Black Resistance

Queens Public Library Celebrates Black History Month With Nearly 150 Programs Highlighting Black Resistance And The Many Facets Of Black Culture

In Addition to Robust Programming, the Library Will Distribute Free Journals Featuring Important Milestones and Icons of Black Resistance

 

QUEENS, NY – Throughout February, Queens Public Library will celebrate “Black Resistance” – the theme of its 2023 Black History Month observance – with nearly 150 comprehensive programs and initiatives, including theater performances, author talks, and art workshops for all ages, spotlighting various aspects of Black heritage, culture and resilience.

A sample of this month’s planned activities and events follow below. 

On Thursday, February 2 at 5 PM, patrons at Peninsula Library (92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard) can explore “Quilting Codes.” During the time of slavery in the United States, enslaved Black people who ran away to find freedom were said to use quilts encoded with messages to help guide them on their journey. Quilting groups, like Ebony Quilters of Southeast Queens and Quilt-N-Queens, have formed in the borough to keep the tradition of quilting alive. In this workshop, participants will create their own collage versions of quilts encoded with messages to help guide us today.

Throughout February, the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center (100-01 Northern Boulevard) in Corona, which houses New York City’s largest circulating Black heritage reading collection, will present an array of programs dedicated to Black History Month.

Its offerings include the Annual Langston Hughes Day Celebration on Saturday, February 11, from 2 to 5 PM, featuring actor and writer David Mills's one-person dramatic rendition of Langston Hughes's poems and short stories, as well as a performance by The Don Hanson Quartet. Langston Hughes Library also will host Libraries and Liberation Open Mic” on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 12 PM. The event is inspired by the history of Langston Hughes Library as well as mobile libraries that were founded by Black people and organizations. These include the Southeast Queens-based J. Expressions, Reading 4 Black Lives, and Lena’s Library. The open mic also will explore the future of libraries and reading collections that represent a diversity of voices.

Black gathering spaces and activism will be the focus of a virtual art lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 1 PM, in which MoMA educator Jennifer Katanic will discuss Just Above Midtown—or JAM”—an art gallery and self-described laboratory led by Linda Goode Bryant that enabled Black artist to flourish. Open from 1974 until 1986, the gallery organized exhibitions that explored the idea of artistic and racial mixture, encouraged collaborations between artists, and offered a space for community and professional development. To attend this virtual program go here: https://queenslib.org/3GIs470

Throughout the month, QPL will present theater performances, including Shades of Truth Theatre’s presentation of “The Meeting,” a one-act play depicting a fictional meeting in Harlem between two of America’s best-known civil rights leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. The play will be performed at Central Library (89-11 Merrick Boulevard) on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 1:30 PM and at Hunters Point Library (47-40 Center Boulevard) on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 1:30 PM. 

Another goal of the Library’s BHM celebration is to deepen the public’s knowledge about Black icons who lived and worked in Queens. 

One of them - Louis Armstrong - is known primarily as a legendary trumpeter and for hits such as “What a Wonderful World” and “Hello, Dolly!” But he was also a civil rights pioneer who was not afraid to put his career on the line to speak out against injustice. Ricky Riccardi, Director of Research Collections for the Louis Armstrong House Museum, will discuss this aspect of Armstrong’s biography during a virtual presentation on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 11 AM. To attend go here: https://queenslib.org/3i4CgMS

On Thursday, February 9, at 3:30 PM, Bayside Library (214-20 Northern Boulevard) will hold a workshop, dedicated to Lewis H. Latimer, a Black inventor, draftsman, and poet who lived in Queens and is most known for improving the process for creating carbon filaments for light bulbs. Latimer was also the son of a fugitive enslaved Black man named George Latimer. Inspired by both of their stories, in this program, called “Jars of Light,” participants will make their own art “light bulbs” using jars, filling them with art and poetry “filaments” about resistance and liberation. Attendees are invited to bring items they would like to add to their jars.

Young library customers will also have multiple opportunities to learn more about Black culture and resistance. 

During “The Role of Buttons in Social Justice Movement” program they will find out about the role of pins, buttons, and badges in the civil rights movement. Since these items could be quickly and cheaply made, bought, and sold, buttons were a popular way to express one’s politics. Participants will create their own buttons to reflect their beliefs and opinions on Mondays, February 6 and 27 at 3:30 PM at Rochdale Village (169-09 137 Avenue), and on Tuesday, February 28 at 4 PM at Glen Oaks (256-04 Union Turnpike). 

At Arverne (312 Beach 54 Street), on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 2:30 PM, children will celebrate Black History Month by making a paper replica of Kente cloth, a colorful fabric from West Africa, and gain appreciation for the Black artists who make it. 

During an art workshop titled “The Face of Afrofuturism With Ida Owensmiddle school students (grades 4-8) will use inspiration from Afrocentric films, music, and images, to engage with mixed media materials and create their own Afrofuturistic face collage. The program will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 3:30 PM at Ridgewood Library (20-12 Madison Street), on Wednesday, February 8 at 3:30 PM at Peninsula Library (92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard), on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 3:30 PM at Rochdale Village Library (169-09 137 Avenue).

Teens will also get to learn more about Lewis H. Latimer and other African American inventors such as Mary W. Jackson and how they contributed to the STEM field during STEM Club at Queensbridge Tech Lab (10-43 41 Avenue) on Saturdays, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25 at 3 PM

And as Hip Hop celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, QPL Hip Hop coordinator Ralph McDaniels will host a book talk “Fresh, Fly, and Fabulous: 50 Years of Hip Hop Style” with authors Elena Romero and Elizabeth Way exploring Hip Hop’s profound impact on the world of fashion, on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 5:45 PM at Central (89-11 Merrick Boulevard). 

Patrons are also invited to attend an in-person discussion titled “Self-Care as an Act of Resistance,” led by Dr. Naika Apeakorang, a naturopathic practitioner who also is an herbalist and an acupuncturist. The program, focusing on how to use the resources and tools available to us to boost our own social and emotional well-being, will take place at multiple locations, including on Monday, Feb. 6 at 12 PM at Bellerose Library (250-06 Hillside Avenue), Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 4 PM at Ozone Park Library (92-24 Rockaway Boulevard), Friday, Feb. 10 at 2 PM at Windsor Park Library (79-50 Bell Boulevard), and Saturday, Feb. 11 at 2 PM at Peninsula Library (92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard).

QPL customers may find further inspiration in free “Black Resistance Journals,” now available at all QPL locations and online . The journal offers facts about landmark moments of Black resistance, such as the enactment of the 14th Amendment in 1868, the New York Slave Revolt of 1712 or the creation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909, and includes information on Black Icons, who fought for racial equity through education, arts and culture, music, media, sports, politics, and more, such as activist and former Black Panther member Angela Davis, abolitionist Sojourner Truth, baseball player Jackie Robinson, and labor organizer A. Philip Randolph. The journal also features stimulating prompts to get the readers thinking about how they can get involved in resistance movements close to their heart today. Throughout the month, Library locations across the borough will also feature posters of various Black Icons. 

Visit http://connect.queenslibrary.org/3287 for additional Black History Month programs, booklists, film screenings, resources, and more! 

 

About Queens Public Library

Queens Public Library (QPL) transforms lives by cultivating personal and intellectual growth and by building strong communities. It is one of the largest and busiest public library systems in the United States, dedicated to serving the most ethnically and culturally diverse area in the country. 

An independent, non-profit organization founded in 1896, Queens Public Library offers free access to a collection of more than 5.4 million books and other materials in 200 languages, technology, and digital resources. Prior to the pandemic, the Library hosted more than 87,500 educational, cultural, and civic programs annually and welcomed 11.4 million visitors through its doors.   

Nearly every Queens resident lives within a mile of QPL’s 66 locations, including branch libraries, a Central Library, seven adult learning centers, a technology center located in the nation’s largest public housing complex, two teen centers, two bookmobiles, and a book bicycle. For more information, visit www.queenslibrary.org.

 

CONTACT: Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska, ekern@queenslibrary.org

Queens Public Library is partnering with a number of organizations to offer FREE in-person tax counseling sessions for New Yorkers at several QPL locations.

Tax season is here!

Filing taxes can be an overwhelming, complicated process. But it doesn’t have to be.

Queens Public Library is partnering with a number of organizations to offer FREE in-person tax counseling sessions for New Yorkers at several QPL locations.

During these sessions, professionals from our partner organizations will help you prepare (and in many cases e-file) your tax returns.

For more details about these tax counseling sessions, and to learn how you can schedule an appointment:

The following essential documents are required to prepare your taxes, and must be brought to any in-person tax counseling session. Please use the links above to see any additional documents that may apply to you.

  • Government issued picture ID
  • Driver’s or non-driver’s license required for NY State tax return
  • Social Security cards or ITIN documents for everyone listed on your tax return
  • Copy of last year’s tax return

You can also join us and the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance on February 8 and March 8 for virtual information sessions where you can learn about all the free options available for filing your federal and state tax returns.

Please note that Queens Public Library does not operate these programs, does not vouch for the accuracy of information disseminated during such programs, and assumes no responsibility for any statements made.

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Update: January 12, 2023, 11AM

Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits Available At All QPL Locations

Free at-home COVID-19 test kits are available for pick up at all QPL locations.

The kits will be available during regular hours of service, until an hour before closing. Click here for library hours.

There is a limit of two (2) kits per person, while supplies last.

Please note that the FDA has approved FlowFlex COVID-19 Antigen Home Test shelf life extensions from 12 months to 21 months, when stored at 36-86°F. Their new expiration dates are 9 months beyond the date printed on the kit box. Learn More Here.

These kits are made available through a partnership with the NYC Test & Treat Corps.

 

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Update: December 14, 2022, 12PM

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Available Outside Flushing Library Dec. 15-17

Queens Public Library is partnering with the City to offer a free mobile COVID-19 testing site outside our Flushing branch.

Visit the NYC Health + Hospitals Mobile Van outside Flushing Library (41-17 Main Street) on Thursday, December 15; Friday, December 16; and Saturday, December 17, from 8am to 6pm.

PCR and Rapid Antigen Testing will be offered for people 4 years old and above, with no appointment necessary, and at no cost to you!

In addition, the NYC Health + Hospitals Mobile Van staff will be able to test you for the flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV); and, if you test positive for COVID-19, they can also prescribe antiviral medication for you (if you are eligible).

To find other testing sites in Queens and across NYC, call 212-COVID19 or visit nyc.gov/covidtest.

 

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Update: December 7, 2022, 9PM

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Available Outside Flushing Library Dec. 8-10

Queens Public Library is partnering with the City to offer a free mobile COVID-19 testing site outside our Flushing branch.

Visit the NYC Health + Hospitals Mobile Van outside Flushing Library (41-17 Main Street) on Thursday, December 8; Friday, December 9; and Saturday, December 10, from 8am to 6pm.

PCR and Rapid Antigen Testing will be offered for people 4 years old and above, with no appointment necessary, and at no cost to you!

In addition, the NYC Health + Hospitals Mobile Van staff will be able to test you for the flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV); and, if you test positive for COVID-19, they can also prescribe antiviral medication for you (if you are eligible).

To find other testing sites in Queens and across NYC, call 212-COVID19 or visit nyc.gov/covidtest.

 

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Update: November 27, 2022, 5PM

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Available Outside Flushing Library & South Ozone Park Library

Queens Public Library is partnering with the City to offer a free NYC Health + Hospitals mobile COVID-19 testing site outside our Flushing and South Ozone Park branches.

PCR and Rapid Antigen Testing will be offered for people 4 years old and above, with no appointment necessary, and at no cost to you!

In addition, the NYC Health + Hospitals Mobile Van staff will be able to test you for the flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV); and, if you test positive for COVID-19, they can also prescribe antiviral medication for you (if you are eligible).

Visit the NYC Health + Hospitals Mobile Van outside Flushing Library and outside South Ozone Park Library on the following dates and times:

Flushing Library (41-17 Main Street), 8am to 6pm:
Monday, November 28
Tuesday, November 29
Wednesday, November 30
Thursday, December 1

South Ozone Park Library (128-16 Rockaway Boulevard), 8am to 6pm:
Thursday, December 1
Friday, December 2
Saturday, December 3

 

To find other testing sites in Queens and across NYC, call 212-COVID19 or visit nyc.gov/covidtest.

 

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Update: November 23, 2022, 2PM

Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits Available At All QPL Locations

Free at-home COVID-19 test kits are available for pick up at all QPL locations.

The kits will be available during regular hours of service, until an hour before closing. Click here for library hours.

There is a limit of two (2) kits per person, while supplies last.

Please note that the FDA has approved FlowFlex COVID-19 Antigen Home Test shelf life extensions from 12 months to 19 months, when stored at 36-86°F. Their new expiration dates are 7 months beyond the date printed on the kit box. Learn More Here.

These kits are made available through a partnership with the NYC Test & Treat Corps.

 

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Update: November 20, 2022, 5PM

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Available Outside Flushing Library Nov. 21-22

Queens Public Library is partnering with the City to offer a free mobile COVID-19 testing site outside our Flushing branch.

Visit the NYC Health + Hospitals Mobile Van outside Flushing Library (41-17 Main Street) on Monday, November 21 and Tuesday, November 22 from 8am to 6pm.

PCR and Rapid Antigen Testing will be offered for people 4 years old and above, with no appointment necessary, and at no cost to you!

In addition, the NYC Health + Hospitals Mobile Van staff will be able to test you for the flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV); and, if you test positive for COVID-19, they can also prescribe antiviral medication for you (if you are eligible).

To find other testing sites in Queens and across NYC, call 212-COVID19 or visit nyc.gov/covidtest.

 

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Update: November 14, 2022, 8AM

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Available Outside Flushing Library Nov. 14 and 16

Queens Public Library is partnering with the City to offer a free mobile COVID-19 testing site outside our Flushing branch.

Visit the NYC Health + Hospitals Mobile Van outside Flushing Library (41-17 Main Street) on Monday, November 14 and Wednesday, November 16 from 8am to 6pm.

PCR and Rapid Antigen Testing will be offered for people 4 years old and above, with no appointment necessary, and at no cost to you!

To find other testing sites in Queens and across NYC, call 212-COVID19 or visit nyc.gov/covidtest.

 

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Update: November 7, 2022, 8AM

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Available Outside Flushing Library Nov. 7, Nov. 10 and Nov. 12

Queens Public Library is partnering with the City to offer a free mobile COVID-19 testing site outside our Flushing branch.

Visit the NYC Health + Hospitals Mobile Van outside Flushing Library (41-17 Main Street) on Monday, November 7; Thursday, November 10; and Saturday, November 12, from 8am to 6pm.

PCR and Rapid Antigen Testing will be offered for people 4 years old and above, with no appointment necessary, and at no cost to you!

To find other testing sites in Queens and across NYC, call 212-COVID19 or visit nyc.gov/covidtest.

 

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Update: October 31, 2022, 8AM

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Available Outside Flushing Library Oct. 31 and Nov. 3-5

Queens Public Library is partnering with the City to offer a free mobile COVID-19 testing site outside our Flushing branch.

Visit the NYC Health + Hospitals Mobile Van outside Flushing Library (41-17 Main Street) on Monday, October 31; Thursday, November 3; Friday, November 4; and Saturday, November 5 from 8am to 6pm.

PCR and Rapid Antigen Testing will be offered for people 4 years old and above, with no appointment necessary, and at no cost to you!

To find other testing sites in Queens and across NYC, call 212-COVID19 or visit nyc.gov/covidtest.

 

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Update: October 29, 2022, 7AM

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Available Outside Flushing Library October 29

Queens Public Library is partnering with the City to offer a free mobile COVID-19 testing site outside our Flushing branch.

Visit the NYC Health + Hospitals Mobile Van outside Flushing Library (41-17 Main Street) on Saturday, October 29, from 8am to 6pm.

PCR and Rapid Antigen Testing will be offered for people 4 years old and above, with no appointment necessary, and at no cost to you!

To find other testing sites in Queens and across NYC, call 212-COVID19 or visit nyc.gov/covidtest.

 

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Update: October 22, 2022, 12PM

Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits Available At All QPL Locations

Free at-home COVID-19 test kits are available for pick up at all QPL locations.

The kits will be available during regular hours of service, until an hour before closing. Click here for library hours.

There is a limit of two (2) kits per person, while supplies last.

Please note that the FDA has approved FlowFlex COVID-19 Antigen Home Test shelf life extensions from 12 months to 19 months, when stored at 36-86°F. Their new expiration dates are 7 months beyond the date printed on the kit box. Learn More Here.

These kits are made available through a partnership with the NYC Test & Treat Corps.

 

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Update: October 20, 2022, 8AM

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Available Outside Flushing Library October 20-22

Queens Public Library is partnering with the City to offer a free mobile COVID-19 testing site outside our Flushing branch.

Visit the NYC Health + Hospitals Mobile Van outside Flushing Library (41-17 Main Street) on Thursday, October 20 through Saturday, October 22, from 8am to 6pm.

PCR and Rapid Antigen Testing will be offered for people 4 years old and above, with no appointment necessary, and at no cost to you!

To find other testing sites in Queens and across NYC, call 212-COVID19 or visit nyc.gov/covidtest.

 

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Update: October 17, 2022, 12PM

Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits Available At All QPL Locations

Free at-home COVID-19 test kits are available for pick up at all QPL locations.

The kits will be available during regular hours of service, until an hour before closing. Click here for library hours.

There is a limit of two (2) kits per person, while supplies last.

Please note that the FDA has approved FlowFlex COVID-19 Antigen Home Test shelf life extensions from 12 months to 19 months, when stored at 36-86°F. Their new expiration dates are 7 months beyond the date printed on the kit box. Learn More Here.

These kits are made available through a partnership with the NYC Test & Treat Corps.

 

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Update: October 13, 2022, 8AM

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Available Outside Flushing Library October 13-16

Queens Public Library is partnering with the City to offer a free mobile COVID-19 testing site outside our Flushing branch.

Visit the NYC Health + Hospitals Mobile Van outside Flushing Library (41-17 Main Street) on Thursday, October 13 through Sunday, October 16, from 8am to 6pm.

PCR and Rapid Antigen Testing will be offered for people 4 years old and above, with no appointment necessary, and at no cost to you!

To find other testing sites in Queens and across NYC, call 212-COVID19 or visit nyc.gov/covidtest.

 

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Update: October 6, 2022, 8AM

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Available Outside Flushing Library October 6, 8, and 9

Queens Public Library is partnering with the City to offer a free mobile COVID-19 testing site outside our Flushing branch.

Visit the NYC Health + Hospitals Mobile Van outside Flushing Library (41-17 Main Street) on Thursday, October 6; Saturday, October 8; and Sunday, October 9, from 8am to 6pm.

PCR and Rapid Antigen Testing will be offered for people 4 years old and above, with no appointment necessary, and at no cost to you!

To find other testing sites in Queens and across NYC, call 212-COVID19 or visit nyc.gov/covidtest.

 

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Update: September 26, 2022, 12PM

Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits Available At All QPL Locations

Free at-home COVID-19 test kits are available for pick up at all QPL locations.

The kits will be available during regular hours of service, until an hour before closing. Click here for library hours.

There is a limit of two (2) kits per person, while supplies last.

Please note that the FDA has approved FlowFlex COVID-19 Antigen Home Test shelf life extensions from 12 months to 19 months, when stored at 36-86°F. Their new expiration dates are 7 months beyond the date printed on the kit box. Learn More Here.

These kits are made available through a partnership with the NYC Test & Treat Corps.

 

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Update: September 18, 2022, 10AM

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Available Outside Flushing Library Sept. 19-20 and Sept. 22-25

Queens Public Library is partnering with the City to offer a free mobile COVID-19 testing site outside our Flushing branch.

Visit the NYC Health + Hospitals Mobile Van outside Flushing Library (41-17 Main Street) on Monday, September 19; Tuesday, September 20; and Thursday, September 22 through Sunday, September 25, from 8am to 7pm.

PCR and Rapid Antigen Testing will be offered for people 4 years old and above, with no appointment necessary, and at no cost to you!

To find other testing sites in Queens and across NYC, call 212-COVID19 or visit nyc.gov/covidtest.

 

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Update: September 12, 2022, 8AM

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Available Outside Flushing Library Sept. 12-18

Queens Public Library is partnering with the City to offer a free mobile COVID-19 testing site outside our Flushing branch.

Visit the NYC Health + Hospitals Mobile Van outside Flushing Library (41-17 Main Street) from Monday, September 12 through Sunday, September 18 from 8am to 7pm.

PCR and Rapid Antigen Testing will be offered for people 4 years old and above, with no appointment necessary, and at no cost to you!

To find other testing sites in Queens and across NYC, call 212-COVID19 or visit nyc.gov/covidtest.

 

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Update: September 10, 2022, 2PM

Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits Available At All QPL Locations

Free at-home COVID-19 test kits are available for pick up at all QPL locations.

The kits will be available during regular hours of service, until an hour before closing. Click here for library hours.

There is a limit of two (2) kits per person, while supplies last.

These kits are made available through a partnership with NYC's Test and Trace Corps.

 

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Update: September 6, 2022, 8AM

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Available Outside Flushing Library Sept. 6-Sept. 11

Queens Public Library is partnering with the City to offer a free mobile COVID-19 testing site outside our Flushing branch.

Visit the NYC Health + Hospitals Mobile Van outside Flushing Library (41-17 Main Street) from Tuesday, September 6 through Sunday, September 11 from 8am to 7pm.

PCR and Rapid Antigen Testing will be offered for people 4 years old and above, with no appointment necessary, and at no cost to you!

To find other testing sites in Queens and across NYC, call 212-COVID19 or visit nyc.gov/covidtest.

 

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Update: September 5, 2022, 12PM

Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits Available At All QPL Locations

Free at-home COVID-19 test kits are now available for pick up at all QPL locations.

The kits will be available during regular hours of service, until an hour before closing. Click here for library hours.

There is a limit of two (2) kits per person, while supplies last.

These kits are made available through a partnership with NYC's Test and Trace Corps.

 

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Update: August 28, 2022, 11AM

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Available Outside Flushing Library August 29-September 3

Queens Public Library is partnering with the City to offer a free mobile COVID-19 testing site outside our Flushing branch.

Visit the NYC Health + Hospitals Mobile Van outside Flushing Library (41-17 Main Street) from Monday, August 29 through Friday, September 2 from 10am to 6pm, and Saturday, September 3 from 9am to 6pm.

PCR and Rapid Antigen Testing will be offered for people 4 years old and above, with no appointment necessary, and at no cost to you!

To find other testing sites in Queens and across NYC, call 212-COVID19 or visit nyc.gov/covidtest.

 

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Update: August 26, 2022, 12PM

Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits Available At All QPL Locations

Free at-home COVID-19 test kits are now available for pick up at all QPL locations.

The kits will be available during regular hours of service, until an hour before closing. Click here for library hours.

There is a limit of two (2) kits per person, while supplies last.

These kits are made available through a partnership with NYC's Test and Trace Corps.

 

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Update: August 19, 2022, 12PM

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Available Outside Flushing Library August 22-26

Queens Public Library is partnering with the City to offer a free mobile COVID-19 testing site outside our Flushing branch.

Visit the NYC Health + Hospitals Mobile Van outside Flushing Library (41-17 Main Street) from Monday, August 22 through Friday, August 26 from 8am to 6pm.

PCR and Rapid Antigen Testing will be offered for people 4 years old and above, with no appointment necessary, and at no cost to you!

To find other testing sites in Queens and across NYC, call 212-COVID19 or visit nyc.gov/covidtest.

 

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Update: June 30, 2022, 12PM

Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits Available At All QPL Locations

Free at-home COVID-19 test kits are now available for pick up at all QPL locations.

The kits will be available during regular hours of service, until an hour before closing. Click here for library hours.

There is a limit of two (2) kits per person, while supplies last.

These kits are made available through a partnership with NYC's Test and Trace Corps.

 

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Update: June 15, 2022, 2PM

COVID-19 Vaccine Van Available Outside Rosedale Library on June 16

Queens Public Library is partnering with NYC Health + Hospitals to offer a free mobile COVID-19 vaccine site outside our Rosedale branch.

Visit the NYC Health + Hospitals Mobile Van outside Rosedale Library (144-20 243 Street) on Thursday, June 16 from 1-7pm.

The Pfizer vaccine will be available for New Yorkers age 12 and older. No appointments are needed, and there is no cost to you!

To find other vaccine sites in Queens and across NYC, call 1-877-VAX-4NYC (1-877-829-4692) or visit https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov.

 

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Update: May 19, 2022, 8AM

Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits Available At All QPL Locations

Free at-home COVID-19 test kits are now available for pick up at all QPL locations.

The kits will be available during regular hours of service, until an hour before closing. Click here for library hours.

There is a limit of two (2) kits per person, while supplies last.

These kits are made available through a partnership with NYC's Test and Trace Corps.

 

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Update: May 9, 2022, 8AM

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Available Outside Seaside Library

Queens Public Library is partnering with the City to offer a free mobile COVID-19 testing site outside our Seaside branch.

Visit the NYC Health + Hospitals Mobile Van outside Seaside Library (116-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard) on Monday, May 9 through Friday, May 13 from 8am to 7pm.

PCR and Rapid Antigen Testing will be offered for people 4 years old and above, with no appointment necessary, and at no cost to you!

To find other testing sites in Queens and across NYC, call 212-COVID19 or visit nyc.gov/covidtest.

 

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Update: April 28, 2022, 10AM

Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits Available At All QPL Locations

Free at-home COVID-19 test kits are now available for pick up at all QPL locations.

The kits will be available during regular hours of service, until an hour before closing. Click here for library hours.

There is a limit of two (2) kits per person, while supplies last.

These kits are made available through a partnership with NYC's Test and Trace Corps.

 

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Update: April 25, 2022, 8AM

COVID-19 Vaccine Truck Available Outside Rosedale Library

Queens Public Library is partnering with Assemblyman Khaleel M. Anderson, NYC Health + Hospitals, and the Friends of Rosedale Library to offer a free mobile COVID-19 vaccine site outside our Rosedale branch.

Visit the NYC Health + Hospitals Mobile Van outside Rosedale Library (144-20 243 Street) on Monday, April 25 through Wednesday, April 27 from 8am to 6pm.

The Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available for New Yorkers age 12 and older, at no cost to you!

To find other vaccine sites in Queens and across NYC, call 1-877-VAX-4NYC (1-877-829-4692) or visit https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov.

 

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Update: April 20, 2022, 2PM

Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits Now Available At All QPL Locations

Free at-home COVID-19 test kits are now available for pick up at all QPL locations.

The kits will be available during regular hours of service, until an hour before closing. Click here for library hours.

There is a limit of two (2) kits per person, while supplies last.

These kits are made available through a partnership with NYC's Test and Trace Corps.

 

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Update: March 20, 2022, 10AM

Broad Channel Has Reopened

We’re pleased to report that following their recent closure, Broad Channel Library (16-26 Cross Bay Boulevard) has reopened for regular service.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit our website for any updates concerning hours of service at all our locations.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: April 11, 2022, 10AM

Broad Channel Library Closed Until Further Notice

Broad Channel Library (16-26 Cross Bay Boulevard) is closed until further notice due to a staff member testing positive for COVID-19.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit our website for any updates concerning hours of service at all our locations.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: April 4, 2022, 10AM

Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits Now Available At All QPL Locations

Free at-home COVID-19 test kits are now available for pick up at all QPL locations.

The kits will be available during regular hours of service, until an hour before closing. Click here for library hours.

There is a limit of two (2) kits per person, while supplies last.

These kits are made available through a partnership with NYC's Test and Trace Corps.

 

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Update: March 30, 2022, 9PM

Bayside Closed Until April 4

Bayside Library (214-20 Northern Boulevard) is closed until Monday, April 4 due to a positive case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit our website for any updates concerning hours of service at all our locations.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: March 28, 2022, 8AM

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Available Outside Seaside Library

Queens Public Library is partnering with the City to offer a free mobile COVID-19 testing site outside our Seaside branch.

Visit the NYC Health + Hospitals Mobile Van outside Seaside Library (116-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard) on Monday, March 28 through Friday, April 1st from 8am to 7pm.

PCR and Rapid Antigen Testing will be offered for people 4 years old and above, with no appointment necessary, and at no cost to you!

To find other testing sites in Queens and across NYC, call 212-COVID19 or visit nyc.gov/covidtest.

 

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Update: March 28, 2022, 7AM

Woodhaven Has Reopened

We’re pleased to report that following their recent closure, Woodhaven Library, located at located at 85-41 Forest Parkway, has reopened for regular service.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit our website for any updates concerning hours of service at all our locations.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: March 23, 2022, 11AM

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 and patience. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit our website for any updates concerning hours of service at all our locations.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: March 21, 2022, 8AM

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Available Outside Seaside Library

Queens Public Library is partnering with the City to offer a free mobile COVID-19 testing site outside our Seaside branch.

Visit the NYC Health + Hospitals Mobile Van outside Seaside Library (116-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard) on Monday, March 21 through Friday, March 25 from 8am to 7pm.

PCR and Rapid Antigen Testing will be offered for people 4 years old and above, with no appointment necessary, and at no cost to you!

To find other testing sites in Queens and across NYC, call 212-COVID19 or visit nyc.gov/covidtest.

 

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Update: March 14, 2022, 9AM

QPL's Mask Mandate Ends on Monday, March 14

After careful consideration, Queens Public Library has lifted our mask mandate for our staff and the public starting on Monday, March 14.

Masks will continue to be a welcome option for anyone who wants to wear them.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: March 14, 2022, 8AM

Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits Now Available At All QPL Locations

Free at-home COVID-19 test kits are now available for pick up at all QPL locations.

The kits will be available during regular hours of service, until an hour before closing. Click here for library hours.

There is a limit of two (2) kits per person, while supplies last.

These kits are made available through a partnership with NYC's Test and Trace Corps.

 

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Update: March 8, 2022, 2PM

Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits Available at 18 QPL Locations

Free at-home COVID-19 test kits are available for pick up at select library locations during regular hours of service, until an hour before closing.

There is a limit of two (2) kits per person, while supplies last.

These kits are made available through a partnership with NYC's Test and Trace Corps.

The 18 locations currently providing test kits are:

 

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Update: March 7, 2022, 10AM

Peninsula Has Reopened

We’re pleased to report that following their recent closure, Peninsula Library, located at 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, has reopened for regular service.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit our website for any updates concerning hours of service at all our locations.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: March 4, 2022, 9:30AM

Peninsula Closed Until Further Notice

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

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit our website for any updates concerning hours of service at all our locations.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: February 18, 2022, 2PM

Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits Available at More QPL Locations starting February 22

Free at-home COVID-19 test kits will be available for pick up at select library locations during regular hours of service, until an hour before closing.

There is a limit of two (2) kits per person, while supplies last.

These kits are made available through a partnership with NYC's Test and Trace Corps.

The following eight branches will have test kits available starting Tuesday, February 22:

The ten locations currently providing test kits are:

 

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Update: February 16, 2022, 9AM

Free Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at East Elmhurst

On Saturday, February 19, the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11 will be available inside our East Elmhurst branch.

Come get your child vaccinated and help them stay safe this winter. You’ll be doing your part to help end the pandemic.

No appointment is necessary!

Dates, Times, and Locations:

Saturday, February 19, 10am-5pm (with a break from 1:30-2:30pm)
East Elmhurst Library
95-06 Astoria Boulevard

 

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Update: February 14, 2022, 10AM

Library Updates

We’re pleased to report that following their recent closure, North Hills Library (57-04 Marathon Parkway) has reopened for regular service.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit our website for any updates concerning hours of service at all our locations.

 

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Update: February 12, 2022, 2PM

Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits Available at Select Library Locations starting February 14

Starting Monday, February 14, free at-home COVID-19 test kits will be available for pick up at select library locations during regular hours of service, until an hour before closing.

There is a limit of two (2) kits per person, while supplies last.

These kits are made available through a partnership with NYC's Test and Trace Corps.

Participating Library Locations:

 

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Update: February 10, 2022, 9AM

Free Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at East Elmhurst

On Saturday, February 12, the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11 will be available inside our East Elmhurst branch.

Come get your child vaccinated and help them stay safe this winter. You’ll be doing your part to help end the pandemic.

No appointment is necessary!

Dates, Times, and Locations:

Saturday, February 12, 10am-5pm (with a break from 1:30-2:30pm)
East Elmhurst Library
95-06 Astoria Boulevard

 

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Update: February 8, 2022, 1PM

Library Updates

North Hills Library (57-04 Marathon Parkway) is closed until further notice due to a staff member testing positive for COVID-19.

We’re pleased to report that following their recent closure, Kew Gardens Hills Library (72-33 Vleigh Place) has reopened for regular service.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit our website for any updates concerning hours of service at all our locations.

 

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Update: February 7, 2022, 12PM

Library Updates

Kew Gardens Hills Library (72-33 Vleigh Place) is closed until further notice due to a staff member testing positive for COVID-19.

We’re pleased to report that following their closure, the following QPL branches have reopened for regular service:

  • Poppenhusen (121-23 14 Avenue)
  • Ridgewood (20-12 Madison Street)
  • Sunnyside (43-06 Greenpoint Avenue)

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit our website for any updates concerning hours of service at all our locations.

 

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Update: February 4, 2022, 12PM

Free Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at East Elmhurst

On Saturday, February 5, the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11 will be available inside our East Elmhurst branch.

Come get your child vaccinated and help them stay safe this winter. You’ll be doing your part to help end the pandemic.

No appointment is necessary!

Dates, Times, and Locations:

Saturday, February 5, 10am-5pm (with a break from 1:30-2:30pm)
East Elmhurst Library
95-06 Astoria Boulevard

 

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Update: February 4, 2022, 11AM

Library Closings

The following QPL branches are closed until further notice due to staff members testing positive for COVID-19:

  • Poppenhusen (121-23 14 Avenue)
  • Ridgewood (20-12 Madison Street)
  • Sunnyside (43-06 Greenpoint Avenue)

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit our website for any updates concerning hours of service at all our locations.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: February 2, 2022, 3PM

Sunnyside Closed Until Further Notice

Sunnyside Library, located at 43-06 Greenpoint Avenue, is closed until further notice due to a positive case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit our website for any updates concerning hours of service at all our locations.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: February 1, 2022, 1PM

Rego Park Has Reopened

We’re pleased to report that following their recent closure, Rego Park Library, located at 91-41 63 Drive, has reopened for regular service.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit our website for any updates concerning hours of service at all our locations.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: January 28, 2022, 1PM

Rego Park Closed Until Further Notice

Rego Park Library, located at 91-41 63 Drive, is closed until further notice due to a positive case of COVID-19 involving a staff member.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit our website for any updates concerning hours of service at all our locations.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: January 20, 2022, 7PM

Free Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics at Two QPL Branches

On Saturday, January 22, the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11 will be available inside our Laurelton and Peninsula branches.

Come get your child vaccinated and help them stay safe this winter. You’ll be doing your part to help end the pandemic.

No appointment is necessary!

Dates, Times, and Locations:

Saturday, January 22, 10am-5pm (with a break from 1:30-2:30pm)
Laurelton Library
134-26 225 Street

Saturday, January 22, 10am-5pm (with a break from 1:30-2:30pm)
Peninsula Library
92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard

 

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Update: January 18, 2022, 1PM

Library Reopenings

We’re pleased to report that following their closure, the following QPL branches have reopened for regular service:

  • Laurelton (134-26 225 Street)
  • Long Island City (37-44 21 Street)
  • Poppenhusen (121-23 14 Avenue, College Point)

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

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: January 15, 2022, 9AM

Free Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics at Two QPL Branches

On Saturday, January 15, the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11 will be available inside our Laurelton* and Peninsula branches.

* Library services will not be available at Laurelton, but the City’s free walk-in vaccination clinic at the branch will still be open.

Come get your child vaccinated and help them stay safe this winter. You’ll be doing your part to help end the pandemic.

No appointment is necessary!

Dates, Times, and Locations:

Saturday, January 15, 10am-5pm (with a break from 1:30-2:30pm)
Laurelton Library
134-26 225 Street

Saturday, January 15, 10am-5pm (with a break from 1:30-2:30pm)
Peninsula Library
92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard

 

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Update: January 14, 2022, 6PM

Laurelton Closed Until Further Notice

Laurelton Library, located at 134-26 225 Street, is closed until further notice due to a positive case of COVID-19.

On Saturday, January 15, Library services will not be available at Laurelton, but the City’s free walk-in vaccination clinic at the branch for children ages 5-11 will be open from 10am to 5pm (with a break from 1:30pm to 2:30 pm).

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

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: January 13, 2022, 8PM

Free Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics at Two QPL Branches

On Saturday, January 15, the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11 will be available inside our Laurelton and Peninsula branches.

Come get your child vaccinated and help them stay safe this winter. You’ll be doing your part to help end the pandemic.

No appointment is necessary!

Dates, Times, and Locations:

Saturday, January 15, 10am-5pm (with a break from 1:30-2:30pm)
Laurelton Library
134-26 225 Street

Saturday, January 15, 10am-5pm (with a break from 1:30-2:30pm)
Peninsula Library
92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard

 

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Update: January 13, 2022, 5PM

Library Closings and Reopenings

The following QPL branches are closed until further notice due to staff members testing positive for COVID-19:

  • Long Island City (37-44 21 Street)
  • Poppenhusen (121-23 14 Avenue, College Point)

We’re pleased to report that following their closure, the following QPL branches have reopened for regular service:

  • Broadway (40-20 Broadway, Astoria)
  • Douglaston/Little Neck (249-01 Northern Boulevard)
  • Glendale (78-60 73 Place)
  • Howard Beach (92-06 156 Avenue)
  • Ridgewood (20-12 Madison Street)
  • South Ozone Park (128-16 Rockaway Boulevard)
  • Woodhaven (85-41 Forest Parkway)

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

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: January 11, 2022, 1PM

Library Closings and Reopenings

The following QPL branches are closed until further notice due to staff members testing positive for COVID-19:

  • Broadway (40-20 Broadway, Astoria)
  • Douglaston/Little Neck (249-01 Northern Boulevard)
  • Glendale (78-60 73 Place)
  • Howard Beach (92-06 156 Avenue)
  • Long Island City (37-44 21 Street)
  • Ridgewood (20-12 Madison Street)
  • South Ozone Park (128-16 Rockaway Boulevard)
  • Woodhaven (85-41 Forest Parkway)

We’re pleased to report that following their closure, Auburndale Library (25-55 Francis Lewis Boulevard) has reopened for regular service.

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

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: January 10, 2022, 7PM

Library Closings and Reopenings

The following QPL branches are closed until further notice due to staff members testing positive for COVID-19:

  • Auburndale (25-55 Francis Lewis Boulevard, Flushing)
  • Broadway (40-20 Broadway, Astoria)
  • Glendale (78-60 73 Place)
  • Howard Beach (92-06 156 Avenue)
  • Ridgewood (20-12 Madison Street)
  • South Ozone Park (128-16 Rockaway Boulevard)
  • Woodhaven (85-41 Forest Parkway)

We’re pleased to report that following their closure, the following QPL branches have reopened for regular service:

  • Arverne (312 Beach 54 Street)
  • Astoria (14-01 Astoria Boulevard)
  • Corona (38-23 104 Street)
  • East Elmhurst (95-06 Astoria Boulevard)
  • Pomonok (158-21 Jewel Avenue, Flushing)
  • Queensboro Hill (60-05 Main Street, Flushing)
  • Rosedale (144-20 243 Street)
  • St. Albans (191-05 Linden Boulevard)
  • South Hollis (204-01 Hollis Avenue)

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

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: January 7, 2022, 4PM

Free Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics at Two QPL Branches

On Saturday, January 8, the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11 will be available inside our Laurelton and Peninsula branches.

Come get your child vaccinated and help them stay safe this winter. You’ll be doing your part to help end the pandemic.

No appointment is necessary!

Dates, Times, and Locations:

Saturday, January 8, 10am-5pm (with a break from 1:30-2:30pm)
Laurelton Library
134-26 225 Street

Saturday, January 8, 10am-5pm (with a break from 1:30-2:30pm)
Peninsula Library
92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard

 

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Update: January 7, 2022, 12PM

COVID-19 Library Closings

The following QPL branches are closed until further notice due to staff members testing positive for COVID-19:

  • Arverne (312 Beach 54 Street)
  • Astoria (14-01 Astoria Boulevard)
  • Corona (38-23 104 Street)
  • East Elmhurst (95-06 Astoria Boulevard)
  • Pomonok (158-21 Jewel Avenue, Flushing)
  • Queensboro Hill (60-05 Main Street, Flushing)
  • Rosedale (144-20 243 Street)
  • St. Albans (191-05 Linden Boulevard)
  • South Hollis (204-01 Hollis Avenue)

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

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: January 4, 2022, 2PM

COVID-19 Library Closings

Arverne Library (312 Beach 54 Street) is closed until further notice due to a staff member testing positive for COVID-19.

Following their recent closure, Corona Library (38-23 104 Street), Hillcrest Library (187-05 Union Turnpike), Richmond Hill Library (118-14 Hillside Avenue), and Whitestone Library (151-10 14 Road) have reopened for regular service.

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

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: January 3, 2022, 12PM

COVID-19 Library Closings

The following QPL branches are closed until further notice due to staff members testing positive for COVID-19:

  • Corona (38-23 104 Street)
  • Hillcrest (187-05 Union Turnpike, Flushing)
  • Richmond Hill (118-14 Hillside Avenue)
  • Whitestone (151-10 14 Road)

Bellerose (250-06 Hillside Avenuue), Hunters Point, (47-40 Center Boulevard, Long Island City), and Queensboro Hill (60-05 Main Street, Flushing) have reopened for regular service.

Thank you for your patience. 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 2, 2022, 9PM

COVID-19 Library Closings

The following QPL branches are closed until further notice due to staff members testing positive for COVID-19:

  • Bellerose (250-06 Hillside Avenue)
  • Corona (38-23 104 Street)
  • Hunters Point (47-40 Center Boulevard, Long Island City)
  • Queensboro Hill (60-05 Main Street, Flushing)
  • Richmond Hill (118-14 Hillside Avenue)
  • Whitestone (151-10 14 Road)

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 30, 2021, 2PM

Elmhurst Has Reopened

We’re pleased to report that following their closure, Elmhurst Library, located at 86-07 Broadway, has reopened for regular service.

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

Thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: December 29, 2021, 1PM

South Jamaica Has Reopened

We’re pleased to report that following their closure, South Jamaica Library, located at 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, has reopened for regular service.

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

Thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: December 28, 2021, 3PM

Library Reopenings

We’re pleased to report that following their closure, the following QPL branches have reopened for regular service:

  • Glen Oaks Library, 256-04 Union Turnpike
  • Hunters Point Library, 47-40 Center Boulevard, Long Island City
  • Jackson Heights Library, 35-51 81 Street
  • McGoldrick Library, 155-06 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing
  • Peninsula Library, 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach

Bellerose Library (250-06 Hillside Avenue), Elmhurst Library (86-07 Broadway), and South Jamaica Library (108-41 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, Jamaica) are still closed.

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

Thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: December 27, 2021, 2:30PM

COVID-19 Library Closings

The following QPL branches are closed until further notice due to staff members testing positive for COVID-19:

  • Bellerose Library, 250-06 Hillside Avenue
  • Elmhurst Library, 86-07 Broadway
  • Glen Oaks Library, 256-04 Union Turnpike
  • Hunters Point Library, 47-40 Center Boulevard, Long Island City
  • Jackson Heights Library, 35-51 81 Street
  • McGoldrick Library, 155-06 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing
  • Peninsula Library, 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach
  • South Jamaica Library, 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, Jamaica

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

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: December 27, 2021, 11AM

Whitestone Has Reopened

We’re pleased to report that following their closure, Whitestone Library, located at 151-10 14 Road, has reopened for regular service.

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

Thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: December 26, 2021, 3PM

COVID-19 Library Closings

The following QPL branches are closed until further notice due to staff members testing positive for COVID-19:

  • Glen Oaks Library, 256-04 Union Turnpike
  • Hunters Point Library, 47-40 Center Blvd., Long Island City
  • Jackson Heights Library, 35-51 81 Street
  • McGoldrick Library, 155-06 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing
  • Peninsula Library, 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach
  • South Jamaica Library, 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, Jamaica
  • Whitestone Library, 151-10 14 Road

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 23, 2021, 2PM

Langston Hughes Has Reopened

We’re pleased to report that following their closure, Langston Hughes Library, located at 100-01 Northern Boulevard in Corona, has reopened for regular service.

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

Thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: December 23, 2021, 1PM

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: December 22, 2021, 7PM

Whitestone Closed Until Further Notice

Whitestone Library, located at 151-10 14 Road, 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: December 20, 2021, 10AM

South Jamaica and South Ozone Park Have Reopened

We’re pleased to report that South Jamaica Library, located at 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Jamaica, and South Ozone Park Library, located at 128-16 Rockaway Boulevard, have reopened for regular service.

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

Thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: December 19, 2021, 9:30PM

Central Library Will Reopen on December 20

We’re pleased to report that Central Library, located at 89-11 Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica, will reopen for regular service on Monday, December 20.

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

Thank you for your patience.

Queens Public Library

 

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Update: December 19, 2021, 8:30PM

Langston Hughes Closed Until Further Notice

Langston Hughes Library, located at 100-01 Northern Boulevard in Corona, 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: December 19, 2021, 11AM

Central Library Closed Until Further Notice

Central Library, located at 89-11 Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica, is closed until further notice due to staff testing positive for COVID-19.

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 17, 2021, 12PM

Free Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics at Two QPL Branches

On Saturday, December 18, the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11 will be available inside our Laurelton and Peninsula branches.

Come get your child vaccinated and help them stay safe this winter. You’ll be doing your part to help end the pandemic.

No appointment is necessary!

Dates, Times, and Locations:

Saturday, December 18, 10am-5pm (with a break from 1:30-2:30pm)
Laurelton Library
134-26 225 Street

Saturday, December 18, 10am-5pm (with a break from 1:30-2:30pm)
Peninsula Library
92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard

 

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Update: December 17, 2021, 10AM

South Jamaica Closed Until Further Notice

South Jamaica Library, located at 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Jamaica, 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: December 16, 2021, 2PM

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: December 15, 2021, 12:00PM

Laurelton Has Reopened

We’re pleased to report that following their closure, Laurelton Library, located at 134-26 225 Street, 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: December 14, 2021, 9:30AM

Laurelton Closed Until Further Notice

Laurelton Library, located at 134-26 225 Street, 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: December 5, 2021, 4:00PM

Woodhaven Will Reopen on December 6

We’re pleased to report that following their closure, Woodhaven Library, located at 85-41 Forest Parkway, will reopen for regular service on Monday, December 6.

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: 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.

Queens Public Library

 

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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.

MLK Day

QPL Honors The Legacy Of Martin Luther King Jr. With Author Talks, Book Recommendations And Theatrical Performances

A Virtual Conversation with Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals, One of the “Little Rock Nine,” Headlines the Library’s Commemoration

Queens, NY_ Throughout the month of January, Queens Public Library will be honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – whose birthday is January 15 – by deepening the public’s understanding of his life and words through book recommendations, and events, both virtual and in-person, including author talks, musical and theatrical performances, storytimes, crafts and movie screenings.

The Library kicked off the celebration last week with the launch of a film festival at Forest Hills Library (108-19 71st Ave.) honoring the civil rights leader’s legacy with movie screenings each Friday at 2PM, including Ava DuVernay’s “Selma”on Jan. 13 as well as Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X” on Jan. 20 and “BlacKkKlansman” on Jan. 27.

On Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7PM, the Library’s Culture Connection series will host a virtual Evening of Conversation with renowned performer Toshi Reagon and author/journalist Brian Alessandro. Reagon is a multi-talented and versatile singer, composer, musician, curator, and producer, with a profound ear for “sonic Americana,” including folk, blues, funk, and rock. Her expansive career includes residencies at Carnegie Hall, the Paris Opera House, and multiple national and international festivals and venues. The program will stream live on the QPL Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Other highlights include a virtual talk with Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals, one of the “Little Rock Nine” and author of “Warriors Don’t Cry,” on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 2PM. In 1957, Dr. Beals, who was 16 at the time, was among the first group of African-American students who enrolled at the previously all-white Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Three years earlier, the Supreme Court had ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that school segregation was unconstitutional. But Little Rock, like many other areas across the country, refused to acknowledge that decision and the teens were initially blocked from entering the school. President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent 1,200 soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division to protect the nine students as they walked past angry, segregationist crowds to the school in an effort to desegregate it. Rosemonde Pierre-Louis, Executive Director of the NYU McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, will moderate. To attend the event, go here (meeting ID: 853 0830 7213; passcode: 852268). 

Customers at five QPL locations will also get to see “The Gates Of Equality, a dramatic one-man performance about the life of the civil rights leader using his speeches, remarks from press conferences, and fictional narrative. Presented by the award-winning Off-Broadway theater, Urban Stages, the performances will take place at Flushing Library (41-17 Main St.) on Saturday, January 21 at 3:30PM; Hollis Library (202-05 Hillside Ave.) Tuesday, January 24 at 4PM; Ozone Park Library (92-24 Rockaway Blvd.) Wednesday, January 25 at 4PM; Forest Hills Library (108-19 71 Ave.) Thursday, January 26 at 6PM; and Cambria Heights Library (218-13 Linden Blvd.) Saturday, January 28 at 2PM. 

The Library will also offer numerous storytimes and crafts inspired by Dr. King at locations across Queens, including at South Ozone Park Library (128-16 Rockaway Blvd.), where on Thursday, January 19 at 3PM children and teens are invited to work on a “We Have a Dream” felt quilt representing the dream of world peace. 

A full list of the Library’s other programs and book recommendations for children, teens and adults commemorating Dr. King are available here

 

Contact: Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska, ekern@queenslibrary.org, 917 702 0016

Queens Memory Cookbook Events Series

Queens Public Library’s Queens Memory Project is launching the Queens Memory Cookbook, a new storytelling and archiving series with the Ridgewood (20-12 Madison Street) and St. Albans (191-05 Linden Boulevard) community libraries. We invite anyone who lives, cooks, visits, or dines in these neighborhoods to be part of this exciting project!

Participants can join programs in-person or virtually to contribute recipes, stories, photos, and recipe cards. Contributions will be included in new volumes of the Queens Memory Cookbook, which will be published, printed, and shared with participants later this year.

To participate, join us on Zoom for monthly sessions led by the Life Story Club, which creates virtual social clubs for adults to share stories and build community. Each month the group will gather and share recipes around the following themes:

  • January: Community
  • February: Celebrations and Festive Events
  • March: Recreating Dishes from Memory
  • April: Holidays and Traditions
  • May: Childhood
  • June: Family Legacies

The Ridgewood Library virtual series with Life Story Club will meet on the second Thursday of the month, starting on January 12. You may borrow a tablet from this library to join this virtual program.

The St. Albans Library virtual series with Life Story Club will meet on the fourth Thursday of the month, starting on January 26.

Queens Memory will also offer monthly events in-person at Ridgewood and St. Albans community libraries to allow participants to record a story or get assistance scanning photos and recipe cards. Meral Agish, Queens Memory’s Community Coordinator, will be available in-person at:

The first volume of the Queens Memory Cookbook was published in Summer 2022 following a series of programs led by Queens Memory Project and Life Story Club with the support of QPL’s Older Adult Services Program. Participants shared inherited recipes, along with new dishes they have created and perfected on their own. The stories and dishes shared in the cookbook’s stories bring food traditions from China, Ukraine, Ghana, Sicily, Jamaica, and Germany, and across the northeast and midwest United States. You can request to borrow one of QPL’s print copies here or view the full digital cookbook here.

Queens Memory Cookbook with Life Story Club (Virtual)

Each month, we will explore a different way that our memories are simmered, baked, and pickled into our favorite foods. Meet your neighbors, learn more about the traditions and recipes important to them, and share stories of your own. At the end of our series, we will publish a community cookbook that will feature recipes, memories, and photos from across neighborhoods.

Ridgewood
Register here.
Thursday, January 12
3pm
recurs every second Thursday of the month until June 8

St. Albans & Addisleigh Park
Register here.
Thursday, January 26
3pm
recurs every fourth Thursday of the month until June 22

Be a Part of the Queens Memory Cookbook (In-Person)

Come to the library to learn more about the Queens Memory Cookbook, a new book project featuring recipes, memories, and photos. Chat with the Queens Memory team to learn how to submit your recipes and stories. We invite everyone in the neighborhood who loves to cook, eat, or talk about food to join in! Register here.

Wednesdays, January 25, February 15
12pm
Ridgewood
20-12 Madison Street

Monday, January 30, 11am
Tuesday, February 27, 11am
St. Albans
191-05 Linden Boulevard

Save the date for our first ever festival!

The Queens Memory Project and the Voelker Orth House Museum are partnering for a new festival dedicated to home cooking in Flushing, Queens. The inaugural event, Stories and Snacks: A Festival of Home Cooking History, will take place on Sunday, May 21, 1-4pm. Stay tuned to learn more about this immersive celebration of food and cultural memory in our richly diverse borough.

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.

We hope you will join us for our special events that pay tribute to the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

We also have recommendations for great books and movies about Dr. King, and a special resource from our Queens Memory team.

All Queens Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, January 16 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

 

Queens Memory: Martin Luther King, Jr. at Queens College

Special Events

Book Picks for Kids

Book Picks for Teens and Adults

Movie Picks

 

Queens Memory: Martin Luther King, Jr. at Queens College

Listen to audio clips from the inaugural John F. Kennedy Lecture Series speech given by Martin Luther King, Jr. on May 13, 1965, at Queens College, City University of New York.

 

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Special Events

Click on the link in each title for more information.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Film Fest
Fridays, January 6, 13, 20, 27, 2pm
Forest Hills Library
108-19 71 Avenue

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Coloring Week
Tuesday, January 17 - Friday, January 20
Queens Village Library
94-11 217 Street

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I Have a Dream Crafternoon
Thursday, January 19, 3pm
Ridgewood Library
20-12 Madison Street

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We Have A Dream Quilt
Thursday, January 19, 3pm
South Ozone Park Library
128-16 Rockaway Boulevard

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MLK Film Screening: "Selma"
Thursday, January 19, 4pm
South Ozone Park Library
128-16 Rockaway Boulevard

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Screening: "Eyes on the Prize: The Promised Land (1967-1968)"
Thursday, January 19, 5pm
Langston Hughes Library
100-01 Northern Boulevard

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Culture Connection: An Evening of Conversation with Singer/Songwriter Toshi Reagon
Thursday, January 19, 7pm
Facebook and YouTube

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Storytime
Friday, January 20, 3pm
Ridgewood Library
20-12 Madison Street

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13th Annual Dream to Read Celebration
Saturday, January 21, 11am
Rosedale Library
144-20 243 Street

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Urban Stages Presents "The Gates of Equality"

Saturday, January 21, 3:30pm
Flushing Library
41-17 Main Street

Tuesday, January 24, 4pm
Hollis Library
202-05 Hillside Avenue

Wednesday, January 25, 4pm
Ozone Park Library
92-24 Rockaway Boulevard

Thursday, January 26, 6pm
Forest Hills Library
108-19 71 Avenue

Saturday, January 28, 2pm
Cambria Heights Library
218-13 Linden Boulevard

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MLK Film Screening: "Selma"
Monday, January 23, 1:30pm
Hollis Library
202-05 Hillside Avenue

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Bingo
Thursday, January 26, 3pm
Maspeth Library
69-70 Grand Avenue

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Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: Meet Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals, One of the Little Rock Nine
Saturday, January 28, 2pm
Virtual

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We are continuing to add events that honor Dr. King. Be sure to check the QPL Calendar for the latest updates!

 

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Book Picks for Kids

 

Book Picks for Kids

I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr. (foreword by Coretta Scott King; paintings by fifteen Coretta Scott King Award and Honor Book artists)

I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr. (illustrated by Kadir Nelson)

The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr. (selected by Coretta Scott King)

A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. by David A. Adler and Robert Casilla

My First Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr. by Marion Dane Bauer and Jamie Smith

Martin Luther King, Jr.: Voice for Equality! by James Buckley, Jr. and Youneek Studios

Free at Last! by Angela Bull

The Cart that Carried Martin by Eve Bunting and Don Tate

Martin Luther King: the Peaceful Warrior by Ed Clayton and Donald Bermudez

Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Raúl Colón and Paula Yong Shelton

Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968 by Alice Faye Duncan and R. Gregory Christie

We March by Shane W. Evans

My Brother Martin by Christine King Farris and Chris Soentpiet

March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World by Christine King Farris and London Ladd

Martin Luther King Jr. Day by Melissa Ferguson

Martin Luther King Jr.: Walking in the Light by Jon M. Fishman

Martin Luther King, Jr. by Josh Gregory

Martin Luther King, Jr.: Civil Rights Leader by Grace Hansen

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by Lisa M. Herrington

Martin Luther King, Jr. by Kitson Jazynka

Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.?: A Who Was? Board Book by Lisbeth Kaiser and Stanley Chow

My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther King III and AG Ford

1963 March on Washington (Protest! March for Change) by Joyce Markovicks

Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King by Jean Marzollo and Brian J. Pinkney

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial: A Stone of Hope by Joanne Mattern

I Am Brave: A Little Book about Martin Luther King, Jr. by Brad Meltzer and Chris Eliopoulos

I Am Martin Luther King, Jr. by Brad Meltzer and Chris Eliopoulos

The Story of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Johnny Ray Moore and Amy Wummer

Dream March: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the March on Washington by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and Sally Wern Comport

The Life and Words of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Ira Peck

Martin Rising: Requiem for a King by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney

Martin Luther King, Jr.: Fighting for Civil Rights by Christine Platt & David Shepard

Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport and Bryan Collier

Martin Luther King, Jr. by Lucia Raatma

Martin Luther King...and the Fight for Equality by Sarah Ridley

Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Dream and You by Carole Boston Weatherford and James Ransome

A Place to Land: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation by Barry Wittenstein and Jerry Pinkney

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Book Picks for Teens and Adults

 

Book Picks for Teens and Adults

I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr.

I Have a Dream and Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Strength to Love by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Stride Toward Freedom by Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Trumpet of Conscience by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Why We Can't Wait by Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Companion (selected by Coretta Scott King)

The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr. (selected by Coretta Scott King)

The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. (edited by Clayborne Carson)

The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. (edited by Clayborne Carson) (CD Audiobook)

A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. (edited by Clayborne Carson and Peter Holloran)

A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. (eBook)

A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. (CD Audiobook)

A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (edited by Clayborne Carson and Kris Shepard)

A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (eBook)

A Time to Break Silence: The Essential Works of Martin Luther King, Jr. for Students (introduction by Walter Dean Myers)

A Time to Break Silence: The Essential Works of Martin Luther King, Jr. for Students (eBook)

A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches (edited by James Melvin Washington)

I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World (edited by James Melvin Washington)

The Radical King (edited by Cornel West)

The Radical King (eBook)

My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King and Barbara Reynolds

My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King and Barbara Reynolds (CD Audiobook)

Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High by Melba Pattillo Beals

The Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Perspectives on Modern World History) by Noah Berlatsky

The Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Valerie Bodden

The King Years by Taylor Branch

Burial for a King by Rebecca Burns

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Encyclopedia by Clayborne Carson

Waking from the Dream by David L. Chappell

Waking from the Dream by David L. Chappell (eBook)

The Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Jacqueline Ching

April 4, 1968 by Michael Eric Dyson

April 4, 1968 by Michael Eric Dyson (CD Audiobook)

I See the Promised Land by Arthur Flowers and Manu Chitrakar

Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Life by Marshall Frady

An American Death by Gerold Frank

The Life and Death of Martin Luther King, Jr. by James Haskins

Becoming King by Troy Jackson

Life Magazine: Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. by Charles Johnson and Bob Adelman

My Time with the Kings by Kathryn Johnson

The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. by Peniel E. Joseph

Nine Days: The Race to Save Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Life and Win the 1960 Election by Stephen Kendrick & Paul Kendrick

Kennedy and King by Steven Levingston

March: Book One, Book Two, and Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

Martin Luther King, Jr. (Routledge Historical Biographies) by Peter J. Ling

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery

Today the World Is Watching You: The Little Rock Nine and the Fight for School Integration, 1957 by Kekla Magoon

The Murkin Conspiracy by Philip H. Melanson

Orders to Kill by William F. Pepper

Killing the Dream by Gerald Posner

Who Killed Martin Luther King? by James Earl Ray

Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the Struggle That Changed a Nation by Jonathan Rieder

Redemption: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Last 31 Hours by Joseph Rosenbloom

Hellhound on His Trail by Hampton Sides

King: Pilgrimage to the Mountaintop by Harvard Sitkoff

Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Final Year by Tavis Smiley

Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Final Year by Tavis Smiley (eBook)

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Dear Martin by Nic Stone (eAudiobook)

Chasing King's Killer by James L. Swanson

Sitting In, Standing Up: Leaders of the Civil Rights Era by Diane C. Taylor

Martin Luther King, Jr.: Let Freedom Ring by Michael Teitelbaum and Lewis Helfand

Martin Luther King, Jr.: A King Family Tribute by Angela Farris Watkins and Andrew Young

Martin Luther King Jr. and the March on Washington by Stephanie Watson

Killing King: Racial Terrorists, James Earl Ray, and the Plot to Assassinate Martin Luther King Jr. by Stuart Wexler and Larry Hancock

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Movie Picks

 

Movie Picks

4 Little Girls (1997)

All The Way (2016)

Been to the Mountaintop (2006)

Betty & Coretta (2013)

Boycott (2001, PG)

The Cart that Carried Martin (2013)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Historical Perspective (1994)

Freedom on My Mind (1994)

History Kids: Martin Luther King, Jr. (2018)

I Am Not Your Negro (2016, PG-13)

In Remembrance of Martin (1986)

King (1978)

King: Man of Peace in a Time of War (2007)

Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013, PG-13)

King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis (1970)

King in the Wilderness (2018)

The March (2013, TV-PG)

March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World (2008)

Martin's Big Words (2005)

Men of Peace: Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela (2009)

Our Friend, Martin (1998)

Roads to Memphis (2010, TV-PG)

Selma (2014, PG-13)

Selma, Lord, Selma (1999, PG)

We Shall Overcome (2009)

Who Killed Martin Luther King? (1989)

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Queens Name Explorer Map

Queens Public Library’s Queens Memory Project has embarked on an ambitious, new participatory digital archiving project—and we’re seeking your input.

The recently launched Queens Name Explorer map unlocks the history behind our borough’s named places—including streets, monuments, buildings and schools—in order to gain a deeper understanding of our shared, local history. Why were these places given their names? What’s the story behind the person whose name graces a street sign? Are they local figures or international figures? How are these people’s contributions remembered by the community? How are their contributions related to the joys and challenges we face in the present?

A recent broadcast from WCBS-TV, Channel 2 News featured Queens Memory Director, Natalie Milbrodt, as she explained the project’s timely mission and highlighted its searchable, interactive map, which currently lists over 700 named places. Hundreds more are set to go live over the next several months.

Some map entries are rich with biographical and photographic details, while others are still incomplete. This is where you come in! If you have photos or stories about the people honored with these named places, please consider making a submission today. If you know of a named place that is not yet on the map, let us know by clicking the blue “Add/Edit” button at the top right corner of the map and completing the submission form. You can also submit a new entry through this form.

Our goal is to publish as many entries as possible, and then work with volunteers to complete an “edit-a-thon” to finish remaining entries. The more people contribute their knowledge today, the more robust the site will be tomorrow—for us and for generations to come.

We are also tracking named street signs and other markers that are currently missing or damaged. This information will be shared with the Department of Transportation and the Offices of City Council Members, so that damaged signs can be restored and missing signs can be placed. If you want to report a damaged or missing sign, please use the “Add/Edit” button on the map to let us know.

If you have questions or want to learn more about this project, our team will be holding virtual office hours on Wednesday, January 4 at 11:30am. Register here to join us!

Don’t forget to explore the Queens Name Explore interactive map at queenslib.org/explore.

Or scan this QR code:

Queens Name Explorer QR Code

Top Checkouts of 2022

New York City’s Three Public Library Systems Share the Top Checkouts of 2022

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave, The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, and The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley are three of the most popular books in NYC

Brooklyn Public Library, The New York Public Library, and Queens Public Library each unveil the top checkouts for adults, teens, and children.

 

DECEMBER 19, 2022—New York City’s three library systems—the Brooklyn Public Library, The New York Public Library, and Queens Public Library—have unveiled the most popular books of the year, sharing the top checkouts of 2022 at each system for adults, teens, and children. The annual lists include the top titles in all formats: e-books, audiobooks, and physical books. 

The top checkout for the Brooklyn Public Library was the novel The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave, a mystery about a woman searching for the truth about her husband’s disappearance. The most borrowed book at The New York Public Library was The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, a novel about a woman looking for her best possible life through enchanted books. The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley, a tension-filled mystery told from different points of view, was the favorite of patrons at Queens Public Library.

Several of the books on the libraries’ lists were featured titles on WNYC’s “Get Lit!” virtual book club, a partnership with The New York Public Library, which was started at the height of the pandemic and has led to approximately 150,000 checkouts over the past two years. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, the top checkout at both Brooklyn and NYPL last year, remained on Brooklyn’s list. At NYPL, two “Get Lit” titles were featured: This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub made an appearance on the system-wide list, while The Candy House by Jennifer Egan was a top checkout in Manhattan.

Taylor Jenkins Reid’s historical fiction novel The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo appeared on all three lists and popular selections also included Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab, and People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry.

The full lists of 2022 top checkouts can be found at www.nypl.org/topcheckouts2022; http://bklynlib.org/topcheckouts2022; or queenslibrary.org

To see the top checkouts at each QPL location, go here

 

Adult titles are below:

Brooklyn Public Library

  1. ​The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel by Laura Dave
  2. The Midnight Library: A Novel by Matt Haig
  3. Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney
  4. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
  5. People We Meet on Vacation: A Novel by Emily Henry
  6. Malibu Rising: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  7. Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty
  8. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  9. The Vanishing Half: A Novel by Brit Bennett
  10. Klara and the Sun: A Novel by Kazuo Ishiguro

 

The New York Public Library (which includes the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island)

Systemwide:

  1. The Midnight Library: A Novel by Matt Haig
  2. Lessons in Chemistry: A Novel by Bonnie Garmus
  3. The Lincoln Highway: A Novel by Amor Towles
  4. Malibu Rising: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  5. People We Meet on Vacation: A Novel by Emily Henry
  6. This Time Tomorrow: A Novel by Emma Straub
  7. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  8. Book Lovers by Emily Henry
  9. Verity by Colleen Hoover
  10. It Ends with Us: A Novel by Colleen Hoover

Bronx:

  1. The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel by Laura Dave
  2. The Midnight Library: A Novel by Matt Haig
  3. It Ends With Us: A Novel by Colleen Hoover
  4. Crying in H Mart: A Memoir by Michelle Zauner
  5. Dream Town by David Baldacci
  6. Wish You Were Here: A Novel by Jodi Picoult
  7. Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel by Anthony Doerr
  8. The Lincoln Highway: A Novel by Amor Towles 
  9. Run, Rose, Run: A Novel by Dolly Parton and James Patterson
  10. The Match: A Novel by Harlan Coben

Manhattan:

  1. Crying in H Mart: A Memoir by Michelle Zauner
  2. Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney
  3. Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel by Anthony Doerr
  4. The Lincoln Highway: A Novel by Amor Towles
  5. Malibu Rising: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  6. The Midnight Library: A Novel by Matt Haig
  7. The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel by Laura Dave
  8. Harlem Shuffle: A Novel by Colson Whitehead
  9. The Candy House: A Novel by Jennifer Egan
  10. People We Meet on Vacation: A Novel by Emily Henry

Staten Island

  1. The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel by Laura Dave
  2. Run, Rose, Run: A Novel by Dolly Parton and James Patterson
  3. It Ends With Us: A Novel by Colleen Hoover
  4. What Happened to the Bennetts: A Novel by Lisa Scottoline
  5. Dream Town by David Baldacci
  6. Invisible: A Novel by Danielle Steel
  7. High Stakes: A Novel by Danielle Steel
  8. People We Meet on Vacation: A Novel by Emily Henry
  9. Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty
  10. The Four Winds: A Novel by Kristin Hannah

 

Queens Public Library 

  1. The Paris Apartment: A Novel by Lucy Foley
  2. It Ends With Us: A Novel by Colleen Hoover
  3. The Judge’s List: A Novel by John Grisham
  4. Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty
  5. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  6.  The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel by Laura Dave
  7. Verity by Colleen Hoover
  8. Wish You Were Here: A Novel by Jodi Picoult
  9. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
  10. What Happened to the Bennetts: A Novel by Lisa Scottoline

 

“New Yorkers have character and it’s no surprise that this year’s top checkouts show they love good books with great characters,” said Brian Bannon, The New York Public Library’s Merryl and James Tisch Director of Branch Libraries and Education. “The titles checked out at The New York Public Library this year are wonderful stories that invite readers to take a break from the hustle of everyday life and visit new places (and time periods) with interesting people doing fascinating things. We’re delighted to share these books with our patrons and welcome all New Yorkers to use their library card and choose their next adventure.”

“In a year where we saw unparalleled attempts to restrict and challenge access to books, New York City’s libraries continue to stand behind and protect the freedom to read,” said Amy Mikel, BPL’s Director of Customer Experience. “It’s wonderful to see New York’s readers reaching for books that spark imagination and illuminate the lived experiences of others, and bring us all together."

“This year’s list of top 10 checkouts reflects the eclecticism of our readers' interests,” said Nick Buron, QPL’s Chief Librarian. “For the first time in years, nonfiction didn't make the cut. The mix of mystery, thrillers, romance, fantasy, and historical fiction suggests a need to take a break from a challenging time. We also are excited to see Colleen Hoover make her QPL debut with two blockbuster, self-published novels.”

The top checkouts for children’s books at the three library systems predominantly featured titles from popular series, such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney and Dog Man by Dav Pilkey. For young adults, Malinda Lo’s teen novel Last Night at the Telegraph Club appeared on all three teen lists. The book was a featured title of the libraries’ Banned Book Challenge in May, which encouraged New Yorkers to read 10 banned books. 

 

The top 10 books for children and teens are listed below. 

TOP 10 LISTS FOR CHILDREN

Brooklyn Public Library Top 10 Checkouts for Children

  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
  2. Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Big Shot by Jeff Kinney
  3. Guts by Raina Telgemeier
  4. Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi
  5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  6. Wrecking Ball (Diary of A Wimpy Kid, Book 14) by Jeff Kinney
  7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  8. Dog Man Fetch-22 by Dav Pilkey
  9. Minecraft by Sfé R. Monster, art by Sarah Graley
  10. Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

 

The New York Public Library Top 10 Checkouts for Children

  1. Big Shot (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 16) by Jeff Kinney
  2. Wrecking Ball (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 14) by Jeff Kinney
  3. The Ugly Truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 5) by Jeff Kinney
  4. Dog Days (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 4) by Jeff Kinney
  5. The Deep End (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 15) by Jeff Kinney
  6. Cabin Fever (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 6) by Jeff Kinney
  7. The Getaway (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 12) by Jeff Kinney
  8. The Last Straw (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 3) by Jeff Kinney
  9. The Meltdown (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 13) by Jeff Kinney
  10.  Rodrick Rules (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 2) by Jeff Kinney

 

Queens Public Library Top 10 Checkouts for Children

  1. Dog Man: Mothering Heights by Dav Pilkey
  2. Dog Man: Grime and Punishment by Dav Pilkey
  3. Big Shot (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 16) by Jeff Kinney
  4. Dog Man: Fetch-22 by Dav Pilkey
  5. Cat Kid Comic Club by Dav Pilkey
  6. Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls by Dav Pilkey 
  7. The Deep End (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 15) by Jeff Kinney
  8. Wrecking Ball (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 14) by Jeff Kinney
  9. Dog Man Unleashed by Dav Pilkey
  10. The Meltdown (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 13) by Jeff Kinney

 

TOP 10 LISTS FOR YOUNG ADULTS

Brooklyn Public Library Top 10 Checkouts for Young Adults

  1. Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
  2. Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto
  3. Bleach by Tite Kubo
  4. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  5. One Piece by Eiichiro Oda
  6. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  7. One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
  8. Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley
  9. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  10. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

 

New York Public Library Top 10 Checkouts for Young Adults

  1. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
  2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  3. One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
  4. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  5. It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han
  6. Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
  7. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  8. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
  9. The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  10. We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han

 

Queens Public Library Top 10 Checkouts for Young Adults

  1. Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
  2. One Piece by Eiichiro Oda
  3. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  4. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  5. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  6. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  7. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
  8. Bleach by Tite Kubo 
  9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  10. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

 

About Brooklyn Public Library

Brooklyn Public Library is one of the nation’s largest library systems and among New York City’s most democratic institutions. As a leader in developing modern 21st century libraries, we provide resources to support personal advancement, foster civic literacy, and strengthen the fabric of community among the more than 2.6 million individuals who call Brooklyn home. We provide nearly 65,000 free programs a year with writers, thinkers, artists, and educators—from around the corner and around the world. And we give patrons millions of opportunities to enjoy one of life’s greatest satisfactions: the joy of a good book.

About The New York Public Library

For over 125 years, The New York Public Library has been a free provider of education and information for the people of New York and beyond. With over 90 locations—including research and branch libraries—throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, the Library offers free materials, computer access, classes, exhibitions, programming and more to everyone from toddlers to scholars, and has seen record numbers of attendance and circulation in recent years. The New York Public Library receives approximately 16 million visits through its doors annually and millions more around the globe who use its resources at www.nypl.org. To offer this wide array of free programming, The New York Public Library relies on both public and private funding. Learn more about how to support the Library at nypl.org/support.

About Queens Public Library

Queens Public Library is one of the largest and busiest public library systems in the United States, dedicated to serving the most ethnically and culturally diverse area in the country. An independent, non-profit organization founded in 1896, Queens Public Library offers free access to a collection of more than 5 million books and other materials in multiple languages, technology and digital resources, and more than 80,000 educational, cultural, and civic programs annually. QPL consists of 66 locations across the borough, including branch libraries, a Central Library, seven adult learning centers, a technology center, one universal pre-kindergarten, and two teen centers that attracted more than 11 million visitors in 2019.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS: 

Amy Geduldig, New York Public Library, amygeduldig@nypl.org

Fritzi Bodenheimer, Brooklyn Public Library, fbodenheimer@bklynlibrary.org

Elisabeth de Bourbon, Queens Public Library, edebourbon@queenslibrary.org

Holiday Hours at Queens Public Library Dec. 2022

Here is the Library's holiday schedule for the end of December 2022.

All Queens Public Library locations will be closed on Saturday, December 24; on Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25; and on Monday, December 26.

All QPL locations will be closed on Saturday, December 31; on New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1, 2023; and on Monday, January 2, 2023.

QPL's telephone reference and Chat with a Librarian services will also be unavailable.

Our digital media is always available from anywhere with an Internet connection—enjoy eBooks, eMagazines, music, movies, and more.

We wish you happy holidays and look forward to seeing you in 2023!

A Message from Jelani Cobb

Do you remember your first library card? I do.

I was eight years old when my mother took me to the South Hollis branch of Queens Public Library. She told me to speak up and tell the librarian that I wanted a library card. I am still astounded by the idea that there’s a place you can go to get free books. You read them, bring them back, and they give you more. All you need is a library card.

The South Hollis Library became the cornerstone of my world as a child. I lost myself in volumes of Greek mythology, science fiction, fiction — every one of the Encyclopedia Brown books I could get my hands on — without ever imagining I might grow up and write books of my own one day.

Now as an adult, an author, and the Dean of a journalism school, I know everything I did and everything I’ve been able to do has flowed from the moment I received my first library card. That’s why I feel an immense debt of gratitude to Queens Public Library.

No matter what I do, I don’t think I can ever completely repay that debt. But I can give back so that the next neighborhood kid can also find a world of discovery on the Library’s shelves.

I hope you feel the same way, because Queens Public Library needs our support to continue thriving for new generations of readers.

Please join me and give to Queens Public Library during this holiday season. It’s the best gift you can give to children (and adults), to our community, and to the future.

With my best wishes,

Jelani Cobb,
Dean, Columbia Journalism School