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East Flushing

Honor Martin Luther King Jr. at Queens Library

This year marks the 90th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We hope you will join us for our special events that pay tribute to his life and legacy.

We also have suggestions for great books and movies about Dr. King.

All Queens Library locations will be closed on Monday, January 21 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. ...

Our Celebration of Kindness

Queens Library celebrated the kindness that fills our communities with our It’s Time for Kind campaign during this past holiday season.

“Kindness can change the world,” President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott said at a kickoff event for our campaign.

Learn all about the programs and events we held across ...

Ask Yourself What You Feel Curious About

Pat Cummings has always loved libraries. They were places where she could follow up on any topic that she was curious about—and after her mother became a librarian, she spent even more time at the library.

Now, as an author, illustrator, and teacher, Cummings describes herself as heavily dependent on libraries, to get all ...

Queens Library Magazine

The new issue of Queens Library Magazine is out now!

Queens Library Magazine combines great library-themed feature stories and two months' worth of information about our free programs, services, and special events, and it's available at your neighborhood library or ...

Young Adult Literacy Program: Pre-Register Now!

Are you interested in getting your High School Equivalency, but not sure where to start?

The Young Adult Literacy Program (YALP) is here to help!

This program is open to students ages 16–24, and offers four days of classes per week, as well as one day of service learning and job shadowing to help build your ...

What We Bring: Immigrant Art On View at Central Library

Join us for a new art exhibit at Central Library in Jamaica from January 7 to March 2 that honors the artistic talents and cultural contributions of new immigrants.

What We Bring: New Immigrant Gifts adds to the national dialogue on immigration. Focusing on the cultural contributions of immigrants who came to the U.S. in the ...

Free Job Readiness Training

Queens Library's Job & Business Academy and the Consortium for Worker Education have partnered to provide a free Job Readiness and Computer Training program for the unemployed or underemployed.

This 7-week training program is a comprehensive series of workshops that offers entry-level to ...

Discover Your City With Culture Pass!

Start planning your winter adventures! NYC’s libraries are making it easier for you to explore local museums, public gardens, and other cultural attractions for FREE with your friends and family!

Queens Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and the New York Public Library are excited to announce Culture Pass, ...

QI 2018: Celebrate Queens Artists in the Library

Queens International 2018: Volumes (QI 2018) opened at the Queens Museum in October, and on Saturday, November 10, for the first time ever, the Queens International will extend offsite, with art installations in three Queens Library branches: Lefrak City, Flushing, and Central Library in Jamaica.

Since it ...

Jan
22
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Scrabble Club

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us and enjoy playing Scrabble game every Tuesday with intelligent people.

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

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Jan
23
10:00AM

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11:45AM

ESOL Conversation Group

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

ESOL Conversation Class.

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

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Jan
23
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Vision Board: Manifest Your Life's Desires

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

We will show you how to create a vision board to help you get on track with your New Year's resolutions and get exactly what you want in 2019.


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Jan
24
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Bridge Club

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us and enjoy playing bridge at East Flushing Library.

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

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Jan
24
5:30PM

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7:00PM

Chess Club

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come join our ongoing Chess Club every week on Thursdays. Anyone who is interested is welcome.

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

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Jan
24
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Introduction to iPhone & iPad: Use and Navigation

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Learn how to use the proper settings and functions of the iPhone and iPad. There will be hands-on practical training. Space is limited; registration is required. Participants have to bring their own iPhone/iPad.

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

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Jan
25
11:00AM

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11:45AM

Chair Happy Yoga

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Enjoy gentle movements for relaxation and well-being.

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Jan
25
4:00PM

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4:45PM

Winter Arts and Crafts

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us for winter arts and crafts for children ages 3 and up.

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

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Jan
26
12:00PM

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2:00PM

Wellness Club

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us as we share ways to deal with stress and anxiety for a healthy outlook on life.


Jan
28
12:00PM

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12:45PM

Power Walk Fitness

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Try our indoor gentle fitness for health and wellness.

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

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Jan
28
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Movie Screening: "Mr. Holland's Opus"

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

A frustrated composer finds his calling in teaching while raising a hearing-impaired son (1995, PG).


Jan
28
6:00PM

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7:45PM

ESOL Intermediate

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us for ESOL Intermediate.

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

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Jan
30
1:00PM

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2:00PM

DIY Creative Spa Gifts on a Budget

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Whether you would like to pamper yourself or gift it to someone you love, we will demonstrate how to make creative simple spa recipes at home on a budget. Admission is free. First-come, first-served.


Jan
31
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Book Discussion: "The Little Paris Bookshop"

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come and join us in our monthly book discussion. This month we are going to read "The Little Paris Bookshop" by Nina George.


Feb
2
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Anyone Can Draw! Kids' Art Class

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come and be an artist! Let your imagination come to life. There is no limit to what you can do when you combine observation and imagination. In this class we will be using techniques such as line, color, and texture to draw.

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

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Feb
4
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Movie Screening: "Lake House"

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

A doctor and an architect exchange love letters across time (2006, PG).


Feb
6
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Healthy Homes

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come learn from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene about how older adults can keep their homes healthy. Some of the topics they will cover include how to avoid mold, chemical poisoning, preventing and getting rid of bedbugs, and falls prevention. All are welcome.


Feb
11
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Movie Screening: "The Last Song"

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

An estranged father and daughter slowly reconnect through their mutual love of music. (2010, PG)


Feb
13
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Pedestrian Safety for Seniors

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

The New York City Department of Transportation's Office of Safety Education will offer tips for seniors on how to stay safe while crossing New York City streets and discuss Mayor de Blasio's traffic safety initiative, Vision Zero. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.


Feb
19
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Memory 101 Workshop

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

In this interactive workshop we will talk about the latest information on memory research. We will play games and quizzes on how to strengthen and train your brain to retain information.


Feb
25
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Movie Screening: The Chorus

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Watch this foreign-language Oscar nominee about a music teacher at a boys' school in France in the 1940s. (2004, PG-13)


Feb
26
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Working with Clay

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Learn how to make objects with air drying clay. You will learn how to varnish and decorate with acrylic paint. Registration is limited. Please call the library to register. This program is funded through Older Adult Services for Seniors.

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

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Feb
27
1:00PM

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2:00PM

FDNY Fire Safety in the Home for Seniors

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Adults of all ages will gain important skills from lifesaving demonstrations on fire safety.


Feb
28
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Book Discussion: "The Japanese Lover"

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come and join us in our monthly book discussion. This month we are going to read "The Japanese Lover" by Isabel Allende.


Mar
4
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Movie Screening: "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas"

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come watch this Holocaust drama. (2008, PG-13)


Mar
6
10:00AM

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11:30AM

ESOL Conversation Group

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join our ESOL Conversation Group.

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

Additional Dates


Mar
11
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Movie screening: "Life is Beautiful"

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

An Italian Jew tries to protect his son in a Nazi concentration camp. This is an Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film. (1997, PG-13)


Mar
12
1:30PM

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3:30PM

Creative Aging: Mixed Media and Self-Portraits

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Teaching artist Richard Estrin presents Mixed Media and Self-Portraits, a four-session intermediate level drawing workshop. Bring a mirror for self-portraits. Registration is required. Call the East Flushing Library to register at 718-357-6643.

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

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Mar
18
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Movie Screening: Music of the Heart

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

An elementary school teacher gives violin lessons to her underprivileged students, despite indifference from the administration and budget cuts that force her to seek outside funding. (1999, PG)


Mar
27
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Creative Aging: Pastel Art Workshop

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

Participants will strengthen their drawing skills by working with oil-based pastels. We will explore the range of techniques pastels offer and examine the medium's potential for expressiveness. Participants will spend time working with photo-based imagery as a source and point of departure in constructed drawings. Preregistration and a commitment to attend all sessions is required. Space is limited. Call East Flushing Library to register, 718-357-6643. This program is for older adults 50+.

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

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Apr
11
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Beginning Ukulele Lessons

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

Creative Aging Program: Learn how to play the ukulele, for beginning students. Bring your own ukulele or use one at the library. Teaching artist Nancy Hinchliffe leads this ten-session course for older adults 50+. Registration is limited to 15 students. Register at the East Flushing Library by calling 718-357-6643.

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

Additional Dates


Apr
25
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Book Discussion Club: "The Light of Paris"

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come and join us in our monthly book discussion. This month we are going to discuss "The Light of Paris" by Eleanor Brown.


May
30
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Book Discussion: "Educated"

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come and join us in our monthly book discussion. This month we are going to discuss "Educated" by Tara Westover.


Jun
27
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Book Discussion Club: "Exit West"

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come and join us in our monthly book discussion. This month we are going to discuss "Exit West" by Mohsin Hamid.


Jul
25
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Book Discussion Club: "Almost Sisters"

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come and join us in our monthly book discussion. This month we are going to discuss "Almost Sisters" by Joshilyn Jackson.


Aug
29
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Book Discussion Club: "Dreams of Joy"

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come and join us in our monthly book discussion. This month we are going to discuss "Dreams of Joy" by Lisa See.


Sep
26
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Book Discussion Club: "Sing, Unburied, Sing"

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come and join us in our monthly book discussion. This month we are going to discuss "Sing, Unburied, Sing" by Jesmyn Ward.


Oct
31
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Book Discussion Club: "The Library Book"

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come and join us in our monthly book discussion. This month we are going to discuss "The Library Book" by Susan Orlean.


Nov
21
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Book Discussion Club: "Before We Were Yours"

Location: East Flushing
Registration: Not required

Come and join us in our monthly book discussion. This month we are going to discuss "Before We Were Yours" by Lisa Wingate.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The East Flushing Community Library has:

  • 2 Adult Public Computers
  • 1 Public Computer located in the Children's room
  • Each computer may be used for half an hour
  • Free Internet Access
  • Microsoft Office Software
  • Limited Printing
  • InfolinQ/Internet classes class is offered. Please contact the branch for more details

 

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International Language Collections at the East Flushing Community Library include:

  • Chinese
  • Korean
  • Greek
  • Spanish

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the East Flushing Community Library include:

  • Careers
  • Graphic Novels
  • Money Matters
  • YA Section

 


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
Crayon Box Preschool
4410 192nd Street
Flushing NY , 11358
phone: (718) 888-9341
Sensational Kids
4550 195th Street
Flushing NY , 11358
phone: (718) 631-5942
St. Nicholas Preschool
196-20 Northern Blvd.
Flushing NY , 11358
phone: (718)357-0800

Community Board
Queens Community Board #11
46-21 Little Neck Parkway
Little Neck NY , 11377
phone: (718) 225-1054
fax: (718) 225-4514
  

Community Organizations & Services
46 Avenue Beautification Comm
45-67 194th Street
Flushing NY , 11358
Auburndale Improv. Assoc
P.O. Box 331 – Station A
Flushing NY , 11358
 

Fire Department
Engine 320/Ladder 167
36-18 Francis Lewis Blvd
Flushing NY , 11358
  

Local Hospitals
Flushing Hospital Medical Center
4500 Parsons Blvd.
Flushing NY , 11355
  

Parks and Playgrounds
Kissena Park
Rose and Oak Avenues on the north, Kissena Boulev
NY ,
P.S. 130 Playground
42nd Avenue & Francis Lewis Boulevard
NY ,
 

Police Department
111th Precinct
45-06 215th Street
Bayside NY , 11361
phone: (718) 279-5200
  

Post Office
Station A
40-03 164th Street
Flushing NY , 11358
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Holy Cross High School(9-12)
26-20 Francis Lewis Blvd.
Flushing NY , 11358
phone: (718) 886-7250
St. Kevin’s School (PreK-8)
45-50 195th Street
Flushing NY , 11358
phone: (718) 357-8110
William Spyropoulos School (PreK-8)
196-10 Northern Blvd.
Flushing NY , 11358
phone: (718) 357-5583

Public Elementary Schools
PS 130 (PK-3)
200-01 42nd Avenue
Bayside NY , 11361
phone: (718) 357-6606
PS 233 @ PS 130 (SP)
200-01 42nd Avenue
Bayside NY , 11361
phone: (718) 224-0490
 

Public High Schools
HS 495 Bayside High School (9-12)
208th Street & 32nd Avenue
Bayside NY , 11361
phone: (718) 229-7600
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
IS 25 Adrien Block School (7-9)
34-65 192nd Street
Flushing NY , 11358
phone: (718) 961-3480
  

Senior Centers
Self Help Clearview Senior Center
208-11 26th Avenue
Bayside NY , 11360
phone: (718) 224-7888
  

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Paul Vallone
District19@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 42-40 Bell Boulevard, Suite 507
Bayside NY, 11361
phone: (718) 619-8611
fax: (718) 631-4100
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, Suite 1792
New York NY, 10007
phone: 212-788-7250
fax: 212-788-1860
NYS Assembly
Hon. Edward C. Braunstein
BraunsteinE@nyassembly.gov
District Office 213-33 39th Avenue, Suite 238
Bayside NY, 11361
phone: (718) 357-3588
fax: (718) 357-5947
Albany Office LOB, Room 557
Albany NY , 12248
phone: (518) 455-5425
fax: (518) 455-4648
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
  
NYS Senate
Hon. John Liu
liu@nysenate.gov
District Office
Legislative OfficeLegislative Office Bldg. Room 902
Albany NY, 12247
phone: 518-455-2210

History

The Matinecock Indians sold Flushing to the Dutch Colonists in the 1620s at the rate of one ax per 50 acres. The Dutch named it “Vlissingen,” after a port in Holland. It meant “flowing water.”

In 1657, the document called the Flushing Remonstrance, was signed by the Dutch colonists giving the Quakers and others the right to worship as they chose. The principles stipulated in the Remonstrance foresaw the freedom of religion in the U.S. Constitution. The English began ruling in 1664 and changed the name to Flushing.

Because of the abundance of trees in Flushing, the first commercial nurseries in America were organized here in the 1700s. A town hall was built in 1864 and it has been used as an opera house, police station, jail, and a dinner theater.

There have been two World’s Fairs in Flushing, one in 1939 and the other in 1964.

In the early to mid-1900s Irish, Germans and Italians resided in Flushing; but after 1965, Greeks, Chinese, Korean, and Hispanic immigrants started moving in. The formerly tree-lined pastoral town has become an important international residential and commercial center.

At first the new East Flushing Branch of the Queens Borough Public Library was set to open on November 1, 1975; but due to budget cuts it was unachievable to staff the additional branch. In 1977 a recent influx of federally financed CETA employees made it attainable for the East Flushing Branch to open for service on Monday, September 19, 1977 at 1:00pm. Previously this community had no library service, except for weekly visits by a bookmobile.