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Apr
19
10:30AM

Picture Book Time

Picture Book Time is for children age 5 and under.


Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required
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Apr
21
11:15AM

Mother Goose Time

At Mother Goose Time there are nursery rhymes, songs and stories for infants ages 6-17 months.


Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required
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Apr
21
11:45AM

Toddler Time

Children ages 18-36 months, accompanied by their caregiver, enjoy stories, songs, nursery rhymes and fingerplays.


Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required
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Apr
22
4:00PM

All-Species Earth Day Parade

Children age 5 and up create an animal mask for Earth Day, learn about endangered species and celebrate animal diversity!


Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 29 openings

Apr
22
6:00PM

ShapeUp NYC: Total Body Conditioning

Instructor Heidi Elsanabary teaches a combination of exercises—cardio fitness, toning, core strengthening and stretching—for a complete workout. Participants should bring their own mat. Space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required
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Apr
23
3:00PM

Be a Junior Librarian

Have fun shadowing a librarian!


Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required
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Apr
23
4:30PM

Create Your Own Jewelry Box: A Crafts Workshop for Adults

Don't throw away that chocolate box yet! Phyllis Ger demonstrates how to transform found materials into a beautifully-styled jewelry box.


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

Apr
24
1:00PM

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Share a poem with everyone you meet on Poem in Your Pocket Day! Poems will be available at the Children's Reference Desk. Read your poem aloud to the librarian for a small prize!


Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Apr
28
4:00PM

Planned Parenthood Presents Making Proud Choices

This program is for young people ages 11-19 who have questions about sex and would like to learn how to be healthy and safe. Preregistration is required.


Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required
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Apr
30
5:00PM

Jewelry-Making

Teens learn to make beautiful jewelry. Materials will be provided.


Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

May
3
2:30PM

Family Film Feature: "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the children's novel with our screening of the movie classic


Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

May
10
3:00PM

Lincoln Center Local HD: Ring Them Bells! A Kander and Ebb Celebration

Lincoln Center Education continues its tradition of bringing the best of Lincoln Center to local libraries via a new high-definition screening series with select screenings featuring a special preshow event, appearance or workshop. This month's presentation is a tribute to composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb, who wrote the musical "Cabaret" and the song "New York, New York" among many other well-known tunes. Enjoy the video featuring Chita Rivera and Joel Grey.


Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

May
12
2:00PM

Bilingual Birdies Concert: Songs for Young Children (in English and Spanish)

Children up to age 5 and their parents or other adult caregivers will learn new vocabulary at this live, interactive concert of movement and songs in Spanish and English. Space is limited and available first come, first served.


Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

May
12
6:30PM

Ridgewood Book Club

Our selection for for this month is Laurie Fabiano's "Elizabeth Street: A Novel Based on True Events."


Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

May
22
4:00PM

Wee Games from the Past

Children age 6 and up play games they may never have played before.


Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Jun
28
2:30PM

Family Film Feature

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Disney classic "Mary Poppins," rated G, starring Julie Andrews.


Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Ridgewood Community Library has:

  • 20 public computers
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the Ridgewood Community Library include:

  • Albanian
  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Croatian
  • Italian
  • Polish
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Serbian
  • Spanish

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Ridgewood Community Library include:

  • Computers
  • Graphic Novels
  • Large Print
  • Mind & Body
  • Travel

 


What does a Friends Group do?

Friends of Library - Ridgewood Chapter. Contact Community Library Manager at (718) 821-4770 or Office of Government and Community Affairs (GCA) at (718) 990-0817 if you are interested in joining.


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
Caltapa YMCA Pre-Kindergarten/Early Childhood Education
69-02 64th Street
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718) 456-1776
  

Community Board
Queens Community Board # 5
61-23 Myrtle Avenue
Glendale NY , 11385
phone: (718)366-1834
fax: (718) 417-5799
  

Community Organizations & Services
Greater Ridgewood Historical Society
1820 Flushing Ave
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718) 456-1776
  

Fire Department
Engine 291 Ladder 140
56-07 Metropolitan Avenue
Queens NY , 11385
Engine 286 Ladder 135
66-44 Myrtle Avenue
Queens NY , 11385
 

Local Hospitals
Wycoff Heights Medical Center
374 Stockholm Street
Brooklyn NY , phone: (718) 963-7272
  

Parks and Playgrounds
Rosemary’s Playground
Woodward Avenue, Fairview Avenue, Woodbine Street
Ridgewood NY , 11385
Joseph F Mafera Park
65 Pl & Caltapa Avenue & 68 Avenue
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (800) 275-8777
 

Police Department
104th Precinct
64-02 Catalpa Avenue
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718) 386-3004
  

Post Office
Fresh Pond Post Office
6080 Woodbine Street
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (800) 275-8777
Ridgewood Post Office
6060 Myrtle Avenue
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (800) 275-8777
 

Private / Parochial Schools
Our Lady of Miraculous Medal
61 Bleecker Street
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718) 821-2221
St Matthias RC School
5815 Catalpa Avenue
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718) 381-8003
 

Public Elementary Schools
PS 68 Cambridge School(K-5)
59-09 St Felix Avenue
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718) 821-7246
PS 71 Forest School (K-5)
62-85 Forest Avenue
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718) 821-7772
fax: (718)386-7088
PS 81 Jean Paul Richter School (K-5)
559 Cypress Avenue
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718) 821-9800
PS 88 Seneca School (PK-5)
60-85 Catalpa Avenue
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718) 821-8121
PS 239 (PK-5)
17-15 Weirfield Street
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718) 381-4009
 

Public High Schools
Grover Cleveland High School
2127 Himrod Street
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718) 381-9600
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
IS 77
976 Seneca Avenue
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718) 366-7120
IS 93
66-56 Forest Avenue
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718) 821-4882
 

Senior Centers
Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Center
319 Stanhope Street
Brooklyn NY , 11237
phone: (718) 366-3038
Ridgewood Older Adult Center
59-14 70th Avenue
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718) 456-2000
 

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Elizabeth Crowley
ecrowley@council.nyc.gov
District Office6477 Dry Harbor Rd.
Middle Village NY, 11379
phone: (718) 366-3900
fax: (718) 326-3549
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, 1765
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-7381
fax: (718) 326-3549
NYC Council
Hon. Antonio Reynoso
Areynoso@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 244 Union Avenue
Brooklyn NY, 11206
phone: (718) 963-3141
fax: (718) 963-4527
Legislative Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1740
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-7096
NYS Assembly
Hon. Catherine T. Nolan
NolanC@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 61-08 Linden Street
Ridgewood NY, 11385
phone: (718) 456-9492
fax: (718) 417-4982
Albany Office LOB, Room 836
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4851
fax: (518) 455-3847
NYS Senate
Hon. Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.
addabbo@nysenate.gov
District Office 159-53 102nd Street
Howard Beach NY, 11414
phone: (718) 738-1111
fax: (718) 322-5760
Albany Office Room 613, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2322
fax: (518) 426-6875
US Congress
Hon. Nydia M. Velazquez
District Office 266 Broadway, Suite 201
Brooklyn NY , 11211
phone: (718) 599-3658
fax: 718-599-4537
Legislative Office 2302 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-2361
fax: (202) 226-0327
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

The earliest recorded inhabitants of the Ridgewood area were Native Americans of the Mespachtes Tribe. During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries Dutch settlers arrived and tilled the land as farmers. Eventually, in the early eighteenth century, English settlers named the area Ridgewood for its dense wooded geography. The population began to swell as transportation to and from Brooklyn improved, namely with the elevated transit lines in 1879 and with trolley lines built along Myrtle and Wyckoff Avenues in 1881. By this time the population was largely a German middle class which supported many local businesses, including several large breweries. The remaining farmlands were acquired by Gustav Mathews in 1906 who turned them into residential areas named the “Mathews Flats”, a large complex of over 800 six-family brick row houses.

After World War II came a wave of immigrants from Eastern and Southern Europe, in particular from Poland and the former Yugoslavia. The latest census also reveals a growing overall population largely due to an increase of the local Hispanic population.

By the time of Ridgewood’s change from a rural to an urban area and, ironically, the same year as the grand opening of the large 42nd Street library in Manhattan, the Ridgewood Library was opened in 1911. At the time only a homely storefront with 2,000 books and no children’s room, it blossomed in only 18 years into a block long building used by residents ever since. Today the library is being expanded by a major renovation to provide local residents with more space for improved customer service.

Special Services

Queens Library HealthLink

 

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately one of two American men and one of three American women will have some type of cancer at some point during their lifetime. Queens Library HealthLink seeks to increase access to cancer screening and cancer treatment among medically underserved communities in Queens. Queens Library HealthLink is a partnership between Queens Library, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Queens Cancer Center of Queens Hospital and the American Cancer Society.

 


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