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Job Search Strategies

Beginning a job search can be overwhelming. Prepare yourself for success! In this workshop you will learn about general and career-specific websites and how to find and apply for jobs online safely, create an account at a major job search website, post your resume online, and email a resume.

Sep 27 @ 10:30 AM

Intermediate Word

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

Oct 3 @ 2:00 PM

Resume

Does your resume stand out from the crowd? Make it the best it can be! This workshop will cover how to get started, types of resumes, what to include and exclude, and tips for making your resume stronger. Call 718-661-1205 for more information. Class code JR130

Oct 11 @ 1:30 PM

Choosing Entrepreneurship

This class provides an overview of the dynamic world of entrepreneurship. It helps participants assess their skills and aptitudes, allows participants to explore the right type of business for them based on aptitude and interest, and generally charts a path to success. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-661-1205 for ...

Oct 13 @ 10:30 AM

Intermediate Excel

Improve your productivity and boost your basic knowledge of Excel. Topics covered include a review of spreadsheet basics, creating and manipulating tables, and using formulas and functions. Basic computer skills and knowledge of MS Excel are required. Class code: CC210

Oct 17 @ 1:00 PM

Cover Letters

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.

Oct 18 @ 1:30 PM

Job Search Strategies

Beginning a job search can be overwhelming. Prepare yourself for success! In this workshop you will learn about general and career-specific websites and how to find and apply for jobs online safely, create an account at a major job search website, post your resume online, and email a resume.

Oct 25 @ 1:30 PM

Basics of Business Planning

Are you tired of being confused about how to write your business plan? Are you stuck on writing it? In the Basic Business Planning course, we will cover what a business plan is, why we need it, the basic structure of a business plan along with some of the various formats, and how/where you can research and start building you plan right away. ...

Oct 26 @ 10:30 AM

Sep
21
10:00AM

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12:00PM

How To Get The Most From Your Google Account in Mandarin

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

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


Sep
21
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Eating the Right Way Makes Gout Go Away (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This lecture will discuss what causes gout, and how to make changes in your diet to help control it.


Sep
21
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Intermediate PowerPoint

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

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


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Sep
21
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Chinese Class - Level 1

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.

We are continuing the Learning Chinese class for beginner level students. The semester will have 12 sessions, starting from Thursday, Sept. 14th. All classes will be on Thursdays from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Registration begins on Sept. 4th. Please register online at www.queenslibrary.org/events or call (718) 661-1280 for assistance. The program is funded by the Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China. *IRC Conference Room, 3rd Floor*

FlushingThu, Sep 28, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
FlushingThu, Oct 12, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
FlushingThu, Oct 19, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
FlushingThu, Oct 26, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
FlushingThu, Nov 9, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
FlushingThu, Nov 16, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
FlushingThu, Nov 30, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
FlushingThu, Dec 14, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
FlushingThu, Dec 21, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
FlushingThu, Dec 28, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM

Sep
22
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Presenting with PowerPoint

Location: Flushing
Registration: Registration is now closed

Learn how to effectively use Microsoft PowerPoint to provide clear and concise presentations in and out of the workplace. Attendees will be prepped on the best practices when presenting with slide presentations and speaking with others.


Sep
22
4:30PM

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6:00PM

Learning Korean with K-POP

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. If you wish to register, check availability for program date September 22, 2017
Availability: 14 openings

Learning Korean with K-POP is designed to provide Korean lessons through a very unique and easy way for all Korean learners.
Music and singing make a huge difference in learning a new language. Knowledge of Korean Alphabet or/and knowing K-POP is not required for this class. Online registration or call 718-990-8569.

FlushingFri, Sep 29, 20174:30PM - 6:00PM
FlushingFri, Oct 6, 20174:30PM - 6:00PM
FlushingFri, Oct 13, 20174:30PM - 6:00PM
FlushingFri, Oct 20, 20174:30PM - 6:00PM
FlushingFri, Oct 27, 20174:30PM - 6:00PM
FlushingFri, Nov 3, 20174:30PM - 6:00PM
FlushingFri, Nov 17, 20174:30PM - 6:00PM
FlushingFri, Nov 24, 20174:30PM - 6:00PM
FlushingFri, Dec 1, 20174:30PM - 6:00PM

Sep
23
10:00AM

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12:30PM

Computers for Beginners (In Spanish)

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

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 beginning Saturday, September 9 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


Sep
23
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Art and the City Series V & VI (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Part V will cover galleries in Chelsea and Part VI will cover small museums in New York.
Lecturer: Rubin Chen, former lecturer at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, China. He's now the writer for the China Press Friday art column, and a Weibo blog, “New York Art Observer” with over 35,000 followers.
*Rooms A&B, Lower Level*


Sep
24
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Song Porcelain and its Culture Code

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Mr. Cheng Yong is adjunct Professor of Shanghai University and host of program of Shanghai Educational TV on porcelain examination and appreciation. He has been a frequent speaker on the topic of ancient China’s porcelain and had several important publications.
*IRC Conference Room, 3rd Floor*


Sep
25
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Introduction to Email

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 6 openings

In this introductory workshop, you will learn how to create and navigate an email account, log on, send and receive messages, and attach documents. Please call 718-661-1205 for more information. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Class code: CC120.


Sep
26
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Learning Chinese Class - Level 2

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.

We are continuing the Learning Chinese class for level 2 students. The semester will have 12 sessions, starting from Tuesday, Sept. 12th. All classes will be on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Registration begins on Sept. 2nd. Please register online at www.queenslibrary.org/events or call (718) 661-1280 for assistance. The program is funded by the Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China. *IRC Conference Room, 3rd Floor*

FlushingTue, Oct 3, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
FlushingTue, Oct 10, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
FlushingTue, Oct 17, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
FlushingTue, Oct 24, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
FlushingTue, Oct 31, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
FlushingTue, Nov 7, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
FlushingTue, Nov 14, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
FlushingTue, Nov 21, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
FlushingTue, Nov 28, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM

Sep
27
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Job Search Strategies

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 3 openings

Beginning a job search can be overwhelming. Prepare yourself for success! In this workshop you will learn about general and career-specific websites and how to find and apply for jobs online safely, create an account at a major job search website, post your resume online, and email a resume.


Sep
27
6:30PM

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7:30PM

QEDC: Business Plan Competition

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The Queens Economic Development Corporation’s Annual Queens StartUP! Business Plan Competition begins in September 2017. The competition gives entrepreneurs a chance to strengthen their business knowledge, learn about business trends and gain insights into starting and growing a business while also introducing them to the vast resources available to them at Queens Library. Learn more at these information sessions and watch for more news about classes starting in October.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
30
2:00PM

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4:00PM

A Talk on "Heroom" (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Pong Yi Ping is a visual artist, photographer, author, curator and documentary director. PONG has witnessed a common reality, which is that most women might not own a room of their own throughout their lives. "Heroom" is not only a symbol of women's rights and freedoms, but also a world for women to display their imagination and fantasy.
*IRC Conference Room*


Oct
2
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Beginners Word

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 2 openings

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. Register online at Jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-661-1205.


Oct
3
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Intermediate Word

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 2 openings

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


Oct
4
1:30PM

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3:00PM

Job Skills Identification

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

In this workshop you will learn how to define and categorize job skills, identify your own job skills, understand the difference between job skills and job duties, market your job skills, and become aware of the most sought-after job skills. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org


Oct
5
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Film Screening and Discussion of "Three Trembling Cities" with Writer-Director Arthur Vincie

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Enjoy a screening of the first season of this webseries that follows the fictional lives of NYC immigrants struggling with work, friends, romance, and family expectations. Overshadowing their efforts is their often uncertain status - culturally, emotionally, and legally. Each episode concludes with interviews with immigrants who have faced similar issues. Q & A with filmmaker Arthur Vincie and cast members after the screening.


Oct
5
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 either poetry, written word, music, comedy or spoken word. Spectators also welcome.
*IRC Conference Room, 3rd Floor*

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

Additional Dates


Oct
6
1:30PM

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2:30PM

Flushing Book Discussion Group

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

September 1st, 2017, 1:30-2:30 PM, "The Widow" by Fiona Barton.
October 6th, 2017, 1:30-2:30 PM, "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr
November 3rd, 2017, 1:30-2:30 PM, "Farewell to Manzanar" by Diane Wakatsuki-Houston
December 1st, 2017, 1:30-2:30 PM, "The Mare" by Mary Gaitskill
*IRC Conference Room, 3rd Floor*

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

Additional Dates


Oct
7
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Chinese Book Club {in Mandarin Chinese}

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

New sessions of the Chinese Book Club focus on some representative and influential works in literature history. To be discussed also is the famous Chinese writer Mu Xin and his insightful critics of literature works. The program is hosted and led by Professor Tang Zhenhai.
*IRC Conference Room*

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

Additional Dates


Oct
10
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Beginners PowerPoint

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 5 openings

Create 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 slide show. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required. Class Code: CC190


Oct
11
1:30PM

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3:00PM

Resume

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

Does your resume stand out from the crowd? Make it the best it can be! This workshop will cover how to get started, types of resumes, what to include and exclude, and tips for making your resume stronger. Call 718-661-1205 for more information. Class code JR130


Oct
11
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Queens Center for Excellence presents: Understanding the Odds - What is Problem Gambling?

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This workshop will give an overview of problem gambling: what it is, how to identify it and how to get help. It will be facilitated in English by Michael Suarez from the Queens Center for Excellence and translated into Mandarin by a Chinese language therapist.
*IRC Conference Room, 3rd Floor*


Oct
12
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Microsoft Word for Beginners

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

Learn the fundamentals of Microsoft Word! Learn about paragraph layouts, copy & paste, printing, changing font colors/ sizes, and much, MUCH more! Participants should have basic computer skills. Preregistration is required at the Cyber Center 718-661-1280


Oct
12
10:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

Intermediate PowerPoint

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 1 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. Basic computer skills and knowledge of PowerPoint are required. Class Code: CC220


Oct
12
6:30PM

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8:30PM

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


Oct
13
10:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

Choosing Entrepreneurship

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

This class provides an overview of the dynamic world of entrepreneurship. It helps participants assess their skills and aptitudes, allows participants to explore the right type of business for them based on aptitude and interest, and generally charts a path to success. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-661-1205 for additional information. Class code JR310.


Oct
14
10:00AM

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12:30PM

Introduction to Microsoft Word (in Spanish)

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

Learn how to create a document and work with table. Participants should have basic computer skills and must attend all 3 classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Flushing Library Cyber Center at the Reference Desk beginning Saturday, October 7 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


Oct
15
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.
Please call 646-744-2951 for registration.


Oct
16
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Monday Movie Matinees

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

September 11: "Fences" (2016, PG-13)
October 16: "Housekeeping" (1987, PG)
November 13: "Robot and Frank" (2012, PG-13)
December 11: "Moonrise Kingdom" (2012, PG-13)
*Auditorium*

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

Additional Dates


Oct
17
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Intermediate Excel

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 8 openings

Improve your productivity and boost your basic knowledge of Excel. Topics covered include a review of spreadsheet basics, creating and manipulating tables, and using formulas and functions. Basic computer skills and knowledge of MS Excel are required. Class code: CC210


Oct
18
1:30PM

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3:00PM

Cover Letters

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

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.


Oct
19
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Intro to Computers

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 19 openings

Learn the basic parts and functions of a computer in this introductory class. Sign up in person, online or call the Flushing Cyber Center 718-661-1280


Oct
19
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Current Treatment of Parkinson's Disease (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Our experienced expert will help you understand Parkinson Disease's symptoms and current treatments.


Oct
20
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Green Your Cuisine: Delicious Tips for Healthy Eating

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us for a food demonstration and education with a certified dietitian who will teach us about how to choose, prepare and cook foods that are both nutritious and delicious. All are welcome.


Oct
20
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Word for Resumes

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

Learn how to create and save your resume; format and edit text; copy, cut and paste items; and use Word's basic functions and commands. Basic computer skills required.


Oct
23
10:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

Presenting with PowerPoint

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

Learn how to effectively use Microsoft PowerPoint to provide clear and concise presentations in and out of the workplace. Attendees will be prepped on the best practices when presenting with slide presentations and speaking with others.


Oct
25
1:30PM

--to--

3:00PM

Job Search Strategies

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

Beginning a job search can be overwhelming. Prepare yourself for success! In this workshop you will learn about general and career-specific websites and how to find and apply for jobs online safely, create an account at a major job search website, post your resume online, and email a resume.


Oct
26
10:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

Basics of Business Planning

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

Are you tired of being confused about how to write your business plan? Are you stuck on writing it? In the Basic Business Planning course, we will cover what a business plan is, why we need it, the basic structure of a business plan along with some of the various formats, and how/where you can research and start building you plan right away. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org


Oct
29
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Roundtable: Calligraphy and Culture

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The North America Calligraphy Association has invited Professor Xu Liming to talk with Oversea Chinese on the topic of calligraphy and culture, as part of the Second International Calligraphy Exhibit (New York) program.


Nov
5
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Opera Pomme Rouge presents "Meistersinger"

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Wagner's opera about two men who fight over a woman through song is re-born as an interactive opera where the audience can participate as a judge in a singer-songwriter competition and as a disgruntled neighbor in a pillow fight!


Nov
13
4:00PM

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6:00PM

NYCitizenship Information Session

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come to an information session with a NYCitizenship attorney to find out how to apply for U.S. citizenship, and learn about the benefits of becoming a citizen and receiving financial counseling.


Nov
26
2:00PM

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3:00PM

"Celebrity Sadhana, Or, How to Meditate with a Hammer": A Book Reading with Poet Vijay R. Nathan

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Vijay R. Nathan, recipient of Queens Arts Council New Works grant, will read from his soon to be published poetry collection entitled: "Celebrity Sadhana, Or, How to Meditate with a Hammer". These poems imagine meditative moments from the sadhana (spiritual practice) of Hollywood's elite. and include the unauthorized appearances of the personas of Joaquin Phoenix, Natalie Portman, and Shia Labeouf, among others.


Dec
11
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 "Romeo and Juliet", "As You Like It", and "Twelfth Night" and discuss modern interpretations of these classic plays.


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@nyassembly.gov
District Office 136-20 38th Ave., Suite 10A
Flushing NY, 11354
phone: (718) 939-0195
fax: (718) 939-1238
Albany Office LOB, Room 419
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.