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This Weekend at Queens Library

Join us at the Library this weekend! There’s music from around the world, magic and mind reading, writing workshops for adults and teens, family story time, poetry reading, science fun, help with health and citizenship, arts and crafts, movies, and much more!

Queens Library is for everyone, and we hope to see you ...

Queens Library is for Everyone!

The Everyone Campaign is exactly that: for everyone. Queens Library is a safe space for all, no matter where you come from, who you love, or what you believe.

In today’s political and social climate, many people in the communities we serve feel vulnerable and afraid.

As the hub of every community across the ...

Listen to Our Volunteer Voices!

It’s National Volunteer Week 2017, and we want to celebrate the important role of volunteers at Queens Library!

All this week, to say Thank You to our volunteers, we will share their voices and let them tell you what their service to the Library means to them and their communities.

Check our special blog post ...

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 ...

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 next Shakespeare in Queens performance will be Coriolanus on Monday, May 1 at 5:30 p.m. at Briarwood ...

Comment on Our FY2018 Budget

Queens Library is preparing its operating budget for Fiscal Year 2018, and we'd like you to share your thoughts. Your comments online and by mail are welcome through Saturday, May 20.

Please visit our budget feedback webpage to read our Budget Priorities for Fiscal Year 2018 and fill out our ...

Our New Music For April!

Looking for new music? Look no further than your local Queens Library!

Every month, our expert staff will bring you the best of what's new in our physical and digital collections.

This month features music from CeCe Winans, Ed Sheeran, Big Sean, LeAnn Rimes, Pitbull, Kehlani, Little Big Town, and Nathan ...

Battle of the Bands 2017

The Battle of the Bands is back and better than ever, and we're looking for performers!

For the third year running, New York bands will have the opportunity to bring the house down at the 2,100-seat Colden Auditorium at Queens College’s Kupferberg Center for the Arts on Thursday, July 27.

Queens ...

Free UPK at Ravenswood

If you didn't get a chance to sign up before, Round 2 of applications for Queens Library’s Universal Pre-K at Ravenswood is now open!

Queens Library’s UPK program now offers free after-school care, available until 6 p.m., in addition to an outstanding pre-K education; free ...

Celebrate Immigrant Heritage!

This April, Queens Library is celebrating the heritage and legacy of immigrants in America!

Join us for craft workshops, concerts, dance, and theater from around the globe.

Learn about the evolution of Bollywood with the Payalia Dance Company; explore culture and tradition with Pablo Mayor’s Folklore Urbano El ...

May
1
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Classic Movies

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Join us for some great classic movies in May!
5/1 - Gunga Din (1939)
5/8 - The Lady from Shanghai (1948)
5/15 - Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)
5/22 - Grand Hotel (1932)

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

Additional Dates


May
1
6:00PM

--to--

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


May
2
10:15AM

--to--

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 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, May 9, 201710:15AM - 12:00PM
SunnysideTue, May 16, 201710:15AM - 12:00PM
SunnysideTue, May 23, 201710:15AM - 12:00PM

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May
2
3:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Introduction to Watercolor

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

This course, for adults age 50 and up, will focus on getting comfortable with watercolor painting techniques: learning the basics of materials, tools, techniques, color, value and composition. Space is limited. Preregistration for the entire 9 session series is required. Register by calling Richmond Hill @ 718-849-7150 or Sunnyside @ 718-784-3033

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

Additional Dates


May
3
10:00AM

--to--

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, May 10, 201710:00AM - 10:30AM
SunnysideWed, May 17, 201710:00AM - 10:30AM
SunnysideWed, May 24, 201710:00AM - 10:30AM
SunnysideWed, May 31, 201710:00AM - 10:30AM
SunnysideWed, Jun 7, 201710:00AM - 10:30AM
SunnysideWed, Jun 14, 201710:00AM - 10:30AM

May
4
10:15AM

--to--

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, May 11, 201710:15AM - 12:00PM
SunnysideThu, May 18, 201710:15AM - 12:00PM
SunnysideThu, May 25, 201710:15AM - 12:00PM

May
4
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Worms Bin Storytime

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Worms Bin Story time for Kids.

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

Additional Dates


May
4
6:30PM

--to--

7:30PM

Moving For Life

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Moving for Life incorporates dance and Qi Gong, 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


May
5
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


May
6
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Hiroya Tsukamoto: Cinematic Guitar Poetry

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

New York-based guitarist and singer Hiroya Tsukamoto, a Woodside resident, performs a concert of guitar pieces, songs (original works and Japanese folk music with stories), and poetry.


May
10
2:30PM

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4:00PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: Danish String Quartet: A Little Night Music

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

One of the most exciting young string quartets on the world stage gives their Mostly Mozart debut. Their fascinating program kicks off with Mozart's arrangements of "The Well-Tempered Clavier". Stay after the screening for an introspective discussion inspired by the performance facilitated by Carlo Nicolau, accomplished violinist and composer. Refreshments will be served.


May
17
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Sunnyside Book Club

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

We will be discussing "The Life We Bury" by Allen Eskens.


May
20
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Dances and Serenades

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Celebrate the romance of Spring with trio Cantando así (singing like this). Bolero, danza puertorriqueña, flamenco, plus their new arrangement of Schubert's Serenade for two guitars and tenor voice.


May
26
3:00PM

--to--

4:30PM

Understanding and Managing your Credit-- In Spanish

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

• Understanding credit report & score
• How to build good credit
• How to rebuild you credit, make disputes


Jun
3
2:00PM

--to--

3:45PM

Children's Movies

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Join us for an afternoon movie just for kids!
6/3 - 2pm - Finding Dory (rated PG); 6/8 - 3pm - Mulan (rated G); 6/10 - 2pm - The Lego Movie (rated PG); 6/15 - 3pm - Cars (rated G)

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

Additional Dates


Jun
5
3:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Classic Movie Mondays

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Join us for more great classics every Monday in June.
6/5 - The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
6/12 - Harper (1966)
6/19 - Dr. Strangelove (1964)
6/26 - All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

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

Additional Dates


Jun
6
3:30PM

--to--

5:00PM

Sunnyside Art Club

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Practice using a variety of mediums at this informal art club meeting every Tuesday. No experience necessary. All adults are welcome.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
14
2:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Stay after the screening of Danny Elfman’s multimedia celebration to further explore Tim Burton’s visually imaginative films and Elfman’s vivid musical scores. A facilitator will lead a fun craft activity integrating musical patterns, tones, and rhythms—perfect for fans of Tim Burton, and those new to his work. Refreshments will be served.


Jun
15
6:30PM

--to--

7:30PM

Accent Reduction for Everyday Success

Location: Sunnyside
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? A Speech-language pathologist will teach you everyday tips and techniques to help you approximate an American English speaking style.


Jun
21
2:30PM

--to--

3:30PM

Flute Music from Around the World

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Tereasa Payne, flautist from NYC, presents an exciting program of flutes from around the world. Pan flutes, Ocarinas, Native American Flutes and more! Tereasa performs solos on each of these world flutes, while sharing interesting anecdotes about the history and cultural significance of each one!


Jun
22
6:30PM

--to--

7:30PM

Vertical Gardens

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Growing plants for food, aesthetics or therapeutic value can be fun and rewarding. Come learn how to make the most of your limited space with Gil Lopez.


Jun
23
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

A Reptile "Edventure" with Erik Callender

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

This fun-filled educational experience gives children age 6 and up a unique opportunity to see and learn about reptiles, amphibians and even some large insects from around the world.


Jun
29
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Father Goose's Tales with Nappy Puppets

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Mother Goose has taken the day off and Father Goose must do all her chores, including the storytelling! The whole family will enjoy a modern retelling of nursery rhymes, stories and children's songs.
ages 6-12


Jun
29
6:30PM

--to--

7:30PM

DIY/Green Series: DIY Tomato Planters

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Learn how to make your own Sub-Irrigated Planters with Gil Lopez.


Jul
14
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Balloon Story Time

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

This storytelling program creates characters out of balloons as the story is being told. Come have fun and receive your very own balloon character to take home.


Jul
15
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Allergic to Salad: Kids Cooking Class

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

Learn about healthy, vegetarian cooking. Many people claim they are “allergic to salad,” a convenient and understandable excuse in this era of industrialized food and pre-packaged, uninspiring food choices. This class will help combats this widespread “allergy,” while increasing skills, technique, and familiarity with healthy foods.


Jul
27
2:30PM

--to--

3:30PM

Dragons & Dreams with Sciencetellers

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-12 will learn about the science of fire and ice in this spectacular adventure about a world where dragons are real and dreams come true—and only the daring survive to tell the tale!


Aug
7
6:00PM

--to--

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
17
3:30PM

--to--

5:30PM

Watercolor Art Workshop

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Not required

Two session Watercolor Workshop for beginner and intermediate level students. Advance your painting & drawing skills Come have fun, build your skills and socialize. Registration is required, 718-423-7004

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

Additional Dates


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

 

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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@nyassembly.gov
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 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:
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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.