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8th Annual Winter Cultural Exchange Festival Lecture Series: Introduction to Peking and Kun Opera

Jianguo Zhang, president of the China National Peking Opera Company, Troupe III and acclaimed performer of the Xi School of Peking Opera, and Ling Yang, famous “female role” of the Peking and Kun Opera in New York, will speak.

Nov 29 @ 2:00 PM

Beginners' Computers (in Chinese)

After this workshop, you will be able to begin to take advantage of everything a computer has to offer. Topics include computer terminology, using the mouse and touchpad, basic keyboarding skills and navigating folders, files and programs in a Windows environment. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. This is ...

Dec 2 @ 1:30 PM

Job Search Strategies

Prepare yourself to start a successful job search! Participants will learn: About general and career-specific websites; How to safely find and apply for jobs online including: how to create an account at a major job search website; how to post your resume online; how to email a resume; appropriate ways to follow up after applying online. ...

Dec 2 @ 6:00 PM

Skills Identification

In this competitive job market, it is important to know your job skills as well as be able to market these skills to potential employers. In this workshop, you will learn how to define and categorize job skills, identify your job skills, understand the difference between job skills and job duties, market your job skills and become aware of ...

Dec 3 @ 10:00 AM

Facebook

Learn how you can use social media site Facebook to stay in touch with loved ones, keep up with the news and leverage your network for your job search. We will help you set up a Facebook account and answer questions about it. Basic computer knowledge, Internet skills and a valid email account are required. Preregister online at ...

Dec 4 @ 4:00 PM

Intro to Computers (Spanish)

After this workshop, you will be able to begin to take advantage of everything a computer has to offer. Topics include computer terminology, using the mouse and touchpad, basic keyboarding skills and navigating folders, files and programs in a Windows environment. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. This is ...

Dec 5 @ 10:00 AM

Introduction to the Internet (In Chinese)

After this workshop, you will have the skills 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 ...

Dec 9 @ 1:30 PM

Resumes and Cover Letters

Are you ready to apply for jobs? Do your resume and cover letter stand out from the crowd? Make your resume and cover letter the best that they can be in this workshop!
Participants will learn: how to get started; types of resumes; what to include and not include; tips for making your resume and cover letter stronger. Register online ...

Dec 9 @ 6:00 PM

Treehouse

Treehouse is an online learning platform that allows users to access more than 1,000 video tutorials, quizzes and code challenges created by expert teachers. Participants can learn to code in languages such as Objective-C, HTML, CSS, PHP, Ruby, JavaScript and SQL. Basic computer skills and preregistration are required. Preregister at ...

Dec 10 @ 10:00 AM

Twitter

Learn about Twitter, an online social networking service that allows you to connect instantly to what's most important to you. You’ll learn how you can “follow” your friends, experts and favorite celebrities and receive breaking news, job posting notifications and more. Basic computer skills and a valid email address are required. ...

Dec 11 @ 4:00 PM

Nov
29
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Math Help

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

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


Nov
29
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Chess Club

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children and teens age 8 and up learn the basics of chess or improve their game.


Nov
29
2:00PM

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4:30PM

8th Annual Winter Cultural Exchange Festival Lecture Series: Introduction to Peking and Kun Opera

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Jianguo Zhang, president of the China National Peking Opera Company, Troupe III and acclaimed performer of the Xi School of Peking Opera, and Ling Yang, famous “female role” of the Peking and Kun Opera in New York, will speak.


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Nov
30
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Winter Concert

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Ling Sing Manhattan Music and Dance Association Inc. presents its 2014 winter concert. *Auditorium, Lower Level*


Dec
1
11:00AM

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11:30AM

Mother Goose Time

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This interactive program features simple stories, nursery rhymes, fingerplays and songs for children ages 12-24 months.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
1
3:30PM

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5:00PM

Social Media for Small Business (in English and Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Representative from the Queens Chamber of Commerce will share best practices that will help you attract new customers and boost your business with the latest online marketing and cutting-edge social media.


Dec
1
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Elder Law, Estate Planning, Trusts, and Asset Protection

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Noted elder law and estate planning attorneys will present strategies and consult with you on aspects of elder law, powers of attorney, estate and disability planning, and long-term care. You will learn how to gain income and avoid estate taxes while providing for heirs and charitable interests. You will also gain insights into preserving wealth and increasing lifetime income.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
2
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Email

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

Learn how to open an email account; send, receive and delete messages; and use different email functions.


Dec
2
1:00PM

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10:00PM

Celebrate #GivingTuesday at Queens Library

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Queens Library will be celebrating #GivingTuesday during the entire week—from December 1-5!

Please join us for “Giving Week” by showing how much you love Queens Library and sharing what Queens Library means to you!

Queens Library at Flushing will host a special event to celebrate #GivingTuesday.


Dec
2
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Beginners' Computers (in Chinese)

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

After this workshop, you will be able to begin to take advantage of everything a computer has to offer. Topics include computer terminology, using the mouse and touchpad, basic keyboarding skills and navigating folders, files and programs in a Windows environment. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. This is an introductory class; prior computer knowledge and skills are not required. Class code CC100


Dec
2
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Job Search Strategies

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

Prepare yourself to start a successful job search! Participants will learn: About general and career-specific websites; How to safely find and apply for jobs online including: how to create an account at a major job search website; how to post your resume online; how to email a resume; appropriate ways to follow up after applying online. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information, please visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class Code: JR190


Dec
3
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Skills Identification

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

In this competitive job market, it is important to know your job skills as well as be able to market these skills to potential employers. In this workshop, you will learn how to define and categorize job skills, identify your job skills, understand the difference between job skills and job duties, market your job skills and become aware of the most sought job skills. To preregister, visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information please call 718-634-1876. Class code JR110


Dec
4
10:30AM

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11:15AM

Toddler Time

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Toddlers ages 2-3 and their parents or other adult caregivers enjoy fingerplays, songs and stories.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
4
1:30PM

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2:15PM

Picture Book Time

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children ages 3½ to 5 and their adult caregivers enjoy stories, music, games and other activities.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
4
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Anime Club Unleashed

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Enjoy your favorite anime series, epic movies and more in the Teen Room. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll have the time of your life, all in Japanese with English subtitles, of course. Hang out with your friends and enjoy the show! All tween and teens are welcome!

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

Additional Dates


Dec
4
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Facebook

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

Learn how you can use social media site Facebook to stay in touch with loved ones, keep up with the news and leverage your network for your job search. We will help you set up a Facebook account and answer questions about it. Basic computer knowledge, Internet skills and a valid email account are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information. Class code CC130.


Dec
4
6:30PM

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8:30PM

Open Mic Night with Performance Poets Association

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Performers are invited to share their talents in a 5-minute presentation in any of these categories: poetry, written word, music, comedy and spoken word.


Dec
5
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Intro to Computers (Spanish)

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

After this workshop, you will be able to begin to take advantage of everything a computer has to offer. Topics include computer terminology, using the mouse and touchpad, basic keyboarding skills and navigating folders, files and programs in a Windows environment. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. This is an introductory class; prior computer knowledge and skills are not required. Class code CC100


Dec
5
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Book Discussion Group

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

We will discuss the following books this autumn at our discussion group: 9/5 - "Dear Life: Stories" by Alice Munro; 10/3 - "Etched in Sand" by Regina Calcaterra; 11/7 - "The Lowland" by Jhumpa Lahiri; 12/5: "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed *In IRC Conference Room, 3rd Floor*


Dec
5
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Teen Happy Hour

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Hang out with friends and play Xbox or Nintendo Wii and board and card games. All teens and tweens are welcome.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
6
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Kaplan Practice SAT

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Take a practice SAT through Kaplan! Preregistration is required at http://bit.ly/LibraryPracticeTest. Contact Danielle.Black@Kaplan.com with questions.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
6
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Math Help

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Math tutoring is available for young people 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


Dec
6
11:30AM

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12:00PM

Family Storytime

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Rise and shine and head to the library for 30 minutes of stories and songs for all ages!

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

Additional Dates


Dec
6
1:30PM

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2:30PM

A Jazzy Christmas Concert with Edward Kalendar

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Composer, pianist, conductor and arranger Edward Kalendar performs well-known Christmas carols and melodies improvised with jazz harmonies and rhythms. Equally at home in classical, jazz, pop and folk idioms, he has composed 26 film scores and over 300 popular, children's and classical songs and concertos. Born and trained in the former Soviet Union, Mr. Kalendar has entertained audiences in Spain, the Canary Islands, Germany, Bulgaria, Russia and the United States.*In Auditorium, Lower Level*


Dec
6
2:00PM

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3:15PM

Jamaica Drum Jam: West African Drum and Dance Circle Event

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Learn the basics of drumming with Brendan Finnegan and participate in a drum circle. Instruments will be provided for the first 50 participants. Participation will be on a first come, first-served basis.


Dec
6
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Chess Club

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children and teens age 8 and up learn the basics of chess or improve their game.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
6
2:30PM

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5:00PM

Talks on Chinese Literature (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Professor Tang will explain the influences on modern Chinese literature of ancient and modern Chinese and Western forms and ideas. Chinese literary works will be compared to those of other languages, and literary theories and trends as well as works by outstanding authors will be discussed.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
6
5:00PM

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6:00PM

QL International Resource Center Presents Marimba Music from Guatemala

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Lira Huehueteca performs on the marimba, an instrument that expresses Guatemalan sentiment like no other. A distinguishing feature of the Guatemalan marimba is its size, which accommodates three or four musicians at once. Osman Martinez is the program's artistic director. In Auditorium, Lower Level


Dec
8
5:30PM

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7:30PM

Pathway to U.S Citizenship: Becoming a U.S. Citizen and Building Your Civic Knowledge

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Are you ready to become a U.S. citizen? Sessions are in English and include a workshop and basic civics education. 12/8: Are you ready to be a U.S. citizen?/Introduction to American history; 12/15: Required documents and more/Introduction to American government and politics; 12/22: Common barriers to naturalization/American culture and geography; 12/29: Naturalization interview and beyond/Review of 100 questions.

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

Additional Dates


Dec
8
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Global Harmony House Presents: What Is Real Self-Esteem?

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Kamla Etwarrow, a raj yoga meditation teacher at Global Harmony House, and Catherine Piccione, PhD, will explore how feeling better about oneself can ultimately improve relationships and lead to true success in life. Wei Yee Ho, who holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from HELP University (Higher Education Learning Philosophy) in Malaysia, will provide translation into Mandarin. IRC Conference Room, 3rd Floor


Dec
9
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Managing an Email Account

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

Get more out of your email account by learning how to send and open attachments and print your emails.


Dec
9
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Introduction to the Internet (In Chinese)

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

After this workshop, you will have the skills 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


Dec
9
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Resumes and Cover Letters

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

Are you ready to apply for jobs? Do your resume and cover letter stand out from the crowd? Make your resume and cover letter the best that they can be in this workshop!
Participants will learn: how to get started; types of resumes; what to include and not include; tips for making your resume and cover letter stronger. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information, please visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class Code: JR130


Dec
10
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Treehouse

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

Treehouse is an online learning platform that allows users to access more than 1,000 video tutorials, quizzes and code challenges created by expert teachers. Participants can learn to code in languages such as Objective-C, HTML, CSS, PHP, Ruby, JavaScript and SQL. Basic computer skills and preregistration are required. Preregister at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information.


Dec
10
4:00PM

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5:15PM

Teen Karaoke

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Karaoke continues at Flushing's Teen Center, by popular demand! Sing along with the lyrics to an endless choice of music you select from online choices. There are two mics, so if you can't handle a solo, you can sing a duet. All teens and tweens are welcome.


Dec
11
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Twitter

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

Learn about Twitter, an online social networking service that allows you to connect instantly to what's most important to you. You’ll learn how you can “follow” your friends, experts and favorite celebrities and receive breaking news, job posting notifications and more. Basic computer skills and a valid email address are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information. Class code CC130.


Dec
11
5:00PM

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7:30PM

Student Winter Holiday Piano Recital

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Students of piano instructor Vivian Fang Liu perform classical piano repertoire, Broadway musicals and pop songs. The performers, who range in age from 4 to 16 years, include the winners of the 2013 and 2014 National Association for Music Education, Eastern Division, Student Composers Competition and a Gold Award winner from the Sixth International Youth Arts and Culture Competition (2014). *In Auditorium, Lower Level*


Dec
12
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to the Internet (Spanish)

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

After this workshop, you will have the skills 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


Dec
12
4:00PM

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5:00PM

The Secret Lives of Dresses

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Kelsey Brow of Bowne House Museum will discuss the history of fashion and fashion magazine illustration techniques. Participants will design their own fashion plate and view the exhibit of fashion illustrations on display outside the Auditorium. This program is for children of all ages and their families.


Dec
13
9:30AM

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12:00PM

Microsoft Excel for Spanish Speakers

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.

Learn how to create a worksheet and perform calculations. 12/13 - Introduction to Microsoft Excel; 12/20 - Calculations and worksheets; 12/27 -Workbooks and layout. Participants should have basic computer skills and must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning Saturday, December 6 at 9:00AM.

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Dec
13
1:30PM

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3:00PM

Holiday Concert

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

To celebrate Christmas, the I Yue Music Salon and the New York Salon Oriental Chamber Orchestra will hold a concert featuring well-known former Chinese national stage actress and soprano Liu Xufeng. The concert will also showcase former members of other Chinese musical and arts groups performing mellifluous vocal music and instrumental works. In Auditorium, Lower Level


Dec
13
2:00PM

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3:15PM

Jamaica Drum Jam: The Roots of Afro-Latin Rhythms

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Latin percussionist Geraldo Flores discusses and demonstrates Afro-Latin rhythms with an array of various New World percussion instruments.


Dec
13
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Success Strategies for Bilingual Immigrant Students

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The Association of Chinese English Bilingual Educators presents the second in a series of workshops on education and the family. In this program, bilingual subject class teachers will explain how they worked collaboratively with parents to help students overcome hardship and achieve academic success. *In IRC Conference Room, 3rd Floor*


Dec
13
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Caring for a Person with a Memory Problem (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter, offers a monthly support group in 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.


Dec
14
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana II Presents Navidad Flamenca

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This performance, part of the Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana II 7th annual Flamenco in the Boros Tour, highlights the rich holiday customs of the Spanish-speaking world, from Argentina and Mexico to Colombia, Cuba and Puerto Rico.


Dec
16
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Microsoft Word for Beginners

Location: Flushing
Registration: Registration is now closed

Learn the fundamentals of Microsoft Word. Participants should have basic computer skills. Preregistration is required at the Cyber Center.


Dec
16
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Online Job Applications

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

In this workshop, you will begin to navigate online job applications swiftly and efficiently by learning: how to register and build an employment profile on a job site; how to apply to online job postings; and how to upload your resume to an online application. Basic computer skills and an email account are required. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, call 718-990-8625 or visit the Job Information Center. Basic computer skills are required. Class Code: JR160.


Dec
17
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Interview Skills

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

So, you’ve landed an interview for a wonderful job…now what? It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions, and follow up properly after the interview. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information, please visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class Code: JR170


Dec
17
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Teen Jeopardy

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come and be part of Flushing's Favorite intellectual pastimes!
Form teams with friends and answers fun trivia.
We have buzzers and a big TV screen to view all the action.
All Teens & Tweens are welcome!


Dec
18
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Keep Your Bones Healthy (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Tony Quach, MD, of New York Hospital Queens, will give a talk on the many causes of knee pain. He will also discuss the newest technology available to help treat various conditions that causes knee pain.


Dec
18
4:00PM

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8:00PM

Permanent Opportunity: You Have a Green Card—Get More! (in Spanish)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

If you have your green card, you might be eligible to become a U.S. citizen, which will allow you to vote in local, state and national elections and enjoy many other opportunities and benefits.


Dec
18
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Pinterest

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

Pinterest is a popular social media site that allows you to save images and links from the Internet, creating a virtual “pin board” of your interests. Learn about this tool for online sharing and marketing in this introductory workshop! Basic computer skills, knowledge of the Internet and preregistration are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-634-1876 for additional information. Class code CC130


Dec
18
6:30PM

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7:45PM

A Holiday Concert with Songs of Joy and Healing from Around the World

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The Peace of Heart Choir performs a concert of holiday songs and more, sung in English, Spanish, Hebrew, Gaelic, Swahili and other languages of the world.


Dec
19
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Email (in Spanish)

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

Learn how to create and navigate an email account, log on, send and receive email messages and attach documents. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org, visit the Job Information Center 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 CC120.


Dec
20
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Mistake-Free Interviewing (in Chinese)

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

So, you’ve landed an interview for a wonderful job…now what? It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions, and follow up properly after the interview. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code JR170


Dec
20
5:00PM

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6:00PM

QL International Resource Center Presents: Celebrating South Asia through the Arts

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

On the wings of story, music and dance, Arif Choudhury, Indhra Rajashekar, Rani and Prapt Shrestha take us on an odyssey celebrating the diverse cultural heritages of Bangladesh, India and Nepal, in a program organized by the New York STORY Exchange - Barbara Aliprantis, founder. *In Auditorium, Lower Level*


Dec
21
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Celebrate Kwanzaa with Grace Drums

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This percussion-and-vocal ensemble of spirited women of African descent uses time-honored traditional West African percussion instruments, music and vocals from African and Caribbean cultures, infusing traditional sounds with rhythm and blues, Afro-Caribbean dance beats and vocal improvisation.


Dec
23
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Microsoft Publisher

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

Learn how to use Microsoft Publisher 2010 to create flyers, edit cards and print your own publications. Knowledge of MS Word is required.


Dec
23
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Intermediate Microsoft Word

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

Improve your workplace skills with this intermediate class for adults. Knowledge of Microsoft Word is required.


Dec
27
1:30PM

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3:00PM

The Haiyun Choir: Christmas in New York

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This concert in celebration of Christmas and New Year's will feature traditional Christmas carols and Chinese folk songs with vocal solos and duets and instrumental music.

*In Auditorium, Lower Level*


Dec
27
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Jamaica Drum Jam: Unleash Your Groove! A Drum Circle Event

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Unleash your groove at this drum circle, where you will receive basic instruction in percussion. Mike Veny is a drum circle aficionado known for his high-energy grooves and ferocious backbeat. Participation will be on a first come, first come basis. Instruments will be provided for the first 50 participants.


Dec
27
2:00PM

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4:00PM

"Fighting for the Dream": Panel Discussion and Book Signing

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

“Fighting for the Dream,” by Victoria Moy, is a collection of oral histories of 40 Chinese-American men and women, ages 24-94, who served in wars from World War II to the current conflict in Afghanistan. The panel discussion brings together the author and several military veterans, including Fang A. Wong (U.S. Army), Tony Lee (U.S. Air Force) and William Chan (U.S. Army). *In IRC Conference Room, 3rd Floor*


Dec
30
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Downloading e-Magazines

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

Learn how to download free e-magazines onto your electronic device using the Queens Library website. You must have an email account and valid Queens Library card with PIN. Preregistration is required.


Dec
30
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Winter Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament

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

Bring your own cards (official and no Japanese versions or stall decks) to compete for the championship. The winner will receive a booster pack or a choice of a limited edition card.

- Pre-registration required. (Grades 5-12 only)
- Sign-up as soon as possible!
- There are 32 spots. Then will be placed on waiting list


Dec
30
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Personal Branding Online

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

Find out how to monitor your online reputation, use social media while job seeking and create a strong LinkedIn profile. In this workshop, find out how to monitor your online reputation, use social media while job-seeking, and create a strong LinkedIn profile. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, call 718-990-8625 or visit the Job Information Center. Basic computer skills are required. Class Code: CC130.


Jan
2
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Flushing Book Discussion Group

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

January 2: "100 Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
February 6: "Lean In" by Sheryl Sandberg
March 6: "The View from Castle Rock" by Alice Munro
April 3: "The Woman Upstairs" by Claire Messud
IRC Conference Room, 3rd Floor

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

Additional Dates


Jan
8
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 in any of these categories: poetry, written word, music, comedy and spoken word. *In IRC Conference Room, 3rd Floor*

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

Additional Dates


Jan
11
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Music Lecture Series by New York Classical Music Lovers Association (in English and Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Lecturers will discuss different style of classical music and composers each month. *In IRC Conference Room, 3rd Floor*

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

Additional Dates


Jan
24
1:30PM

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2:30PM

Tre Bella: Three Beauties, One Voice

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Tre Bella will perform Italian and American favorites in both English and Italian. They'll also perform girl group numbers, doo wop, rock, standards and familiar tunes that will delight all ages, including a rat pack set with hats and canes that will have you dancing in your seats. *In 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 32-26 Union Street, Suite 1B
Flushing NY, 11354
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.