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Job Skills Identification

In this competitive job market, it is vitally important not only to know your job skills, but to be able to market those skills to potential employers during a job search. This workshop will explain the benefits of knowing your job related skills and how to identify them. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more ...

May 24 @ 10:00 AM

Social Media for Your Business

Learn which social sites are best for you and strategies for successfully using social media for your business. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-661-1205 for additional information. Class code JR310.

May 25 @ 12:30 PM

Building Relationships in Business

This class will show how to build relationships through networking, foster partnerships in business, and get "buy in" from business acquaintances. To preregister visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org or for more information, call 718-661-1205. Class code: JR310.

May 26 @ 10:00 AM

Choosing Entrepreneurship

This class provides an overview of the dynamic world of entrepreneurship. It helps participants assess their skills and aptitudes, allows participants to explore the right type of business for them based on aptitude and interest, and generally charts a path to success. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-634-4784 for ...

Jun 1 @ 12:30 PM

Setting Up Your Business

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

Jun 2 @ 10:00 AM

Resume Building

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

Jun 7 @ 10:00 AM

Basics of Business Planning

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

Jun 9 @ 10:00 AM

Beginners Excel

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

Jun 13 @ 12:30 PM

Resume Keywords and Accomplishment Statements

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

Jun 14 @ 10:00 AM

Traditional Marketing for Small Business

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

Jun 15 @ 12:30 PM

May
23
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Intermediate Excel

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

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


May
23
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This four-class series will give you a brief introduction to the history and evolution of Chinese calligraphy. Participants will be able to learn basic techniques of calligraphy structure and layout.

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

Additional Dates


May
24
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Job Skills Identification

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

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


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May
24
11:00AM

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11:30AM

Mother Goose Time

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

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


May
24
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: We Like It Like That! A Boogaloo Celebration

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Enjoy a screening of a performance filmed last summer of the New York City sounds of Latin soul with Joe Bataan, Ray Lugo and specials guests, legendary pianist Richie Ray, and in one of his first performances in 40 years, Pete Rodriguez. ABAKUÁ Afro-Latin Dance Company will perform some of its signature choreography.


May
25
10:30AM

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11:15AM

Toddler Time

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

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


May
25
12:30PM

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2:30PM

Social Media for Your Business

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

Learn which social sites are best for you and strategies for successfully using social media for your business. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-661-1205 for additional information. Class code JR310.


May
25
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Youth Council Meetings

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

New York City's Government isn't just for adults! Teens should have a say in what's happening in their city. If you're interested, join our Youth Leadership Council at Flushing. We're in the final stages of planning for an upcoming "Financial Literacy Conference" at Flushing Library on June 3rd!


May
25
4:30PM

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6:00PM

Maker's Lab: Making Music

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

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


May
25
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Demonstration Lecture: The Expression of Emotion in Traditional Chinese Music

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Lecturer: Huang, Chen-Ming with Chai-Found Music Workshop Musicans
Huang will introduce different characters of six iconic instruments in traditional sizhu: erhu ( fiddle), pipa ( lute), guzheng ( zither), yangqin ( Chinese hammered dulcimer), ruanxian ( or ruan, lute), and dizi ( flute). The musicans will also present a piece of works that demonstrate the characters of each instrument.


May
26
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Building Relationships in Business

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

This class will show how to build relationships through networking, foster partnerships in business, and get "buy in" from business acquaintances. To preregister visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org or for more information, call 718-661-1205. Class code: JR310.


May
26
3:00PM

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4:30PM

BookBusters

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

If you love a GREAT fairytale and would love to read about Wizards, Dragons, Monsters and Witches,
join us from 3-4:30 pm for a book discussion of “The Girl Who Drank the Moon” by Kelly Barnhill.
A fun activity will follow the discussion.
Pick up reserved book at Children’s Department.


May
26
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Teen Happy Hour

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Teens are invited to join us for fun and games at Flushing. Hang out with your friends, and enjoy gaming on the overhead monitor as well as our full stock of board and card games.

All Grades 7-12 are welcome

The Fun is on at Flushing!


May
27
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Math Help

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


May
27
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 May 27, 2017
Availability: 1 openings

Learn how to create a document and work with tables.
Participants should have basic computer skills and must attend all 3 classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Flushing Library Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning Saturday, May 6 at 10:00 a.m. or by calling 718-661-1280.


May
27
11:15AM

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11:45AM

Family Storytime

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


May
27
1:30PM

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2:30PM

1940s Swing with The Something Special Big Band

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Something Special, with its exciting Basie style, is considered to be one of the finest swing/jazz bands in the metropolitan area. Enjoy the nostalgic hits of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Harry James and more. Led by band director Phil Costa, this band consists of 5 saxophones, 4 trombones, 4 trumpets and a full rhythm section.
*Auditorium, Lower Level*


May
27
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Chess Club

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


May
27
2:30PM

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4:30PM

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

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Are you ready to become a U.S. citizen? Sessions are in English and include a workshop and basic civics education. 5/6- Are you ready to be a U.S. citizen?/Introduction to American history; 5/13 - Required documents and more/Introduction to American government and politics; 5/20- Common barriers to naturalization/American culture and geography; 5/27- Naturalization interview and beyond/Review of 100 questions.


May
28
2:00PM

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4:00PM

NY Concord Chorus presents: A Tribute to Parental Love

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The program will include well-known songs about parental love and care and will be presented in chorus, duets, ensembles, solos and dances. Some of the songs will be sung in English, Italian, Russian, Ukrainian or Spanish.
*Auditorium, Lower Level*


May
28
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Chinese Author Talk Series (IX)-Shanghai, Forever Lost

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Shanghai, Forever Lost is a nonfiction book based on the true stories and events of the author's grandmother and mother. Participants will be able to ask questions and purchase autographed copies.


May
31
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Earth Day Jeopardy!

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

All teens and tweens are invited to join us in the Teen Room for another round of Jeopardy. Come save the earth for earth day as well while having fun and answering other mad cool trivia as well!


May
31
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Global Harmony House presents: Managing Conflict

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

As the world becomes an increasingly challenging place to live, we need to find new insights and tools to manage ourselves and our interactions with others. Once we understand the root causes of conflict, it can empower us to deal with situations more skillfully and resourcefully. In this class we will learn to apply the practical wisdom of Raja Yoga Meditation in order to live life more harmoniously, and with compassion and love.
*IRC Conference Room*


Jun
1
12:30PM

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2:30PM

Choosing Entrepreneurship

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

This class provides an overview of the dynamic world of entrepreneurship. It helps participants assess their skills and aptitudes, allows participants to explore the right type of business for them based on aptitude and interest, and generally charts a path to success. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-634-4784 for additional information. Class code JR310.


Jun
1
6:30PM

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8:30PM

Open Mic Night

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Performers are invited to share their talents in a 5-minute presentation of poetry, written word, music, comedy or spoken work.


Jun
2
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Setting Up Your Business

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

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


Jun
2
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Flushing Book Discussion Group

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

May 5th, 2017, 1-2PM: "Where'd You Go, Bernadette?" by Maria Semple
June 2nd, 2017, 1-2PM: "Claire of the Sea Light", by Edwidge Danticat
July 7th, 2017, 1-2PM: "Americanah", by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
August 4th, 2017, 1-2PM: "Then We Came to the End", by Joshua Ferris
*IRC Conference Room, 3rd Floor*

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

Additional Dates


Jun
2
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Happy Hour

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come join your friends for Teen Happy gaming.
Come play our video game system on our overhead monitor or choose from
an exciting array of board or card games.

The Fun is on at Flushing!

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

Additional Dates


Jun
3
11:30AM

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3:30PM

Youth-to-Youth Manage Your Money 101

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

You won't learn this in high school! Learn basic financial skills including learning how to budget, what a checking account is, managing credit, financial aid and scholarship opportunities. Earn community service hours for participating! Lunch will be served. Registration is required.


Jun
3
2:00PM

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3:00PM

QL International Resource Center presents: Elementos (Elements) of Brazilian Dance

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

By Silva Dance Company

This great and energetic show will take you on a beautiful trip to Brazil exploring Brazilian Modern Dance, Capoeira, Maculele, Samba de Roda. The performance will showcase all the diversity of Brazil.
*Auditorium, Lower Level*


Jun
3
2:00PM

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4:00PM

How to Appreciate Peking Opera: "Bidding His Farewell"

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Lecturer: Mr. Jingtao Zhang and Ms. Yanchun Li
Mr. Zhang is nationally ranked First Class Performing Artist of China, specializing in the roles of young gentlemen. He is a disciple of Ye Shaolan, a well-renowned Peking Opera artist.
Ms. Yanchun Li performed with the Shandong Weifang Peking Opera Troupe before immigrating to New York. She is nationally ranked First Class Performing Artist of China.
*IRC Conference Room*


Jun
4
2:00PM

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4:00PM

The Beauty of Guqin (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The Guqin, or "ancient stringed instrument,” is also called "the father of Chinese music." Members of the New York Guqin Association will introduce the audience to the history and repertoire of the instrument and perform some famous pieces. For more information in English and Chinese, call 718-990-8569.


Jun
4
2:00PM

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4:00PM

First Anniversary and Showcase for Summer 2017 by SinoArtists Center

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

To celebrate the first anniversary of the SinoArtist Center, their members will perform a variety of Chinese folk dances and music.


Jun
5
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Queens Museum of Art presents: Handmade Sun Print Book

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Queens Museum New New Yorkers Program provides a four-week long "Handmade Sun Print Book" workshop in Mandarin. Participants will learn how to use sunlight to make prints and make books by hand. The instructor will guide the participants to develop their own personal artistic book projects. To register please contact: nung-hsin@queensmuseum.org
Educator: Pixy Liao (http://pixyliao.com/)

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

Additional Dates


Jun
5
6:00PM

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7:00PM

The Magic and Mind Reading Tour 2017

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Professional magicians Rich Marotta, Steve Dane and Ulises Beato will bewilder and beguile you with great magic and comedy. Each magician offers a different perspective on the art of magic.


Jun
6
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Chair Yoga with Miriam

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

There's no need to bring a mat to this yoga class. Miriam will teach techniques and exercises that can be practiced while seated in chairs. Space is limited. Preregistration is required. Please wear workout clothing and sneakers.


Jun
6
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Learning Chinese - Level 2

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 June 6, 2017
Availability: 9 openings

Queens Library at Flushing will open Learning Chinese class for level 2 students. The semester will have 12 sessions, starting from June 6. All classes will be on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:00 pm. Registration begins on May 22nd. Please register online at www.queenslibrary.org/events or call 718.661.1280 for assistance. The program is funded by Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in New York.

FlushingTue, Jun 13, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
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Jun
7
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Resume Building

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

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


Jun
7
3:00PM

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4:00PM

A Reptile "Edventure" with Erik Callender

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This fun-filled educational experience gives children age 6 and up a unique opportunity to see and learn about reptiles, amphibians and even some large insects from around the world.


Jun
7
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Flute & Piano Concert

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Enjoy the works of Philippe Gaubert, Cecile Chaminande, Camille Saint-Saens and Frank Martin.
*Auditorium, Lower Level*


Jun
8
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Intro to Computers

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 9 openings

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


Jun
8
11:00AM

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11:45AM

Children Sing and Celebrate Around the World

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children and their families will learn about the great variety of ways that people sing and celebrate around the world in this interactive program.


Jun
8
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Anime Club

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come hang with your friends and watch mad cool Anime.

Anime is a super popular program at Flushing.

The fun is on at Flushing!


Jun
8
6:30PM

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8:30PM

North American Calligraphy Assoc. presents: Monthly Penmanship Class

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

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


Jun
9
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Basics of Business Planning

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

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


Jun
10
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.

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

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

Additional Dates


Jun
10
1:30PM

--to--

2:30PM

Pop Rock Concert with Gravity

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Are you ready to be entertained! Come see Gravity, this high energy musical group that will keep you rocking in your seats. This band features songs from top artists including Foo Fighters, Blink 182, Green Day, Blondie, Pat Benatar and more. An intense mixture of rock meets pop with hard hitting driving sounds, don’t miss out on this special live performance.
*Auditorium, Lower Level*


Jun
10
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Financial Planning for Retirement (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Mr. Benjamin Li, Board Member, former President of the Chinese American Insurance Association, will discuss the basics of retirement planning, how to maximize your social security benefits and health insurance options after retirement, and common mistakes to avoid.


Jun
11
1:00PM

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3:00PM

The Photographic Society of New York presents: Basic Photographic Composition

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Speaker: Miss Xin Xin Liang, Vice President of The Photographic Society of New York.
This class focuses to introduce some basic but artistic photography skills to help not only using cameras to capture what are around us, but capture emotions within all that are around us.
*IRC Conference Room*


Jun
11
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Plaza Theatrical Productions Presents The Wizard of Oz

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The celebrated children's classic comes to life onstage with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion. The entire family will enjoy this adaptation, complete with costumes, sets and the music of the MGM movie.


Jun
12
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Beginners Word

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 12 openings

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


Jun
12
1:30PM

--to--

3:30PM

Monday Movie Matinee

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

May 8th, 2017, 1:30 pm-- "Sabrina" (1954; PG-13)
June 12th, 2017, 1:30 pm-- "Loving" (2016; PG-13)
July 10th, 2017, 1:30 pm-- "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (2007; PG-13; French with English subtitles.)
August 14th, 2017, 1:30 pm -- "Dr. Strangelove" (1964; PG)
*Auditorium, Lower Level*

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

Additional Dates


Jun
12
5:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Teen Movie Monday

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

All teens, 7th to 12th grades, are invited to enjoy a carefully selected teen movie!


Jun
13
12:30PM

--to--

2:30PM

Beginners Excel

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

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


Jun
14
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Resume Keywords and Accomplishment Statements

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

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


Jun
15
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Intro to Computers in Mandarin

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

Learn the basic parts and functions of a computer in this introductory class. Call to register 718-661-1280 or stop by Flushing Library.

基本的电脑教程 (国语)
你将了解计算机的基本部件和功能,如果你要注册,请拨打 718-661-1280。


Jun
15
12:30PM

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2:30PM

Traditional Marketing for Small Business

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

Marketing activities continue to evolve from traditional strategies to nontraditional methods that involve the Internet. Both traditional and nontraditional marketing have advantages and disadvantages. Traditional marketing activities help you become visible and attractive to your target customer and typically involve advertising, publicity, sales, merchandising and distribution. To preregister visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org or for more information, call 718-661-1205. Class code JR310


Jun
15
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Learning Chinese - Beginner

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

Queens Library at Flushing will continue Learning Chinese class for beginner level students. The semester will have 12 sessions, starting from June 15. All classes will be on Thursdays from 6:30-8:00 pm. Registration begins on May 22nd. Please register online at www.queenslibrary.org/events or call 718.661.1280 for assistance. The program is funded by Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in New York.

FlushingThu, Jun 22, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
FlushingThu, Jun 29, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
FlushingThu, Jul 6, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
FlushingThu, Jul 13, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
FlushingThu, Jul 20, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
FlushingThu, Jul 27, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
FlushingThu, Aug 3, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
FlushingThu, Aug 10, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
FlushingThu, Aug 17, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
FlushingThu, Aug 24, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM
FlushingThu, Aug 31, 20176:30PM - 8:00PM

Jun
16
1:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Social Media for Your Business

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

Learn which social sites are best for you and strategies for successfully using social media for your business. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-661-1205 for additional information. Class code JR310.


Jun
18
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Alzheimer’s Support Group (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

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


Jun
18
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Festival: An Afternoon of Peking Opera by the Teachers & Students of Peking Opera Classes

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Program:
1. Peking Opera Arias: Students of Qingyi class; 2. Opera: Members of the Youth Troupe
3. Opera: Chasing after General Han Xin: Yue Qingyin, Fang Yulin; 4. Opera: Pinggui Bidding His Farewell: Zhang Jingtao, Cheng Xiuling; 5. Opera: Scouting the Enemy's Troop Formation: Guan Shenli, Li Jiling


Jun
19
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Intermediate Word

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

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


Jun
20
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Intermediate Word

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

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


Jun
20
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Nutrition for a Healthy Lifestyle

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Suzanne Gerdes, MS, RD, CDN, will teach seniors with conditions like hypertension and diabetes how to choose healthy foods. Learn how to have a nutritious diet that you can enjoy!


Jun
21
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Cover Letters

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

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


Jun
21
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Finding Lasting Happiness Through Meditation with Jim Rose

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Too often incessant stress, distraction, and constant challenges leave us worn out and worn down. Meditation can be the key that unlocks the inner doorway to a life of deep and lasting inner happiness. In this workshop, we will learn a simple yet highly effective method to help still our restless minds, achieve a state of lasting happiness and reconnect with our source.
*IRC Conference Room*


Jun
22
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Building Relationships in Business

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

This class will show how to build relationships through networking, foster partnerships in business, and get "buy in" from business acquaintances. To preregister visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org or for more information, call 718-661-1205. Class code: JR310.


Jun
24
2:00PM

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4:00PM

The Beauty of Kunqu: 2017 Summer Concert

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This program will feature resident artists and students of the Kunqu Workshop. Together they will present classical Kunqu plays and perform Kunqu arias. The goal of the program is to introduce the art and beauty of Kunqu to the general public.
*Auditorium, Lower Level*


Jun
24
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Teenage Sexual and Character Development (Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Teenage years are a time for growth and discovery. With proper guidance throughout this journey, young people will be prepared to develop healthy self-esteem in order to lead a meaningful, productive, and happy life.


Jun
25
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Welcoming Summer with Chinese Folk Dance

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

To welcome a beautiful summer season, the members of Ginger's Dance Studio will perform a variety of Chinese folk dances. Ginger's Dance Studio was created in 2003 to promote arts, culture and health in the Chinese community.


Jun
26
2:00PM

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6:00PM

Claim Your Lost Money

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Representatives from the Office of the New York State Comptroller, Intergovernmental and Community Affairs Division, will provide information about the New York State Unclaimed Funds program and assist attendees in searching for and processing any unclaimed funds due to them.


Jun
28
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Job Skills Identification

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

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


Jun
28
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Teen Jeopardy

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Fun Trivia time is here at Flushing for all teens 7 to 12th grade.

Come enjoy fun and educational trivial pursuit on our overhead monitor with
buzzers! Challenge your mind while just having fun.

Yummy treats are available for all participants.

The fun is on at Flushing!


Jun
28
6:00PM

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8:00PM

A Celebration of Gay Pride Month: Screening of "The Danish Girl"

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Danish artist Einar Wegener (played by Eddie Redmayne) challenges science and society to become the woman trapped inside of him, Lili Elbe. Winner of multiple international and national awards including an Oscar, "The Danish Girl" is based on the first sex confirmation surgery in recorded history [1930].

[Parental discretion advised: adult subject matter and brief nudity]


Jun
28
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Libertas Center for Human Rights Info Session

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The Libertas Center, located at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, works for the humanitarian needs of survivors of torture and victims of persecution. They provide survivors of torture and human rights violations in the NYC area with medical, mental health, social and legal services to help them regain function and lead healthy, confident, and hopeful lives. Join us to learn more about this organization and related resources. All are welcome.


Jun
29
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

LinkedIn for Job Searching

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

LinkedIn is a social networking website that allows you to manage your professional identity, build and engage with your professional network, and access knowledge, insights, and opportunities. In this workshop you will learn how to use LinkedIn to look for employment, network, and keep up with colleagues. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-661-1205 for additional information. Class Code: JR200


Jun
29
3:00PM

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4:30PM

BookBusters. Book Discussion

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Congratulations, school is over! It’s time to enjoy your summer with a good and fun read: “Boom!” by Mark Haddon. Have you ever thought that your teacher might be an alien, or monster or some other strange creature? Well it’s time to learn the truth… We will get together for the discussion on June 29th from 3-4:30PM.
For children Grades 4-6
Pick up the reserved book at the Children’s Desk.
Participation will count toward the Read Away Your Fees program


Jul
1
11:15AM

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11:45AM

Family Storytime

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Jul
1
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Happy Summer Concert with the Haiyun Chorus

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The Haiyun Chorus will hold this concert to celebrate two important events - the 271st Independence Day of the United States and the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong' s return to the motherland.
The concert will open with the "The Star Spangled Banner" and include the songs "You Raise Me Up," "America the Beautiful," "The Pearl of the East" and "By the Lion Mountain,” a song which praises the spirit of the hardworking Hong Kong people.


Jul
1
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Chess Club

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Jul
6
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Introduction to Internet

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 18 openings

After this workshop, you will have the skills needed to begin to navigate the Internet. Topics covered include terminology, how to search and use a web browser, the basic structure of a website and Internet safety. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Call 718-661-1280 Or Visit Flushing Library


Jul
7
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Middle School Maker Lab

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

For children entering grades 6-9. Middle schoolers, and those starting middle school in the fall are invited to join us this summer in our new Middle School Maker Lab. 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 experiments. Space is limited, please register at the Flushing Library Teen Desk beginning June 20.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
8
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Uncle Yao's Chorus presents: Sino-American Friendship Celebration Concert

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Audience members will be treated with joyous music, spanning in decades and across continents, in celebration of the almost 4 decade long Sino-American friendship. In addition, there will be dances highlighting the ancient, winding Silk Road in China and a barbershop quartet to add to the variety.
*Auditorium, Lower Level*


Jul
9
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Afro-Peruvian Jazz with Corina Bartra

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Corina Barta: Vocals; Steve Sandberg: Piano; Perico Diaz: Percussion
The group will be playing a mixture of Afro-Peruvian, Brazilian and Latin Jazz.
*Auditorium, Lower Level*


Jul
10
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Summer Read2Me Club: Mini Builders

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

For children ages 0-5 and their caregivers. Come join us each week this summer for stories and crafts designed to introduce STEAM concepts and encourage creativity.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
12
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Summer Reading Club: Little Builders

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come join us each Wednesday this July and August for our summer reading club for children entering grades 1-3. In keeping with the summer reading theme "Build It!" children will participate in book discussions and activities designed to encourage creativity and problem solving.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
13
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Demystifying Diabetes

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

We always hear about diabetes, but what is it really? What is it doing to our bodies? Why do so many people have it? Come learn all of this, as well as some tips to prevent and manage it at this program.


Jul
13
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Intro to Internet In Cantonese!

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

Learn the basic parts on how to navigate the internet in our introductory class in Cantonese!

基本的上网教程 (粤语)
教你如何上网搜索资料。


Jul
13
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading Club: The Building Crew

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come join us each Wednesday this July and August for our summer reading club for children entering grades 4-6. In keeping with the summer reading theme "Build It!" children will participate in book discussions and activities designed to encourage creativity and problem solving.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
19
6:30PM

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7:45PM

Lincoln Center Local Screenings: International Contemporary Ensemble

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Lincoln Center has partnered with Queens Library to bring screenings of world-class performances to your neighborhood. Enjoy a screening of Mostly Mozart’s artists in residence and pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard performing works of the group’s favorite composer, Dai Fujikura. A protégé of George Benjamin, Fujikura is internationally acclaimed for his otherworldly atmospheres that draw on a vast sound palette.


Jul
21
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Children's Summer Movie Series

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come join us this summer for our monthly movie series for children ages 0-12 and their families!

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

Additional Dates


Aug
7
11:00AM

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11:45AM

Fun-tastic Family Sing Along

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

Come join Carlos & Co. for their Fun-tastic Family Sing Along for preschool children. You'll sing, dance, watch story videos and even learn a little Spanish. Playing original and well known songs on guitar and percussion, Carlos and Co delivers a delightful musical experience that will also enhance your preschool child's literacy skills.


Aug
14
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Story Plays

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

For children entering grades 1-6. Children will participate in theater activities and create an original theatrical adaptation of a favorite story to be performed at a special Saturday Family Storytime on August 19. Children must attend at least two sessions to perform. Please register at the Children's Desk beginning August 1.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
16
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Breast Health: Cancer Screening and Prevention

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join Linda Bulone, RN, OCN, CCRC for an informative workshop on breast health. During this session, we will discuss basic facts about breast cancer prevention and early detection, and review facts and myths about general breast health. All are welcome.


Aug
21
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Google CS First Club - Art

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children ages 8-14 are invited to join us for our summer Google CS First Club where they will learn basic coding techniques and design computer-based art programs. Space is limited, please register at the Children's Desk beginning August 1. Children are required to attend all sessions.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
13
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Educating Parents About Type 1 Diabetes

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

As the parent of a child with type 1 diabetes (T1D), you can help your child’s school create a supportive environment where they can learn and thrive. Come get tips and strategies from a lawyer who is also the parent of a child with T1D. All are welcome.


Sep
19
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Meditation for a Healthy Lifestyle

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

In this fast-paced world, inner peace can seem elusive. You are invited to join Dr. Frank Pawlowski for an engaging workshop teaching you practical strategies to reduce stress and create a more healthy and positive lifestyle. Dr. Pawlowski will offer meditation techniques that can help you connect within to gain a profound sense of serenity and joy.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Flushing Community Library has:

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

 

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International Language Collections at the Flushing Community Library include:

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

 

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Peter Koo
PKoo@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 135-27 38th Avenue, Suite 388
Flushing NY, 11354
phone: (718) 888-8747
fax: (718) 888-0331
Legislative Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1847
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-7022
NYS Assembly
Hon. Ron Kim
KimR@nyassembly.gov
District Office 136-20 38th Ave., Suite 10A
Flushing NY, 11354
phone: (718) 939-0195
fax: (718) 939-1238
Albany Office LOB, Room 419
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-5411
fax: (518) 455-4995
NYS Senate
Hon. Toby Ann Stavisky
Stavisky@nysenate.gov
District Office 142-29 37th Avenue, Suite 1
Flushing NY, 11354
phone: (718) 445-0004
fax: (718) 445-8398
Albany Office Room 706, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-3461
fax: (518) 426-6857
US Congress
Hon. Grace Meng

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

History

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bibliography

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

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

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

Olde Flushing by Harriet Lawson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Olde Flushing by Harriet Lawson.

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