Mission Statement

The Library Action Committee of Corona-East Elmhurst, Inc. (LAC), is the founding body of the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center, a branch of the Queens Public Library.  Conceived by Corona-East Elmhurst residents, LAC is a 501c3, not-for-profit community based organization founded in 1969. From April 1969-October 1987, the LAC Board of Directors operated and staffed the library as a “federally funded special project”, until it gained full status within Queens Public Library.  LAC now acts as an advisory board to the Langston Hughes Community Library & Cultural Center.  This critical relationship creates a working partnership between the Corona-East Elmhurst community and the Queens Public Library.  


 The Library Action Committee:

  • functions as an advisory body to the Queens Public Library on programs and services at Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center
  • sponsors ongoing activities each year
  • coordinates cultural arts programs, artist exhibitions, independent film festivals, music concerts, creative writing workshops, literature, and poetry reading, etc.
  • supports the Homework Assistance Program
  • collaborates with Library staff to ensure that the Library’s collection, programs, and services reflect the needs and wishes of the community it serves.


Current Members: Aretha Wareham (Chairperson) | Beryl Major  (Vice Chairperson)|  | Yasmeen Majid (Treasurer) | Patricia Ramos (Recording Secretary)| Aimee Williams | Maxine Archer | C. Atterbury | Marjorie Clarke | Monique Fortune   


"As the Chair of the Library Action Committee of the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center, I am proud and honored to be a part of this prestigious and historic Library.  I am a resident of Corona-East Elmhurst for over 40 years and I have watched the diversity of the community grow to a multicultural society.  Langston Hughes has embraced this development and stands as a beacon in the past, the present and the future.  Let the Dream continue for the next 50 years." Aretha Wareham, Chair

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