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Kew Gardens Hills

Black History Concert: Lyn Lockamy

Please join us for an exciting concert sponsored by the Friends of Kew Garden Hills and Rory Lancman. The very talented and professional singer Lyn Lockamy will be performing in observance of Black History Month.

Feb 25 @ 2:00 PM

Learn Windows 10 on Your Laptop (BYOD)

Do you have a Windows 10 device you need help with? Come bring your Windows 10 laptop or tablet and receive one-on-one help. Registration is not required. Please call the Kew Gardens Hills Library and ask for the Customer Service Specialist at (718) 261-6654.

Mar 5 @ 11:30 AM, Mar 12 @ 11:30 AM, Mar 19 @ 11:30 AM

Feb
19
2:00PM

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2:30PM

Mother Goose Time (Ages 12-18 Months)

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Children 12-18 months old are invited to join us for stories, songs, and finger plays.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
19
3:30PM

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6:30PM

Welcome to STACKS

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Come learn about STACKS and how our library can help you with your schoolwork.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
19
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Tuesday Pop-up Art

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

On Tuesdays Jackie and friends are making art. Join us. Ask to see our pop-up art menu for a list of our current art activities.

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

Additional Dates


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Feb
20
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Morning Storytime (Ages 18-36 Months)

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Come to the library for stories, songs, and finger plays for children ages 18-36 months old.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
21
12:30PM

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3:30PM

AARP Foundation Tax Counseling for Low Income Older Adults

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

IRS certified volunteers, sponsored by AARP Foundation, will complete and e-file your 2018 tax returns on a first-come, first-served basis. You must bring a NYS Driver's License or Non-Driver's ID; copy of the 2017 return (s); SS card or ITIN for everyone on your return; SSA-1099 form; all W-2s; 1099R, 1099 MISC or other 1099 forms; Healthcare forms; self-employment forms; 1098T from college; mortgage statement; and a cancelled check for refunds.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
21
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Robotics Workshop (Ages 8 and Up)

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

If you've ever dreamed of creating a robot army to take over the world...this is not the program for you, but it will get you started on building the robot of the future. This program is for ages 8 and up. Supplies are very limited, so registration will be required.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
25
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Black History Concert: Lyn Lockamy

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Please join us for an exciting concert sponsored by the Friends of Kew Garden Hills and Rory Lancman. The very talented and professional singer Lyn Lockamy will be performing in observance of Black History Month.


Feb
25
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Kew Gardens Hills Adult Book Club

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Please join us for our monthly book club discussion.
1/28: "Manhattan Beach" by Jennifer Egan
2/25: "Two Family House" by Lynda Cohen Loigman
3/18: "The Story of Arthur Truluv" by Elizabeth Berg
4/15: "The Lost Letter" by Jillian Cantor
5/20: "The Great Alone" by Kristin Hannah

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

Additional Dates


Feb
27
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Spelling Bee

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

If you can spell "bibliophile," you might have the skills to win our spelling bee (and maybe even go on to the Queens Library championship). Find out and--just maybe--take home some prizes.


Feb
28
10:30AM

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12:00PM

SNAP

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Please join us for a caregiver support group for caregivers caring for a loved one ages 60+ with chronic illness and dementia.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
1
11:00AM

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11:30AM

Are You a Lion or a Lamb?

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

The weather may be unpredictable this time of year, but there's one thing you can control. Decide if you'd rather be a lion or a lamb, and make a mask to celebrate the coming spring.


Mar
4
2:00PM

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2:30PM

Special Needs Reading Group

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

We'll be reading to special needs children and adults who have limited verbal abilities. Come join us as we read books that help with sensory development. Contact the Children's Librarian for further information.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
5
11:30AM

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12:30PM

Learn Windows 10 on Your Laptop (BYOD)

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Do you have a Windows 10 device you need help with? Come bring your Windows 10 laptop or tablet and receive one-on-one help. Registration is not required. Please call the Kew Gardens Hills Library and ask for the Customer Service Specialist at (718) 261-6654.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
5
2:00PM

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2:30PM

Mother Goose Time (Ages 12-18 Months)

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Come to the library for stories, songs, and finger plays for children 12-18 months old.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
6
11:30AM

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12:30PM

Adult Crafts

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Please join us for crafts on Wednesdays.
No registration required.


Mar
6
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Creative Aging: Mixed Media and Self-Portraits

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Teaching artist Richard Estrin presents Mixed Media and Self-Portraits, a four-session intermediate level drawing workshop. Bring a mirror for self-portraits. Registration is required. Call the Kew Gardens Hills Library to register at 718-261-6654.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
7
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Professional Cabaret Singer: Diana Templeton

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Kew Gardens Hills Friends Group proudly presents a special concert featuring Diana Templeton, professional cabaret singer. This event is sponsored by Councilman Rory Lancman.


Mar
14
6:00PM

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7:15PM

Inspiring Women in Science: Dr. Dugwon Seo

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Dr. Dugwon Seo, assistant professor in the Engineering Technology Department at Queensborough Community College, will speak on her career path as a woman engineer, how rapidly technology is changing, the application of technology (i.e. robotics), and how we can adjust and prepare for the future.


Mar
17
1:00PM

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3:00PM

The Seuss-a-thon

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Come to our annual celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday, with stories, special guests, puppets, and surprises.


Mar
20
4:30PM

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5:15PM

Inspiring Women in Science: Bingo!

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

The excitement of Bingo and the fun of learning something new? Yes please! Fun facts about fifty inspiring women in science in a Bingo game for the whole family!


Mar
27
4:30PM

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5:15PM

Spelling Bee

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Compete in our spelling bee for fame and prizes.


Apr
1
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Lecture on Organization and Decluttering Your Home or Office with Shoshana Troppe

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Ms. Troppe will discuss rules of organization, time management, calendar usage, and other means of making your home or office more efficient and clutter-free. ** THIS IS FOR THE MAGAZINE AND CALENDAR **


Apr
8
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Meet the Author: "Our Invisible Neighbors" by Crystal Wolfe

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Are you or someone you know one paycheck away from homelessness like millions of New Yorkers? Local author Crystal Wolfe will discuss her book "Our Invisible Neighbors: Accounts, Causes, and Solutions to the Epidemic of Homelessness in the 21st Century." Books will be available for sale and signing.


May
14
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Lecture on Contemporary /Modern Art with Lisa Scandaliato

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Join us for a slide presentation and lecture detailing art movements from 1860 to 1960 and the figures who led them. This is a free program sponsored by the Friends of Kew Gardens Hills.


May
15
12:00PM

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2:00PM

Older Adults Day: Working with Watercolors

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Professional teaching artist Richard Estrin leads this one-session watercolor/collage workshop. Registration is required. Please call the Kew Garden Hills Library to register at 718-261-6654. This program is part of Older Adults Day.


May
15
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Older Adults Day: Celebrate Jewish Culture in Music

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Cantor Irene Failenbogen is a singer-songwriter from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is a crossover artist who has performed in operas, musical comedies, and theater. She was trained as a Hazzan in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and leads liturgical services for Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, and Shabbat. Celebrate Jewish culture in English, Hebrew, Ladino, and Yiddish.


Jun
6
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Quilling with Phyllis Gur

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Participants will make one-of-a-kind jewelry and greeting cards using quilling or paper filigree, an art form dating back to the Renaissance that involves strips of paper that are rolled and glued together to create decorative designs. This is a free program sponsored by the Friends of Kew Gardens Hills.


Jun
6
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Frogs, Bugs, & Animal Show with Jason Reilly

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

This program features frogs, bugs, chinchillas, and a chicken. Learn about where these animals are from, what they eat, when they sleep, and how they protect themselves. This program is for ages 6 to 12.


Jun
11
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Life Transitions: Coping With Loss

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Loss can mean different things to different people. Whether you’re struggling with the loss of a loved one, loss of physical abilities, or the loss of independence, we want you to find a space to connect with others, learn coping strategies, and find support. Join us for a discussion on loss facilitated by Jacqueline LaGrassa, LCSW from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. All are welcome.


Jun
13
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Fused Glass with Naomi Rabinowitz

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Participants will make one-of-a-kind fused glass jewelry pieces. This is a free program sponsored by the Friends of Kew Gardens Hills.


Jul
16
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Navigating the Healthcare System

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Gain insight on long-term care planning, including Medicaid enrollment, navigating the healthcare system, and much more that can help you and your loved ones prepare for the road ahead. All are welcome!


Dec
5
3:00PM

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4:00PM

What You Need to Know about Cancer and Being Your Healthiest and Happiest

Location: Kew Gardens Hills
Registration: Not required

Come learn key information about protecting your health from cancer and other illnesses, including facts and statistics about cancer, as well as who should be screened and when. We will also focus on strengthening our communication skills to encourage those we love who are at risk to pursue relevant health care. Participants will have a chance to ask licensed health professionals important health questions in an open and encouraging environment.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Kew Gardens Hills Community Library has:

  • We have total  12 public computers

    6  in the adult room and 1 Catalog Station

    6 in the teen area

    5 in the children area
     
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the Kew Gardens Hills Community Library include:

  • Russian (Privet collection)
  • Hebrew, Chinese
  • Persian and Yiddish.

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Kew Gardens Hills Community Library include:

  • Holocaust history/literature
  • International musical CD collection
  • Russian
  • Hebrew and DVDs
  • Jewish Interest
  • Graphic Novels
  • Large Print.

 


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
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
ECLC (Early Childhood Learning Center)
71-25 Main Street
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 268-7085
Positive Beginnings
Special education for language impaired children (ambulatory only)
71-25 Main Street
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 261-0211
P.S. 165 (PK-6)
Includes nursery school
70-35 150 Street
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 263-4004
Queen of Peace
Includes nursery school
141-25 77 Road
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 969-3640
Stepping Stone
Special education (early childhood intervention)
77-40 Vleigh Place
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 591-9093
Yeshiva of Central Queens
147-37 70 Road
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 793-8500

Community Board
Community Board District #8
197-15 Hillside Avenue
Hollis NY , 11423
phone: (718) 264-7895
fax: (718) 264-7910
  

Community Organizations & Services
Beacon 168 / Parsons J.H.S.
158-40 76 Road
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718) 820-0760
Doe Fund, Inc/Ready Willing & Able
Sponsored by Councilperson from District #24
Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association
P.O. Box 670085
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 263-1760
  

Fire Department
Engine 315 Ladder 125
159-06 Union Turnpike
Flushing NY , 11366
  

Local Hospitals
New York Hospital Queens
56-45 Main Street
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 670-1200
  

Local Newspapers
Flushing Times
41-02 Bell Boulevard
Bayside NY , 11361
phone: 718-260-4545

Parks and Playgrounds
Albert Mauro Playground
West side of Park Dr. East btwn Union Turnpike and
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Grand Central Parkaway, Van Wyck Expressway
Freedom Square Park
Vleigh pl., west side of Main St. & 73 Terrace
Haym Salomon Square
72nd rd, btwn Vleigh Pl. and east side of Main St.
Vleigh Place Park
Vleigh Place btwn 141 St. & Union Turnpike
 

Police Department
107th Precinct
71-01 Parsons Boulevard
Flushing NY , 11365
phone: (718) 969-5100
  

Post Office
Flushing Station C
75-23 Main Street
Flushing NY , 11367
phone: (718) 544-0989
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Queen of Peace (PK-8)
141-25 77 Road
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 969-3640
Rabbinical Seminary of America High School (Boys only, 9-12)
76-01 147 Street
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 263-1446
Shevach High School (Girls only, 9-12)
75-09 Main Street
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 263-0525
Yeshiva Berachel David-Torah High School (Boys only, 9-12)
150-62 78 Road
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 849-4140
Yeshiva Ketana of Queens (Boys only, PK-8)
78-15 Parsons Blvd.
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718) 969 – 1000
Yeshiva of Central Queens (PK-8)
147-37 70 Road
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 793-8500
Yeshivah Education for Special Students (K-8)
147-37 70 Road
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 268-5976
  

Public Elementary Schools
P.S. 164 (K-6)
138-01 77 Ave
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 544-1083
P.S. 165 (PK-6)
70-35 150 Street
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 263-4004
P.S. 499 (K-6)
148-20 Reeves Avenue
Kew Gardens Hills NY , 11367
phone: (718) 461-7462

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Robert F. Kennedy Community Middle School (I 250, 5-8)
75-40 Parsons Blvd
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718) 591-3015
Robert F. Kennedy Collaborative H.S. (Q 670, 9-12)
75-40 Parsons Blvd.
Flushing NY , 11366
phone: (718) 969-5510
 

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Rory Lancman
RLancman@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 78-40 164th Street
Hillcrest NY , 11366
phone: (718) 217-4969
fax: (347) 561-6116
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1773
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-6956
fax: (212) 676-0471
NYS Assembly
Hon. Daniel Rosenthal
RosenthalD@nyassembly.gov
District Office Address 159-06 71st Avenue
Flushing NY, 11365
phone: (718) 969-1508
fax: (718) 969-8326
Albany Office LOB, Room 431
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4404
fax: (518) 455-5408
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. Grace Meng

District Office Address 40-13 159th Street, Suite A
Flushing NY, 11358
phone: (718) 445-7860
fax: (718) 445-7868
Legislative Office 1317 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-2601
fax: (202) 225-1589
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

The Kew Gardens Hills Community Library is located at 72-33 Vleigh Place. The name Vleigh Place comes from the swamps which existed beside Flushing Creek. Until 1801, this prevented direct routes between Flushing and the west so traffic only went as far as Kew Gardens. This connected with the road which circled the head of the marshland and ran north to Flushing. This road was called Head of the Vleigh Road for the Dutch word, also written Vly or Fly, which means “valley” or “swamp”. In 1937, the name was changed to Vleigh Place.

Kew Gardens Hills is related to Kew Gardens in name only. The neighborhood has also been referred to variously as “East Forest Hills” and “Queens Valley”. The legend is that Abraham Wolosoff, who developed a community of small homes and apartments in southwest Flushing in the 1930s, became so impressed with what he perceived as the classy neighborhood, he incorporated the name into his development. The hilliness of the area helped contribute to its name.

During the 1700s the area was owned by William Furman, who called his farm Willow Glen. The land was later sold to Timothy Jackson, who developed trotting horses. Although the area was still farmland in the late 1800s, improved transportation was attracting developers and businessmen. The Queens Valley Golf Club was opened in 1933, followed by the Arrowhead and Pomonok courses.

The expansion of the IND subway, coupled with the linkage of the Kew Gardens interchange on the Grand Central Parkway and the paving of Queens Boulevard, led to 1,200 new residents moving into the neighborhood and hundreds of new homes being built. The opening of the World’s Fair in 1939 also spurred growth. Early arrivals included German, Irish and Italian families moving out from Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Eventually, thousands of apartments were built in garden apartment complexes and low-rise three to six story buildings due to the demand for housing after World War II. Most of the units were originally built as rentals but were converted to non-eviction co-ops during the 1980’s, greatly diminishing the area’s rental supply.

The Orthodox community took root in 1950 when 15 families founded the congregation of Young Israel of Forest Hills. There are now at least 20 synagogues, large and small.

Among more recent immigrants have been Indians, Afghans and other Asians, and Jews from former republics of the Soviet Union.

The Queens Borough Public Library provided service to the Kew Gardens Hills community initially by Book Bus in 1943. The first regularly scheduled stop was at the Regency Park Apartments at 78th Avenue and Main Street. Nine years later, a second stop was added for the Park Drive Section at Jewel Avenue and 138th Street. The Regency Park book bus stop was moved to its final location across the street from the new Queens County Savings Bank.

On February 14, 1954, the branch opened in the new building of the Queens County Savings Bank, a building modeled after Independence Hall in Philadelphia. It had the unique distinction of being the first air-conditioned library in Queens.

On March 13, 1967, the present location was opened in a large, city owned building. A dedication ceremony was held, presided over by then-Library Director Harold W. Tucker.

The branch was closed for renovations for several months in 1985, re-opening in October.

On April 16th, 1998, the name of the branch was officially changed from “Vleigh” to “Kew Gardens Hills” to more accurately reflect the geographic location of the branch.