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This Weekend at Queens Library

What can you do at the Library this weekend?

Well, you can enjoy the Afro-Venezuelan jazz of Alí Bello & The Sweet Wire Band, plus visit our other Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations, take a SHSAT Practice Exam, borrow a Library HotSpot, play a Pathfinder pen-and-paper RPG, learn the Turkish art of ebru, join creative ...

Citizenship Assistance at Queens Library

There's no better time than now to learn about the citizenship resources at your nearest participating library.

You can come to civic knowledge classes, Know Your Rights workshops about the DACA program, free legal consultations, and naturalization workshops to aid you in the immigration process.

Stay informed and ...

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 ...

It's a Great Day for Older Adults!

Queens Library's Older Adult Services Program is proud to present our third annual Older Adults Day, which will feature FREE health screenings, live entertainment, and information on healthcare, benefits, and other important topics specifically for adults age 50 and older.

In addition to special seminars and activities, ...

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 9-week training program is a comprehensive series of workshops that offers entry to ...

Free English Classes!

Are you a new American who wants to learn English or improve your English language skills?

You can learn English at Queens Library for FREE!

Join a supportive community of students and teaching professionals at our community libraries. Classes are available for Beginners and at Intermediate and Advanced ...

Back-to-School Events!

It’s that time of year again!

You and your kids can get ready for the new school year and ease the transition back to school by checking out one of Queens Library’s fun programs!

Make crafts, watch a movie, or learn about all the resources available at your library. For more information about each event, you ...

Hispanic Heritage Celebrations!

Hispanic Heritage Month 2017 begins September 15, and we’ll be celebrating with programs and events all month long!

Now through November 2, Queens Library will put the spotlight on the richness of Hispanic heritage and culture. Join us for concerts, dance performances, crafts, cooking classes, movies, and much ...

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 ...

Free Home Internet Access for Eligible NYC Students!

Do you know a New York City public school student with no home Internet access?

Their family may be eligible to borrow a hotspot from Queens Library and get FREE Internet service at home!

The ConnectED Library Hotspot Loan Program is a free program designed to help NYC ...

Sep
25
11:00AM

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11:30AM

Mother Goose

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Babies ages 6-18 months are invited to join us for nursery rhymes, books and singing. Caregivers must be present.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
25
11:30AM

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12:00PM

Toddler Time

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 19-36 months are invited to join us for singing and story time. A parent or caregiver must be present.

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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12:30PM

Toddler Craft

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Toddlers age 1-4 accompanied by a parent or guardian create a simple craft.

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

Additional Dates


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Sep
25
5:00PM

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6:30PM

ESOL Conversation Group

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join us for an ESOL conversation group.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
26
3:00PM

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3:15PM

Book Bingo

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5 to 12 years old are invited to join us each week for a literary themed game of bingo. A parent or guardian must be present.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
26
4:00PM

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4:30PM

Jeopardy

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 7 to 12 years old are invited to join us for an exciting kid's version of the trivia game Jeopardy. A parent or guardian must be present.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
27
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Mindful Meditation for Teens

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Mindful meditation for teens.


Sep
28
12:15PM

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1:00PM

Toddler Playtime

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Toddlers and their caregivers are invited to join us for 45 minutes of unstructured play. A parent or caregiver must be present.


Sep
28
3:30PM

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4:00PM

Spelling Bee

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children in grades 1-6 are invited to join us for a weekly spelling bee. A parent or guardian must be present.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
29
4:00PM

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5:45PM

Children's Movie Series

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5-12 years old are invited to join us the last Friday of each month for a different children's film. A parent or guardian must be present.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
30
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Family Story Time

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children and their families are invited to join us for songs, books, and parachute play. A parent or caregiver must be present.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
30
1:30PM

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4:00PM

Practice SHSAT Exam and Information Session with the Princeton Review

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

Students can take this free, full-length practice test to find out how you might score on the real thing! Your personalized score report pinpointing your strengths and weaknesses will help you know what to focus on as you prep. Parent, while your student is taking the exam join Princeton Review for an information session on the changes to the SHSAT and other tips and tricks. In person registration required for both.


Oct
2
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Friends of Ridgewood Library Meeting

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Support the Ridgewood Library.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
4
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Knitting Circle

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Have fun while learning to knit your very own creations! Supplies will be provided or you may bring your own.

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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1:30PM

Toddler Learning Center Craft

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Toddlers age 18 to 38 months old are invited to create a simple craft. A parent or guardian must be present.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
10
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Skills Identification

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

In this competitive job market, it is vitally important not only to know your job skills, but to be able to market those skills to potential employers during a job search. This workshop will explain the benefits of knowing your job related skills and how to identify them. To preregister, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, please visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
10
11:00AM

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11:45AM

Intro to MS Word

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Learn the basics to Microsoft Word in this introductory course.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
12
3:00PM

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6:00PM

Introduction to Email

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

In this introductory workshop, you will learn: how to create an email account, how to log on, how to navigate your email account, how to send and receive email messages, and how to attach documents. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. While this is an introductory class, it is recommended that you have basic mouse and keyboarding skills before the workshop.


Oct
13
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Crafternoons

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5 to 12 years old are invited to make a seasonal craft. A parent or guardian must be present.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
19
3:00PM

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6:00PM

Beginners Word

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

Make your documents stand out with Microsoft Word! In this class, you will learn how to create and save Word documents; format and edit text; copy, cut, and paste items; and use the basic functions and commands of Word. Basic computer skills are required. Register online at Jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-661-1205.


Oct
24
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Resumes

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

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. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information call 718-990-8625.


Oct
25
4:00PM

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4:45PM

Readers' Theatre: "The Tell-Tale Heart"

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join us for a dramatized reading of Edgar Allan Poe's short story, "The Tell-Tale Heart".


Oct
26
3:00PM

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6:00PM

LinkedIn

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

Refresh and revive your online professional persona! In today’s world of social media, it’s more important than ever to ensure that your online profile and resume are fresh, current, and discoverable by your colleagues. Come to this LinkedIn workshop and learn how to create a professional profile that puts your best foot forward and shows off your abilities and accomplishments. Call 718-990-8625 for more information.


Oct
31
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Halloween Party

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5 to 12 years old are invited to join us for a Halloween-themed craft and game. A parent or caregiver must be present.


Nov
2
3:00PM

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6:00PM

Beginners Excel

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

Improve your productivity with Microsoft Excel. Learn what a spreadsheet is and how to navigate it, create workbooks, enter and edit data, and create charts and graphs. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required.


Nov
9
3:00PM

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6:00PM

Intermediate Excel

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

Improve your productivity and boost your basic knowledge of Excel. Topics covered include; a review of the basics, creating and manipulating tables, and using formulas and functions. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills and knowledge of excel are required.


Nov
13
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Adult Book Club Discussion

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Please join us for a discussion of "Razor Girl" by Carl Hiaasen.


Nov
14
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Cover Letters

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

Are you ready to apply for jobs? Does your cover letter stand out from the crowd? Make it the best possible by learning how to get started, what to include and not include, tips for making it stronger. Preregister online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For further information, please call 718-990-8625.


Nov
16
3:00PM

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6:00PM

Beginners PowerPoint

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

Create awesome presentations and slideshows with PowerPoint 2010. Topics covered will include; creating and editing slides, changing the design and colors, inserting pictures and illustrations, and presenting your slide show. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. Basic computer skills are required.


Nov
21
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Online Job Applications

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

Online job applications have become the standard for applying to many jobs and they can be difficult to navigate if you’re not prepared. Participants will learn: how to prepare information to make online applications easier; common online application sections and how to get noticed and how to avoid rejection! For further information, please call 718-990-8625.


Nov
28
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Digging for Job Leads

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

Are your resume and cover letters ready? How do you search for jobs? What are the most effective ways to find open jobs? In this two-part series, participants will learn traditional and creative ways to find jobs, how to network for job leads, and how to use online tools to find job leads. For further information, please call 718-990-8625.


Nov
30
3:00PM

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6:00PM

Interview Preparation

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

Preparation and practice make perfect when it comes to job interviews. In this two-part workshop, participants will learn about different types of interviews, how to prepare for an interview, different interview techniques and common questions, how to successfully respond to difficult questions, and how to follow up properly after as interview. For further information, please call 718-990-8625.


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

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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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

 


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 OfficeAtlas Park Mall, 71-19-80th Street, Ste.8-303
Glendale NY, 11385
phone: (718) 366-3900
fax: (718) 326-3549
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, 1765
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-7381
fax: (212) 227-7164
NYC Council
Hon. Antonio Reynoso
AReynoso@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 244 Union Avenue
Brooklyn NY, 11206
phone: (718) 963-3141
fax: (347) 223-4347
Legislative Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1740
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-7095
NYS Assembly
Hon. Catherine T. Nolan
NolanC@nyassembly.gov
District Office 47-40 21 Street, Room 810
Long Island City NY, 11101
phone: (718) 784-3194
fax: (718) 472-0648
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.