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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. ...

Corona Library's 50th Anniversary!

 On Saturday, December 8, 2018, the Friends of Corona Library hosted the branch’s celebration of 50 years at its current location.

Our guests included Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, NYS Senator Jessica Ramos, NYS ...

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
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.

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

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Jan
22
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. For more information, please visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625.


Jan
22
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.

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

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Jan
24
12:15PM

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1:15PM

Bilingual Birdies presents Movin' to Music in Spanish

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Bilingual Birdies presents adventures under the sea, a trip to discover fun arctic animals, and the celebration of an authentic Carnaval! This program is for children birth to age six with live music, movement, dance, and puppetry. Our goal is to encourage cross-cultural awareness. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.

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

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Jan
24
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Shape Up NYC: High Intensity Interval Training for Adults

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Instructor Erica 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.

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

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Jan
25
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Introduction to MS Word

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

Learn the basic skills in Microsoft Word, and gain hands-on experience creating documents, changing formats, and using key shortcuts. Basic computer skills are required.


Jan
25
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Spelling Bee

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children in grades 3-8 are invited to practice their spelling skills. The final date of the program will be an actual competition to win prizes! 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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Jan
25
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.


Jan
26
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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Jan
26
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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Jan
28
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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Jan
28
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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Jan
28
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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Jan
28
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Flamenco: A Three-Session Dance Workshop for Adults with Lisa Spraragen

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Lisa Spraragen leads this dance class where participants will learn the basics of flamenco, from general movement and posture to arms and wrist movements and musical phrasing. The heelwork portion of class will not be extensive. Dance shoes are helpful, but not required.

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

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Jan
29
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Creating Impactful Resumes

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 14 openings

Make your resume the best it can be. This workshop provides insight into what resume reviewers look for, types of resumes, what to include and exclude, and tips for making your resume stronger. For further information, call 718-990-8625.


Feb
2
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Crafternoons

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5 to 12 years old are invited to join us as we make a seasonal craft. In January we will be coloring snowflake wreaths and February we will be making dinosaur valentines. A parent or guardian must be present.


Feb
2
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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Feb
4
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations - Jacob Lawrence Panel 61 Activity

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

The story of migration is ongoing. In the final 60th panel of The Migration Series, Jacob Lawrence leaves us with the words "And the migrants kept coming." Today, more than 75 years later, Lawrence's epic narrative continues to have powerful echoes. Come and help us create the next chapter, the next powerful image of migration. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Feb
5
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Cover Letters

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

The workshop teaches the most important aspects of cover letter writing, defines the different types of cover letters, and prepares participants to write and customize cover letters for their job applications.


Feb
5
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations - Teen Trivia

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join us for an afternoon of black history trivia to celebrate Black History Month. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Feb
6
10:00AM

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11:00AM

City's First Readers Storytime Workshop

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

City's First Readers Storytime Workshops provide support for the families of emerging readers. Wanting your child to succeed in school is almost universal; having the skills to attain that goal is not. This workshop provides clear instruction and resource materials including appropriate books to assist parents in developing home libraries and the habit of daily reading. All communication is provided in an accessible, multilingual format for parents who do not speak English fluently themselves.


Feb
7
1:00PM

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1:30PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations – Putting my traveling shoes on and off I go on..?

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Kids are invited to create the vehicle that will take them to their next traveling adventure: Car or spaceship? Boat or flying dragon? There is no limit to where the mind and heart can travel! For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Feb
8
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Introduction to Excel

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

Participants will learn the basic concepts of Microsoft Excel, such as what a spreadsheet is, basic Excel navigation, and basic data entry.


Feb
9
2:30PM

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3:30PM

College Readiness: Steps to College Success

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Flushing Library- "How to Submit a Winning Application"
Ridgewood Library-"Is College for Me"
Ridgewood Library-"How to Submit a Winning Application"
Queensboro Hill Library-"Is College for Me"
Queensboro Hill Library-"Your Most Empowering Narrative"
Queensboro Hill Library-"Developing a Plan for College Success"

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

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Feb
9
3:45PM

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4:45PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations - Movie Series

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Please join us to watch free screenings of "Going to Chicago: Personal Stories of the Great African American Migration California Newsreel" on Saturday, Feb 9 and "Don't Shout Too Soon" on Saturday, Feb 16. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.

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

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Feb
11
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations - Recreate Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series Panel

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

More than 75 years ago, Jacob Lawrence created The Migration Series, an epic narrative that through an ambitious 60-panel series portrays the Great Migration, the flight of over a million African Americans from the rural South to the industrial North. Lawrence's work continues to have powerful echoes. Come learn about this monumental work and get inspired by it, recreating the panel that you admire the most. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Feb
12
10:00AM

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1:00PM

Job Search Strategies

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

Job searching can be an overwhelming process. Prepare yourself for success! This workshop teaches traditional and creative ways to find jobs, identify career-specific websites, and network.


Feb
14
3:00PM

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3:45PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations - Hip Hop Karaoke/ Dance Party

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Sing, dance, and/or cheer on friends at our hip hop karaoke/dance party! For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Feb
15
3:30PM

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6:00PM

Broken Heart Week: Sing-Along Screening of "Mary Poppins"

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

In turn of the 20th century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father. Join us for a screening and sing-along to such memorable songs as “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “Let's Go Fly a Kite,” and many more. (1964, G)


Feb
22
10:00AM

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1:00PM

MS Excel Formulas & Functions

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

Learn to edit and manipulate data in the Using Formulas and Functions workshop. Learn the common and useful formulas to use with your data! Basic computer skills are required.


Feb
22
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.

Additional Dates


Feb
25
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations - Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series VS My Own

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

More than 75 years ago, Jacob Lawrence created The Migration Series, an epic narrative that through an ambitious 60-panel series portrays the Great Migration, the flight of over a million African Americans from the rural South to the industrial North. Come learn about this monumental work and recreate the narrative of your family's journey in multiple images representing milestones of your family's history. For more Traveling Shoes programming, visit https://queenslib.org/travelingshoes19.


Feb
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. Aprann anglè. Apprendre l'anglais. Fasl allughat al'iinjlizia.

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

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May
18
10:00AM

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4:00PM

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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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.