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Getting More from Your Google Account

Learn about the many ways you can use your Google account, from Gmail and Google Maps to Google Drive and Google Groups. Basic computer skills and an existing Google account are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information. Class code CC240.

Feb 28 @ 10:00 AM

Resumes

Make your resume the best it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn about types of resumes, how to get started, what to include and not include, and tips for making a resume stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code JR130.

Mar 1 @ 10:00 AM

Beginning a Business- Spring Services

Day 1 Steps to starting your own business
Day 2 Business Plan Writing
Day 3 Marketing Strategies
Day 4 Expand your business to the Global Market & Government contracting

Mar 1 @ 2:00 PM, Mar 8 @ 2:00 PM, Mar 15 @ 2:00 PM, Mar 22 @ 2:00 PM

Introduction to Computers

After this workshop, you will be able to take advantage of everything computers have to offer. Topics covered include; computer terminology, using the mouse and touchpad, basic keyboarding skills, and navigating computer folders, files, and programs in a Windows environment. This is an introductory computer class; no prior skills or ...

Mar 6 @ 10:00 AM

Introduction to Internet

After this workshop, you will have the skills needed to begin to navigate the Internet. Topics covered include terminology, how to search and use a web browser, the basic structure of a website and Internet safety. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that ...

Mar 7 @ 10:00 AM

Resume Keywords and Accomplishment Statements

Finding a job is a game of words, so wouldn't it be a good idea to discover the words employers want to see in resumes and online applications? This class will show you how to identify your career accomplishments and will teach you how to create keyword career vocabulary using five resources. Class code JR130

Mar 8 @ 10:00 AM

Setting Up Your Business

In this class students will be guided through the elements needed to set up a business and begin operating it. The course will cover writing a winning business plan, legal structuring, and other preliminaries. To preregister visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org or for more information, call 718-990-8625. Class code JR310

Mar 9 @ 12:30 PM

Basics of Business Planning

This course will teach you how to organize your business idea into a structured plan, identify and promote your business to potential customers, fulfill the legal requirements of starting your business, and develop your financial projections. To preregister visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org or for more information, call 718-990-8625. Class code ...

Mar 10 @ 10:00 AM

Gypsy in My Soul

Eydie Gorme tribute sung by Mora Newman with Gregory Toroian on piano.

Mar 11 @ 1:30 PM

Traditional Marketing for Small Business

Marketing activities continue to evolve from traditional strategies to nontraditional methods that involve the Internet. Both traditional and nontraditional marketing have advantages and disadvantages. Traditional marketing activities help you become visible and attractive to your target customer and typically involve advertising, publicity, ...

Mar 16 @ 12:30 PM

Feb
25
11:15AM

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11:45AM

Family Storytime

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Rise and shine and head to the library for 30 minutes of stories and songs for children of all ages and their caregivers.


Feb
25
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Chess Club

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children and teens, ages 8 and up, learn and improve their knowledge of chess.


Feb
25
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Understanding Dementia: What You Need to Know and Where to Go (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This workshop will provide information on Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias, discuss the different stages of the disease and what to expect, and include an overview of our programs and services and other available resources.


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Feb
26
12:30PM

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2:30PM

Author Talk Series (V): Dove Chronicle by Karen Bao

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Karen Bao, a graduate from the Columbia University, will discuss how a science education, as well as the world and people around her, inspired her writing of Dove Chronicle.


Feb
26
2:00PM

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3:30PM

CBA Culture & Arts Center presents: China Style: Celebrating New Year

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The concert will bring singing, dancing, musical instrument, magic show with vivid Chinese characters.

*Auditorium, Lower Level*


Feb
27
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Beginners Word

Location: Flushing
Registration: Registration is now closed

Make your documents stand out with Microsoft Word! In this class, you will learn how to create and save Word documents; format and edit text; copy, cut, and paste items; and use the basic functions and commands of Word. Basic computer skills are required. Class code: CC170.


Feb
27
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Intermediate Word

Location: Flushing
Registration: Registration is now closed

Build upon your basic knowledge of Microsoft Word in this intermediate workshop. Learn how to format your Word document, insert tables and charts, format bibliographies, and insert headers and footers. Basic computer skills and knowledge of MS Word are required. Class code: CC200.


Feb
27
5:30PM

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7:00PM

Shakespeare in Queens: "The War of the Roses"

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Titan Theatre Company presents staged readings of Henry VI parts 1 & 2 and Richard III to continue Shakepeare's history plays as the Lancaster and York factions fight for the English throne.


Feb
28
10:00AM

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4:00PM

Save Money, E-File Your Taxes for Free

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

If your income is under $64,000, you qualify to receive free online tax return filing assistance. Volunteers from the New York State Tax Department will guide you through tax preparation software available on their website as you prepare and e-file your federal and state income tax returns at no cost. Volunteers will be available that speak English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Feb
28
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Getting More from Your Google Account

Location: Flushing
Registration: Registration is now closed

Learn about the many ways you can use your Google account, from Gmail and Google Maps to Google Drive and Google Groups. Basic computer skills and an existing Google account are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information. Class code CC240.


Feb
28
6:00PM

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7:15PM

Urdu Beginner Conversation Class for Adults

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

This class taught by a native Urdu speaker introduces the basic elements of the Urdu language within a cultural context. Emphasis is on the development of basic vocabulary related to greeting, how to introduce oneself, how to express likes and dislikes, etc. Develop basic listening and speaking skills and learn more about cultural aspects of Pakistan. Register online.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Mar
1
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Resumes

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 23 openings

Make your resume the best it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn about types of resumes, how to get started, what to include and not include, and tips for making a resume stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code JR130.


Mar
1
11:00AM

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11:30AM

Mother Goose Time

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children, ages birth - 18 months, enjoy simple stories, nursery rhymes, fingerplays, and songs.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Mar
1
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Beginning a Business- Spring Services

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Day 1 Steps to starting your own business
Day 2 Business Plan Writing
Day 3 Marketing Strategies
Day 4 Expand your business to the Global Market & Government contracting

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Mar
2
10:30AM

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11:15AM

Toddler Time

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children, ages 2 - 3, and their caregivers join us for stories, rhymes, songs, and fingerplays.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Mar
2
6:30PM

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8:30PM

Open Mic Night

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Performers are invited to share their talents in a 5-minute presentation of poetry, written word, music, comedy or spoken word.
*IRC Conference Room, 3rd Floor*


Mar
3
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Choosing Entrepreneurship

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 25 openings

This class will help entrepreneurs develop on the diverse paths of business ownership provides an overview of the dynamic world of entrepreneurship, helps participants assess their skills and aptitudes, allows participants to explore the right type of business for them dependent on skills, aptitudes and interests, and charts a path to success. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information. Class Code: JR310.


Mar
3
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Flushing Book Discussion Group

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

2017 Book Club, First Fridays 1-2PM:
January 6th: "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Kope" by William Kamkwamba; February 3rd: "Blindness" by José Saramago; March 3rd: "A Visit from the Goon Squad" by Jennifer Egan; April 7th: "Behold the Dreamers" by Imbolo Mbue
*IRC Conference Room, 3rd Floor*

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Mar
3
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Teen Happy Hour

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

All teens are invited to join their friends for fun and games during Happy Hour! Play our Nintendo Wii U, X Box 360 or our mad cool variety of board, card and other games like Jenga!
For grades 7-12. The fun is on at Flushing!

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Mar
3
5:00PM

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6:30PM

Intermediate Korean

Location: Flushing
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Intermediate Korean covers phonetics, syntax, and vocabulary, with a focus on reading, listening, speaking, writing, and an overview of classical Korean literature.

FlushingFri, Mar 10, 20175:00PM - 6:30PM
FlushingFri, Mar 17, 20175:00PM - 6:30PM
FlushingFri, Mar 24, 20175:00PM - 6:30PM
FlushingFri, Mar 31, 20175:00PM - 6:30PM
FlushingFri, Apr 7, 20175:00PM - 6:30PM
FlushingFri, Apr 14, 20175:00PM - 6:30PM
FlushingFri, Apr 21, 20175:00PM - 6:30PM
FlushingFri, Apr 28, 20175:00PM - 6:30PM

Mar
4
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Math Help

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Math tutoring is available for students in grades 4-8. Bring your math homework and textbook.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Mar
4
11:15AM

--to--

11:45AM

Family Storytime

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Rise and shine and head to the library for 30 minutes of stories and songs for children of all ages and their caregivers.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Mar
4
2:00PM

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3:00PM

QL International Resource Center presents: Dancing Shiva: Lord of Dance

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Lord Shiva is the remover of all troubles. He has a blue neck from where all sounds emanate and a bow and moon on his head. He gives the nectar of life to all beings. The troupe will perform highly energetic and vibrant traditional dances. Hallmarked with sculpturesque poses, intense rhythmic patterns and thunderous beats depicting the tandavam (dance of Lord Shiva).
*Auditorium, Lower Level*


Mar
4
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Chess Club

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children and teens, ages 8 and up, learn and improve their knowledge of Chess.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Mar
4
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Chinese Author Talk Series: Why did I write "Nanjing Never Cries"?

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

"Nanjing Never Cries" was first written in English and then translated into Chinese by the same author. It tells the story of four young people who were caught up in the holocaust of the Nanjing Massacre of December, 1937. This moving account truthfully reflects the history of a horrific time.
*IRC Conference Room, 3rd Floor*


Mar
5
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Chinese Writers Association New York & Flushing Library sponsor Blue Star Dream debut by Ms. Hai Ou

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

In this very readable book, Ms. Hai Ou describes misfortune in her youth
and stories in an art troupe during the Korean War, as well as her experiences in the Cultural Revolution. *IRC Conference Room, 3rd Floor*


Mar
6
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Computers

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 11 openings

After this workshop, you will be able to take advantage of everything computers have to offer. Topics covered include; computer terminology, using the mouse and touchpad, basic keyboarding skills, and navigating computer folders, files, and programs in a Windows environment. This is an introductory computer class; no prior skills or knowledge is required. Please call 718-634-4784 to preregister. Class code: CC100.


Mar
6
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Diabetes Update (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Dr. Vincent Wang will discuss the cause of diabetes, how to prevent and what’s the new method of treatment.


Mar
6
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Microsoft Power Point for Beginners

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 23 openings

Create some awesome presentations and slideshows with PowerPoint 2010. Topics Covered will include; creating and editing slides, changing the design and colors, inserting pictures and illustrations, and presenting your slideshow. Register online at jopbmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required. Class Code: CC190


Mar
7
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Internet

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 13 openings

After this workshop, you will have the skills needed to begin to navigate the Internet. Topics covered include terminology, how to search and use a web browser, the basic structure of a website and Internet safety. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Class code: CC110.


Mar
7
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Intro to Computers

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 16 openings

Learn the basic parts and functions of a computer in this introductory class.


Mar
7
12:30PM

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2:30PM

LinkedIn

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 14 openings

Refresh and revive your online professional persona! In today’s world of social media, it’s more important than ever to ensure that your online profile and resume are fresh, current, and discoverable by your colleagues. Come to this LinkedIn workshop and learn how to create a professional profile that puts your best foot forward and shows off your abilities and accomplishments. Call 718-990-8625 for more information


Mar
8
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Resume Keywords and Accomplishment Statements

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 25 openings

Finding a job is a game of words, so wouldn't it be a good idea to discover the words employers want to see in resumes and online applications? This class will show you how to identify your career accomplishments and will teach you how to create keyword career vocabulary using five resources. Class code JR130


Mar
8
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Origami Animals with Eric Cheung

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come join us in the STACKS afterschool program and learn how to make different origami animals!


Mar
8
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Queens Center for Excellence presents: Understanding the Odds

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Understanding the Odds is a dynamic learning event that discusses what problem gambling is, who is being affected it, and what to do if you or someone you know is struggling with it. Additionally, we will have a practicing problem gambling therapist to discuss her unique point of view and answer clinical questions. This workshop will be delivered in English & translated in Chinese by a QCFE certified therapist. *IRC Conference Room, 3rd Floor*

*IRC Conference Room, 3rd Floor*


Mar
9
12:30PM

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2:30PM

Setting Up Your Business

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 24 openings

In this class students will be guided through the elements needed to set up a business and begin operating it. The course will cover writing a winning business plan, legal structuring, and other preliminaries. To preregister visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org or for more information, call 718-990-8625. Class code JR310


Mar
9
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Anime Club

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come join your friends and watch mad cool Anime!
Vote for what you wish to view from a selection of choices chosen by teens!
The Fun is on at Flushing!


Mar
9
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Comics, Manga, and More!

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Our club gives kids aged 8-12 the opportunity to discuss their favorite comics and graphic novels.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Mar
9
6:30PM

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8:30PM

North American Calligraphy Assoc. presents: Monthly Penmanship Class

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

All are welcome. Please call 646-752-3173 for questions and suggestions.
*Rooms C&D, Lower Level*

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Mar
9
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Learning Chinese!

Location: Flushing
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Queens Library at Flushing will open a Learning Chinese class for beginner level students. The semester will have 12 sessions, starting from Feb. 9. All classes will be on Thursdays from 6:30-8:00 pm. Please register online at www.queenslibrary.org/events or call 718.661.1280 for assistance.

FlushingThu, Mar 16, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
FlushingThu, Mar 23, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
FlushingThu, Mar 30, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
FlushingThu, Apr 13, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
FlushingThu, Apr 20, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
FlushingThu, Apr 27, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
FlushingThu, May 11, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
FlushingThu, May 18, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM

Mar
10
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Basics of Business Planning

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 25 openings

This course will teach you how to organize your business idea into a structured plan, identify and promote your business to potential customers, fulfill the legal requirements of starting your business, and develop your financial projections. To preregister visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org or for more information, call 718-990-8625. Class code JR310


Mar
11
10:00AM

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12:30PM

Microsoft Excel for Spanish Speakers

Location: Flushing
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Learn how to create a worksheet and perform calculations. Participants should have basic computer skills and must attend all 3 classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Flushing Library Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning Saturday, March 4 at 10:00 a.m. or by call 718-661-1280.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Mar
11
1:30PM

--to--

2:30PM

Gypsy in My Soul

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Eydie Gorme tribute sung by Mora Newman with Gregory Toroian on piano.


Mar
11
2:00PM

--to--

3:15PM

Kowai II: Electric Karasu-tengu

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join Anime Anthropologist Charles Dunbar as he discusses the humorous and crazy monsters of Japan.


Mar
11
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Northeast China Association presents: Legal Issues of Real Estate & Auto Insurance

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Topics covered: Legal proceedings and issues in real estate transactions, and how to purchase auto accident insurance to cover the whole family.
*IRC Conference Room, 3rd Floor*


Mar
12
2:00PM

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3:15PM

Roz Brown's Divas of Soul

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Roz Brown's Divas of Soul take you on an exciting musical journey paying homage to some of music's extraordinary Soul divas such as Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and more.


Mar
12
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Introducing Digital Photo Editing

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Mr. Sam Zhan (Honorary Fellow of the Photographic Society of New York) will show you how to edit your digital photos using Photoshop. Mr. Zhan joined PSNY in 2009, becoming Salon Chairman in 2010 and Salon Director in 2011, eventually becoming President from 2013 – 2015. He’s now a Regular Director at PSNY, and continues to participate in international photo contests.


Mar
13
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Email

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 14 openings

We'll help you feel comfortable and confident in managing your own email account! Learn about sending and receiving email and get a general overview of email etiquette. Students must possess basic mouse and keyboarding skills. Preregistration is required by phone by calling 718-990-0769 or in person at the Cyber Center Desk.


Mar
13
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Monday Movie Matinees

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

January: 1/9, "Lilies of the Field" (1963) NR
February: 2/6, "My Favorite Year" (1982) PG
March: 3/13, "Auntie Mame" (1958) NR
April: 4/10, "Jibeuro (The Way Home)" (2002), PG (In Korean with English subtitles)
*Auditorium, Lower Level*

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Mar
13
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Intermediate PowerPoint

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 25 openings

Take your PowerPoint presentations to the next level! Topics covered will include; creating transitions, emphasizing your information with animations, inserting charts, and inserting multimedia. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills and knowledge of PowerPoint are required. Class Code: CC220


Mar
13
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Shakespeare in Queens: Talking Shakespeare

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Lenny Banovez, artistic director of Titan Theatre Company, will give a behind-the-scenes look at Shakespeare's history plays from "Richard II" to "Richard III," plus the comedy "The Taming of the Shrew," and discuss modern interpretations of these classic plays.


Mar
13
6:30PM

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7:30PM

QL International Resource Center presents: Koto / Shamisen Japanese Music

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The duo YUMENO (musicians Yoko Reikano Kimura and cellist Hikaru Tamaki) will present its singular fusion of sound which has been praised as "exquisite" and “compelling”. YUMENO plays koto and shamisen, Japanese stringed instruments. The program will explore the dialogue between traditional Japanese and western classical music.
*Auditorium, Lower Level*


Mar
14
10:00AM

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12:00PM

How To Get The Most From Your Google Account

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 14 openings

Learn about the many ways you can use your Google account, from Gmail and Google Maps to Google Drive and Google Groups. Basic computer skills and an existing Google account are required. Preregister online at Queenslibrary.org. Call 718-661-1280 for additional information.


Mar
14
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Intro to Computers In Cantonese!

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 17 openings

Learn the basic parts and functions of a computer in this introductory class in Cantonese!


Mar
15
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Fresh Ink Writing Club

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children ages 8 to 12 will practice their writing skills with a different writing activity each month.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Mar
15
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Irish Music Concert

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Ian Gallagher, Irish singer and musician, will be performing some of your favorite Irish classics, as well as some you may have never heard of before! This is a very interactive concert, so be prepared to have fun as Ian talks with the audience about the history of Ireland and the songs being performed.
*Auditorium, Lower Level*


Mar
16
12:30PM

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2:30PM

Traditional Marketing for Small Business

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 14 openings

Marketing activities continue to evolve from traditional strategies to nontraditional methods that involve the Internet. Both traditional and nontraditional marketing have advantages and disadvantages. Traditional marketing activities help you become visible and attractive to your target customer and typically involve advertising, publicity, sales, merchandising and distribution. To preregister visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org or for more information, call 718-990-8625. Class code JR310


Mar
18
2:00PM

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4:00PM

NY Chinese Opera Society & Youth Troupe of NYCOS: Spring Festival: An Afternoon of Peking Opera

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

1. Peking Opera Arias: Li Zexin, Ma Bin; 2. Arias: Su Wu the Shepherd: Yue Qingyin; 3. Arias: Outwitting the Enemy: Liu Mingzhu, Han Kuixi, Lu Weizhong; 4. Arias: Bao Gong Prosecutes a Corrupt Judge in Hell: Ren Yucheng; 5. Opera: The Riverside Pavilion: Zhang Jingtao,Zhang Qiuwei,Li Yanchun; 6. Opera: The Fisherman and his Daughter: Guan Shengli, Cheng Xiuling
*Auditorium, Lower Level*


Mar
18
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Flushing Chinese Book Club: Hosted and Lectured by Professor Tang Zhenhai

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The purpose of the Chinese Book Club is to study and think about cultures of different civilizations from reading. In these sessions, reading and discussion focuses on communication, exchange, and mingling of cultures that are seen from Chinese writers and their writings over many generations.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Mar
19
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Alzheimer’s Support Group (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Mandarin Chinese for people caring for a person with Alzheimer’s or any of the other dementias. Our support group is a secure and safe place to share your experiences. The group will meet on Sundays, January 15, February 19, March 19.
Please call 646-744-2951 for registration.


Mar
19
2:00PM

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3:00PM

QL International Resource Center presents: Musical Adventures in Kathak North Indian Dance

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

By Kathak Ensemble & Friends/CARAVAN - North Indian classical Kathak dance is accompanied by a stunning variety of musical forms. This performance presents a selection from Kathak's rich repertoire, including Vandana, Thumri and Tarana.
*Auditorium, Lower Level*


Mar
20
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Beginners Excel

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 24 openings

Improve your productivity with Microsoft Excel. Learn what a spreadsheet is and how to navigate it, create workbooks, enter and edit data, and create charts and graphs. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required. Class Code: CC180


Mar
22
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Job Skills Identification

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 25 openings

In this competitive job market, it is vitally important not only to know your job skills, but to be able to market those skills to potential employers during a job search. This workshop will explain the benefits of knowing your job related skills and how to identify them. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, please visit the Job Information Center or call 718-634-1110 . Class code JR110.


Mar
22
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Teen Jeopardy

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come join your friends for fun and games.
Jeopardy is one of our most popular activities!
Answer mad cool questions and win a fun prize!


Mar
22
6:30PM

--to--

8:15PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: Emanuel Ax, Anna Polonsky, and Orion Weiss

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Pianist Orion Weiss joins his mentor, Emanuel Ax, and Anna Polonsky, who has been described as “consistently captivating” in “The Washington Post,” in an extraordinary concert of Brahms and Schumann for piano four-hands.


Mar
23
4:30PM

--to--

6:00PM

Maker's Lab: Water Wonders

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

In our Maker’s Lab, children ages 8-12 will create, innovate and collaborate on a different project each month using a wide range of materials. In March we will look at challenges and principles associated with water.


Mar
24
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Building Relationships in Business

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 25 openings

This class will show how to build relationships through networking, foster partnerships in business, and get "buy in" from business acquaintances. To preregister visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org or for more information, call 718-990-8625. Class code: JR310.


Mar
24
4:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Happy Hour Chess Tournament

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

All 7-12 graders, tweens and teens, are invited to join us for a spring Chess Tournament on Friday, March 24th at 4pm.

The chess tournament will take place during Happy Hour in the Teen Room.

Prizes include a Book or Manga give.

The Fun is on at Flushing Library !


Mar
25
2:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Association of Chinese English Bilingual Educators East Coast of USA present:

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

In order to have parents learn about the requirements of all high school subject areas and the New York State high school graduation requirements, the Association will hold a workshop. A panel of speakers will be formed by teachers of Math, Social Studies and Science.
*IRC Conference Room, 3rd Floor*


Mar
27
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Intro to Computers

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 openings

After this workshop, you will be able to take advantage of everything computers have to offer. Topics covered include computer terminology, using the mouse and touchpad, basic keyboarding skills, and navigating computer folders, files, and programs in a Windows environment. This is an introductory computer class; no prior skills or knowledge is required. Please call 718-990-8625 to preregister. Class code CC100.


Mar
27
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Intermediate Excel

Location: Flushing
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Improve your productivity with Microsoft Excel. Learn what a spreadsheet is and how to navigate it, create workbooks, enter and edit data, and create charts and graphs. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required. Class Code: CC180


Mar
29
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Job Preparedness

Location: Flushing
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Take control of your personal and professional development by learning the skills necessary to lead to greater chances of success. This class will take a much more hands-on approach to understand proper etiquette techniques in and out of the workplace to get ahead, get noticed, and get motivated. To preregister visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org or for more information, call 718-990-8625. Class Code: JR350.


Mar
30
12:30PM

--to--

2:30PM

Setting Up Your Business

Location: Flushing
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

In this class students will be guided through the elements needed to set up a business and begin operating it. The course will cover writing a winning business plan, legal structuring, and other preliminaries. To preregister visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org or for more information, call 718-990-8625. Class code JR310


Apr
1
1:30PM

--to--

2:30PM

Latin American Music with Los del Sur

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Welcome to the magic of Latin America! "Los del Sur" means "those ones from the south" and they will perform traditional folk music and dances from several regions of Latin American countries such as Ecuador, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Peru.
*Auditorium, Lower Level*


Apr
4
12:30PM

--to--

2:30PM

LinkedIn for Job Searching

Location: Flushing
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

LinkedIn is a social networking website that allows you to manage your professional identity, build and engage with your professional network, and access knowledge, insights, and opportunities. In this workshop you will learn how to use LinkedIn to look for employment, network, and keep up with colleagues. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information. Class Code: JR200


Apr
5
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Resume Building

Location: Flushing
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Make your resume the best it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn about types of resumes, how to get started, what to include and not include, and tips for making a resume stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information call 718-634-4784. Class code JR130


Apr
7
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Choosing Entrepreneurship

Location: Flushing
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

This class will help entrepreneurs develop on the diverse paths of business ownership provides an overview of the dynamic world of entrepreneurship, helps participants assess their skills and aptitudes, allows participants to explore the right type of business for them dependent on skills, aptitudes and interests, and charts a path to success. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information. Class Code: JR310.


Apr
8
10:00AM

--to--

12:30PM

Computers for Beginners (In Spanish)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Learn how to turn on your computer and write an email. Participants must attend all 3 classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Flushing Library Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning Saturday, April 1 at 10:00 a.m. or by calling 718-661-1280.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Apr
10
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Introduction to the Internet

Location: Flushing
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

After this workshop, you will have the skills needed to begin to navigate the Internet. Topics covered include terminology, how to search and use a web browser, the basic structure of a website and Internet safety. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-634-4784. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Class code: CC110.


Apr
12
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Resume Keywords and Accomplishment Statements

Location: Flushing
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Finding a job is a game of words, so wouldn't it be a good idea to discover the words employers want to see in resumes and online applications? This class will show you how to identify your career accomplishments and will teach you how to create keyword career vocabulary using five resources. Class code JR130


Apr
12
6:30PM

--to--

7:30PM

Classical Music Concert with Hannah Hsu Wang & Stephen Josephs

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Hannah Hsu Wang - Pianist, with the New York String Society
Stephen C. Josephs - Music Director
Alexandra Honigsberg and Lisa Joy - Vocals

This concert will feature Hannah Hsu Wang performing the Haydn D major piano concerto, Mozart and Verdi overtures, and original songs.


Apr
13
12:30PM

--to--

2:30PM

Traditional Marketing for Small Business

Location: Flushing
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Marketing activities continue to evolve from traditional strategies to nontraditional methods that involve the Internet. Both traditional and nontraditional marketing have advantages and disadvantages. Traditional marketing activities help you become visible and attractive to your target customer and typically involve advertising, publicity, sales, merchandising and distribution. To preregister visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org or for more information, call 718-990-8625. Class code JR310


Apr
14
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Basics of Business Planning

Location: Flushing
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

This course will teach you how to organize your business idea into a structured plan, identify and promote your business to potential customers, fulfill the legal requirements of starting your business, and develop your financial projections. To preregister visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org or for more information, call 718-990-8625. Class code JR310


Apr
15
3:00PM

--to--

4:30PM

Home Buying Workshop in Chinese

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Topics:
• Short Housing history of Manhattan, Queens and Long Island
• The whole process of buying a property
• What are the costs involved
• What you need to focus when looking for a property
• Current market overview
• What you need to know AFTER you get the key


Apr
17
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Beginners Excel

Location: Flushing
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Improve your productivity with Microsoft Excel. Learn what a spreadsheet is and how to navigate it, create workbooks, enter and edit data, and create charts and graphs. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required. Class Code: CC180


Apr
18
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Beginners Word

Location: Flushing
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Learn how to create and save Word documents; format and edit text; copy, cut and paste items; and use Word's basic functions and commands. Basic computer skills required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Class code CC170.


Apr
19
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Cover Letters

Location: Flushing
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Are you ready to apply for jobs? Does your cover letter stand out from the crowd? Make it the best possible by learning how to get started, what to include and not include, tips for making it stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information, please call 718-752-3700. Class code JR150


Apr
20
6:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

4-Hand Piano Concert with Kanako Koyama & James Lubrano

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Kanako and James will together play fun and famous pieces from classic repertoire.

*Auditorium, Lower Level*


Apr
23
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Alzheimer’s Support Group (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Mandarin Chinese for people caring for a person with Alzheimer’s or any of the other dementias. Our support group is a secure and safe place to share your experiences. The group will meet on Sundays, April 16, May 21, June 18.
Please call 646-744-2951 for registration.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Apr
23
2:00PM

--to--

3:15PM

Music Everywhere

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Angela Wildflower made her Broadway debut in "Motown the Musical" and brings her own ensemble in this poetic tribute to Rhythm and Blues, from vintage 40s to current Billboard top 100s.


Apr
24
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Intermediate Excel

Location: Flushing
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Improve your productivity with Microsoft Excel. Learn what a spreadsheet is and how to navigate it, create workbooks, enter and edit data, and create charts and graphs. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required. Class Code: CC180


Apr
25
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Intermediate Word

Location: Flushing
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Build on your basic knowledge of Microsoft Word. Learn how to format Word documents, insert tables and charts, format bibliographies, and insert headers and footers. Basic computer skills and knowledge of MS Word are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Class Code CC200


Apr
26
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Job Skills Identification

Location: Flushing
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

In this competitive job market, it is vitally important not only to know your job skills, but to be able to market those skills to potential employers during a job search. This workshop will explain the benefits of knowing your job related skills and how to identify them. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, please visit the Job Information Center or call 718-634-1110 . Class code JR110.


Apr
27
4:30PM

--to--

6:00PM

Maker's Lab: Spring Gardens

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

In our Maker’s Lab, children ages 8-12 will create, innovate and collaborate on a different project each month using a wide range of materials. In April we will create spring gardens.


Apr
28
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Building Relationships in Business

Location: Flushing
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

This class will show how to build relationships through networking, foster partnerships in business, and get "buy in" from business acquaintances. To preregister visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org or for more information, call 718-990-8625. Class code: JR310.


May
6
1:30PM

--to--

2:30PM

Quintet of the Americas: Winds of Change

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Quintet of the Americas, a woodwind quintet, will perform “Winds of Change”, a concert about the environment with ragtime, jazz and contemporary music. The show will also include poetry about the Earth by American naturalists Walt Whitman and Ralph Waldo Emerson. *Auditorium, Lower Level*


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Flushing Community Library has:

  • 43 public computers for adults
  • 17 public computers for children
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing
  • Live homework help online through Tutor.com. Please contact the branch for more details.

 

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International Language Collections at the Flushing Community Library include:

  • Chinese
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Indic Languages
  • Bengali
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Punjabi
  • Urdu
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese
  • Telugu
  • Arabic

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Flushing Community Library include:

  • The Job Information Center collection
  • Large test preparation book collection
  • Travel book collection
  • Large children’s media collection of educational and recreational multimedia materials
  • Large Young Adult fiction book collection
  • New Americans collection
  • Extensive general paperback fiction collection by popular authors
  • Special collections for arts and entertainment
  • Classics collection
  • Graphic Novels
  • New York Times on microfilm
  • Collection on Flushing history and communities for reference use

 


Child Care / Preschools
Community Board
Community Organizations & Services
Fire Department
Local Hospitals
Local Newspapers
Parks and Playgrounds
Police Department
Post Office
Private / Parochial Schools
Public Elementary Schools
Public High Schools
Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC)
136-26 37th Avenue, 2nd Floor
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 358-7602
A-Rum Art Center, Inc.
140-30 Sanford Avenue, #1C
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 359-4476
Red Apple Child Development
42-31 Colden Street, #101
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 762-1232
Red Apple Development Center
133-32 41st Road
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 939-8805
Kon Wah Day School
135-27 38th Avenue, #21F
Flushing NY , 11534
phone: (718) 353-4388
Agape Christian Center
59-02 Summerfield Street
Flushing NY , 11385
phone: (718) 886-3564
Lifespire
61-56 219th Street
Flushing NY , 11364
phone: (718) 224-2413
  

Community Board
Community Board District # 7
133-32 41st Road - Suite 3B
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 359-2800
  

Community Organizations & Services
Chinese Immigrant Services
135-17 40th Road, 3rd Floor
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 353-0195
Flushing Chamber of Commerce & Business Association
136-29 38th Avenue
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 358-3200
Flushing Jewish Community Council
41-60 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 463-0434
Korean American Association of Queens
136-80 41st Avenue, 2nd Floor
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 961-2389
Bowne House Historical Society
37-01 Bowne Street
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 359-0528
Chinese Cultural Services Center
41-61 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 886-7770
Flushing Council on Culture & the Arts
137-35 Northern Boulevard
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 463-7700
Queens Botanical Garden
43-50 Main Street
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 886-3800
 

Fire Department
Engine 273 Ladder 129
40-18 Union Street
Flushing NY , 11354
  

Local Hospitals
Flushing Hospital Medical Center
4500 Parsons Boulevard
Queens NY , 11355
phone: (718) 670-5000
The New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens
56-45 Main Street
Queens NY , 11355
phone: (718) 670-1231
 

Parks and Playgrounds
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
46th Avenue & 111th Street
Flushing NY , 11368
phone: (718) 760-6562
Kissena Park
Kissena Boulevard & Booth Memorial Avenue
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 358-7579
Playground for All Children
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Flushing NY , 11368
phone: (718) 699-8283

Police Department
109th Precinct
37-05 Union Street
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 321-2250
  

Post Office
Flushing Post Office
41-65 Main Street
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 321-6800
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Lutheran School of Flushing
147-32 Sanford Avenue
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 463-3650
Muslim Center Elementary School
137-58 Geranium Avenue
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 939-8700
Shield of David Institute
144-61 Roosevelt Avenue
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 939-8700
St. Michael’s School
136-58 41st Street
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 961-0246
The Windsor School
41-60 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 359-8300
 

Public Elementary Schools
PS 20 John Bowne School
142-30 Barclay Avenue
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 359-0321
PS 24 Andrew Jackson School
141-11 Holly Avenue
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 359-2288
PS 242 Leonard P Stavisky Early Childhood School
29-66 137th Street
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 445-2902

Public High Schools
HS 460 Flushing High School
35-01 Union Street
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 888-7500
HS 263 Flushing International High School
144-80 Barclay Avenue
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 463-2348
 

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
JHS 237 Rachel Carson School
46-21 Colden Street
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 353-6464
JHS 189 Daniel Carter Beard School
144-80 Barclay Avenue
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 359-6676
 

Senior Centers
Benjamin Rosenthal Selfhelp Senior Center
45-25 Kissena Blvd.
Flushing NY , 11355
phone: (718) 866-5777
CPC Queens Nan Shan
136-65 37Th Ave.
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 358-3030
Prince Street Senior Center
36-12 Prince St.
Flushing NY , 11354
phone: (718) 961-4550

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Peter Koo
PKoo@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 135-27 38th Avenue, Suite 388
Flushing NY, 11354
phone: (718) 888-8747
fax: (718) 888-0331
Legislative Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1847
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-7022
NYS Assembly
Hon. Ron Kim
KimR@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 136-20 38th Ave., Suite 10A
Flushing NY, 11354
phone: (718) 939-0195
fax: (718) 939-1238
Albany Office LOB, Room 429
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-5411
fax: (518) 455-4995
NYS Senate
Hon. Toby Ann Stavisky
stavisky@nysenate.gov
District Office 142-29 37th Avenue, Suite 1
Flushing NY, 11354
phone: (718) 445-0004
fax: (718) 445-8398
Albany Office Room 706, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-3461
fax: (518) 426-6857
US Congress
Hon. Grace Meng

District Office Address 40-13 159th Street
Flushing NY, 11358
phone: (718) 445-7860
fax: (718) 445-7868
Legislative Office 1317 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-2601
fax: (202) 225-1589
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

The earliest known inhabitants of Flushing were the Matinecock Indians, one of thirteen tribes on Long Island. The first Europeans to settle Flushing were the Dutch, who arrived in 1628, when Flushing was part of New Netherlands. The Dutch governor, William Kieft, purchased all the land which would later become Queens County from the Native Americans in 1639, and on October 10, 1645, the town of Flushing itself was founded. Originally named Vlissingen, after the seaport in the Netherlands, it was later anglicized to Flushing when the English took over the colony.

The most important event in the Dutch period of Flushing history was the fight for religious freedom. The Dutch had allowed a group of religious dissidents from New England to settle in Flushing. Quakers made up part of this group. Since the Dutch Reformed Church was the official state religion of New Netherlands, only Dutch Reformed congregations were allowed. The Quakers publicly practiced their faith, however, and the governor, Peter Stuyvesant, cracked down on them. Responding to Stuyvesant’s repressive measures, on December 27, 1657, the members of the town drafted what became known as the Flushing Remonstrance, which proclaimed the right to practice one’s religion without persecution. This was the first declaration of religious freedom in North America and was the foundation of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Although Stuyvesant imprisoned John Bowne for permitting Quakers to meet for worship in his house, religious freedom eventually prevailed, after Bowne made a plea before the Dutch West India Company in Amsterdam in 1664. In 1692, Quakers bought land for a meeting house, which was built in 1694-1695. It now stands on Northern Boulevard.

In March of 1664, the Dutch surrendered the colony of New Netherlands to the English. It was renamed New York after the Duke of York, the future James II. New York remained an English colony, except for a brief period of Dutch rule in 1673, until after the Revolutionary War. In 1737 one of the first nurseries in America, the Linnaean Gardens, opened just north of Northern Boulevard. Flushing was occupied by the British throughout the Revolution.

In the early nineteenth century, attracted by the tolerance of the Quakers, a number of African Americans settled in Flushing, among them was Lewis Latimer, an electrical inventor who worked with Thomas Edison. In 1843 a newspaper began publication and the Flushing Institute, a secondary school for boys, opened. Eventually students from the southern United States, Central and South America, and Europe enrolled in the Institute. Direct rail service to New York City began in 1854. After the Civil War, residential development accelerated. From the 1890’s until World War I, the neighborhood expanded to the east and south. With the extension of trolley lines from 1888 to 1899 and the electrification of the Long Island Railroad, Flushing became a commuter suburb. In the 1920’s apartment houses were built, and in 1928 subway service from Manhattan was extended to Flushing. After World War II more apartment buildings were constructed, displacing individual houses.

During the 1960’s many Japanese, Chinese and Koreans settled in Flushing. There was another wave of immigration in the 1980’s, of which 20% were Chinese (mostly from Taiwan), 20% were Korean, and other groups from India, Colombia, Afghanistan, Guyana, the Dominican Republic, Pakistan, the Philippines and El Salvador. Since the mid 1990’s the downtown area, which is centered on Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue, has become heavily commercial, with an extensive network of Asian banks and businesses. According to the 2000 census, the number of Chinese and Asian Indians making Flushing as their home has almost doubled from 1990 to 2000.

Flushing had the first library in Queens. It was founded in 1858 as a subscription service and was incorporated on April 17, 1869. Mary Ann Shaw, the principal of an African-American school in Flushing at Washington and Union Streets, helped to establish it as a free circulation library in 1884. In 1905, she donated $1,000 for the purchase of books for the Flushing Library. (One of the reference books purchased with these funds is on display on the lower level). In 1891, the Flushing Library bought a small Baptist church at the intersection of Main Street and Kissena Boulevard. This was the first of four library buildings at this location. In December1901, the Flushing Library joined the Queens Borough Public Library shortly after its formation in January 1901. In 1904, construction started on a new building at Kissena and Main with funds donated by Carnegie. This building opened in 1906, and the Flushing Library was housed there until 1955, when it was torn down and construction started on a larger building, which opened in June 1957. On June 10, 1985, the Adult Learning Center opened in this building. While the present building was under construction from 1996 to1998, the library was located in temporary quarters at 36-41 Main Street.

On June 20, 1998, the present state-of-the-art building at Kissena Boulevard and Main Street opened to the public. The design of the structure won the AIA (American Institute of Architects) 2001 National Honor Award for Architecture and the building was included in the book entitled New Library Buildings of the World. It is a 4-level, 76,000 square foot building. It houses the Flushing branch library, the International Resource Center and an Adult Learning Center. Flushing branch library holds more than 350,000 books, videos, periodicals and other library materials available to the public. 63 computer workstations with Internet access, computerized databases, and other sources of electronic information are available for customers at the Flushing branch library. The building has four meeting rooms, a 223 seat auditorium and exhibit space located on the lower level. More than 1,000 free educational, literary and cultural programs take place every year. The Flushing branch library has the largest children’s room in the Queens Library system. Over 5,000 people use the library every day, and circulation is currently about 200,000 a month. The one millionth customer came through its doors on January 20, 1999, seven months after the opening of the new building. The Flushing Library is thought to be the largest branch library in New York State.

Bibliography

“Flushing” by Vincent Seyfried in The Encyclopedia of New York City.

History of the Town of Flushing, Long Island, New York by Henry D. Waller.

Lighting the Way: The Centennial History of the Queens Borough Public Library 1896-1996 by Jeffrey A. Kroessler.

Olde Flushing by Harriet Lawson

Suggested Reading on Flushing History (available at the Flushing Library)

Flushing in Early Photographs: A Visual Documentary ed. By Allen J. Bozeman.

Flushing in the Civil War Era 1837 to 1865 by Vincent F. Seyfried.

The History of Long Island; From the Discovery and Settlement, to the Present Time by Benjamin F. Thompson.

History of Saint George’s Parish, Flushing, Long Island by J. Carpenter Smith.

History of the Town of Flushing, Long Island, New York by Henry D. Waller.

Long Island: Its Early Days and Development with Illustrations and Maps by Eugene L. Armeruster.

Olde Flushing by Harriet Lawson.

The Quaker Cross: A Story of the Old Bowne House by Corelia Mitchell Parsons.