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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
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Toddler Time

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

Stories, songs, and finger plays for children 18-36 months and their caregivers.

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

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Dec
12
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Computer Class for Beginners

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

Join us for computer classes for beginners.

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

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Dec
12
3:30PM

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4:00PM

Picture Book Time

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

Stories and songs for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers.

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

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Dec
13
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Learn Chinese With Lin San

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

Learn Chinese with Lin San.

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

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Dec
14
10:30AM

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11:15AM

Storytime in Japanese

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

Join us for storytime in Japanese plus crafts for ages 0-4.

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

Holiday Craft

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

Children ages 6-12 will create a gingerbread photo ornament craft.


Dec
17
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Puzzle Time

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

Puzzle Time


Dec
21
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Movie Time

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

Join us for a family movie.


Dec
22
2:00PM

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4:00PM

It's Time for Kind: Movie "Wonder"

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

Families, come join us for a screening of the movie "Wonder" (2017, PG). For more It’s Time for Kind programming, visit queenslib.org/itstimeforkind2018.


Dec
31
2:00PM

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3:00PM

New Year's Eve Party

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

Join our New Year's Eve party for children without staying up to midnight!


Jan
2
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Toddler Time

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

Join us for stories, songs, and finger plays for children ages 18-36 months and their caregivers.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
2
3:30PM

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4:00PM

Picture Book Time

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

Join us for stories and songs for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
4
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Girl Scouts Present STEM Learning

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

Join the Girl Scouts to learn about STEM and coding!

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

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Jan
8
3:30PM

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4:15PM

Bilingual Birdies presents Movin' to Music in Spanish

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

Bilingual Birdies presents adventures under the sea, a trip to discover fun arctic animals, and the celebration of an authentic Carnaval! This program is for children birth to age six with live music, movement, dance, and puppetry. Our goal is to encourage cross-cultural awareness. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.

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

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Jan
10
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Solar One Energy Workshops

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

Join us for three sessions of energy education workshops that are hands-on experiences for children ages 7 to 12. These workshops foster a creative approach to design thinking, collaboration, and solving environmental challenges. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.

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

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Jan
26
2:00PM

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3:15PM

Songs from Your Favorite Movies: A Tribute to the Great Artists of Rock & Roll, Doo Wop, and Pop

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

The Vic Vincent Group takes you down memory lane where you can recall the actors and scenes from your favorite movies. Experience the music and enjoy the trivia about the artists and the films, such as "Jersey Boys," "Back to the Future," "Bronx Tale," "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," and much more.


Feb
2
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Fused Glass Jewelry Making Workshop for Adults

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

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


Feb
7
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Spelling Bee

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

Children in grades 3-8, please join us at the North Forest Park Community Library for our annual spelling bee. Winners from each age group will go on to compete in the Queens Central Library Spelling Bee in May 2019. No registration is required and spelling lists will be available at the children's desk.


Feb
12
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Valentine's Day Craft

Location: North Forest Park
Registration: Not required

Children grades 1-5 can create a Peanuts Valentine sign craft.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The North Forest Park Community Library has:

  • 6 public computers
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the North Forest Park Community Library include:

  • Chinese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Hebrew

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the North Forest Park Community Library include:

  • Travel videos/DVDs
  • Parenting
  • Sports videos/DVDs
  • Exercise videos/DVDs
  • Local History

 


Child Care / Preschools
Community Board
Community Organizations & Services
Fire Department
Local Hospitals
Local Newspapers
Parks and Playgrounds
Police Department
Post Office
Private / Parochial Schools
Public Elementary Schools
Public High Schools
Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
Community House School
15 Borage Place
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 268-0490
“Ready 2 Go” Preschool Program Olympic Style
96-05 69th Avenue
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 544-0681
 

Community Board
Community Board District # 6
73-05 Yellowstone Boulevard
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 263-9250
fax: (718) 263-2211
  

Community Organizations & Services
Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce
71-58 Austin Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 268-6565
Forest Hills Community and Civic Association
P.O. Box 754053
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 997-7014
Metro-Forest Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 4038 Parkside Station
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 263-8018
Alliance of Queens Artists
99-10 Metropolitan Avenue
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 520-9842
American Legion Continental Post 1424
107-15 Metropolitan Avenue
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718)520-8623
Forest Hills Youth Activities
Fleet Street and Thornton Place
Forest Hills NY , phone: (718) 544-2296
New Dimensions Art Center
96-09A 69th Avenue
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (347) 866-3688 or (347) 866-0603
Parkside Players Grace Lutheran Church
103-15 Union Turnpike
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 497-4922
West Side Tennis Club
1 Tennis Place
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 268-2300

Fire Department
Engine Company 305 Ladder 151
111-02 Queens Boulevard
Forest Hills NY , 11375
  

Local Hospitals
Parkway Hospital
70-35 113th Street
Forest Hills NY , phone: (718) 990-4100
First Med Immediate Medical Care
82-17 Woodhaven Boulevard
Forest Hills NY , phone: (718) 805-9581
Queens-Long Island Medical Group, P.C
96-10 Metropolitan Avenue
Forest Hills NY , phone: (718) 459-0400
Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps
92-29 Metropolitan Avenue
Forest Hills NY , phone: (718) 793-2055
  

Parks and Playgrounds
Forest Park
Myrtle Avenue, Union Turnpike, Park Lane
NY , phone: (718) 235-0815
Pebblestone Park
Selfridge Street, 68th Avenue, Manse Street
NY ,
DeVoy Playground
Union Turnpike at 71st Avenue
NY ,

Police Department
112th Precinct
68-40 Austin Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 520-9311
  

Post Office
Parkside Post Office
101-19 Metropolitan Avenue
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 263-2957
fax: (718) 575-3571
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Our Lady of Mercy R.C. School
70-25 Kessel Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 793-2086
Community House School
15 Borage Place
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 268-0490
fax: (718) 268-1734
Dixie Dew Riding Academy
88-11 70th Road
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 263-3500
Haute Ecole of Dance, Inc.
102-07 Metropolitan Avenue
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 261-0808
Lynne’s Riding School, Inc.
88-03 70th Road
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 261-7679
Olympic Style Gymnastics and Dance Academy
96-05 69th Avenue
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 544-0681

Public Elementary Schools
PS 101 School In the Garden (PK-6)
2 Russell Place
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 268-7231
fax: (718) 575-3734
PS 144 Colonel Jeromus Remsen School (K-6)
93-02 69th Avenue
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 268-2775
fax: (718) 830-4960
 

Public High Schools
Forest Hills High School
67-01 110th Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 268-3137
fax: (718) 793-7850
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
JHS 190 Russell Sage School (7-9)
68-17 Austin Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 830-4970
fax: (718) 830-4960
  

Senior Centers
Selfhelp Consolidated Austin Street Senior Center
106-06 Queens Boulevard
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 520-8197
Young Israel Forest Hills Senior Center
68-07 Burns Street
Forest Hills NY , 11375
phone: (718) 520-2305
 

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Karen Koslowitz
Koslowitz@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 118-35 Queens Blvd, 17th Floor
Forest Hills NY, 11375
phone: (718) 544-8800
fax: (718) 544-4452
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1866
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-6981
NYS Assembly
Hon. Andrew Hevesi
HevesiA@nyassembly.gov
District Office 70-50 Austin Street, Suite 118
Forest Hills NY, 11375
phone: (718) 263-5595
fax: (718) 263-5688
Albany Office LOB, Room 844
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4926
fax: (518) 455-5173
NYS Senate
Hon. Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.
Addabbo@nysenate.gov
District Office 159-53 102nd Street
Howard Beach NY, 11414
phone: (718) 738-1111
fax: (718) 322-5760
Albany Office Room 613, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2322
fax: (518) 426-6875
US Congress
Hon. Grace Meng

District Office Address 40-13 159th Street, Suite A
Flushing NY, 11358
phone: (718) 445-7860
fax: (718) 445-7868
Legislative Office 1317 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-2601
fax: (202) 225-1589
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

The North Forest Park Community Library is located in the southwestern part of Forest Hills. The area is sometimes called Parkside because it is adjacent to Forest Park. Its boundaries are roughly Woodhaven Boulevard, Exeter Street, Union Turnpike and 80th Street. The region was first settled in 1643 as a part of Rev. Doughty colony and then re-established as Middleburgh (later named New Towne) colony. By the early 18th century it was known as Whitepot. The residents were mostly farmers of Dutch or English descent. In 1739 they established the first school in the colony, the Whitepot School, at Yellowstone Avenue (now Boulevard) and Woodhaven Avenue (Boulevard.) One of the leading families, the Remsen’s, fought in both the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. The family cemetery is located at Alderton Street and Trotting Course Lane and is a New York City landmark. The population of the area continued to increase during the 1800’s. Roads were improved and public transportation was established. In the early 1900’s, farm acreage began to be sold to real estate developers. Today, the community consists primarily of private homes with a commercial district along Metropolitan Avenue.

The cornerstone of the North Forest Park Community Library is dated 1974 but construction actually began in1979. Unfortunately, this was a period of financial crisis for New York City and, although the building was complete, funds to staff the library were unavailable. The residents of the community and its leaders organized petition drives and rallies in an effort to have their library opened. The branch finally opened to the public on February 1, 1982. The North Forest Park Branch now serves a community of approximately 25,000 people. Most residents are English-speaking, but the branch also provides materials for the increasing number of ethnic groups which are moving into the neighborhood.

Books:

Annals of Newtown, In Queens County, New-York by James Riker

Periodicals:

History of Forest Hills from the Days of the Indians by Lucy Allen Smart in The Forest Hills Bulletin, December 13, 1924, published by Cord Meyer Development Company

History of the Metro-Forest Commercial District by Jeff Gottlieb in Metro-Forest Chamber of Commerce Directory, 1993