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Get Ready To Vote: Register At the Library!

Have you registered to vote? Come to the library to sign up and get registered on National Voter Registration Day, Tuesday, September 25!

Be confident that you can contribute your opinion to this year’s elections. Visit us at any Queens Library location on September 25 to fill out an ...

Join Us for Banned Books Week!

It’s time for Banned Books Week, the annual event celebrating the right to read—and we're hosting all kinds of great events at the Library!

Banned Books Week (September 23 to 29) brings together the entire literary community—librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all ...

It's #BookTuesday!

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

Our #BookTuesday pick is Fashion Climbing by Bill Cunningham.

For Bill Cunningham, New York City was the land of freedom, glamour, and, above all, style. When he arrived in New York, he reveled in people-watching. He spent his nights at ...

Promote a Lifelong Love of Learning. Donate Now!

Our STACKS afterschool program provides a nurturing environment to read and to do homework. It also encourages participation in other learning activities that help develop life skills.

But we can’t offer programs like this without the support of our community.

Programs like STACKS are made possible thanks to the ...

Older Adults Day at Glen Oaks!

Queens Library's Older Adult Services Program is proud to present Older Adults Day, which will feature FREE health screenings, live entertainment, and information on healthcare, benefits, and other important topics specifically for adults age 50 and older.

In addition to special seminars and activities, there will be more ...

Library Open Houses!

On Saturday, September 29, every Queens Library location will host a Fall Open House so students, families, and others can learn about all our resources and services! All are welcome.

Stop by your community library that day to find everything you and your family need to succeed—from millions of books to ...

Hispanic Heritage Celebrations!

Hispanic Heritage Month 2018 begins September 15, and we’re celebrating with programs and events all month long!

Help us honor the histories and cultures of Hispanic Americans with concerts, dance performances, crafts, cooking classes, and much more!

Hispanic Heritage Celebrations will take place at multiple ...

Discover Your City With Culture Pass!

Start planning your fall adventures! NYC’s libraries are making it easier for you to explore local museums, public gardens, and other cultural attractions for FREE with your friends and family!

Queens Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and the New York Public Library are excited to announce Culture Pass, a ...

Back-To-School: Get Ready At The Library!

It’s back-to-school time, and a new year of discovery and growth is about to begin.

Come to the Library to get ready for the school year with crafts, storytimes, tours, giveaways, and previews of our fall programs, such as our STACKS after-school program.

Our Back-to-School Guide, with tips on healthy eating, ...

Queens Library’s Back-to-School Guide!

It’s time for kids to go back to school—and we’ve got the perfect guide to help you prepare for a successful school year!

From tips on healthy eating and sleeping to how to talk to your child about their day, our Back-to-School Guide will help smooth the transition from summer to school.

Our guide is ...

Sep
25
3:30PM

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Kids' Discovery Club

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Something new every week! Will it be science? Art? Math? There is always a surprise for kids ages 6-12 and their friends and families.

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

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Sep
26
11:30AM

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12:30PM

Toddler Time

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Children ages 12-36 months and their caregivers will read, color, and have fun together.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
26
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Spelling Bee Grades 3-6

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Spelling bee will be held weekly for 3rd-4th graders and 5th-6th graders.

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

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Sep
27
1:00PM

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5:00PM

Sudoku & Various Puzzle Club

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Join us for various types of puzzles like Sudoku, word search, & mazes!

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

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Sep
27
5:00PM

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6:30PM

Chess Club

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Join us every Thursday at 5pm for a friendly game of chess. All ages and levels welcome.

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

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Sep
28
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Friday Movie Afternoon

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Join us for an afternoon movie.

9/7 - 15:17 to Paris (2018, PG-13)
9/14 - Commuter (2018, PG-13)
9/21 - Peter Rabbit (2018, PG)
9/28 - Everyday (2018, PG-13)


Sep
29
10:00AM

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5:00PM

Open House for NYC Schools and Student Success

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Join us during our Open House to find out how essential your local library is for your students' achievements. We have valuable resources and services available to all.


Sep
29
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Playdate for Infants and Toddlers

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Bring your babies! Join us for early development fun and socialization using books and toys. Space for everyone!

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

Additional Dates


Sep
29
2:00PM

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3:00PM

National Coffee Day Coffee Hour

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Celebrate National Coffee Day at the library! Have a cup of joe on us!


Oct
1
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Playdate for Infants and Toddlers

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Bring your babies! Join us for early development fun and socialization using books and toys. Space for everyone.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
5
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Family Movie Afternoon

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Join us every Friday for an afternoon movie! October's Line Up:
10/5: "Rampage" (Rated PG-13)
10/12: "Acrimony" (Rated R)
10/19 "Disney’s: Z.O.M.B.I.E.S" (Rated G)
10/26 "Insidious: The Last Key" (Rated PG-13)

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

Additional Dates


Oct
6
2:00PM

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5:00PM

Book or Movie? Which is Better?

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Which is better? The movie or the book? Read the books and join us to watch the movies. A short discussion will follow.
October 6: "Pet Sematary" by Stephen King.
October 13: "Cujo" by Stephen King

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

Additional Dates


Oct
15
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Wild West: The Mystery of the Golden Piano

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-12, join us as ScienceTellers brings science to life! Grab your spurs and journey with us to the Wild West, where a legendary bank-robbing outlaw is back in town, about to strike again! After the sheriff mysteriously vanishes, two young kids saddle up to foil the great heist and put a rotten cowboy back behind bars! We use awesome science experiments to bring key parts of the story to life.


Oct
18
5:30PM

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7:00PM

Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.'s Mobile Office Hours

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. is hosting library hours to listen to constituent/community concerns and to make his office more accessible to the public.

5:30PM - 7PM
Thursday, August 16: Glendale temporary space
Thursday, September 6: Broad Channel
Thursday, September 20: Middle Village
Thursday, September 27: Seaside
Thursday, October 4: North Forest Park
Thursday, October 11: Ozone Park
Thursday, October 18: Howard Beach
Thursday, October 25: Kew Gardens Hills


Oct
20
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Spelling Bee

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Spelling bee for 3rd-4th graders and 5th-6th graders.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
25
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Read for the Record

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Join people all across America in Jumpstart's 'Read for the Record.' We'll be reading this year's selection "Maybe Something Beautiful" by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell.


Oct
27
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Prepare for Your Care: Learn How to Have Your End-of-Life Wishes Honored

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Reimagine End of Life Week is a city-wide exploration of big questions about life and death through creativity and conversation. A workshop leader from Reimagine will first lead participants in creating personal six word memoirs and then provide the tools for participants to identify wishes for medical care when living with a progressive or serious illness or at end of life. Learn how to talk more effectively with doctors and family and friends about your wishes and those of loved ones.


Nov
7
11:30AM

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12:30PM

Toddler Time

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Children ages 12-36 months and their caregivers will read, color, and have fun together.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
8
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Storytime

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Let's read picture books together!

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

Additional Dates


Nov
16
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

You're invited to a Stuffed Animal Sleepover! Drop off your stuffed animal on Friday, November 16 at 4 pm. You will make a sleep mask for your friend and complete an activity sheet about him or her. Come back Saturday, November 17 after 2 pm to find out what kinds of mischief and fun your friend got into during their sleepover.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
17
2:00PM

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3:00PM

A Balloon Show with Nick The Balloonatic

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

In this fun-filled balloon show, Nick The Balloonatic will interact with children as he sculpts balloons, laughs, and jokes, making everyone feel special. Crazy hats, animals, and your favorite characters will be raffled off for children to take home.


Dec
6
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Little Kids Craft

Location: Howard Beach
Registration: Not required

Join us for arts and crafts fun.

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 Howard Beach Community Library has:

  • 6 public computers
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the Howard Beach Community Library include:

  • Italian(including VHS & DVDs)
  • Spanish (including VHS & DVDs)

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Howard Beach Community Library include:

  • Careers
  • Black Experience
  • Dummies Books
  • Mind and Body
  • Test Prep
  • Computers
  • Parenting

 

 

 


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 Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
Reach for the Stars
156-18 96th Street
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 845-1429
Lynn Boutureria
158-03 82nd Street
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 843-0845
Donna Hovi
160-41 99th Street
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 925-1303
Caroline Guerra
155-25 78 Street, #1st Floor
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 845-3298
  

Community Board
Community Board District # 10
115-01 Lefferts Boulevard
South Ozone Park NY , 11420
phone: (718) 843-4488
fax: (718) 738-1184
  

Community Organizations & Services
Ozone-Howard Chamber of commerce
P.O. Box 58
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 835-9482
  

Fire Department
FDNY - Engine 331 Ladder 173|
158-57 Cross Bay Blvd.
Howard Beach NY , 11414
  

Local Hospitals
Queens Hospital Center
82-68 164 Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-3000
  

Parks and Playgrounds
Park Strip
S. Conduit Ave. & 88 Street
Spring Creek Park Addition
157th Drive, 158th Avenue, Sheridan Street
PS 207 (Walter Ward Playground)
88 & 89 Sts & 160 Avenue
PS 232 (Harold Schneiderman Playground)
155 Avenue & 83rd Street
  

Police Department
106th Precinct
103-53 101st Street
Ozone Park NY , 11414
phone: (718) 845-2211
  

Post Office
Howard Beach Post Office
160-50 Crossbay Blvd
Howard Beach NY , 11414-9997
phone: (800) 275-8777
Station B Post Office
102-12 159th Ave
Howard Beach NY , 11414-9993
phone: (800) 275-8777
 

Private / Parochial Schools
Our Lady of Grace
158-20 101 Street
Howard Beach NY , 11414-0114
phone: (718) 848-7440
Saint Helen Elementary School
155-55 Crossbay Boulevard
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 217-4242
fax: (718) 641-8290
 

Public Elementary Schools
PS 146 Howard Beach
98-01 159 Avenue
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 843-4880
fax: (718) 641-0901
PS 207 Rockwood Park
159-15 88 Street
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 848-2700
fax: (718) 848-4226
PS 232 Lindenwood
153-23 83 Street
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 848-9247
fax: (718) 738-8505

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
JHS 202 Robert H. Goddard
138-30 Lafayette Street
Ozone Park NY , 11414
phone: (718) 848-0001
fax: (718) 848-8082
  

Senior Centers
Howard Beach Senior Center
156-45 84 Street
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 738-8100
Our Lady of Grace
158-50 101 Street
Howard Beach NY , 11414
phone: (718) 845-6635
 

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Eric Ulrich
EUlrich@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 93-06 101st Avenue
Ozone Park NY, 11416
phone: (718) 738-1083
fax: (718) 738-1918
Legislative Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1555
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-7069
NYS Assembly
Hon. Stacey Pheffer Amato
AmatoS@nyassembly.gov
District Office 95-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Rockaway Beach NY, 11693
phone: (718) 945-9550
fax: (718) 945-9549
Albany Office LOB, Room 827
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4292
fax: (518) 455-4723
NYS Senate
Hon. Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.
Addabbo@nysenate.gov
District Office 159-53 102nd Street
Howard Beach NY, 11414
phone: (718) 738-1111
fax: (718) 322-5760
Albany Office Room 613, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2322
fax: (518) 426-6875
US Congress
Hon. Hakeem Jeffries
District Office 55 Hanson Place, Suite 603
Brooklyn NY, 11217
phone: (718) 237-2211
fax: (718) 237-2273
Legislative Office 1607 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-5936
fax: (202) 225-1018
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Howard Beach’s earliest inhabitants were Canarsie and Rockaway Indians, and, later, English settlers, all attracted to rich fishing sites at Hawtree Creek and Jamaica Bay. The area was called Remsen’s Landing during the 1770’s, after Col. Jeramus Remsen, its largest landowner and a Revolutionary War Regiment leader.

By 1900, Howard Beach earned the nickname “The Venice of Long Island” for its many waterways, and the name “Ramblersville” was adopted by residents along Hawtree Creek when a visitor remarked about the charm of the sleepy fishing village. The community takes its present name from a Brooklyn glove manufacturer, William J. Howard, who operated a goat farm near Aqueduct as a source of skins for his business, and who opened a hotel and cottage community around the turn of the century. “Hotel Howard” became popular with the rich and famous, and boasted a pier that stretched two thousand feet into Jamaica Bay. Though the resort was destroyed by fire in 1907, Mr. Howard went on to develop land in the area, and the first model home of “Howard Estates” opened in 1913.

The extension of the New York City subway system, completion of a sewer line, and the opening of Aqueduct Racetrack spurred a housing boom, generating a cluster of small developments, such as West Hamilton Beach, Lindenwood, and Rockwood Park, which comprise modern Howard Beach, an amalgam of private homes, cooperative housing, condominiums, and garden apartments. Cross Bay Boulevard is a vigorous and bustling commercial strip. The population is largely Italian-American and Jewish-American.

Library services to the Howard Beach community were provided by Bookmobile until April, 1963, when a rented storefront was opened at 155-12 Cross Bay Boulevard, the Library system’s 52nd neighborhood branch. In 1979, services were moved to the present location, a city-owned building at 92-06 156 Avenue.

Sources:

Jackson, Kenneth T., ed. Encyclopedia of New York City

Ranft, Richard. “History of Howard Beach”, Queens Forum, June 13, 1997