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Personal Branding Online

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 CC130

Jun 29 @ 2:00 PM

Choosing Entrepreneurship

This class provides an overview of the dynamic world of entrepreneurship, helps participants assess their skills and aptitudes, allows participants to explore the right type of business for them based on aptitude and interest, and generally charts a path to success. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for ...

Jul 1 @ 2:30 PM

Introduction to Computers

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 ...

Jul 5 @ 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.

Jul 6 @ 10:00 AM

Resumes

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

Jul 6 @ 2:00 PM

Beginners' PowerPoint

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 a slide show. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required. Class code CC190

Jul 7 @ 10:00 AM

Intermediate PowerPoint

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. Class Code: CC220

Jul 7 @ 2:00 PM

Setting Up and Funding Your Business

In this class students will be guided through the elements needed to set up and begin operating a business. The course will cover writing a winning business plan, legal structuring, and other preliminaries. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information. Class code JR310

Jul 8 @ 2:30 PM

Instagram

Learn how to share and take photos, add filters, and image adjustments, connect accounts, and respond to comments. Please bring your smartphone with the Instagram app already installed to class. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org.

Jul 11 @ 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 ...

Jul 12 @ 10:00 AM

Jun
29
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


Jun
29
2:00PM

--to--

3:30PM

Personal Branding Online

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 13 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 CC130


Jun
29
6:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Business Planning Basics (in Korean)

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

This course will teach you how to organize a business idea into a structured plan, identify and promote a business to potential customers, fulfill the legal requirements of starting a business and develop financial projections. Class code JR310.


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Jun
30
4:00PM

--to--

6:30PM

New York Dream Music Studio presents: 2016 Summer Student Piano Recital

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Young pianists aged 4-18 will perform works by Chopin, Beethoven, Debussy and others.

*Auditorium, Lower Level*


Jul
1
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Book Discussion Group

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Upcoming selections are: 5/6-“The Cookbook Collector” by Allegra Goodman; 6/3-“Half a Life” by V. S. Naipaul; 7/1-“Eight Hundred Grapes” by Laura Dave; 8/5-“I Was Told There'd Be Cake” by Sloane Crosley.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
1
2:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Choosing Entrepreneurship

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

This class provides an overview of the dynamic world of entrepreneurship, helps participants assess their skills and aptitudes, allows participants to explore the right type of business for them based on aptitude and interest, and generally charts a path to success. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information. Class code JR310


Jul
2
11:15AM

--to--

11:45AM

Family Storytime

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Jul
2
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Chess Club

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Jul
5
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Introduction to Computers

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 3 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


Jul
5
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 32 openings

Grades 4-12 are invited for our Summer YU-GI-OH tournament. To compete for our Championship bring your own cards (official only no Japanese, foreign or stall decks). The winner will receive a booster pack or limited edition card.


Jul
5
6:30PM

--to--

8:30PM

Toastmasters

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Toastmasters will help you become a confident speaker and a strong leader.

*IRC Conference Room, 3rd Floor*

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

Additional Dates


Jul
6
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

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.


Jul
6
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Anime Club

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

All teens and tweens are welcome to join us this summer for Anime in the Teen Room.
Watch Anime, and hang out with your friends.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
6
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Resumes

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


Jul
7
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Beginners' PowerPoint

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 2 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 a slide show. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required. Class code CC190


Jul
7
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Intermediate PowerPoint

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 7 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. Class Code: CC220


Jul
7
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Teen Craft

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

All teens are invited for way cool crafts this summer. The fun is at Flushing Teen Room!

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

Additional Dates


Jul
8
2:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Setting Up and Funding Your Business

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

In this class students will be guided through the elements needed to set up and begin operating a business. The course will cover writing a winning business plan, legal structuring, and other preliminaries. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information. Class code JR310


Jul
8
4:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

Teen Happy Hour

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

All teens and tweens are invited to fun and games at the Teen Room. Hang out with your friends and play our Nintendo Wii U or X Box 360 or anyone of our variety of board, cards and other 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


Jul
9
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

New York I Yue Salon presents: Forever Songs

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

A grand concert of "Forever Songs" with Ms. Xufeng Liu, a famous Soprano and former national first-class performer from China, as the featured singer in the concert. All friends from the community are welcome to the event to enjoy the forever songs with us.
*Auditorium, Lower Level*


Jul
11
10:30AM

--to--

11:30AM

Skin Cancer and Melanoma (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

As part of the Community Health Education Partnership series, Dr. David Lee will discuss skin cancer and melanoma, and their treatments.


Jul
11
1:30PM

--to--

4:00PM

Monday Movie Matinee

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Upcoming films are: 5/9-"Words and Pictures" (2013, PG-13); 6/13-"Wolf Totem" (2015, PG-13, in Mandarin with English subtitles); 7/11-"Stranger than Fiction" (2006, PG-13); 8/8-"Imitation of Life" (1959, unrated, PG suggested).

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

Additional Dates


Jul
11
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Teen Movie Mondays

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

All teens and teens are invited for summer movie fun!

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

Additional Dates


Jul
11
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Instagram

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

Learn how to share and take photos, add filters, and image adjustments, connect accounts, and respond to comments. Please bring your smartphone with the Instagram app already installed to class. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org.


Jul
12
10:00AM

--to--

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


Jul
12
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Create an Email Account

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

Come to our class and learn how to open your own email account, with step by step instructions!


Jul
12
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Getting More from Your Google Account

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

Learn about the many ways you can use your Google account, from Gmail and Google Maps to Google Drive and Google Groups. Basic computer skills and an existing Google account are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information. Class code CC240


Jul
12
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Graphic Novel and Manga Club

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

All teens and tweens are invited to a fun summer reading session of Graphic Novel and Manga Club. Enjoy fun activities with your friends who love comics as much as you!


Jul
13
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Skills Identification

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


Jul
13
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Cover Letters

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


Jul
14
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Beginners Excel

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 1 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


Jul
14
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Intermediate Excel

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

Improve your productivity and boost your basic knowledge of Excel. Topics covered include a review of spreadsheet basics, creating and manipulating tables, and using formulas and functions. Basic computer skills and knowledge of MS Excel are required. Class code CC210


Jul
14
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Get in the Game: Camping Fun for Tweens

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children entering 4th through 6th grade are invited for some "campfire" fun at Flushing. Join us for scary stories, songs, and other summer fun.


Jul
15
2:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Social Media for Your Business

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

Learn which social sites are best for you and strategies for successfully using social media for your business. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information. Class code JR310


Jul
16
11:00AM

--to--

1:00PM

Living Memory: Chinese Author Talk by Frank Chen (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Frank Chen, the well-known Chinese writer living in New York, will discuss the writing background and impact of one of his novels “Otter Street Anecdotes”, which tells a story of how a Chinese American family survived during the “Chinese Exclusion Act” in the 19th century in the Lower Manhattan New York.


Jul
17
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Tang & Contemporary Poem Recital with Song & Dance

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Accompanied by dance, piano, Chinese ancient zither and other Chinese instruments, the program includes bilingual Chinese and English recitation and singing of Chinese poems, some that are composed and set to music by the members themselves.
*Auditorium, Lower Level*


Jul
17
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Alzheimer’s Support Group

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders, New York City, Inc, offers a monthly support group in Mandarin Chinese for people caring for a person with Alzheimer’s or 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


Jul
19
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Beginners' Word

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

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


Jul
19
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

How To Use Your Email Account

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

Customers will learn the features and configurations of their Gmail accounts. Customers will learn how to compose and send emails, upload pictures and attachments, download attachments, and how to save files to a portable memory drive.


Jul
19
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Intermediate Word

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


Jul
20
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Job Search for the Mature Adult

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


Jul
20
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Personal Branding Online

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 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 CC130


Jul
20
6:30PM

--to--

7:30PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: Unsung Carolyn Leigh

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Lincoln Center is partnering with Queens Library to bring free screenings of world-class performances to your neighborhood. In this screening, the legendary lyricist behind the songs "Witchcraft" and "Young at Heart" and several Broadway musicals is celebrated by ten dynamic performers and a trio of musicians presenting twenty little-known melodic gems.


Jul
21
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Beginners' PowerPoint

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 6 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 a slide show. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required. Class code CC190


Jul
21
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Intermediate PowerPoint

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 11 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. Class Code: CC220


Jul
21
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Get in the Game: Water Olympics for Tweens

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children entering grades 4 through 6 are invited to explore the amazing properties of water through books and hands-on activities.


Jul
22
2:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Building Relationships in Business

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

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


Jul
24
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Sino-American Musician Association presents: 2016 Summer Concert

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Musical selections include arias from various Italian operas, Chinese classic songs, pop and Broadway songs, African-American spiritual songs, as well as traditional Chinese instrument performance.
*Auditorium, Lower Level*


Jul
26
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

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


Jul
26
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Intermediate Excel

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

Improve your productivity and boost your basic knowledge of Excel. Topics covered include a review of spreadsheet basics, creating and manipulating tables, and using formulas and functions. Basic computer skills and knowledge of MS Excel are required. Class code CC210


Jul
26
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Summer Teen Jeopardy

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

All teens and tweens are invited to join us for a summer game of Jeopardy. Answer fun trivia questions and receive cool prizes!


Jul
27
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Prospecting for Job Leads: Networking

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

Networking is the development of professional relationships. In today’s competitive job market, it is also one of the best ways to find a job. Through networking, you can exchange information with others about job opportunities, interesting organizations, or up-and-coming industries. Learn about the basics of networking and improve your job search techniques at this workshop! For more information, please call 718-990-8625 or visit the Job Information Center. Class code JR190


Jul
27
6:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

Summer Film Festival: "Orphan"

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

A husband and wife who recently lost their baby adopt a nine year-old girl who is not nearly as innocent as she claims to be. Starring Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Isabelle Fuhrman. Rated R for violence and strong language.


Jul
27
6:30PM

--to--

8:30PM

Business Financial Roadmap (In Korean)

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

Whether you are just starting up or expanding an existing business, this course will help you learn about credit and financing opportunities for your small business. Additionally, the course will give insight on what lenders are looking for in the current credit environment so you can be best prepared when applying for financing. Class Code: JR310.


Jul
28
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Introduction to Social Media: LinkedIn

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


Jul
28
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Advanced Excel

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

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


Jul
28
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Get in the Game: Summer Maker Lab for Tweens

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

We’ll provide you the materials and books for inspiration, you provide the ideas! Tweens entering grades 4 through 6 are invited to make their own game with friends using various arts supplies and other materials


Jul
29
2:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Creating an E-Commerce Business

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 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. Class Code: JR310.


Jul
30
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Celadon Youth Summer Concert

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The program for this performance will include traditional Silk and Bamboo music, contemporary composed modern classical Asian music, and enchanting ethnic dance pieces. In addition to ensemble music, there will be solo performances featuring Erhu (Chinese two-string Fiddle), Yangqin (Chinese Hammer Dulcimer), Dizi (Chinese flute), Hulusi (Ethnic Gourd Instrument).
*Auditorium, Lower Level*


Jul
31
2:00PM

--to--

3:30PM

YZY Concord Chorus Presents: For all the Fathers

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This concert will celebrate the contribution that fathers and father figures have made for their children's lives. It will feature a full chorus, solos, duets and dance.

*Auditorium, Lower Level*


Aug
1
10:30AM

--to--

11:30AM

50-Year-Old Shoulder (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

As part of the Community Health Education Partnership series, Dr. Kevin Jiang will discuss "50-Year-Old Shoulder," so you can understand, prevent, and treat shoulder pain caused by age and sport injuries.


Aug
1
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Story Plays

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Readers' Theater encourages reading, boosts listening and speaking skills, and transforms reluctant readers into book lovers. Tweens ages 8-12 will learn about theater and prepare for a special performance of classic tales to be presented to our Summer Read-to-Me Club on Monday August 8. One-time attendees for games are welcome but you must commit to at least three sessions to perform on August 8.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
2
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


Aug
2
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

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


Aug
3
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Mistake-Free Interviewing

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


Aug
3
6:30PM

--to--

8:00PM

Author Talk: "City of Gods" with R. Scott Hanson

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The book explores the history of Flushing from colonial period to the aftermath of September 11, 2001, spanning the origins of Vlissengen and early struggles between Quakers, Dutch authorities, Anglicans, African Americans, Catholics and Jews to the consolidation of NYC in 1898, and finally the Immigration Act of 1965 and the arrival of Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims, Buddhists, Asians and Latino Christians.


Aug
4
10:00AM

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12:00PM

Beginner's PowerPoint

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 16 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 a slide show. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required. Class code CC190


Aug
4
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Intermediate PowerPoint

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 15 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. Class Code: CC220


Aug
5
2:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Choosing Entrepreneurship

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

This class provides an overview of the dynamic world of entrepreneurship, helps participants assess their skills and aptitudes, allows participants to explore the right type of business for them based on aptitude and interest, and generally charts a path to success. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Call 718-990-8625 for additional information. Class code JR310


Aug
8
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Shakespeare in Queens: Talking Shakespeare

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Lenny Banovez, artistic director of Titan Theatre Company, will give a behind-the-scenes look at “Troilus and Cressida,” “Pericles, Prince of Tyre,” and “A Midsummer Night's Dream,” and will discuss modern interpretations of these classic plays.


Aug
9
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Beginner's 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 main functions and commands. Basic computer skills are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Class code CC170


Aug
9
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Queens County Teen Talent Show

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

All teens are invited to compete in Flushing Library's Queens County Talent Show. You name it - give a poetry, dance, math or science presentation! Winner will receive a gift certificate! All acts must be preapproved. Anyone interested call or register in person at the Flushing Teen Room.


Aug
9
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Intermediate Word

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


Aug
10
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


Aug
11
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Beginners and Intermediate Excel

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

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


Aug
11
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Advanced Excel

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

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


Aug
11
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Get in the Game: Play-Your-Own Olympics for Tweens

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Tweens entering 4th through 6th grade are invited to test their skills and play games with their friend inspired by the Rio 2016 Olympics.


Aug
11
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Meditation for Optimal Well-Being with Jim Rose

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

It is recognized how meditation can help the body, mind and spirit. Incorporating meditation into one’s life has many positive effects. Join Jim Rose, M Ed., Rutgers University and long time meditator for over 30 years, for this inspiring program. Learn a simple meditation technique that can help you in all aspects of your life.


Aug
12
2:00PM

--to--

3:30PM

End of Summer Reading Party

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

All teens and tweens are invited to celebrate the end of Summer Reading at Flushing. Enjoy the yummy fun!


Aug
15
11:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Presley and Melody Concert

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come party with Presley and Melody in their interactive musical. This lively musical production is for children in Pre-K, and celebrates the end of the Summer Reading Club.


Aug
16
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Introduction to Email

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

In this introductory workshop, you will learn how to create and navigate an email account, log on, send and receive 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


Aug
16
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Instagram

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

Learn how to share and take photos, add filters, and image adjustments, connect accounts, and respond to comments. Please bring your smartphone with the Instagram app already installed to class. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org.


Aug
17
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


Aug
17
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

End of Summer Reading Party - Flushing - 6-12

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children aged 6-12 are invited to join us to celebrate another summer of reading fun at Flushing.


Aug
18
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Beginners and Intermediate Excel

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

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


Aug
18
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Advanced Excel

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

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


Aug
19
2:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Marketing for Your Business

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


Aug
23
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


Aug
23
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

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 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 CC130


Aug
23
5:15PM

--to--

6:45PM

Superfoods: Healthy and Delicious Eating Plans for Families (in Spanish)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Nutritionist Christina Camacho will present recipes and tips on how to incorporate nutrient-packed "superfoods" into your meal plan, as healthy snacks and how to introduce them to your family.


Aug
24
10:00AM

--to--

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


Aug
25
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Beginner's 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 main functions and commands. Basic computer skills are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Class code CC170


Aug
25
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Intermediate Word

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


Aug
25
5:00PM

--to--

6:30PM

How to Start and Run a Small Business

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

In this workshop, attendees will learn helpful tips for turning a hobby or skills into a business, and where to obtain free resources to help them plan a business.


Aug
26
2:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Creating an E-commerce Business

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 16 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. Class Code: JR310.


Aug
27
10:30AM

--to--

12:00PM

Understanding Dementia: What You Need to Know and Where to Go (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This workshop will provide information on Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias, discuss the different stages of the disease and what to expect, and include an overview of our programs and services and other available resources.


Aug
27
1:30PM

--to--

3:00PM

Colors of the Wind Dancers

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The group presents programs of dances and songs originated from many different ethnic groups and regions of China. Brimming with energy and enthusiasm and rooted deeply in the love for oriental arts, they work hard together under the guidance of Madam Rebecca Fung, their choreographer and instructor.
*Auditorium, Lower Level*


Aug
30
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Beginner's 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 main functions and commands. Basic computer skills are required. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Class code CC170


Aug
30
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Intermediate Word

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


Aug
31
10:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Creative Ways to Dig for Job Leads

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

Increase your job leads by following nontraditional approaches and cast a wider net in the employment market. To register, visit us on jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, please call 718-990-8625 or visit the Job Information Center. Class code: JR350.


Sep
9
5:00PM

--to--

6:30PM

Elementary Korean

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

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
26
6:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

10 Steps to Starting a Business (in Korean)

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

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.


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.