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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.

Mar 25 @ 10:30 AM

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.

Apr 15 @ 10:30 AM

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.

Apr 29 @ 10:30 AM

Mar
23
10:00AM

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12:30PM

Computers for Beginners (In Spanish)

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

Learn how to turn on your computer and write an email. Participants must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Flushing Library Cyber Center beginning Saturday, March 2 at 10 a.m. or call at 718-661-1280.


Mar
23
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Computer Classes in Chinese

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Mondays: 3/11 - 6/3 Computer Basics;
Tuesdays 3/12 - 5/28: Microsoft Word for Beginners;
Wednesdays 3/13 - 5/29: How to Use iPad/iPhone & Website Design;
Saturdays 3/2 - 5/18: How to Download eBooks

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Mar
23
11:00AM

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4:00PM

Homework Help: Saturday

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.

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Mar
23
11:15AM

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11:45AM

Family Storytime

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Families with children of all ages are invited to join us every Saturday for a storytime.

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

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Mar
23
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.

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Mar
23
2:00PM

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3:00PM

QL International Resource Center presents: KATHAK- New Directions in Classical Indian Dance

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

By Kathak Ensemble & Friends/CARAVAN
Classical Indian dance traditions do not remain unchanged, as if shown in a glass museum display case. Kathak changes with the times and the performers, reflecting the durability of tradition and its flexible, creative dimensions.
*Auditorium*


Mar
23
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Poetic Contemporary: Art and Poetry in 40 Years with Speaker Yan Li

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Yan Li, poet, painter and writer, applauded the emerging modern art and committed himself to the awakening movement of individual freedom in China. Yan Li displayed his works at the Art Exhibition of the Star Society of Painters in 1979 and 1980. As the first painter to hold solo exhibitions of the avant-garde painting art in China at the time, Yan Li successfully displayed his paintings in 1984.
*IRC Conference Room*


Mar
25
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Job Interviews

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

So, you’ve landed an interview for a wonderful job…now what? It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions, and follow up properly afterwards. Preregister online or for more information call 718-661-1205.


Mar
25
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.

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Mar
25
4:00PM

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5:00PM

3D Printing Presentation & Demonstration

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Ever wanted to know how 3D printing works? Now is your chance! Flushing Library has a 3D printer! We'll do a presentation highlighting the applications of 3D printing in engineering, business, art, and design, as well as everyday uses. We'll outline the basics of 3D modeling and demonstrate 3D printing. All ages are welcome.

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

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Mar
26
10:00AM

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4:00PM

Save Money, E-File Your Taxes for Free

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

If your 2018 income is $66,000 or less, you qualify to receive free online tax return filing assistance. Volunteers from the New York State Tax Department and Urban Upbound will guide you through tax preparation software available on their website as you prepare and e-file your federal and state income tax returns at no cost.

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

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Mar
26
11:30AM

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12:15PM

Bilingual Birdies presents Movin' to Mandarin

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Bilingual Birdies presents Movin' to Mandarin for preschoolers and their parents/caregivers. Please call the library to register at 718-661-1213.


Mar
26
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Chapter Book Readers Club

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Readers in grades 2-4 read, learn, and explore with their favorite chapter books! We'll introduce a new book series with a fun activity. No registration required. You do not need to read the book beforehand.

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

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Mar
26
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Teen Do-It-Yourself Craft Corner

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Have a creative itch? Want to hang out with your friends and make something cool? Come join us in the Teen Room every week, grab some supplies (and maybe an idea or two, if you need it) and make to your heart's content.


Mar
26
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Inspiring Women in Science: Chapter Book Readers Club

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Readers in grades 2-4 read, learn, and explore with exciting chapter books. In honor of Women's History Month, we will read about inspiring women in science and complete a surprise activity. Visit https://queenslib.org/womeninscience19 for more programming and to learn more.


Mar
26
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Tai Chi Basics

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Famous tai chi expert Mr. Sitan Chen and his team will 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.
*Rooms A&B*

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

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Mar
27
10:00AM

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10:45AM

Mother Goose Time

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.

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Mar
27
1:00PM

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6:00PM

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 a 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!


Mar
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 a 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!
*Rooms A&B*

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

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Mar
27
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Innovation! 2D to 3D - Spatial Thinking = STEAM Success

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.

In this series of 12 programs, children ages 8-12 use traditional and tech tools to create in 2D and 3D, refining perception and spatial reasoning. 3D printing is the capstone experience, exposing participants to new concepts needed for future careers.
Classes Wednesdays Feb 6 - Apr 24; Reception & Exhibition of student work May 8.
Registration required: please visit the children's desk to register.

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Mar
27
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Chinese Singing Class with Professor Chi Ying

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

In these eight sessions of singing class, students will learn basic singing techniques and the theory behind them. Professor Chi Ying, a renowned artist specializing in Chinese folk songs, will train students how to understand an art song and express it artistically. Seats are limited; registration is at first class. Students will have opportunity to go on stage at a recital performance in May after the sessions are completed.
*Rooms A&B*

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

Additional Dates


Mar
28
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Free Citizenship Classes

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

Learn everything you need to know about American history, government, and culture to pass the citizenship exam. Participants must attend the entire 12-class series. Please arrive at 10 am sharp on Thursday, January 10 to register in person at the Flushing Library/ IRC Conference Room 3rd Floor (first-come, first-served) or call 718-278-4303 to preregister in advance. Candidates must be green card holders.


Mar
28
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Toddler Time

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children ages 2 to 3½ and their caregivers join us for stories, rhymes, songs, and activities just right for them.

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

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Mar
28
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Family Art

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Families with children of any age can try a different art project every week.


Mar
28
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Chinese Dancing Classes with Bella Dance Art

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Students will learn three dances: ribbon dance, fan dance, and handkerchief dance.
Students will have the opportunity to go on stage for a recital performance in May after the session is completed. Seats are limited; registration is at the first class. Participants are required to sign a waiver for each session. *Rooms A&B*

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

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Mar
29
10:30AM

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12:30PM

MS Excel Formulas & Functions

Location: Flushing
Registration: Registration is now closed

Learn to edit and manipulate data in the Using Formulas and Functions workshop. Learn the common and useful formulas to use with your data! Basic computer skills are required.


Mar
29
11:00AM

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12:00PM

PreK Story StART

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Parents/caregivers with PreK three & four year olds will enjoy storytime and activities. Think of the skills and concepts children learn through art exploration. Each week, we'll introduce different "mediums:" playdough, building materials (recycled and more), color, shapes.


Mar
29
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Teen Game Day

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Have fun during game day! Check out a board game to play with your friends, or play one of our specialty games with new and old friends.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
29
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.

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Mar
29
5:00PM

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6:30PM

Korean for Beginners II

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

This class offers additional daily conversational skills and more vocabulary. This class also covers Korean grammar and sentence patterns with a solid foundation of four aspects of language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Completion of Korean for Beginners I is not required.

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

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Mar
30
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Oriental Operatic Artists Association presents: From Jazz to Operas

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This is a special program featuring a variety of Asian and western art forms, such as Chinese drama and western opera arias, jazz, and contemporary popular vocal pieces.
*Auditorium*


Mar
30
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Chinese Author Talk Series #33: Live, Be Enthusiastic by Chen Jiu

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Writer Chen Jiu will share with you the deep experience in creation and observation for his new book, Live, Be Enthusiastic.


Mar
31
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Jingbo You's Chinese Classical Literary Song

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The purpose of the concert is to disseminate Chinese culture through music and to perform ancient Chinese poetry such as Tang Dynasty poetry and Song Dynasty lyric-singing. The song is explained in Chinese, translated in English synchronously, and sung in Chinese. *Auditorium*


Apr
1
4:00PM

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5:00PM

TechCraft: DIY Automaton!

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Kids ages 11-14, join us at our awesome TechCraft program. In April we'll be exploring the world of DIY, from making your own automaton machine to crafting a hologram projector! Registration is required; please call us at 718-661-1212 or visit the children's room. This program is for children in grades 5-8.


Apr
2
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 March 11, 2018. Preregistration required. Limited space.

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

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Apr
2
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Teen Do-It-Yourself Craft Corner

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Have a creative itch? Want to hang out with your friends and make something cool? Come join us in the Teen Room every week, grab some supplies (and maybe an idea or two, if you need it) and make to your heart's content.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
3
1:00PM

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4:00PM

Peking Opera Salon

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Facilitated by Qi Shu Fang Peking Opera Association, this activity is to promote traditional Chinese art, especially Peking Opera, in the community. Everyone is welcome to join in singing and performing, with live music accompaniment.


Apr
4
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Toddler Time with Pediatrician

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Bring your toddler ages 2-3 with a caregiver for some stories, music, and movement at the library! We encourage literacy with simple books, rhymes, finger plays, and songs. A play session follows. In this special session, a pediatrician joins us to discuss early childhood development and common concerns.


Apr
4
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Family Art

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Families with children of any age can try a different art project every week.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
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 word. 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


Apr
5
11:00AM

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12:00PM

PreK Earth Science

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Parents/caregivers with PreK three & four year olds will enjoy storytime and activities. To get ready for spring, each week we'll explore different earth science topics in books and hands-on activities: eggs, insects, wind, and more!

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

Additional Dates


Apr
5
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Monthly Book Discussion Group

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

January 4: "Digital Gold" by Nathaniel Popper
February 1: "Brave New Word" by Aldous Huxley
March 1: "The Power of Positive Thinking" by Norman Vincent Peale
April 5: "The Art of the Comeback" by Donald Trump
May 3: "Unfair Advantage" by Robert Kiyosaki
*Rooms C&D*

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

Additional Dates


Apr
6
2:00PM

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3:00PM

QL IRC presents: Culture Bridge Series #9: Afro Pop – Music & Dance Celebration

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Alley Dcoin and Kubuku Land Band will perform a variety of African cultural dance, instrumental rhythms, and African songs with guest artist Ecoo Nwamba Ogene Cultural Group. *Auditorium*


Apr
6
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Chinese Author Talk Series #34: Bilingual Anthology of Chinese Poetry and more

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Coinciding with the National Poetry Month and the eve of the Flushing Poetry Festival, "English-Chinese Bilingual Poetry Collection," "13 Poets in New York," "Trio: Selected Works of Overseas Poets", and published poetry by poet Li Fei will be announced during the program.


Apr
6
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Free Writing Class: Creating Believable Characters

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Author Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond leads this writing workshop where participants will review some of literature's most compelling characters for inspiration on how to breathe life into them and then follow with a series of written exercises. Participants will have the opportunity to share their writing for on-the-spot feedback. Look for other workshops that are part of this series of free writing classes provided by the Newtown Literary Alliance, Inc. in partnership with Queens Library.


Apr
7
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Five Cents a Can: Making Visible the Invisibles

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Siyan Wong has been painting canners in NYC. This film will explore the experiences of the canners, the reasons they do this work, and how they survive.
*Auditorium*


Apr
8
10:00AM

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11:30AM

National Library Week Outreach with Ming Liang Lu

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join Queens Library as we celebrate National Library Week with live music and live art.

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

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Apr
8
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Identifying Your Work Skills

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


Apr
8
11:00AM

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12:15PM

National Library Week Outreach with Shayshahn MacPhearson

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join Queens Library as we celebrate National Library Week with live live music with Violinist Shayshahn MacPhearson.

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

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Apr
9
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Introduction to Email

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

In this introductory workshop, you will learn how to create an email account, how to log on, how to navigate your email account, how to send and receive email messages, and how to attach documents. It is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop.


Apr
10
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 a 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.

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Apr
11
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to MS Excel Basic

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

Come join us for an introductory course on the basic functions of Microsoft Excel! To register, visit Flushing Library Cyber Center or go online at www.queenslibrary.org. For further assistance, call the Cyber Center at 718-661-1280.


Apr
11
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Skills Identification

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

In this competitive job market, it is vitally important not only to know your job skills, but to be able to market those skills to potential employers during a job search. This workshop will explain the benefits of knowing your job related skills and how to identify them. For more information, please visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625.


Apr
11
6:30PM

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8:30PM

North American Calligraphy Association presents: Monthly Penmanship Class

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

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

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

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Apr
12
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Introduction to Computers

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

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


Apr
12
4:00PM

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6:00PM

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.


Apr
12
4:00PM

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5:00PM

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


Apr
13
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.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Learn how to create a 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, April 6 at 10:00 a.m. or call at 718-661-1280.

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Apr
13
11:15AM

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12:00PM

Family Poetry Time

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us for a special family storytime in verse to celebrate Poetry Month.


Apr
13
2:00PM

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3:00PM

QL International Resource Center presents: Culture Bridge Series #10 - Folkloric Dance of Paraguay

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Ballet Panambi Vera (Berta B. Gauto, artistic director) has performed in various cities of the U.S. Enjoy the beautiful dances of Paraguay such as the Galopera, internationally known as the “bottle dance”, in which dancers balance bottles on their head with grace and agility.
*Auditorium*


Apr
15
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Creating Impactful Resumes

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


Apr
15
4:00PM

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5:00PM

TechCraft: DIY Balloon Rocket Cars!

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Kids ages 11-14, join us at our awesome TechCraft program. In April we'll be exploring the world of DIY, from making your own automaton machine or jet-powered car to crafting a hologram projector! Registration is required; please call us at 718-661-1212 or visit the children's room. This program is for children in grades 5-8.


Apr
16
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Introduction to MS Word

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

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


Apr
16
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Blackout Poetry

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Can you find your own original poem among the words printed on a page of a book or in a newspaper article? In honor of National Poetry Month, teens in grade 7 and up are invited to join us to create blackout poetry by taking away words to reveal a new work of art.


Apr
18
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to MS Excel Basic

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

Come join us for an introductory course on the basic functions of Microsoft Excel! To register, visit Flushing Library Cyber Center or go online at www.queenslibrary.org. For further assistance, call the Cyber Center at 718-661-1280.


Apr
18
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Creating Impactful Resumes

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

Make your resume the best it can be. This workshop provides insight into what resume reviewers look for, types of resumes, what to include and exclude, and tips for making your resume stronger. For further information, call 718-990-8625.


Apr
18
10:00AM

--to--

11:00AM

Toddler Learning Center

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Open to young children ages 18–38 months and their parents/caregivers, this five-week workshop is led by early childhood professionals. Adults will learn about nutrition, speech development, early literacy, and other parenting topics, while toddlers play with age-appropriate educational toys and develop social interaction skills. Registration required. Please visit or call the Children's Room: 718-661-1212.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
18
2:00PM

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3:30PM

U.S. Small Business Administration presents: Business Success Series

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

4/18: How to Start a Business and How SBA can Help You Succeed
4/25: Business Plan Writing
5/2: Marketing Strategies and Building a Blog for Your Business
5/9: Selling to the Government and Global Market
*2 p.m. IRC Conference Room*

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

Additional Dates


Apr
19
10:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

Introduction to Internet

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


Apr
19
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Discover the Spider-Verse

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Jump into the Spider-Verse with us as we take the Discover the Spider-Verse Virtual Field Trip, where anyone can be a superhero! Learn more about the animation of "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" (2018, PG), learn a little bit about the science of parallel universes, and design your own Spider-Mask.


Apr
20
11:00AM

--to--

4:00PM

2019 Flushing Poetry Festival

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The annual poetry event welcomes poets to Flushing to attend an award ceremony, poetry reading, and panel discussion. Poets submitted their works in Chinese as well as English translations of Chinese poems to the festival.
*Auditorium & Rooms A&B*


Apr
22
10:30AM

--to--

12:00PM

Mistake-Free Cover Letters

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

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.


Apr
22
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

TechCraft: DIY Hologram Projector!

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Kids ages 11-14, join us at our awesome TechCraft program. In April we'll be exploring the world of DIY, from making your own automaton machine to crafting a hologram projector! Registration is required; please call us at 718-661-1212 or visit the children's room. This program is for children in grades 5-8.


Apr
25
10:00AM

--to--

11:00AM

Introduction to MS Excel Basic in Spanish

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

Come join us for an introductory course on the basic functions of Microsoft Excel!To register, visit Flushing Library Cyber Center or go online at www.queenslibrary.org. For further assistance, call the Cyber Center at 718-661-1280.


Apr
25
10:00AM

--to--

1:00PM

Cover Letters

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The 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.


Apr
26
10:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

Introduction to Email

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

In this introductory workshop, you will learn how to create an email account, how to log on, how to navigate your email account, how to send and receive email messages, and how to attach documents. It is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop.


Apr
27
11:00AM

--to--

12:30PM

DIA / STEAM

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Dia! is a day for children, books, and diversity! Children ages 3-10 / PreK-Grade 3 and their families are invited for a special storytime and STEAM activities. Space is limited; latecomers may not be permitted in.


Apr
27
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Lithium in Concert

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Lithium is a dynamic group of musicians committed to providing the best in live music. Their diverse repertoire includes pop, R&B, dance, retro, disco, funk, rock, and much more. Lithium provides an interactive and intense show that keeps the crowd involved with dancing, singing, and wanting more! *Auditorium*


Apr
28
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Alzheimer’s Support Group (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This group is in Mandarin Chinese for those caring for a person with Alzheimer’s or any of the other dementias. Our support group is a secure and safe place to share your experiences. The group will meet on Sundays, March 17 and April 21. Please call 646-744-2951 for registration.


Apr
29
10:30AM

--to--

12:00PM

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.


Apr
29
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

TechCraft: DIY Bouncy Balls!

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Kids ages 11-14, join us at our awesome TechCraft program. In April we'll be exploring the world of DIY, from making your own automaton machine to crafting a hologram projector! Registration is required; please call us at 718-661-1212 or visit the children's room. This program is for children in grades 5-8.


Apr
30
10:00AM

--to--

1:00PM

Introduction to Excel

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

Participants will learn the basic concepts of Microsoft Excel, such as what a spreadsheet is, basic Excel navigation, and basic data entry.


May
2
10:00AM

--to--

1:00PM

Job Search Strategies

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

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.


May
3
11:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

PreK Stories

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Parents/caregivers with PreK three & four year olds will enjoy storytime and activities. We'll explore a new theme and skill every week!

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

Additional Dates


May
4
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Series on May Fourth New Literature Movement by Chinese Writers Assoc. of NY and Flushing Library

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This year marks the one-hundredth anniversary of the May Fourth Movement of 1919 in China. Vernacular literature, democracy, and science were advocated vastly by scholars and students in the big wave. Four well-known speakers are invited to deliver speeches on four topics covering how the movement significantly and profoundly influenced modern Chinese literature.
*IRC Conference Room*

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

Additional Dates


May
5
1:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Chinese Author Talk Series #35: Misty Rain: The Oral History of Gao Yaojie

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

In 2009, 82-year-old Gao Yaojie, a famous Chinese gynecologist and AIDS activist, left for the United States. The author Lin Shiyu spent three years writing her oral history. In her new book "Misty Rain: The Oral History of Gao Yaojie," Lin tells details about Gao Yaojie’s struggle, her daily life, her fighting against the sickness, and her thoughts about life. The author will share the stories as well as stories behind the writing. *Rooms A&B*


May
5
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

From Mozart to Elvis

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This concert will showcase music from Mozart to Elvis featuring Hannah Hsu Wang (piano soloist) with the Statue of Liberty Band/New York String Society and the Bayside Glee Club.
*Auditorium*


May
6
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

What is Depression?

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Sometimes we don’t talk about depression, even though it affects so many of us. Come learn more about this illness from mental health professionals from NYC H&H/Elmhurst.


May
7
10:00AM

--to--

1:00PM

MS Excel Formulas & Functions

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

Learn to edit and manipulate data in the Using Formulas and Functions workshop. Learn the common and useful formulas to use with your data! Basic computer skills are required.


May
8
4:00PM

--to--

5:30PM

Innovation! 2D to 3D - Reception and Exhibit of Student Work

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This is a display of student work created by students in our 2D to 3D program. Everyone is invited to join us to view their magnificent sketches, sculptures, digital artwork, and more!


May
9
10:00AM

--to--

11:00AM

Introduction to Kanopy

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

Want to see free movies? please come and join us on kanopy workshop, we will teach you how to watch free movie by using a library card.
Preregister online at www.queenslibrary.org or visit the Flushing Library Cyber Center on the 2nd Floor. Call 718-661-1280 for additional information.


May
11
10:00AM

--to--

12:30PM

Microsoft Excel for Spanish Speakers

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

Learn how to create a worksheet and perform calculations. Participants should have basic computer skills, such as being able to use the keyboard and mouse and to open and close applications. Participants must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Flushing Library Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning Saturday, May 4 at 10 a.m. or by calling 718-661-1280.

FlushingSat, May 18, 201910:00AM - 12:30PM
FlushingSat, May 25, 201910:00AM - 12:30PM

May
12
2:30PM

--to--

4:00PM

Celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month: Make and Play Korean Traditional Instruments

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Have you ever had the chance to play Korean traditional instruments? This workshop is a great opportunity for students to learn more about Korean culture and arts through traditional musical instruments. This workshop aims to inform and disseminate Korea traditional culture and arts in mainstream America. Come join us for a fun and interesting workshop! All equipment and materials will be provided.


May
14
4:00PM

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5:00PM

College 101 : Pre College Prep and Tips for Surviving Freshman Year and Beyond

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

It is never too early to plan for college. These fun and interactive programs are offered to tweens and teens with a curiosity about how to prepare and what to expect freshman year and beyond. This program will be offered at the following locations: Cambria Heights, Central, Flushing, Glen Oaks and Peninsula.


May
16
10:00AM

--to--

11:00AM

Introduction to Kanopy in Cantonese

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

Want to see free movies? Please come and join us for a Kanopy workshop; we will teach you how to watch free movies by using a library card. Preregister online at www.queenslibrary.org or visit the Flushing Library Cyber Center on the 2nd Floor. Call 718-661-1280 for additional information.


May
18
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Workshops for Parents & Students

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Saturdays: 12/8: How to Help Your Children Apply for College; 3/16: How to Obtain New York State Teacher’s Certification; 5/18: How to Help Your Children Use Their Home Language in Studying Other Courses and English; 6/22: New York State High School Graduation Requirements
*Rooms A&B*

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

Additional Dates


May
19
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Chinese Medicine & Health by Mr. Fan Shuguo

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Mr. Fan Shuguo is a Licensed TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) doctor. Fan Shuguo hosts a series of lectures on Chinese medicine and health that will introduce the history as well as the basic principles of Chinese medicine. Discussions will be on the basic theory of health, the role of Chinese medicine in the United States, and TCM in health care. The lecture is not intended for diagnosis and treatment but for informational purposes only. *Rooms A&B*

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

Additional Dates


May
23
10:00AM

--to--

11:00AM

Introduction to Kanopy in Spanish

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

The world's finest cinema can be streamed for free with your library card. Come and join us in an introductory workshop on how to use Kanopy. Preregister online at www.queenslibrary.org or visit the Flushing Library Cyber Center on the 2nd Floor. Call 718-661-1280 for additional information.


May
24
11:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

PreK Prom!

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Parents/caregivers with Pre-K three & four year olds are invited to their very own prom! We'll read some books about celebration and then host a dance party with a craft and photo op. Dress up as fancy as you feel-- remember your dancing shoes!


May
30
6:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Let Your Fingers Do the Talking: Introduction to American Sign Language

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Learn how to communicate with your hands in this interactive workshop on the basics of American Sign Language.


Jun
2
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Bring Your Story: Four Treasures ( Chinese Opera, Dance, and Folk Music)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us for Peking and Kun Opera, which includes exciting segments from well-known traditional opera pieces such as "The Monkey King”, “Peony Pavilion,” and operatic spectacles including the ribbon and sword dance. Our instrumental musical programs feature some of the most talented Chinese classical and folk musicians in the U.S. featuring gems performed on the shen, guzheng, pipa, and other traditional Chinese instruments.


Jun
6
10:00AM

--to--

11:00AM

How to Make Greeting Cards

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

Come join us for an introductory workshop on how to make greeting cards. To register, please visit the Flushing Library Cyber Center located on the 2nd Floor or online at www.queenslibrary.org. For further assistance, call the Cyber Center at 718-661-1280.


Jun
6
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Magic Show with Urban Stages

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Abracadabra children's magician Evan Paquette performs his magic show and even shares a few tricks of the trade with a mini magic lesson for children ages 6-12.


Jun
6
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Summer Reading Magic with Urban Stages

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Abracadabra children's magician Evan Paquette performs his magic show and even shares a few tricks of the trade with a mini magic lesson for children ages 6-12.


Jun
8
10:00AM

--to--

12:30PM

Computers for Beginners (In Spanish)

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

Learn how to turn on your computer and write an email. Participants must attend all 3 classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Flushing Library Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning Saturday, June 2 at 10 a.m. or by calling 718-661-1280.

FlushingSat, Jun 15, 201910:00AM - 12:30PM
FlushingSat, Jun 22, 201910:00AM - 12:30PM

Jun
13
10:00AM

--to--

11:00AM

How to Make Greeting Cards in Mandarin

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

Come join us for an introductory workshop on how to make greeting cards. To register, please visit the Flushing Library Cyber Center located on the 2nd Floor or online at www.queenslibrary.org. For further assistance, call the Cyber Center at 718-661-1280.


Jun
20
10:00AM

--to--

11:00AM

How to Make Greeting Cards in Spanish

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

Come join us for an introductory workshop on how to make greeting cards. To register, please visit the Flushing Library Cyber Center located on the 2nd Floor or online at www.queenslibrary.org. For further assistance, call the Cyber Center at 718-661-1280.


Jun
24
6:30PM

--to--

8:00PM

Bring Your Story: Uncovering My Chinese American Family with Amy Chin

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Are you interested in learning more about genealogy research for Chinese ancestors? Join us for this entertaining and informative presentation by experienced researcher Amy Chin. For decades, Ms. Chin’s family carefully saved records, objects, and other personal artifacts of their immigration history. Join Ms. Chin for a behind-the-scenes look at how she researched and uncovered her family’s century-old history in America.


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.