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Creating Impactful 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.

Oct 5 @ 10:30 AM

Job Search Strategies

Job searching can be an overwhelming process. Prepare yourself for success! This workshop teaches traditional and creative ways to find jobs, identify career-specific websites, and network.

Oct 22 @ 10:30 AM

A Culture Connection Five Year Anniversary Celebration: Siren Songs with Jackie Gage

With a velvet voice, Jackie Gage is an emerging vocal star on the New York City jazz scene. Channeling torch singers of decades past, Jackie brings audiences on an emotive journey of love and loss. As she recently proved on her self-produced music CD, “Siren Songs”, Jackie marks her arrival with a refined blend of sultry originals ...

Oct 28 @ 2:00 PM

Introduction to Job Interviews

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 afterwards. Preregister online or for more information call 718-661-1205.

Oct 29 @ 10:30 AM

Basic Business Planning

A business plan is the core document in convincing readers that your enterprise has potential to be successful. This course will cover the purpose, basic structure, and process to begin building your business plan right away. Call (718) 990-8625 for more information.

Nov 15 @ 10:00 AM

Sep
25
4:30PM

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6:00PM

Teen Actors Workshop

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Volunteers will learn and refine acting techniques by engaging in activities.
Teens will read and/or perform on last day.
Tuesdays 4:30-6:00pm, September 18 - November 6
Stage readings or performances will occur on November 6.

After completing program volunteers will receive an official letter of
volunteer credit stating their hours of services.
Go to https://volunteer.queenslibrary.org/

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

Additional Dates


Sep
25
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Queens Council on the Arts' Artistic Commissioning Program Information Session

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Queens Council on the Arts will present information for Queens-based choreographers, composers, and playwrights about the Artist Commissioning Program, an innovative program that democratizes the traditional art commissioning process. For more information, please visit http://www.queenscouncilarts.org/art-commissioning/ or contact Artist Commissioning Program Manager Kelly Olshan at kolshan@queenscouncilarts.org or 347.505.3016


Sep
26
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Mother Goose with Pediatrician

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children ages 0-18 months and their caregivers are invited to join us for stories, songs, finger plays, and more. A pediatrician from NY Presbyterian joins us to chat about early child development.


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Sep
26
10:30AM

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11:15AM

Mother Goose

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children ages 0-18 months and their caregivers are invited to join us for stories, songs, finger plays, and more.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
26
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Teen Jeopardy

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come join your mates for fun and games with mad cool trivia. Learn a thing or two while you are at it.


Sep
26
4:30PM

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5:30PM

BookBusters Club

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children in grades 4-6, join BookBusters Club as we read, discuss, and do fun activities related to this month's title.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
27
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Toddler Time

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Bring your toddler for some stories, music, and movement at the library! Weekly sessions encourage literacy with simple books, rhymes, finger plays, and songs. Ages 2-3 with a caregiver.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
27
11:00AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Playdate

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Immediately after Toddler Time, join us for some fun, relaxed playtime with friends and age-appropriate toys. Ages 2-3 with a caregiver.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
27
1:00PM

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5:00PM

Chinese Open Mic

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Singing is one of the best ways to relieve stress. Group singing helps you make friends, build confidence, and find sense of achievement. The Flushing Library and New Green Life Foundation present this “Chinese Open Mic” to welcome you to sing with others. First come, first sing!


Sep
27
4:00PM

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5:00PM

ABC Club

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Get ready to read with alphabet awareness! Children ages 4-6 with their caregivers will have fun getting to know the A-B-Cs and will hear inspiring ideas for at-home activities that foster early literacy and prepare children for preschool and kindergarten. Children must be accompanied by adult caregiver.


Sep
28
11:30AM

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12:00PM

PreK Storytime

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us each week for stories, songs, and activities just right for your preschooler! We'll explore our world with fun books, rhymes, and some music & movement. Children ages 3-5 with a caregiver.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
28
12:00PM

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12:30PM

PreK Playtime

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Immediately following PreK Storytime, join us for some fun, relaxed playtime with friends and age-appropriate toys and games. Children ages 3-5 with a caregiver.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
28
3:30PM

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5:00PM

NYCitizenship Information Session

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

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


Sep
28
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Teen Game Day

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come play the Nintendo Wii U, as well as, mad cool board and card games! The Fun is on at Flushing!


Sep
29
10:30AM

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12:30PM

MS Excel: Formulas and Functions

Location: Flushing
Registration: Registration is now closed

Learn advanced methods to edit and manipulate data in the Key Formulas and Functions workshop. Learn the common and useful formulas to use with your data!


Sep
29
11:15AM

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12:00PM

Family Storytime: Celebrate Fall!

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

We're celebrating the fall season! Children and their parents or caregivers are invited for stories, games, songs, and more!


Sep
29
2:00PM

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3:00PM

QL International Resource Center presents: From Kabuki to Contemporary Japanese Dance

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This program will present exquisitely beautiful and elegant Japanese classical dances from 17th century Kabuki to contemporary new works choreographed by Sachiyo Ito. To familiarize the audience with Kabuki, Ms. Ito will offer a demonstration of various styles of walk by characters in Kabuki plays and the use of stage props such as a dance fan.
*Auditorium*


Sep
29
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Chess Club

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children and teens ages 8 and up are invited to learn chess or improve their chess skills. All skill and experience levels are welcome!

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

Additional Dates


Sep
29
2:00PM

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4:00PM

A Talk on Korean Films by Professor Tang

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The situation in the Korean peninsula is a hot topic in recent years. Professor Zhenhai Tang, the famous literary critic, will analyze some Korean movies that show the relationship between North and South Korea.


Sep
29
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Analysis and Appreciation of Famous Chinese Folk Songs and Opera

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Speaker Shuangshuang Li is a pianist and honored guest and art consultant Xin Zhang is a famous soprano. The two artists will give the audience ideas about how to understand and enjoy Chinese folk songs. During the speech, some singers will sing a few famous Chinese folk songs. They will analyze these famous songs and share the history of them as well as how this style formed.


Sep
30
12:00PM

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4:00PM

Queens Preconception and Infertility Seminar

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

About 1 in 8 people face challenges getting pregnant or starting a family. Come learn from the experts about some of the most common causes of infertility and the associated interventions. You will also learn how to get the body ready for pregnancy, when the body is fertile, and about sperm production and transport. We welcome people of all genders, as well as support people.


Sep
30
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Art and the City Series

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Sept. 16: Solo and Group Art Exhibitions - This lecture introduces the solo and group exhibitions. *Rooms A&B*
Sept. 30: Art Museums and their Patrons - Who founded the art museums? How do governments, businesses, and individuals support art museums? *IRC Conference Room*


Oct
1
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Identifying Your Work Skills

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

In this competitive job market, it is vitally important to know your work skills and market those skills to potential employers during a job search. This workshop will explain the benefits of knowing your work skills and how to identify them.


Oct
1
3:30PM

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4:15PM

Play With Me Time

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Encourage early learning! Join us for a story, songs, and rhymes, followed by free play with age-appropriate toys. For toddlers ages 0-5 with a caregiver.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
1
4:00PM

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5:30PM

TechCraft: Chemistry

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us for our TechCraft program. We'll be combining the latest technology (tablets, robotics, circuitry, coding, and more!) with traditional arts and crafts materials to build exciting new designs and creative projects. This month, we're exploring all things chemistry. Come create a volcano, play around with slime, and more. Registration required; please call or visit the Children's Room. For children in grades 6-8.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
1
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Homework Help

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Volunteers provide help with homework questions for children ages 6-12 on a drop-in basis.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
2
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Magic Tree House Club

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Readers in grades 2-4 enjoy games, crafts, and other activities based on the time-traveling adventures of Jack and Annie, the heroes of the Magic Tree House book series. Explore, learn, and have fun! No registration required. You do not have to read the books ahead of time.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
3
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Free Citizenship Classes

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Learn everything you need to know about American history, government and culture to pass the citizenship exam. Register in person at the Flushing Library 3rd Floor IRC on Wednesday, October 3 at 10:00 AM or call 718-278-4303 to preregister in advance. Students should have a copy of their green card when they come to register. Participants must to attend the entire ten-week class series. The first day of class is registration day when they should have a copy of their green card.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
3
4:30PM

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6:30PM

The College Admission Process with Bell Curves

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Overwhelmed by the college application process? In this workshop Bell Curves will take away the mystery of the college application process by taking you through each stage step by step.


Oct
3
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Make it! STEM: Potions & Chemistry

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Mix up potions and watch them pop! It's chemistry for ages 8-12!


Oct
4
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Internet in Spanish

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

Learn basics of browsing the web in Spanish.


Oct
4
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Building Peaceful Communities Speaking Out Against Hate: Interfaith Breakfast

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

“ Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.“ MLK Jr.

Please join us at Queens Library for an interfaith breakfast with CONNECT. By gathering together to share stories, experiences and resources
we will support each other in building safe families and peaceful communities. All are welcome.


Oct
4
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Introduction to Word

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

Learn the basic skills in Microsoft Word and gain hands-on experience creating documents, changing formats, and using key shortcuts.


Oct
4
4:30PM

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5:15PM

Story & Craft Time

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children ages 4-7 join us for a special Story & Craft Time.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
4
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Classical Piano Concert with Hannah Wang

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Flushing pianist Hannah Wang will play two monumental works by Beethoven--the first movement of Op 110 and the Waldstein sonata in its entirety, followed by French impressionist composer Debussy's "Clair de Lune." In the program, you will also hear Schubert's famous "Serenade" transcribed for piano by Liszt.


Oct
4
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 five-minute presentation of either poetry, written word, music, comedy, or spoken words. Spectators are also welcome.
*IRC Conference Room*

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

Additional Dates


Oct
4
6:30PM

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8:30PM

Chinese Speaking Writers Abroad Center presents: Speech by Shen Qiaoshen, Why I Came Back to Writing

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Mr. Shen will review his career as a writer from 1981, especially his experience and thinking on returning to writing after 2015.
*Rooms A&B*


Oct
5
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Creating Impactful Resumes

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


Oct
5
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Flushing Book Discussion Group

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

7/6: "Art of the Deal" by Donald Trump; 8/3: "50 Secrets of the World’s Longest Living People" by Sally Beare; 9/7: "Art of War" by Sun Tzu; 10/5: "1984" by George Orwell; 11/2: "Think Like a Champion" by Donald Trump; 12/7: "Digital Gold" by Nathaniel Popper. *IRC Conference Room*

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

Additional Dates


Oct
5
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Teen Game Day

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come join your mates for a little fun and games in the Teen Room.

Enjoy our wide array of board and card games...especially our Nintendo Wii U for a totally awesome Smash Bros.!

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

Additional Dates


Oct
5
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Fun Friday

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Start the weekend with fun games, crafts, puzzles, and more. No registration required.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
6
10:30AM

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12:30PM

QEDC: Business Plan Competition

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The Queens Economic Development Corporation’s Annual Queens StartUP! Business Plan Competition begins in September 2018. 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


Oct
6
11:00AM

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4:00PM

Homework Help

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Volunteers provide help with homework questions for children ages 6-12 on a drop-in basis.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
6
11:15AM

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11:45AM

Family Storytime: No Bullies Here!

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

We're celebrating the start of a new school year! Children and their parents or caregivers are invited for stories, games, songs, and more!


Oct
6
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Music from China presents: Masterpieces of Chinese Music

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Rich sonorities and compelling melodies of Chinese music are invoked by Music From China on the erhu (2-string fiddle), pipa (lute), zheng (zither) and ruan (moon guitar). The quartet performs masterpieces from the time-honored traditions of Chinese classical and folk music as well as contemporary work unique to Music From China.


Oct
6
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Chinese Author Talk Series (30): Poet Joan Xie

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Joan Xie is a prolific writer of poetry and essays, published several poetry collections in the past. Please join the discussion on her latest poetry collections "NOTHING MADE ME HAPPIER THAN FINDING THESE OBJECTS" and "THIRTEEN LEAVES" on October 6.


Oct
7
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Celebrate 373rd Anniversary of the Town of Flushing

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

In celebrating the 373rd anniversary of Flushing Township, elected officials, representatives from Sinovision, and local leaders will gather to celebrate the commencement of a great town. The award- winning ten episode documentary “Flushing Story,” produced by Sinovision and hosted by Paul Qiu, assistant library manager of Flushing Library, will also be shown.
*Auditorium*


Oct
9
10:30AM

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12:30PM

MS Excel: Basics of Data Entry

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

Join these classes to learn how to use Excel to your advantage. Topics include basics of data entry and vary from class to class. Register online or by calling 718-661-1205. Basic computer skills and knowledge of Excel are required; bringing your own USB flash drive is recommended.


Oct
10
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Teen Mental Health Week: Film Festival and Panel Discussion

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come see films addressing important mental health topics, all created by teens! Following the short film screenings, you will have a chance to hear from and interact with film makers and mental health professionals about some of the common issues that teens are experiencing and some trusted resources available in our communities.


Oct
10
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Sewing Craft for Kids

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Ages 8-12 only. You don't need to have any experience with a needle and thread to join us for a fun and useful sewing craft! Learn how to thread a needle, sew a running stitch, and create button closures.


Oct
10
6:30PM

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8:30PM

Chinese Speaking Writers Abroad Center presents: The Cultural Meaning of Emblem Porcelain

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

“Porcelain is more permanent and the independence of porcelain becomes the most important testimony of the great era of East-West trade." Chinese scholar and expert Cheng Yong will talk about Chinese ancient porcelain and its culture. The cultural meaning of China's early trade with the United States and the emblem porcelain will be introduced.


Oct
11
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Internet

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

Learn basics of browsing the web.


Oct
11
10:30AM

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12:30PM

MS Word: Make Your Own Calendar

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

Learn how to make your own calendar in Microsoft Word. To register please call (718) 661-1205.


Oct
11
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Toddler Learning Center

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Toddler Learning Center is open to young children aged from 18 – 38 months. In five weekly sessions, parents learn from resource professionals about nutrition, speech development, early literacy, and parenting skills, while toddlers become familiar with social environments and peer interactions. Registration required. Ask at the librarian's desk or call 718-661-1214.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
11
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Anime Club for Teens

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come watch our mad cool anime extravaganza during Anime Club!

Join your friends for anime chosen by and for teens and anime connoisseurs like you!


Oct
11
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
10:00AM

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12:30PM

Introduction to Microsoft Word (in Spanish)

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 October 13, 2018
Availability: 1 openings

Learn how to create a document and work with tables. Participants should have basic computer skills and must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Flushing Library Cyber Center reference desk beginning Saturday, Ocotber 6 at 10:00 a.m. or by calling 718-661-1280.

FlushingSat, Oct 20, 201810:00AM - 12:30PM
FlushingSat, Oct 27, 201810:00AM - 12:30PM

Oct
13
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Introduction to Internet

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

Learn how to access and navigate the Internet. In this class, you will learn key terminology, use a web browser, and understand how to use searches and websites. Register online or by calling 718-661-1205. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop.


Oct
13
11:15AM

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11:45AM

Family Storytime

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children and their parents or caregivers are invited for stories, games, songs, and more!

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

Additional Dates


Oct
13
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Chinese Book Club: Reading and Culture, China vs. the West by Professor Tang Zhenghai

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The series seminar will focus on the relationship between reading and culture, from the origin of language to the development of literature and art, to study the culture of the West and China in a comparative viewpoint. The audience will benefit from participating in this discussion, particularly learning to observe social phenomenon with a cultural perspective and historical lesson.
*IRC Conference Room*

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

Additional Dates


Oct
15
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Mistake Free Cover Letters

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

The cover letters workshop teaches the most important aspects of cover letter writing, defines the different types of cover letters, and prepares participants to write and customize cover letters for their job applications.


Oct
15
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Safety First! Protecting Your Privacy Online

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 20 openings

Learn how your personal information is being used (and misused) online, and what you can do to protect it. We will discuss how and why companies track and profit from your browsing data, and give you some tools to keep your online behavior private. This workshop will help you improve your understanding of how the web works, and what you can do to guard against cybersecurity vulnerabilities.


Oct
16
10:30AM

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12:30PM

MS Excel: Formulas and Functions

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

Learn advanced methods to edit and manipulate data in the Key Formulas and Functions workshop. Learn the common and useful formulas to use with your data!


Oct
16
12:00PM

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1:30PM

Tai Chi Basics

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Tai chi is part of the Chinese regimen culture. It is simple and easy to learn. The Flushing Library invites famous tai chi expert Sitan Chen and his team to teach basic forms of movements (including the original tai chi elements). Limited spots available. First-come, first-served. Participants are required to sign a waiver for each session.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
17
4:30PM

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5:30PM

International Hagfish Day!

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Hagfish are poorly-understood eel-like animals that deserve a holiday...so please, give them the recognition they deserve and help us celebrate International Hagfish Day! We'll learn about these fascinating creatures and their role in the deep ocean, and create a fun craft. Children of all ages are invited. Children under 5 years old must bring an adult.


Oct
17
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Choosing Between the SAT and ACT with the Princeton Review

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Choosing the right college entrance exam can be difficult, but this series will help you make the right decision. Princeton Review's "What do your scores mean?" workshop will give you all the information you need about the SAT and ACT.


Oct
18
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Intro to MS PowerPoint

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


Oct
18
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 about how to choose, prepare and cook foods that are nutritious and delicious. All are welcome.


Oct
19
4:00PM

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5:30PM

NYCitizenship Information Session

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Oct
20
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Autumn Concert

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The New York iYue music Salon will host a concert. The performing artists include famous soprano singer Dai Qi of the former China Jiangnan University, former Chinese Central Orchestra violinist Tian Yi, former Beijing Song and Dance Troupe soloist Zhang Huaili, and famous Chinese tenor singer Lai Jianping of New York and various art groups in China. Other musicians will bring vocal and instrumental works.


Oct
21
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Alzheimer’s Support Group (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Alzheimer’s 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. Please call 646-744-2951 for registration.


Oct
22
10:00AM

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3:00PM

Citizenship Workshop

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

Receive free assistance with citizenship application and fee waiver!
To register call 888-839-8682 or go online: https://bit.ly/2sbMVYv
For more information, please call: 718-990-0730
For more information, please call: 718-990-0730


Oct
22
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Job Search Strategies

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

Job searching can be an overwhelming process. Prepare yourself for success! This workshop teaches traditional and creative ways to find jobs, identify career-specific websites, and network.


Oct
23
10:30AM

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12:30PM

MS Excel: Advanced Lists

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

Join these classes to learn how to use Excel to your advantage. Topic includes advanced lists. Register online or by calling 718-661-1205. Basic computer skills and knowledge of Excel are required; bringing your own USB flash drive is recommended.


Oct
24
3:30PM

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4:15PM

Parent-Child Workshop

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

From birth to age 3 is when a baby's brain is developing. Our early learning specialist gives parents and their tots an overview of our Early Learning Area, including activities parents can do to help their children's early learning.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
24
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Virtual Reality Experience with Oculus Rift

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Step into the world of Virtual Reality (VR). Join us for an VR experience like no other. See the world, experience art in 3D, play a game, or watch a 360° video. Must be 18+ (or 13+ with parental consent).

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

Additional Dates


Oct
24
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Fresh Ink Writing Club

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children in grades 4-6 explore writing and storytelling through fun activities.


Oct
25
4:30PM

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5:15PM

Read for the Record: Maybe Something Beautiful

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us as we Read for the Record: "Maybe Something Beautiful" plus craft! Ages 4-7.


Oct
26
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Presenting with PowerPoint

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

Brush up on your public speaking skills with this PowerPoint workshop. Call 718-661-1205 to register.


Oct
26
11:30AM

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1:00PM

Kickoff to Kindergarten

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

In this eight-session series, parents and other caregivers with children 3 & 4 years old learn how to foster early literacy in their children. Using hands-on activities, librarians and early learning aides demonstrate to caregivers how reading books, playing games, and focused activities help preschoolers learn the key skills they need to be successful in school well before they start kindergarten. Sign-up starts Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Preregistration required. Limited space.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
26
4:30PM

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6:00PM

Film Friday

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

End the month with a family-friendly film for ages 5-12.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
27
10:30AM

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12:00PM

LinkedIn

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. Basic computer skills and knowledge of the Internet required.


Oct
27
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Spooky Party!

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Start the Halloween fun a few days early with spooky stories, ghostly games, and creepy crafts. For children ages 5-12 and their parents and caregivers. Costumes optional. No registration required.


Oct
27
12:00PM

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4:00PM

Halloween Blood Fest 2018

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Featuring the rock band The Danger Days, plus live entertainment including ghostly light show, costume parade, haunted house, and live on-stage Werewolf vs. The Yeti. *Auditorium & Rooms A&B*


Oct
28
2:00PM

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3:30PM

A Culture Connection Five Year Anniversary Celebration: Siren Songs with Jackie Gage

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

With a velvet voice, Jackie Gage is an emerging vocal star on the New York City jazz scene. Channeling torch singers of decades past, Jackie brings audiences on an emotive journey of love and loss. As she recently proved on her self-produced music CD, “Siren Songs”, Jackie marks her arrival with a refined blend of sultry originals alongside newly arranged classic torch songs.


Oct
29
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Introduction to Job Interviews

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

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 afterwards. Preregister online or for more information call 718-661-1205.


Oct
29
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Film Screening of "Diwal'Oween" and a Conversation with Filmmaker Shilpa Mankikar

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Award-winning filmmaker Shilpa Mankikar is the writer/director/producer of the multicultural family comedy "Diwal'Oween" about two friends who try to introduce their parents on the night when Diwali falls on Halloween Fright Night, but everything goes wrong. This web series won the Best Family Series at Baltimore New Media WebFest and the Audience Award and Best Actor at Jersey City Popup Fest. It is appropriate for everyone 7 and up.


Oct
30
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Heart to Heart® Café

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Reimagine End of Life Week is a citywide exploration of big questions about life and death through creativity and conversation. A facilitator trained by the Chinese American Coalition for Compassionate Care will lead participants in the Café Card Game, helping participants to identify their own wishes and/or understand what a loved one wants done when life is ending. This program will be presented in Mandarin Chinese.


Nov
1
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Defining Hope Screening and Discussion

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Reimagine End of Life Week is a city-wide exploration of big questions about life and death through creativity and conversation. As part of this event, End of Life Choices New York will present a screening and discussion of "Defining Hope," a documentary about weighing what matters most at the most fragile junctures in life. The screening with be followed by a panel discussion. To register for free tickets, visit https://defininghope.eventbrite.com/?aff=listing.


Nov
2
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Teen Game Day!

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Have fun, fun, fun during game day!

Choose from a variety of board and card games or play Nintendo Wii U!

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

Additional Dates


Nov
4
1:00PM

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2:30PM

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 the programs and services and other available resources provided by Caringkind.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
5
4:00PM

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5:30PM

TechCraft: Engineering Design

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us for our TechCraft program. We'll be combining the latest technology (tablets, robotics, circuitry, coding, and more!) with traditional arts and crafts materials to build exciting new designs and creative projects. This month, we're exploring all things engineering. Make paper airplanes, play around with fun engineering apps, and make pop-up creations. Registration required; please call or visit the Children's Room. For children in grades 6-8.


Nov
6
4:30PM

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6:00PM

Actor's Workshop Performance

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come see our teen volunteers act and perform at their very best!

Teen will perform skills acquired from a 7 week immersion in an actor’s workshop at Flushing Library!


Nov
6
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Ready, Set, Bank! - Financial Literacy

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

This four-session series is a program of financial literacy where users will learn how to download and navigate financial and banking applications. They will also learn how to deposit checks from your phone, pay bills online, and gain knowledge about credit reports. This program will be in Spanish. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 718-990-8625 and to register visit queenslibrary.org

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

Additional Dates


Nov
7
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Anime Club for Teens

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The time has returned for anime fun with all your favorite anime!

The fun is truly here at Flushing!


Nov
8
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Email in Mandarin

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

Learn how to send an email and navigate your inbox in Mandarin.


Nov
8
10:00AM

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2:00PM

Choosing Entrepreneurship

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

This dual workshop analyzes both the internal and external factors that make a successful entrepreneur. Internally, assess your character, skills, interests, and aptitude in pursuing entrepreneurship. Externally, decide if your business idea is worth pursuing. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information.


Nov
9
1:30PM

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3:00PM

Teen Yu-Gi-Oh! Tournament Returns this Fall!

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Our fall Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament returns at the end of October!

Come battle the odds in Yu-Gi-Oh style!

Bring your own cards. Official cards only (no Japanese versions or stall decks).
The winner receives a choice of limited edition card(s).

The Yu-Gi-Oh fun is on at Flushing!


Nov
15
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Email

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

Learn how to send an email and navigate your inbox. This class is for Gmail. Please have your email and password ready.


Nov
15
10:00AM

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2:00PM

Basic Business Planning

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

A business plan is the core document in convincing readers that your enterprise has potential to be successful. This course will cover the purpose, basic structure, and process to begin building your business plan right away. Call (718) 990-8625 for more information.


Nov
19
4:00PM

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5:30PM

TechCraft: Pop-up Creations

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us for our TechCraft program. We'll be combining the latest technology (tablets, robotics, circuitry, coding, and more!) with traditional arts and crafts materials to build exciting new designs and creative projects. This month, we're exploring all things engineering. Make paper airplanes, play around with fun engineering apps, and make pop-up creations. Registration required; please call or visit the Children's Room. For children in grades 6-8.


Nov
24
11:15AM

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11:45AM

Family Storytime - Acts of Kindness

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This holiday season let's celebrate the spirit of giving! Children and their parents or caregivers are invited for stories and songs that focus on acts of kindness.


Nov
25
2:00PM

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3:00PM

QL International Resource Center presents: Korean Traditional Dance Festival

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

By Hong Dance & Music Company
Traditional Korean songs come to life in this music and dance performance.
*Auditorium*


Nov
26
4:00PM

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5:30PM

TechCraft: Paper Airplanes and Origami

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us for our TechCraft program. We'll be combining the latest technology (tablets, robotics, circuitry, coding, and more!) with traditional arts and crafts materials to build exciting new designs and creative projects. This month, we're exploring all things engineering. Make paper airplanes, play around with fun engineering apps, and make pop-up creations. Registration required; please call or visit the Children's Room. For children in grades 6-8.


Nov
29
10:00AM

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2:00PM

Setting Up Your Business

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

Make your business legal! Participants are guided through the organizational tasks needed to set up a business and begin operation. Learn about legal structures and all the information you need to register and operate legally in NYC. Call (718) 661-1205 for more information.


Nov
29
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Family Art - Acts of Kindness

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us in the children's room for a family art project! Materials will be provided.


Dec
6
10:00AM

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2:00PM

Building Extraordinary Relationships

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

This class is geared toward developing networking strategies in order to foster partnerships and build relationships that lead to motivation, connections, resources, and investment opportunities. Attain new skills in an accessible and low-pressure setting. Please call 718-990-8625 for additional information and to preregister.


Dec
13
10:00AM

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2:00PM

Traditional Marketing

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

Still, one of the most recognizable types of marketing, traditional marketing encompasses the advertisements that we see and hear every day. Determine the traditional marketing activities to make you visible and attractive to your target customer. To preregister or for more information, call (718) 990-8625.


Dec
20
10:00AM

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2:00PM

Social Media Marketing

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

This course will prepare you with the knowledge to skillfully utilize social media resources to connect to your customers. Pick up strategies to becoming successful in a variety of social media marketing strategies for your business. Call 718-990-8625 for more information.


Dec
27
10:00AM

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2:00PM

Funding Your Business

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

Become familiar with the variety of traditional and nontraditional resources available to help fund your business. The course will leave you knowledgeable about various loan options, crowdfunding, alternative lenders, and more. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625.


Jan
3
10:00AM

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2:00PM

Entrepreneurs Open Lab

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

Got questions? We’ve got answers! This is a question and answer panel with experienced industry professionals to hear their real-life struggles and successes or address your inquiries about entrepreneurship. This is an opportunity to come in and meet directly with industry professionals. Open for all. For more information, call 718-990-8625.


Jan
10
10:00AM

--to--

2:00PM

Entrepreneurs Open Lab

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

Got questions? We’ve got answers! This is a question and answer panel with experienced industry professionals to hear their real-life struggles and successes or address your inquiries about entrepreneurship. This is an opportunity to come in and meet directly with industry professionals. Open for all. For more information, call 718-990-8625.


Jan
17
10:00AM

--to--

2:00PM

Entrepreneurs Open Lab

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

Got questions? We’ve got answers! This is a question and answer panel with experienced industry professionals to hear their real-life struggles and successes or address your inquiries about entrepreneurship. This is an opportunity to come in and meet directly with industry professionals. Open for all. For more information, call 718-990-8625.


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 1749
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, Suite A
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.