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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.

Jun 24 @ 10:00 AM

Introduction to Computers (In Spanish)

Learn the basic parts and functions of a computer in this introductory class. Call 718-661-1280 to register or stop by Flushing Library Cyber Center located on the 2nd Floor.

Jul 25 @ 10:00 AM

Introduction to Email (in Spanish)

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. To register visit the Flushing Library Cyber Center ...

Aug 22 @ 10:00 AM

Jun
17
10:00AM

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11:30AM

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.


Jun
18
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Basic Chinese Class

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Queens Public Library in Flushing will provide a basic Chinese learning class series starting in June. The first round of lessons is at the basic level and will continue to intermediate level in August. There will be 10 sessions for each class and both levels of classes will be repeated once after October. Interested students must register at the first class – first-come, first-registered. Textbooks will be available to borrow for registered students with their library card.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
19
3:30PM

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4:15PM

Parent-Child Workshop

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

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


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Jun
20
10:00AM

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11:00AM

How to Make Greeting Cards in Spanish

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

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

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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, May 23 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.

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Jun
22
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 Reference Desk beginning Saturday, June 2 at 10 a.m. or by calling 718-661-1280.


Jun
22
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*


Jun
23
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Chinese Author Talk Series #39: Li Heping: Application Guide for High Schools in the United States

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The author's book highlights the comparison of public and private schools in the United States----the similarities and differences, giving parents ideas about why and how to choose private schools.
The author will also address the pros and cons of choosing a special high school and entering a regular high school.


Jun
24
10:00AM

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11:30AM

Introduction to Job Interviews

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


Jun
26
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*


Jun
29
1:00PM

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4:00PM

Culture Bridge Series # 16: The Art of Chinese Paper Cutting

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Chinese paper cutting artist Lu Mingliang will demonstrate Chinese paper cutting, which is also called engraving paper. It is an ancient folk art recorded and streamlined since the Northern and Southern Dynasties period. He will introduce the history of Chinese paper cutting and its cultural elements, and demonstrate the traditional technique of paper cutting as well as his masterful three-dimensional portraits of paper cutting. *IRC Conference Room*


Jun
29
2:00PM

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4:00PM

The Third「In Arts We Trust」Chinese Opera Forum

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Flushing Library, Chinese Oral and Performing Literature and Chinese Theatre Works present
roundtable discussion & performances. Featured groups include Qi Shu Fang Opera Troupe, Asia Pacific Culture and Art Center, Renaissance Chinese Opera Society, and Wintergreen Kunqu Society.


Jul
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.
*Auditorium*

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

Additional Dates


Jul
3
7:00PM

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7:30PM

One-on-One Sessions: Bring Your Own Devices

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

Come in and get one-on-one assistance with your device, assistance with using the computer, and basic tutorials. Space is limited. To register visit the Flushing Library Cyber Center located on the 2nd Floor or call 718-661-1280.
*** Bring your own devices or Iphone/Ipad***

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

Additional Dates


Jul
8
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Identifying Your Work Skills

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

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


Jul
10
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Housing Court and Tenants' Rights

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Learn about housing court, cases in housing court, non-payment and holdover, HP action/harassment/illegal lockout, tenants' rights, and have time for questions and answers.


Jul
11
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Introduction 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. To register, visit Flushing Library Cyber Center on the 2nd Floor or call 718-661-1280.


Jul
13
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Flushing Library & New Americans Program presents: Chinese Author Talk Series #40

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Twenty-two authors from New York, New Jersey, Seattle, Maryland, Connecticut, and several Taiwanese cities contributed to this literary anthology, Our Echo Chamber. The authors range in age from their thirties to their nineties. They are writers, poets, artists, and scholars. However, one mission united them to this book: love of life and eagerness to write, record, and express themselves. Their feelings, stories, and memories constitute an echo chamber that readers can join. *Rooms A&B*


Jul
14
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Chinese Author Talk Series #41: Sonia Hu and Vivian Tang

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Two members of the New York Chinese Women Writers Association, Sonia Hu and Vivian Tang, will introduce their new books, "Mirror Flower Water Moon" and “Once Upon a Time in the Alley.” Please join the event for the discussion and get an autographed book.


Jul
15
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Creating Impactful Resumes

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

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

Additional Dates


Jul
15
10:30AM

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12:00PM

How to Save Yourself From a Heart Attack

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Would you like to know how to improve your heart health and have a better quality of life? All over the world, the most common cause of death is a heart attack. A heart attack takes the life of more than 1.5 million people each year in the United States. Dr. Xuming Dai, an interventional cardiologist, will explain how to avoid a heart attack by paying close attention to certain risk factors.


Jul
18
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to Computers in Mandarin

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

Learn the basic parts and functions of a computer in this introductory class. Call 718-661-1280 to register or stop by Flushing Library Cyber Center located on 2nd Floor.

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。


Jul
18
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Summer Film Festival: "The Meg" (PG-13)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

In the film, a deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific… with its crew trapped inside. *Auditorium*


Jul
21
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Alzheimer’s Support Group (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Jul
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.


Jul
25
10:00AM

--to--

11:00AM

Introduction to Computers (In Spanish)

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

Learn the basic parts and functions of a computer in this introductory class. Call 718-661-1280 to register or stop by Flushing Library Cyber Center located on the 2nd Floor.


Jul
25
1:00PM

--to--

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 presents the Chinese Open Mic to welcome you to sing with others. First-come, first-sing!
*Auditorium*

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

Additional Dates


Jul
26
10:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

MS Excel: Data Entry and Tables

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

Learn to organize your information in Excel! Participants in the Data Entry and Tables course will build skills for entering and reading information on different types of tables. Basic computer skills are required.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
27
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Flushing Lecture Series presented by Flushing Library and North American Calligraphers Association

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Launched in 2009, the Flushing Lecture Series focuses on a wide range of Chinese cultural topics, from calligraphy and painting to poetry and Chinese classics. Scholars and artists have presented nearly 100 lectures in past years. The renewed program starting in July includes ten lectures that will bring enlightened perspectives on some interesting issues of Chinese culture. *IRC Conference Room*

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

Additional Dates


Jul
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.


Aug
2
11:00AM

--to--

11:30AM

One-on-One Sessions: Download and Print from Google Docs and Email

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

Come in and get one assistance with learning how to download and print from Google Docs as well as your email! (Hotmail, Yahoo, Google, etc.) Space is limited. To register visit Flushing Library Cyber Center located on the 2nd Floor or call 718-661-1280.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
5
10:30AM

--to--

12:00PM

Identifying Your Work Skills

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

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.


Aug
7
10:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

MS Word: Using Tables & Styling

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

Use MS Word to format your documents. This session on using tables and styling will help you to organize and make your Word files stand out! Topics include creating tables of contents, charts, and using styling templates. Basic computer skills are required.


Aug
7
7:00PM

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7:30PM

One-on-One Sessions: How to Use 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 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.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
8
10:00AM

--to--

11:00AM

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. To register visit the Flushing Library Cyber Center located on the 2nd Floor or call 718-661-1280.


Aug
9
10:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

MS Excel: Data Entry and Tables

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

Learn to organize your information in Excel! Participants in the Data Entry and Tables course will build skills for entering and reading information on different types of tables. Basic computer skills are required.


Aug
12
10:30AM

--to--

12:00PM

Creating Impactful Resumes

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

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.


Aug
14
10:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

MS Word: Creating Marketing Materials

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

Learn how to use MS Word to create and design marketing materials such as flyers, brochures, and business cards! Basic computer skills are required.


Aug
15
10:00AM

--to--

11:00AM

Introduction to Email (in Cantonese)

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 in, how to navigate your email account, how to send and receive email messages, and how to attach documents. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills prior to the workshop. Preregistration required. Call (718) 661-1280.


Aug
16
10:30AM

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12:30PM

MS Excel: Creating Charts and Graphs

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

Improve how you organize and present information. Creating Charts and Graphs helps participants to take their data entry and organization skills to the next level visually. Basic computer skills are required.


Aug
19
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.


Aug
21
10:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

MS Word: Designing Templates

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

Learn how to create a template in MS Word. This class will focus on bringing out your creativity while learning new design features. Basic computer skills are required.


Aug
22
10:00AM

--to--

11:00AM

Introduction to Email (in Spanish)

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. To register visit the Flushing Library Cyber Center located on the 2nd Floor or call 718-661-1280.


Aug
23
10:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

MS Excel: Using 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.


Aug
26
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.


Aug
28
10:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

Writing Resumes in MS Word

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

Whether you are new to the workforce or have been a professional for years, keeping an up-to-date resume is important! In this class, you will learn layouts and formatting skills to make your resume stand out above the rest. Basic computer skills are required.


Aug
28
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Queens Artists and Non-Profit Organizations: Do You Need Funding?

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Learn about the 2020 Queens Arts Fund Grant Program! The Queens Arts Fund (QAF) awards grants to Queens-based individual artists and non-profit organizations that are producing arts and cultural programming in visual, performing, literary, and folk arts disciplines. Program guidelines and the application process will be reviewed.


Aug
30
10:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

Introduction to PowerPoint

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

Create awesome presentations and slideshows with PowerPoint. Topics covered will include creating and editing slides, changing the design and colors, inserting pictures and illustrations, and presenting your slide show.


Sep
12
10:00AM

--to--

11:00AM

Introduction to Word

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

Learn the basic skills in Microsoft Word and gain hands-on experience creating documents, changing formats, and using key shortcuts. To register visit Flushing Library Cyber Center on the 2nd Floor or call 718-661-1280.


Sep
19
10:00AM

--to--

11:00AM

Introduction to Word in Cantonese

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

Learn the fundamentals! You will learn how to create and save Word documents, format and edit text; and copy, cut, and paste. Participants should have basic computer skills. To register, visit Flushing Library Cyber Center on the 2nd Floor or call 718-661-1280.


Sep
26
10:00AM

--to--

11:00AM

Introduction to Word in Spanish

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

Learn the basic skills in Microsoft Word and gain hands-on experience creating documents, changing formats, and using key shortcuts. To register visit Flushing Library Cyber Center on the 2nd Floor or call 718-661-1280.


Oct
10
10:00AM

--to--

11:00AM

Introduction to Excel

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

In the Introduction to Excel class, participants will learn the basic concepts of Microsoft Excel, such as what a spreadsheet is, Excel navigation, and data entry.


Oct
17
10:00AM

--to--

11:00AM

MS Excel: Creating Charts and Graphs

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

Learn how to create charts and graphs in Microsoft Excel. Basic knowledge of MS Excel is required. To register visit the Flushing Library Cyber Center located on the 2nd Floor or call 718-661-1280.


Oct
24
10:00AM

--to--

11:00AM

Introduction to Excel in Spanish

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

In the Introduction to Excel class, participants will learn the basic concepts of Microsoft Excel, such as what a spreadsheet is, Excel navigation, and data entry. To register visit Flushing Library Cyber Center on the 2nd Floor or call 718-661-1280.


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.

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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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.