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This Weekend at Queens Library

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! We hope you’ll join us at the library for the Guyanese Cultural Festival, Saturday science, Lincoln Center Local screenings, a Chinese author talk, afternoon chess, movies, music, and more! We hope to see you here, and have a happy ...

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 "Julius Caesar," performed by the famed Public Theater, will be available at Elmhurst Community Library (86-07 Broadway) on ...

31-Hour Open House at Corona!

Experience everything Queens Library has to offer!

We're staying up all night at Corona Community Library for our 31-Hour Open House, which will include a Poetry of Inclusion open mic with Queens Poet Laureate Maria Lisella.

Be sure to also join us for immigration workshops and legal assistance; ...

Celebrate Guyanese Independence Day!

Reserve your free tickets for our all-day Guyanese Cultural Festival on Saturday, May 27 at Central Library!

This event will feature performances by local musicians and dancers, including the Angels Carribean Band with singer Geeta Bisram, and the Payalia Dance Company with international dancer ...

Our New Music For May!

Looking for new music? Look no further than your local Queens Library!

Every month, our expert staff will bring you the best of what's new in our physical and digital collections.

This month features music from The xx, Wyclef Jean, Fat Joe & Remy Ma, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Trey Songz, Aimee Mann, ...

Learn to Code & Transform Your Career!

Coalition for Queens (C4Q) is a local nonprofit that aims to create a tech community that is reflective of our society, with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.

Access Code is a 10-month software development program offered by the Coalition for Queens that trains talented ...

Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month!

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, and we're pleased to honor some prominent figures of Asian and Pacific Island descent that have made great contributions and added to the rich cultural tapestry of the United States.

We will feature notable people from a variety of professions and careers on our ...

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 ...

Malcolm Gladwell: We Can’t Let NYC Libraries Lag Behind

Thank you to author and critic Malcolm Gladwell for his new letter on behalf of our City's libraries!

"Since I moved to New York City 20 years ago to become a staff writer at The New Yorker, I've relied on public libraries," Gladwell writes.

"They are open and welcoming to all, from writers like ...

Queens Library is for Everyone!

The Everyone Campaign is exactly that: for everyone. Queens Library is a safe space for all, no matter where you come from, who you love, or what you believe.

In today’s political and social climate, many people in the communities we serve feel vulnerable and afraid.

As the hub of every community across the ...

May
29
10:30AM

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11:15AM

Toddler Time

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Storytime is a great way to encourage a love of reading. Toddlers and their parents or caregivers are invited to join us for stories, nursery rhymes, fingerplays, and more! For ages 18-36 months.


May
30
3:30PM

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4:30PM

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.

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May
31
10:30AM

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4:30PM

One-on-One Computer Class

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Hillcrest is offering one-on-one computer classes for all skill levels. Class subjects may include but are not limited to operating a computer, accessing the Internet, using smartphone apps and/or computer programs, managing social media sites and online shopping. Classes are flexible and geared to the specific needs of each student. Sessions are 30 minutes long. Call Hillcrest Library @ 718-454-2786 to schedule your class today.

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

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May
31
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Picture Book!

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Children ages 3-4 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.

Additional Dates


May
31
4:00PM

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5:00PM

After School Arts & Crafts

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

We will learn and explore new arts and crafts!

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

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Jun
1
12:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

One-on-One Computer Class

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Hillcrest is offering one-on-one computer classes for all skill levels. Class subjects may include but are not limited to operating a computer, accessing the Internet, using smartphone apps and/or computer programs, managing social media sites and online shopping. Classes are flexible and geared to the specific needs of each student. Sessions are 30 minutes long and held every day except Tuesday & Saturdays. Call Hillcrest Library @ 718-454-2786 to schedule your class today.

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

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Jun
1
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Do you have a gadget or device you need help with? Bring it in and let the Specialist here teach you how to properly use it. Bring in all of your technology questions and receive one-on-one assistance.

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

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Jun
1
7:00PM

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7:30PM

Pajama Storytime

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Join us for stories, fingerplays and fun! Feel free to dress children in slippers and pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed animal. For ages 2-6 years.


Jun
2
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Teen Space

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Grab your friends and head to the library!

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

Additional Dates


Jun
5
10:30AM

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11:15AM

Toddler Time

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Storytime is a great way to encourage a love of reading. Toddlers and their parents or caregivers are invited to join us for stories, nursery rhymes, fingerplays, and more! For ages 18-36 months.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
5
4:00PM

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4:45PM

Timeless Tales

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Children ages 3-6 and their caregivers are welcome to join us for Timeless Tales! Enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, and more!

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

Additional Dates


Jun
6
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Classic Movies: Edge of the City

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Please join us for a free classic movie screening:

Edge of the City

Tuesday, June 6, 2-3:30PM


Jun
8
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Stroke Prevention (in Russian)

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

National health statistics indicate that hypertension increases the risk of stroke, and the incidence of stroke has drastically increased in the last decade. In this presentation, Dr. Irina Belman, M.D., will discuss how to reduce the risk of stroke and review advances in treatment.


Jun
10
1:00PM

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4:00PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: An Evening with Lyle Lovett and His Large Band

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

The groundbreaking Texan singer and bandleader bridges the gap between big-band jazz and the Grand Ole Opry and mixes in bits of blues, bluegrass and grassroots folk. In this concert originally performed in August 2015, Lovett is a perfect slice of Americana topped off with a fine-looking Stetson hat.


Jun
12
10:00AM

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3:00PM

Summer Reading Kickoff

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Hillcrest Community Library is kicking of Summer Reading early. Join us for a whole day of fun activities for the whole family. Be the first to find out what we are doing this summer.


Jun
12
1:00PM

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2:45PM

Afternoon Movie for Kids

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Come and enjoy an afternoon movie just for kids!
Monday, June 12, 2017 at 1pm - Featured Movie: "Disney's Moana" (rated PG)
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 2pm - Featured Movie: "The Swan Princess: Royally Undercover" (rated G)

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

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Jun
13
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Origami Kusudama Flower Making for Adults

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

We will be making kusudama flowers and bouquets.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
14
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Picture Book!

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Children ages 3-4 and their parents or other adult caregivers enjoy picture books together.


Jun
14
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: Inon Barnatan, piano

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Filmed at the "Mostly Mozart Festival" in August 2016, the Israeli pianist brings his impressive “intelligence, musicality, and story-telling ability” (Washington Post) to a suite of his own imagination that draws from a jewel box of repertoire including everything from Baroque miniatures to a New York premiere by celebrated British composer Thomas Adès.


Jun
14
4:00PM

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5:00PM

STEM Programs with Kyshia M. Lawrie

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Douglaston Library Let's Go to Disney June 8th
Auburndale Library Rocket Science June 8th
Hillcrest Library Rocket Science June 14
Baisley Park Library Rocket Science June 19th
Hollis Library Let's Go to Disney June 20th
Bellerose Library Rocket Science June 21st


Jun
15
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Thursday Afternoon Movie

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Spend your afternoon at the library in June. We are screen two action filled dramas for adults and senior.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
20
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Classic Movies: A Patch of Blue

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Please join us for a free classic movie screening: "A Patch of Blue".


Jun
21
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: Lincoln Center Festival: Reich/Reverberations

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

In this screening of a concert filmed in July 2016, Ensemble Signal, two identical ensembles comprising flute, clarinet, violin, cello, vibraphone, and piano engage in a vibrant interplay that brings together four decades of Reich’s endlessly inventive work with interlocking patterns, timbre, and musical color. The celebration concludes with "Music for 18 Musicians", Steve Reich’s 1976 masterpiece, on the 40th anniversary of its premiere.


Jul
3
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Summer Reading: Toddler Storytime

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Stories, song and fingerplays to engage children ages 18 to 24 months.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
12
2:00PM

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4:30PM

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:

Wednesday, July 5, 2PM Selma
Friday, July 28, 2PM Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Thursday, August 10 2PM Good Night and Good Luck
Thursday, August 24 2PM Suffragette

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

Additional Dates


Aug
14
2:00PM

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2:45PM

Theatricks by Phil the Magician

Location: Hillcrest
Registration: Not required

Mr. Philip Levy will dazzle children with his Summer Magic show!


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.