queenslibrary "Playing basketball against two younger kids, they fall to the kids' easy cool. We were like hotrock blackbelly tenorman mad of American back-alley go-music trying to play basketball against Stan Goetz and Cool Charlie. They thought we were crazy." Jack Kerouac writes about a game played at Smokey Park on 125th Street in Richmond Hill, Queens in the novel "On the Road" #QueenscapesReads 4w

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queenslibrary "Forty thousand dollars a year income before taxes; a seventy-five-thousand-dollar home in the most elegant part of St. Albans, Queens, free of mortgage, with wall-to-wall carpeting plus indirect lighting in every room; three cars, including a Cadillac Fleetwood with all accessories, and a thirty-two-foot Chris-Craft sleeps six in comfort." Excerpt from "Sophie's Choice" a novel from William Styron. #QueenscapesReads 4w

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queenslibrary "The bridge was the last hurdle for the Long Islanders before they reached their beloved Manhattan, driving their fancy cars at top speed toward the parties and festivities ahead. Crossing it was a significant, empowering moment." F. Scott Fitzgerald's description of Court Square, Long Island City Queens in the novel, "The Great Gatsby" #QueenscapesReads 4w

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queenslibrary "My feet when they walk touch the sidewalks of Queens, they don't float above. My beliefs don't deliver me from a responsibility to the poor degraded human souls in front of my face." Jonathan Lethem's description of Sunnyside, Queens in the novel "Dissident Gardens" #QueenscapesReads 4w

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queenslibrary "Tommy, at seventeen a tough Irish kid out of Woodside's coldwater Mathews Flats, not only knew the game but kept his rowdy teammates in line. He was slick, too." An excerpt from Robert Timberg's "State of Grace: A Memoir of Twilight Time"
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queenslibrary "I liked this Colonial house, before which stood an immense weeping cherry tree that attracted birds and gave a bucolic impression, though it was already early summer and the blossoming season had passed. In spite of its peaceful aura, the house was close to downtown Flushing, and you could hear the burr of traffic on Main Street. It was also near where I worked, convenient for everything." Excerpt from "The Good Fall" a collection of short stories set in Flushing, Queens written by Ha Jin. 4w

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queenslibrary Good afternoon,

@Mr.Queenscapes here taking over the Queens Library page for the week with #QueenscapesReads "The people who lived in this building had figured out something important about life, and she stumbled upon their secret. There were places, she now saw, that contained more happiness than ordinary places did." Lead character Eileen describing Jackson Heights neighborhood in the novel "We Are Not Ourselves" by Matthew Thomas.
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queenslibrary Senator James Sanders officiating the swearing in ceremony for the new #Friends of Arverne #Library! 1mon

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queenslibrary Be a friend, make a friend... Join the Friends of Queens Library! Meet Linda, Khadijah, Gloria & Denise members of our newest Friends group, Friends of the Arverne Library! #FriendsofLibrariesWeek 1mon

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queenslibrary @Costa4NY introducing @Little_Orch_Soc music on the 1st day of their education workshops in #Astoria! 2mon

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queenslibrary Councilman Antonio Reynoso & Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley presented Ridgewood Library with a proclamation from the city declaring it a principal library at their 85th Anniversary celebration. @elizcrowleynyc @cmreynoso34 2mon

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queenslibrary At the 85th anniversary celebration, the Friends of Ridgewood Library presented interim president & CEO Bridget Quinn-Carey with a check for $10,000 to help the library! #Latergram #LibraryLove #LibraryFriends #readingisfundamental 2mon

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queenslibrary Volunteer fireman on their parade vehicle, Bayside Day, September 26, 1914. #FBF #queensmemory #baysideday 2mon

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queenslibrary Did you know that the @UnitedNations used to meet in Flushing Meadows, Corona Park before their Manhattan headquarters were built? #tbt #throwbackthursday #unga #queensmemory 2mon

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queenslibrary Queens Library at Astoria has one of the nicest gardens around, thanks to student volunteers from Young Women's Leadership School of Astoria. They planted seeds, trees, plants, & weeded. They also watered the already existing plants and newly planted ones. #volunteers #librarylove 2mon

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queenslibrary Queens Library at Woodhaven began pre-kindergarten classes today! The library is the first in the nation to provide formal early childhood education at its libraries, using dedicated, licensed early childhood educators hired by the library for the program. #prek #backtoschoolnyc 2mon

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queenslibrary Every year the @mets donate tickets for us to give kids that participate in #SummerReading. When the manager found out this young lady, Maddison Encarnacion, was at the game because she read so many books, he upgraded her to seats down by the field! And she even caught a ball! #letsgomets! 2mon

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queenslibrary Children's Librarian Susan Scatena annually challenges her summer readers: if they register for #summerreading, & read their quota of books, she will perform an outrageous stunt. This year: children in Whitestone read more than 6,300 books & Miss Susan vowed to sit in a tub of cold, squishy pasta! 3mon
  •   _c0uc0u_ that look al dente to an ol head like my damn self 3mon
  •   laurakath She is an awesome librarian! 3mon

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queenslibrary Did you know that #NYFW was started in 1941 by the International Ladies Garment Workers Union? This is a photo of Lena Haber from Middle Village, #Queens, one of many NYC #garmentworkers who did "piecework", at home on nights & weekends, earning a small fee for each finished garment. #ThrowbackThursday #QueensMemoryProject 3mon

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queenslibrary Class pictures really haven't changed much in the last 40 years, have they? We love this one from P.S.156 in 1972 via QueensMemory.org #BackToSchoolNYC #TBT 3mon

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