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This Weekend at Queens Library

What can you do at the Library this weekend?

Well, you can enjoy the Afro-Venezuelan jazz of Alí Bello & The Sweet Wire Band, plus visit our other Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations, take a SHSAT Practice Exam, borrow a Library HotSpot, play a Pathfinder pen-and-paper RPG, learn the Turkish art of ebru, join creative ...

Citizenship Assistance at Queens Library

There's no better time than now to learn about the citizenship resources at your nearest participating library.

You can come to civic knowledge classes, Know Your Rights workshops about the DACA program, free legal consultations, and naturalization workshops to aid you in the immigration process.

Stay informed and ...

Young Adult Literacy Program: Pre-Register Now!

Are you interested in getting your High School Equivalency, but not sure where to start?

The Young Adult Literacy Program (YALP) is here to help!

This program is open to students ages 16–24, and offers four days of classes per week, as well as one day of service learning and job shadowing to help build your ...

It's a Great Day for Older Adults!

Queens Library's Older Adult Services Program is proud to present our third annual 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, ...

Free Job Readiness Training

Queens Library's Job & Business Academy and the Consortium for Worker Education have partnered to provide a free Job Readiness and Computer Training program for the unemployed or underemployed.

This 9-week training program is a comprehensive series of workshops that offers entry to ...

Free English Classes!

Are you a new American who wants to learn English or improve your English language skills?

You can learn English at Queens Library for FREE!

Join a supportive community of students and teaching professionals at our community libraries. Classes are available for Beginners and at Intermediate and Advanced ...

Back-to-School Events!

It’s that time of year again!

You and your kids can get ready for the new school year and ease the transition back to school by checking out one of Queens Library’s fun programs!

Make crafts, watch a movie, or learn about all the resources available at your library. For more information about each event, you ...

Hispanic Heritage Celebrations!

Hispanic Heritage Month 2017 begins September 15, and we’ll be celebrating with programs and events all month long!

Now through November 2, Queens Library will put the spotlight on the richness of Hispanic heritage and culture. Join us for concerts, dance performances, crafts, cooking classes, movies, and much ...

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 ...

Free Home Internet Access for Eligible NYC Students!

Do you know a New York City public school student with no home Internet access?

Their family may be eligible to borrow a hotspot from Queens Library and get FREE Internet service at home!

The ConnectED Library Hotspot Loan Program is a free program designed to help NYC ...

Sep
23
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Radio Jarocho

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Radio Jarocho keeps alive the music of the swampy Mexican countryside around Veracruz, with original songs that capture the spirit of the popular "son jarocho." This New York City-based band has performed along the east coast of the United States since 2003.


Sep
27
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Mother Goose Time for Babies 0-23 months

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Join us for songs, stories and fingerplays. Caregivers must attend with children. First come, first served. Space may be limited.


Sep
27
11:30AM

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12:00PM

Toddler Time for Children Ages 2 - 4 years

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Join us for stories, songs, finger plays and movements. Caregivers must attend with children. First come, first served. Space may be limited.


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Sep
27
1:00PM

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5:00PM

Health Insurance Enrollment and Voter Registration

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Do you need health insurance? Would you like to register to vote? Hispanic Federation can answer your questions or help you with both! Make an appointment at 212-233-8955 x127 or just walk in.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
28
1:00PM

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1:45PM

Toddler Playtime

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

We will play together. We have new building toys. First come, first served. Space may be limited.


Oct
3
1:00PM

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5:00PM

Back to School is for Everyone: Jackson Heights Open House

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

The Jackson Heights Library is pleased to open its doors to all incoming students and their families. We will be distributing program materials and information, conducting library tours, and answering frequently asked questions about library services. Come join us for an introduction to the library and how it can benefit your family.


Oct
5
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Queens Memory Program: Oral History Workshop

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Queens Memory will be hosting a public oral history workshop at the Jackson Heights Library Oct. 5th from 6 - 8 PM. The workshop will be directed by Queens Memory Director Natalie Milbrodt. Attendees will learn effective interview methods, and gain some experience performing mock interviews with other attendees. Great for beginners as well as the experienced.


Oct
6
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Teens DREAD Fridays: An Afternoon of Horror Role Playing Games

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Friday afternoons we will be playing the horror role playing board game Dread. Come and experience the game that will leave you shaking!

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

Additional Dates


Oct
7
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Guillermo and Gabriel Ariza Perform Rumba Flamenca and Other Latin Rhythms

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Guillermo and Gabriel Ariza where born in Cartagena, Colombia. As children, the gifted twins performed in local gigs and as they grew, so did their interest and passion for music. They moved to New York to pursue their dreams and have entertained audiences here in various venues, including Univision’s "Sabado gigante" and "El Show de Cristina."


Oct
14
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Calligraphy and the Constitution, A 3-session workshop for Adults

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 14 openings

Which part of the Constitution speaks to you? Write it while learning calligraphy in this 3 session, 2 hour workshop for adults facilitated by Timothy Savage. Preregistration is required. Materials will be provided for up to 20 participants.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
24
3:30PM

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5:30PM

NYCitizenship Information Session

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Come to an information session with a 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.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
26
4:00PM

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5:00PM

A Balloon Show with Nick The Balloonatic

Location: Jackson Heights
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.


Oct
26
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Accent Reduction for Everyday Success

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Do people have difficulty understanding you? Is your accent keeping you from reaching your goals? Does it make it difficult to find work? Speech-language pathologists will teach you everyday tips and techniques to help you approximate an American English speaking style.


Nov
4
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Free Writing Classes: Looking for Trouble: Writing Conflict

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Jill Eisenstadt leads this workshop which highlights the crucial role conflict plays in every aspect of writing fiction form creating momentum to revealing character to shaping story.Look for other workshops, part of this series of free writing classes provided by the Newtown Literary Alliance, Inc. in partnership with Queens Library.


Nov
18
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Celebrate Diwali with Subhra Goswami and the Ranjanee Group

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

1:00 p.m. Henna Handpainting with Anowara Ahmed*. 3:00 p.m. Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, celebrates the victory of virtue over the darkness of evil. With a focus on the festive mood of Diwali, Ranjanee Inc. will perform classical, contemporary & folk songs and dances showcasing the diversity of India. Ranjanee Inc. has performed has performed in India and across the United States.
*First 25 guests, on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
25
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Bharathanatyam & Bollywood Dance

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Ragachitra Fine Arts presents a program of South Indian dance which features the dance form of Bharathanatyam, which originated in the Hindu temples of Tamil Nadu, and also a performance of Bollywood, which mixes various dance styles, from belly dance to kathak , Indian folk, and more.


Dec
9
3:00PM

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4:00PM

"Celebrity Sadhana, Or, How to Meditate with a Hammer": A Book Reading with Poet Vijay R. Nathan

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Vijay R. Nathan, recipient of Queens Arts Council New Works grant, will read from his soon to be published poetry collection entitled: "Celebrity Sadhana, Or, How to Meditate with a Hammer". These poems imagine meditative moments from the sadhana (spiritual practice) of Hollywood's elite. and include the unauthorized appearances of the personas of Joaquin Phoenix, Natalie Portman, and Shia Labeouf, among others.


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@nyassembly.gov
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@nyassembly.gov
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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