rockaway and Central Library’s Teen Center!

Polish your presenting skills, learn how to record and edit audio, and ...

Dec
9
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Knitting & Crocheting Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

If you are looking for a place to share your "purls" of wisdom and experience, please join us! Bring your own knitting and Crocheting material.

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

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Dec
9
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Kids Chess Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Children age 7 and up are welcome.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
9
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Family Board Game Time

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Children age 6+ and their families are invited to play a variety of board games.

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

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Dec
9
3:30PM

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4:45PM

Chess Class for Beginners

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Three-session of beginning level chess instructions for children and parents

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

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Dec
12
10:00AM

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10:30AM

Mother Goose Time

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Infants age 30 months and under enjoy 1/2 hour of nursery rhymes, songs, fingerplays and simple picture books.
Ages: Newborn - 30 months

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

Additional Dates


Dec
12
12:00PM

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1:00PM

What is Depression?

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

This program will discuss what is and what is not meant by clinical depression. Come and learn about signs and symptoms of depression, and ways it might be treated.


Dec
12
6:00PM

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7:00PM

English Conversation Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Is English your second or third language? Do you want to improve your speaking skills? Practice at the library with native speakers!

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

Additional Dates


Dec
13
1:15PM

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3:00PM

Scrabble Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Come play Scrabble, the word game that has been played for generations!

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

Additional Dates


Dec
13
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Homework Help

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Children and tweens [K-5th grade] who need help with homework in ELA and Math can come in and work with our volunteer homework helpers. Private tutoring is not available.


Dec
14
12:00PM

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2:30PM

Mahjong Club

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Join in the fun and camaraderie of mahjong in our non-instructional weekly session.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
15
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Getting Money for Business ---Korean

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

In the life of almost every business, there comes a time when additional money is needed. Want to know how and where to get the money?

Topics:
• What are your sources of financing
• How loan decisions are made
• What are some alternative sources of financing

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

Additional Dates


Dec
17
2:30PM

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4:45PM

Monthly Saturday Afternoon Film Screening

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

We will screen featured films for adults on a Saturday afternoon each month. Film titles will be announced in the monthly branch calendar.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
19
2:00PM

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3:45PM

International Film Screening and Discussion Series

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

"Marie Story" Country: France
Based on true events, Marie's Story recounts the courageous journey of a young nun and the lives she would change forever, confronting failures and discouragement with joyous faith and love.


Dec
29
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Adult Book Discussion: "Defending Jacob"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Adult Book Discussion "Defending Jacob" By: William Landay


Jan
9
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Monthly Monday Afternoon Movie Time

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

We will screen featured films for adults on one Monday afternoon each month. Film titles will be announced in the monthly branch calendar.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
14
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Good Old Rock n Roll Show

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Eddie Isaacs presents "Good Old Rock n Roll Show." Great rock-n-roll, toe tapping songs from the fifties.


Jan
23
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: Danny Elfman’s Music From The Films Of Tim Burton

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

In this screening of a concert originally performed in July 2015, Danny Elfman vividly conjures his unforgettable Tim Burton film scores-including "Batman," "Beetlejuice," "Edward Scissorhands," and "Nightmare Before Christmas."


Jan
26
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Relaxation Through Meditation

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Renate Lanotte, MS LCSW, Psychotherapist and long time meditator, discusses how meditation can evoke a deeper state of relaxation and more peace within. She also presents a powerful meditation technique which you can practice that can help in all aspects of your life.


Jan
30
2:00PM

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3:45PM

International Film Screening and Discussion Series

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

"Secrets Of War" Country: Netherlands
Inseparable childhood friends in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands find their loyalty severely tested in this coming-of-age film. Once a dark-haired girl with a mysterious identity arrives, the boys compete for her attention-setting in motion a series of high-stakes events that will alter the lives of all three youths.


Feb
4
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Lunar New Year Origami with Ms. Joy Hsiao

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of making origami celebrating the Lunar New Year. Materials will be available for up to 30 participants


Feb
13
2:00PM

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3:45PM

International Film Screening and Discussion Series

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

"My Love, Don't Cross That River" Country: South Korea
Observing this fragile couple for 15 months, director Mo-Young Jin acts as a fly-on-the-wall, capturing their twilight days with tender moments that reveal simple acts of affection-from a good-natured leaf fight to gentle caress of the cheek.


Feb
18
2:00PM

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4:15PM

Film Screening: "Bridget Jones's Baby"

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

"Bridget's focus on single life and her career is interrupted when she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch ... she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby's father. "


Feb
27
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: In Need of Music: The Songs of Ben Toth

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

Considered a singer's composer, Ben Toth has served as musical director and vocal coach to some of the biggest stars on Broadway. Enjoy a screening of an intimate showcase of new songs by Ben Toth performed by Cheyenne Jackson and Lindsay Mendez.


Mar
20
2:00PM

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3:45PM

International Film Screening and Discussion Series

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

"The Ardennes" Country: Belgium
Two bandit brothers, one fresh from prison, the other eager to escape their criminal past, form a potentially explosive love triangle with the ex-con's girlfriend.


Apr
17
2:00PM

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3:45PM

International Film Screening and Discussion Series

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

"Breathe" Country: France
Breathe is a tale of two teenage girls who develop an intense and dangerous friendship. Charlie, a 17 year-old girl tortured by doubt, is thrilled when she becomes friends with Sarah, but when Sarah tires of Charlie and looks for a new friends, their relationship takes an ominous turn.


May
22
2:00PM

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3:45PM

International Film Screening and Discussion Series

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

"Automatic Hate" Country United States
When Davis Green's alluring cousin Alexis shows up on his doorstep, he discovers a side of his family that had been kept secret his entire life. As the two get closer, they set out to uncover the shocking secret that tore their families apart.


Jun
19
2:00PM

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3:45PM

International Film Screening and Discussion Series

Location: Fresh Meadows
Registration: Not required

"Schneider vs. Bax" Country: Netherlands
On his birthday, Schneider, a hitman reluctantly takes on the supposed simple task of killing a writer, only to find the job is more difficult than expected.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Fresh Meadows Community Library has:

  • 11 public computers
  • Wireless access (For wireless access information see Wireless Policy
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the Fresh Meadows Community Library include:

  • Chinese
  • Korean
  • Hindi (DVDs & CDs)

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Fresh Meadows Community Library include:

  • Black Experience
  • Graphic Novels

 


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
Home Sweet Home Children School Incorporated
196-17 53rd Avenue
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718) 357-9738
Jack & Jill Nursery School II
68-05 Fresh Meadow Lane
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718) 939-8687
Little Meadows Early Childhood Center
67-25 188th Street
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718) 454-6460

Community Board
Community Board #8
197-15 Hillside Avenue
Hollis NY , 11423
phone: (718) 264-7895
fax: 718) 264-7910
  

Community Organizations & Services
Association for Children for Enforcement of Support (ACES)
Regularly scheduled meetings are held at Fresh Meadows Branch
P.O. Box 650677
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (877) 598-4837
Civic Association of Utopia Estates
PO Box 107
Flushing NY , 11366
Fresh Meadows Homeowners Civic Association
6116 182nd Street
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
Jamaica Estates Association
P.O. Box 660086
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718) 657-2224
West Cunningham Park Civic Association
73-59 192nd Street
Fresh Meadows NY , 11366
phone: (718) 468-4298
 

Fire Department
Engine 299 Ladder 152
61-20 Utopia Pkway
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
  

Local Hospitals
Flushing Hospital Medical Center
4500 Parsons Blvd.
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 670-5000
New York Hospital of Queens
56-45 Main Street
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 670-2000
Queens Hospital Center
82-68 164th Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-3000

Local Newspapers
Fresh Meadows Times
Available Online Only
phone: 718-260-4545
Queens Tribune
174-15 Horace Harding Expressway
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 357-7400
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Farm Playground – P.S. 26
73rd Ave, 195th St & 96 PL
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
Fresh Meadows Park
Horace Harding Boulevard Bet 188 & 190 Streets
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
Holy Cow Playground – P.S. 179
Peck Ave & Harding Boulevard
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
Kissena Corridor Park
Peck & Underhill Aves
Flushing NY , 11365
Kissena Park
Oak Ave, to Hempstead Turnpike
Flushing NY , 11365
Utopia Playground
Utopia Pkwy & 73rd Avenue
Flushing NY , 11365

Police Department
107th Precinct
71-01 Parsons Blvd
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 969-5100
  

Post Office
Fresh Meadows Post Office
193-04 Horace Harding Expressway
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (800) 275-8777
fax: (718) 454-1100
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Bais Yaakov-Ohel Simcha (9-12)
64-41 Utopia Pkwy
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
Herbert G. Birch School for Exceptional Children (Special Education)
71-64 168th Street
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 591-8100
Highland Elementary School (K-8)
193-10 Peck Avenue
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 357-4747
Saint Francis Preparatory School (9-12)
6100 Francis Lewis Blvd.
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 423-8810
  

Public Elementary Schools
P.S. 4 @ P.S. 179 (Special Education)
196-25 Peck Avenue
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 264-0916
P.S. 14 Annex @ P.S. 179
196-25 Peck Avenue
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
P.S. 26 Rufus King School (K-5)
195-02 69th Avenue
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 464-4505
P.S. 162 John Golden School (K-5)
201-02 53rd Avenue
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 423-8621
fax: (718) 423-8647
P.S. 177 @ William Prince (Special Education)
56-37 188th Street
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 357-4650
P.S. 224 @ P.S. 26
195-02 69th Avenue
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 464-4396
P.S. 811 CMHC @ Francis Lewis H.S.
58-20 Utopia Pkwy.
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 357-0535
  

Public High Schools
Francis Lewis High School (9-12)
58-20 Utopia Parkway
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 281-8200
fax:
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
J.H.S. 74 Nathaniel Hawthorne (6-8)
61-15 Oceana Street
Bayside NY , 11364
phone: (718) 631-6800
J.H.S. 216 George J. Ryan Middle School (5-8)
64-20 175th Street
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 358-2005
 

Senior Centers
BFFY – Alzheimer’s Day Care
157-16 65th Avenue
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718) 358-3541
fax: (718) 691-712
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Barry Grodenchik
M23@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 73-03 Bell Boulevard, Suite 1N
Oakland Gardens NY , 11364
phone: (718) 468-0137
fax: (718) 468-0178
Manhattan Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1807
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-6984
fax: (212) 608-6382
NYS Assembly
Hon. Nily D. Rozic
Rozicn@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 159-16 Union Turnpike, Suite 210
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718) 820-0241
fax: (718) 820-0414
Albany Office 510 CAP
Albany NY , 12248
phone: (518) 455-5172
fax: (518) 455-5479
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

For over 200 years, from the 1700s through the 1900s, the Fresh Meadows area was known as “Black Stump”, allegedly because its various large farms were separated for identification purposes by rows of black stumps. In Colonial times only two roads crossed the area: Black Stump Road which is now 73rd Avenue, and Fresh Meadows Lane which was named for the fresh water meadows through which it ran. At the juncture of the two roads was the heart of “Black Stump”. The British Army of occupation as well as Benedict Arnold walked these roads and were housed on the farms during the American Revolution. Colonial references to the area are few; however it is known that there was a tavern named Ryerson’s Inn, located roughly on the south-west corner of 74th Avenue and Utopia Parkway. In November of 1933, the colonial building that had been Ryerson’s Inn was demolished by its current owners: the Klein Family.

Dating back to the 1800s, the Black Stump School, old District #4 of Flushing Town, was located in the area which is now a small park at Utopia Parkway and 73rd Avenue. The Black Stump School was a one-room wood frame country schoolhouse, but it educated many children in the area. During the winter only 10-15 attended, but summer enrollment reached as many as 50 children. After the school was abandoned it became the headquarters of Black Stump Hook, Ladder and Bucket Co. #1 which fought farm fires in the area until 1913.

Throughout the 19th century, 75th Avenue was the only east-west road running between Utopia Parkway and Parsons Blvd. It was known by two names: “Quarrelsome Lane” and “Hellfire Lane”. Unfortunately the origins of these names have since been forgotten.

About 1923, a Brooklyn sportsman, Benjamin C. Ribman, opened the Fresh Meadows Country Club. The 141-acre country club hosted US Golf Opens and operated until 1946 when it was sold to The New York Life Insurance Company. The company created the Fresh Meadows Housing Development, a post World War II project and model community to for returning WWII soldiers and their families. The development consisted of row houses and high-rise buildings, a shopping center, a theater, a public library and schools. Opened in 1949, the Fresh Meadows Housing Development was at the time hailed by community planner Lewis Mumford as “perhaps the most positive and exhilarating example of large-scale community planning in the country”.

The Fresh Meadows Housing Development still stands and most of the area has been designated a Special Planned Community Preservation District by New York City. This designation protects the unique character of well-planned communities. These communities characteristically have large landscaped open spaces and a superior relationship of buildings, open spaces, commercial uses, and pedestrian and vehicular circulation.

In November, 2003, Fresh Meadows lost its final link to its early farmland history. The Klein Farm, dating back to 1895 and the last of the working farms in the Fresh Meadows area, was sold to real estate developers. It had been one of the remaining four farms left in New York City, three of which are still located in Queens.

References:

Fanelli, James, “Residents, Pols Oppose Klein Farm Sale,” Queens Courier, 18 March 2004.

Jackson, Kenneth T. ed., The Encyclopedia of New York City. New Haven: Yale University, 1995, 441.

Robinson, Eric P. Fresh Meadows. Online. Internet. Chamber of Commerce of the Borough of Queens. August 23, 2005. http://www.queenschamber.org/QueensInfo/NeighborhoodPages/freshmeadows.html

On November 1st 1949 the first Fresh Meadows Library opened to the public. Its storefront quarters were provided by The New York Life Insurance Company within the Fresh Meadows Housing Development.

On September 23rd, 1958 the first Queens Borough Library built by the Fresh Meadows Housing Development was opened for service.

In August of 1997, the library was relocated to a temporary store front area while the library underwent a 600 sq. ft expansion as well as interior renovations.

In May of 1998 the temporary library space was closed and the materials were relocated to the new Fresh Meadows library.

On May 3rd 2000, the formal reopening ceremony was held at the newly renovated and expanded building. Among the scheduled speakers were Borough President Claire Schulman, City Councilman Sheldon S. Leffler, Library Director Gary E. Strong, and Queens Library Board of Trustees President Patricia Flynn.

Seyfried, Vincent. “Notes on Local Historical Sites”. Origin Unknown