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This Weekend at Queens Library

Join us at the Library this weekend for the soulful sounds of Vintage Bliss, a Korean Tea Ceremony, hints for dealing with back-to-school jitters, an open mic for all performers, free tutoring and creative writing help for kids, a back-to-school swap event, story time, arts and crafts, movies, and more! We hope to see you ...

Rockaway 31-Hour Summer Festival

Save the date! The Peninsula Community Library will be open for 31 hours straight, from 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 26 through 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 27.

Bring your friends and family for special story times, face painting, balloon animals, crafts, concerts, outdoor movies, yoga and meditation on the beach, a ...

Lincoln Center's Boro-Linc: La Casita

Lincoln Center and Queens Library have partnered to present Boro-Linc: La Casita, a free world-class performance and family workshop—right in the heart of Jamaica, Queens!

Join us at Rufus King Park on Saturday, September 9 for wonderful music and dance, and a chance to learn more about ...

Celebrate the Solar Eclipse With Queens Library!

UPDATE: Solar Eclipse glasses will be available only at our viewing events, and only for event participants, on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

On Monday, August 21, a solar eclipse will be visible across the entire continental United States. For the first time in 99 years, no ...

Join Us on Our Mobile Library Tour!

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

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

Our stops will include public schools; a beach-side stay with special stories, songs, and rhymes; and a back-to-school event with State ...

Summer Programs For All Ages

Summer's almost over, but we've still got plenty of great things for kids, adults, and families to enjoy at the Library!

Join us at the Rockaway 31-Hour Summer Festival, see some unforgettable Culture Connection concerts, cosplay at our library ComicCon in Queens Village, ...

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 ...

Summer Meals For Kids & Teens

Summer Meals are here! For children and teens up to 18 years old, free, nutritious Summer Meals are available from now until Friday, September 1.

Meals are available Monday - Friday, from 1pm - 2pm, at 35 Queens Library locations. Enrollment is not required. Queens Library is honored to partner ...

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 ...

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 28!

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

Aug
21
1:00PM

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3:30PM

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Join this family event and use special glasses to view the eclipse, do a solar craft and learn about eclipses.


Aug
22
1:30PM

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5:00PM

Summer Activity: Free Play

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

This Summer 1:30 to 4:30 on Tuesdays are for fun and Games. Ages 5 to 16 can enjoy hours of board games, cards and Wii games*.
Be on the look out for special craft activities on Tuesdays as well.

*When available


Aug
23
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading Program Film Screenings: Build A Better World

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Please join us for free film screenings as part of Queens Library's Summer Reading Program on the theme of Build a Better World:
7/12, "Selma"
7/26, "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"
8/9, "Good Night and Good Luck"
8/23,"Suffragette"


More...
Aug
24
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Summer Reading Party & Certificate Ceremony

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Summer Reading celebration* and Reading certificate ceremony. Participants in this year's Summer Reading club at Hillcrest will be presented with certificates and prizes.

*only open to children and tweens that submitted reading logs by Monday, August 21, 2017


Aug
25
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Teen Meet & Greet

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Grab a friend and head to the library for Teen Meet & Greet.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
6
11:00AM

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2:00PM

HANAC Caregivers Program

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

The HANAC Caregivers Program provides free counseling, information, referrals, or respite and supplemental reimbursement to caregivers if the caregiver, the person being cared for, or both are 60 years or older. Stop by the table set up in the library to learn more and see if you qualify.


Sep
6
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Classic Movies

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Please join us for free screenings of classic movies: 9/6: "North by Northwest"; 9/19: "The Man Who Knew Too Much"

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

Additional Dates


Sep
8
11:00AM

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4:00PM

One on One Computer Classes

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

Get One-on-One help for Beginners. Registration is required. Please call Hillcrest Library and ask for the Customer Service Specialist at (718) 454-2786.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
11
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Toddler Storytime

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

For children 18 to 24 months. Enjoy stories, songs and finger plays.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
14
5:00PM

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7:00PM

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

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

Do you have a gadget or device you need help with? Bring it in get one-on-one help. Registration is required. Please call Hillcrest Library and ask for the Customer Service Specialist at (718) 454-2786.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
20
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Make a Pinata

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

This three-session arts workshop is open to children ages 7 to 12. Participants must come to all three sessions. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to come to this program.
Space is limited to first 20 participants. To register call (718) 454-2786 or speak to a librarian.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
21
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Afternoon Film for Kids

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

9/21: "Beauty and the Beast" (live action; rated PG); 9/22: "Smurfs: the Lost Village" (animated; rated PG); 9/23: "Rock Dog" (animated; rated PG).

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

Additional Dates


Sep
25
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Tai Chi with Kevin M. Sullivan

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Instructor Kevin M. Sullivan teaches participants a gentle form of martial arts often referred to as "meditation in motion." Space is limited on a first come, first-served basis.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
26
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Memory Book Making for Adults

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

We will be making a memory book that you can put your cherished photos and pictures in.


Sep
27
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Coloring Fun for Adults

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Coloring can be fun. It also can help create focus and encourage mindfulness. Let's get together and have some coloring fun. We will provide coloring sheets, coloring pencils and music.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
3
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Classic Movies

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Please join us for free screenings of classic movies: 10/3: "39 Steps"; 10/24: "Vertigo".

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

Additional Dates


Oct
17
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Origami Crane Making for Adults

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Legend says if you fold a thousand cranes you will be granted one wish. Come and get started today!


Oct
30
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Spooky Story contest

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Trick or Treat! Halloween is nearing and we want you to give us a scare. Write a spooky story and you could win a Big Halloween treat. The witching hour for this contest is Monday, October 23rd, 2017. Winning Story announced in the Library on Halloween, Tuesday, October 31, 31 at 4 pm.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Hillcrest Community Library has:

  • 10 public computers
  • Free internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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International Language Collections at the Hillcrest Community Library include:

  • Chinese
  • Spanish
  • Hebrew
  • Russian

 

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

  • CD-ROMs

 


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
Little Friends House II Day Care, Inc
75-41 164th Street
Fresh Meadows NY , 11366
phone: (718) 380-8800
All My Children Day Care, Inc.
175-44 Mayfield Road
Jamaica Estates NY , 11432
phone: (718) 658-1563
First Step International
67-11 Utopia Parkway
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
Little Meadows Early Childhood Center
67-25 188th Street
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 454-6460
Jack & Jill Nursery School II
68-05 Fresh Meadow Lane, #1
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718) 939-8687
QCP Children’s Center, Apple Pre-School, and Apple Tree Nursery School
82-25 164th Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 374-0002
Rainbow Montessori International School, Inc. (2 locations)
164-07 Goethals Avenue
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 380-1384
Rainbow Montessori International School, Inc
150-30 Union Turnpike
Flushing NY , 11367
phone: (718) 380-1384
 

Community Board
Community Board District #8
81-26 150th Street
Jamaica NY , 11435
phone: (718) 264-7895
fax: (718) 264-7910
  

Community Organizations & Services
Jamaica Estates Civic Association
Holliswood Civic Association

Fire Department
Engine 315 Ladder 125
159-06 Union Turnpike
NY ,
EMS Hillcrest Station #50-Queens
82-68 164th Street
NY ,
 

Local Hospitals
Queens Hospital Center
82-70 164th Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-3000
  

Local Newspapers
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Utopia Playground
73rd Avenue, between Jewel Avenue and Utopia Pkwy
NY ,
Cunningham Park
Union Turnpike and 196th Street
NY ,
 

Police Department
107th Precinct
71-01 Parsons Boulevard
Flushing NY , phone: (718) 969-5100
  

Post Office
Utopia Station
182-04 Union Turnpike
Fresh Meadows NY , 11366
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Holy Family Catholic School
74-15 175th Street
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718) 591-6438
Summit School
183-02 Union Turnpike
Flushing NY , 113661
phone: (718) 969-3944
United Cerebral Palsy of Queens
Yeshiva Madreigas Haadam
171-05 Jewel Avenue
Fresh Meadows NY , phone: (718) 969-7437
  

Public Elementary Schools
P.S.173 Fresh Meadows School (K-6)
174-10 67th Avenue
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718) 358-2243
P.S.178 Holliswood (Pre-K-5)
189-10 Radnor Road
Jamaica Estates NY , 11423
phone: (718) 464-5763
 

Public High Schools
Francis Lewis HS
58-20 Utopia Parkway
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 357-7740
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
J.H.S. 216 George J. Ryan
64-20 175th Street
Fresh Meadows NY , 11365
phone: (718) 358-2005
  

Senior Centers
BFFY Hillcrest Senior Center
168-01b Hillside Ave.
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 297-7171
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Rory Lancman
RLancman@council.nyc.gov
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. Nily D. Rozic
RozicN@nyassembly.gov
District Office 159-16 Union Turnpike, Suite 210
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718) 820-0241
fax: (718) 820-0414
Albany Office LOB, Room 547
Albany NY , 12248
phone: (518) 455-5172
fax: (518) 455-5479
NYS Senate
Hon. Tony Avella
Avella@nysenate.gov
District Office 38-50 Bell Boulevard, Suite C
Bayside NY, 11361
phone: (718) 357-3094
fax: (718) 357-3491
Albany Office Room 902, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2210
fax: (518) 426-6736
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

Hillcrest was developed on two hundred acres of farmland in 1909 by William F. Wyckoff of the Hillcrest of Jamaica Company. Prior to development, the area was referred to as “The Hills,” a name deriving from its location on the hills between Jamaica and Flushing. Situated in central Queens, Hillcrest lies primarily in Jamaica and partly in Flushing. This small residential area of mainly one-family houses and some 2-family and multi-family dwellings is roughly defined by Union Turnpike to the north, Jamaica Estates to the east, Hillside Avenue to the south, and 164th street to the west. The population of Hillcrest had became more ethnically diverse in the 1980’s when immigrants from Guyana, Haiti, China, India and Colombia began settling into the area.

The 7,500 sq. ft library building situated in the commercial strip of Union Turnpike was completed in 1974, but its opening was delayed because of a fiscal crisis. During this interim, the building was rented out to several community groups. When it opened on April 28, 1980, it became the 54th branch of the Queens Borough Public Library system.