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Middle Village

Honor Martin Luther King Jr. at Queens Library

This year marks the 90th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We hope you will join us for our special events that pay tribute to his life and legacy.

We also have suggestions for great books and movies about Dr. King.

All Queens Library locations will be closed on Monday, January 21 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. ...

Our Celebration of Kindness

Queens Library celebrated the kindness that fills our communities with our It’s Time for Kind campaign during this past holiday season.

“Kindness can change the world,” President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott said at a kickoff event for our campaign.

Learn all about the programs and events we held across ...

Ask Yourself What You Feel Curious About

Pat Cummings has always loved libraries. They were places where she could follow up on any topic that she was curious about—and after her mother became a librarian, she spent even more time at the library.

Now, as an author, illustrator, and teacher, Cummings describes herself as heavily dependent on libraries, to get all ...

Queens Library Magazine

The new issue of Queens Library Magazine is out now!

Queens Library Magazine combines great library-themed feature stories and two months' worth of information about our free programs, services, and special events, and it's available at your neighborhood library or ...

Young Adult Literacy Program: Pre-Register Now!

Are you interested in getting your High School Equivalency, but not sure where to start?

The Young Adult Literacy Program (YALP) is here to help!

This program is open to students ages 16–24, and offers four days of classes per week, as well as one day of service learning and job shadowing to help build your ...

What We Bring: Immigrant Art On View at Central Library

Join us for a new art exhibit at Central Library in Jamaica from January 7 to March 2 that honors the artistic talents and cultural contributions of new immigrants.

What We Bring: New Immigrant Gifts adds to the national dialogue on immigration. Focusing on the cultural contributions of immigrants who came to the U.S. in the ...

Free Job Readiness Training

Queens Library's Job & Business Academy and the Consortium for Worker Education have partnered to provide a free Job Readiness and Computer Training program for the unemployed or underemployed.

This 7-week training program is a comprehensive series of workshops that offers entry-level to ...

Discover Your City With Culture Pass!

Start planning your winter adventures! NYC’s libraries are making it easier for you to explore local museums, public gardens, and other cultural attractions for FREE with your friends and family!

Queens Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and the New York Public Library are excited to announce Culture Pass, ...

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 ...

Jan
22
3:00PM

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Classical Music Hour

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Please join us for an hour of soothing classical music every Tuesday at 3PM.

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

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Jan
22
4:00PM

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The Crafting Corner

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Join us in the crafting corner to make something fun you can take home!


Jan
23
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Toddler Storytime

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Toddler Storytime is for children ages 1 to 3. Join us for stories, finger plays, puppets, activities, and songs!

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

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Jan
23
4:00PM

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Home School Community Group - LEAP!

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Join us for Literary Escapades and Projects (LEAP) for kids! Each week there will be a live performative reading followed by a hands-on project.

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

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Jan
24
2:00PM

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Afternoon Movie Matinee

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Please join us at 2PM every Thursday for a classic film from the 1930s through 1960s.

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

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Jan
24
4:30PM

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6:30PM

Chess Club

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

A time for chess play and instruction for kids ages 6-11.

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

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Jan
25
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Mother Goose Time/Picture Book Open Play

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Mother Goose Time is for children 18 months to 2 years of age. Join us for songs, finger plays, and stories.

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

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Jan
25
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Family Movie: "A Wrinkle in Time"

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Patrons of all ages are welcome to join us for a screening of "A Wrinkle in Time" (2018, PG).


Jan
26
10:30AM

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12:30PM

ASVAB Test Preparation

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Come to prepare for the ASVAB exam.

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

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Feb
4
2:00PM

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3:00PM

ShapeUp NYC: Chair Aerobics for Adults

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

ShapeUp NYC instructor Doris leads this chair-based class to enhance strength, flexibility, and cardio. Exercises target both upper and lower body. Participants can work at their own pace based on ability. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel and water bottle. Space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

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Feb
5
11:00AM

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11:45AM

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Do you own an iPad, iPhone, Android tablet, or smartphone? Would you like to learn how to use the Queens Library App or learn how to download E-content? Come for a one-on-one session.


Feb
5
3:30PM

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4:15PM

The Crafting Corner

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Join us in the crafting corner to make something fun you can take home!

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

Additional Dates


Feb
6
11:00AM

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11:30AM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations – Putting my traveling shoes on and off I go on..?

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Kids are invited to create the vehicle that will take them to their next traveling adventure: Car or spaceship? Boat or flying dragon? There is no limit to where the mind and heart can travel! For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Feb
8
12:00PM

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1:15PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migration - Goin' to Chicago Documentary on Kanopy

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Goin' To Chicago chronicles one of the most momentous yet least heralded sagas of American history - the great migration of African Americans from the rural South to the cities of the North and West after World War II. Four million black people created a dynamic urban culture outside the South, changing America forever. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Feb
12
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Broken Heart Week: "La La Land" Movie

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Enjoy this movie selection for Broken Heart Week starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. (2016, PG-13). For more Broken Heart Week programs, visit https://queenslib.org/BHW2019.


Feb
14
3:00PM

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3:45PM

Valentine's Day Craft

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Join us for a Valentine's Day craft!


Feb
15
3:30PM

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4:15PM

Middle School Book Club: "Hidden Figures"

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Join us for our middle grade book club where we will be reading "Hidden Figures" in honor of Black History Month! We will discuss the remarkable lives of the four African American women who made remarkable contributions to the NASA space program while confronting segregation. Please be sure to check out Margot Lee Shetterly's version of the book for young readers.


Feb
22
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Family Movie: "The Princess and the Frog"

Location: Middle Village
Registration: Not required

Patrons of all ages are welcome to join us for a screening of "The Princess and the Frog" (2009, G).


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Middle Village Community Library has:

  • 5 public computers in the adult room
  • 4 public computer in the children room
  • Free Internet Access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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International Language Collections at the Middle Village Community Library include:

  • German
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Italian

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Middle Village Community Library include:

  • Cookbooks
  • Travel
  • Young Adults with Graphic Novels
  • Reference collection on Middle Village history

 


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

Child Care / Preschools
Books & Rattles Inc.
63-08 69th Pl.
Middle Village NY , 11379
phone: (718) 381-7777
Learning Tree
74-15 Juniper Boulevard North
Middle Village NY , 11379
phone: (718) 899-2020
Positive Beginnings
72-52 Metropolitan Avenue
Middle Village NY , 11379
phone: (718) 326-0055
Ready To Learn - Crowley Education Center
67-52 79th Street
Middle Village NY , 11379
phone: (718) 326-8018
  

Community Organizations & Services
Community of Middle Village Youth Center
62-71 Dry Harbor Road
Middle Village NY , 11379
phone: (718) 335-8166
  

Fire Department
Engine 291/Ladder 140
56-07 Metropolitan Avenue
Maspeth NY , 11378
  

Local Hospitals
Ridgewood Times
66-58 Fresh Pond Road
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718) 821-7500
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Juniper Valley Park
80th Street & Juniper Boulevard South
Middle Village NY , 11379
Middle Village Playground
79th St & 68th Rd & 69th Avenue
Middle Village NY , 11379
 

Police Department
104th Precinct
64-02 Catalpa Ave.
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718) 386-3004
  

Post Office
Middle Village Station
71-35 Metropolitan Avenue
Middle Village NY , 11379
phone: (800) 275-8777
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Christ The King Regional High School (9-12)
68-02 Metropolitan Avenue
Middle Village NY , 11379
phone: (718) 366-7400
Our Lady of Hope School (K-6)
61-27 71 Street
Middle Village NY , 11379
phone: (718) 458-3535
St. Margaret's RC Church School (PK-6)
66-10 80th Street
Middle Village NY , 11379
phone: (718) 326-0922

Public Elementary Schools
PS 49 Dorothy Bonawit Kole School School (K-5)
79-15 Penelope Avenue
Middle Village NY , 11379
phone: (718) 326-2111
PS 87 Middle Village School (PK-7)
67-54 80th Street
Middle Village NY , 11379
phone: (718) 326-8243
PS 1128 Juniper Valley School (K-5)
69-26 65th Drive
Middle Village NY , 11379
phone: (718) 894-8385

Senior Centers
Middle Village Older Adult Center
69-10 75th Street
Middle Village NY , 11379
phone: (718) 894-3441
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Robert Holden
RHolden@council.nyc.gov
District Office64-69 Dry Harbor Road
Middle Village NY, 11379
phone: (718) 366-3900
fax: (718) 326-3549
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, 1774
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-7381
fax: (212) 227-7164
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

Middle Village was named as such because it was the middle point from Williamsburgh to Jamaica on the Williamsburgh and Jamaica Turnpike Road, which is now Metropolitan Avenue. The name also has its origin in that it was the midpoint for farmers from eastern Queens who traveled to the ferry at Newtown Creek. Another origin of the name comes about because it is an anglicization of Middleburgh, Newtown's original name.

The Middle Village Community Library serves the area bounded by Woodhaven Blvd. to the east, Eliot Ave. to the north, 69th St. to the west, and the LIRR tracks and Cooper Ave. to the south. Middle Village was founded in 1850. It grew from farmland to a prosperous community after the New York City Council announced that no further burials would be permitted on Manhattan Island after May 1, 1851. The farmland was purchased by several church groups for cemeteries. Florists, monument makers, and taverns flourished as business and industry expanded.

The area thrived until the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883 when people found it easier to travel more rapidly. By 1902, the population reached 1,300. The community continued to grow steadily. By the 1940s, much of the farmland was developed with residential homes.

Until recently, the working-class neighborhood of Middle Village was predominantly Italian. Immigrants from Latin America, Poland, Soviet Union, and Ireland have been moving in, attracted by reasonable rents and central location in New York City.

Middle Village is made up largely of private and two-family homes. There are some garden apartments, though no real large apartment buildings like those found in nearby communities like Forest Hills or Rego Park and along Woodhaven Blvd. New construction, though, has been taking place in the area with the building of a number of multiple-dwelling homes on the blocks around Metropolitan Avenue and near Juniper Valley Park, a noteworthy local attraction and neighborhood favorite location.

Sources:

Middle Village: 145 years of change. The Juniper Berry, June/July 1994, p.26.

Middle Village, NY: Queens Neighborhood Profile: http://queens.about.com/cs/neighborhoods/p/middle_village.htm

The Library was opened in a shoe store in 1911. Later it moved to a seed store for eight years and after that it was located in several different stores. In April 1967, the branch was re-opened in a modern rental building on Metropolitan Avenue, a location that, after a number of years of being unoccupied, re-opened as a 99 cent store. Then, in July 1990, the branch moved to a new rental location a few blocks west, at 72-31 Metropolitan Avenue. This location, the present Community Library, occupies part of the street-level floor of the condominium building at the same 72-31 Metropolitan Avenue address, with the Library's entrance located on the building's western side, while the branch's meeting room is situated on the eastern side. Due to this unique location, from its outside appearance the branch appears quite small. But the reality is that inside, the branch is really a full-sized library facility with regular adult and juvenile rooms, programming for all age levels and, in the spring of 2005, the branch was the host for two art exhibitions.