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This Weekend at Queens Library

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Join us at the Library this weekend for a poetry reading with Vijay R. Nathan, plus Chinese ballet, South Indian dance, adult coloring, computer coding classes, writing workshops, storytime, movies. music, and so much more! We hope to see you ...

It's National Novel Writing Month!

It's that time of year again!

Every November, thousands of writers of all experience levels dedicate themselves to writing a 50,000 word manuscript between November 1 and November 30.

If you've decided to sign up for National Novel Writing Month—or NaNoWriMo, as its fans like to affectionately call ...

A Season of Thanks at Queens Library

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. But this year, it’s not just about turkey and pumpkin pie!

Queens Library is hosting wonderful seasonal events, including Thanksgiving storytime, music, movies, arts and crafts, and even a recipe swap!

So bring your family and friends, and give thanks at your local ...

Teen Podcast Naming Contest!

Do you love podcasts? Are you creative with words? Put your skills to the test by entering the Teen Podcast Naming Contest. The winner will receive a pair of Beats Studio 2.0 Wired Over-Ear Headphones!

We want the new name to relate to the podcast’s themes of hip-hop and urban culture. Make it funny, make it playful, make ...

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 ...

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month!

November is National Native American Heritage Month! Join us at Queens Library as we pay tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.

Our special events include author talks, film screenings, historical lectures, arts and crafts for kids, and much more.

Help us honor the history and customs of First ...

Welcome Programs for Kids and Teens!

Whether you’re returning to your library for the first time in a long time, or it’s just another daily visit to your favorite afterschool hangout, all kids and teens are welcome at Queens Library!

To celebrate our younger customers, our libraries are hosting lots of special events for them this fall, including arts and ...

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 ...

Video Visitation at Queens Library

Video visitation is a free program offered at libraries across the city that connects a live video feed between participating library locations and NYC Department of Corrections facilities, allowing incarcerated New Yorkers to talk, read, and share stories together with their loved ...

Shakespeare in Queens: The Final Season

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

As TITAN finishes three years of performing each of the 37 plays that Shakespeare wrote, they have saved some of the best for ...

Dec
1
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Fun and Games

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

Join us on Friday afternoon for a movie!

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

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Dec
8
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Holiday Crafts with Audrey Bright-Green

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

Create your own holiday card at this workshop for children ages 8 to 12. Children will learn about Artist Georges Seurat's way of painting, which is called Pointillism, where tiny dots of different colors are used to create beautiful images.

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

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Dec
14
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Winter Craft

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

Join us to make a winter craft.


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Dec
19
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Theatricks by Phil

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

Celebrate Christmas by participating in a magic show by Mr. Phil.

Sponsored by Marc Haken, Chair, Community Board 8 Youth, Education and Library Committee


Dec
21
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Winter Origami

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

Children will develop a winter scene using origami shapes.


Dec
21
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Winter Origami

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

The children will develop a winter scene using created origami shapes. Thursday, December 21 at 3:30pm in the Children's Room.


Jan
3
11:30AM

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12:15PM

Storytime

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

Join us for stories, fingerplays, songs and fun! Ages 18-36 months.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
3
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Kid's Movie

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

Join us for a kid's movie! Wednesdays at 3:30pm

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

Additional Dates


Jan
5
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Fun and Games

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

Join us on Friday afternoon for a movie or Wii!

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

Additional Dates


Jan
6
1:00PM

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4:00PM

Video Game Club

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

Join us on Saturday afternoons to play Wii, board games, and more!

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 Hollis Community Library has:

  • 6 adult public computers
  • 4 children's public computers
  • 1 early literacy station
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing
  • Live homework help online through Tutor.com. Please contact the library for more details.

 

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International Language Collections at the Hollis Community Library include:

  • Chinese
  • French
  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

 

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

  • Black Experience
  • 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
Hollis Community Service Center
193-25 Jamaica Ave.
Jamaica NY , 11423
phone: (718) 465-0923
Kiddy Corner
197-25 Hillside Ave.
Jamaica NY , 11423
phone: (718) 740-0717
Little Red Wagon Day Care Center
188-06 Jamaica Ave.
Jamaica NY , 11423
phone: (718) 468-6627
Precious Children Day Care
202-11 Jamaica Ave.
Jamaica NY , 11423
phone: (718) 479-2127
Rainbow Day Care
90-16 187th Pl.
Jamaica NY , 11423
phone: (718) 454-4284
 

Community Board
Community Board District # 12
90-28 161 Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 658-3308
fax: (718) 739-6997
  

Community Organizations & Services
Community Care
97-11 Springfield Blvd.
Queens Village NY , 11429
phone: (718) 465-7677
YMCA of Greater New York
89-25 Parsons Blvd.
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 739-6600
 

Fire Department
Engine 301 Ladder 150
91-02 197 St
Hollis NY , 11423
  

Local Hospitals
Holliswood Hospital
87-37 Palermo Street
Hollis NY , 11423
phone: (718) 776-8265
  

Parks and Playgrounds
Bellaire Playground
89 Ave., 207 & 208 Streets
Hollis NY , 11472
  

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

Post Office
Hollis Post Office
197-33 Hillside Ave.
Hollis NY , 11423
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Yeshiva University HS For Girls
86-86 Palo Alto Street
Jamaica NY , 11423
phone: (718) 479-8550
Summit School
187-30 Grand Central Parkway
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 264-2931
Incarnation
89-15 Francis Lewis Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11427
phone: (718) 465-5066
Cambria Heights Academy
188-04 91 Ave.
Hollis NY, 11423
  

Public Elementary Schools
PS 35 Nathaniel Woodhull
191-02 90 Avenue
Hollis NY , 11423
phone: (718) 465-6820
PS 118 Lorraine Hansberry
190-20 109 Road
Hollis NY , 11423
phone: (718) 465-5538
PS 134 Hollis
203-02 109th Avenue
Hollis NY , 11412
phone: (718) 464-5544
PS 178 Holliswood
189-10 Radnor Road
Jamaica NY , 11423
phone: (718) 464-5763
Ps 135 The Bellaire School
207-11 89th Ave.
Queens Village NY, 11427
phone: (718) 464-2119
 

Public High Schools
Martin Van Buren HS
230-17 Hillside Avenue
Queens Village NY , 11427
phone: (718) 776-4728
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
IS 109 Jean Nuzzi
213-10 92 Ave.
Queens Village NY , 11428
phone: (718) 465-0651
IS 238 Susan B. Anthony
88-15 182 St.
Hollis NY , 11423
phone: (718) 297-9821
 

Senior Centers
Allen Community Senior Center
166-01 Linden Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 658-0980
Hillside Comprehensive Care Center
188-11 Hillside Avenue
Hollis NY , 11423
phone: (718) 264-6680
Jewish Association for services to the aged (JASA) Young Israel of Holliswood / Holliswood Jewish Center
86-25 Francis Lewis Blvd
Queens Village NY, 11427

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Barry Grodenchik
M23@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 73-03 Bell Boulevard, Suite 1N
Oakland Gardens NY , 11364
phone: (718) 468-0137
fax: (718) 468-0178
Manhattan Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1807
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-6984
fax: (212) 608-6382
NYS Assembly
Hon. David I. Weprin
weprind@nyassembly.gov
District Office 185-06 Union Turnpike
Fresh Meadows NY, 11366
phone: (718) 454-3027
fax: (718) 454-3178
Albany Office LOB, Room 526
Albany NY , 12248
phone: (518) 455-5806
fax: (518) 455-5977
NYS Senate
Hon. Leroy Comrie
Comrie@nysenate.gov
District Office 113-43 Farmers Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 454-0162
fax: (718) 454-0186
Albany Office Room 617, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2701
fax: (518) 455-2816
US Congress
Hon. Gregory W. Meeks

District Office 153-01 Jamaica Ave., 2nd Floor
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 725-6000
fax: (718) 725-9868
Legislative Office 2234 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-3461
fax: (202) 226-4169
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

The town of Hollis is subdivided into two major sections, Hollis and Holliswood. It was originally part of the famous Dutch purchase of Jamaica in 1656 from the Jameco Indians. During the revolutionary war, General Nathaniel Woodhull, the commander of the Queens and Suffolk militia, was mortally wounded by the British forces in a tavern at Hollis’ village center. His crime was refusing to say “God save the King”.

Previously known as East Jamaica, Hollis was developed in 1884-5 by former Queens Highway commissioner Frederick W. Dunton. After having purchased 136 acres of land in Hollis, Dunton interested several of his friends in the district, and sold them land lots. Homes were quickly built on the land that was previously farmland. Dunton named the town after Hollis, New Hampshire, where he was born. In 1885, Dunton and several other residents donated land and opened a new railroad station.

In 1895, the towns little old wooden school house was replaced by Public School 35, which was later moved to a larger building. In 1896, a library in Hollis was organized through voluntary contributions, and by 1897, the library contained 800 volumes. The Hollis library became a branch of the Queens Borough Public Library on January 1, 1901, and in that year circulated 4,428 books. The library’s present location on Hillside Avenue was established in 1973.

By 1920, the population of Hollis grew to almost 4,000 residents, and attracted many Manhattan commuters. Hollis now houses approximately 31,000 residents. It is a growing and diverse community with Hillside and Jamaica avenues serving as its main shopping areas. Famous residents of Hollis have included Mario Cuomo, L.L. Cool J., and Colin Powell.

More information about the Hollis community is available from the following sources:

Global Community in Queens, New York City, HollisNY.com, http://www.hollisny.com/history.htm

Hollis, Ruth M. Haines, The Queens Borough Public Library Bulletin, 1937 (pamphlet)

Hollis in History, Edward Hale Brush, Long Island Life, 1922 (pamphlet)