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Beginners and Intermediate Excel

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

Sep 26 @ 2:00 PM

Introduction 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 ...

Sep 27 @ 10:00 AM

Mistake-Free Interviewing

Learn how to prepare for a job interview, successfully deal with difficult questions, and follow up properly after an interview. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code JR170.

Sep 28 @ 10:00 AM

Advanced Excel

Improve your productivity with Microsoft Excel. Apply and build upon your knowledge of Excel by learning how to create formulas and use functions in Excel. Basic computers skills are required. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information. Class code: CC210

Sep 28 @ 2:00 PM

Mock Interviews

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. Our one-on-one mock 1 hour interviews let you make mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. To preregister, visit us at the Job & Business Academy ...

Sep 29 @ 10:00 AM

Gracie Book Club: Live Stream of "The Star Side of Bird Hill" Discussion

Join moderator James Hannaham and author Naomi Jackson in a discussion of "The Star Side of Bird Hill", live streamed from Queens Library @ Langston Hughes.

Sep 29 @ 6:00 PM

Marketing Basics for Your Small Business

We will examine the exciting world of marketing, learning tested models for success and exploring marketing technologies best suited for your business. In addition, we will consider the marketing fundamental of understanding customers and developing a story and message they love. To preregister or for additional information call ...

Sep 30 @ 10:00 AM

Mock Interviews

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. Our one-on-one mock 1 hour interviews let you make mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. To preregister, visit us at the Job & Business Academy ...

Sep 30 @ 2:00 PM

Annual StartUP! Business Plan Competition

The Queens Economic Development Corporation’s Annual Queens StartUP! Business Plan Competition begins in September 2016. The competition gives entrepreneurs a chance to strengthen their business knowledge, learn about business trends and gain insights into starting and growing a business while also introducing them to the vast resources ...

Oct 1 @ 2:30 PM, Oct 15 @ 2:30 PM, Oct 22 @ 2:30 PM, Nov 2 @ 6:30 PM, Nov 5 @ 2:30 PM

Job Search via Social Media

The Internet is buzzing with social media, and there are many ways to use sites like Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook to leverage your network for your job search. In this workshop you will learn about these three major social media sites and how they can help you optimize your job search. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For ...

Oct 4 @ 10:00 AM

Sep
25
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Classical Guitar Concert with Nylon Wound Guitar Quartet

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Joseph Parisi, Greg Askins, Roberta Wallis and John Olson will perform a variety of quartets by The Beatles, David Bowie, Telemann, Torroba and more.
*Auditorium, Lower Level*


Sep
25
2:00PM

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4:00PM

How to Prepare for the Medicare New Open Enrollment presented by nyflushing.com & Healthfirst

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

How to prepare for Medicare's new open enrollment (in Chinese).
*IRC Conference Room*


Sep
26
10:00AM

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11:15AM

Financial Coaching

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Are financial problems causing you stress? A financial coach can help you develop the skills you need to manage money and gain financial stability, including knowing how to access, review, and understand your credit report. Preregistration is required. Call 718-661-1205 to make a one-on-one appointment to speak with a counselor.

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This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Sep
26
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Beginners and Intermediate Excel

Location: Flushing
Registration: Registration is now closed

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


Sep
26
6:00PM

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8:00PM

AKFamily presents: Dancing Show

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

AkFamily was first founded in China back in 2008, and the studio won several awards. In 2012, the first sub-branch opened in New York City. The studio focused on street style dance and many students received awards internationally, and became renowned in China and Korea. To celebrate the studio's eighth anniversary, the best students will be performing at Flushing. *Auditorium, Lower Level*


Sep
27
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Internet

Location: Flushing
Registration: Registration is now closed

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


Sep
28
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Mistake-Free Interviewing

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

Learn how to prepare for a job interview, successfully deal with difficult questions, and follow up properly after an interview. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code JR170.


Sep
28
11:00AM

--to--

1:00PM

Drop Off Your Food Scraps With the NYC Compost Project

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Drop off your food waste with the NYC Compost Project hosted by the Queens Botanical Garden. We accept fruit and vegetable scraps; coffee grounds, filters, and paper tea bags; bread and grains; egg shells, nutshells, and corncobs; food-soiled paper towels and paper napkins; stale beans, flour, and spices; and cut or dried flowers. Please do not bring meat or fish scraps; cheese or dairy products; and fats, grease, oil, or oily foods.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
28
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Advanced Excel

Location: Flushing
Registration: Registration is now closed

Improve your productivity with Microsoft Excel. Apply and build upon your knowledge of Excel by learning how to create formulas and use functions in Excel. Basic computers skills are required. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information. Class code: CC210


Sep
28
6:30PM

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7:45PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: New York Philharmonic Gala with Lang Lang

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us for a screening of the opening gala with the New York Philharmonic and piano virtuoso Lang Lang as they play Grieg and Beethoven in a concert filmed in September, 2015.


Sep
29
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Mock Interviews

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. Our one-on-one mock 1 hour interviews let you make mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. To preregister, visit us at the Job & Business Academy table on the 2nd floor, office on the 3rd floor, or please call 718-661-1205. Class code: JR180.


Sep
29
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Composting 101

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join the NYC Compost Project to learn how to reduce organic waste and create “black gold” for your garden by composting leaves, kitchen scraps, garden trimmings, and weeds. This workshop covers the essentials of outdoor composting in an urban setting.
*IRC Conference Room, 3rd Floor*


Sep
29
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Gracie Book Club: Live Stream of "The Star Side of Bird Hill" Discussion

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join moderator James Hannaham and author Naomi Jackson in a discussion of "The Star Side of Bird Hill", live streamed from Queens Library @ Langston Hughes.


Sep
30
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Marketing Basics for Your Small Business

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

We will examine the exciting world of marketing, learning tested models for success and exploring marketing technologies best suited for your business. In addition, we will consider the marketing fundamental of understanding customers and developing a story and message they love. To preregister or for additional information call 718-634-4784. Class code JR310


Sep
30
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Mock Interviews

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. Our one-on-one mock 1 hour interviews let you make mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. To preregister, visit us at the Job & Business Academy table on the 2nd floor, office on the 3rd floor, or please call 718-661-1205. Class code: JR180.


Sep
30
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Teen Happy Hour

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

All 7-12 graders are invited to join us for Happy Hour this Fall. Hang out with friends, and enjoy video gaming with our Nintendo Wii U and X Box 360, as well as a full stock of board and card games. The fun is on at Flushing!

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

Additional Dates


Sep
30
5:00PM

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6:30PM

Elementary Korean

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

Elementary Korean, which meets at 5:00 p.m., teaches the Korean alphabet using a method that enables non-Korean speakers to read independently in a short time, and encourages learning through repetition of daily expressions, with a cultural component providing insights into Korea and its society.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
1
11:15AM

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11:45AM

Family Storytime

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Oct
1
1:30PM

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2:30PM

Doo Wop Music with Twin Gold

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Twin Gold consists of identical twin sisters, Jane Fox and Louise Dobriner, originating from the Sound View section of the Bronx. They arrived on the Doo Wop scene 8 years ago and have been fortunate to perform with almost every legendary Doo Wop group, such as Johnny Maestro, the Duprees, and Little Anthony and the Imperials.
*Auditorium, Lower Level*


Oct
1
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Chess Club

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children and teens age 8 and up play and improve their knowledge of chess.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
1
2:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Annual StartUP! Business Plan Competition

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The Queens Economic Development Corporation’s Annual Queens StartUP! Business Plan Competition begins in September 2016. The competition gives entrepreneurs a chance to strengthen their business knowledge, learn about business trends and gain insights into starting and growing a business while also introducing them to the vast resources available to them at Queens Library. Learn more at these information sessions and watch for more news about classes starting in October.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
2
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Flushing Lecture Series: The Dong Chorus and the Current Situation of Chinese Rock Music

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Speaker: Wu Hongfei, Researcher of The Dong Chorus, writer, and Vocalist of rock band Happy Avenue
Topics: *Music gives us freedom and hope; *The current situation of the Dong Chorus as the ‘intangible cultural heritage’ of the world; *The decadence of Chinese folk music
*The mimicry and bionic characters of China’s Rock Music


Oct
3
1:30PM

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4:30PM

Monday Movie Matinee

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

September: Monday 9/12, "Devdas" (2002) PG13. In Hindi, English subtitles
October: Monday 10/3, "Ghostbusters" (1984) PG
November: Monday 11/14, "Rear Window" (1954) PG
December: Monday 12/5, "Hail, Caesar!" (2016) PG-13
*Auditorium, Lower Level*

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

Additional Dates


Oct
3
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Beginners Word

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

Make your documents stand out with Microsoft Word! In this class, you will learn how to create and save Word documents; format and edit text; copy, cut, and paste items; and use the basic functions and commands of Word. Basic computer skills are required. Class code CC170


Oct
4
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Job Search via Social Media

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

The Internet is buzzing with social media, and there are many ways to use sites like Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook to leverage your network for your job search. In this workshop you will learn about these three major social media sites and how they can help you optimize your job search. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, call 718-990-8625 or visit the Job Information Center. Class Code: JR200.


Oct
4
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Learn the Overdrive Application

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

Learn how to use the Overdrive Application to download foreign language and audio books to your computer, smart phone or tablet. Bring your tablet or smart phone for instruction in how to download and use these enjoyable and useful applications.
A Queens Library card is needed and registration is necessary.


Oct
4
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Manga Club

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

All 7-12 graders are invited to join us for Manga Club.

We will be making Asian fans covered with Manga/Anime designs;
and discuss the changing rolls of women, and gender in Manga.


Oct
5
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Resumes

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

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


Oct
5
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Intermediate Word

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 5 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 are required. Class code CC200


Oct
5
6:30PM

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8:30PM

How to Improve Your Memory with Davis Woo

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The seminar will show you how to replace repetitive learning habits with sensory learning techniques, achieving measurable improvement. You will experience remembering things 1-3 times faster than usual.


Oct
6
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Introduction to Computers

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

After this workshop, you will be able to take advantage of everything computers have to offer. Topics covered include computer terminology, using the mouse and touchpad, basic keyboarding skills, and navigating computer folders, files, and programs in a Windows environment. This is an introductory computer class; no prior skills or knowledge is required. Please call 718-990-8625 to preregister. Class code CC100


Oct
6
10:30AM

--to--

11:15AM

Toddler Time

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Oct
6
1:30PM

--to--

2:15PM

Picture Book Time

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children ages 3½-5 and their adult caregivers enjoy stories, music, games, and other activities.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
6
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Business Success Series (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Topics covered will be starting your business, helpful SBA programs and services, writing a business plan, government contracts and global markets, marketing strategies.

Day 1: STARTING YOUR BUSINESS
Day 2: SBA PROGRAMS AND SERVICES TO HELP YOUR BUSINESS
Day 3: BUSINESS PLAN WRITING
Day 4: EXPAND YOUR BUSINESS TO THE GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING AND GLOBAL MARKET
Day 5: MARKETING STRATEGIES

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

Additional Dates


Oct
6
3:00PM

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8:00PM

Diversity Visa Application Assistance

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Queens Library is making computers available from October 6 to November 3 to customers who want to fill out the online application for the Diversity Visa (Green Card) Lottery (DV-2018). Applicants can get assistance scanning photos at the following libraries: Central and Flushing - Mondays and Thursdays, 3:00-8:00PM; Jackson Heights - Thursdays 2:00-7:00 PM and Mondays 9:00 AM-2:00 PM; Long Island City - Thursdays 2:00-7:00 PM and Mondays 3:00-8:00 PM

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

Additional Dates


Oct
6
4:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Anime Club

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

All 7-12 graders are invited to join us for Anime Club this Fall.

Hang out with friends, and enjoy the show!


Oct
6
6:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Classic Music Concert - Piano and Violin Duo

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

They will be playing Sonata in d minor, Op. 108, by Brahms, and more works by Mozart and Wieniawski.
*Auditorium, Lower Level*


Oct
6
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 of poetry, written word, music, comedy or spoken word.
*IRC Conference Room, 3rd Floor*


Oct
7
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Building Relationships in Business

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

This class will show how to build relationships through networking, foster partnerships in business, and get "buy in" from business acquaintances. To preregister visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org or for more information, call 718-990-8625. Class code JR310


Oct
7
1:00PM

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3:00PM

NYCitizenship Information Session

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Oct
8
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Math Help

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Oct
8
10:00AM

--to--

12:30PM

Computers for Beginners (In Spanish)

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

Learn how to turn on a computer and use email. Participants must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Central Library Cyber Center or by calling 718-990-0967 beginning Thursday, August 25 at 9:00 a.m. and at the Flushing Library Cyber Center or calling by calling 718-661-1280 beginning Saturday, September 3 at 10 a.m.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
8
2:30PM

--to--

4:00PM

Getting into the College of Your Choice (In English and Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Discover how to craft a college application that will get you noticed. In this workshop, you will learn how to write a Common Application essay that is intriguing, exciting and displays your unique voice.


Oct
9
2:00PM

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3:30PM

The Myths of Chinese Characters (In Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The seminar will include two workshops that introduce a new way of thinking and understanding of Chinese characters, which allows the general public to study and learn a revolutionary and dynamic Chinese navigation system.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
11
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Introduction to Social Media: LinkedIn

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

LinkedIn is a social media website that allow you to manage your professional identity. You will learn to follow friends and colleagues, look for employment, network, receive job posting notifications, and more. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code JR200


Oct
11
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Learn Axis 360

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

Come learn about the Library Application, Axis 360. Where you can download e-books to your smart phone, tablet or computer. Bring your smartphone, or tablet for hands on instructions. Need a library card in order to use the application.


Oct
12
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Cover Letters

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

Are you ready to apply for jobs? Does your cover letter stand out from the crowd? Make it the best possible by learning how to get started, what to include and not include, and tips for making it stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information, please visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code JR150


Oct
12
11:00AM

--to--

11:30AM

Mother Goose Time

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children ages 0-24 months enjoy simple stories, nursery rhymes, fingerplays, and songs.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
12
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Beginners & Intermediate Excel

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

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


Oct
12
3:00PM

--to--

4:30PM

BookBusters: "Doll Bones" by Holly Black

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Tweens (grades 4-6) are invited to a book club meeting to discuss “Doll Bones” by Holly Black. Come and join us for “spooky and ghostly” discussion and fun activities.
Participation will count toward the Read Down Your Finds program.


Oct
13
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Introduction to Computers

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

After this workshop, you will be able to take advantage of everything computers have to offer. Topics covered include computer terminology, using the mouse and touchpad, basic keyboarding skills, and navigating computer folders, files, and programs in a Windows environment. This is an introductory computer class; no prior skills or knowledge is required. Please call 718-990-8625 to preregister. Class code CC100


Oct
13
4:30PM

--to--

5:30PM

Comics, Manga, and More!

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Comic books, manga, and graphic novels make great reading material for reluctant readers. Our club gives kids aged 8-12 the opportunity to discuss their favorite comics and graphic novels, learn about new series, and test their artistic skills through art activities and workshops.


Oct
13
6:30PM

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8:30PM

North American Calligraphy Assoc. presents: Monthly Penmanship Class

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Oct
14
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Personal Branding Online

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

Find out how to monitor your online reputation, use social media while seeking a job, and create a strong LinkedIn profile. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, call 718-990-8625 or visit the Job Information Center. Class code JR200


Oct
14
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Flushing Book Discussion Group

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

September: Friday 9/2, "The Girl who Fell from the Sky" by Heidi W. Durrow.
October: Friday 10/14, "Lucy" by Jamaica Kincaid.
November: Friday 11/4, "The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins.
December: Friday 12/2, "Kindred" by Octavia Butler
*IRC Conference Room, 3rd Floor*

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

Additional Dates


Oct
14
2:30PM

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4:30PM

How To: Digital Interview

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

Where technology meets the interview. Methods of interviewing have evolved. Have you ever been asked to participate in an online/digital interview? If not, you may soon get this question in the future. It can seem a bit scary at first, but not to worry - this class will teach you how to practice, prepare, keep calm, and ace that interview! To preregister visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org or for more information, call 718-990-8625. Class code JR310


Oct
16
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Alzheimer's Support Group (In Chinese)

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

Caringkind, The Heart of Alzheimer’s Caregiving, 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. The group will meet on Sundays October 16, November 20 and December 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


Oct
16
2:00PM

--to--

3:30PM

Sound of Long Island Chorus Concert

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Led by Professor Haihua Shen, music director and conductor, the chorus has a rich and varied musical repertoire. This performance will present an enchanting mix of world and Chinese masterpieces and popular songs in multiple forms, as well as dances in Chinese costumes.
*Auditorium, Lower Level*


Oct
17
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Beginners Excel

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

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


Oct
18
10:00AM

--to--

1:00PM

Mock Interviews

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. Our one-on-one mock 1 hour interviews let you make mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. To preregister, visit us at the Job & Business Academy table on the 2nd floor, office on the 3rd floor, or please call 718-661-1205. Class code: JR180.


Oct
18
6:00PM

--to--

7:15PM

Urdu Beginner Conversation Class for Adults

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

This class taught by a native Urdu speaker introduces the basic elements of the Urdu language within a cultural context. Emphasis is on the development of basic vocabulary related to greeting, how to introduce oneself, how to express likes and dislikes, etc. Develop basic listening and speaking skills and learn more about cultural aspects of Pakistan. Register online.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
19
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Skills Identification

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

In this competitive job market, it is vitally important not only to know your job skills, but to be able to market those skills to potential employers during a job search. This workshop will explain the benefits of knowing your job related skills and how to identify them. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, please visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code JR110


Oct
19
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Intermediate Excel

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

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


Oct
19
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Manners & Safety Jeopardy

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

All 7-12 graders are invited for a fun game of trivia and learning on our overhead monitor.
Teens will answer questions in various areas.
*General prizes will be awarded to all participants.


Oct
19
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Techsplorers

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

In addition to its books and encyclopedias, Queens Library also has access to a number of great databases and online educational materials to promote learning. This new program will explore a range of online learning tools for children in grades 2-6.


Oct
19
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Author Talk with Thomas Holton, "The Lams of Ludlow Street"

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

In Thomas Holton's photographic essay, we are introduced to Chinese immigrant parents and their 3 first-generation American children, who have settled in a small 2-room apartment on Ludlow Street in Manhattan's Chinatown. We see how this family of 5 makes use of their small space and catch glimpses of who they are beyond the clichés of the struggling immigrant family.
*IRC Conference Room*


Oct
20
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Internet

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


Oct
20
6:00PM

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7:30PM

China Entertainment Inc. presents: Night on the Prairie

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Performers from China and the local community will present a show full of prairie (country) style music to celebrate the autumn and harvest.
*Auditorium, Lower Level*


Oct
21
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Creating an E-Commerce Business

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

Learn what it takes to start a business online. Learn the resources and tools available to create an e-commerce website such as Etsy, Amazon, Ebay, and more. To preregister visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org or for more information, call 718-990-8625. Class Code: JR310.


Oct
21
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Job Preparedness: Confidence & Assertiveness

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

Take control of your personal and professional development by learning the skills necessary to lead to greater chances of success. This class will take a much more hands-on approach to understand proper etiquette techniques in and out of the workplace to get ahead, get noticed, and get motivated. To preregister visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org or for more information, call 718-990-8625. Class Code: JR310.


Oct
22
12:00PM

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4:00PM

Halloween Blood Fest 2016

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Hosted by Dark Soul. Featuring original rock band DMK, ghostly laser light show, haunted tunnel, psychic readings, magic show, creature feature Battle Royal and costume and scream contests.
Special Guest: Krampus the Christmas Demon
*Auditorium, Lower Level*


Oct
24
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Flushing Lecture Series: Golden Spike with Speaker Dr. Shen Jianhong

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The author of an historical work, Golden Spike, will talk about US Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads and stories of Chinese builders, as well as other workers. The railroad was a powerful element to the economic development and population migration of both eastern and western coasts.
*Auditorium, Lower Level*


Oct
24
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Beginners & Intermediate Excel

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

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


Oct
24
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Meet Terry Ballard, author of "Fifty Specialty Libraries of New York City: From Botany to Magic"

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Terry Ballard set out to visit 50 libraries that had a specific specialty less than a year and shares his findings. Learn about the library devoted to magic or the dog library run by the American Kennel Club, a German language library, and much, much more. Books will be available for sale and signing.


Oct
25
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Mock Interviews

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. Our one-on-one mock 1 hour interviews let you make mistakes before they count. At them, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions and follow up properly after the interview. To preregister, visit us at the Job & Business Academy table on the 2nd floor, office on the 3rd floor, or please call 718-661-1205. Class code: JR180.


Oct
26
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Job Search for Mature Adults

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

Mature workers can face a struggle when it comes to searching for and obtaining employment. This class will define the mature worker, describe obstacles they may face, and explain how and where to search for jobs. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code JR100


Oct
26
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Intermediate PowerPoint

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

Take your PowerPoint presentations to the next level! Topics covered will include; creating transitions, emphasizing your information with animations, inserting charts, and inserting multimedia. Basic computer skills and knowledge of PowerPoint are required. To preregister, visit us at jobmap.queenslibrary.org and for more information call 718-990-8625. Class Code: CC220


Oct
26
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Celebrate Diwali!

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Diwali is one of India's most important festivals - it's the festival of light that symbolizes the victory of good over evil! Join us for stories, dancing and Diwali crafts! Special holiday treats will be available. Happy Diwali to all! For children ages 6 - 12.


Oct
26
6:00PM

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8:00PM

10 Steps to Starting a Business (in Korean)

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

Learn what it takes to start your own business!

Learn what it takes to start your own business!
This course provides a basic overview of the steps you’ll need to take to start a business and how NYC Business Solutions can guide you through each step along the way. Class Code: JR310.


Oct
27
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Beginners Word

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

Make your documents stand out with Microsoft Word! In this class, you will learn how to create and save Word documents; format and edit text; copy, cut, and paste items; and use the basic functions and commands of Word. Basic computer skills are required. Class code CC170


Oct
27
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Maker's Lab: Scary Fun

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Maker’s spaces around the country have become spaces where children can learn about new tools and become creative problem solvers and inventors. In our Maker’s Club, children ages 8-12 will create, innovate and collaborate on a different project each month using a wide range of materials. In October, children will be making costumes and games to celebrate Halloween.


Oct
28
2:30PM

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4:30PM

DIY (Do It Yourself) Business Cards

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

Business cards contain all the pertinent contact information that your business partners, customers and vendors need in order to conduct business with you. In this class you will learn how to create your own business cards for FREE. Come try and use these simple and easy tools to start on your business card today. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information. Class Code: CC250


Oct
30
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Classical Piano Concert with Albert Zak

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Albert Zak will perform the demonic F# minor Polonaise, Op. 44 and the final and mysterious F minor Ballade, Op. 52 (and other works). As evidence of Chopin's influence on future generations of great composers, Mr. Zak will also perform Debussy's wondrous Isle Joyeuse and Prokofiet's ferocious Toccata, Op. 11.
*Auditorium, Lower Level*


Oct
31
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Beginners PowerPoint

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

Create awesome presentations and slideshows with PowerPoint 2010. Topics covered will include creating and editing slides, changing the design and colors, inserting pictures and illustrations, and presenting your slide show. Basic computer skills are required. Class code CC190


Oct
31
4:00PM

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5:00PM

G.H.O.S.T Storytelling Workshop for Kids 8-12

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Do you love to tell weird stories? Do you like to creep out your friends? Do you want to get really good at it? Then take part in a special ghost storytelling workshop with Robin Bady. This is a two day workshop--please make sure that you can attend both days for full enjoyment.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
2
11:00AM

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11:30AM

Mother Goose Time

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children ages 0-24 months enjoy simple stories, nursery rhymes, fingerplays, and songs.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
3
6:30PM

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8:30PM

Open Mic Night

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Performers are invited to share their talents in a 5-minute presentation of poetry, written word, music, comedy or spoken word.
*IRC Conference Room, 3rd Floor*

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

Additional Dates


Nov
5
11:00AM

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12:30PM

Queens Library Poetry Contest Readings and Awards

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us for a reading of the winning poem and the three honorable mention poems in each of the four contest categories. All are welcome!


Nov
12
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Les Ballets de l'Opera Chinois de NY: A Concert Celebrating Dr. Sun Yen Sen's 150th Birthday

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Presenting 2016's new productions, "Ballet Gala" and "Moscow's Night", are Chen Min Lipman [music editor & choreography director], Shang Bin [bass], Zhao Di [soprano], and the Beijing University alumni chorus. They will perform songs by Mozart, Donizetti, and Verdi.
*Auditorium, Lower Level*


Nov
16
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: Sinatra: Voice for a Century

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Enjoy a screening of the gala concert filmed at the 100th birthday celebration of Ol' Blue Eyes. The New York Philharmonic and performances by Christina Aguilera, Sting, and Bernadette Peters - among others - make this a memorable event.


Nov
19
1:30PM

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2:30PM

Acoustic Rock with Moriah Formica

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Moriah Formica is a musician on her way up. At the young age of 16, her debut album/EP was released this past July. This original collection of work showcases her talent and creativity as a unique vocalist, musician and songwriter. At this concert, she will be playing her original songs as well as cover tunes from Skid Row, Heart, Halestorm, Evanescence and Prince.
*Auditorium, Lower Level*


Dec
15
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Zika Virus 101

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The Zika Virus has been all over the news headlines. How does Zika Virus impact New Yorkers? What ways is it spread and how can we protect ourselves? Why be concerned about Zika Virus during the winter? For the answers to these questions and more, join us for this informative health program.


Feb
3
5:00PM

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6:30PM

Intermediate Korean

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.

Intermediate Korean covers phonetics, syntax, and vocabulary, with a focus on reading, listening, speaking, writing, and an overview of classical Korean literature.

FlushingFri, Feb 10, 20175:00PM - 6:30PM
FlushingFri, Feb 24, 20175:00PM - 6:30PM
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FlushingFri, Mar 17, 20175:00PM - 6:30PM
FlushingFri, Mar 24, 20175:00PM - 6:30PM
FlushingFri, Mar 31, 20175:00PM - 6:30PM
FlushingFri, Apr 7, 20175:00PM - 6:30PM
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FlushingFri, Apr 21, 20175:00PM - 6:30PM
FlushingFri, Apr 28, 20175:00PM - 6:30PM

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

History

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bibliography

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

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

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

Olde Flushing by Harriet Lawson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Olde Flushing by Harriet Lawson.

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