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Jun
24
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 other adult caregiver must be present.


Jun
26
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Introduction to Tai Chi with Kevin M. Sullivan

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Instructor Kevin M. Sullivan teaches participants a gentle form of martial arts often referred to as "meditation in motion." Space is limited on a first come, first-served basis.


Jun
27
10:00AM

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10:45AM

Clerical Training

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join us for Clerical Training.

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

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Jun
28
1:00PM

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2:00PM

End of School/ Summer Reading Kickoff Party

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Students in 6th grade and up are invited to join us in celebrating the end of the school year and to kickoff Summer Reading. Pizza, drinks, and games will be provided.


Jun
28
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Knitting Circle

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Have fun while learning to knit your very own creations! Supplies will be provided or you may bring your own.


Jun
28
3:00PM

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3:30PM

StickerPalooza!

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Be creative with stickers! Space limited

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

Additional Dates


Jun
29
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
29
1:00PM

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1:30PM

Toddler Craft

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Toddlers are invited to make a simple craft. A parent or caregiver must be present.


Jun
29
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Teen Crafternoons

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join us for an afternoon of crafts including origami, duct tape, weaving, and more!


Jun
29
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
30
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Nick the Balloonatic Show

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

In this fun-filled balloon show, children will see characters that they can relate to being sculptured right before their eyes. Children will take home a sculptured balloon made especially for them. Audience participation is encouraged.


Jul
1
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.

Additional Dates


Jul
1
2:30PM

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3:00PM

Canada Day Scavenger Hunt

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Celebrate Canada Day by going on a Canadian themed scavenger hunt in the children's room. Children ages 5 to 12 years old are invited to join. A parent or guardian must be present.


Jul
3
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.

Additional Dates


Jul
3
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.

Additional Dates


Jul
3
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.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
3
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Summer Reading Club Craft: Patriotic Windsock

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Celebrate the Fourth of July by designing your own patriotic windsock. Ages 5 to 12 years old. A parent or guardian must be present.


Jul
5
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Knitting Circle

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Have fun while learning to knit your very own creations! Supplies 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


Jul
5
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Summer Reading Club: Green Team Book Club

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Help the green team win the Ridgewood library color wars! Ages 5 to 12 years old are invited to join us for games and book talks as we compete against the teens and adults to have read and reviewed the most books during the summer. 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
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


Jul
7
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Children's Summer Movie Series

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

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


Jul
10
3:30PM

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4:00PM

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.


Jul
10
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Friends of Ridgewood Library Meeting

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Support the Ridgewood Library.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
10
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Adult Book Club Discussion

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Please join us for discussion of "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown on Monday, July 10.


Jul
11
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Intro to MS Word

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Learn the basics to Microsoft Word in this introductory course.


Jul
11
10:30AM

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11:30AM

How to Create a Email Address

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Introduction: How to create an email account for adults. To help them out with what is now been use around the world email address and how is helpful for them.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
11
3:00PM

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3:15PM

Book Bingo

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5 to 12 years old are invited to join us each week for a literary themed game of bingo. 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
11
4:00PM

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4:30PM

Jeopardy

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 7 to 12 years old are invited to join us for an exciting kid's version of the trivia game Jeopardy. 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
17
3:30PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading Club Craft: Sand Art

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5 to 12 years old are invited to decorate items including paper planes, mandalas and teepees 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
17
6:00PM

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7:15PM

Learn CPR

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 12 openings

Help Save A Life! Receive valuable instruction on performing compression only CPR, use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), and use practice mannequins and watch-while practice video instruction for follow up practice. Call or sign up at the library or online at www.queenslibrary/events


Aug
7
3:30PM

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4:00PM

Summer Reading Club Craft

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5 to 12 years old are invited to create a different craft 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


Aug
14
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Adult Book Club Meeting

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Please join us on Monday August 14, 2017 to discuss "Woman in Cabin 10" by Ruth Ware.


Aug
26
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Fun with Watercolors

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

Artist Karl Lorenzen will teach basic watercolor techniques, and participants will take home a beautiful painting they create at the end of the session. No experience is necessary. All materials will be provided. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.


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. Elizabeth Crowley
ecrowley@council.nyc.gov
District OfficeAtlas Park Mall, 71-19-80th Street, Ste.8-303
Glendale NY, 11385
phone: (718) 366-3900
fax: (718) 326-3549
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, 1765
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
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 21 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.