History

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1960's

1969: Opened for public service at 102-09 Northern Boulevard as a 'federally funded special project' of Queens Public Library through Library Services and Construction Act, Title I funding.  Opens in former Woolworth Department Store 11,800 sq. ft. storefront.

1969-1987:  Langston Hughes operated by Board of Directors, Library Action Committee of Corona-East Elmhurst, Inc. under the auspices of Queens Public Library.  Staffing made up of community residents with full time librarian on loan from Queens Public Library.

1970's

1971: After-school Homework Assistance Program (HAP) founded with funding from NYC Youth Bureau.

1976: Cultural Arts Program founded with funding from NYS Council on the Arts and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

1978: Outdoors billboard sized mural 'The Future Springs from the Past' painted by Susan Ortega and Kenrod Johnson through the City Arts Program.

1980's

1984: First Langston Hughes Kwanzaa Celebration held; First Langston Hughes Celebration held. Collection Development Policy approved for Black Heritage Reference Center of Queens County.

1986:  Langston Hughes received New York State Governor's Arts Award.

1987:  Langston Hughes receives full branch status under Queens Public Library; Memorandum of Understanding signed between Board of Trustees of Queens Public Library and Board of Directors of Library Action Committee of Corona-East Elmhurst, Inc.

1989:  20th Anniversary Celebration held at LaDetente, East Elmhurst.  

1990's

1997:  Ground breaking ceremony for new building at corner of 100th Street and Northern Boulevard.

1999:  Langston Hughes relocates to 100-01 Northern Boulevard, new 24,000 sq. ft. building.; 30th Anniversary Celebration held at Terrace on the Park, Corona-Flushing Meadows Park

2000's

2012:  Langston Hughes recognized by United for Libraries New York State Library Landmarks Register 

2015:  Recipients of the NYC Neighborhood Library Award