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Update: December 2, 2021, 6:00PM

Woodhaven Closed Until Further Notice

Woodhaven Library, located at 85-41 Forest Parkway, is closed until further notice due to a positive case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: November 9, 2021, 1:00PM

Poppenhusen Has Reopened

We’re pleased to report that following their closure, Poppenhusen Library, located at 121-23 14 Avenue in College Point, has reopened.

For a list of hours of service at all our locations, visit our reopening website.

Thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: November 7, 2021, 9:00PM

Poppenhusen Closed Until Further Notice

Poppenhusen Library, located at 121-23 14 Avenue in College Point, is closed until further notice due to a positive case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: October 26, 2021, 8:00PM

Mobile Vaccination Opportunities Outside Select QPL Branches

The Library is partnering with the City to offer mobile COVID-19 vaccination services outside our branches.

If you haven’t received a COVID-19 vaccine yet, this is a wonderful opportunity to do so. You’ll be making yourself safer and helping to end the pandemic.

The Pfizer vaccine (12+) and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (18+) will be given. This is for anyone 12 and older and no appointment is necessary!

Visit the NYC Mobile Van outside Rosedale Library (144-20 243 Street) on Thursday, October 28 from 12pm to 8pm.

 

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Update: October 18, 2021, 8:00PM

Pomonok Library Reopening on Monday, October 25

We are pleased to inform you that Pomonok Library, located at 158-21 Jewel Avenue in Flushing, will reopen on Monday, October 25 for five-day service.

We look forward to welcoming you back for browsing, seating, and computer use. Please remember that face masks are required for all.

The library’s hours will be:
Monday, 10am-6pm
Tuesday, 1-6pm
Wednesday, 10am-6pm
Thursday, 12-8pm
Friday, 10am-6pm

To see the complete list of open libraries, visit our reopening website.

We hope to see you soon.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: October 15, 2021, 7:00PM

Queens Village Library Reopening on Monday, October 18

We are pleased to inform you that Queens Village Library, located at 94-11 217 Street, will reopen on Monday, October 18 for five-day service.

We look forward to welcoming you back for browsing, seating, and computer use. Please remember that face masks are required for all.

The library’s hours will be:
Monday, 10am-6pm
Tuesday, 1-6pm
Wednesday, 10am-6pm
Thursday, 12-8pm
Friday, 10am-6pm

To see the complete list of open libraries, visit our reopening website.

Join us for Celebration Week starting October 18 as we mark the end of late fines! Come check out a book, get some giveaways, and learn about all of our available services. For more information on the elimination of late fines, visit queenslibrary.org/goodbye-late-fines.

We hope to see you soon.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: September 10, 2021, 6:00PM

South Jamaica Library Reopening on Wednesday, September 15

We are pleased to inform you that South Jamaica Library, located at 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, will reopen on Wednesday, September 15 for five-day service.

We look forward to welcoming you back for browsing, seating, and computer use. Please remember that face masks are required for all.

The library’s hours will be:
Monday, 10am-6pm
Tuesday, 1-6pm
Wednesday, 10am-6pm
Thursday, 12-8pm
Friday, 10am-6pm

To see the complete list of open libraries, visit our reopening website.

We hope to see you soon.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: September 1, 2021, 10:00AM

South Ozone Park Has Reopened

We’re pleased to report that following their closure, South Ozone Park Library, located at 128-16 Rockaway Boulevard, has reopened.

For a list of hours of service at all our locations, visit our reopening website.

Thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: August 29, 2021, 2:00PM

South Ozone Park Closed Until Further Notice

South Ozone Park Library, located at 128-16 Rockaway Boulevard, is closed until further notice due to a positive case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: August 27, 2021, 12:00PM

Mobile Vaccination Opportunities Outside Select QPL Branches

The Library is partnering with the City to offer mobile COVID-19 vaccination services outside our branches.

If you haven’t received a COVID-19 vaccine yet, this is a wonderful opportunity to do so. You’ll be making yourself safer and helping to end the pandemic. The Pfizer vaccine will be given. This is for anyone 12 and older and no appointment is necessary!

Dates, Times, and Locations:

Monday, August 30 – Friday, September 3, 8am-6pm
Outside Rosedale Library (144-20 243 Street)

 

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Update: August 18, 2021, 9:00PM

South Hollis Library Reopening on Monday, August 23

We are pleased to announce that South Hollis Library, located at 204-01 Hollis Avenue, will reopen on Monday, August 23 for five-day service.

The library’s hours will be:
Monday, 10am-6pm
Tuesday, 1-6pm
Wednesday, 10am-6pm
Thursday, 12-8pm
Friday, 10am-6pm

Enjoy unlimited browsing and open seating at our libraries, without time limits.

To see the complete list of open libraries, visit our reopening website.

Please remember to wear a mask when visiting our locations.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: August 17, 2021, 10:00AM

Peninsula Library Has Reopened

We’re pleased to report that following its closure, Peninsula Library, located at 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Rockaway Beach, has reopened.

For a list of hours of service at all our locations, visit our reopening website.

Thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: August 11, 2021, 10:00PM

Peninsula Closed Until Further Notice

Peninsula Library, located at 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Rockaway Beach, is closed until further notice due to a positive case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: August 11, 2021, 10:00AM

Hollis and Rochdale Village Have Reopened

We’re pleased to report that following their closure, Hollis Library (202-05 Hillside Avenue) and Rochdale Village Library (169-09 137 Avenue in Jamaica) have reopened.

For a list of hours of service at all our locations, visit our reopening website.

Thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: August 8, 2021, 8:00PM

Hollis Closed Until Further Notice

Hollis Library, located at 202-05 Hillside Avenue, is closed until further notice due to a positive case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: August 8, 2021, 5:00PM

Mobile Vaccination Opportunities Outside Select QPL Branches

The Library is partnering with the City to offer mobile COVID-19 vaccination services outside several of our branches.

If you haven’t received a COVID-19 vaccine yet, this is a wonderful opportunity to do so. You’ll be making yourself safer and helping to end the pandemic. The Pfizer vaccine will be given. This is for anyone 12 and older and no appointment is necessary!

Dates, Times, and Locations:

Monday, August 9 – Saturday, August 14, 8am-6pm
Outside Lefrak City Library (98-30 57 Avenue in Corona)

 

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Update: August 6, 2021, 12:00PM

Rochdale Village Closed August 6 and 7

Rochdale Village Library, located at 169-09 137 Avenue in Jamaica, will be closed on Friday, August 6 and Saturday, August 7 due to a confirmed case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: July 30, 2021, 9:00AM

Mobile Vaccination Opportunities Outside Select QPL Branches

The Library is partnering with the City to offer mobile COVID-19 vaccination services outside several of our branches.

If you haven’t received a COVID-19 vaccine yet, this is a wonderful opportunity to do so. You’ll be making yourself safer and helping to end the pandemic. The Pfizer vaccine will be given. This is for anyone 12 and older and no appointment is necessary!

Dates, Times, and Locations:

Monday, July 26 – Saturday, July 31, 8am-6pm
Outside Corona Library (38-23 104 Street), Ridgewood Library (20-12 Madison Street), and South Hollis Library (204-01 Hollis Avenue)

Monday, August 2 – Saturday, August 7, 8am-6pm
Outside Briarwood Library (85-12 Main Street) and Far Rockaway Library (1003 Beach 20th Street)

Monday, August 9 – Saturday, August 14, 8am-6pm
Outside Lefrak City Library (98-30 57 Avenue in Corona)

 

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Update: July 20, 2021, 11:00AM

Mobile Vaccination Opportunities Outside Select QPL Branches

The Library is partnering with the City to offer mobile COVID-19 vaccination services outside several of our branches.

If you haven’t received a COVID-19 vaccine yet, this is a wonderful opportunity to do so. You’ll be making yourself safer and helping to end the pandemic. The Pfizer vaccine will be given. This is for anyone 12 and older and no appointment is necessary!

Dates, Times, and Locations:

Tuesday, July 6 – Saturday, July 10, 8am-6pm *
Outside South Ozone Park Library (128-16 Rockaway Boulevard)
* Due to Tropical Storm Elsa, the vaccination van outside South Ozone Park Library will be closed on Thursday, July 8 and Friday, July 9. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Monday, July 12 – Saturday July 17, 8am-6pm
Outside Rosedale Library (144-20 243 Street)

Monday, July 19 – Saturday, July 24, 8am-6pm *
Outside Arverne Library (312 Beach 54 Street), Kew Gardens Hills Library (72-33 Vleigh Place in Flushing), and St. Albans Library (191-05 Linden Boulevard)
* The vaccination van outside Kew Gardens Hills Library will be closed on Friday, July 23. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Monday, July 26 – Saturday, July 31, 8am-6pm
Outside Corona Library (38-23 104 Street), Ridgewood Library (20-12 Madison Street), and South Hollis Library (204-01 Hollis Avenue)

 

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Update: July 1, 2021, 6:00PM

Updated Mask Protocols

The Library had planned to make masks optional for fully vaccinated individuals starting July 6. However, in response to the rapidly evolving public health landscape and after reviewing new health and safety protocols adopted by the City, we will continue to require masks for all individuals in our locations for now. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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Update: June 24, 2021, 12:00PM

Updated Protocols and Services Starting July 6; Most Library Locations Will Be Open July 12

As we continue to respond to the evolving situation in our communities, we are happy to announce service updates and changes to our policies and protocols. Given improved public health conditions in the city and in accordance with new State and CDC guidelines, we look forward to reintroducing a more familiar library experience next month.

Beginning Tuesday, July 6, we invite you to enjoy unlimited browsing and open seating at our libraries, without time limits or distancing requirements. Computers will be available for one-hour reservations, as they were before the pandemic. Note that masks will be optional for staff and customers who are fully vaccinated and required for individuals who are not fully vaccinated.

In addition to these changes, we are excited that we will be reopening nearly all remaining library locations on Monday, July 12, and expanding hours. Several branches—Flushing, Glendale, Ozone Park, Pomonok, Queens Village, South Jamaica, Steinway, and Woodhaven—will be unavailable to open on this date due to construction, needed repairs, or their temporary use for other purposes, for example, serving as vaccination sites for the City.

Our Central Library and Middle Village locations, currently open for to-go service, will start offering the expanded services—unlimited browsing, open seating, computer use, and general library use—on Monday, July 12. Mask and distancing protocol changes will take effect at Central and Middle Village on Tuesday, July 6.

We are working on plans to begin gradually restoring some indoor public programs and classes this summer. Our virtual programs and resources are still here for you.

We know how much you rely on the library for inspiration, discovery, connection, and growth, and we are eager to see you soon as we open more of our doors and allow you greater use of our spaces and services.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: June 9, 2021, 1:00PM

Mobile Vaccination Opportunities Outside Select QPL Branches

The Library is partnering with the City to offer mobile COVID-19 vaccination services outside Cambria Heights Library, Central Library, Rochdale Village Library, and South Ozone Park Library.

If you haven’t received a COVID-19 vaccine yet, this is a wonderful opportunity to do so. You’ll be making yourself safer and helping to end the pandemic. The Pfizer vaccine will be given. This is for anyone 12 and older and no appointment is necessary!

Dates, Times, and Locations:

Outside Cambria Heights Library (218-13 Linden Boulevard) and Central Library (89-11 Merrick Boulevard):
Wednesday, June 9 – Saturday, June 12, 8am-6pm

Outside Rochdale Village Library (169-09 137 Avenue) and South Ozone Park Library (128-16 Rockaway Boulevard):
Monday, June 14 – Saturday June 19, 8am-6pm

 

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Update: May 27, 2021, 3:00PM

Browsing, Computers, and In-Person Reference at 11 More Locations Starting Monday, June 7

QPL is pleased to announce that 11 more libraries will move from to-go service to Stage 2 of our Reopening Plan.

Starting June 7, the following additional locations will offer browsing, computer usage, and in-person reference:

We anticipate reopening all available QPL locations for at least limited service by mid-July. Some locations—those undergoing construction or repair work or being used as vaccination sites, for example—will not be available for reopening at that time. We will provide additional details soon.

Please note that currently:

  • Customers should limit visits to 30 minutes or less.
  • A limited number of customers will be permitted in the library at a time.
  • No seating will be available except at public computers.

During your visit, you may browse materials, place requests for materials, pick up requested materials, receive reference services, use the computer and printers, pick up remote printing jobs, and use the restroom.

For everyone’s health and safety, face masks are required when entering and inside the library, and you must stay at least six feet apart from other people.

For more information, frequently asked questions, or to see a full list of Stage 2 libraries, visit our reopening website.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: May 13, 2021, 7:30PM

Browsing, Public Computers, and In-Person Reference at 12 More Locations Starting Monday, May 24

QPL is excited to announce that after careful planning and consideration, 12 more libraries will move from to-go service to Stage 2 of our Reopening Plan.

Starting May 24, the following additional locations will offer browsing, public computer usage, and in-person reference:

We will keep you updated about additional locations that will gradually begin to offer these services as well.

As we start this new phase of service and are able to offer more services to you safely, please note:

  • Customers should limit visits to 30 minutes or less.
  • A limited number of customers will be permitted in the library at a time.
  • No seating will be available except for public computers.

During your visit, you may browse materials, place requests for materials, pick up requested materials, receive reference services, use the computer and printers, pick up remote printing jobs, and use the restroom.

For everyone’s health and safety, face masks are required when entering and inside the library, and you must stay at least six feet apart from other people.

For more information about the other QPL branches offering Stage 2 Service, and other frequently asked questions, visit our reopening website.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: April 29, 2021, 10:30AM

Browsing, Computers, and In-Person Reference at 14 Locations Starting Monday, May 10

QPL is excited to announce that after careful planning and consideration, 14 libraries will move from to-go service to Stage 2 of our Reopening Plan.

Starting May 10, the following locations will offer browsing, computer usage, and in-person reference:

We will keep you updated about additional locations that will gradually begin to offer these services as well.

As we start this new phase of service and are able to offer more services to you safely, please note:

  • Customers should limit visits to 30 minutes or less.
  • A limited number of customers will be permitted in the library at a time.
  • No seating will be available except for public computers.

During your visit, you may browse materials, place requests for materials, pick up requested materials, receive reference services, use the computer and printers, pick up remote printing jobs, and use the restroom.

For everyone’s health and safety, face masks are required when entering and inside the library, and you must stay at least six feet apart from other people.

For more information and frequently asked questions, visit our reopening website.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: April 17, 2021, 10:00AM

Whitestone Library Has Reopened

We’re pleased to report that following its closure, Whitestone Library, located at 151-10 14 Road, has reopened for to-go service. Please check here for hours of service.

For a list of all locations with to-go service, visit our reopening website.

Thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: April 15, 2021, 4:00PM

Five More Locations Will Open for To-Go Service Starting Wednesday, April 21

Five more QPL locations will offer to-go service beginning Wednesday, April 21! To-go service allows you to request materials in advance either online, using our app or by phone and to pick them up at one of these locations.

You can make requests now in advance of our reopening! Visit queenslibrary.org, use our mobile app or call Telephone Reference at 718-990-0728. Remote printing requests are also available at to-go service locations and will be available at these five locations soon.

You can also return materials to locations offering to-go service.

The following branches will open for to-go service three days a week starting Wednesday, April 21.

These new locations will be open for service Wednesday through Friday during the following hours:

  • 10am-5pm, Wednesday and Friday, with a one-hour closure for cleaning from 1-2pm
  • 12-7pm Thursday, with a one-hour closure for cleaning from 3-4pm

Currently, the following branches are open and offering to-go service Monday through Saturday:

Remember that, for everyone’s health and safety, face masks are required when entering and inside the library and you must stay at least six feet apart from other people.

For more information about to-go service, watch our video on our reopening page.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: April 15, 2021, 12:00PM

Astoria Library Has Reopened

We’re pleased to report that following its closure, Astoria Library, located at 14-01 Astoria Boulevard, has reopened for to-go service. Please check here for hours of service.

For a list of all locations with to-go service, visit our reopening website.

Thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: April 14, 2021, 2:00PM

Whitestone Library Closed Until Further Notice

Whitestone Library, located at 151-10 14 Road and currently providing to-go service, will be closed until further notice due to a case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: April 10, 2021, 11:00AM

Astoria Library Closed Until Further Notice

Astoria Library, located at 14-01 Astoria Boulevard and currently providing to-go service, will be closed until further notice due to a possible case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: April 8, 2021, 9:30PM

COVID-19 Vaccination Site Updates at Flushing and Ozone Park

As you may remember, the City has been working with us to convert some of our locations into COVID-19 vaccination sites. Ozone Park will open on Friday, April 9 and Flushing is already open. Ozone Park will be initially operating Friday to Monday from 9am to 5pm and will later expand to six days a week. Flushing is open six days a week from 12pm to 7:30pm and closed on Tuesdays.

To learn how to schedule a vaccination appointment, please visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-vaccines.page or call 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692).

As previously indicated, books and other materials as well as printing requests that were on hold at Ozone Park can now be picked up at South Ozone Park.

For a list of all our to-go service locations, visit here.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: March 24, 2021, 7:30PM

Ozone Park Library to Serve as NYC COVID-19 Vaccination Site

New York City will be opening a new COVID-19 vaccination site at Ozone Park Library, located at 92-24 Rockaway Boulevard.

Library service will be unavailable at this location while the Library serves the City in this new role.

Ozone Park Library’s last day of public service will be Saturday, March 27, from 10AM to 5PM. You can pick up any library materials or remote printing requests currently on hold at Ozone Park through that time.

If you are unable to pick up your requested materials at Ozone Park, they will be available at South Ozone Park Library (128-16 Rockaway Boulevard) starting Friday, April 2.

We apologize for any inconvenience, and we thank you for your patience and understanding. We made the decision to temporarily suspend library service at Ozone Park so that it could open as a vaccination site only after careful consideration of a number of factors, including the high need in the community and our ability to offer resources at nearby branches. As we work towards our city’s recovery, we recognize that the sooner more people are vaccinated, the sooner our libraries can fully reopen and the better for the public we serve and for our city as a whole.

To learn how to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment in New York City, please visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-vaccines.page or call 877-VAX-4NYC.

We will share more details as they become available.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: March 9, 2021, 4:00PM

Flushing Library to Serve as NYC COVID-19 Vaccination Site

New York City will be opening a new COVID-19 vaccination site at Flushing Library, located at 41-17 Main Street.

Library service will be unavailable at this location while the Library serves the City in this new role.

Flushing Library’s last day of public service will be Thursday, March 11, from 12PM to 7PM. You can pick up any library materials or remote printing requests currently on hold at Flushing through that time.

If you are unable to pick up your requested materials at Flushing, they will be available at Queensboro Hill Library (60-05 Main Street in Flushing) starting Monday, March 15.

We apologize for any inconvenience, and we thank you for your patience and understanding. We made the decision to temporarily suspend library service at Flushing so that it could open as a vaccination site only after careful consideration of a number of factors, including the high need in the community and our ability to offer resources at nearby branches. As we work towards our city’s recovery, we recognize that the sooner more people are vaccinated, the sooner our libraries can fully reopen and the better for the public we serve and for our city as a whole.

The Flushing Library vaccination site will be open six days a week, from 12PM to 8PM, by appointment for eligible Queens residents. Additional days and appointments will become available as supplies of the COVID-19 vaccine increase citywide. Scheduling of vaccine appointments at Flushing Library for eligible New Yorkers should begin later this week.

To learn how to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment in New York City, please visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-vaccines.page or call 877-VAX-4NYC.

We will share more details as they become available.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: January 30, 2021, 10:00AM

East Flushing and Rochdale Village Have Reopened

We’re pleased to report that following their closure, East Flushing Library, located at 196-36 Northern Boulevard, and Rochdale Village Library, located at 169-09 137 Avenue in Jamaica, have reopened for to-go service. Please check here for hours of service.

For a list of all locations with to-go service, visit our reopening website.

Thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: January 27, 2021, 6:00PM

East Flushing Closed Until Further Notice

East Flushing Library, located at 196-36 Northern Boulevard and currently providing to-go service, will be temporarily closed for to-go service and returns on Thursday, January 28 until further notice due to a confirmed case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: January 25, 2021, 1:00PM

Rochdale Village Closed Until Further Notice

Rochdale Village Library, located at 169-09 137 Avenue in Jamaica and currently providing to-go service, will be temporarily closed for to-go service and returns on Monday, January 25 until further notice due to a possible case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: January 21, 2021, 2:00PM

Flushing and Ridgewood Will Reopen Friday, January 22

We’re pleased to report that following their closure this past Tuesday, Flushing Library, located at 41-17 Main Street, and Ridgewood Library, located at 20-12 Madison Street, will reopen for to-go service on Friday, January 22. Please check here for hours of service.

For a list of all locations with to-go service, visit our reopening website.

Thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: January 19, 2021, 3:45PM

Flushing and Ridgewood Closed Until Further Notice

Flushing Library, located at 41-17 Main Street, and Ridgewood Library, located at 20-12 Madison Street, will both be temporarily closed for to-go service and returns on Tuesday, January 19 until further notice due to a possible case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: January 6, 2021, 7:00PM

Central Library Will Reopen Thursday, January 7

We’re pleased to report that following its closure on Tuesday and Wednesday, Central Library, located at 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, will reopen for to-go service on Thursday, January 7. Please check here for hours of service.

For a list of all locations with to-go service, visit our reopening website.

Thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: January 5, 2021, 2:30PM

Central Library Closed January 5 and 6

Central Library, located at 89-11 Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica, will be closed for to-go service on Tuesday, January 5 and Wednesday, January 6 due to a positive case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Telephone reference will not be available. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org/about-us/contact-us/ask-a-librarian/chat for live chat reference, or call 718-990-8508 for automated assistance with your account.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: December 27, 2020, 9:00PM

Ridgewood Library to Reopen Monday, December 28

We’re pleased to report that following its closure last week due to a positive case of COVID-19 involving a staff member, Ridgewood Library, located at 20-12 Madison Street, will reopen for to-go service on Monday, December 28. Please check here for hours of service.

For a list of all locations with to-go service, visit our reopening website.

Thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: December 20, 2020, 6:30PM

Ridgewood Library Temporarily Closed Until Further Notice

Ridgewood Library, located at 20-12 Madison Street, is temporarily closed for to-go service until further notice due to a positive case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: December 19, 2020, 11:00AM

Long Island City Library Closed December 19 and 21

Long Island City Library, located at 37-44 21 Street, will be closed for to-go service on Saturday, December 19 and Monday, December 21 due to a possible case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: December 13, 2020, 6:45PM

Flushing Library Closed Monday, December 14

Flushing Library, located at 41-17 Main Street, will be temporarily closed for to-go service and returns from Monday, December 14 until Friday, December 18 due to a positive case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit https://www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: November 17, 2020, 7:00PM

Twelve More Locations Will Open for To-Go Service Starting Monday, November 30

Twelve more QPL locations will offer to-go service beginning Monday, November 30! To-go service allows you to request materials in advance either online, using our app, or by phone at 718-990-0728, and to pick them up at one of these locations.

You can make requests starting Tuesday, November 24 in advance of their reopening!

The following branches will open for to-go service on Monday, November 30. (These locations will not be taking returns until they open for to-go service.)

Currently, the following branches are open and offering to-go service:

Remember that, for everyone’s health and safety, face masks are required when entering and inside the library and you must stay at least six feet apart from other people. Bathrooms, browsing, and public computers are not available during to-go service.

For more information about to-go service, visit our reopening webpage.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: November 16, 2020, 4:00PM

Computer Appointments on Pause

To keep you safe as concerns about the coronavirus rise, we are pausing our recently announced plan to offer computer appointments.

For the time being, the only service available at open libraries will continue to be to-go service, which allows you to request materials in advance either online, using our app, or by phone and to pick them up at one of 23 QPL locations.

We appreciate your understanding and patience, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: November 10, 2020, 7:00PM

Public Computer Appointments Coming Soon to Select Locations

Queens Public Library will be expanding our available services by offering public computer appointments at select to-go locations, starting Monday, November 23. We will start taking reservations on Monday, November 16.

To make an appointment, you will be able to reserve a slot online or call the branch where you’d like to use a computer. You will also be able to print from public computers. More information, including how to make appointments online, will be available soon on the QPL website and via email.

Our Locations Offering Computer Appointments Starting November 23:

Visit our reopening website for a list of all our locations open for to-go service and returns.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: November 4, 2020, 8:30PM

Central and Flushing Libraries Will Open for To-Go Service Starting Monday, November 16

We are pleased to announce that Central Library and Flushing Library will offer to-go service beginning Monday, November 16. To-go service allows you to request materials in advance either online, using our app, or by phone at 718-990-0728, and to pick them up at one of these locations. You can make requests starting Tuesday, November 10 in advance of Central and Flushing's reopening!

You can also return materials to locations offering to-go service. For a full list of these locations, and for more information about to-go service, visit our reopening website.

Remember that, for everyone’s health and safety, facemasks are required when entering and inside the library and you must stay at least six feet apart from other people.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: October 23, 2020, 8:30PM

Forest Hills and Rego Park Will Reopen Monday, October 26

We are pleased to share that Forest Hills Library, located at 108-19 71 Avenue, and Rego Park Library, located at 91-41 63 Drive, will reopen to the public for to-go service on Monday, October 26.

With to-go service, you can reserve materials and pick them up at a library branch. Call 718-990-0728, visit our website, or use our mobile app to request materials. We are now taking requests for these locations.

For more information, visit our reopening website.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: October 14, 2020, 5:00PM

Ozone Park Library Opening for To-Go Service October 19

We are excited to announce that Ozone Park Library, located at 92-24 Rockaway Boulevard, will be opening on Monday, October 19 for to-go service and returns. Customers can start selecting Ozone Park now as a pickup location for their future requests.

To-go service allows you to request materials in advance through our app, website, or by phone at 718-990-0728 and pick them up at the designated library.

Visit our reopening website for more information and to see a list of all QPL branches open for to-go service and returns.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: October 7, 2020, 5:00PM

Forest Hills and Rego Park Branches Closed Until Further Notice

Forest Hills Library, located at 108-19 71 Avenue, will be closed until further notice for to-go service and returns in response to heightened concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

Rego Park Library, located at 91-41 63 Drive, will be closed until further notice for to-go service in response to heightened concerns about the spread of COVID-19. You can still return library materials at this branch.

Please visit our website or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: October 4, 2020, 10:00PM

Kew Gardens Hills Library Closed Until Further Notice

Kew Gardens Hills Library, located at 72-33 Vleigh Place, will be closed until further notice for to-go service and returns in response to heightened concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

Please visit our website or call 718-990-0728 for assistance.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: September 21, 2020, 5:00PM

More QPL Branches Opening for To-Go Service September 28; No Fines or Fees Until January 2021

We are excited to announce that seven more branches will be opening on Monday, September 28 for to-go service. In total, 22 QPL branches will be open when these seven reopen.

The seven branches are:

On Tuesday, September 22, customers can start selecting these branches as pickup locations for their future requests, but they will not be open for to-go service until September 28.

Starting Monday, September 21, you can return your library materials to Fresh Meadows, Langston Hughes, and Sunnyside, but they will not be open for to-go service until September 28.

The branches that are currently open for to-go service are:

To-go service allows you to request materials in advance through our app, website, or by phone at 718-990-0728 and pick them up at the designated library.

We are also happy to announce that there will be no fines and fees on any library materials checked out this year until January 4, 2021 at the earliest. Additionally, all blocks on library cards with fines and fees of $15 have been lifted until further notice.

For more information, visit our reopening website, where you can watch videos about how to-go service works and how we are keeping our customers safe, read about our reopening plan, and get answers to frequently asked questions.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: August 3, 2020, 12:00PM

To help keep our customers informed, we’ve compiled this list of print and electronic books in English, Chinese, and Spanish about the history of pandemics and the current COVID-19 crisis. We also have a list of health websites and research articles for you to explore.

And remember: 15 QPL branches are now open for to-go service!

 

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Update: July 27, 2020, 2:00PM

More QPL Branches Opening for To-Go Service August 10

We are excited to announce that eight more branches will be opening on Monday, August 10 for to-go service. In total, fifteen QPL branches will be open when these eight reopen.

The eight branches are:

UPDATE 8/27: We’re pleased to report that, after necessary maintenance, Whitestone Library is now open for to-go service!

The branches that are already open for to-go service as of July 13 are:

To-go service allows you to request materials in advance through our app, website, or by phone at 718-990-0728 and pick them up at the designated library. For libraries opening for to-go service on August 10, you may begin to request materials on August 4. You may also return materials to locations offering to-go service.

For more information, visit our reopening website, where you can watch a video about how to-go service works, read about our reopening plan, and get answers to frequently asked questions.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: June 25, 2020, 10:00AM

QPL’s “To-Go” Service Starts July 13 at 7 Branches

Dear Queens Public Library Customer,

I am very pleased to announce that Queens Public Library will reopen seven branches across the borough with “to-go” service and returns six days a week, starting on Monday, July 13. Nine additional locations will accept returns around the clock, seven days a week.

These initial steps to gradually reopen our physical locations while protecting the health and safety of our staff and the public are part of the Library’s reopening plan, QPL’s Path Forward in the Era of COVID-19.

The following seven branches will provide to-go service for customer pickup of materials in a designated area of each building and will accept returns at their exterior return machines. Materials can be requested online, through the QPL app, or by phone, starting July 6.

The hours at each of these locations will be: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday (with a one-hour closure from 1 to 2 p.m. for cleaning); 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday; and 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday (with a one-hour closure from 3 to 4 p.m. for cleaning).

In addition to their geographic location, the seven sites were selected for their size, layout, and condition as we assess whether and how the new service model and operating procedures, including physical distancing and other safety measures, would work in other libraries.

The following group of nine locations will accept returns at external return machines or book drops but remain closed to the public. They will be open to staff for fulfilling materials requests and supporting our other functions.

In addition, our Mail-a-Book home delivery service will resume.

Each of the buildings that will be in use during this stage will undergo extensive cleaning, and spaces will be configured for physical distancing. In accordance with expert recommendations, all returned materials will be set aside, or “quarantined,” for 96 hours before they are put back into circulation.

All staff and visitors will be required to wear masks and practice physical distancing. Hand sanitizer will be available at all open branches. At this time, there will be no on-site public programs, browsing, meeting room availability, seating, public computers, or in-person reference service, and book donations will not be accepted.

Customers can check out materials without accruing fines until October 1, 2020 at the earliest, and fine-based library card blocks will be temporarily lifted. Applications for library cards will be accepted online only, and cards can be picked up at one of the locations offering to-go service.

Depending on the experiences of the initial locations and as circumstances allow, we will gradually and carefully open more branches and provide additional services. In the meantime, we remain committed to offering virtual programs, eBooks, and other online resources, which we know have been vital for many of you.

Thank you for your support and understanding as we navigate our new realities together. The Library’s incredible staff are working hard to prepare for this next step, and we look forward to welcoming you back safely.

Best wishes,
Dennis M. Walcott
President and CEO, Queens Public Library

P.S. You can also visit our Reopening website to watch our instructional video about to-go service, get answers to frequently asked questions, and find out how we’re protecting everyone’s health and safety.

 

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Update: June 4, 2020, 11:00AM

A Plan to Reopen Our Physical Locations

Dear Customers,

In the past three months, New York City has endured unprecedented heartache, economic hardship, and turmoil as we confront the COVID-19 pandemic and the manifestations of racial injustice across the country and here at home. It is at times like these when we especially miss being able to offer a welcoming physical place where people can gather, connect and celebrate the richness of our diversity, and where we can look them in the eye and ask what we can do to help.

It seems that the world now demands even more of us than the one we left behind when we temporarily shut the doors of our 66 locations on March 16. Since then, we have strengthened our resolve to meet our mission, delivering critical services and resources remotely and offering everyone, no matter who they are or where they come from, the chance to realize the promise of their lives.

At the same time, we have been thoughtfully and carefully formulating a plan for our locations’ eventual reopening, keeping at the forefront of our minds the health and safety of the public and our staff.  While we are still working through many of the details, I would like to share with you how and when in-person service is expected to resume.

We, along with the Brooklyn and New York public library systems, aim to start reopening our physical locations in mid-July, barring unforeseen circumstances. Our plan will be continuously refined as we open each branch, and informed by city, state and federal guidance, executive orders, and laws, information and recommendations from public health authorities and the experiences of other organizations around the world.

The Library will reopen its locations for public service in stages, starting with six to eight branches where customers can make returns and pick up requested materials in a designated area of each building.

Prior to their reopening, the buildings will undergo extensive cleaning, and our staff will configure spaces for social distancing. In accordance with the latest guidance, all returned materials will be set aside, or “quarantined,” for a period of time based on national standards before they are put back into circulation.

All visitors will be required to wear masks, and we will provide masks to people who do not have them. All Queens Public Library staff also will be required to wear masks, and hand sanitizer will be available at all open branches. At this time, there will be no public programs, browsing, meeting room availability, chairs and tables for public use, public computers, or in-person reference service. Book donations will not be accepted.

We will continue to increase our collection of ebooks and other digital resources, and to offer virtual programs, services, activities, and events on our social media channels and other platforms. As we learn from the initial branch reopenings, we will gradually open other locations and expand services. Again, I want to reinforce that the health and safety of our customers and our staff are our top priorities, and we are undertaking this process slowly and with the utmost caution.

We realize that there are many questions and issues that still need to be addressed, and we will share more details and updates with you as soon as we have them. Until then, we look forward to seeing you again as we face—and rebuild—this new world together.

Take good care, and thank you for being part of the Queens Public Library community.

Best wishes,
Dennis M. Walcott
President and CEO, Queens Public Library

 

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Update: March 15, 2020, 5:00PM

To the Queens Public Library Community,

Starting Monday, March 16 and until further notice, Queens Public Library will be closed to the public in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of our staff and the public we serve.

To ensure you can continue to learn and grow with the library, we are expanding our collections of digital materials, which are always available, including thousands of free eBooks, audiobooks, eMagazines, songs, movies, and videos.

We ask that you keep the items you have checked out until we reopen or announce other options. Note that all due dates will be automatically extended and late fees will be suspended during the closure.

Please keep checking the QPL website and social media channels for new content as well as for updates about our plans to reopen.

We know how much our communities depend on our libraries and thank you for your understanding during this challenging time.

Dennis M. Walcott, President and CEO, Queens Public Library

 

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March 12, 2020

Queens Public Library is suspending all programs, events, classes, community room requests, and workshops from Friday, March 13 through at least the end of the month.

We, along with the Brooklyn and New York public libraries, are taking this step to limit the number of public gatherings throughout our respective systems in an effort to help the City slow the spread of the coronavirus.

QPL continues to carefully monitor the rapidly evolving information and guidance about COVID-19 from the New York City Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help you, your families, and our staff stay informed and healthy, and to respond to the situation as needed.

To limit the spread of the coronavirus, we have

  • Significantly increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting surfaces like door handles and knobs, tabletops, counters, check-out and check-in machines, elevator buttons, and computer equipment at all of our locations.
  • Stepped up the number of times we service our public restrooms each day.
  • Removed all toys from the children’s areas in our libraries.
  • Encouraged our customers, staff, and the public to wash their hands properly, get the flu vaccine, cover coughs and sneezes, avoid touching their faces, stay at home if they feel sick, and contact their medical provider if they have traveled to certain countries.

We also are purchasing substantially more eBooks, audiobooks, and streaming films. If you would prefer not to visit our locations in person at this challenging time, you can reach one of our librarians over the phone or online through our Ask-a-Librarian service.

If you do visit, we ask that you consider practicing “social distancing” and limiting contact with others by:

  • avoiding handshakes
  • using our check-out machines
  • giving yourself ample space in our computer and seating areas
  • sharing your library card number verbally instead of providing your physical card.

There is a great deal of false information on social media and certain online news sites about how COVID-19 is transmitted and who has been affected. Below are reliable sources of the most up-to-date information about the coronavirus and how to stay safe during this difficult time.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The federal agency, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides updates about the government’s response, answers to frequently asked questions, and resources and guidance for employers, schools, households, and travelers.

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
The mayoral agency is monitoring the City’s response to the outbreak and updating the public about symptoms, prevention, and the number of cases in the five boroughs.

New York State Department of Health
The state agency is monitoring the spread of the disease across the state of New York and its response to the outbreak.

World Health Organization
The United Nations agency monitors public health around the world and educates people how to achieve good health.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as the situation with COVID-19 unfolds. Please visit this page for updates. We are more committed now than ever to serving our communities and the people of Queens and beyond, no matter who you are or where you are from.

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Queens Public Library mourns the loss of our Trustee Ed Sadowsky, a distinguished former City Council member and civic leader, who passed away last night, surrounded by his family. He was 92.

The New York Times posted this obituary about him on its website earlier today.

Ed was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2008, in large part because of his many contributions to the Queens Public Library system while he was on the Council. One of his greatest accomplishments — which he recalled when he was honored at our 2018 gala — was persuading former Mayor John V. Lindsay to allocate funding in 1973 to help keep the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center open at its original home in a former Woolworth storefront on 100th Street and Northern Boulevard before its current building was constructed.

Ed also was a tireless advocate for the construction of Hunters Point Library. He was instrumental in securing the site and the City’s financial support for the building, understanding the critical need for a library as the formerly industrial neighborhood shifted to a thriving residential community.

Throughout his tenure on the Board, Ed commanded the respect of his peers and always made clear the Library was his number one priority. He was funny, thoughtful and had a great legal mind.

We will miss Ed terribly. We wish his family members and all of those who loved him peace and send them our deepest condolences.

 

Dennis M. Walcott
President and CEO, Queens Public Library

Woman Between Books

For the next in our College Readiness series, Amber Peters, aka Mizz P, a college and career strategist and workshop leader, shares information on finding college scholarships. 

She suggests starting your scholarship quest with search engines like Fastweb.com and Scholarships.com – “they are designed to send you scholarships that match your student profile. This increases your eligibility for specific awards, thereby making it easier for you to find and win money-saving scholarships.” Peters continues, “I would also check your local community (businesses, corporate entities, non-profits) and your network (friends, family) to see what scholarships exist right in your own backyard.” For New York and Queens residents, she recommends Queens-based foundations, non-profits, local business, and your elected officials. “Sometimes your councilman or assemblyman may have funds to give away to talented residents in their district. It never hurts to ask.” 

How much of a college education can you expect to pay for using scholarships? Peters says this varies and is largely dependent on the work you put in before and during your search. “The more work you do, the more money you can win.” Scholarships can range from $50 to the full cost of college tuition, but none are guaranteed. 

Peters explains that knowing which scholarships you qualify for is possible if you read the fine print. All scholarship sponsors provide eligibility requirements to ensure they get the right pool of applicants. She advises checking the sponsor’s website or application for more details. 

What materials do you need to apply for scholarships? Each opportunity is different, but Peters suggests “you should have an essay that clearly describes why you want to go to college and how winning a scholarship will impact your future. Next is a resume that demonstrates your involvement. Some scholarship sponsors will ask you to submit this document or ask you to list your involvement on their site. Last is a brag sheet in case you need recommendations to support your application. The brag sheet is designed to give your recommenders more details to help them draft the perfect letter for you. The more details you add, the better they can sell your application.” 

Finally, she advises that looking for scholarships is a full-time job. “You have to stay on top of it in order to be successful which means applying early and often. Platforms like FastWeb.com and Scholarships.com allow you to start looking as early as ninth grade. You can also start keeping a log of popular scholarships you hear about so you have them ready when it's your turn to apply. Juniors and seniors should be actively applying for scholarships all year round. I recommend setting aside a specific weekly time dedicated to research/prep and a separate time for submitting applications. Even after they are admitted, they should continue this practice to ensure they always have enough money to get through college.”
 
Amber Peters A.K.A. Mizz P. is a college and career strategist & workshop leader. She is the founder of On Track With Mizz P. and creator of the On Track For College App
 

See all of our upcoming College Readiness programs on our calendar

A picture from our 2017-2019 Queens Hip Hop Pioneers Photo Exhibit, curated by MFidel Photography.

A picture from our 2017-2019 Queens Hip Hop Pioneers Photo Exhibit, curated by MFidel Photography.

November is Hip Hop History Month! Join us and QPL Hip Hop Coordinator (and music legend) Ralph McDaniels all month long to celebrate hip hop and its legacy as a global force for culture, civil rights, and, of course, music!

 

Hip Hop Art Exhibit—17: The Revolution Will Be Visualized

This exhibit featuring a group of visual artists from around the U.S. is presented by Andre Leroy Davis and will run at Central Library through January 17, 2022 (Martin Luther King Day).

In a time of outrage, 17 African American artists unite in honor of Trayvon Martin and mourn the fact that he was murdered after only seventeen years of life. Different mediums, different styles, different perspectives, different visions; all with one mission to visually convey our love and support for one another, our people, but especially the life paths, struggles, pains, love, success, hardships, failures, and triumphs of the young Black male. In order to revolutionize how the world views the Black male, there must be a revolt: the Revolution will be Visualized.
Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica

 

DJ 101 with DJ Wiz of Kid 'n Play

 

Hip Hop History Month Virtual Programs

All these programs can be watched on QPL’s Instagram page and as replays on QPL’s IGTV channel.

Live Talk from Queens with Ralph McDaniels
Join QPL Hip Hop Coordinator Ralph McDaniels as he talks with his special guests about hip hop, literature, community, culture, and a wide variety of topics!
Tuesdays, November 9, 16, and 30, 3pm

The History of Hip Hop in Queens with Bugsy of WBLS
Join Ralph McDaniels and Queens resident and radio personality Fred "Bugsy" Buggs of WBLS for a special edition of Live Talk from Queens about how Queens hip hop history started!
Tuesday, November 23, 3pm

Ralph McDaniels’ All Vinyl 45s Hip Hop and Soul Brunch
Join Uncle Ralph for his Instagram Live all-vinyl DJ sets of hip hop, soul, and old-school favorites, every Saturday at 1PM!
Saturdays, November 13, 20, 27, 1pm

 

Hip Hop History Books

Check out our Hip Hop History Month eBook list on OverDrive.

Here's a special list of books about hip hop curated by Ralph McDaniels.

Mama Phife Represents: A Verse Memoir by Cheryl Boyce-Taylor
Watch Cheryl Boyce-Taylor's interviews with Ralph McDaniels: Interview One (also with Roxanne Shanté), Interview Two (the 30th anniversary of A Tribe Called Quest’s The Low End Theory)

Miss Pat: My Reggae Music Journey by Pat Chin
Watch Pat Chin's interviews with QPL President & CEO Dennis M. Walcott and Ralph McDaniels

Rap Tees: A Collection of Hip Hop T-Shirts 1980-1999 by DJ Ross One
Watch DJ Ross One's interview with Ralph McDaniels

DMC #1 (Darryl Makes Comics) and Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide: A Memoir by Darryl "DMC" McDaniels
Watch DMC's interview with Ralph McDaniels

The Motherlode: 100+ Women That Made Hip Hop by Clover Hope
Watch Clover Hope's interview with Ralph McDaniels

The Marathon Don't Stop: The Life and Times of Nipsey Hussle by Rob Kenner
Watch Rob Kenner's interview with Ralph McDaniels

Hip Hop at the End of the World: The Photography of Ernie Paniccioli

Where I'm From: Growing Up Hip Hop by Ron Amen-Ra Lawrence

I Know My Rights: Bill of Rights by Mysonne Linen
Watch Mysonne Linen's interview with Ralph McDaniels

Sweat The Technique by Rakim

 

A Cypher in Queens

Take a look back at our 2019 hip hop art exhibit with Sherwin Banfield at Central Library in Jamaica.

 

Hip Hop in Queens Historical Collection on Aviary

Watch these special videos of past hip hop programs at Queens Public Library, including interviews with KRS-One, DMC, Daymond John, and many more!

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Do you have children ages 0-17? Raising children can be expensive, but there's financial help waiting for you, the Child Tax Credit. You may be able to claim half of the fully refundable Child Tax Credit - worth up to $3,600 per child - as advance monthly payments in 2021 and the other half as a tax refund in 2022. 

To get advance monthly payment in 2021 if you were not required to file taxes, you must sign up by November 15, 2021. Use https://www.getctc.org to receive payments. 

If your information is processed by the IRS by the end of November, you can receive a lump sum payment of up to $1,800 per child 0-5 and $1,500 per child 6-17 in December and you'll receive the other half of the tax credit when you file your taxes in 2022. 

You are eligible for the full tax credit if you have no income or make up to

  • $75,000 or less for single filers or married couples filing separately
  • $112,500 or less for heads of household
  • $150,000 or less for married couples filing a joint return or qualifying widows or
  • widowers

You can receive payments even if you are incarcerated, experiencing homelessness or have no income.

Find Out More 

Learn more here. Read frequently asked questions here. Get the basic facts here

Get Help Getting Your Payments

 An IRS certified VITA/TCE volunteer preparer with NYC Free Tax Prep can guide you on how to make sure you get your payments. Services are available year-round. For information or to book an appointment: Call 311 and say “tax preparation” or visit nyc.gov/taxprep.

 

 

Vote Here Sign

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 is Election Day, and several of our branches will serve as polling sites.

Queens residents will cast their votes at the Briarwood, Central, East Elmhurst, Elmhurst, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens Hills, Lefferts, North Forest Park, Peninsula, Ridgewood, Seaside, and St. Albans libraries, from 6AM to 9PM.

Please Note: Elmhurst Library will be closed to serve as a polling site; the other branches will be open for public service.

Is your library where you should vote? Please visit https://findmypollsite.vote.nyc or call 866-VOTE-NYC (866-868-3692) to confirm the correct location for you to vote in your neighborhood!

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                                 Spotlight on New Book Releases in November and December 

Here are some of the new books coming to the Library for adults, teens, and children—from picture books for children and fantasy for young adults to novels and nonfiction for adults as well as books for Native American Heritage Month. 

November 2, 2021
Our Table (children’s)
by Peter H. Reynolds

New York Times bestselling creator Reynolds returns with a tale that is perfect for the holidays, about a young girl yearning to reconnect with her family over a meal without the distractions of modern life and technology. Booklist and Kirkus both starred this picture book. 

November 9, 2021
Out of My Heart (children’s)
by Sharon M. Draper

In this sequel to the bestseller Out of My Mind, Melody, a 12-year-old diagnosed with cerebral palsy,  decides to brave summer camp, seeking a place where she can have make friends and have adventures on her own. Both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly starred this book. 


November 9, 2021
Year of the Reaper (YA)
by Makiia Lucier  

Starred by School Library Journal, this is a romantic fantasy in which a noble lord survives a plague and a prison only to meet a historian and team up to figure out why an assassin targeted those closest to the queen. 


November 16, 2021
The Nobleman's Guide to Scandal and Shipwrecks  (YA) 
by Mackenzi Lee

Lee’s latest is the finale to the New York Times bestselling series featuring the Montague siblings. In the conclusion, teenage Adrian is sent on a pursuit of his adult siblings across the world after finding a piece of spyglass that belonged to his late mother. 

November 23, 2021
Go Tell the Bees that I Am Gone (adult)
by Diana Gabaldon

The newest installation of Gabaldon’s New York Times bestselling Outlander series, this time-traveling fantasy and romance takes place on the eve of the American Revolution. 

November 23, 2021
Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People (YA)
by Kekla Magoon 

A finalist for the 2021 National Book Award, this detailed history for teens which contextualizes the Blank Panther Party in the Black American experience was starred by Booklist, The Horn Book, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal

December 7, 2021
Beasts of a Little Land (adult) 
by Juhea Kim 

Booklist and Kirkus both starred this critically acclaimed debut novel. It tells the story of the Korean independence movement through the experiences of a young woman sold as a courtesan and a poor hunter’s son who survives as a beggar. 

December 7, 2021
Light for All (children’s)
by Margarita Engle and illustrated by Raúl Colón   

Starred by Kirkus, this book celebrates and honors the many contributions immigrants have made to the United States. 

December 7, 2021
Racism, Not Race (adult)
by Joseph Graves Jr. and Alan H. Goodm
an 

Starred by Kirkus, this book features two distinguished scientists answering questions about race, racism, and biology as they demonstrate that racism created race as well as racial inequities. 

December 14, 2021
Tomboy: The Surprising History and Future of Girls Who Dared to be Different (adult)
by Lisa Selin Davis

Elaborating on a viral New York Times op-ed, the author explores our notions of gender and celebrates those who do not conform to expectations. 

 

Books for Native American Heritage Month 


November 16, 2021
An Afro-Indigenous History of the United States (adult) 
by Kyle T. Mays 

Afro-Indigenous historian Mays presents the first intersectional history the Black and Native American struggle for freedom in America, showing how both groups have continuously worked for justice and sought to end white supremacy. 

November 23, 2021
A Snake Falls to Earth (YA)
by Darcie Little Badger 

This coming-of-age story was longlisted for the National Book Award and starred by Booklist, Kirkus, and Publishers Weekly

23 National Book Award Finalists 2021

Every year, the National Book Foundation awards National Book Awards in the genres of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, young people's literature, and translated literature. This year's five finalists in each category were announced in October and the winners will be announced on Wednesday, November 17. Nearly 2,000 books were nominated by publishers for the prestigious prizes. Learn more about the awards here.

Read our interview with 2021 National Book Award fiction judge Margaret Wilkerson Sexton from our blog archives.

If you haven't already found your favorite book of the year, there's still time. Check out one of the finalists for a phenomenal read!
 

Fiction: 

Anthony Doerr, Cloud Cuckoo Land Book eBook 

Lauren Groff, Matrix Book eBook

Laird Hunt, Zorrie Book eBook 

Robert Jones, Jr., The Prophets Book eBook 

Jason Mott, Hell of a Book Book


Nonfiction: 

Hanif Abdurraqib, A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance Book eBook

Lucas Bessire, Running Out: In Search of Water on the High Plains

Grace M. Cho, Tastes Like War: A Memoir Book 

Nicole Eustace, Covered with Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America Book 

Tiya Miles, All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake Book 


Poetry 

Desiree C. Bailey, What Noise Against the Cane Book 

Martín Espada, Floaters Book 

Douglas Kearney, Sho Book 

Hoa Nguyen, A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure Book 

Jackie Wang, The Sunflower Cast a Spell to Save Us from the Void Book 


Translated Literature 

Elisa Shua Dusapin, Winter in Sokcho
Translated from the French by Aneesa Abbas Higgins  Book

Ge Fei, Peach Blossom Paradise
Translated from the Chinese by Canaan Morse Book 

Nona Fernández, The Twilight Zone
Translated from the Spanish by Natasha Wimmer Book 

Benjamín Labatut, When We Cease to Understand the World
Translated from the Spanish by Adrian Nathan West  Book eBook 

Samar Yazbek, Planet of Clay
Translated from the Arabic by Leri Price
 

Young People’s Literature 

Shing Yin Khor, The Legend of Auntie Po  Book eBook  

Malinda Lo, Last Night at the Telegraph Club Book eBook 

Kyle Lukoff, Too Bright to See Book eBook 

Kekla Magoon, Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People (Coming soon to QPL)

Amber McBride, Me (Moth) Book 
 

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Meral Agish, Queens Memory community coordinator, recently held a workshop on conducting oral histories. Queens Memory is a community archiving program supported by Queens Public Library and Queens College, CUNY. They seek to promote local histories in the community through programming and to collect diverse local histories for their collections, while also providing training and materials to help local residents make oral histories that can be included in the collections. Any connection to Queens is a suitable topic for a Queens Memory interview. 

The collection, which has nearly 1,000 interviews, has been in existence for eleven years. It tells the stories of the lived experiences of individuals, but also seeks to contribute to the understanding of the collective memory of a place, time or experience. One example is the COVID-19 project, which documents the pandemic through the eyes of ICU nurses and college students, among others. For QPL’s 125th Anniversary year, the library is collecting library memories and experiences. Interviews can be conducted in any language. 

Oral histories complicate historical narratives by providing more and different points of view and serve as new primary sources of information. The idea of sharing authority between an interviewer and interviewee is key to oral history, which works through the idea of collaboration between the two. Interviews often revisit different tellings of events. In one interview that Agish shared, Joey Tabaco, a busboy at the Alaskan Pavilion at the 1964 World Fair included in the Memories of Migration series, covers details about place, personal identity, teenage hobbies, school, work, money, family dynamics, and more. Much of oral history is memory work, exploring the way that people remember. 

The first steps to conducting an interview are to contact someone you’d like to interview and explain why you’d like to talk to them. Discuss what you’ll cover and how you’ll record, whether in person, on video or on the phone. If you’re conducting the interview for Queens Memory, ask if they’d like their interview to be archived. This is a great way to expand the history that people have access to and to preserve someone’s story for the future. As Agish says, “Everyone is interesting because no one has lived your life.” 

As a repository for interviews, Queens Memory stores, preserves, and shares interviews with the public. However, Queens Memory never holds the copyright for interviews, leaving those in the hands of those who did them. 
Before you speak to your interviewee, prepare a list of topics. Think about the person’s first-hand experience and areas of expertise. Think about what you want to hear about or learn more about from them. Have a particular question in mind to start the interview, and listen closely in order to ask follow ups based on what they say to you.

Some topics that Queens Memory recommends are family lore and tradition, education, work and leisure, getting around, neighbors and the neighborhood, faith, change over time, and connections to history.    For more specific topic recommendations, visit here. 

Agish recommended using open-ended questions, as they are an invitation to share one’s story and offer more information. For example, Tell me more about your other memories of the World’s Fair. A closed question would be one that is answered easily by a yes/no answer, such as Was this your first job? Closed questions can be useful for clarification – for example, You mentioned X; was Y? 

Other helpful types of questions are follow-up as well as summarizing and concluding; the last two can be similar. An example of a follow up question would be, What was it like starting at a new high school? A summarizing question would be, Before we move on, is there anything you’d like to add? While a concluding question could be, Before we end, is there anything we didn’t cover? These questions show the collaboration between the interviewee and the interviewer, and the shared authority the interviewer has to determine the topics of the interview. 

Agish offered some tips for logistics of interviews, such as confirming the day before. Don’t forget to press record, which seems obvious but is something you can easily forget to do in the excitement of the interview. Remember to ask one question at a time and to give the interviewer time to reflect and gather their thoughts – don’t be afraid of silence. Listen and ask follow-up questions. Ask things they didn’t flesh out yet. If someone is stuck on a topic, you can gently move on to another topic. It also helps to keep an eye on the time so you don’t drain your interviewee by making the interview too long; pay attention to their energy level. People can be distracted or unable to focus. Some are talkative while others are more reticent. Work with your interviewee’s communication style. 

If you are recording for Queens Memory, you can use their recording kits. 

After an interview, send a thank you note and share the recording with your interviewee. If the recording is for Queens Memory, you’ll want to have them sign the consent form. After you submit the interview, Queens Memory will share a transcript with you that you can edit. Interviewees can edit out discrete portions of the interview that they are uncomfortable with or arrange to be anonymous or use a pseudonym. 


Queens Memory’s work broadens our understanding of the history of Queens by including diverse voices. They’re excited to hear from you about interviews you’d like to conduct! 

To arrange a one-on-one call or meeting with Meral Agish to discuss interviewing for Queens Memory, email her at meral.agish@queenslibrary.org or contact the Queens Memory team at queensmemory@queenslibrary.org. 


Queens Memory will hold another workshop on interviewing on Friday, November 12 at 2pm. Register here: https://queenslib.org/3lVVVOv

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Sixty to eighty percent of all jobs are filled through networking, according to the Job and Business Academy’s Blanca Baquero who led a recent workshop on networking. Baquero spent most of her career in human resources.

Networking helps us to maintain quality relationships, interact with people, exchange information, open doors to opportunities, and gain the opportunity to learn new things. It’s a give and take process, she explained. There are many reasons to network, but the most important may be that it provides exposure to job opportunities and possible job leads. It gives us a chance to receive advice and assistance, get new perspectives, gain positive influences, and make new friends. The older we get, the smaller our social circles get, so networking is a great way to counteract that trend. 

Employers prefer known individuals, such as employee referrals. Many jobs may not be advertised. One network connects to another. These are all facts that explain why networking can be successful for job searchers – but networking should be a continuous and ongoing process. To prepare, check the Internet for events in your neighborhood, such as on Eventbrite.com or Meetup.com. You can also use sites that employers browse such as LinkedIn. Put together a networking list, organize your contacts, compose a brief introduction of yourself, and develop an action plan. Your contacts can be colleagues, school friends, and even family members. Your introduction is your elevator pitch, what you’d be able to say about yourself in the time it takes to ride to the sixth floor of an elevator. This will convey a strong idea of what you’re interested in, so that your networking can be focused. 

Baquero advises not to assume certain people cannot help you and shared an anecdote in which a woman had been looking for work for a long time. The woman’s building superintendent came to her apartment and mentioned he’d just been in another apartment where someone was saying their company was hired – and this led to a job for the woman. Opportunities come from unexpected sources. Start your networking with people who can endorse your abilities and track record. Ask them for suggestions and advice. Always be considerate by thanking them for any referrals and assistance and be sure to provide feedback by letting them know the outcome, whether anything comes of their suggestions or not. 

Networking requires you to strategize and present your best self. Having confidence is key. Remember what transferable skills you have and what you can offer. Understand who you are so that you’ll be authentic. Develop a unique personal brand, if possible, and always focus on the future. Avoid making negative comments about past experiences. 

Baquero offered several pieces of advice for networkers: in addition to showing enthusiasm and confidence, she recommended being clear, concise, engaging, and distinctive. Keep your conversation focused and clear on what you want to accomplish. Remember to network with a goal in mind. Always write a thank you note. 

After you have been networking for a while, it can help to evaluate and review your network. Who is providing realistic and truthful – in other words, useful – feedback? Your network should represent the future you are trying to build. Do they challenge you? 

Communication skills are also essential for networking, especially effective listening. Focus on the speaker, avoid interrupting, and show interest. You will convey more through nonverbal communication than you do through speaking so pay attention to your facial expressions, eye contact, body movement, gestures, and posture – even when networking virtually. It’s also key to be mindful of your tone of voice, to make sure your appearance is professional, and to be careful how you react in a conversation. 

Networking is a great way to find opportunities you might not know about on your own. Be prepared to network at any moment and on the spot because a casual conversation could lead to a new opportunity. Remember to keep networking a continuous process that you do not only when you are laid off or in need of a job, but in all situations to keep building your connections and knowledge. 

Join the Job and Business Academy for more opportunities to grow as you advance your career, including workshops on branding and interviewing. See other JBA programs on our calendar

 

Job Search Strategies for Mature Workers 

Mature workers can face a struggle when it comes to searching for and obtaining employment. This class will define the mature worker, describe obstacles such workers may face, and explain how and where to search for jobs. Join here: https://queenslib.org/2Z2OWuf Password: October2021

Thursday, October 28, 12pm 

Identifying Your Work Skills 

In this competitive job market, it is vitally important to know your work skills and market those skills to potential employers during a job search. This workshop will explain the benefits of knowing your work skills and identifying them. Join here: https://queenslib.org/3oUJvse Password: November2021

Tuesday, November 2, 12pm 

Reinvigorating Wise Lives: Golden Goal Setting

Discover, highlight, and set goals for 2022. Make the year ahead a memorable one.
Join here: https://queenslib.org/3A98zOJ Password: goals

Friday, November 5, 2pm 

Steps to Successful Interviews 

In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare for an interview, successfully deal with difficult questions, and follow up properly afterwards. Join here: https://queenslib.org/3vtINTO Password: November2021

Tuesday, November 16, 12pm

Reinvigorating Wise Lives: Personal Branding Workshop

Have you ever thought about how others perceive you? What is branding in 2021? In this workshop, we will discuss the four steps of branding and how to make them work for you. Join here: https://queenslib.org/3AbxIs7 Password: November2021

Tuesday, November 23, 2pm