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Richmond Hill Chapter
RICHMOND HILL LIBRARY
118-14 Hillside Avenue
Richmond Hill, NY 11418
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Richmond Hill Library Timeline Highlights
1899 Richmond Hill Free Library was founded on April 8 by the Twentieth Century Club, an organization of Richmond Hill women who had originally come together as Red Cross Auxiliary No. 71 during the Spanish-American War.
1901 On January 1, the library became a branch of the Queens Borough Public Library.
1905 Opening ceremonies for the present Carnegie building were held on July 1. A gift from Andrew Carnegie, it was designed by the Jamaica firm of Tuthill and Higgins on land donated by the Man family.
1910 On July 4, Jacob Riis, a Richmond Hill resident and well known photo-journalist presented a flagpole to the library on behalf of the community.
1929-30 The building was closed for construction. It reopened October 1, 1930 with an expanded children's room.
1933-36 The building was expanded under the Civil Works Administration. A new auditorium, a large reading room addition, and an extension of the children's room were the major renovations.
1936 The Story of Richmond Hill, a 160 square foot mural painted by Philip Evergood, was commissioned by the WPA's Federal Arts Project.
1961-62 The building was closed for extensive rehabilitation. During that time, bookmobile service was provided every Monday from 10-12 and 1-5 PM. The library re-opened on April 11, 1962. Improvements included a new roof, aluminum windows, asphalt tile flooring and exterior waterproofing. A remodeled vestibule added 100 sq. ft to the public service area.
1979 A Rose Garden was organized by the Friendship Rose Society (Chapter of the National American Rose Society). It was the only Community Rose Garden in Queens. The Rose Garden won awards in the Mollie Parnis Dress Up Your Neighborhood Contest in 1980, 1981, and 1983.
1984-86 The library was severely damaged by fire on February 11. Service to the public continued in a mini-branch in the Children's Room during renovations. The renovated library re-opened on August 3, 1986 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
1992 On December 7, the Friends of Richmond Hill Library was chartered.
1996 On November 2, the Queensmark Award was presented to the library by the Queens Historical Society. This award recognizes structures of outstanding historical and architectural merit.
1999 The library commemorated its 100th Anniversary in April with a week-long celebration.
2003 The Richmond Hill Historical Society presented a new Flag Pole to the library on Flag Day, June 14, with a ceremony on Hillside Avenue recreating the original 1910 presentation by Jacob Riis.
2004 An Historical Plaque was presented by the Richmond Hill Historical Society.
2005 In July, the library celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the opening of its Carnegie Building.
2006 The Richmond Hill Children's Room and Young Adult Area were renovated with a generous gift from Ann Flowers and the White Flowers Foundation "in gratitude to the Richmond Hill Children's Room for one child's never-forgotten love of books and learning."
Evening of Music and Song at Richmond Hill Library
Our Next House and Garden Tour Dates
to be Announced
the House and Garden Tour
The Friends are library users and supporters who play a key role in promoting library programs and services in their communities. As a service organization each Friends chapter strives to assess and meet the needs of its local library and user community. The local Friends chapter works in partnership with the manager to attain these service goals. Needs range from fund-raising activities to help meet program/material/service needs above what the library’s budget can provide to acting as advocates through lobbying of state and local officials.
Each Friend is a walking, talking public relations ambassador for the library and an organized Friends group is essentially a validation of the library’s importance to its community.
Friends volunteer their ideas, expertise, time and other resources to help;
· Showcase our local library and its services
Friendship has its benefits
As a Friend of the Richmond Hill Library, you receive:
· Year round opportunities to associate
with other enthusiastic
Promotion - hosts a Friends booth/table at the annual Richmond Hill Block Association (RHBA) Forest Park Fair, publishes quarterly newsletter The Oasis, Co-hosted Branch Centennial Celebration.
Advocacy - writes letters and/or visits elected officials at state/city level regarding proper funding for our library.
Services - purchased and donated a piano for special musical events and ongoing library programs.
Collections - helped to fund and purchase books for an expanded library collection on local history.
Fund-raiser - sold Friends T-shirts and Sweat Shirts and Friends Book Bags, sponsored annual House and Garden Tour.
Programs - has sponsored: Meet the Author nights, horticulture shows, arts and crafts displays, musical programs, study-skills workshops, Holiday Tree Trimming and Lighting on Library lawn, informational scavenger hunts, scarecrow decorating contest and has underwritten staff and client parties and decorations for childrens’ reading room.
Continuing Education - participated in boro-wide Friends conferences as attendees and panelists.
The Richmond Hill Library celebrated its 100th Anniversay during April 10-16, 1999
Photo of the Richmond Hill Library
located on the corner of Hillside Avenue and Lefferts Blvd.
The Building of the Richmond Hill Library was helped built by the philanthropy of Andrew Carnegie.
The Richmond Hill Library was founded by the Twentieth Century Club on April 8, 1899. It became part of the Queens Borough Public Library in 1901. In 1905, the present Carnegie building was opened for service.
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