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It's #BookTuesday!

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

Our #BookTuesday pick for July 26 is The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman.

An inquisitive observer, thoughtful commentator, and assiduous craftsman, Neil Gaiman has long been celebrated for the sharp intellect and startling ...

Join Us at National Night Out!

Queens Library takes great honor in participating in the annual National Night Out Against Crime, which happens this year on Tuesday, August 2.

You can join your local library and your local police precinct for delicious food, wonderful activities, and an opportunity to connect with the police ...

Sharpen your pencils and your poetry skills

Submissions to our Summer Poetry Contest close on July 31, so we hope you're writing up a storm!

But if you need a jumping-off point, look no further: we've got just the thing.

Check out our blog for poetry writing tips to get your creative juices ...

Read and Sing Along with The Wheels On The Bus!

It’s a song, it’s a book, and it’s the inspiration for a summer craft!

On Thursday, August 4, at 2:00 p.m., we invite children ages 3-6 and their caregivers to Whitestone Community Library to read and sing along with the book "The Wheels on the ...

See Shakespeare Performed at Queens Library!

The play’s the thing at Queens Library! We're partnering with the award-winning TITAN Theatre Company to bring dramatic staged readings of all Shakespeare’s plays to libraries across Queens.

Our next Shakespeare in Queens performance will be A Midsummer Night's Dream on Monday, August 1 at ...

Celebrate Eid at Queens Library!

In honor of Eid al-Fitr, Queens Library will be hosting a special event on Saturday, July 30 for the public to celebrate and learn more about the holiday.

Members of the Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts will greet and entertain our audience with cheerful songs, dances, homemade sweets, and henna painting.

We hope ...

Success Stories from the New Americans Program!

Since July celebrates the birth of our nation, we decided that it’s the best time to showcase our New Americans Program!

NAP helps with immigration issues and provides financial and legal advice, ESOL classes, and cultural events to help those that have recently chosen to live in the United States.

We hope you will ...

Enjoy Our Great Summer Programs!

The weather is heating up, and so is our programming.

Now, there's one place where you can get all the information you need about all the great free activities at Queens Library!

No matter what your interests are, you’ll find something to love at the library. This summer, kids and teens can enjoy free ...

Free Movies, Music, E-Books, and More!

Enjoy digital media at home, at work, or on-the-go!

Queens Library is a one-stop shop for tech lovers. Our digital media collection includes thousands of free eBooks, audiobooks, eMagazines, music, movies, and videos.

You can download all of these items to a personal computer, smartphone, pocket PC, PDA, portable media ...

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 ...

Jul
26
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Love Your Library Coloring Poster

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Grab your friends and join us for some fun coloring time! We have a big poster-size "Love Your Library" coloring page that needs your creativity! Stop by and show your love for your library and spend time with friends. See you there!

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Jul
27
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Picture Book Time

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Children ages 3-5 and their parents or other adult caregivers enjoy picture books together.

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

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Jul
27
10:30AM

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12:00PM

1-on-1 Computer Classes

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Stop in to Hillcrest for 1-on-1 computer classes happening all summer. Each session is 30 minutes and is geared to the specific needs of each student. Instructor to student ratio is 1:1. Lessons are flexible. Subjects include: Windows, Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Publisher), Queens Library Mobile App, Google Apps, and social media. To request a class or to inquire about other programs please call 718-454-2786.

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Jul
27
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: Harlem Renaissance Orchestra

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Join us for a screening of a concert that celebrates the musical traditions of Harlem with the music of Basie, Ellington, Lionel Hampton, and Illinois Jacquet.


Jul
27
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Afternoon Storytime

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Children ages 3-5 and their parents or other adult caregivers enjoy picture books together.

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

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Jul
28
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Game Night for Adults

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

For Game Night for Adults, we break out our collection of Wii games, board games, checkers, Jenga and let you enjoy conversation and fun.


Jul
29
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Bring in and learn how to use your Android, Apple, Kindle & Windows devices.

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This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Jul
29
4:00PM

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5:00PM

TGIF Game Night

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Grab your friends and join the action with Wii games or go old-school fun with Connect 4, Monopoly, Battleship, or Scrabble! If you're not feeling the group thing, hang back and play solitaire or work on a puzzle.

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This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Aug
1
10:30AM

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11:15AM

Toddler Time

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Preschoolers and their caregivers will enjoy 45 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays followed by circle time.

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

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Aug
2
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Jump into Summer with Amazing New Math Games

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-8 will show off their skills and knowledge as they are guided in how to play little known games such as Even Steven and Mummy Math.

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

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Aug
2
3:15PM

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4:15PM

Jump Into Summer with Amazing New Math Games

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Children ages 9 -12 will show off their skills and knowledge as they are guided in how to play little known games such as Even Steven and Mummy Math.

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

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Aug
3
2:00PM

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5:00PM

Book & Film Club

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

The Book and Film Club will read select books, screen the film adaptations, then discuss them. Discussion to follow film screening.
July 6 Williams Golding's Lord of the Flies (PG-13 rated)
July 20 Laura Esquivel’s Como Agua Para Chocolate (English subtitled) (R-rated)
August 3 HG Well’s Invisible Man (NR)
August 17 Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians (R-rated)

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

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Aug
10
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: "The Nance"

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Lincoln Center and Queens Library are partnering to bring free screenings of world-class performances to your neighborhood. In this screening, enjoy watching Nathan Lane as he gives the performance of a lifetime as Chauncey Miles, a comedian of the 1930s who plays gay men for laughs - at least on stage.


Aug
24
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: Sinatra: Voice for a Century

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Enjoy a screening of the gala concert filmed at the 100th birthday celebration of Ol' Blue Eyes. The New York Philharmonic and performances by Christina Aguilera, Sting, and Bernadette Peters among others, make this a memorable event.


Aug
25
12:30PM

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1:30PM

Theatricks by Phil

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Join us for an interactive and comedic magic performance with Phil the Magician.
For children and their families and caregivers.


Sep
7
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: "Act One"

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Join us for a screening of Lincoln Center Theater’s Tony®-nominated Best Play as three-time Tony® winner James Lapine reimagines Moss Hart’s captivating memoir for the stage with a cast led by Tony Shalhoub, Andrea Martin, and Santino Fontana.


Sep
21
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: Voices Of A People's History Of The United States

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Through music and spoken word performances the extraordinary history of ordinary people from the book "A People’s History of the United States" including efforts to end slavery and Jim Crow, protests against war and the genocide of Native Americans, creating unions, advancing women's rights and gay liberation are brought to life.


Oct
5
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: From Bocelli to Barton: The Richard Tucker Opera Gala

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

In this screening of a concert filmed in November 2015, Renée Fleming and 2015 Richard Tucker Award winner Jamie Barton are joined by Andrea Bocelli, Lawrence Brownlee and other great voices for one of the perennial highlights of the opera season.


Oct
19
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: Artist To Artist With Gabriel Byrne And Will Rogers

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

In this screening of an interview filme d in November 2015, Hollywood and Broadway star Gabriel Byrne, best known for his Golden Globe–winning performance on HBO’s "In Treatment", discusses the artistic process with up-and-coming actor Will Rogers, who appeared recently in Steven Spielberg’s "Bridge of Spies" and has performed at Lincoln Center Theater, The Public Theater, and the Manhattan Theatre Club, among others.


Oct
29
2:00PM

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4:00PM

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

Location: Hillcrest
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."


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@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. 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.