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It's #BookTuesday!

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

Our #BookTuesday pick for May 31 is Sailor and Fiddler: Reflections of a 100-Year-Old Author by Herman Wouk.

In an unprecedented literary accomplishment, Herman Wouk, one of America's ...

Queens Library Celebrates Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month! Several upcoming Queens Library events will honor Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in our borough, our city, and beyond, including our ongoing program series “Living Memory: The Culture and Heritage of Chinese New Yorkers.” Visit our Events webpage throughout the month for ...

Apply For Google CS First Today!

Queens Library is offering a unique opportunity for kids to build their knowledge of computer science and coding!

Google CS First is a free program for children in grades 4-8 that increases access and exposure to computer science (CS) education through after-school, in-school, and summer ...

Share Your One Sentence Story For Libraries!

How has your community library affected your life? It’s a complex question, but all we need is a one sentence answer!

We’re asking our customers and supporters to share their one sentence about the library's impact on their lives.

You can visit the One Sentence Stories website at ...

Join Us and Tell NYC to Keep Investing in Libraries!

We hope you can join us at your community library in May and June!

Our President & CEO, Dennis Walcott, will partner with our elected officials for Story Time, a chance for you to read with your kids and share the joy of learning with them.

And as the Mayor and the City Council negotiate their final ...

Only One Band Can Be the Best!

Many bands will enter, but only one will be chosen as the winner at Queens Library's 2nd Annual Battle of the Bands!

This year, the competition is fiercer than ever, and bands will rock out at the 2,100-seat Colden Auditorium at Queens College's Kupferberg Center for the Arts on Thursday, July 14.

Queens has ...

Gracie Book Club: Rebroadcast of the "Bright Lines" Discussion

Congratulations to First Lady Chirlane McCray for hosting the first meeting of the Gracie Book Club on May 17!

She and her guests participated in a live stream broadcast discussion of Tanwi Nandini Islam's novel Bright Lines, moderated by author James ...

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 ...

Jun
3
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Learning Center

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Bring your child ages 18-36 months for a little TLC! Play and learn with your child in a free, five-session workshop that will include toys, games, puzzles, and other items specifically selected to enhance a toddler's educational and physical development. Preregistration is required.


Jun
4
2:45PM

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3:45PM

Percussia

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Jackson Heights musical group presents two original works, commissioned from Jackson Heights-based composers, Quentin Chiappetta’s The International Express, a musical portrait of the #7 train ; Carlo Nicolau’s Espejismos, originally for flute and string and now re-orchestrated specifically for Percussia as well as the work by Illinois-based Alexis Lamb premiere of Murmurations which represents swarms of birds flying together seemingly as one.


Jun
6
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Family "LiterARTcy" with Party Colors

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Children 0-5 will get ready to read in these fun-filled literacy craft workshops. Using fun crafts children and their family will create art using letters and numbers.


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Jun
6
5:00PM

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8:00PM

Health Insurance Infomation and Enrollment

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Need health insurance? Come learn about no-cost Medicaid, options for low-cost insurance under the Affordable Care Act, and get your questions answered. Get information or enroll on site one-on-one with one of Callen Lorde Community Health Center’s culturally competent insurance navigators.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
11
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Meet the Author: Radha Vatsal and "A Front Page Affair"

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Local author Radha Vatsal will discuss her debut mystery novel, "A Front Page Affair," set in 1915 New York City and featuring Kitty Weeks, who works for the editor of the ladies' page at a newspaper and dreams of being a reporter. Learn about life in New York City during the 1910s. Books will be available for sale and signing.


Jun
11
3:00PM

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4:00PM

South Indian Classical Music

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

RagaChitra Veena Ensemble led by Nivedita ShivRaj performs South Indian Classical Music on the ancient multi-stringed instrument, the Veena, in a contemporary style.


Jun
13
3:30PM

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4:15PM

Animals Alive

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Learn about and visit with an assortment of animals from Alley Pond Environmental Center.


Jun
13
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Community Word Project: Magical Mandalas

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Come join Community Word Project to use collage art to create mandalas and original art projects that draw from your own life experiences. Program for grades 3-8.


Jun
14
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Practice Your Typing Skills

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

Practice your typing skills in this 1 hour workshop.


Jun
25
9:00AM

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4:00PM

Leading the Way: A Series of Exhibitions Celebrating Extraordinary Women of Queens

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

The Queens Historical Society presents a series of exhibitions on extraordinary women from Queens who are examples of what living a meaningful life is – a life of personal achievement and a life that helps others. View exhibitions at Ridgewood, June 18-July 30; Jackson Heights, June 25-August 6; and Glendale, July 2-August 13.


Jun
25
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Pop, City, Soul

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Enjoy the modern pop music of Ed Sheering , Bruno Mars, U2, John Legend, Terrell and Adele!


Jun
28
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Introduction to Excel

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

In this class, participants will learn the basics of Excel.


Jul
8
1:30PM

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2:30PM

Jump Into Summer With Amazing New Math Games

Location: Jackson Heights
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.

Additional Dates


Jul
8
2:45PM

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3:45PM

Jump into Summer with Amazing New Math Games

Location: Jackson Heights
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.

Additional Dates


Jul
12
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Introduction to Computer

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

In this class participants will learn the basics of using the computer.


Jul
12
3:30PM

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5:30PM

NYCitizenship Information Session

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Come to an information session with the NYCitizenship attorney to find out how to apply for U.S. citizenship, and learn about the benefits of becoming a citizen and receiving financial counseling.


Jul
23
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Blues and Salsa Jazz Explosion-- Part 2, Featuring Saxophonist Javier Arau

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Internationally renowned saxophonist and New York Jazz Academy director Javier Arau performs contemporary jazz, swing and Latin classics. Enjoy the music and participate in a "how to improvise" jazz workshop for all ages at this performance, presented in conjunction with the Jackson Heights Jazz Festival.


Jul
26
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Introduction to the Internet

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

In this class participants will learn the basics of using the computer.


Aug
13
9:00AM

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5:00PM

Immigrant Voices: A Series of Exhibitions

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

The Queens Historical Society presents a series of exhibitions that focus on immigrants in Ridgewood, Jackson Heights and Glendale neighborhoods. On view 6/18-7/30 at Ridgewood; 6/25-8/6 at Jackson Heights; and 7/2-8/13 at Glendale.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Jackson Heights Community Library has:

  • 25 public access computers
  • 8 computers each available for an hour in the cyber center
  • 4 additional computers each available in the adult room for use for half an hour
  • 1 X :15 express adult PC
  • 4 X :30 PCs in Young Adult area
  • 8 computers in the children's room, also available for half an hour
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the Jackson Heights Community Library include:

  • Spanish
  • Korean
  • Chinese
  • Russian
  • Hindi

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Jackson Heights Community Library include:

  • Classics section
  • Young Adult Collection
  • Student Assignment center
  • Test Preparation center
  • Extensive Citizenship Preparation
  • Language Collection with videotapes and audiotapes

 


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
Children’s Big Apple Nursery & Kindergarten II
41-26 Case Street
Queens NY , 11372
phone: (718) 565-5311
Garden School
33-16 79th Street
Queens NY , 11372
phone: (718) 335-6363
Rainbowland Nursery School
33-11 77th Street
Queens NY , 11372
phone: (718) 803-1728

Community Board
Queens Community Board # 3
82-11 37th Avenue - Suite 606
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718) 458-2707
fax: (718) 458-3316
  

Community Organizations & Services
Jackson Heights Beautification Group
P.O. Box 720253
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718) 565-5344
Jewish Center of Jackson Heights
37-06 77th Street
Flushing NY , 11372
phone: (718) 429-1150
Queens Chamber of Commerce
75-20 Astoria Boulevard, Suite 140
Jackson Heights NY , 11370-1131
phone: (718) 898-8500
fax: (718) 898-8599
Jackson Heights Business & Professional Association
P.O. Box 36 77-10 34 Avenue, Apt A74
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718) 476-3173
fax: (718) 476-0671
  

Fire Department
Engine 307, Ladder 154
81-17 Northern Boulevard
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
  

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

Parks and Playgrounds
Travers Park
78th Street, South of Northern Boulevard
Frank O’Connor Playground
78th street & Broadway
 

Police Department
115th Precinct
92-15 Northern Boulevard
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718) 533-2002
  

Post Office
Jackson Heights Post Office
78-02 37th Avenue
Jackson Heights NY , 11372-9997
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Blessed Sacrament Church - School (K-6)
3443 93rd Street
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718) 446-4449
Garden School (K-12)
33-16 79th Street
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718)335-6363
fax: (718) 565-1169
St Joan of Arc Parochial School (K-6)
8202 35th Avenue
Flushing NY , 11372
phone: (718) 639-9020
Msgr. McClancy Memorial High School
71-06 31st Avenue
East Elmhurst NY , 11370
phone: (718)898-3800
  

Public Elementary Schools
PS 69 (K-5)
77-02 37 Avenue
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718) 424-7700
fax: (718) 458-6567
PS 149 Christa McAuliffe (K-5)
93-11 34 Avenue
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718) 898-3630
fax: (718) 476-1976
PS 212
34-25 82 Street
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718) 898-6973
fax: (718) 898-7068
F F Christopher A Santora K-5)
86-15 37 Avenue
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718) 429-2563
fax: (718) 429-3484
  

Public High Schools
Renaissance Charter School
35-59 81 Street
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
Newtown High School
48-01 90 Street
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 595-8400
fax: (718) 699-8584
William Cullen Bryant High School
48-10 31 Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11103
phone: (718) 721-5404
fax: (718) 728-3478
Aviation Career and Technical Education High School
45-30 36 Street
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 361-2032
fax: (718) 784-8654
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
IS 145 Joseph Pulitzer (6-8)
33-34 80 Street
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718) 457-1242
fax: (718) 335-0601
I.S. 230 (6-8)
73-10 34 Avenue
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718) 335-7648
fax: (718) 335-7513
I.S. 235 (6-8)
30-14 30th Street
Jackson Heights NY , 11103
phone: (718) 932-5876
fax: (718) 932-5990
Lexington School for the Deaf
30 Avenue & 75th Street
Jackson Heights NY , 11370
phone: (718)350-3300
fax: (718)899-9846
  

Senior Centers
Catherine Sheridan Senior Center
35-24 83rd Street
Jackson Heights NY , 11372
phone: (718) 458-4600
Elmhurst Jackson Heights Senior Center
87-11 Whitney Avenue
Jackson Heights NY , 11373
phone: (718) 478-7171
 

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Daniel Dromm
DDromm@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 37-32 75th Street, 1st Floor
Jackson Heights NY, 11372
phone: (718) 803-6373
fax: (718) 803-9832
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1826
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-7066
fax: (718) 803-9832
NYS Assembly
Hon. Michael G. DenDekker
DenDekkerM@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 75-35 31st Avenue, Suite 206B
East Elmhurst NY , 11370
phone: (718) 457-0384
fax: (718) 335-8254
Albany Office LOB, Room 841
Albany NY , 12248
phone: (518) 455-4545
fax: (518) 455-4547
NYS Assembly
Hon. Francisco P. Moya
MoyaF@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 82-11 37th Avenue, Suite 709A
Jackson Heights NY, 11372
phone: (718) 458-5367
fax: (718) 478-2371
Albany Office LOB, Room 727
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4567
fax: (518) 455-5375
NYS Senate
Hon. José Peralta
jperalta@nysenate.gov
District Office 32-37 Junction Boulevard
East Elmhurst NY , 11369
phone: (718) 205-3881
fax: (718) 205-4145
Albany Office Room 415, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY , 12247
phone: (518) 455-2529
fax: (518) 426-6909
US Congress
Hon. Joseph Crowley
District Office 82-11 37th Avenue, Suite 402
Astoria NY , 11372
phone: (718) 779-1400
fax: (718) 505-0156
Legislative Office 1436 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-3965
fax: (202) 225-1909
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Jackson Heights, where the land was somewhat higher than in the surrounding towns, was named after the Jackson family, a prominent family who lived in the area of Northern Boulevard. When the Queensborough Bridge opened in 1908, connecting Manhattan to Queens, Edward MacDougall's Queensborough Corporation began purchasing local farms. In 1909 it purchased a 325-acre parcel of land and continued purchasing land through 1918 with the vision of creating a viable commuter suburb. In 1915 Interborough Rapid Transit (the IRT) built a subway line connecting Queens to Manhattan, and many apartment buildings were built in Jackson Heights. These garden style apartments were designed after garden apartments that were popular in London at the time. Rustic-looking houses were built around spacious courtyards, and these buildings remain some of the most beautiful housing in the city. The City Landmark Preservation Commission designated Jackson Heights a historic district in 1994.

In the 1965 the Hart-Celler Act increased immigration and waves of Asians and Latin Americans entered the United States via New York City. Many of these new Americans settled in Jackson Heights and built communities here. Jackson Heights is now one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the New York City.

A traveling station library opened on April 17, 1917 to serve what had been mostly farmland, but was becoming more urbanized. During the 1920s and 1930s temporary branches were established in a number of storefronts along 37th avenue. The Jackson Heights Community Federation led an effort to have a library built after World War II, but building restrictions and a lack of funds hindered these efforts, and the Jackson Heights branch would not be finished until 1954. The Jackson Heights Branch of the Queens Borough Public Library opened at its present location on October 26, 1954. Extensive renovations occurred in 1970 and again in 1985. An elevator was built and the adult bathrooms were made handicapped accessible in 1999. The branch is now 17,100 square feet in area.

A multi-year initiative has been launched for the design and construction of a 50,000 square foot new library facility on the current site. This will eventually allow the Jackson Heights Library to greatly expand and enhance the services it provides to its diverse and vibrant community.

The Jackson Heights northern border is the Grand Central Parkway, and the western border of the neighborhood is the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. Roosevelt Avenue is along the southern edge of Jackson Heights and the eastern border is Junction Boulevard.

Special Services

Video Relay Service for the Deaf – Free!

Queens Library at Jackson Heights provides a video interpreting sign language relay service that allows interpreters who sign ASL to speak in English and Spanish. All in real time through LifeLinks.

It is an easy, convenient way to call friends or family, make a doctor's appointment, call a utility, or even talk to a librarian! Our friendly video interpreters will respond within seconds to assist you in placing your call. The service is available in English and Spanish.

Making a call using sign language has never been easier or faster!

Visit the Jackson Heights Library Today

For additional information: 718-990-0746 (voice) 718-990-0809 (TTY)

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