Langston Hughes Library Designated a Literary Landmark


The Langston Hughes Community Library designated a Literary LandmarkThe Queens Library’s Langston Hughes Community Library was designated a Literary Landmark on Saturday, Feb. 23.

A plaque was placed in the library at 100-01 Northern Boulevard during the 28th annual Langston Hughes Celebration.

Hughes, who wrote more than 860 poems in his lifetime and was heralded as an author of short stories, plays, essays, anthologies and as a journalist from the 1920’s until his death in 1967. Although Hughes lived in Harlem, the library was named in his honor in 1969 when it opened for public service.

Langston Hughes Community Library is home of the Black Heritage Reference Center of Queens County, housing New York State’s largest public circulating collection of print and non-print material on the black experience.  This collection is estimated at more 45,000 titles, including approximately 1,000 volumes of theses and dissertations on black literature.

Its programs include "How the What, the Why, the How, and the Where Got Their Tail and Tales." In the first of this two-part workshop on on Feb. 28, "participants will learn from artist/writer Nikki Williams about the important role animals play in African-American folktales and will write their own tales, which, in the second part, they will illustrate. Children, and their caregivers, are encouraged to attend both workshops."

The Literary Landmark program is administered by United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association (ALA). More than 120 Literary Landmarks across the United States have been dedicated since the program began in 1986. Any library or group may apply for a Literary Landmark through United for Libraries. More information is available on the United for Libraries website. 


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