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Introduction to Job Interviews

So, you’ve landed an interview for a wonderful job…now what? It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions, and follow up properly afterwards. Preregister online or for more information call 718-661-1205.

Jan 28 @ 10:30 AM

Creating Impactful 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.

Feb 11 @ 10:30 AM

Introduction to Job Interviews

So, you’ve landed an interview for a wonderful job…now what? It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions, and follow up properly afterwards. Preregister online or for more information call 718-661-1205.

Feb 25 @ 10:30 AM

Jan
22
3:00PM

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6:30PM

Homework Help

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Volunteers provide help with homework questions for children ages 6-12 on a drop-in basis.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
22
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Chapter Book Readers Club

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Readers in grades 2-4 read, learn, and explore with their favorite chapter books! We'll introduce a new book series with a fun activity. No registration required. You do not need to read the book beforehand.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
22
5:30PM

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8:30PM

Skills Identification

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 14 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. For more information, please visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625.


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Jan
23
10:00AM

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10:45AM

Mother Goose Time

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children ages 0-18 months and their caregivers are invited to join us for stories, songs, finger plays, and more.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
23
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Fresh Ink Writing Club

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children in grades 4-6 explore writing and storytelling through fun activities.


Jan
23
5:30PM

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8:30PM

Introduction to MS Word

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

Learn the basic skills in Microsoft Word, and gain hands-on experience creating documents, changing formats, and using key shortcuts. Basic computer skills are required.


Jan
24
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to Computers in Spanish

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

Learn the basic parts and functions of a computer in this introductory class. To register, visit the Flushing Library Cyber Center located on the 2nd Floor or online at www.queenslibray.org. For further questions, call the Flushing Cyber Center at 718-661-1280.


Jan
24
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Toddler Time

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children ages 2 to 3½ and their caregivers join us for stories, rhymes, songs, and activities just right for them.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
24
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Free Citizenship Classes

Location: Flushing
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Learn everything you need to know about American history, government, and culture to pass the citizenship exam. Participants must attend the entire 12-class series. Please arrive at 10 am sharp on Thursday, January 10 to register in person at the Flushing Library/ IRC Conference Room 3rd Floor (first-come, first-served) or call 718-278-4303 to preregister in advance. Candidates must be green card holders.

FlushingThu, Jan 31, 201910:00AM - 1:00PM
FlushingThu, Feb 7, 201910:00AM - 1:00PM
FlushingThu, Feb 14, 201910:00AM - 1:00PM
FlushingThu, Feb 21, 201910:00AM - 1:00PM
FlushingThu, Feb 28, 201910:00AM - 1:00PM
FlushingThu, Mar 7, 201910:00AM - 1:00PM
FlushingThu, Mar 14, 201910:00AM - 1:00PM
FlushingThu, Mar 21, 201910:00AM - 1:00PM
FlushingThu, Mar 28, 201910:00AM - 1:00PM

Jan
24
1:00PM

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6:00PM

Chinese Open Mic

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Singing is one of the best ways to relieve stress. Group singing helps you make friends, build confidence, and find a sense of achievement. The Flushing Library and New Green Life Foundation present this “Chinese Open Mic” to welcome you to sing with others. First-come, first-sing!

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

Additional Dates


Jan
24
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Family Art: Group Build

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Families with children of any age try a different art project every week. This month, we'll join talents on collaborative projects!

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

Additional Dates


Jan
25
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Mistake-Free Cover Letters

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

The cover letters workshop teaches the most important aspects of cover letter writing, defines the different types of cover letters, and prepares participants to write and customize cover letters for their job applications.


Jan
25
10:30AM

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12:30PM

MS Excel: Advanced Lists

Location: Flushing
Registration: Registration is now closed

Join these classes to learn how to use Excel to your advantage. Topic includes advanced lists. Register online or by calling 718-661-1205. Basic computer skills and knowledge of Excel are required; bringing your own USB flash drive is recommended.


Jan
25
11:00AM

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12:00PM

PreK Sensory Storytime

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Parents/caregivers with PreK three & four year olds will enjoy a sensory storytime and activities to explore different concepts each week such as sound & volume, touch & play, I spy with my little eye, and position words and movement.


Jan
25
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Teen Game Day

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Have fun during game day! Choose from a variety of board and card games or play Nintendo Wii U.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
25
4:30PM

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6:00PM

Film Friday

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

End the month with a family-friendly film for ages 5-12.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
26
10:00AM

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12:30PM

Introduction to Microsoft Word (in Spanish)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Learn how to create a document and work with tables. Participants should have basic computer skills and must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Cyber Center Flushing Library Reference Desk beginning Saturday, January 5 at 10:00 a.m. or by calling 718-661-1280.


Jan
26
10:30AM

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12:30PM

QEDC: Business Plan Competition

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The Queens Economic Development Corporation’s Annual Queens StartUP! Business Plan Competition begins in September 2018. 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


Jan
26
11:00AM

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4:00PM

Homework Help: Saturday

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Volunteers provide help with homework questions for children ages 6-12 on a drop-in basis.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
26
11:15AM

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11:45AM

Family Storytime

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Families with children of all ages are invited to join us every Saturday for a storytime.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
26
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Culture Bridge Series #3: Traditional Chinese Music Concert with New York Guqin Assoc. and 7s Art

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come to the annual year-end traditional Chinese music concert - A Guqin Master Liu Li and Xiao Master Chen Tao Special. You are invited to join with a cohort of renowned musicians and artists based in New York City, and get ready to be indulged in various forms of traditional Chinese music including Guqin, Guzheng, Xiao, and more. *Auditorium*


Jan
27
12:00PM

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4:00PM

Homework Help: Sunday

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Volunteers provide help with homework questions for children ages 6-12 on a drop-in basis.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
28
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Job Interviews

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

So, you’ve landed an interview for a wonderful job…now what? It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions, and follow up properly afterwards. Preregister online or for more information call 718-661-1205.


Jan
28
3:30PM

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4:15PM

Play With Me Time

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Encourage early learning! Join us for a story, songs, and rhymes, followed by free play with age-appropriate toys. For toddlers ages 0-5 with a caregiver.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
28
4:00PM

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5:00PM

TechCraft: Electronics

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us for our TechCraft program. We'll be combining the latest technology (tablets, robotics, circuitry, coding, and more!) with traditional arts and crafts materials to build exciting new designs and creative projects. This month, we're exploring the world of electronics. Come experiment with electronic circuitry and play around with robots! Registration required; please call or visit the children's room. This program is for children in grades 6-8.


Jan
28
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Culture Bridge Series #4: QL IRC presents: Seeing the World’s Largest City Shanghai, China

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This lecture touches on the dynamic youth of today’s China and the neighborhoods of Shanghai from the former French Concession to the Art-Deco Bund to Hongkou’s Jewish Ghetto to the soaring skyscrapers of the Pudong District along with what it’s like to be here for Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival. This program is in English.
*IRC Conference Room*


Jan
29
5:30PM

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8:30PM

Creating Impactful Resumes

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

Make your resume the best it can be. This workshop provides insight into what resume reviewers look for, types of resumes, what to include and exclude, and tips for making your resume stronger. For further information, call 718-990-8625.


Jan
30
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Virtual Reality Experience with Oculus Rift

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Step into the world of virtual reality (VR). Join us for a VR experience like no other. See the world, experience art in 3D, play a game, or watch a 360° video. Must be 18+ (or 13+ with parental consent).


Jan
30
4:00PM

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5:00PM

BookBusters Club: "You Go First"

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children in grades 4-6, join BookBusters Club as we read, discuss, and do fun activities related to this month's title. We will be reading and discussing "You Go First" by Erin Entrada Kelly.


Feb
1
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Introduction to MS Word

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

Learn the basic skills in Microsoft Word, and gain hands-on experience creating documents, changing formats, and using key shortcuts. Basic computer skills are required.


Feb
1
11:00AM

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12:00PM

PreK & Friends World Read Aloud Day

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Parents/caregivers with PreK three & four year olds are invited to brings friends to World Read Aloud day! In this participatory event, we're all going to read aloud together! With some songs and rhymes and a take-home craft, this will be a memorable event.


Feb
1
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Monthly Book Discussion Group

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

January 4: "Digital Gold" by Nathaniel Popper
February 1: "Brave New Word" by Aldous Huxley
March 1: "The Power of Positive Thinking" by Norman Vincent Peale
April 5: "The Art of the Comeback" by Donald Trump
May 3: "Unfair Advantage" by Robert Kiyosaki
*Rooms C&D*

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

Additional Dates


Feb
1
5:00PM

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6:30PM

Korean for Beginners II

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

This class offers additional daily conversational skills and more vocabulary. This class also covers Korean grammar and sentence patterns with a solid foundation of four aspects of language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Completion of Korean for Beginners I is not required.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
2
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Culture Bridge Series #5: R&B/Doo Wop Festival with On Point Band & The New York Serenaders

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

On Point Band will be performing classic R&B, Motown and disco hits. The New York Serenaders will be performing the harmonies of the 1950s and early 1960s doo wop rock & roll era. Then both groups will join to perform songs with each other. *Auditorium*


Feb
2
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Celebrate the Year of the Pig Craft Workshops

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Celebrate Year of the Pig with Craft Workshops: Children ages 3-12 with parent/caregiver make a keepsake beaded zipper-pull. Teens ages 13 up are invited to make a Lantern Craft with LED Light. All materials provided on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. "Red Envelope" provided by the Friends of the Flushing Library. Program sponsored by the Friends of the Flushing Library.


Feb
4
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Identifying Your Work Skills

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

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


Feb
4
4:00PM

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5:00PM

TechCraft: Robotics!

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Kids ages 11-14, join us at our awesome TechCraft program! We'll be combining the latest technology with traditional arts and crafts materials to build exciting new designs and creative projects. This month, we're working with real robots! Learn to program Sphero bots with simple block-based coding; no prior experience is necessary. Registration is required; please call us at 718-661-1212 or visit the children's room. This program is for children in grades 5-8.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
5
10:00AM

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4:00PM

Save Money, E-File Your Taxes for Free

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

If your 2018 income is $66,000 or less, you qualify to receive free online tax return filing assistance. Volunteers from the New York State Tax Department and Urban Upbound will guide you through tax preparation software available on their website as you prepare and e-file your federal and state income tax returns at no cost.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
6
1:00PM

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4:00PM

Peking Opera Salon

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Facilitated by Qi Shu Fang Peking Opera Association, this activity is to promote traditional Chinese art, especially Peking Opera, in the community. Everyone is welcome to join in singing and performing, with live music accompaniment.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
6
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Innovation! 2D to 3D - Spatial Thinking = STEAM Success

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.

In this series of 12 programs, children ages 8-12 use traditional and tech tools to create in 2D and 3D, refining perception and spatial reasoning. 3D printing is the capstone experience, exposing participants to new concepts needed for future careers.
Classes Wednesdays Feb 6 - Apr 24; Reception & Exhibition of student work May 8.
Registration required: please visit the children's desk to register.

FlushingWed, Feb 6, 20194:00PM - 5:30PM
FlushingWed, Feb 13, 20194:00PM - 5:30PM
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FlushingWed, Mar 27, 20194:00PM - 5:30PM
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Feb
6
5:30PM

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8:30PM

Introduction to Excel

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 2 openings

Participants will learn the basic concepts of Microsoft Excel, such as what a spreadsheet is, basic Excel navigation, and basic data entry.


Feb
7
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Learn How to Create a Picture Slideshow in PowerPoint

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

Come and join us in an introductory workshop on how to make a PowerPoint slideshow with pictures!


Feb
7
1:30PM

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3:00PM

Dealing with Hearing Loss

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

When was the last time you checked your hearing? Come join us for a short talk on hearing loss followed by a hearing screening provided by a New York State licensed hearing specialist from St. John’s University.


Feb
7
2:00PM

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5:00PM

Registration/Testing for Advanced ESOL Classes

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Advanced classes are for individuals who can converse in English and have mastered basic grammar. The class focuses on further developing students’ conversation skills as well as reading and writing. The classes will run Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 12th – April 11th, from 2-5 p.m. in the ALC Classroom. In order to take this class, you must register in person on Thursday, February 7 from 2-5pm.
*Adult Learning Center*


Feb
7
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations: In their Footsteps Family Art Project

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us in the children's room for a two-session family art project! We examine the lives of prominent African Americans who overcame obstacles to have a lasting impact. As we learn, we create art: Using images of the figures and their footsteps, we mark obstacles and the achievements. The art we create will remain on display during midwinter recess. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
7
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Pathway to U.S. Citizenship: Becoming a U.S. Citizen and Building Your Civic Knowledge

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Are you ready to become a U.S. citizen? Sessions are in English and include a workshop and basic civics education. 2/07- Are you ready to be a U.S. citizen?/Introduction to American history; 2/14 - Required documents and more/Introduction to American government and politics; 2/21- Common barriers to naturalization/American culture and geography; 2/28- Naturalization interview and beyond/Review of 100 questions.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
7
6:00PM

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7:00PM

PS 244Q Piano Concert

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

PS244Q presents a piano concert featuring their students.


Feb
7
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 five-minute presentation of either poetry, written word, music, comedy, or spoken word. Spectators are also welcome.
*IRC Conference Room*

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

Additional Dates


Feb
8
10:30AM

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12:30PM

MS Word: Make Your Own Calendar

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

Learn how to make your own calendar in Microsoft Word. To register, please call 718-990-8625.


Feb
8
11:00AM

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12:00PM

PreK Movement Storytime

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Parents/caregivers with PreK three & four year olds will enjoy storytime and activities intended to get them moving. Children will learn to listen to instructions and coordinate with each other.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
8
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Fun Friday: Soap Hearts/Broken Hearts

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Ages 6-12, join us for a special fun Friday activity as we carve hearts - or broken hearts - out of soap.


Feb
9
10:00AM

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12:30PM

Microsoft Excel for Spanish Speakers

Location: Flushing
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Learn how to create a worksheet and perform calculations. Participants should have basic computer skills and must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Flushing Library Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning Saturday, February 2 at 10:00 a.m. or by calling 718-661-1280.

FlushingSat, Feb 16, 201910:00AM - 12:30PM
FlushingSat, Feb 23, 201910:00AM - 12:30PM

Feb
9
11:15AM

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11:45AM

Family Storytime: Lunar New Year

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Celebrate Lunar New Year in our family storytime!


Feb
9
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Lunar New Year Concert presented by CBA Culture and Art Center

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

CBA specializes in Chinese music, dancing, and drama performance. At this event, they will celebrate their 20th anniversary and Lunar New Year with some wonderful performing pieces and thank the community for their longtime support.
*Auditorium*


Feb
9
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Culture Bridge Series #6: Chinese Drama, American Stage (Workshop, Lectures, and Demo)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Presented by Oriental Operatic Artists Association. Feb. 17th @ 2 p.m: Peking Opera Face Painting Workshop; Feb. 9th & March 2nd @ 2 p.m: Lecture and Live Performance: History of Chinese Opera Overseas
*Rooms A&B*

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

Additional Dates


Feb
10
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Chinese-American Parents' Association presents: Lantern Festival Event

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

To celebrate Lunar New Year, Chinese-American Parents’ Association (CAPA) will work with Queens Library at Flushing to host a “Lantern Festival Event” to help children know more about Chinese cultures and customs. Professional staff will be onsite to teach children and parents how to make their own lanterns, and bring them home to celebrate Lantern Festival. All materials and supplies will be provided. With any questions, please call 917-306-1126. *Rooms A&B*


Feb
10
2:00PM

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3:15PM

Broken Heart Week: Sonia Olla Flamenco Dance Company

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

From flirtatious expressions to footwork perfection, experience The Sonia Olla Flamenco Dance Company. The Company will present Tablao Sevilla, a traditional flamenco repertoire. For more Broken Heart programming, visit https://queenslib.org/BHW2019


Feb
11
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Creating Impactful 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.


Feb
11
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations with Lewis Latimer House: Invent!

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Kids ages 9-14, join us at a special program. Be inspired by African American inventor & Flushing native Lewis Latimer and get ready to invent during a program hosted by Lewis Latimer House educators! For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Feb
12
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations - A Virtual Reality Experience

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Step back in time with the help of virtual reality. Experience a slice of the Civil Rights Movement, tour the National Civil Rights Museum with 360° video, and more. Must be 18+ (or 13+ with parental consent). For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Feb
12
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Chapter Book Readers: Super Ugly Animals: Someone has to love them! (No Broken Hearts!)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Readers in grades 2-4 read, learn, and explore with their favorite chapter books! We'll introduce a new book series with a fun activity. No registration required. You do not need to read the book beforehand. In this special Valentine's Program, we explore Super Ugly Animals: Someone has to love them!


Feb
12
5:30PM

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8:30PM

Cover Letters

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The workshop teaches the most important aspects of cover letter writing, defines the different types of cover letters, and prepares participants to write and customize cover letters for their job applications.


Feb
13
4:00PM

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5:00PM

College Readiness: Steps to College Success

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Flushing Library- "How to Submit a Winning Application"
Ridgewood Library-"Is College for Me"
Ridgewood Library-"How to Submit a Winning Application"
Queensboro Hill Library-"Is College for Me"
Queensboro Hill Library-"Your Most Empowering Narrative"
Queensboro Hill Library-"Developing a Plan for College Success"


Feb
13
5:30PM

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8:30PM

MS Excel Formulas & Functions

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 2 openings

Learn to edit and manipulate data in the Using Formulas and Functions workshop. Learn the common and useful formulas to use with your data! Basic computer skills are required.


Feb
14
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Learn How to Create a Picture Slideshow in PowerPoint in Cantonese

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

Come and join us in an introductory workshop on how to make a PowerPoint slideshow with pictures.


Feb
14
6:30PM

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8:30PM

North American Calligraphy Association presents: Monthly Penmanship Class

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Feb
15
10:30AM

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12:30PM

Writing Resumes in Microsoft Word

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

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


Feb
15
4:00PM

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6:00PM

NYCitizenship Information Session

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come to an information session with NYCitizenship staff 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


Feb
15
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Fun Friday

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Start the weekend with fun games, crafts, puzzles, and more. No registration required.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
16
2:00PM

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3:30PM

New York Chinese Opera Society & Youth Troupe presents: Peking Opera Arias and Episodes

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

New York Chinese Opera Society and Youth Troupe members Xiaowen Xu, Die Fu, Bin Ma, Zexin Li, Ruowen Meng, and female role class students will present Peking Opera Arias and Episodes "Wu Jia Po" and " The Marriage of Hezhu."
*Auditorium*


Feb
17
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Alzheimer’s Support Group (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join our Alzheimer’s 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, January 20 and February 17. Please call 646-744-2951 for registration.


Feb
17
2:00PM

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3:00PM

QL International Resource Center presents: New Horizon - Japanese Fusion Music and Beyond

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The concert will be a collaboration of Japanese fusion band, WaFoo, and classical chamber ensemble, MCCE. Both music groups have been performing in the NY tri-state area since 2004. The concert will feature original compositions which are unique mixtures of Japanese philosophy with a variety of music styles composed by Takeshi Asai and Kazuo Nakamura. The music is soothing, beautiful, inspiring and absolutely enjoyable. *Auditorium*


Feb
19
11:30AM

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12:15PM

Bilingual Birdies presents Movin' to Mandarin

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Bilingual Birdies presents Movin' to Mandarin for preschoolers and their parents/caregivers. Please call the library to register at 718-661-1213.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
19
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Minecraft Camp!

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.

Hey kids! Want to have an awesome time and learn some cool new things during your school break? On February 19-21, come to the library to learn coding with Alex and Steve, craft some creepers, and play Minecraft on our tablets! This program is for ages 8-12. Registration is required; please call the library at 718-661-1212 or speak to a children's librarian to register.

FlushingWed, Feb 20, 20192:00PM - 3:00PM
FlushingThu, Feb 21, 20192:00PM - 3:00PM

Feb
19
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Virtual Reality Experience with Oculus Rift

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Step into the world of virtual reality (VR). Join us for a VR experience like no other. See the world, experience art in 3D, play a game, or watch a 360° video. Must be 18+ (or 13+ with parental consent).


Feb
19
5:30PM

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8:30PM

Job Search Strategies

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

Job searching can be an overwhelming process. Prepare yourself for success! This workshop teaches traditional and creative ways to find jobs, identify career-specific websites, and network.


Feb
21
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Family Art

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Families with children of any age can try a different art project every week.


Feb
22
10:30AM

--to--

12:30PM

MS Word: Advanced Flyers

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

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. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-661-1205.


Feb
22
10:30AM

--to--

12:00PM

Mistake-Free Cover Letters

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

The cover letters workshop teaches the most important aspects of cover letter writing, defines the different types of cover letters, and prepares participants to write and customize cover letters for their job applications.


Feb
22
11:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations: Putting on my traveling shoes and off I go on...?

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

In this Pre-K storytime, children are invited to create a vehicle that will take them to their next traveling adventure: Car or spaceship? Boat or flying dragon? There is no limit to where the mind and heart can travel! For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Feb
23
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Culture Bridge Series #7: QL IRC presents: A Musical Trip to Italy, France, & Germany

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Iris Ornig and her outstanding musicians will discover the music of three iconic countries – Italy, France, and Germany. She will introduce popular songs from each country, which include rhythm, lullabies, love songs, traditional folk songs, and more. *Auditorium*


Feb
24
10:00AM

--to--

11:00AM

Learn How to Create a Picture Slideshow in PowerPoint in Spanish

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

Come and join us in an introductory workshop on how to make a PowerPoint slideshow with pictures.


Feb
24
12:30PM

--to--

2:00PM

Celebrate the Year of the Pig with Chinese and Korean Music, Dance, Arts, and Food!

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Let’s celebrate the Lunar New Year together!
12:30pm: Chinese Dough Figure Making with Artist Catherine Lau, IRC Conference Room
12:30pm: Korean Food Preparation with Korean Chef Soh Young Lee-Segredo, Rooms A&B;
2:30 pm: Chinese Folk Music, Dance, and Traditional Opera with the C&R International Arts Center, auditorium

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

Additional Dates


Feb
25
10:30AM

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12:00PM

Introduction to Job Interviews

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

So, you’ve landed an interview for a wonderful job…now what? It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare for your interview, successfully deal with difficult questions, and follow up properly afterwards. Preregister online or for more information call 718-661-1205.


Feb
26
6:00PM

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8:15PM

Film Screening for Black History Month: "Selma"

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Civil-rights activists march from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery to secure voting rights for black Americans in this docudrama, which focuses on the actions of Martin Luther King Jr. It stars David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson and Cuba Gooding Jr. (2014, PG-13)
*Auditorium*


Feb
27
4:00PM

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5:00PM

BookBusters Club: "Cardboard"

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Kids in grades 4-6, join BookBusters Club to read, discuss, and do fun activities related to our chosen book. This month, we will be reading and discussing "Cardboard," a thought-provoking and exciting graphic novel by Doug TenNapel. Pick up a copy from the children's desk!


Feb
28
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations - My Footsteps Family Art Project

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

In this companion session to Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations: In Their Footsteps, students reflect on their own migration story: either one they have made or a figurative one they may make in the future. What obstacles have they faced/or may they face? What are their goals? They create art in response and we will put it on display. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Mar
1
11:00AM

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12:00PM

PreK Story Start

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Parents/caregivers with PreK three & four year olds will enjoy storytime and activities. Think of the skills and concepts children learn through art exploration. Each week, we'll introduce different "mediums:" playdough, building materials (recycled and more), paper and color, fiber.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
5
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Advance Directives

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Cynthia Pan, MD, Chief of Geriatrics and Palliative Care at New York Hospital Queens, will give a talk on different types of advance directives, the importance of having one and medical treatment options in cases of very serious illness. This program will be in Mandarin Chinese.


Mar
6
10:00AM

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3:00PM

Citizenship Workshop

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

Receive free assistance with citizenship application and fee waiver!
To register call 888-839-8682 or for more information, please call 718-990-0730.


Mar
16
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Workshops for Parents & Students

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Saturdays: 12/8: How to Help Your Children Apply for College; 3/16: How to Obtain New York State Teacher’s Certification; 5/18: How to Help Your Children Use Their Home Language in Studying Other Courses and English; 6/22: New York State High School Graduation Requirements
*Rooms A&B*

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

Additional Dates


Mar
19
12:00PM

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1:30PM

Tai Chi Basics

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Tai chi is part of the Chinese regimen culture. It is simple and easy to learn. The Flushing Library invites famous tai chi expert Sitan Chen and his team to teach basic forms of movements (including the original tai chi elements). Limited spots available. First-come, first-served. Participants are required to sign a waiver for each session.

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

Additional Dates


May
8
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Innovation! 2D to 3D - Reception and Exhibit of Student Work

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This is a display of student work created by students in our 2D to 3D program. Everyone is invited to join us to view their magnificent sketches, sculptures, digital artwork, and more!


May
14
4:00PM

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5:00PM

College 101 : Pre College Prep and Tips for Surviving Freshman Year and Beyond

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

It is never too early to plan for college. These fun and interactive programs are offered to tweens and teens with a curiosity about how to prepare and what to expect freshman year and beyond. This program will be offered at the following locations: Cambria Heights, Central, Flushing, Glen Oaks and Peninsula.


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 1749
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-7022
NYS Assembly
Hon. Ron Kim
KimR@nyassembly.gov
District Office 136-20 38th Ave., Suite 10A
Flushing NY, 11354
phone: (718) 939-0195
fax: (718) 939-1238
Albany Office LOB, Room 419
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-5411
fax: (518) 455-4995
NYS Senate
Hon. Toby Ann Stavisky
Stavisky@nysenate.gov
District Office 142-29 37th Avenue, Suite 1
Flushing NY, 11354
phone: (718) 445-0004
fax: (718) 445-8398
Albany Office Room 706, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-3461
fax: (518) 426-6857
US Congress
Hon. Grace Meng

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

History

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bibliography

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

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

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

Olde Flushing by Harriet Lawson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Olde Flushing by Harriet Lawson.

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