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Ridgewood

Film Screening

In Walt Disney's "Freaky Friday," rated PG, a mother played by Jamie Lee Curtis and her teen daughter played by Lindsay Lohan magically trade bodies.

Oct 24 @ 4:00 PM

Hello Kitty Reading Day

The first Hello Kitty Reading Day celebrates the 40th anniversary of beloved pop culture icon Hello Kitty. There will be trivia, recipes, crafts, activity sheets, coloring pages, Mad Libs, read-alongs and more!

Oct 25 @ 3:00 PM

Ridgewood Book Club

Join us for a discussion of Henrik Ibsen's classic play "A Doll's House."

Oct 27 @ 6:30 PM

Family Film Feature

The hit musical "Annie" (1982), rated PG, tells the adventures of a plucky, red-haired orphan girl who meets billionaire Daddy Warbucks.

Nov 1 @ 2:30 PM

ShapeUp NYC: Yoga for Adults

Adriana Hastings is the instructor. Space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Nov 5 @ 6:00 PM, Nov 12 @ 6:00 PM, Nov 19 @ 6:00 PM, Dec 3 @ 6:00 PM, Dec 10 @ 6:00 PM

Book Discussion Group

Join us for a discussion of "Orphan Train" by Christina Baker Kline.

Nov 10 @ 6:30 PM

Family Film Feature

Walt Disney's "The Santa Claus" answers the question: What happens when an ordinary man replaces Santa Claus?

Dec 27 @ 2:30 PM

Oct
25
2:30PM

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5:00PM

Painting on Glass

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 17 openings

Artist Cristina Cipriani teaches the art of painting on glass and guides participants in making their own colorful suncatcher. Materials will be provided for 24 participants. Space is limited; preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
27
9:15AM

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10:45AM

Kickoff to Kindergarten

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

Parents and other caregivers can help preschoolers learn skills that will improve their school performance and enjoyment of school, even before kindergarten. During seven weekly sessions, library staff will show adults how to use games, hands-on activities and stories to help build language and social skills that are crucial to success in school. Children will receive giveaways, including games and books, at each session. Preregistration in person with the Children’s Librarian is required.

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Oct
27
11:00AM

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11:15AM

Mother Goose Time

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Babies ages 6-17 months and their caregivers join us for a lapsit program of rhymes, fingerplays, bounces and songs!

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

Additional Dates


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Oct
27
11:30AM

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12:00PM

Toddler Time

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 18-36 months accompanied by their caregivers join us for stories, songs and fingerplays.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
27
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Ridgewood Book Club

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join us for a discussion of Henrik Ibsen's classic play "A Doll's House."


Oct
28
6:00PM

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7:00PM

ShapeUp NYC: Zumba

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Staying fit couldn't be more fun! This class, taught by Christina Johnston, uses easy-to-follow dance moves with Latin, international and pop music. Space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
30
11:15AM

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12:00PM

Toddler Play Group

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Toddlers age 18-36 months accompanied by their caregivers listen to music, play with educational toys and make new friends.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
5
6:00PM

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7:00PM

ShapeUp NYC: Yoga for Adults

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Adriana Hastings is the instructor. Space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

Additional Dates


Nov
10
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Book Discussion Group

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join us for a discussion of "Orphan Train" by Christina Baker Kline.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Ridgewood Community Library has:

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

 

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International Language Collections at the Ridgewood Community Library include:

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

 

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

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

 


What does a Friends Group do?

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


Child Care / Preschools
Community Board
Community Organizations & Services
Fire Department
Local Hospitals
Local Newspapers
Parks and Playgrounds
Police Department
Post Office
Private / Parochial Schools
Public Elementary Schools
Public High Schools
Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

History

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

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

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

Special Services

Queens Library HealthLink

 

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