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Free UPK at Ravenswood

Queens Library’s Universal Pre-K at Ravenswood, located at 35-32 21st Street in Long Island City, offers an outstanding pre-K education; free nutritious lunches and snacks; warm, friendly, highly qualified staff; the best learning experience for your child; free after-school care until 5:30 p.m.; and all the ...

Free Tax Help at Queens Library!

It’s that time of year again!

If you need help figuring out and filing your ‪tax return‬, come to Queens Library for free tax-preparation assistance if you're age 60 and older or earn less than $66,000 a year.

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance is offering free electronic ...

Honor Martin Luther King Jr. at Queens Library

This January and February, we hope you will join us for special events that pay tribute to the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., including poetry readings, dramatic performances, fun learning opportunities for kids, and much more.

We also have suggestions below for great books and movies about Dr. King.

All ...

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 ...

Watch Great Films with Kanopy!

Get out your Queens Library card and sign up for Kanopy, the Library's newest on-demand video streaming service, where you can watch more than 30,000 classic movies, indie films, foreign films, and acclaimed documentaries!

You can stream films from hundreds of popular producers such as The Criterion ...

Immigration Assistance at Queens Library

Queens Library offers several resources for new Americans and prospective citizens.

Join us for citizenship classes and workshops, free legal help and financial counseling from NYCitizenship, and more.

Learn about your rights and the realities of the immigration process, and receive assitance from experienced lawyers and ...

Jan
24
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Mother Goose Time for Little Ones 0-18 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.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
24
11:30AM

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12:00PM

Toddler Time for Toddlers

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Join us for stories, songs, finger plays and movement. Caregivers must attend with toddlers. For ages 19 months to 4 years. First come, first served. Space may be limited.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
25
1:00PM

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1:45PM

Toddler Playtime

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


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Jan
25
2:30PM

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3:00PM

Picture Book Time for Children Ages 2 1/2 - 6 years

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Children ages 2-1/2 -6 years and their parent or caregiver are welcome to join us for stories, songs, finger plays, and coloring. Families may join us after they arrive from school.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
26
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Friday Afternoon Children's Movies

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Join us to watch a family friendly movie.


Jan
27
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Adolescent Health

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Come learn everything you need to know as your child grows to be a young adult from providers at NYC Health and Hospitals at Elmhurst.


Jan
27
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Newtown Literary-Taking the Leap With Poetry

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Taking a literary leap, students will learn about and craft powerful imaginative and effective descriptions in poetry using simile and metaphor.


Feb
2
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Valentines' Day Teen Movie: "The Fault in Our Stars"

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Get ready for Valentines' Day by chilling out and taking in a movie about love and friendship.


Feb
3
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Free Writing Classes: Ther is Here: Place in Poetry

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Joseph O. Legaspi, Fulbright fellow and author of the poetry collections "Threshold" and "Imago" will explore ways to write about and conjure place, which in turn anchors the poem. This series of free writing classes is provided by the Newtown Literary Alliance, Inc. in partnership with Queens Library.


Feb
9
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Lunar New Year and Valentines' Day Crafts

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Let's make some crafts for your loved ones to celebrate the Lunar New Year and Valentines' Day.


Feb
9
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Children's Spelling Bee

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Children in grades 3-6 will compete in this exciting spelling bee! Children will compete in two groups, grades 3 and 4 and grades 5 and 6. The winner in each age group will be invited to compete in the Spring 2018 Queens Library Spelling Bee. Please see Children's Librarian if you would like to register for this.


Feb
12
5:30PM

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7:30PM

Broken Heart Week Movie: "La La Land"

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Come enjoy a romantic movie at the Jackson Heights Library. For all Broken Heart Week programs, visit http://queenslib.org/BHW18


Feb
16
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Broken Heart Week Movie: "Me Before You"

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Come enjoy a romantic movie at the Jackson Heights Library. For all Broken Heart Week programs, visit http://queenslib.org/BHW18


Feb
17
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Broken Heart Week: Frida Kahlo's A Broken/Feisty Heart

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Claudia Norman, Producer and Executive Director of the Celebrate Mexico Now Festival, will offer a multi-media presentation of Frida Kahlo’s passionate and, often, devastating love life that inspired some of her most famous and celebrated works. Fragments of love letters, diary entries, music and, of course, art will bring the feisty artist to life in celebration of her uncompromised spirit in art and love.
For all Broken Heart Week programs, visit http://queenslib.org/BHW18


Feb
20
3:00PM

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4:30PM

NY Aquarium: Watercolors Underwater

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

STACKS presents a NY Aquarium program where art and science come together, in which students create watercolor paintings of marine wildlife and their habitats. With the story of the Bathysphere Expeditions as our inspiration, we will observe bio-facts from different species and meet an animal to fuel the art we create!


Feb
20
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


Feb
24
2:30PM

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3:30PM

I-Heung Lee in Concert

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Classical pianist I-Heung Lee performs the works of Mozart, Bach, Schumann, Liszt, Chopin and others.


Feb
24
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Newtown Literary: Twisted Tales-Retelling Fairy Tales, Myths and More

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Tell new stories by putting your own spin on your favorite tales from mythology, folklore and classic literature.
Credit Line Council member Daniel Dromm


Mar
2
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Hao Bang-Ah, Dog!

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Audiences will be introduced to traditional Chinese New Year customs and foods (red envelopes, fish and “nian gao”). They will also meet some of other animals of the Chinese zodiac (Tigers, Rabbits, Roosters, Horses, Sheep and Monkeys.) Sing-alongs, games, and a hands-on post-show demonstration will make the Chinese language and cultural experience accessible to even the youngest audience members!


Mar
13
1:15PM

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2:00PM

Children Sing and Celebrate Around the World

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Children and their caregivers will learn about the variety of ways people sing and celebrate around the world in this interactive program.


Mar
24
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Newtown Literary: Write on Your Nerve

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Learn to write poetry freely, honestly, excitingly, and strangely, using everything around you as sources of inspiration.
Credit Line; City Council Daniel Dromm


Apr
7
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Free Writing Classes: There's Poetry...There!

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Get ready and write with poet/author Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie. In this workshop we will reconsider what poetry does. Writers of all genres are welcome. Look for other workshops, part of this series of free writing classes provided by the Newtown Literary Alliance, Inc. in partnership with Queens Library.


Apr
16
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Understanding Antibiotics

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Lifesaving antibiotics can cure dangerous bacterial infections, but did you know that antibiotics do not help fight viruses? In fact, the main driving factors behind antibiotic resistance are the overuse and misuse of antibiotics. Come learn from an infectious disease pharmacist and physician assistant about when antibiotics are and are not needed, as well as the potential harms of using antibiotics.


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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