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Inspiring Women in Science

This Women’s History Month, Queens Library is excited to explore the impact of women scientists on fields as far ranging as astronomy, chemistry, biology, physics, and so many more.

Inspiring Women in Science invites you to play Bingo at our libraries to discover fifty amazing women in science, and to participate in a ...

Gracie Book Club: Meet Wally Lamb at the Library!

On Thursday, March 28 at 6pm at Central Library in Jamaica, join us for an exceptional evening you won’t want to miss!

Wally Lamb, author of She’s Come Undone, will discuss his book with our moderator, author and educator LaShonda Katrice Barnett.

This is the third ...

Public Budget Hearing April 11

Queens Library is preparing its operating budget for Fiscal Year 2020. The public is invited to find out what the Library’s funding priorities are and to provide input to the Library.

The Library’s public budget hearing will take place on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 6 p.m. at Queens Central Library, ...

Enter the Queens Library Naturalize Lottery!

Are you a green card holder? Are you able to complete your citizenship application by the end of March?

If so, you could enter the Queens Library Naturalize Lottery, funded by the New York State Office for New Americans, for the chance to have your citizenship application costs waived!

Winners will ...

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 ...

We’re More Alike Than Different

Sabina Khan’s inspiration for her new novel The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali was when her 17-year-old daughter came out.

“She spoke often of other teens at her school who came from conservative families and were unable to come out to them. Some didn’t feel safe anywhere and were hurting,” Khan ...

Free Tax Help at Queens Library!

It’s that time of year again!

If you need help figuring out and filing your ‪tax return‬, come to Queens Library for free tax-preparation assistance if you are a low-income older adult, or earn $66,000 or less a year.

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and Urban Upbound are ...

Our New JBA Brochures

Every month, Queens Library’s Job & Business Academy (JBA) provides our customers with the technology training, small business help, and job-search assistance they need to succeed—all for free.

Now, it’s easier than ever to find out which classes are being offered. Just check the listings in our monthly ...

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, ...

Mar
26
10:00AM

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11:00AM

Daily Crossword Puzzles

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Solve fun daily crossword puzzles at your favorite library.

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

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Mar
26
3:00PM

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3:45PM

Checkology

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Can you tell the difference between fact and fiction?
In Checkology sessions you will learn to:

Categorize information. Make and critique news judgments. Detect and categorize misinformation.
Interpret and apply the First Amendment. Compare the ways that different countries protect or restrict press freedom. Identify logical fallacies and evaluate arguments. Evaluate bias and learn about confirmation bias.

https://checkology.org/


Mar
26
5:00PM

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5:30PM

Jeopardy

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 7 to 12 years old are invited to join us for an exciting kid version
of the trivia game Jeopardy.

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

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Mar
27
1:45PM

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3:00PM

ESOL Conversation Group

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Learn English with a great volunteer! All levels welcome. No registration needed.

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

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Mar
28
12:15PM

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1:00PM

Toddler Learning Center

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

The Toddler Learning Center is open to young children ages 18 – 38 months. Parents will learn about nutrition, speech development, early literacy, and parenting skills, while toddlers become familiar with social environments at a young age. Each session is led by an early learning professional.

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

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Mar
28
1:00PM

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1:30PM

Toddler Learning Center Craft

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 18 to 38 months old are invited to create a simple craft. A parent or caregiver must be present.

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

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Mar
29
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Children's Film Series

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5 to 12 years old are invited to join us for a different children's film on the last Friday of each month.

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

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Mar
29
5:00PM

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5:30PM

Nail Polish Workshop

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Design and polish your own nails or have them done for you. All nail polishes and supplies will be provided.

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

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Mar
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.

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Apr
1
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.

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Apr
1
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.

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Apr
1
12:00PM

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12:30PM

Toddler Craft

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Come join us to make a simple craft. For toddlers ages 1-4 years old. Must be accompanied by a caregiver.

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

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Apr
1
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Teen Arts Time

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Teens will explore different artists and styles and create their own work in a judgement free environment. Every week is a new project and will feature classic and new (comics, zines, etc.) styles. No experience with art required! Drop in whenever to join.

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

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Apr
1
5:30PM

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7:30PM

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

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Are you ready to become a U.S. citizen? Sessions are in English and include a workshop and basic civics education.
4/1- Are you ready to be a U.S. citizen?/Introduction to American history
4/8 - Required documents and more/Introduction to American government and politics
4/15- Common barriers to naturalization/American culture and geography
4/22- Naturalization interview and beyond/Review of 100 questions

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

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Apr
3
3:00PM

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3:30PM

Comics Club

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Come chat about the latest comics and create your own comic art in our new club for tweens ages 8 through 12.


Apr
4
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Shape Up NYC: Cardio Dance Fitness for Adults

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

ShapeUp NYC instructor Nora leads this fitness class that uses easy-to-follow dance steps to increase cardio fitness and mobility and to tone the body. Space is limited. Bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable clothing. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

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Apr
6
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Ridgewood Tenants Union

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

The Ridgewood tenants' assembly meets to grow tenant power in the neighborhood in the face of increasing displacement and gentrification. Tenants will come together to discuss the issues they are facing and start working together to create a plan of action. The Tenants Union meets at the library the first Saturday of each month.

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

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Apr
6
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Legos

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5 to 12 years old are invited to create a Lego project using a different theme each week. A parent or guardian must be present.

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

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Apr
9
4:00PM

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5:15PM

National Library Week Outreach with DJ Gully

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join Queens Library as we celebrate National Library Week with DJ Gully. Listen to the DJ sounds of soft instrumental music.


Apr
10
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Self-Confidence in a World of Social Pressure

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

In this peer-led workshop by ARISE NY! teens will addresses issues of self-esteem and body image and learn to navigate a world of impossible beauty standards and social pressures. Teens will learn the beauty of being uniquely oneself.
Stand Against


Apr
15
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Monthly Maker Challenge

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Each month library staff will challenge teens to make something innovative. April: Paper Airplane Challenge. May: Paper Circuits.

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

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Apr
17
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Stand Against Hate

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

In this interactive workshop about hate crimes and bullying with ARISE NY, participants learn how to react to and report hate crimes through skits and discussions.


Apr
24
1:30PM

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2:30PM

Theater Fun

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children and teens are invited over spring break to join us for some theater fun. We'll play improv games, learn a little about theater, and perform scenes from popular books and favorite classic stories.


May
14
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Breathe, Let It Go

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

During this workshop, teens will explore different techniques and modalities like meditation, breathwork, and visualization to help you stay calm and collected no matter what life throws at you. The workshop is guided by Mariam Mouna, reiki practitioner and the founder of I See You Wellness lifestyle and wellness brand. All attendees will receive an affirmation card to take home.


May
15
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Culture Week: Sculpture Painting Inspired by the Aztecs

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Learn about the Aztecs and paint your own sculpture of the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl.


May
18
11:00AM

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2:30PM

Neighborhood Cats TNR Workshop

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

Are you ready to be part of the solution for feral and stray cats in your neighborhood? Our expert instructors will teach you best practices for Trap-Neuter-Return and colony management plus provide you with information on NYC resources. Attendees will become TNR certified, making them eligible for free and low cost services like spay/neuter, trap rentals, and expert assistance.
Registration required https://fs10.formsite.com/NCats/workshop/index.html

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

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May
24
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Cold, Cold, Cold

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Learn about science and make ice cream! In this workshop students will use CO2 to make ice cream and other science experiments.


Jun
3
4:00PM

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5:00PM

The Young Debaters Program

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

The Young Debaters Program is a skill development program aimed at teaching students the fundamental skills required to be an effective debater and public speaker.

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

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Jun
15
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Middle School College Family Workshop

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Middle school is not too early to start thinking about college. This workshop welcomes all families; however, the focus will be with students in middle school. We will explore the various paths to higher education and the steps parents can take in preparation for college.


Jun
21
4:30PM

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5:30PM

Frogs, Bugs, & Animal Show with Jason Reilly

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

This program features frogs, bugs, chinchillas, and a chicken. Learn about where these animals are from, what they eat, when they sleep, and how they protect themselves. This program is for ages 6 to 12.


Sep
19
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Insomnia

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Sleeplessness can result in ongoing fatigue, irritability, poor concentration, and increased risk of serious illnesses. We will look at common causes of sleeplessness, and learn and practice some sleep-enhancing thoughts and behaviors to help us get the peaceful rest we need.
Presenter: Merryl Reichbach, LCSW, Program Manager of SHAREing and CAREing.


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

 


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. Robert Holden
RHolden@council.nyc.gov
District Office64-69 Dry Harbor Road
Middle Village NY, 11379
phone: (718) 366-3900
fax: (718) 326-3549
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, 1774
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, Suite 1A
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 21st Street, Room 810
Long Island City NY, 11101
phone: (718) 784-3194
fax: (718) 472-0648
Albany Office LOB, Room 739
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.