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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.

Sep 19 @ 6:00 PM

Aug
19
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Summer Reading: Lunch and a Movie

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join us Mondays through Fridays for free lunch and a movie. Please note that lunch is provided by the Department of Education and is first-come, first-serve for children and teens only.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
19
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Summer Reading: Book Buddies

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Partner with a book buddy this summer to read something new.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
20
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.

Additional Dates


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Aug
20
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Summer Reading: Comics Club

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Read and create your own comics.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
21
10:30AM

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11:00AM

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


Aug
21
11:00AM

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12:00PM

Summer Reading: Typing Challenge

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Get ready for next school year and challenge yourself, friends, and the librarians to improve your typing skills.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
21
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Adult Crafternoon: Collage

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Each month we'll explore a different artistic medium. In August, we'll create artwork collages. Future ideas are welcome!


Aug
21
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Summer Reading: Board Games

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join us for all types of board games.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
22
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Summer Reading: Make Your Own Magazine

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children and teens are invited to create their own magazine compiled of reviews of books, comics, movies, video games, and more this summer for their friends and classmates.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
22
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Summer Reading: Thursday Nights in the Garden

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Have fun with friends and family in the Ridgewood Library garden!

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

Additional Dates


Aug
22
6:30PM

--to--

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.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
23
11:00AM

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12:00PM

21st Century Tech Tools

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join us this summer to learn about the 21st century tech skills you've always wanted to learn how to use better. This eight-week series led by one of our staff will feature a flexible curriculum that's based partially on the tools you want to learn more about. Registration is not required but please pick up a survey starting June 1 to fill out your interests at the adult reference desk.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
23
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Summer Reading: Book Buddies

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Partner with a book buddy this summer to read something new.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
23
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Summer Reading: Out of this World Explorations

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Each Friday we’ll explore outer space through arts, crafts, and more!


Aug
23
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Summer Reading: Theater Fun

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Play fun theater games and create your own play to be performed at the end of the summer.


Aug
23
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


Aug
26
11:30AM

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12:00PM

Summer Reading: Toddler Time

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Toddlers and their caregivers are invited for stories, songs, and games.


Aug
26
12:00PM

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12:30PM

Summer Reading: Toddler Craft

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Toddlers and their caregivers are invited to make a seasonal craft. A parent or caregiver must be present.


Aug
26
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Understanding Emotional Wellness

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

OHEL Project HEAL presents on the importance of emotional wellness. Join us for a discussion on normal aging and how to cope with challenges that may arise as one ages.


Aug
28
11:00AM

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1:00PM

Summer Reading: Escape Room in Outer Space

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

You and your friends have an important mission – to escape the room! Solve puzzles and find clues in this outer space-themed escape room adventure.


Aug
30
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading: End of the Summer Party

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Say goodbye to the summer at our end of summer reading party.


Aug
30
2:45PM

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3:45PM

A Balloon Show with Nick The Balloonatic

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

In this fun-filled balloon show, Nick The Balloonatic will interact with children as he sculpts balloons, laughs, and jokes, making everyone feel special. Crazy hats, animals, and your favorite characters will be given away for children to take home.


Sep
3
2:30PM

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3:00PM

Snack and Chat

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Bring your own snack and hang out with your friends in the Ridgewood auditorium every day after school.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
3
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Back-to-School Crafternoon

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join us for a special back-to-school craft!


Sep
3
5:00PM

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5:30PM

Book Jeopardy

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

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

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

Additional Dates


Sep
4
10:30AM

--to--

11:00AM

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
5
12:30PM

--to--

1:15PM

Toddler Time

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Toddlers and their caregivers are invited for stories, songs, and games.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
5
3:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Back-to-School Scavenger Hunt

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join us for a back-to-school scavenger hunt and get to know what the library has to offer you.


Sep
6
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Back-to-School: Party

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Celebrate the beginning of the school year with special games and prizes!


Sep
7
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.

Additional Dates


Sep
9
11:30AM

--to--

12:00PM

Toddler Time

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Toddlers and their caregivers are invited for stories, songs, and games.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
9
12:00PM

--to--

12:30PM

Toddler Craft

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Toddlers and their caregivers are invited to make a seasonal 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.

Additional Dates


Sep
9
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Teen Video Games

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join us for video games in the auditorium every Monday!

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

Additional Dates


Sep
9
6:00PM

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7:30PM

NYC Open Data 101

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 30 openings

Want to know more about how your local government and city agencies work? Curious how you can use open data to better understand and advocate for change in your community? Join us for this introductory workshop to learn how to access, filter, and analyze information about your neighborhood from New York City’s open data platform.


Sep
10
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Tuesday Trivia

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Our teen librarian challenges you to a round of trivia every Tuesday!

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

Additional Dates


Sep
11
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Hour of Code

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Every week we'll tackle a different coding challenge.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
12
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

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.

Additional Dates


Sep
12
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Crafternoons

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Teens are invited to join us every Thursday for a fun and unique crafting project.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
17
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Crafternoons

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Have fun crafting each week with our children's librarian!

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

Additional Dates


Sep
17
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

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.

Additional Dates


Sep
18
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Adult Crafternoon: Still Life

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Each month we'll explore a different artistic medium. In September we'll explore still life drawing and/or painting.


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.


Sep
19
6:00PM

--to--

7:30PM

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.


Sep
20
3:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Teen Movie

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Teens are invited to join us the first and third Friday of every month for a movie.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
21
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Dungeons and Dragons

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Ever wanted to fire a Magic Missile, or slay a dragon? Come make new friends and work cooperatively to survive the dungeon! No experience required!


Sep
25
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Choose Your Own Adventure Book Club

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join us this school year for an exciting choose your own adventure book club. Each month we'll read and discuss a different CYOA book, collect passport stamps, and participate in fun book-themed activities. Check with the children's librarian in late August for the first book!

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

Additional Dates


Sep
26
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Theater Fun

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children and teens are invited the last Wednesday of each month 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.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
2
3:00PM

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4:00PM

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.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
16
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Adult Crafternoon: Pablo Picasso

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Each month we'll explore a different artistic medium or artist. In October in honor of his birthday, we'll look at the art of Pablo Picasso and create our own Picasso-inspired piece.


Oct
21
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Intro to Excel

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Learn tips and tricks of using Excel in this six-week workshop.

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

Additional Dates


Oct
21
6:00PM

--to--

7:30PM

NYC Open Data 101

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

Want to know more about how your local government and city agencies work? Curious how you can use open data to better understand and advocate for change in your community? Join us for this introductory workshop to learn how to access, filter, and analyze information about your neighborhood from New York City’s open data platform.


Dec
12
5:30PM

--to--

7:00PM

Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.'s Mobile Office Hours

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. is hosting library office hours to listen to constituent/community concerns and to make his office more accessible to the public.


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 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 811, 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.