A child forms a heart with hands painted the colors of the Ukrainian flag.

For the past year, the tragedy of the war in Ukraine has stunned the world and triggered a humanitarian crisis that affects millions of civilians, including children.

To help our customers continue to understand the situation, and help in any way they can, Queens Public Library has compiled a list of resources, including trustworthy materials with information about the conflict and the history of Ukraine, and books by Ukrainian authors. We have also listed a number of credible organizations that are working to provide aid and assistance to those in need.

Please see below for the collection of resources available through Queens Public Library.

Cultural Programming at QPL

Books, Authors, and News Resources from QPL

Libraries in a Time of Crisis

Learning About the Conflict

Where to Donate Supplies in Queens

Resources for Ukrainian New Yorkers

Local Ukrainian Businesses & Religious Institutions

Aid Organizations and Resources



Cultural Programming at QPL

Composing and Listening in Ukraine in the Time of War (In-Person)
This talk will present some of the most interesting art music composed in Ukraine as a response to the Russian invasion. Dr. Oksana Nesterenko will introduce the current work of prominent composers and discuss their experiences composing, listening, and living in a time of war. She will also provide a historical background that will help us understand the reasons why it is particularly important for creative individuals in Ukraine to resist occupation. The program will be in English, with Ukrainian translation as is needed.
Thursday, March 2, 6PM
Forest Hills Library, 108-19 71 Avenue


Peace for Ukraine: A Jazz Celebration of Ukrainian Folk Music
Join us for an evening of jazz arrangements of Ukrainian folk music in the rhythm of love with the New York International Band, led by Yaacov Mayman (saxophone, flute) and Lesya Verba (voice and harp).
Watch the replay on our Facebook page.


Ukraine is My Native Land: A Concert of Ukrainian Folk Songs
Ukrainian musicians Gennadiy Vysotsky from Odessa and Inna Leytush from Kharkov performed traditional Ukrainian folk songs like "I Look in to the Sky," "Dear Mother," "Nightingale," "Oy Djigune, Djigune," "Moonlight Night," "Gandzya," and many more.
Watch the replay on our Facebook page.


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Ukraine Books from QPL

Books, Authors, and News Resources from QPL


Books in English: Adult Fiction

Mother Country by Irina Reyn

I Will Die in a Foreign Land by Kalani Pickhart

Oksana, Behave! by Maria Kuznetsova
Also available in eBook and eAudio

Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
Also available in eBook and eAudio

Lucky Breaks by Yevgenia Belorusets


Books in English: Books for Children

Ukraine by Anastasiya Vasilyeva
Age range: 6-8

The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship by Valerie Gobarchev
Age range: 6-8

The Birds' Gift: A Ukrainian Easter Story by Eric Kimmel
Age range: 6-8

A Boy Is Not a Bird by Edeet Ravel
Age range: 9-12
Also available in eBook

Making Bombs for Hitler by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Age range: 8-12
Also available in eBook


Books in Ukrainian: Adult Fiction

Тарас, повернення : роман
Author: Олександр Денисенко

Ось я : роман
Author: Jonathan Safran Foer

Один плюс один : роман
Author: Jojo Moyes (Translators: Дар'я Беззадіна, Олена Кіфенко, Дар'я Петрушенко)


Books in Ukrainian: Biography

Ататюрк: біографія мислителя
Author: Şükrü Hanioğlu
Translator: O. I. Halenko

Київські митрополити XVII-XVIII ст.
Authors: Ю. А. Мицик, I︠U︡. A. Myt︠s︡yk, Дмитрій Рудюк


Digital Resources

E-books in Ukrainian

Newspapers in Ukrainian (QPL Login required)


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Libraries in a Time of Crisis

Ukraine's libraries are offering bomb shelters, camouflage classes and, yes, books (NPR/Boise State Public Radio)

Saving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online: 1,000+ Librarians Digitally Preserve Artifacts of Ukrainian Civilization Before Russia Can Destroy Them (Open Culture)


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Learning About the Conflict

New York Times: Russia-Ukraine

CNN: What does Putin want in Ukraine? The Conflict Explained

BBC: Why has Russia invaded Ukraine and what does Putin want?

PBS: Russia-Ukraine Conflict

NPR: Ukraine Invasion - Explained

Video for Kids: NBC Nightly News Kids Edition - The Russia-Ukraine Conflict Explained


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Where to Donate Supplies in Queens

The Office of the Queens Borough President is collecting medical supplies such as first-aid kits, bandages, gauze, tourniquets, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and aspirin. Donations can be dropped off at Queens Borough Hall, located at 120-55 Queens Boulevard in Kew Gardens. The donation area is a box located on the first floor of Borough Hall next to the security desk in the lobby, just inside the building’s main entrance on Queens Boulevard. The lobby is open 24 hours a day.


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Resources for Ukrainian New Yorkers

The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs is offering legal assistance for immigrants, New York City services, and the address and phone number for the Ukrainian consulate. Available in English, Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian.

New York State Stands with Ukraine: Resources for Ukrainians and How New Yorkers Can Help

Ukrainians fleeing war are picking up the pieces in New York City (Gothamist)

For many years, the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)’s Immigrant Protection Unit has worked closely with New York’s community of immigrants from the former Soviet Union, including Ukraine. With an escalating humanitarian emergency following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, they have harnessed their language capacity, deep immigration knowledge, and partnerships with community-based organizations on the ground to serve Ukrainian nationals with urgent immigration needs.
For information in English, please visit https://nylag.org/ukrainian-immigrant-assistance-project/.
For more information, email Elvira Pinkhasova at EPinkhasova@nylag.org.


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Local Ukrainian Businesses & Religious Institutions

Varenyk House
67-14 Fresh Pond Road
Ridgewood, NY 11385
(917) 909-0257
Ukrainian Borscht, and Support, at Varenyk House (The New Yorker)

Holy Cross Ukrainian Catholic Church
31-12 30th Street
Astoria, NY 11106
Email: hcukicc@yahoo.com

St. Mary Protectress Ukrainian Catholic Church of Ozone Park
97-06 87th Street
Ozone Park, NY 11416
Email: StMaryUkrainianChurch@gmail.com


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Aid Organizations and Resources

Uniting for Ukraine (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) provides a pathway for Ukrainian citizens and their immediate family members who are outside the United States to come to the United States and stay temporarily in a two-year period of parole.

Options for Nationals of Ukraine Seeking Asylum in the U.S. (Nolo Network)

The USA Information Center for Ukrainians offers practical information and resources for people coming to the United States from Ukraine.

Upwardly Global is offering FREE resources to Ukrainian newcomers, U.S. employers, and community sponsors to support the successful inclusion of Ukrainian professionals into the U.S. workforce.

The Ukraine Library Relief Fund (American Library Association) will assist in the eventual rebuilding of Ukrainian libraries that have been damaged or destroyed.

UNICEF supports health, nutrition, education, and protection for children and families caught in the conflict in Ukraine.

Voices of Children Foundation provides children affected by the war with psychological and psychosocial support.

Doctors Without Borders provides medical teams and emergency medical aid to people in crisis.

The UN Refugee Agency helps people fleeing violence and war find safe refuge.

Razom for Ukraine: Razom (which means “together” in Ukrainian) provides urgent help and support to Ukrainians.

United Help Ukraine provides medical aid and humanitarian relief to Ukrainians.

The International Rescue Committee supports displaced children and families with vital supplies.

International Medical Corps provides access to medical and mental health services for those affected by the war.

CARE’s Ukraine Crisis Fund provides immediate aid including food, water and hygiene kits.

Sunflower of Peace Foundation raises money to prepare supplies for paramedics and doctors on the front lines.

International Committee of the Red Cross provides emergency assistance such as food, water, and other essential items.

Save the Children provides children and families with immediate aid, such as food, water, hygiene kits, and psychosocial support.

Kidsave is helping rescue children and families in Ukraine and providing humanitarian aid.


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