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It's #BookTuesday!

Every Tuesday, Queens Library will introduce you to a great book!

Our #BookTuesday pick is The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson.

This haunting collection of short stories on mortality and transcendence from National Book Award winner and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Denis Johnson is one of ...

Celebrate the Holidays at Queens Library!

Gather your family and friends and celebrate the holiday season at the Library!

Join us for Christmas tree decorating, Kwanzaa celebrations, Hanukkah crafts, concerts, movies, and more.

Plus, you can view our collections of recommended holiday books and holiday movies, available to borrow from your community ...

It’s Time for Kind

It’s time for kind at the Library and beyond this holiday season.

At all Queens Library locations, you can join us for many special programs for people of all ages.

You can also donate to our canned food drive in partnership with the Food Bank For NYC from November 19 to 30, share ...

All of Us Deserve Palaces

Eric Klinenberg, author of the new book Palaces for The People, advocates for libraries as part of social infrastructure that promotes interactions between people from all walks of life.

“I became a scholar because I learned to love libraries,” Klinenberg says. While working on ...

Winter Health & Safety Tips

As the temperatures drop in New York City, it’s important to focus on health and safety when braving the cold this season.

Dr. David Slotwiner, chief of Cardiology, and Dr. Jeffrey Rosen, chairman, Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, and their fellow physicians from ...

Spend Time Thinking about Your Dreams

Alice Robb has always been curious about her own dreams—which she says “have been very vivid for as long as I can remember.”

Her new book, Why We Dream: The Transformative Power of Our Nightly Journey, is a fresh approach to explain how dreams work, what dreams are for, and how dreams ...

Holiday Places in Queens

We asked Joe DiStefano, author of 111 Places in Queens That You Must Not Miss, to share his favorite locations in Queens that embody the spirit of the holidays.

He chose places like the Gurdwara Sikh Cultural Society, Gottscheer Hall, the Flushing Free Synagogue, and more.

Be sure to visit them, ...

Give the Gift of Reading, Lifelong Learning & Community

Giving to the Queens Library Foundation supports programs, services, and collections for our diverse communities across Queens.

When you give, you are helping neighbors—children, families, adults, and seniors—access free resources like our STACKS after-school program, English language and job skills classes, and our ...

The World Is Wide Enough for Us All

Genevieve Cogman is a British fantasy writer whose fifth book in the Invisible Library series was published this November.

She told Queens Library Magazine about how the rules of the library in her books were established, her writing process, influences, and more.

“We get far more out of ...

QI 2018: Celebrate Queens Artists in the Library

Queens International 2018: Volumes (QI 2018) opened at the Queens Museum in October, and on Saturday, November 10, for the first time ever, the Queens International will extend offsite, with art installations in three Queens Library branches: Lefrak City, Flushing, and Central Library in Jamaica.

Since it ...

Dec
12
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Daily Puzzle for Kids

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Stop by and do a puzzle or two!! Challenge yourself and enjoy!!

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

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Dec
12
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Computer Help, Tips & Tricks

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Do you need help on the computer? Are you Computer Savvy? Stop into Long Island City and receive some basic computer tips.


Dec
12
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Time

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Join us for interactive stories with simple crafts, hand rhymes, and finger plays, along with bubbles and toys. For ages 1-5.

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

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Dec
12
12:45PM

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2:45PM

The Weekly Puzzle

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Do you love puzzles? Long Island City provides puzzles for adults. Stop in anytime!

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

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Dec
12
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Virtual Reality Experience with Oculus Rift

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Step into the world of Virtual Reality (VR). Join us for an VR experience like no other. You can try a fun game like Robo Recall or experience an horror game like Face Your Fears. Must be 18+ and/or 13 with parental consent.

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

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Dec
14
10:00AM

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6:00PM

It's Time for Kind: Kids' Box Challenge

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Ages 5-12, pick a stick from the Acts of Kindness box and do something nice for others. Let's see how many kind acts we can do this month! For more It’s Time for Kind programming, visit queenslib.org/itstimeforkind2018.

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

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Dec
14
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Microsoft Office

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Learn about Microsoft Office. In this beginners class, you will learn how to create and save documents; format and edit; copy, cut, and paste; and use the basic functions and commands of Office. Basic computer skills required, it is recommended to bring your own USB Flash Drive.

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

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Dec
14
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Board Game Bonanza

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Join us for a night of board games.

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

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Dec
15
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Family Movie

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Join us every Saturday for family Movie Time. Upcoming movies include:

11/3 - Lego Batman
11/10 - A Wrinkle Time
11/17 - Captain Underpants
11/24 - Emoji Movie

12/1: Frozen (PG, 2013)
12/8: Happy Feet (2006, PG)
12/15: The Grinch (2018, PG)
12/22: Muppet Christmas Carol (1992, G)
12/29: SpongeBob Square Pants (2004, PG)

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

Additional Dates


Dec
17
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Crafternoons

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Join us for an afternoon of crafts!


Dec
18
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Adult Dominoes

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Join us for a game of dominoes.


Dec
18
4:00PM

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5:00PM

It's Time for Kind: Share Your Favorite Book

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Kindness comes from sharing things that are dear to us. Come together with other library customers to share your favorite book passage and tell us why it moves you. Read it out loud! For more It’s Time for Kind programming, visit queenslib.org/itstimeforkind2018.


Dec
20
5:30PM

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6:30PM

Budding Bookworms

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

An evening story and playtime for our youngest audience, baby through Pre-K.


Dec
27
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Time For Slime

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Make your own slime.


Dec
31
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Countdown to the "Noon Year"

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Can't wait until midnight to celebrate? Come for an early New Year's Eve party at the library as we count down to 12pm. Make your own noisemakers and party hats and get ready for a brand new year.


Jan
2
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Virtual Reality vs. Retro Games

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

It's old school versus the newest gaming in technology, Virtual Reality vs. Retro Games!

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

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Jan
3
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Stop-Motion Animation Shorts

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Create your own stop-motion short movie with other kids. What crazy story can you come up with?

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

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Jan
4
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Play Today

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Program for babies through pre-K and caregivers to drop in and play with a variety of early literacy toys (blocks, puzzles, and movement toys such as bikes and crawl tunnel).

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

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Jan
7
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Acting Workshop for Teens

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Titan Theatre Company presents an introduction to acting workshop for teens. Join Titan Resident Company member Gregory Couba as he introduces basic acting methods and techniques. The workshop is open to all teens who want to come explore the magic of drama.


Jan
9
4:00PM

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5:00PM

PC Gaming CLub

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Test your skills out on the hottest games on some of the best technology in the system.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
10
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Fused Glass Jewelry Making Workshop for Adults

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 14 openings

Learn about and make fused glass jewelry. Materials will be provided. Preregistration is required; class is limited to 20 participants.


Feb
4
5:30PM

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7:30PM

Classic Comedies: "The Way of the World"

Location: Long Island City
Registration: Not required

Join us for a staged reading by Titan Theatre Company of "The Way of the World" by William Congreve and prepare to enjoy a riotous Restoration comedy that is an unexpectedly moving tale of the trials and tribulations of true love and true riches.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Long Island City Community Library has:

  • 18 public access computers
  • 15 in-library laptops providing core library services
  • Software and databases for public use
  • Internet access

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Long Island City Community Library include:

  • Black Experience
  • Cookbooks
  • Travel
  • Computer Books
  • Test Books

Child Care / Preschools
Community Organizations & Services
Emergency Services
Local Hospitals
Local Newspapers
Parks and Playgrounds
Post Office
Public Elementary Schools
Public High Schools
Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
Astoria Child Care Center
21-20 35 Avenue
Long Island City NY ,
phone: (718) 784-2856
fax:
Little Friends Nursery School
4342 47th St
Long Island City NY , 11104
phone: (718)786-4644
fax:
Queensbridge Daycare PAL Western Green Nursery School
10-26 41 Avenue
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phone: (718) 784-2092
fax:
Queensbridge Daycare Center
3811 27th St.
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718)729-5659
fax:
  

Community Organizations & Services
Meals On Wheels
45-18 Court Square #501
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 482-8620
fax:
Ravenswood Community Center
35-40 21 Street
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 786-3131
fax:
Queensbridge/Riis Senior Center
10-25 41st Ave.,
Long Island City NY ,
phone: (718) 937-1093
fax:
Hanac Ravenswood Senior Center
34-35 12 Street #A
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 786-1550
fax:
  

Emergency Services
Engine 206
11-15 37th Ave
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone:
fax:
114 Precinct
34-16 Astoria Blvd
Astoria NY , 11103
phone: (718) 626-9311
fax:
 

Local Hospitals
Elmhurst Hospital Center
79-01 Broadway
Elmhurst NY , 11373
phone: (718) 334-4000
fax:
  

Local Newspapers
Queens Tribune

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phone: (718) 357-7400
fax:
  

Parks and Playgrounds
Astoria Park Pool
19 Street and 23 Drive
Astoria NY , 11105
phone: (718) 626-8620
fax:
Queensbridge Park
21st Street, Bridge Plaza, East River
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phone:
fax:
 

Post Office
Grand Station Post Office
45-08 30 Avenue
Long Island City NY , 11103
phone:
fax:
  

Public Elementary Schools
P.S.111 Jacob Blackwell School
37-15 13 Street
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 786-2073
fax:
P.S.112 Dutch Kills School
25-05 37th Ave
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 784-5250
fax:
 

Public High Schools
Long Island City High School
14-30 Broadway
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 545-7095
fax:
Aviation Career & Technical H.S
43-30 36th St.
Long Island City NY , 11101
phone: (718) 361-2032
fax:
 

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
I.S. 204 O. W. Holmes School
36-41 28 Street
Long Island City NY , 11106
phone: (718) 937-1463
fax:
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Jimmy Van Bramer
JVanBramer@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 47-01 Queens Boulevard, Suite 205
Sunnyside NY, 11104
phone: (718) 383-9566
fax: (718) 383-9076
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1882
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-7370
fax: (212) 513-7195
NYS Assembly
Hon. Catherine T. Nolan
NolanC@nyassembly.gov
District Office 47-40 21st Street, Room 810
Long Island City NY, 11101
phone: (718) 784-3194
fax: (718) 472-0648
Albany Office LOB, Room 836
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4851
fax: (518) 455-3847
NYS Senate
Hon. Michael Gianaris
Gianaris@nysenate.gov
District Office 31-19 Newtown Avenue, Suite 402
Astoria NY , 11102
phone: (718) 728-0960
fax: (718) 728-0963
Albany Office Capitol Building, Room 413
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-3486
fax: (518) 426-6929
US Congress
Hon. Carolyn Maloney
District Office 31-19 Newtown Avenue
Astoria NY , 11102
phone: (718) 932-1804
fax: (718) 932-1805
Legislative Office 2308 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-7944
fax: (202) 225-4709
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

Located in northwestern Queens, Long Island City (LIC) is the largest neighborhood in the borough. It was the earliest part of Queens to be recognized by the Dutch and was the scene of many British troop movements. Created in 1870 from the communities of Astoria, Hunters Point, Blissville, Ravenswood, Dutch Kills, Bowery Bay, Steinway and Sunnyside, locals now use the term LIC only for the area south of Astoria.

In the mid 1800s, Hunters Point, the southern tip of LIC on the East River water front, became linked with the North Fork Line of the LIRR. Ferry service also began between Wall Street and 34th Street. By 1870 when Long Island City was chartered, it had become the center of industry for Queens County. By the end of that century a major building boom had established a number of important factories as well as urban residential areas.

With the opening of the Queensborough Bridge in 1908 and the original Pennsylvania Station on the Queens waterfront in 1910, many factories located here and innumerable industries took advantage of the ample space and low land cost. By 1940 with the completion of The Triborough Bridge and the Queens Midtown Tunnel, Long Island City sitting next to the Sunnyside Rail Yards had become a world class industrial center though more or less a passing through point for commuters between Manhattan, Eastern Queens, and Long Island.

By the mid 1970s, however, due to the migration of businesses out of New York, LIC had become a small sleepy town with many empty factories and warehouse spaces. A new group began to emerge composed of younger artists and musicians who were being priced out of the tight market in Manhattan and who were drawn to the spacious lofts, unhindered light, and the almost rural quality of the neighborhood. Equally attractive was the existence of the studios of two world renowned artists, the late Isamu Noguchi, whose studio is now a museum, and Mark DiSuvero who established the Socrates Sculpture Park, the city's largest outdoor exhibition space. The Urban and Contemporary Arts Institute, better known as P.S. 1, at one time Public School #1, became central to the Long Island City Arts movement.

The 1980s saw greater industrial expansion in Long Island City and a rebirth of the film industry, which had its early roots here. Most notable was the establishment of Silvercup Studios, which converted an old bread factory into what would become the largest independent, full-service film and television production facility in the northeastern United States. The International Design Center of New York was opened on the site where the Sunshine bakery and Adams Chewing Gum plants stood. La Guardia Community College took over the disused factories of the White Motor Company and the Equitable Bag Company. The 48 story Citicorp building was erected in 1989 and is the tallest building in New York City outside Manhattan.

Special Services

Queens Library HealthLink

 

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately one of two American men and one of three American women will have some type of cancer at some point during their lifetime. Queens Library HealthLink seeks to increase access to cancer screening and cancer treatment among medically underserved communities in Queens. Queens Library HealthLink is a partnership between Queens Library, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Queens Cancer Center of Queens Hospital and the American Cancer Society.