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Open Mic at Ridgewood Library

Join us for an open mic at Ridgewood Library. Share your talents in a performance of either poetry, fiction, music, comedy, or spoken word. Each performer gets five minutes to present their work.

Jul 12 @ 5:00 PM

Harry Potter Escape Room

You and your friends have been given detention by Professor Snape and locked in his potions study. His timing could not be worse, because only you know that Voldemort is on his way to Hogwarts. You have less than 45 minutes to use your potions and spell skills to escape and warn everyone.
Groups of 6-10. Registration is required. ...

Jul 28 @ 1:00 PM, Jul 30 @ 1:00 PM, Jul 31 @ 1:00 PM

Jun
21
5:30PM

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6:30PM

Make Music Day New York

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join us in the garden for live music as part of a festival of 1,000+ free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs on the first day of summer.

12pm - Lauren Lee- Jazz

5:45pm - Ken Voisin - Keyboard & Songs

6:45pm - Echoes of Antiquity - Balkan Tales & Music

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

Additional Dates


Jun
22
12:00PM

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1:00PM

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.

Additional Dates


Jun
22
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Crayon Club

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Come join us at the library for some fun and relaxing coloring! Children in grades Pre-k through 5th grade can come into the library after school and enjoy coloring some different types of coloring pages. Pre-k children must be accompanied by a parent or other adult caregiver.

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

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Jun
22
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Ridgewood Student Social Hour

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Hang out after school in the library! Mingle, eat your snacks and participate in a library activity!

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

Additional Dates


Jun
22
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Queens Library & Sciencetellers Rock with the Wild West: "The Mystery of the Golden Piano"

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Throughout this absolutely wild adventure story, volunteers from the audience will help us explore the fascinating science behind chemical reactions, combustion, air pressure, inertia, and more. Don’t miss this classic action-packed western with ‘notes’ of science!


Jun
22
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.

Additional Dates


Jun
23
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.


Jun
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.


Jun
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.


Jun
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.


Jun
25
4:00PM

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5:00PM

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.

Additional Dates


Jun
25
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Shape Up NYC: High Intensity Interval Training for Adults

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Instructor Erica Schutz leads this total body workout which works on muscle strength and endurance while keeping the heart rate up to burn calories and improve cardiovascular health. Please bring a yoga mat, a bottle of water and wear comfortable clothes. Space is limited. Participation is first-come, first-served.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
27
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Children's Summer Movie Series

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5-12 years old are invited to join us 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


Jun
27
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Knitting Circle

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Have fun while making your own creations! Materials 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


Jun
27
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Puzzle Club

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Come join us at the library for some fun problem solving! Children in grades pre-K through 6 can come into the library after school and enjoy the library's puzzle collection. Pre-K children must be accompanied by a parent or other adult caregiver.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
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.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
28
1:00PM

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1:30PM

Toddler Craft

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Toddlers and their caregivers are invited to make a seasonal craft.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
28
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Summer Meals at Ridgewood

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Queens Library @ Ridgewood is honored to partner with SchoolFood to provide an essential summer service — FREE lunches for kids and teens all summer long. Queens Library @ Ridgewood will provide summer meals from Thursday, June 28 through Friday, August 31. Summer meals are OPEN to all children, 18 and younger. Enrollment is not required. There is no cost. Meals will be provided Mondays through Fridays from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. There will be a fun learning activity each day.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
28
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Girl Scouts of Greater New York Pre-K Birthday Party

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

You're invited to a special birthday party for all girls entering kindergarten in fall 2018! Get a birthday surprise and information about Girl Scouts!

RSVP to Alida Cintron with number of girls attending by Tues June 26, to acintron@girlscoutsnyc.org.
Use ‘"Birthday Party June 28” in the subject line.


Jun
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


Jun
28
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Bubbles In The Garden

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5 to 12 years old are invited to join us for some fun with bubbles in the library's garden. This program is weather permitting. 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


Jun
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.


Jun
30
3:00PM

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4:30PM

Pride Month Film Festival

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Please join us for a selection of movies we hope you will enjoy in celebration of Pride Month. For film titles, please contact Ridgewood Library.


Jul
6
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Book Buddies

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5 to 12 years old are invited to practice and improve their reading skills by reading out loud. 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


Jul
6
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Summer Reading Club Craft: Music Craft

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Make a different musical instrument each week, including flutes, rain sticks, mandolins, drums, and many more!

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

Additional Dates


Jul
7
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Glendale Book CLub

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join the Glendale book club in group discussions every first Saturday of the month at the Ridgewood Library.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
9
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Adult Book Club Discussion

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Please join us for a discussion of "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood.


Jul
10
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Summer Reading Club Craft: Sand Art

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5 to 12 years old are invited to decorate paper items including bunny rabbits, fish, monsters, bugs, school buses, and mandalas with colored sand. 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


Jul
12
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Open Mic at Ridgewood Library

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join us for an open mic at Ridgewood Library. Share your talents in a performance of either poetry, fiction, music, comedy, or spoken word. Each performer gets five minutes to present their work.


Jul
14
11:00AM

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11:30AM

Japanese Storytime

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join us for Japanese language storytime! Enjoy songs, books, and parachute play, all in Japanese! A parent or caregiver must be present.


Jul
28
1:00PM

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5:00PM

Harry Potter Escape Room

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

You and your friends have been given detention by Professor Snape and locked in his potions study. His timing could not be worse, because only you know that Voldemort is on his way to Hogwarts. You have less than 45 minutes to use your potions and spell skills to escape and warn everyone.
Groups of 6-10. Registration is required. Sponsored by Friends of Ridgewood Library.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
30
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Summer Meals at Ridgewood

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Queens Library @ Ridgewood is honored to partner with SchoolFood to provide an essential summer service — FREE lunches for kids and teens all summer long.
-Queens Library @ Ridgewood will provide summer meals from Thursday, June 28 through Friday, August 31. Summer meals are OPEN to all children, 18 and younger. Enrollment is not required.
There is no cost. Meals will be provided Mondays through Fridays from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
There will be a fun learning activity each day.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
18
11:00AM

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2:30PM

Neighborhood Cats TNR Workshop

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

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. Sign up today and join the over 7000 caretakers trained to date.


Aug
31
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Summer Reading Club Craft: Superhero Tote Bag

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5 to 12 years old are invited to decorate their own superhero tote bag. A parent or guardian must be present.


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. 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 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.