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It's #BookTuesday!

Every Tuesday, Queens Library will introduce you to a great book!

Our #BookTuesday pick for June 28 is All Summer Long by Dorothea Benton Frank.

This latest book from the New York Times-bestselling author follows one charming New York couple—prominent interior designer Olivia Ritchie and her husband ...

From Dennis M. Walcott

It seems like the news is filled with more and more stories about automated customer service. Virtual assistants, apps that answer your questions, chatbots that designers swear act and sound like humans—there’s a large premium being put on building artificial intelligence that can answer questions, and mimic the experience of ...

Free Summer Meals

Queens Library is partnering with the NYC Department of Education to provide FREE meals for kids and teens all summer long.

Summer meals are open to all children, 18 and younger, from June 29 through September 2 at twenty-four Queens Library locations.*

Enrollment is not required. Meals ...

Celebrate LGBTQ Pride With These Great Books!

June is LGBT Pride Month, and we asked our staff to suggest titles old and new that focus on and are inspired by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer stories and themes.

We hope you will check out these great books and join us in Celebrating Pride!

Thanks again to our staff members (including Hillcrest's ...

Upcoming NYCitizenship Information Sessions

Queens Library has partnered with the NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs to bring you NYCitizenship, a program to assist New Yorkers along the path to citizenship.

Attend our upcoming information sessions with the NYCitizenship attorney to find out how to apply for citizenship easily, the benefits of ...

Battle of the Bands 2016: The Contestants So Far

If you haven’t already met them, we’d like to introduce you to some of our Battle of the Bands contestants.

Chiv Culture, the Roslyn School of Rock House Band, and Psychonaut Underground will be bringing down the house on July 14 at Colden Auditorium, so now’s ...

Free Movies, Music, E-Books, and More!

Enjoy digital media at home, at work, or on-the-go!

Queens Library is a one-stop shop for tech lovers. Our digital media collection includes thousands of free eBooks, audiobooks, eMagazines, music, movies, and videos.

You can download all of these items to a personal computer, smartphone, pocket PC, PDA, portable media ...

Get in the Game: Summer Reading 2016!

Get in the game this summer and slam-dunk some reading goals. The annual Summer Reading Program at Queens Library is back and better than ever!

You can visit any community library to get your summer reading booklist or log, and sign up online at summerreading.queenslibrary.org to download materials and create an ...

Summer Poetry Contest!

Calling all poets! Send us your haikus, limericks, sonnets, and more for Queens Library’s Summer Poetry Contest 2016!

We welcome poets from all over New York State to submit one original poem that reflects our 2016 Summer Reading theme of “Get in the Game.”

Entries will be grouped by ...

There are no programs scheduled here at this time. Please check our Programs page for our other locations and programs you might be interested in attending.

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.