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This Weekend at Queens Library

Enjoy your weekend at Queens Library! Attend a free Lincoln Center performance from Villalobos Brothers, experience the history and culture of Colombia with traditional music from Folklore Urbano, enjoy classical chamber music from St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble or come to a workshop to learn about buying your first home or how to write ...

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Hot New Music for September

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 collection. This month features Nickel Creek, Francesca Battistelli, Jencarlos Canela, and more!

Check them out here.

It's Banned Books Week!

It may be surprising to learn that every year, hundreds of attempts to ban books are made in this country. Celebrate your freedom to read whatever book you choose with the American Library Association's top ten frequently challenged books of 2013.
 

1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav ...

Get the Tools You Need to Launch Your Own Business

Announcing the 9th Annual StartUP Queens Business Plan Competition!

Learn to Succeed and Enter a Contest to Win $10,000 in Seed Funding. Find out how to enter here.

Borrow a Google Nexus Tablet!

Queens Library now has 5,000 Google tablets available for loan from eight locations:

Central Library (Jamaica), Howard Beach, Broad Channel, Arverne, Far Rockaway, Queens Library for Teens in Far Rockaway, Seaside and Peninsula. Borrow one for a month with the option of three renewals for a total of four months. ...

Introducing WhereInQueens.org

“Where in Queens” helps users connect to social services closest to where they are. It refers users to both public services and those from faith-based and community-based organizations. The site is free to access and use on any internet connected device.

Zendesk originally created the app for use in San Francisco.  ...

Calling all Artists - Juried Open Call Exhibition

Crossing Art Gallery is seeking submissions for “The View Over Here,” an international juried exhibition which will be on view from November 14 to December 13, 2014.

A portion of the funds raised at the event will go toward the Queens Library: The International Commons (QLIC), including a percentage of the ...

There are no programs scheduled here at this time. Please check our Programs page for our other locations and programs you might be interested in attending.

Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Ravenswood Community Library has:

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

Queens Library Internet Policy Guidelines for Public Use.

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International Language Collections at the Ravenswood Community Library include:

  • Chinese
  • Spanish
  • Russian
  • Indian


What does a Friends Group do?

Friends of Library - Ravenswood Chapter. Contact Community Library Manager at By apptmt only or Office of Government and Community Affairs (GCA) at (718) 990-0817 if you are interested in joining.


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Public High Schools
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History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
Astoria Child Care Center
21-20 35 Avenue
phone: (718) 784-2856
  

Community Board
Queens Community Board # 1
36-01 35th Avenue,
Astoria NY , 11106
phone: (718) 786-3335
fax: (718)786-3368
  

Community Organizations & Services
Hanac Ravenswood Senior Center
34-35 12 Street #A
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 786-1550
Meals On Wheels
45-18 Court Square #501
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 482-8620
Ravenswood Community Center
35-40 21 Street
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 786-3131

Fire Department
Engine 206
11-15 37th Ave
Long Island City NY , 11106
  

Local Hospitals
Elmhurst Hospital Center
79-01 Broadway
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 334-4000
  

Local Newspapers
  

Parks and Playgrounds
Astoria Park Pool
19 Street and 23 Drive
Astoria NY , 1105
phone: (718) 626-8620
  

Police Department
114 Precinct
34-16 Astoria Blvd
Astoria NY , 11103
phone: (718) 626-9311
  

Post Office
Grand Station Post Office
45-08 30 Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11103
  

Public Elementary Schools
P.S.111 Jacob Blackwell School
37-15 13 Street
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 786-2073
P.S.112 Dutch Kills School
25-05 37th Ave
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 784-5250
 

Public High Schools
Long Island City High School
14-30 Broadway
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 545-7095
Aviation Career & Technical H.S.
43-30 36th St.
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 361-2032
 

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
I.S. 204 O. W. Holmes School
36-41 28 Street
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 937-1463
  

Elected Officials
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

The locality known as Ravenswood was situated between Astoria and Hunter’s Point. At the present time the entire section is known as Astoria.

Ravenswood was named after Rev. John S. Ravenscroft, Bishop of North Carolina in the mid-1600. Originally called Ravenscroft, the name was changed after the bishop’s admirers realized the bishop would not be honored by such a sparsely settled area. Ravenswood’s Indian name was Matona Everardus Bogardus, a minister of the Dutch church acquired this section from the government of New Netherlands. Ravenswood was first settled by Captain Francis Fyn in 1651. With the coming of the English the title to the land passed to Jacob Blackwell under the new governor.

The Blackwell house was believed to have been built in 1664. During the Revolutionary War it was the home of Colonel Jacob Blackwell who died in 1785. It is said that George Washington stopped here on the retreat from the battle of Long Island.

As early as 1871 Ravenswood was brought into prominence by an act passed by the State Legislature incorporating the “New York and Long Island Bridge Company”; surveys were made at that time for a bridge from about 79th street, Manhattan, to Ravenswood.

The Ravenswood public library has been moved from Public School 83 to the office of James Sheridan at Webster Ave and Hamilton St. It was becoming inadequate at the school and Mr. Sheridan offered part of his office which was much larger than the school.