Broken Heart Week

So what, exactly, is Broken Heart Week?

Broken Heart Week (February 12–18) is a time to celebrate loves won and lost. Sure, February 14 is Valentine’s Day, but at Queens Library, every facet of love and heartbreak will be explored in this week-long program.

Several of our community libraries will host book discussions, movie screenings, theatre, opera, comedy, health seminars, concerts, poetry readings, oral histories, and even DIY arts and crafts that explore the universal human experience of love and loss.

Plus, as a special part of Broken Heart Week, you can enter our Short, But Not-So-Sweet T-Shirt Sweepstakes! Share your Broken Heart story (200 words or less) with us and you’ll be automatically entered to win a FREE, limited edition Broken Heart Week t-shirt. (If writing’s not your thing, be sure to come to select Broken Heart Week programs for a chance to get a free shirt.)

Be sure to visit the Broken Heart Week webpage to reserve your free seats for our featured events, enter the Short, But Not-So-Sweet Sweepstakes, and download the entire schedule for Broken Heart Week.

Broken Heart Week is a reminder that even the gloomiest experiences can be learning curves, times for reflection, and a chance to fight for your happiness.

Romance gets all the attention on Valentine’s Day, but what about the opposite? This February, Queens Library dedicates seven days to the many facets of heartbreak—and the silver linings that follow.

Broken Heart Week is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


Broken Heart Week is headlined by four special featured events—be sure to reserve your free seats now before they’re gone!

SOLD OUT—Seats are No Longer Available for this event, but we will be forming a standby line in case of no-shows.
This two-part event brought to you by The Moth will feature a spoken-word program and a storytelling workshop. Come prepared with a five-minute story about the heart wanting what the heart wants. Talk about starstruck lovers, crossed wires, yearning, dreaming, and scheming to find Mrs. Right or Mr. Right-now. Explore dating, marriage, and “It's Complicated.” Tell the stories of hearts that ache, break, or burst with joy!

Sunday, February 12 at 2:00 p.m.
Flushing Community Library

41-17 Main Street


Roxanne Shanté Presents: Hip Hop—The Pain is Real
Hip Hop legend Roxanne Shanté talks about her own heart-wrenching story of love, loss, and music, and will invite the audience to express their own heartbreak stories and rhymes.

Monday, February 13 at 6:00 p.m.
Queens Central Library

89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica


Frida Kahlo—A Broken/Feisty Heart
Frida Kahlo’s most famous artworks, her passionate love letters to her partner Diego Rivera, and a live performance of mariachi music will bring the feisty artist to life in a celebration of her uncompromised spirit in art and love.

Wednesday, February 15 at 3:00 p.m.
Jackson Heights Community Library

35-51 81 Street


Lauren Elder Presents: Broadway Standards—Heartbreak at the Great White Way
Broadway performer Lauren Elder will present a comprehensive list of beloved and lesser-known Broadway standards about love and loss.

Saturday, February 18 at 2:30 p.m.
Queens Central Library

89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica