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This Weekend at Queens Library

There’s so much to do at the library this weekend! You can celebrate World Vegetarian Day, Banned Books Week, and Mahatma Gandhi's birthday; share your writing at the Rockaway Author Expo; join a Queens Village-based photography project; laugh at an afternoon of clean comedy; meet author Terry Ballard; enjoy an interactive opera ...

October Starts with Great Concerts!

Start the fall season right with the hottest new musical talent!

Free tickets are still available for great Culture Connection concerts by blues-folk masters The Sean Richey Duo, featuring two-time Grammy nominee Norman Edwards, Jr., on Saturday, October 1, and soul crooner Cleveland P. Jones on ...

See Shakespeare Performed at Queens Library!

The play’s the thing at Queens Library! We're partnering with the award-winning TITAN Theatre Company to bring dramatic staged readings of all Shakespeare’s plays to libraries across Queens.

Our second season of Shakespeare in Queens starts with Macbeth on Monday, October 3 at ...

Get Your Free IDNYC Card in Laurelton!

You can sign up for IDNYC on your side of Queens!

Laurelton Community Library will be hosting a temporary "pop-up" Enrollment Center from October 3 through October 7 where you can apply for your IDNYC card in person.

IDNYC is the newly launched New York City ...

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

Join Queens Library for several special events where we will celebrate the histories and cultures of Hispanic Americans and the contributions they have made to our society!

Over the next four weeks, we will also highlight books from our collection by celebrated Hispanic authors. You can find a list of them here and see pictures of ...

Buy-A-Book for Queens Library

Did you know that every children’s book you buy for Queens Library will be read by 40 or more kids?

You can help the youngest members of our communities—and many others—explore their dreams through Queens Library’s Buy-A-Book program.

For every $25 you donate, a bookplate with your name (or the ...

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 ...

Dreams Start Here: the Queens Library Foundation 2016 Autumn Gala

We cordially invite you to help inspire, educate, and celebrate children at our 2016 Autumn Gala!

The Gala will benefit programs and services for children and adolescents that inspire them to learn, grow, and achieve their dreams.

We will also honor our distinguished guests—the 106th Mayor of the City of New York, ...

Free Movies, Music, E-Books, and More!

Enjoy digital media at home, at work, or on-the-go!

Queens Library is a one-stop shop for tech lovers. Our digital media collection includes thousands of free eBooks, audiobooks, eMagazines, music, movies, and videos.

You can download all of these items to a personal computer, smartphone, pocket PC, PDA, portable media ...

Oct
3
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Classic Movie Mondays

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Join us for some great classic movies in October.
10/2 - Annie Oakley (1935)
10/17 - A Place in the Sun (1951)
10/24 - Madame Curie (1943)
10/31 - A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

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

Additional Dates


Oct
3
6:00PM

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7:15PM

Tenant Rights in Rent Controlled, Rent Stabilized and Unregulated Apartments

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Central Astoria LDC, which provides housing advice and assistance to the public, presents a workshop on tenant and landlord responsibilities; basic rights of tenants; rent, rent increases and rent surcharges; and complaint forms and procedures.


Oct
4
10:15AM

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12:00PM

Computer Classes for Adults

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Would you like to know how to use the computers, or how to send an e-mail to a friend or family member? These classes are for you.

Topics covered include:
1) Introduction to computers and how to use the mouse
2) Navigating the Internet
3) Creating your own E-Mail account

SunnysideTue, Oct 11, 201610:15AM - 12:00PM
SunnysideTue, Oct 18, 201610:15AM - 12:00PM

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Oct
4
1:00PM

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2:30PM

ESOL Conversation Group at Sunnyside Community Library

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

ESOL Conversation Group.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
4
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Sunnyside Art Club

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Adults meet to draw, paint, and explore art techniques.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
5
10:00AM

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10:30AM

Toddler Time

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Stories, songs and fingerplays for children ages 19 months to 3 years old.

SunnysideWed, Oct 12, 201610:00AM - 10:30AM
SunnysideWed, Oct 19, 201610:00AM - 10:30AM
SunnysideWed, Oct 26, 201610:00AM - 10:30AM
SunnysideWed, Nov 2, 201610:00AM - 10:30AM
SunnysideWed, Nov 9, 201610:00AM - 10:30AM
SunnysideWed, Nov 16, 201610:00AM - 10:30AM
SunnysideWed, Nov 30, 201610:00AM - 10:30AM
SunnysideWed, Dec 7, 201610:00AM - 10:30AM
SunnysideWed, Dec 14, 201610:00AM - 10:30AM
SunnysideWed, Dec 21, 201610:00AM - 10:30AM
SunnysideWed, Jan 4, 201710:00AM - 10:30AM
SunnysideWed, Jan 11, 201710:00AM - 10:30AM
SunnysideWed, Jan 18, 201710:00AM - 10:30AM
SunnysideWed, Jan 25, 201710:00AM - 10:30AM

Oct
6
10:15AM

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12:00PM

Computer Classes for Adults

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Would you like to know how to use the computers, or how to send an e-mail to a friend or family member? These classes are for you.

Topics covered include:
1) Introduction to computers and how to use the mouse
2) Navigating the Internet
3) Creating your own e-mail account

SunnysideThu, Oct 13, 201610:15AM - 12:00PM
SunnysideThu, Oct 20, 201610:15AM - 12:00PM

Oct
6
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Zumba Gold Workshop

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Zumba Gold uses dance moves mixed with exercise for an effective low-impact workout. Wear loose clothing and sneakers. Preregistration by phone is required for all sessions.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
7
11:00AM

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11:30AM

Mother Goose Time

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Stories, songs and mother goose rhymes for 6 to 18 months old children.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
13
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Teens Fashion Design

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Teens will design and create clothing out of newspaper and other unconventional materials. We will end with a fashion show!

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

Additional Dates


Oct
17
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Open Mic Night

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Come share your talent in poetry, music and comedy. Walk in performers are welcome.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
20
5:00PM

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6:00PM

A Stroke Can Change Your Life: Learn How You May Lower Your Risk

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Learn how you may lower your risk of having a stroke by treating atrial fibrillation, most commonly known as AFib. When the heart is in AFib, it may not be pumping enough oxygen-rich blood out to the body. Learn more about the possible risks today, and what you can do to reduce those risks.
Presenter: Tara Roche, RN, MS, CNRN, SCRN.


Oct
21
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Origami + Geometry + Paper Folding Fun

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

In this program participants will use origami to make an exciting geometry board game.
Everything you make you will take home, so you can play at home with friends and family. All materials provided. Ages 6 – 12.


Oct
22
3:00PM

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4:00PM

The Fire Safety Show with the Rappin' Fireman

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

The Rappin' Fireman and his safety friends take children ages 6-12 through an adventure in safety, rapping safety songs with robots, puppets, a smoke house, and a whole lot of help from the audience.


Oct
24
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: Heritage Blues Trio

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Lincoln Center and Queens Library have partnered to bring world-class performances to your neighborhood. Enjoy the sounds of the blues, full of joy and sorrow, in a concert originally performed in 2014 by the Heritage Blues Trio that ranges from upbeat and celebratory to somber and reflective.

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

Sunnyside Book Club

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

We will be discussing "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain.


Oct
29
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Meet the Author: Tara Clancy and "The Clancys of Queens"

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Tara Clancy, a Moth GrandSlam winner and celebrated host of the hit show's live events across the country, is a natural storyteller whose hilarious and insightful coming-of age narrative in the "Clancys of Queens: A Memoir" will take you on a journey of her upbringing in working-class neighborhoods of Queens and the 1% lifestyle in the Hamptons.

Books will be available for sale and signing.


Nov
5
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Zumba for Kids

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Join us for a fun dance-based exercise, designed just for kids!


Nov
7
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Classic Movie Mondays

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Join us as we screen some of your James Bond favorites in November!
11/7 - Thunderball (1965)
11/14 - Live and Let Die (1973)
11/21 - The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
11/28 - Moonraker (1979)

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

Additional Dates


Nov
7
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Moving For Life: Dance Exercise for All

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Moving for Life incorporates gentle dance and yoga, accompanied by different types of music to accentuate the body-mind connection.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
10
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Meet the Author: Mark Torres "A Stirring in the North Fork"

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

"A Stirring in the North Fork" by local author Mark Torres is a thriller about a cold case, a murder on Long Island, and the out-of-work attorney who is driven to solve the decades-old mystery. Mr. Torres will discuss the story behind the book, his experience with self-publishing, and how he became a debut author.

Books will be available for sale and signing.


Nov
19
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Frogs, Bugs & Animals Show

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Learn about animals and how they each have unique abilities and important roles in nature. Meet frogs, bugs, birds, chinchillas and more. Everyone is encouraged to participate in our version of the Chicken Dance with a real live chicken. Enjoy a special surprise activity at the end of the show.


Dec
5
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Classic Movie Mondays

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Join us for some great classic movies in December!
12/5 - Suddenly, Last Summer ( 1959)
12/12 - Love Me Tonight (1932)
12/19 - It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
12/26 - Sweethearts (1938)

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

Additional Dates


Dec
8
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Reduce Holiday Stress

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

This program will present easy-to-implement suggestions to help navigate holiday stress and discover opportunities for holiday cheer. When stress becomes DISTRESS it does not take long before our bodies and minds feel the effects. In this hands-on, practical talk, Ingrid Hardin, LMSW, will address stress assessment, management and prevention. Discover the powerful relationship between stress management and self-care, which will help you live a life that promotes ongoing wellness.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Sunnyside Community Library has:

  • 14 public computers
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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International Language Collections at the Sunnyside Community Library include:

  • Spanish
  • Korean
  • Chinese
  • Bengali
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Romanian
  • Turkish
  • Portuguese

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Sunnyside Community Library include:

  • Citizenship
  • ESOL
  • Graphic Novels

 


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
Holy Mountain Nursery #1
41-05 45th Street
Sunnyside New York , 11104
phone: (718) 361-0601
Holy Mountain Nursery #4
45-08 Skillman Avenue
Sunnyside New York , 11104
phone: (718) 361-0080
Little Friends Sunnyside, Inc.
43-42 47th Street
Sunnyside New York , 11104
phone: (718) 786-4644

Community Board
Queens Community Board #2
43-22 50th Street
Woodside New York , 11377
phone: (718) 533-8773
fax: (718) 533-8777
  

Community Organizations & Services
Sunnyside Community Services
43-31 39th St
Queens New York , 11104
phone: (718) 392-6944
fax: (718) 784-7266
Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce
31-10 Thomson Avenue (suite M222)
Long Island City New York , 11101
phone: (718) 482-6053/8752
Thalia Spanish Theatre
41-17 Greenpoint Avenue
Sunnyside New York , 11104
phone: (718) 729-3880

Fire Department
Engine 325 / Ladder 163
41-24 51st Street
Woodside New York , 11377
  

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

Local Newspapers
Queens Tribune
Woodside Herald
43-11 Greenpoint Avenue
Sunnyside New York , 11104
phone: (718) 729-3772
fax: (718) 729-8614
Woodside Times

Parks and Playgrounds
Noonan Playground
43rd St & Greenpoint Avenue
Sunnyside New York , 11104
Lou Lodati Playground
43rd St & Skillman Avenue
Sunnyside New York , 11104
 

Police Department
108th Precinct
5-47 50th Avenue
Long Island City New York , 11105
phone: (718) 784-5411
  

Post Office
Sunnyside Station
45-15 44th Street
Sunnyside New York , 11104
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Queen of Angels R.C. School (preK-8)
41-12 44th Street
Sunnyside New York , 11104
phone: (718) 786-2990
St. Raphael’s R.C. School (preK-8)
48-25 37th Street
Long Island City New York , 11101
phone: (718) 784-0482
 

Public Elementary Schools
PS 150(K-6)
40-01 43rd Avenue
Sunnyside New York , 11104
phone: (718) 784-2252
PS 199 (K-4)
39-20 48th Avenue
Long Island City New York , 11104
phone: (718) 784-3431
 

Public High Schools
Aviation Career & Technical HS 610(9-12)
43-30 36th Street
Long Island City New York , 11101
phone: (718) 361-2032
Queens Vocational HS (Q 600) (9-12)
37-02 47th Avenue
Long Island City New York , 11101
phone: (718) 937-3010
 

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
IS 125 (5-8)
46-02 47th Avenue
Woodside New York , 11377
phone: (718) 937-0320
  

Senior Centers
Sunnyside Community Senior Center
43-31 39th Street
Sunnyside New York , 11104
phone: (718) 392-6944
  

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 1833
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-7370
fax: (212) 513-7195
NYS Assembly
Hon. Catherine T. Nolan
NolanC@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 47-40 21 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 Senate Capitol Building, Room 413
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-3486
fax: (518) 426-6929
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

The Sunnyside Community Library serves the area bounded by Skillman Ave. to the north, the Queens-Midtown Expressway to the south, 30th Street to the west, and 52nd Street to the east.
The community name of Sunnyside can be traced back to the 1800s, when the Bragaw family of settlers owned the Sunnyside Hill Farm in western Queens. By 1846 a community of houses, farms, and roadhouses had sprung up in the area north of Queens Boulevard. A railroad station built in 1850 was named the Sunnyside Railroad Station. The area still consisted largely of swamps and farmland until the early 1900s.
In 1902, the Pennsylvania Rail Road began buying up property in Sunnyside, leveling the land and filling in the swamps. In 1909 the Queensboro Bridge opened and in 1915 train service between Manhattan and Long Island City began. During the 1920s, Sunnyside experienced a construction boom in residential units following the expansion of the elevated Number 7 Train.
In 1924, construction began on Sunnyside Gardens, one of the nation's first planned communities. The community is located approximately two blocks north of Queens Boulevard between 43rd and 49th Streets. The planners' aim was to advance a Utopian vision by providing affordable, quality housing in beautiful surroundings for working class New Yorkers. In designing the community, architects Clarence Stein and Henry Wright adapted the English garden city model to an American urban environment. In 1974, the City of New York designated Sunnyside Gardens as a Community Preservation District. It continues to be regarded as an outstanding example of urban planning.
From the 1920s to the 1960s, Sunnyside was made up of predominantly Irish, Italian, and Jewish residents. Today it has become one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Queens. According to 2000 Census data, 61% of Sunnyside residents were born outside the United States. The top 10 countries of origin were Ecuador, Columbia, Korea, Mexico, Bangladesh, China, Dominican Republic, Romania, India, and Ireland.
The first public library facility in Sunnyside opened in 1933 at a location on Queens Boulevard. The Queens Library has been serving the Sunnyside community at its current facility since 1976.  In 2009, the Sunnyside library reopened for service after the completion extensive renovations.
More information about the Sunnyside community is available from the following sources:
Websites

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.