Langston Hughes Library's 50th Anniversary!

This year, the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center and its Black Heritage Reference Center will be celebrating their 50th anniversary—an important milestone for Queens Library and our borough!

Langston Hughes Library was founded in 1969 through community activism by the Library Action Committee (LAC) of East Elmhurst and Corona. It opened as an experimental library, a place of reading, learning, and history; a source of black information and culture intended to educate and support the area’s predominantly African-American population. The library was the first public institution named for the legendary poet and leader of the Harlem Renaissance, who died in 1967.

“It’s an exciting time to be entrusted with preserving the legacy of Langston Hughes Library,” says its executive director, Shakira Smalls. "Our institution is excited to collaborate with all of the communities of Corona, including the emerging Hispanic community, to share our rich history, inspire the public, create new memories, and spread the great news about where we are headed."

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Thu, 2019-02-28 00:18