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About the Library


The Library features general circulating and reference services for adults, young adults,and children and a circulating video collection.  It also features an after school Homework Assistance Program for first to seventh graders – offering assistance with completion of daily homework assignments, skills development in math, reading, reading comprehension and geography.  The programs are funded by the State and City grants

Black Heritage Reference Center

Langston Hughes is the home of the Black Heritage Reference Center of Queens County, serving general readers, historians, scholars and researchers, students and educators with a comprehensive reference and circulating collection, totaling approximately 450000 volumes of material written about and related to Black culture.  The Center’s collection includes books, periodicals, theses and dissertations, online databases, VHS videos, DVDs, cassettes, compact discs, photographs, poster, prints, paintings and sculpture.  It is the largest circulating Black Heritage collection in New York City, with special emphases given to those geographic area where African-Americans have lived significant numbers, including West Africa, South America, the Caribbean, Canada and the United States.  The Center features The Schomburg Clipping File, an extensive microfiche collection of periodicals, newspaper clippings, typescripts, and ephemera of all kinds.


Theses and Dissertation Collection

The Theses and Dissertation Collection circulates more than 10000 volumes of doctoral dissertations and master theses concerning Africans and African Americans in the Diaspora.  Thesis collection focuses on criticisms of Black writers, with special emphasis on the works of writer/poet Langston Hughes.  The uncatalogued Adele Cohen Music Collection contains the musical settings of Langston Hughes.

Cultural Arts Program

The Library’s Cultural Arts Program offers independent film video screenings, stage presentations, panels, cultural arts program, musical concerts; artist exhibitions and gallery openings; literature/poetry readings, periodic open mic night; an annual Langston Hughes Celebration in February; annual East Elmhurst Corona Family Day, two jazz brunches in June and October; and an annual Kwanzaa Celebration in December.