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Ridgewood

Legos

Children age 5 and up play with Legos at the library!

Jul 10 @ 4:30 PM, Jul 17 @ 4:30 PM, Jul 24 @ 4:30 PM, Jul 31 @ 4:30 PM, Aug 7 @ 4:30 PM

Book Discussion Group

We will discuss "The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell" by William Klaber.

Jul 14 @ 6:30 PM

Mitch Kahn Celebrates the Great American Popular Songbook

Singer, pianist, arranger, bandleader and veteran entertainer Mitch Kahn explores the vast wealth of the American Popular Songbook with great selections by Cole Porter, Henry Mancini, Sammy Cahn and ...

Jul 19 @ 2:00 PM

Family Film Feature

We will screen "The Karate Kid," rated PG, a 1984 sleeper hit that inspired three sequels and a remake.

Aug 4 @ 2:00 PM

Jul
10
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Tesla and His Inventions: Spark Fest!

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

We will celebrate the work of Nikola Tesla, New York City's brilliant Serbian immigrant scientist, on his birthday, July 10. Children and their families can learn about his many inventions and discoveries through stories, videos and science activities by the Discovery Team.


Jul
10
4:30PM

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5:00PM

Legos

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children age 5 and up play with Legos at the library!


Jul
11
11:15AM

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11:30AM

Mother Goose Time

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join us for stories, nursery rhymes and songs for infants age 6-17 months.

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

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Jul
11
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Games

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Board games, puzzles, video games and, weather permitting, outside games. . . . Come to the library for games for ages 6-12.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
12
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Picture Book Time

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children age 5 and under enjoy picture books and songs.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
14
11:15AM

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11:45AM

Toddler Time

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

We offer stories, songs and fingerplays for children ages 18-36 months accompanied by a caregiver.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
14
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Children's Movie

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

All ages are invited to watch our Monday afternoon film in the Meeting Room.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
14
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Book Discussion Group

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

We will discuss "The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell" by William Klaber.


Jul
15
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Book Buddies Summer Reading Club

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children up to age 12 read books with a buddy Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
17
11:15AM

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12:00PM

Toddler Play

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children age 18-36 months accompanied by a caregiver will play with educational toys and listen to music.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
19
2:00PM

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3:15PM

Mitch Kahn Celebrates the Great American Popular Songbook

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Singer, pianist, arranger, bandleader and veteran entertainer Mitch Kahn explores the vast wealth of the American Popular Songbook with great selections by Cole Porter, Henry Mancini, Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen, and more.


Jul
22
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.


Jul
23
4:30PM

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5:00PM

Computers for Kids

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

Children ages 6-12 will learn basic computer skills and get an introduction to educational and fun Internet resources. Space is limited and preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
26
11:00AM

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3:00PM

Neighborhood Cats: Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Workshop

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

All participants will be certified in the TNR method of trapping and neutering stray cats and releasing them back into their street colony. NYC residents will be given access to free equipment, low-cost spay/neuter services and expert assistance. Preregistration is required at neighborhoodcats.org.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
4
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Family Film Feature

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

We will screen "The Karate Kid," rated PG, a 1984 sleeper hit that inspired three sequels and a remake.


Aug
16
3:00PM

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4:15PM

Lincoln Center Local Presents Choban Elektrik

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Balkan and Roma/Gypsy beats soar from this Brooklyn-based electric dance band. Choban Elektrik incorporates the psychedelic sounds of the '60s and '70s with its vintage keyboards and creates a high-energy dance party with its powerful rhythm section. Traditional line dancing will be demonstrated and encouraged among audience members.


Aug
18
6:30PM

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7:45PM

Relive Rock 'n' Roll, Motown and Disco

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Enjoy memorable pop music from the '50s, '60s and '70s, including familiar favorites by artists such as Elvis, The Temptations and Donna Summer.


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

 


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.