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It's #BookTuesday!

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

Our #BookTuesday pick is Clock Dance by Anne Tyler.

This new novel of self-discovery and second chances from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “A Spool of Blue Thread” is a bewitching book of hope and ...

Discover Your City With Culture Pass!

It's summer in the city and NYC’s libraries are making it easier for you to explore local museums, public gardens, and other cultural attractions for FREE with your friends and family!

Queens Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and the New York Public Library are excited to announce Culture Pass, a ...

In Search of Earth’s Secrets: A Pop-Up Science Encounter

Are you curious about how our planet has evolved in the past—and how it is changing now?

Join us this summer and fall for a unique pop-up science exhibit where you will learn how scientists on board a research drilling ship are studying the seafloor’s core!

The JOIDES Resolution is a ship that drills into ...

Summer Reading: Libraries Rock!

Summer reading is here, and our theme this year is Libraries Rock!

We can’t wait for you to rock and roll with us at our music-themed events all summer long, from making your own instruments to sing-alongs!

Get your reading groove on this summer and track your reading progress through fun activities at your ...

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 ...

Summer Meals For Kids & Teens

For children and teens up to 18 years old, free, nutritious Summer Meals will be available from Wednesday, June 27 through Friday, August 31.

Meals will be provided Monday through Friday, from 1pm to 2pm, at 35 Queens Library locations. Enrollment is not required.

Queens ...

Summer Programs at the Library!

Summer Programs are in full swing at the Library! Come out to enjoy music, theater, and learning opportunities that are perfect for the family.

If the play’s your thing, don’t miss the chance to stop by and pick up free tickets to Shakespeare in the Park.

For an experience the entire family ...

Aug
15
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Time

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Interactive stories with simple crafts hand rhymes and finger plays will also be done, along with bubbles and toys.
Ages 1-5

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

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Aug
15
12:45PM

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2:45PM

The Daily Puzzle

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Do you love puzzles? Long Island City provides puzzles for adults. Stop in anytime!

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

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Aug
15
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Free Summer Meals At Long Island City Library

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Join us for free summer meal lunches at Long Island City Library for ages 0-18 years old Monday-Friday from 1pm-2pm from June 27th-August 31st. Come to the library and nourish your brain and body while you read or enjoy various activities at the library this summer.

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

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Aug
15
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Libraries Rock!

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

We are offering different summer reading based programs focusing on the theme Libraries Rock! Come rock out with us at the library. No registration required, all ages welcome!

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

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Aug
15
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Virtual Reality Experience with Oculus Rift

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Step into the world of Virtual Reality (VR). Join us for an VR experience like no other. You can try a fun game like Robo Recall or experience an horror game like Face Your Fears. Must be 18+ and/or 13 with parental consent.

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

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Aug
15
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Program Partnership

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Join us for a summer of fun and learning!

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

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Aug
16
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Jumpstart Your Career Info Session | July FY 19/LIC-ALP

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Are you looking for education and new skills to help you get a job? Queens Library is here to help with specialized education and career training programs. Offerings include intensive ESOL, intensive High School Equivalency (TASC test) classes and job certification programs. Attend an information session to learn more and find out how to apply.


Aug
16
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Scratch Coding for Children

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Kids will learn the basics of block coding using Hour of Code and Code.org. Then they will explore Scratch on their own and be given different challenges that they can complete if they need some direction.

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

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Aug
17
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Art Explosion

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Want to get messy? Kids and caregivers can come for a simple project to get your imaginations going. Explore as we play with paints, glue, and everything squishy and fun. Aprons will be provided.

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

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Aug
17
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Scratch Coding For Adults

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Adults, learn to create your own computer games using Scratch.

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

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Aug
18
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Summer Movies

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Join us for the following movie screenings:
8/4: "Hotel Transylvania 2" (2015, PG)
8/11: "Peter Rabbit" (2018, PG)
8/18: "Coco" (2017, PG)
8/25: "Moana" (2016, PG)

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

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Aug
21
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Adult Dominoes

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Join us for a game of dominoes.

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

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Aug
21
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Origami Hour

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

A relaxing attention training program for families. Participants will spend the hour creating easy origami creations from print-outs and / or videos from “origami fun”.

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

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Aug
21
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Chess Club

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Practice your chess skills with other adults.

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

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Aug
27
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Harry Potter 20: Harry Potter Week!

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

The children's room of Long Island City Library will be dedicating the last week of August to all things Harry Potter! This year is the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter being published in the U.S. Join us Monday through Friday at 4pm for a special Harry Potter themed program.

8/27 - Sorting Hat
8/28 - DIY Wands
8/29 - Quote Challenge
8/30 - Snitch Scavenger Hunt
8/31 - Potion Class

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

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Aug
29
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Super Fan Quote Contest

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Are you a Harry Potter super fan? Fans will have an opportunity to test their Harry Potter knowledge at participating library locations. To enter you must identify the Harry Potter quote. If you answer correctly your name will be entered into the drawing to win Harry Potter prizes.


Sep
3
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Retro Pi Game

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Join us for a night of retro games.

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

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Sep
4
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Crafternoons

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Join us for an afternoon of crafts!

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

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Sep
5
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Board Game Bonanza

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Join us for a night of board games.

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

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Sep
6
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Fantasy Football League

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Do you have what it takes? Join us for our fantasy football league!

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

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Sep
10
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Banned Books Week: Black Out Poetry

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Join us for a night of craft as we make poetry out of blacked-out text. Patrons can use markers or other supplies to create either poetry or a zine about censorship or banned books.

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

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Sep
17
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Acting Workshop for Teens

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Titan Theatre Company presents an Introduction to Acting Workshop for teens. Join Titan Resident Company member Gregory Couba as he introduces basic acting methods and techniques. The workshop is open to all teens who want to come explore the magic of drama!


Sep
17
6:30PM

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8:00PM

QEDC: Business Plan Competition

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

The Queens Economic Development Corporation’s Annual Queens StartUP! Business Plan Competition begins in September 2018. The competition gives entrepreneurs a chance to strengthen their business knowledge, learn about business trends, and gain insights into starting and growing a business while also introducing them to the vast resources available to them at Queens Library. Learn more at these information sessions and watch for more news about classes starting in October.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Long Island City Community Library has:

  • 18 public access computers
  • 15 in-library laptops providing core library services
  • Software and databases for public use
  • Internet access

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Long Island City Community Library include:

  • Black Experience
  • Cookbooks
  • Travel
  • Computer Books
  • Test Books

Child Care / Preschools
Community Organizations & Services
Emergency Services
Local Hospitals
Local Newspapers
Parks and Playgrounds
Post Office
Public Elementary Schools
Public High Schools
Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
Astoria Child Care Center
21-20 35 Avenue
Long Island City NY ,
phone: (718) 784-2856
fax:
Little Friends Nursery School
4342 47th St
Long Island City NY , 11104
phone: (718)786-4644
fax:
Queensbridge Daycare PAL Western Green Nursery School
10-26 41 Avenue
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phone: (718) 784-2092
fax:
Queensbridge Daycare Center
3811 27th St.
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718)729-5659
fax:
  

Community Organizations & Services
Meals On Wheels
45-18 Court Square #501
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 482-8620
fax:
Ravenswood Community Center
35-40 21 Street
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 786-3131
fax:
Queensbridge/Riis Senior Center
10-25 41st Ave.,
Long Island City NY ,
phone: (718) 937-1093
fax:
Hanac Ravenswood Senior Center
34-35 12 Street #A
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 786-1550
fax:
  

Emergency Services
Engine 206
11-15 37th Ave
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone:
fax:
114 Precinct
34-16 Astoria Blvd
Astoria NY , 11103
phone: (718) 626-9311
fax:
 

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

Local Newspapers
Queens Tribune

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phone: (718) 357-7400
fax:
  

Parks and Playgrounds
Astoria Park Pool
19 Street and 23 Drive
Astoria NY , 11105
phone: (718) 626-8620
fax:
Queensbridge Park
21st Street, Bridge Plaza, East River
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phone:
fax:
 

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

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

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

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
fax:
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Jimmy Van Bramer
JVanBramer@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 47-01 Queens Boulevard, Suite 205
Sunnyside NY, 11104
phone: (718) 383-9566
fax: (718) 383-9076
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1882
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-7370
fax: (212) 513-7195
NYS Assembly
Hon. Catherine T. Nolan
NolanC@nyassembly.gov
District Office 47-40 21st Street, Room 810
Long Island City NY, 11101
phone: (718) 784-3194
fax: (718) 472-0648
Albany Office LOB, Room 836
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4851
fax: (518) 455-3847
NYS Senate
Hon. Michael Gianaris
Gianaris@nysenate.gov
District Office 31-19 Newtown Avenue, Suite 402
Astoria NY , 11102
phone: (718) 728-0960
fax: (718) 728-0963
Albany Office Capitol Building, Room 413
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-3486
fax: (518) 426-6929
US Congress
Hon. Carolyn Maloney
District Office 31-19 Newtown Avenue
Astoria NY , 11102
phone: (718) 932-1804
fax: (718) 932-1805
Legislative Office 2308 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-7944
fax: (202) 225-4709
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Located in northwestern Queens, Long Island City (LIC) is the largest neighborhood in the borough. It was the earliest part of Queens to be recognized by the Dutch and was the scene of many British troop movements. Created in 1870 from the communities of Astoria, Hunters Point, Blissville, Ravenswood, Dutch Kills, Bowery Bay, Steinway and Sunnyside, locals now use the term LIC only for the area south of Astoria.

In the mid 1800s, Hunters Point, the southern tip of LIC on the East River water front, became linked with the North Fork Line of the LIRR. Ferry service also began between Wall Street and 34th Street. By 1870 when Long Island City was chartered, it had become the center of industry for Queens County. By the end of that century a major building boom had established a number of important factories as well as urban residential areas.

With the opening of the Queensborough Bridge in 1908 and the original Pennsylvania Station on the Queens waterfront in 1910, many factories located here and innumerable industries took advantage of the ample space and low land cost. By 1940 with the completion of The Triborough Bridge and the Queens Midtown Tunnel, Long Island City sitting next to the Sunnyside Rail Yards had become a world class industrial center though more or less a passing through point for commuters between Manhattan, Eastern Queens, and Long Island.

By the mid 1970s, however, due to the migration of businesses out of New York, LIC had become a small sleepy town with many empty factories and warehouse spaces. A new group began to emerge composed of younger artists and musicians who were being priced out of the tight market in Manhattan and who were drawn to the spacious lofts, unhindered light, and the almost rural quality of the neighborhood. Equally attractive was the existence of the studios of two world renowned artists, the late Isamu Noguchi, whose studio is now a museum, and Mark DiSuvero who established the Socrates Sculpture Park, the city's largest outdoor exhibition space. The Urban and Contemporary Arts Institute, better known as P.S. 1, at one time Public School #1, became central to the Long Island City Arts movement.

The 1980s saw greater industrial expansion in Long Island City and a rebirth of the film industry, which had its early roots here. Most notable was the establishment of Silvercup Studios, which converted an old bread factory into what would become the largest independent, full-service film and television production facility in the northeastern United States. The International Design Center of New York was opened on the site where the Sunshine bakery and Adams Chewing Gum plants stood. La Guardia Community College took over the disused factories of the White Motor Company and the Equitable Bag Company. The 48 story Citicorp building was erected in 1989 and is the tallest building in New York City outside Manhattan.

Special Services

Queens Library HealthLink

 

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately one of two American men and one of three American women will have some type of cancer at some point during their lifetime. Queens Library HealthLink seeks to increase access to cancer screening and cancer treatment among medically underserved communities in Queens. Queens Library HealthLink is a partnership between Queens Library, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Queens Cancer Center of Queens Hospital and the American Cancer Society.