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Skills Identification

In this competitive job market, it is important to know your job skills as well as be able to market these skills to potential employers. In this workshop, you will learn how to define and categorize job skills, identify your job skills, understand the difference between job skills and job duties, market your job skills and become aware of ...

Apr 1 @ 10:00 AM

Introduction to the Internet

After this workshop, you will have the basic skills 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. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that ...

Apr 2 @ 10:00 AM

20 Characteristics of a Successful Entrepreneur

Learn what it takes to be successful in business and discover the secrets to entrepreneurship! Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information.

Apr 3 @ 10:00 AM

Job Search via Social Media

The Internet is buzzing with social media sites such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Learn about these three major social media sites and how they can help you optimize your job search by locating job opportunities and postings and learning more about specific companies and organizations. This is a not a computer class. Preregister online ...

Apr 3 @ 10:00 AM

Resumes

Are you ready to apply for jobs? Does your resume stand out from the crowd? Make your resume the best it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn how to get started, about types of resumes, what to include and not include and tips for making a resume stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information, ...

Apr 8 @ 10:00 AM

Beginners' Word

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 are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Class code CC170

Apr 9 @ 10:00 AM

LinkedIn

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 it to network, look for employment and keep up with colleagues. Basic computer skills and knowledge of the ...

Apr 10 @ 10:00 AM

Things to Know before Starting a Business

Learn steps to take before jumping into a new venture! Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information.

Apr 10 @ 10:00 AM

Intro to Internet

After this workshop, you will have the skills 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. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you ...

Apr 14 @ 6:00 PM

Cover Letters

Make your cover letter the best that it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn how to get started, what to include and not include and tips for making a cover letter stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information call 718-990-8625. Class code JR130

Apr 15 @ 10:00 AM

Apr
1
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Skills Identification

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

In this competitive job market, it is important to know your job skills as well as be able to market these skills to potential employers. In this workshop, you will learn how to define and categorize job skills, identify your job skills, understand the difference between job skills and job duties, market your job skills and become aware of the most sought job skills. To preregister, visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information please call 718-634-1876. Class code JR110


Apr
1
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Discovery Team Science Fun

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Have fun and learn with the Discovery Team as we explore the wonders of science and math with experiments, activities and projects for children in elementary and middle school.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
1
6:00PM

--to--

9:00PM

Information Session for Access Code: An Innovative Tech Education Program

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

Access Code is an innovative tech-education program that equips talented adults with the computer-programming skills and entrepreneurial training they need to launch their careers in tech. Join representatives from Coalition for Queens at this information session and learn how to apply!


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Apr
2
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Introduction to the Internet

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 7 openings

After this workshop, you will have the basic skills 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. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Class code CC110


Apr
2
6:30PM

--to--

8:30PM

Open Mic Night

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Performers are invited to share their talents in a 5-minute presentation in any of these categories: poetry, written word, music, comedy and spoken word.

*In IRC Conference Room, 3rd Floor*

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

Additional Dates


Apr
3
10:00AM

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3:00PM

Get Free Help with Your Taxes!

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Sign up to get FREE help with electronic filing. If your income is under $60,000 per year then you qualify to receive assistance from New York State Tax Department volunteers. Volunteers will be available to provide FREE guidance to taxpayers who are electronically preparing and filing their own personal income tax returns. Sign up at Queens Library @ Flushing. Volunteers will be available that speak English and Chinese.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
3
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

20 Characteristics of a Successful Entrepreneur

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

Learn what it takes to be successful in business and discover the secrets to entrepreneurship! Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information.


Apr
3
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Job Search via Social Media

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

The Internet is buzzing with social media sites such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Learn about these three major social media sites and how they can help you optimize your job search by locating job opportunities and postings and learning more about specific companies and organizations. This is a not a computer class. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, call 718-990-8625 or visit the Job Information Center. Class code JR200


Apr
3
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Flushing Book Discussion Group

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

January 2: "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel García Marquez
February 6: "Lean In" by Sheryl Sandberg
March 6: "The View from Castle Rock" by Alice Munro
April 3: "The Woman Upstairs" by Claire Messud
IRC Conference Room, 3rd Floor


Apr
3
4:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Teen Happy Hour

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

It's Flushing's favorite Friday activity! Hang out with friends and play board, card and Xbox and Wii video games. Let the fun begin!

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

Additional Dates


Apr
6
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Poof! Life in a Vacuum with Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Why do astronauts need to wear those big, heavy space suits? Discover what happens to various objects when exposed to a vacuum and how your body would react in space at this program for teens in grade 7 and up.


Apr
7
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Introduction to Computers and the Internet

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

Learn about computer hardware and software, how to use a computer and how to search the Internet.


Apr
7
5:00PM

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8:00PM

Battle of the Bands Recruitment Flyer

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Bands wanted for our first annual Teen Battle of the Bands! All types of music welcome. Visit www.queenslibrary.org/teens/battleofthebands for registration information.


Apr
7
5:00PM

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8:00PM

Teen Battle of the Bands

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Cheer on local bands as the battle for first place in our first annual battle of the bands.


Apr
8
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Resumes

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

Are you ready to apply for jobs? Does your resume stand out from the crowd? Make your resume the best it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn how to get started, about types of resumes, what to include and not include and tips for making a resume stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code JR130


Apr
8
2:00PM

--to--

4:30PM

Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 21 openings

Bring your own cards (official only and no Japanese versions or stall decks) to compete for the championship. The winner will receive a limited edition card or a booster pack. Let the games begin!


Apr
9
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Beginners' Word

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 9 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 are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Class code CC170


Apr
9
2:30PM

--to--

3:30PM

Poems about Spring and Hope

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Spring is the season of hope, and Margot Carpenter and Karen Van Outryve will read poems about it to children ages 6-12.


Apr
9
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Global Harmony House presents: You Are What You Think!

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

What we say, what we do and what we feel all have their origins in the mind. When we understand and harness this energy of the mind, then we can master our life, producing those "fruits" which give us the most happiness and contentment. Join us to discover how thoughts work like seeds in your own life! In IRC Conference Room, 3rd Floor


Apr
10
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

LinkedIn

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

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 it to network, look for employment and keep up with colleagues. Basic computer skills and knowledge of the Internet are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information. Class code JR210


Apr
10
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Things to Know before Starting a Business

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

Learn steps to take before jumping into a new venture! Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information.


Apr
11
9:30AM

--to--

12:00PM

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 to someone. 4/11 - Introduction to the computer; 4/18 - Navigating the Internet; 4/25- Creating your own email account. Participants are encouraged to attend all three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning Saturday, April 4 at 9:00 a.m. or call 718-661-1280 to register.

FlushingSat, Apr 18, 20159:30AM - 12:00PM
FlushingSat, Apr 25, 20159:30AM - 12:00PM

Apr
11
1:30PM

--to--

2:30PM

Jazz: The Music of Our Lifetime - Modern Jazz with the Carl Bartlett, Jr. Quintet

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Saxophonist and composer Carl Bartlett, Jr. and his ensemble will play cutting-edge original tunes from the critically acclaimed debut CD "Hopeful," along with Bartlett's own arrangements of standards like "Body and Soul" and "Firm Roots." He will follow up the performance with an audience question-and-answer session about jazz and what makes it a brilliant and cathartic musical art form. *In Auditorium, Lower Level*


Apr
12
12:30PM

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2:00PM

Russian Festival 2015: A Celebration of Russian Culture

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

12:30PM: Yevyeniya Rozentsvit sculpts Russian fairy tale characters from clay; supplies are limited to 25 participants, first come, first served. 1:30PM: Mark Belitsky sings Russian songs. 3:00PM: Literary Theater Dialogue presents "Life Is Too Short," a drama directed and adapted by Irina Volkovich about the life and legacy of Russian-American writer Sergei Dovlatov, featuring Inna Yesilevskaya and Rustem Galitch.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
12
1:30PM

--to--

3:30PM

Music Lecture Series by New York Classical Music Lovers Association (in English and Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Lecturers will discuss different style of classical music and composers each month. *In IRC Conference Room, 3rd Floor*

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

Additional Dates


Apr
12
1:30PM

--to--

3:30PM

North American Chinese Calligraphy Association Presents Lectures on Chinese Culture (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Flushing Library and the North American Chinese Calligraphy Association present, as a part of the Flushing Lecture Series, twelve workshops on Chinese culture focusing on the study and appreciation of classical Chinese literature and arts. In IRC Conference Room, 3rd Floor

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

Additional Dates


Apr
13
6:30PM

--to--

7:30PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: "New York Philharmonic Opening Gala with Itzhak Perlman"

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Lincoln Center is partnering with the Queens Library to bring free screenings of world-class performances to your neighborhood. This month, world-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman joins the Philharmonic to perform his personal favorites.


Apr
14
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Introduction to Email

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

Learn how to set up your own email account; send, receive and delete messages; and use different email functions.


Apr
14
6:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Intro to Internet

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

After this workshop, you will have the skills 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. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Class code CC110


Apr
15
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Cover Letters

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

Make your cover letter the best that it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn how to get started, what to include and not include and tips for making a cover letter stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information call 718-990-8625. Class code JR130


Apr
16
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Beginners' Excel

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 4 openings

Learn what a spreadsheet is and how to navigate it, create workbooks, enter and edit data, and create charts and graphs. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required. Class code CC180


Apr
16
2:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Permanent Opportunity: You Have a Green Card - Get More! (in Spanish)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

If you have your green card, you might be ready to get the full benefits of citizenship, which will allow you to vote in your next local, state and national elections as well as enjoy many other opportunities. Please call 212-480-1918 to preregister or sign up at www.citizenshipworks.org/register.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
17
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Facebook

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

Learn how to use social media site Facebook to stay in touch with loved ones, keep up with the news and leverage your network for your job search. We will help you set up a Facebook account and answer questions about it. Basic computer knowledge, Internet skills and a valid email account are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information. Class code CC130


Apr
17
4:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Know Your Competitors

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

Learning about your competitors is the easiest way to beat them. Find out how! Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information.


Apr
18
2:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Association of Chinese-English Bilingual Educators Workshop: Communicating with Our Children

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

In this third session of a series on education and family, held in Chinese and English, participants will learn effective ways to communicate with their children. The workshop will be conducted by a public school administrator and a guidance counselor, and parents are welcome to add their observations and ask questions.


Apr
19
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

International Resource Center Presents: Goddesses of Belly Dance

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Art reflects humanity, and the art of belly dance reflects, in particular, the celebration of marriage, childbirth and the powerful communication between women. Dancers, choreographers and master teachers Shoshana and Rayhana will take you on a divine journey through these joyous and harmonious dances of the Near East. *In Auditorium, Lower Level*


Apr
21
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Microsoft Word for Beginners

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

Learn the fundamentals of Microsoft Word. Participants should have basic computer skills. Preregistration is required at the Cyber Center.


Apr
21
6:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Introduction to Email

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

Learn how to create an email account, log on, navigate your account, send and receive messages and attach documents. Preregister at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or in person at the Job Information Center. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Class code CC120


Apr
22
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Job-Search Strategies

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

In this workshop participants will learn: What you need to start a job search; About general and career-specific websites; How to safely find and apply for jobs online including: how to create an account at a major job search website; how to post your resume online; how to email a resume; appropriate ways to follow up after applying online. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information, please visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class Code: JR190


Apr
22
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

It's Easy Being Green!

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Catch the Discovery Team in a rare Teen Room appearance for grades 7-12 on Earth Day. Melt styrofoam, make your own water filter for survival, and more!


Apr
23
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Beginners' Word

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


Apr
23
10:30AM

--to--

11:30AM

Asthma and Allergies (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

As part of the Community Health Education Partnership series, Dr. Wei-Hsiu Lo, MD, will give a talk on the mechanisms, causes, manifestations and management of allergic diseases, with a focus on allergic rhinitis and asthma.


Apr
23
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Teen Jeopardy

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

All teens and tweens are invited to join us for one of Flushing Library's favorite traditions: Teen Jeopardy! We use buzzers and play either solo or in teams. It's not too competitive but is definitely a lot of fun!


Apr
23
6:00PM

--to--

7:30PM

Slide-Illustrated Book Talk with Author Jason Antos

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Author Jason Antos discusses and shows slides on the history of Shea Stadium, from its inception to the creation of Citi Field. Copies of his book "Images of Baseball: Shea Stadium" will be available for sale and signing.


Apr
24
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Twitter

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

Learn about Twitter, an online social networking service that allows you to connect instantly to what's most important to you. You’ll learn how you can “follow” your friends, experts and favorite celebrities and receive breaking news, job posting notifications and more. Basic computer skills and a valid email address are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information. Class code CC130.


Apr
24
4:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Turning Your Dream into Reality: Tapping into Free Business Resources

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

NYC is home to many free business resources. Learn which ones you should reach out to for all business help. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information.


Apr
25
3:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Caring for a Person with a Memory Problem (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter, offers a monthly support group in Mandarin Chinese for people caring for a person with Alzheimer’s or any of the other dementias. Our support group is a secure and safe place to share your experiences.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
27
6:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Baroque Keyboard Music with Kanako Koyama

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Pianist Kanako Koyama has performed as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician throughout the United States and in her native Japan. She has played at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, the Liszt House in Weimar and the Hochshule fur Musik und Theater in Leipzig. At this concert, she will perform works by Scarlatti, J. S. Bach, Handel and more. In Auditorium, Lower Level


Apr
28
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Introduction to Excel

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

Learn how to create spreadsheets, use formulas and create tables. Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are necessary. Preregistration is required by phone or in person at the Cyber Center Desk. For details, please call 718-990-0769.


Apr
28
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Caring for a Person with Mental and Emotional Challenges (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Do you have a loved one receiving mental health treatment, or who you feel should be evaluated or treated? Are you unsure how to proceed? Find out more at this workshop and discussion presented by Dr. Daniel Chen of Flushing Hospital Medical Center.


Apr
28
6:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Online Job Applications

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

In this workshop, you will begin to navigate online job applications swiftly and efficiently by learning: how to register and build an employment profile on a job site; how to apply to online job postings; and how to upload your resume to an online application. Basic computer skills and an email account are required. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, call 718-990-8625 or visit the Job Information Center. Basic computer skills are required. Class Code: JR160.


Apr
29
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Mistake-Free Interviewing

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 14 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 at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code JR170


Apr
30
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Beginners' Excel

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

Learn what a spreadsheet is and how to navigate it, create workbooks, enter and edit data, and create charts and graphs. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required. Class code CC180.


Apr
30
11:00AM

--to--

3:00PM

SNAP Benefits

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Find out if you qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as food stamps, and get help applying. See if you are entitled to rent assistance through the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) program. Call the outreach office of LiveOn, formerly Council of Senior Centers and Services of New York, at 347-815-5930, or email SNAP@liveon-ny.org for other times and locations.


Apr
30
4:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Anime Club

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Our Anime Club for teens and tweens meets monthly. Selections are based on suggestions from teens and our anime-savvy librarian.


May
1
10:00AM

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12:00PM

How Do Leading Entrepreneurs Think

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

In this class you will learn how to think like successful entrepreneurs. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information.


May
1
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Book Discussion Group

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Selections for the next several months are: 5/1 -"The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America" by Erik Larson; 6/5 -
"The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd; 7/10 - "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" by Jamie Ford; 8/7 - "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress" by Dai Sijie. In IRC Conference Room, 3rd Floor

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

Additional Dates


May
2
1:30PM

--to--

3:00PM

New York Vocal Artists Research Center Mother's Day Concert

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

New York Vocal Artists Research Center (NYVARC) was founded in October 2008 in New York and its members have been performing for the community ever since. At this concert, they will sing Chinese folk songs and Italian opera arias. In Auditorium, Lower Level


May
2
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Kowai: International Monsters of Mystery

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Vampires, ghouls, shape changers . . . . These are characters of our storytelling legacy that live in our dreams but, more particularly, our nightmares. Examine some of the fearsome foes that prowl the corners of the globe through this index of the creepy and scary!


May
2
3:00PM

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4:00PM

What's That Sound?

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This is a fun-filled exploration of instrument families in the modern classical orchestra. Children ages 5 and up and their parents or caregivers can learn about brass, string, percussion and woodwind instruments and how they make music.


May
2
4:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Introduction to Computers

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

After this workshop, you will be able to begin to take advantage of everything a computer has to offer. Topics include computer terminology, using the mouse and touchpad, basic keyboarding skills and navigating folders, files and programs in a Windows environment. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. This is an introductory class; prior computer knowledge and skills are not required. Class code CC100


May
2
5:00PM

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6:00PM

QL International Resource Center Presents Brazilian Dance by Silva Dance Company

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This performance showcases various dance styles of Brazil, including the samba de roda, capoeira and orixa with a modern twist.


May
4
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Author Talk: "Diamond Head" by Cecily Wong

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Told through the eyes of the wives and daughters of a murdered Chinese shipping magnate, Diamond Head is a powerful first novel about love and lies, sacrifice and loss, and compromise and hope, played out on the island of Oahu in the first half of the 20th century. IRC Conference Room.


May
5
6:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Understanding the Labor Market

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

In this workshop participants will learn: What you need to start a job search; About general and career-specific websites; How to safely find and apply for jobs online including: how to create an account at a major job search website; how to post your resume online; how to email a resume; appropriate ways to follow up after applying online. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information, please visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class Code: JR190


May
6
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Skills Identification

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

In this competitive job market, it is important to know your job skills as well as be able to market these skills to potential employers. In this workshop, you will learn how to define and categorize job skills, identify your job skills, understand the difference between job skills and job duties, market your job skills and become aware of the most sought job skills. To preregister, visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information please call 718-634-1876. Class code JR110


May
6
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Polyhedron Origami

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Using brightly colored paper, we will make three-dimensional geometric shapes which can be put together, stacked, or connected to form towers, containers, and much more.


May
8
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Things to know before starting a business

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

Before you start your business take this class to learn key things you will need to know. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information.


May
9
2:00PM

--to--

3:15PM

An Afternoon of Rhythm & Blues performed by Rhythm Ignition

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Enjoy the great sounds of Motown and more.


May
9
4:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Introduction to the Internet

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

After this workshop, you will have the basic skills 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. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Class code CC110.


May
11
6:30PM

--to--

7:45PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: Rosanne Cash, The Lone Bellow, Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Lincoln Center is partnering with Queens Library to bring free screenings of world-class performances to your neighborhood. This month hear a great country, blues and indie rock concert filmed at "Lincoln Center Out of Doors" this past summer.


May
12
6:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Transferable Skills

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

In this competitive job market, it is important to know your job skills as well as be able to market these skills to potential employers. In this workshop, you will learn how to define and categorize job skills, identify your job skills, understand the difference between job skills and job duties, market your job skills and become aware of the most sought job skills. To preregister, visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information please call 718-634-1876. Class code JR110


May
13
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Resumes

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

Are you ready to apply for jobs? Do your resume and cover letter stand out from the crowd? Make your resume and cover letter the best that they can be in this workshop! Participants will learn how to get started, about types of resumes, what to include and not include and tips for making a resume and cover letter stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code JR130


May
15
4:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

10 Steps to Creating an Online Business

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

Learn what it takes to starting a business online. Learn the resources available to start an online business. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information.


May
16
4:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Introduction to Email

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

Learn how to create and navigate an email account, log on, send and receive email messages and attach documents. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Class code CC120.


May
19
6:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Introduction to Marketable Skills

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

In this competitive job market, it is important to know your job skills as well as be able to market these skills to potential employers. In this workshop, you will learn how to define and categorize job skills, identify your job skills, understand the difference between job skills and job duties, market your job skills and become aware of the most sought job skills. To preregister, visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information please call 718-634-1876. Class code JR110


May
20
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Cover Letters

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

Make your cover letter the best that it can be in this workshop! Participants will learn how to get started, what to include and not include and tips for making a cover letter stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Class code JR130. For further information call (718)990-8625.


May
22
4:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Social Media for Your Business

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

Learn which social sites are best for you. Learn strategies to becoming successful in social media for your business. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information.


May
23
1:30PM

--to--

2:45PM

Carnegie Hall's Neighborhood Concerts: Ljova and the Kontraband

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Ljova and the Kontraband serve up a high-energy blend of folksy melodicism and quirky Central and Eastern European rhythms.


May
23
4:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Beginners' Word

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


May
23
5:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

QL International Resource Center Presents Music from Around the Globe

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

International recording bassist and composer Iris Ornig and her ensemble will perform music from Europe, Latin America and the United States.
Ms. Ornig was born in Germany and attended Jazzschule St. Gallen in Switzerland and Guildhall School of Art and Drama in London. In Auditorium, Lower Level


May
26
6:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Personal Branding Online

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

Find out how to monitor your online reputation, use social media while job seeking and create a strong LinkedIn profile. In this workshop, find out how to monitor your online reputation, use social media while job-seeking, and create a strong LinkedIn profile. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, call 718-990-8625 or visit the Job Information Center. Basic computer skills are required. Class Code: CC130.


May
27
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Job-Search Strategies

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

In this workshop participants will learn: What you need to start a job search; About general and career-specific websites; How to safely find and apply for jobs online including: how to create an account at a major job search website; how to post your resume online; how to email a resume; appropriate ways to follow up after applying online. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information, please visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class Code: JR190


May
27
1:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Beginning a Business: Spring Series

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This interactive workshop series is presented in partnership with the Small Business Administration. Day 1 - How to start your own business 2 - SBA programs and services that can help your business; Day 3 - writing a business plan; Day 4 - selling to the federal government; Day 5 - e-commerce and social media marketing

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

Additional Dates


May
28
6:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Elder Law, Estate Planning, Trusts and Asset Protection

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Noted elder-law and estate-planning attorneys will present strategies and consult with you on aspects of elder law, powers of attorney, estate and disability planning, and long-term care. You will learn how to gain income and avoid estate taxes while providing for heirs and charitable interests. You will also gain insights into preserving wealth and increasing lifetime income.


May
29
4:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Tapping into Free Business Resources

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

NYC is home to many free business resources. Learn which ones you should reach out to for all business help. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information.


May
30
4:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Beginners' Excel

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

Learn what a spreadsheet is and how to navigate it, create workbooks, enter and edit data, and create charts and graphs. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required. Class code CC180.


Jun
2
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Beginners' Word

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 14 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
3
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Skills Identification

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

In this competitive job market, it is important to know your job skills as well as be able to market these skills to potential employers. In this workshop, you will learn how to define and categorize job skills, identify your job skills, understand the difference between job skills and job duties, market your job skills and become aware of the most sought job skills. To preregister, visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information please call 718-634-1876. Class code JR110


Jun
4
6:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Introduction to Computers

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

After this workshop, you will be able to begin to take advantage of everything a computer has to offer. Topics include computer terminology, using the mouse and touchpad, basic keyboarding skills and navigating folders, files and programs in a Windows environment. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. This is an introductory class; prior computer knowledge and skills are not required. Class code CC100


Jun
5
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

How Do Leading Entrepreneurs Think?

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

In this class you will learn how to think like successful entrepreneurs. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information.


Jun
9
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Intermediate Word

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

Build upon your basic knowledge of Microsoft Word in this intermediate workshop. Learn how to format your Word document; Insert tables and charts; format bibliographies; and insert headers and footers. Basic computer skills and knowledge of MS Word required. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Class code: CC200


Jun
10
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Resumes

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

Are you ready to apply for jobs? Do your resume and cover letter stand out from the crowd? Make your resume and cover letter the best that they can be in this workshop! Participants will learn how to get started, about types of resumes, what to include and not include and tips for making a resume and cover letter stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code JR130


Jun
11
4:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Introduction to Internet

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

After this workshop, you will have the basic skills 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. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Class code CC110.


Jun
12
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Things to Know before Starting a Business

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

Before you start your business take this class to learn key things you will need to know. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information.


Jun
16
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Word for Resumes

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

Learn how to create and save Word documents for your resumes; 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
17
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Job-Search Strategies

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

In this workshop participants will learn: What you need to start a job search; About general and career-specific websites; How to safely find and apply for jobs online including: how to create an account at a major job search website; how to post your resume online; how to email a resume; appropriate ways to follow up after applying online. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information, please visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class Code: JR190


Jun
18
4:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Introduction to Email

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

Learn how to create and navigate an email account, log on, send and receive email messages and attach documents. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop. Class code CC120.


Jun
19
4:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

10 Steps to Creating an Online Business

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

Learn what it takes to starting a business online. Learn the resources available to start an online business. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information.


Jun
23
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Beginners' Excel

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

Learn what a spreadsheet is and how to navigate it, create workbooks, enter and edit data, and create charts and graphs. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required. Class code CC180.


Jun
24
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Mistake-Free Interviewing

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 16 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 at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code JR170


Jun
25
4:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Online Job Applications

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

In this workshop, you will begin to navigate online job applications swiftly and efficiently by learning: how to register and build an employment profile on a job site; how to apply to online job postings; and how to upload your resume to an online application. Basic computer skills and an email account are required. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, call 718-990-8625 or visit the Job Information Center. Basic computer skills are required. Class Code: JR160.


Jun
26
4:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Social Media for Your Business

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

Learn which social sites are best for you. Learn strategies to becoming successful in social media for your business. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information.


Jun
30
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Intermediate Excel

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

Learn what a spreadsheet is and how to navigate it, create workbooks, enter and edit data, and create charts and graphs. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required. Class code CC180.


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@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 136-20 38th Ave., Suite 10A
Flushing NY, 11354
phone: (718) 939-0195
fax: (718) 939-1238
Albany Office LOB, Room 429
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 32-26 Union Street, Suite 1B
Flushing NY, 11354
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.