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Our Renewed Promise to the Public

No matter who you are, where you’re from, or where you want to go, we speak your language.

We’re excited to announce our renewed promise to the public and our new look to reflect who we are and the exceptional service you can expect from us.

At Queens Public Library, we speak your ...

Sep
18
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Kid STEAM

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Kids 8-12 join us each week for a fun and fascinating STEAM activity! No registration necessary; supplies are limited--first-come, first-served.


Sep
18
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Teen Art & Tech

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come get crafty at the library! Join us for a weekly craft program, using both low-tech and hi-tech instruments. This program is for teens entering grades 7-12 only.

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

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Sep
18
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Chinese Singing Class with Professor Chi Ying

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

In these four sessions of singing class, students will learn basic singing techniques and the theory behind them. Professor Chi Ying, a renowned artist specializing in Chinese folk songs, will train students how to understand an art song and express it artistically. Seats limited. Registration at first class.
*Rooms A&B*

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

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Sep
18
7:00PM

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8:30PM

Elementary Korean III

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

This course is designed for those who have taken Elementary Korean I & II, or have some knowledge of Korean. Basic communication skills, vocabulary, and grammar will be covered in this ten-week program. Registration required.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
19
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to Word in Cantonese

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

Learn the fundamentals! You will learn how to create and save Word documents, format and edit text; and copy, cut, and paste. Participants should have basic computer skills. To register, visit Flushing Library Cyber Center on the 2nd Floor or call 718-661-1280.


Sep
19
10:00AM

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10:45AM

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


Sep
19
2:00PM

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4:00PM

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.


Sep
19
2:00PM

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3:00PM

LIFT (Legal Information for Families Today) Family Court and Family Law Workshop

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Do you have questions about custody, visitation, or child support? Are you representing yourself in family court? Learn about this and more! Join Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) to learn the top things you should know about family court and family law in New York State. Need help now? Call LIFT’s Family Law Helpline at 212-343-1122. Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) is a private, nonprofit organization.


Sep
19
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Back-to-School: ABC Club

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Get ready to read with alphabet awareness! Children ages 4-6 years with their caregivers will have fun getting to know the A-B-Cs and will hear inspiring ideas for at-home activities that foster early literacy and prepare children for preschool and kindergarten. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

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

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Sep
19
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Classical Dance Class with Bella Dance Art Center: The Butterfly Lovers

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Based on the vocabulary of Chinese dance, the movements are smooth. Butterfly lovers' dance ideas come from well-known Chinese folklore. This drama reveals the lingering emotion, in the euphemistic and beautiful body language, of the character's psychological portrayal through a lot of classical dance movements, emphasizing them with high and low music. Space is limited - registration at first class. 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


Sep
20
10:00AM

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2:00PM

Citizenship Day at the Library

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Celebrate Citizenship Day at Flushing Library! Representatives from USCIS (the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) will provide an overview of the requirements and eligibility for becoming a U.S. citizen. Various community-based organizations and legal service providers will offer resources supporting people on the path to American citizenship.


Sep
20
10:00AM

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2:00PM

Citizenship Day at the Library

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Celebrate Citizenship Day at Flushing Library! Representatives from USCIS (the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) will provide an overview of the requirements and eligibility for becoming a U.S. citizen. Various community-based organizations and legal service providers will offer resources supporting people on the path to American citizenship.


Sep
20
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Preschool Storytime

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children three and four years old will enjoy a special storytime with their caregivers. Each week we incorporate stories, songs, rhymes, early literacy skills, and an exciting activity or craft. No registration necessary; contact the library at 718-661-1212 with any questions.

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

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Sep
20
11:00AM

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11:30AM

One-on-One Sessions: Navigating the New Queens Public Library Website

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

Come and join us in learning how to navigate the new Queens Public Library website. Space is limited. To register, visit Flushing Library Cyber Center located on the 2nd Floor at 41-17 Main Street, Flushing NY 11355 or call 718-661-1280.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
20
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Teen Game Day

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us every Friday for board games in the Teen Room. Check out classic games and play them with your friends!

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

Additional Dates


Sep
20
4:00PM

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4:45PM

Fun Friday

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us for fun in the children's meeting room.


Sep
21
10:00AM

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12:30PM

Computers for Beginners (In Spanish)

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

Learn how to turn on your computer and write an email. Participants must attend all three classes. Preregistration is required in person at the Flushing Library Cyber Center beginning Saturday, September 7 at 10 a.m. or by calling 718-661-1280.

FlushingSat, Sep 28, 201910:00AM - 12:30PM

Sep
21
11:00AM

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4:00PM

Back-to-School Event: A Day of Information and Fun for the Whole Family

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Informational workshops help families navigate educational stages for their children such as universal Pre-K enrollment; New York State tests for grade 3-8; and general high school application processes. Also, sample an array of programs and services offered by the library to educate and entertain.


Sep
21
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 for stories, songs, and fun activities!

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

Additional Dates


Sep
21
1:00PM

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1:45PM

Intermediate Chess: Strategy and Puzzles

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 35 openings

Experienced chess players age 8-12 are invited to learn about advanced chess strategies and exciting chess puzzles. Registration in advance is required.


Sep
21
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Educational Workshops presented by NYS Language RBERN at NYU

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

1. How to obtain New York State teacher's certification and become a bilingual and/or ESL teacher - Saturday, Sept. 21, 1pm
2.How to help your children to get prepared and apply for college -
Saturday, Nov. 16, 1pm *IRC Conference Room*

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

Additional Dates


Sep
21
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Chess Club

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

For children 6-12 years old: learn to play chess or practice your skills in friendly, informal matches.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
21
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Wang Guowei & Friends: Autumn Moon Over a Tranquil Lake

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Erhu artist and composer Wang Guowei and guest musicians celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, a popular tradition in the Chinese community. A mixed quartet of erhu, pipa, ruan, and Western flute performs music with themes of the moon, nightscapes, and nostalgia, highlighted by the premiere of Wang Guowei’s “Autumn Moon Over a Tranquil Lake.” Artists: Wang Guowei, erhu; Sun Li, pipa; Susan Cheng, daruan; Anna Urrey, flute. *Auditorium*


Sep
23
3:30PM

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4:00PM

Play with Me Time

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us each week to learn stories, songs, and finger plays that you can share with your child. Babies and toddlers from newborn to 36 months and their caregivers will enjoy a brief storytime followed by open play time. No registration required. Contact us at 718-661-1212 with any questions.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
23
4:00PM

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5:00PM

TechCraft: 3D Printing

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Tweens age 11-14 years are invited to explore a new tech project every month. September: explore 3D printing and design your own 3D printing project!

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

Additional Dates


Sep
24
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Books & Crafts

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Readers in grades 2-4 explore and create with their favorite books! We'll introduce a new book and a fun activity.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
24
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Intermediate Level Chinese Class

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Queens Public Library in Flushing will provide a basic intermediate learning class series continuing in August. There will be ten sessions for each class. Interested students must register at the first class. Textbooks will be available to borrow for registered students with their library card. The Chinese learning classes are sponsored by the Consulate General of the PRC in New York. Tuesdays, August 20 to October 22, 6-8 pm *IRC Conference Room*

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

Additional Dates


Sep
25
10:00AM

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10:45AM

Mother Goose

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Enjoy a story, songs, and rhymes followed by play for 0-18 months.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
25
12:00PM

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1:30PM

Tai Chi Basics

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Famous tai chi expert Mr. Sitan Chen and his team will 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. *Rooms A&B*


Sep
25
4:00PM

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5:00PM

BookBusters Club: "The Thief of Always" by Clive Barker

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Kids in grades 4-6 meet to discuss the book of the month, "The Thief of Always" by Clive Barker. Books are available at the librarian's desk.


Sep
26
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to Word in Spanish

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

Learn the basic skills in Microsoft Word and gain hands-on experience creating documents, changing formats, and using key shortcuts. To register visit Flushing Library Cyber Center on the 2nd Floor or call 718-661-1280.


Sep
26
1:00PM

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5:00PM

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 presents the Chinese Open Mic to welcome you to sing with others. First-come, first-sing!
*Auditorium*

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

Additional Dates


Sep
26
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Introduction to Job Interviews

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


Sep
27
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Film Friday

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us for a family-friendly film. This is recommended for ages 6-12 with caregivers.


Sep
28
1:00PM

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3:00PM

CBA presents: Mid-Autumn Traditional Chinese Music Show

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Organized by Cao Baoan Culture Center and Merano Culture Performance, this show will illustrate the best of traditional Chinese music from instrumental to drama and singing. Artists from New York and Los Angles also celebrate CBA's 20th anniversary on this occasion. *Auditorium*


Sep
28
1:00PM

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1:45PM

Intermediate Chess: Learning from the Past.

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 30 openings

Experienced chess players age 8-12 will go on a deep dive into a historically significant chess game. Registration in advance is required.


Sep
28
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Flushing Lecture Series presented by Flushing Library and North American Calligraphers Association

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Launched in 2009, the Flushing Lecture Series focuses on a wide range of Chinese cultural topics, from calligraphy and painting to poetry and Chinese classics. Scholars and artists have presented nearly 100 lectures in past years. The renewed program starting in July includes ten lectures that will bring enlightened perspectives on some interesting issues of Chinese culture. *IRC Conference Room*

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

Additional Dates


Sep
28
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Parenting Workshop with Bonnie Lao in English/Chinese

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Specialist Bonnie Lao offers parenting tips with a special emphasis on the challenge of bridging cultures. This program is in English and Chinese.


Sep
28
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Parent-Child Relationship and Children's Mental Health

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Dr. Bonnie Liao is a licensed social worker. She has just completed an internship at the Counseling & Psychological Services Center at Princeton University. Since 2004, she has served as the General Advisor of the New Jersey PCE Club. She has given 100+ talks in North America and China on parent-child relationships. Her talk will focus on building modern parent-child relationships and developing mentally healthy children. *Rooms A&B*


Oct
1
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 use MS Word to create and design marketing materials such as flyers, brochures, and business cards! Basic computer skills are required.


Oct
2
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Mother Goose Time

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us for a story, songs, and rhymes for babies 0-18 months, followed by open playtime. No registration necessary; contact the library at 718-661-1212 with any questions.


Oct
2
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.
*Auditorium*


Oct
2
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Kid STEAM

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Kids in grades 4-6, join us each week for a fun and fascinating STEAM activity! No registration necessary; supplies are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Oct
3
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Free Citizenship Classes

Location: Flushing
Registration: Registration is now closed

Learn everything you need to know about American history, government, and culture to pass the citizenship exam. Register in person at the library on Thursday, October 3 at 10 am or call 718-278-4303 to preregister in advance. Students should have a copy of their green card when they come to register. Participants must to attend the entire 10 week class series. Candidates must be green card holders. The first day of class is registration day where they should have a copy of their green card.

FlushingThu, Oct 10, 201910:00AM - 1:00PM
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Oct
3
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Identifying Your Work Skills

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

In this competitive job market, it is vitally important to know your work skills and market those skills to potential employers during a job search. This workshop will explain the benefits of knowing your work skills and how to identify them.


Oct
3
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Family Art

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Families with children ages 5-8 are welcome to join us for a fun art activity.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
3
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Autumn Music Concert

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Olivia Lu, pianist and harpist, is presenting a concert with pianist Reina J. Huang and bassoonist Yen-Chen Wu from Carnegie Hall Ensemble Connect.
*Auditorium*


Oct
3
6:30PM

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8:30PM

Open Mic Night

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Performers are invited to share their talents in a 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


Oct
3
7:00PM

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7:30PM

One-on-One Sessions: Bring Your Own Devices

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

Come in and get one-on-one assistance with your device, assistance with using the computer, and basic tutorials. Space is limited. To register visit the Flushing Library Cyber Center located on the 2nd Floor or call 718-661-1280.
*** Bring your own devices or Iphone/Ipad***

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

Additional Dates


Oct
4
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Preschool Storytime With Pediatrician!

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children three and four years old will enjoy a special storytime with their caregivers. Each week we incorporate stories, songs, rhymes, early literacy skills, and an exciting activity or craft. This week includes a special visit from a pediatrician from New York Presbyterian. No registration necessary; contact the library at 718-661-1212 with any questions.


Oct
4
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Flushing Book Discussion Group

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us the first Friday of each month in Rooms C&D:
9/6: Path to Personal Power by Napoleon Hill.
10/4: Plato in 90 Minutes by Paul Strathern.
11/1 : Trump's War by Michael Savage.
12/6: Three Feet From Gold by Sharon Lechter and Greg Reid.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
4
4:00PM

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4:45PM

Fun Friday

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us for fun in the children's meeting room.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
5
10:30AM

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12:00PM

StartUp! Business Competition

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The Queens Economic Development Corporation’s Annual Queens StartUP! Business Plan Competition begins in September 2019. 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 Public Library. Learn more at these information sessions and watch for more news about classes starting in October.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
5
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 for stories, songs, and fun activities!

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

Additional Dates


Oct
5
1:00PM

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1:45PM

Basic Chess Strategy

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Improve your chess game by learning basic chess strategies. Anyone age 8-12 years old who already knows the basic chess rules is welcome.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
5
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Lecture on China and Ceramics Appreciation by Mr. Fan Shu Guo

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

In this three-session lecture, Mr. Fan Shu Guo, a collector of china and ceramics, will share his insight and experience with the audience. He will talk about the history and cultural elements of representative porcelains in the Song dynasty. The lecture is conducted in Chinese and is for culture and knowledge-sharing propose only. No appraisal and trade involved. *IRC Conference Room*


Oct
5
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Chinese Author Talk Series # 47 presented by Flushing Library & Queens Public Library NAP

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Karen Chen, a dancing artist, studied abroad in 1988 and was a student of Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis. She practiced modern dance and became a successful choreographer. She wrote many poems in the past thirty years to record her life and thinking. At this debut of her poetry anthology "Walking on My Own Path," Karen will share her writing experience as well as her personal reflection on the life of a Chinese immigrant in the US. Book signing will be included in the event.
*Rooms A&B*


Oct
6
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Songs from Movies presented by Chi Ying and Her Students

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

In the golden month of October, Professor Chin Ying, a famous vocal artist, will bring her students together on the stage and present songs from some classic movies in world cinema history. The theme is an integrated part of a movie that often impresses the audience and leaves a great memory of vivid pictures from the story. Songs are performed in both their original languages as well as in translation to Chinese. *Auditorium*


Oct
7
3:30PM

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4:00PM

Play with Me Time

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us each week to learn stories, songs, and finger plays that you can share with your child. Babies and toddlers from newborn to 36 months and their caregivers will enjoy a brief storytime followed by open play time. No registration required. Contact us at 718-661-1212 with any questions.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
7
4:00PM

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5:00PM

TechCraft: Audio Editing

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Tweens age 11-14 years are invited to explore a new tech project every month. October: explore audio editing and try making your own audio track!

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

Additional Dates


Oct
8
10:30AM

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12:30PM

MS Excel: Using Formulas & Functions

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


Oct
8
4:00PM

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6:00PM

Movies on the Big Screen: "Shazam!"

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This is a monthly event just for our teens. Join us for "Shazam!" (2019, PG-13).


Oct
8
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Code Club: Websites!

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

In Code Club, tweens and teens in grades 6-9 work alongside peers and mentors exploring and demystifying code! No previous coding experience necessary (basic computer proficiency is required).
October's project: how to make a website. Please bring a USB stick!
Teens who want to use one of the library's laptops must register. If you have your own laptop, just drop in. To register or if you have any questions, call us at 718-661-1212.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
9
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Parent-Child Workshop with Pediatrician

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

A pediatrician from New York Presbyterian joins us to share information and chat with parents. Discussion and tips are combined with open playtime for parents with young children. No registration required; contact us at 718-661-1212 with any questions.


Oct
10
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to Excel

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

In the Introduction to Excel class, participants will learn the basic concepts of Microsoft Excel, such as what a spreadsheet is, Excel navigation, and data entry.


Oct
10
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Creating Impactful Resumes

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


Oct
10
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Youth Leadership Council

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join the Youth Leadership Council and make your voice heard! Plus, earn community service hours!
New York City's government isn’t just for adults! Teens should have a say in what’s happening in their city. Queens Public Library is looking for youth, ages 14–21, to join Youth Leadership Councils at Central Library and Flushing Library.


Oct
11
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Preschool Storytime

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Children three and four years old will enjoy a special storytime with their caregivers. Each week we incorporate stories, songs, rhymes, early literacy skills, and an exciting activity or craft. No registration necessary; contact the library at 718-661-1212 with any questions.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
11
4:00PM

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5:30PM

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


Oct
12
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 Flushing Library Cyber Center Reference Desk beginning Saturday, October 5 at 10:00 a.m. or by calling 718-651-1280.

FlushingSat, Oct 19, 201910:00AM - 12:30PM
FlushingSat, Oct 26, 201910:00AM - 12:30PM

Oct
12
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Monkey King Musical Performance

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Queens Theatre presents a new musical version of the beloved legend of The Monkey King! The contemporary twist is sure to amuse families!


Oct
17
10:00AM

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11:00AM

MS Excel: Creating Charts and Graphs

Location: Flushing
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 18 openings

Learn how to create charts and graphs in Microsoft Excel. Basic knowledge of MS Excel is required. To register visit the Flushing Library Cyber Center located on the 2nd Floor or call 718-661-1280.


Oct
17
2:00PM

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4:00PM

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.


Oct
17
6:30PM

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8:00PM

Meditation for a Peaceful & Healthy Life with Jim Rose

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Many people all over the world are turning to meditation to help them lead a more peaceful and healthy lifestyle. Scientific studies have proven that the practice of meditation reduces stress and anxiety, as well as decreases the risk of disease. Please join Jim Rose, retired executive with Johnson & Johnson and longtime meditator, for this engaging and informative workshop and learn to incorporate a simple yet powerful technique into your life. *IRC Conference Room*


Oct
19
1:00PM

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1:45PM

Intermediate Chess: Strategy and Puzzles

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

Experienced chess players age 8-12 are invited to learn about advanced chess strategies and exciting chess puzzles. Registration in advance is required.


Oct
20
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Alzheimer’s Support Group (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This program is in Mandarin Chinese for those 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, September 15, October 20, November 17 and December 15. Please call 646-744-2951 for registration.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
21
6:00PM

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7:30PM

FaceApp, Facebook, and Fake News 2019

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

Join us for a conversation around current issues in online privacy--from Facebook's data policies to FaceApp's terms of service. Learn practical tips to protect your online information, spot fake news, and access reliable election information.


Oct
23
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Mother Goose with Pediatrician

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. A pediatrician from NY Presbyterian Hospital joins us to chat about early child development.


Oct
23
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.


Oct
24
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to Excel in Spanish

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

In the Introduction to Excel class, participants will learn the basic concepts of Microsoft Excel, such as what a spreadsheet is, Excel navigation, and data entry. To register visit Flushing Library Cyber Center on the 2nd Floor or call 718-661-1280.


Oct
24
2:00PM

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4:00PM

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.


Oct
25
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Film Friday

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us for a family-friendly film. This is recommended for ages 6-12 with caregivers.


Oct
26
12:00PM

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4:00PM

Blood Moon Rising Magazine & Queens Public Library at Flushing Present: Halloween Blood Fest 2019

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This event features a spook house, the rock band Decembers Fall, a magical light show by Warlock, costume & scream contests, the zombie short film "The Pit," and live on stage Frankenstein's resurrection.
*Auditorium & Rooms A&B*


Oct
26
1:00PM

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1:45PM

Intermediate Chess: Learning from the Past

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

Experienced chess players age 8-12 will go on a deep dive into a historically significant chess game. Registration in advance is required.


Oct
28
6:30PM

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8:30PM

QL International Resource Center presents: Hong Kong - A City Alive With Festivals & Dragons

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Hong Kong is a vibrant city where the calendar is full of festivals with dragons, dancing, fireworks, and competitions that thrill visitors and locals alike. In this dynamic photo lecture Michael Luongo brings alive the holidays and festivals, many virtually unknown to outsiders.
*IRC Conference Room*


Oct
29
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Books & Crafts: Spooky Special

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Readers in grades 2-4 explore and create with their favorite books! We're celebrating the spooky, twitchy season with special activities: scary stories, games, a craft, and photo booth!


Nov
7
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to Computers

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

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 at 41-17 Main Street, Flushing NY 11355 or call us at 718-661-1280.


Nov
7
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Qin (Zither) Song Arts by HE Yi- Hosted by Ba Ban Chinese Music Society

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Qin song has been part of the traditional ritual music culture in China. As a form of
musical expression of traditional scholars’ spirit, qin song can make people
dwell deeply on the ancient Chinese philosophy and Chinese aesthetic, as well as the spiritual
world of Chinese men of letters. Ba Ban Chinese Music Society’s guest artist, singer
and qin player, HE Yi, will play and talk about the history and esthetics of qin song.


Nov
14
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to Computers in Cantonese

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

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 at 41-17 Main Street, Flushing NY 11355 or call us at 718-661-1280.


Nov
16
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Talk with David W. Blight, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of "Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom"

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us for a presentation with the historian David W. Blight about his 2019 Pulitzer Prize-winning biography "Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom." Blight, a history professor and director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University, will discuss what prompted him to pursue the story of the escaped slave who became one of the leading orators, abolitionists, and writers of his era. Books will be available for sale and signing.


Nov
21
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to Computers in Spanish

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

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 at 41-17 Main Street, Flushing NY 11355 or call us at 718-661-1280.


Dec
6
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to Internet

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

Learn the basic parts and functions of now to navigate the internet in this introductory class. To register, visit the Flushing Library Cyber Center located on the 2nd FL at 41-17 Main Street Flushing NY 11355 or call 718-661-1280.


Dec
12
5:30PM

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6:30PM

Financing Your College Education

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This program is open to families and high school students. The subjects covered include
completion of the FAFSA, grants, scholarships (including the Excelsior Scholarship and Enhanced Tuition Awards), work study, and various types of loans. Bring your friends. This information will be helpful as you pursue secondary education.


Dec
12
5:30PM

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6:30PM

Financing Your College Education

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

This program is open to families and high school students. The subjects covered include
completion of the FAFSA, grants, scholarships (including the Excelsior Scholarship and Enhanced Tuition Awards), work study, and various types of loans. Bring your friends. This information will be helpful as you pursue secondary education.


Dec
13
10:00AM

--to--

11:00AM

Introduction to Internet in Cantonese

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

Learn the basic parts and functions of now to navigate the Internet in this introductory class. To register, visit the Flushing Library Cyber Center located on the 2nd FL at 41-17 Main Street Flushing NY 11355 or call 718-661-1280.


Dec
20
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Introduction to Internet in Spanish

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

Learn how to navigate the Internet in this introductory class. To register, visit the Flushing Library Cyber Center located on the 2nd FL at 41-17 Main Street Flushing NY 11355 or call 718-661-1280.


Jan
9
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Intro to Gmail: Creating a Gmail Account

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

Always wanted a Gmail account but never knew how to go about creating one? Join us in an introductory class on creating a Gmail account! To register, visit the Cyber Center located on the 2nd floor or give us a call at 718-661-1280.

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

Additional Dates


Jan
16
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Intro to Gmail in Cantonese

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

Always wanted a Gmail account but never knew how to go about creating one? Join us in an introductory class on creating a Gmail account! To register, visit the Cyber Center located on the 2nd floor or give us a call at 718-661-1280.


Jan
23
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Intro to Gmail: Creating a Gmail Account

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

Always wanted a Gmail account but never knew how to go about creating one? Join us in an introductory class on creating a Gmail account! To register, visit the Cyber Center located on the 2nd floor or give us a call at 718-661-1280.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
6
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Navigating your Google Account

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

Learn about the many ways you can use your Google account, from Gmail to Google Maps to Google Drive. Basic computer skills and an existing Google account are required. To register, visit the Cyber Center located on the 2nd floor or give us a call at 718-661-1280.

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

Additional Dates


Feb
13
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Navigating your Google Account

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

Learn about the many ways you can use your Google account, from Gmail to Google Maps to Google Drive. Basic computer skills and an existing Google account are required. To register, visit the Cyber Center located on the 2nd floor or give us a call at 718-661-1280.


Feb
20
10:00AM

--to--

11:00AM

Navigating your Google Account

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

Learn about the many ways you can use your Google account, from Gmail to Google Maps to Google Drive. Basic computer skills and an existing Google account are required. To register, visit the Cyber Center located on the 2nd floor or give us a call at 718-661-1280.

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

Additional Dates


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 Avenue, 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 913, 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: 718-358-6364
fax: 718-445-7868
Legislative Office 2209 Rayburn 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.